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  1. Caracterização de cinzas volantes para aproveitamento cerâmico

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    Silva N. I. Warpechowski da; Calarge L. M.; Chies F.; Mallmann J. E.; Zwonok O.

    1999-01-01

    Cinzas volantes são minerais produzidos a partir da queima de carvão mineral. A Usina Termelétrica de Candiota, RS produz aproximadamente 1.000.000 toneladas/ano de cinzas, sendo que 80% volantes e 20% pesadas. O aproveitamento deste material em compostos cerâmicos é altamente recomendável pois, como resíduo sólido da queima do carvão, sua disposição no meio ambiente acarreta vários problemas ambientais sérios e custos volumosos. Mineralogicamente as cinzas volantes são constituídas por mulit...

  2. Comparação de métodos na determinação de elementos em cinzas volantes: Comparing methods for the determination of elements on fly ashes

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    A. Varela

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A caracterização de materiais sólidos recorrendo à espectrofotometria de absorção atómica com chama requer a dissolução total das amostras. Este pré-tratamento, para além de consumir tempo analítico, aumenta o risco de contaminações da amostra. Por esta razão, existe um interesse crescente em desenvolver processos analíticos mais eficientes, que tenham como objectivo a simplificação, principalmente no que diz respeito à redução de custos, da participação humana e do número de etapas de preparação das amostras. A utilização do microondas, como fonte de calor na solubilização ou digestão das amostras, tem-se vindo a vulgarizar nos últimos anos, não só porque o tempo de digestão é mais curto como também as perdas por volatilização são praticamente nulas. O presente trabalho tem como objectivo a comparação de dois métodos de solubilização. O método 1 consiste na solubilização das amostras por aqua regia -HCl:HNO3, 3:1 v/v. Enquanto que no método 2, a solubilização das amostras é feita por uma mistura de três ácidos HCl:HNO3:HF, 1:5:2, v/v, utilizando-se como fonte de calor um microondas com pressão e temperatura controladas. Para a execução deste trabalho utilizaramse: a amostra de cinza proveniente directamente da incineração de resíduos sólidos urbanos (EIRSU, a mesma amostra de cinzas sujeitas previamente a cinco processos diferentes de remoção de contaminantes e uma amostra de referência (NIST-2690. Após a mineralização das amostras, estas foram analisadas por espectrofotometria de absorção atómica em relação aos seus teores em Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb e Zn. Relativamente à amostra utilizada como referência, obtiveram-se valores de recuperação dos elementos, na generalidade, inferiores a 100%, à excepção do Cd (114%, em ambos os métodos, e do Pb (100%, no microondas. No entanto, os valores extraídos pelo método 2 (Fe - 97%, Ni -85% e Zn - 96% foram superiores aos

  3. Influência de agregados provenientes de RCD e cinzas volantes não conformes em argamassas de cal aérea

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    Frutuoso, Ana Raquel Soares

    2013-01-01

    O volume de resíduos de construção e demolição (RCD) produzidos no sector da construção é uma preocupação crescente e relevante. Noutro sentido, a produção de energia elétrica nas centrais termoelétricas gera volumes significativos de resíduos industriais, nomeadamente, cinzas volantes. Parte dessas cinzas (cinzas conformes, de acordo com a legislação aplicável) são comercializadas para produção de argamassas e betões; outra parte (cinzas não conformes), contendo vestígios de carvão são...

  4. Cinzas volantes álcali-ativadas com solução combinada de NaOH e Ca(OH)2

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    Vargas, Alexandre Silva de; Dal Molin, D. C. C.; Vilela, António C. F.; Jalali, Said; Gomes, J. P. Castro

    2007-01-01

    Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o comportamento da resistência à compressão, ao longo do tempo, em amostras de argamassas à base de cinzas volantes álcali-ativadas. Como ativador alcalino foi utilizada uma solução combinada de NaOH e Ca(OH)2. A cura das amostras foi realizada de duas formas distintas. Na primeira, as amostras foram mantidas em estufa à 70°C/12 h e à temperatura constante de 22°C em sala climatizada até a idade de ensaio. Apesar de serem obtidas resistências da ordem ...

  5. Processos de inertização e valorização de cinzas volantes : incineração de resíduos sólidos urbanos

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    Quina, Margarida Maria João de

    2006-01-01

    No presente estudo foi considerado um subproduto do processo industrial de incineração de resíduos sólidos urbanos (RSU), designado por resíduo de controlo de poluição (RCP) atmosférica, ou de um modo mais generalista por "cinzas volantes". O trabalho decorreu em colaboração com a unidade de incineração da área de Lisboa, a qual forneceu as amostras de resíduo. Os principais objectivos centraram-se na análise dos processos de tratamento dos RCP por estabilização química e através de tratament...

  6. Caracterização inorgânica de cinza volante de uma estação de incineração de resíduos sólidos urbanos com vista à sua eventual reciclagem Inorganic characterization of fly ash from municipal solid waste incinerator aiming their recycling

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    A. Varela

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available As cinzas volantes de estações de incineração de resíduos sólidos urbanos (EIRSU são consideradas resíduos perigosos. De forma a reduzir o seu impacto ambiental, estas cinzas são normalmente submetidas a estabilização (inertização por adição de cimento antes de um destino final adequado (deposição em aterro sanitário. Tal traduz-se por um aumento do volume das cinzas, gasto de matériasprimas e área de aterro, não sendo garantida a sua inocuidade a longo prazo. As cinzas constituem um problema de gestão de resíduos, tanto mais que a sua produção tem tendência a crescer, tornando-se premente estudar vias alternativas de tratamento que visem a posterior reciclagem/reutilização, baseadas num desenvolvimento sustentado e sem esquecer o princípio da precaução. O processo electrodialítico (PE parece ser, no caso destes resíduos, uma técnica de remediação promissora. Este processo baseia-se na aplicação de uma corrente contínua, de baixa intensidade, à matriz contaminada. O campo eléctrico gerado funciona como “agente de limpeza”, efectuando-se a remoção dos contaminantes da matriz, pela acção combinada do movimento electrocinético, com o princípio da electrodiálise. Os contaminantes s��o mobilizados para um dos compartimentos dos eléctrodos/electrólitos, dos quais poderão posteriormente ser removidos. Está em curso o Projecto POCTI/AGG/45073/2002, que tem como objectivo estudar a aplicação do PE na remoção de contaminantes de cinzas volantes de EIRSU, para uma possível reciclagem da cinza tratada (correctivo de solos ácidos, incorporação em materiais de construção ou outras, e ainda, a recuperação dos metais pesados, para posterior reutilização. No presente trabalho apresenta-se a caracterização inorgânica de uma cinza volante de EIRSU.Fly ashes from municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWI are considered hazardous waste. In Portugal, they are expected to increase over time

  7. Volante III

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    Richardt, Ann-Sofie; Busck, Anne Gravsholt; Kristensen, Søren Bech Pilgaard;

    2015-01-01

    I den danske del af Volante projektet er det med en kombination af spørgeskemaundersøgelse og interview med udvalgte landmænd belyst, hvordan den enkelte landmand forholder sig til den eksisterende administration og regulering. Samtidig har vi gennemført en undersøgelse af implementeringen af...

  8. Síntese de zeólitas a partir de cinza volante de caldeiras: caracterização física, química e mineralógica Synthesis of zeolites from boiler fly ash: physical, chemical and mineralogical characterization

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    C. A. F. Rocha Junior; S.C.A. Santos; C. A. G. Souza; R. S. Angélica; R. F. Neves

    2012-01-01

    Ao longo dos anos o desenvolvimento industrial trouxe uma crescente geração de resíduos, que são potenciais problemas ambientais. Estudos das características destes materiais, bem como o desenvolvimento de técnicas para sua utilização se tornam imprescindíveis para a preservação do meio ambiente. Assim este trabalho objetiva a caracterização e utilização de cinza volante proveniente da queima de carvão mineral em caldeiras, assim como o uso de microssílica, utilizada para alterar a relação mo...

  9. Síntese de zeólitas a partir de cinza volante de caldeiras: caracterização física, química e mineralógica Synthesis of zeolites from boiler fly ash: physical, chemical and mineralogical characterization

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    C. A. F. Rocha Junior

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Ao longo dos anos o desenvolvimento industrial trouxe uma crescente geração de resíduos, que são potenciais problemas ambientais. Estudos das características destes materiais, bem como o desenvolvimento de técnicas para sua utilização se tornam imprescindíveis para a preservação do meio ambiente. Assim este trabalho objetiva a caracterização e utilização de cinza volante proveniente da queima de carvão mineral em caldeiras, assim como o uso de microssílica, utilizada para alterar a relação molar Si/Al da mistura cinza/microssílica na síntese de zeólitas. Para a caracterização da cinza foram utilizados métodos de análise química, física e mineralógica como: difração de raios X, fluorescência de raios X, microscopia eletrônica de varredura, análise granulométrica, análise térmica diferencial e termogravimétrica. Os ensaios de síntese foram feitos a 60, 100, 150 e 190 °C, com razão molar de Na2O/Al2O3 igual a 5 e Si/Al variando de 2,12 a 15, e tempo de reação 24 h. Os resultados da caracterização da cinza mostram potencial utilização deste como matéria-prima para a síntese de zeólitas, pois apresenta ~ 50% de SiO2 e Al2O3, fases mineralógicas bem definidas, baixo teor de umidade, baixa granulometria (d90 Along the years, worldwide industrial development has causing a growing generation of residues, bringing potentials environmental problems. A study of the characteristics of these wastes, as well as the development of techniques for their use in new processes becomes indispensable for the environment preservation. The main purpose of this work is to evaluate the possible use of two important industrial residues from the Amazon region for zeolite synthesis: (a the fly ash (particle size < 100 µm that comes from burning of mineral coal in boiler; and (b the microsilica, a by-product of the reaction between quartz and coal in the production of metallic silicon and alloys iron-silicon.The following

  10. Fly ash alkali-activated with NaOH and Ca(OH){sub 2}; Cinzas volantes alcali-ativadas com solucao combinada de NaOH e Ca(OH){sub 2}

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    Vargas, A.S.; Dal Molin, D.C.C.; Vilela, A.C.F.; Jalali, S.; Gomes, J.C.

    2007-01-15

    The main objective of this work was to evaluate over time the development of the compressive strength of alkali-activated fly ash mortars. A combined solution of NaOH and Ca(OH){sub 2} was used as alkaline activator. The curing of the samples was carried out in two distinct ways. In the first one, samples were kept at 70{sup o}C during the first 12 hours after mixing and at 22{sup o}C afterwards, until the age of testing. Although compressive strengths of about 20 MPa were achieved during the first 24 hours, the strength started to decrease after 7 days. Considering this behaviour, a second method of curing was adopted. The mix proportions were the same as before, however the mortar samples were kept in an oven at 70{sup o}C until the age of testing. In this case, the compressive strength values decreased more significantly and in a shorter period of time, as compared to the results obtained for samples cured using the first method. Complementary studies were performed in order to better understand the observed reduction in compressive strength. Microstructural analyses of the fly ash, before and after the alkali-activation, have been carried out using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy-Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). It was possible to identify three different morphologies in the alkali-activated pastes: one composed by regions with dense aspect; other showing partially solubilised particles of fly ash; and a third showing the formation of products with a needle-like shape. The information provided by the SEM/EDS experiments was not enough to enable the complete understanding of the mechanism of the deleterious reaction that took place among the alkaline activators and the fly ash. 14 refs., 5 tabs.

  11. Cementos con cenizas volantes

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    Ossa M., Mauricio

    1984-03-01

    additions of 20 and 30% .

    Casi la generalidad de los estudios realizados sobre cementos con adición de cenizas volantes se refieren a sus características y comportamiento en pastas, morteros y hormigones, siempre en relación con aquéllos del cemento portland. Esta vez, se desarrolló un trabajo experimental orientado a relacionar entre sí los cementos con adiciones de cenizas volantes y de puzolana natural. Para ello se fabricaron a escala de laboratorio cementos de ambos tipos, empleando como materias primas comunes clinker y yeso y, como variables, diferentes porcentajes de las dos adiciones, que cumplieron previamente los requisitos normalizados en cuanto a sus actividades puzolánicas. La calidad de los cementos fabricados resultó adecuada y concordante con la del cemento portland-puzolánico obtenido a escala industrial con los mismos clinker, yeso y puzolana natural de este estudio. Posteriormente, se determinaron las características de los cementos experimentales y se confeccionaron morteros normales para la realización de ensayos físicos y mecánicos. Los resultados de ensayos indicaron que los cementos con adición de cenizas volantes (CCV requieren menos agua para consistencia normal, presentan tiempos de fraguado mayores y expansiones en autoclave menores que los cementos con adición de puzolana (CP. Los calores de hidratación a 7 y 28 días de edad fueron aproximadamente similares para ambos tipos de cemento. En morteros normales, los cementos CCV mostraron menor retracción de secado, mayor retentividad y mayor fluidez (para igual cantidad de agua que los cementos CP. En los ensayos de exudación se observó que ésta depende más de la finura que el tipo de adición. Finalmente, los ensayos mecánicos señalaron que las resistencias a compresión y flexotracción de los morteros con cementos CCV son menores a edades inferiores que 14 días (del orden de 5 a 10% a un día de edad, pero que a partir de entonces pasan a ser mayores que las de

  12. Aplicação de cinzas volantes na dessulfurização de efluentes gasosos

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    Vicente, Andreia Filipa Freitas

    2015-01-01

    As emissões de óxidos de enxofre (SOx) para atmosfera são uma das causas da poluição atmosférica, com efeitos nefastos na saúde humana, em algum do património edificado e também nos vários compartimentos ambientais. O dióxido de enxofre (SO2) é um gás que resulta principalmente de atividades de queima de combustíveis fósseis. O enxofre (S) emitido por este tipo de atividade é combinado com o oxigénio (O2) presente na atmosfera origina o SO2 e o SO3. Estes poluentes, por sua vez permanecem no ...

  13. Predictable evolution toward flightlessness in volant island birds.

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    Wright, Natalie A; Steadman, David W; Witt, Christopher C

    2016-04-26

    Birds are prolific colonists of islands, where they readily evolve distinct forms. Identifying predictable, directional patterns of evolutionary change in island birds, however, has proved challenging. The "island rule" predicts that island species evolve toward intermediate sizes, but its general applicability to birds is questionable. However, convergent evolution has clearly occurred in the island bird lineages that have undergone transitions to secondary flightlessness, a process involving drastic reduction of the flight muscles and enlargement of the hindlimbs. Here, we investigated whether volant island bird populations tend to change shape in a way that converges subtly on the flightless form. We found that island bird species have evolved smaller flight muscles than their continental relatives. Furthermore, in 366 populations of Caribbean and Pacific birds, smaller flight muscles and longer legs evolved in response to increasing insularity and, strikingly, the scarcity of avian and mammalian predators. On smaller islands with fewer predators, birds exhibited shifts in investment from forelimbs to hindlimbs that were qualitatively similar to anatomical rearrangements observed in flightless birds. These findings suggest that island bird populations tend to evolve on a trajectory toward flightlessness, even if most remain volant. This pattern was consistent across nine families and four orders that vary in lifestyle, foraging behavior, flight style, and body size. These predictable shifts in avian morphology may reduce the physical capacity for escape via flight and diminish the potential for small-island taxa to diversify via dispersal. PMID:27071105

  14. Normalización española sobre cenizas volantes (normas UNE

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    Pardo, Antonio

    1988-04-01

    Full Text Available The "Concrete Additives" task force was created within the "Concretes”/IRANOR Technical Commission-83 in 1983. It presently answers to the AENOR. Its principle objective during these years has been the elaboration of Spanish regulations concerning fly ash to be used in morters and concretes made with Portland cement. The main purpose of this study, in which a comparative analysis of international regulations is also included, is the exposition of these regulations, as well as the steps to be taken in their constant up-dating. In addition, a summary of the characteristics of fly ash produced in Spain before the elaboration of the UNE norms is also included.

    En 1983 se creó el Grupo de Trabajo "Adiciones al Hormigón" en el seno de la Comisión Técnica-83 "Hormigones”/IRANOR, actualmente transferido a AENOR. Su finalidad principal, durante estos años, ha sido la elaboración de la normativa española sobre las cenizas volantes que hayan de ser utilizadas en morteros y hormigones de cemento portland. Su exposición es el objeto principal de este trabajo, en el que se incluye también un análisis comparativo con la normativa internacional, así como los pasos a seguir en la actualización constante de las normas. Asimismo se recoge un resumen de las características de las cenizas volantes generadas en España con anterioridad a la elaboración de las Normas UNE.

  15. Non-volant modes of migration in terrestrial arthropods

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    Reynolds Don R.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Animal migration is often defined in terms appropriate only to the ‘to-and-fro’ movements of large, charismatic (and often vertebrate species. However, like other important biological processes, the definition should apply over as broad a taxonomic range as possible in order to be intellectually satisfying. Here we illustrate the process of migration in insects and other terrestrial arthropods (e.g. arachnids, myriapods, and non-insect hexapods but provide a different perspective by excluding the ‘typical’ mode of migration in insects, i.e. flapping flight. Instead, we review non-volant migratory movements, including: aerial migration by wingless species, pedestrian and waterborne migration, and phoresy. This reveals some fascinating and sometimes bizarre morphological and behavioural adaptations to facilitate movement. We also outline some innovative modelling approaches exploring the interactions between atmospheric transport processes and biological factors affecting the ‘dispersal kernels’ of wingless arthropods

  16. Synthesis of zeolites from boiler fly ash: physical, chemical and mineralogical characterization; Sintese de zeolitas a partir de cinza volante de caldeiras: caracterizacao fisica, quimica e mineralogica

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    Rocha Junior, C.A.F.; Santos, S.C.A.; Souza, C.A.G., E-mail: augustorocha2@gmail.com [Programa de Pos Graduacao em Engenharia Quimica (PPEQ-UFPA), Belem, PA (Brazil); Angelica, R.S.; Neves, R.F. [Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Geologia e Geoquimica, Instituto de Geociencias (PPGG-IG-UFPA), Ananindeua, PA (Brazil)

    2012-01-15

    Along the years, worldwide industrial development has causing a growing generation of residues, bringing potentials environmental problems. A study of the characteristics of these wastes, as well as the development of techniques for their use in new processes becomes indispensable for the environment preservation. The main purpose of this work is to evaluate the possible use of two important industrial residues from the Amazon region for zeolite synthesis: (a) the fly ash (particle size < 100 {mu}m) that comes from burning of mineral coal in boiler; and (b) the micro silica, a by-product of the reaction between quartz and coal in the production of metallic silicon and alloys iron-silicon.The following chemical, physical and mineralogical characterization methods were carried out: X-ray diffractometry, X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, granulometric analysis, differential thermal and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG). The analyses were carried out at the following conditions: 60, 100, 150 and 190 deg C, Na{sub 2}O/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} molar ratio of 5 and Si/Al molar ratio ranging from 2.12 to 15, and reaction time of 24 h. The results of the fly characterization demonstrate its enormous potential as raw material for the zeolite synthesis. SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} represent more than 50% of its composition, mineralogical phases defined, low humidity content, low particle size (d{sub 90} < 10 {mu}m), among others. Mineralogical analyses of the synthesized products showed the formation of some zeolite types, as follow: analcime, phillipsite, sodalite, zeolite P and tobermorite. The results show that the mixture fly ash-micro silica in these reaction conditions point to a promising material for zeolite synthesis (author)

  17. USO DE CENIZA VOLANTE EN LA REMOCIÓN DE CROMO (III DE LOS EFLUENTES LÍQUIDOS DE CURTIEMBRES

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    Edison Gil Pavas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio describe un método simple y económico para la remoción de cromo (III de efluentes líquidos de la industria de curtiembres utilizando ceniza volante. El proceso se llevó a cabo en forma discontinua utilizando como variables la masa de ceniza volante, el tiempo de contacto y la temperatura o el pH, Con estas variables se realizó un diseño de experimentos tipo Box-Wilson, el cual se optimizó posteriormente empleando un programa estadístico. Se utilizó una ceniza volante original y otra sometida a un tratamiento químico. Los resultados mostraron la posibilidad de bajar concentración inicial de cromo de 1850 ppm a una final de 0,008 ppm, cumpliendo así con las exigencias ambientales sobre este agente contaminante.

  18. Utilización de cenizas volantes en la fabricación de cementos

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    Ulloa Fernández de Sanmamed, Luis

    1978-12-01

    Full Text Available La crisis de la energía, que tomó gran importancia a partir de 1973, ha originado la aceleración de estudios y posibilitado el desarrollo de otras fuentes alternativas del petróleo. El aprovechamiento de la energía latente que tienen algunos materiales volcánicos, o subproductos de procesos industriales (escorias siderúrgicas, cenizas volantes, ha merecido gran atención en la fabricación de cemento.

  19. Comportamiento mecánico a altas temperaturas de cementos de ceniza volante activados alcalinamente

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    Martin Sanz, Antonia; Fernandez Jimenez, Ana; Pastor Caño, Jose Ignacio; Palomo, Angel

    2010-01-01

    En este trabajo se realiza un estudio comparativo del comportamiento mecánico, en función de la temperatura, entre un cemento Portland comercial, utilizado de referencia y dos nuevos materiales cementantes. Los ensayos realizados se han centrado en muestras de cemento portland , muestras de cenizas volantes activadas con un 100% de silicato sódico y muestras con un 70% de ceniza y un 30% de cemento activadas con un activador en estado sólido.Se realizaron dos tipos de ensayos: 1) post tratami...

  20. Non-volant small mammals of the Western Ghats of Coorg District, southern India

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    S. Molur

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A study to understand diversity and changes in non-volant small mammal composition in the Western Ghats of Coorg District, Karnataka was conducted from April 2004 to April 2008. A total of 11060 trap nights of sampling in various habitats such as forest fragments, coffee and cardamom plantations, open areas including grasslands, agricultural fields including paddy and ginger cultivations, bamboo and in and around human habitations across the two vegetation zones of the district. Totally, 14 species of non-volant small mammals were trapped as 412 unique individuals contributing to an overall trap success of 3.8%. Rattus wroughtoni was the most commonly caught taxon followed by Suncus murinus and S. niger although S. murinus was trapped in 10 habitats followed by Mus musculus in 9 of 11 habitats. The abundance of small mammals was the highest in bamboo (12.1% and in forest fragments (7.2%; the plantations supported very low abundances (< 3.1%. Endemic mammals such as Rattus satarae, Vandeleuria nilagirica, Platacanthomys lasiurus, Funambulus tristriatus and Suncus niger were recorded in Coorg although P. lasiurus and V. nilagirica were trapped in only one habitat each. Changes in land use and rapid decline in quality of habitat is pushing the endemics into local extinctions while non-endemic commensals are displacing restricted endemics in disturbed habitats. This study underlines the need for more in-depth rapid assessments in the Western Ghats for the poorly understood small mammals and the initiation of conservation programmes for endemics.

  1. Avaliação do Potencial de Ligantes à Base de Sódio e Cinzas Volantes na Estabilização de Solos – Comparação com Soluções Tradicionais

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    Teixeira, Cidália Conceição Rocha

    2010-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado em Engenharia Civil As técnicas de melhoramento de solos assumem cada vez mais um papel fundamental na resolução de problemas relacionados com os solos de fundação. Por um lado, a indisponibilidade de solo com as capacidades necessárias no local da obra, e por outro, o custo financeiro e ambiental da substituição deste por outro com características mais adequadas, levam a que a opção pelo melhoramento do solo original seja cada vez mais equacionada, o que se reflect...

  2. Avaliação do impacte ambiental das cinzas de biomassa na pavimentação

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    Alves, Joana Cristina Leite da Cunha Melo

    2013-01-01

    O volume da cinza de biomassa está a aumentar por todo o mundo, bem como o seu custo de deposição, tornando-se cada vez mais premente a sua gestão sustentável. Em Portugal, a solução principal na gestão destas cinzas tem sido a deposição em aterro, não se valorizando este resíduo. Há contudo um desperdício da cinza de biomassa, pois tem um elevado valor em nutrientes e apresenta propriedades físico-químicas que lhes conferem diversas qualidades, podendo ser utilizadas como material secundário...

  3. SÍNTESE DA PENEIRA MOLECULAR MCM-41 DERIVADA DA CINZA DA CASCA DO ARROZ

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    Renata Martins Braga; Najara Maira Teodoro; Dulce Maria de Araujo Melo; Flávia de Medeiros Aquino; Joana Maria de Farias Barros; Julio Cezar de Oliveira Freitas

    2013-01-01

    As peneiras moleculares MCM-41 têm atraído grande interesse devido as suas propriedades de alta área específica, volume e diâmetro de poros controláveis. Estes materiais são aplicados em diversos ramos da indústria química como adsorventes, suportes catalíticos e catalisadores heterogêneos em vários processos. Neste trabalho, o MCM-41 foi sintetizado a partir da cinza da casca do arroz, natural e tratada quimicamente, como fontes alternativas de sílica, denominadas CCA-MCM-41 e CCAL-MCM-41, r...

  4. Non-volant mammals recorded in environmental evaluation studies in southern Brazil

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    Jorge J. Cherem

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Studies to evaluate environmental impacts have become both a need and a requirement of environmental agencies due to great alteration of the native environments provoked by man. Many of these studies are short-termed, but reporting the acquired data is very important in order to increase knowledge about specific biotic groups. Thus, this paper presents the results of the non-volant mammal surveys arising from seven environmental studies in southern Brazil. The following methodologies were employed: (1 interviews with local residents; (2 visual observations and recording; (3 identification of vestiges; and (4 capture with live traps. A total of 46 mammal species were recorded (5 marsupials, 4 xenarthrans, 2 primates, 13 carnivores, 2 artiodactylans, 2 lagomorphs and 18 rodents. Some species, such as the jaguar (Panthera onca, giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis, Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris and white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari, are possibly extinct or seriously threatened. The records obtained and the possibilities of the occurrence of other species are discussed.

  5. Estudio de aplicaciones de las cenizas volantes a la estabilización-solidificación de residuos industriales

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    Rodríguez Piñero Fernández, Miguel Ángel

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    En el presente trabajo se ha llevado a cabo un estudio sobre procesos de estabilización y solidificación de residuos industriales (sólidos o líquidos) catalogados como tóxicos y peligrosos por su contenido en metales pesados. El tipo de proceso de estabilización estudiado se basa en la utilización de las cenizas volantes, procedentes de la combusti& oacute;n del carbón, como agentes aglomerantes mayoritarios, aunque también se han estudiado otros procesos basados en reacciones inorgánicas, co...

  6. SÍNTESE DA PENEIRA MOLECULAR MCM-41 DERIVADA DA CINZA DA CASCA DO ARROZ

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    Renata Martins Braga

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available As peneiras moleculares MCM-41 têm atraído grande interesse devido as suas propriedades de alta área específica, volume e diâmetro de poros controláveis. Estes materiais são aplicados em diversos ramos da indústria química como adsorventes, suportes catalíticos e catalisadores heterogêneos em vários processos. Neste trabalho, o MCM-41 foi sintetizado a partir da cinza da casca do arroz, natural e tratada quimicamente, como fontes alternativas de sílica, denominadas CCA-MCM-41 e CCAL-MCM-41, respectivamente, com o objetivo de reaproveitar este resíduo e produzir um material mesoporoso de menor custo. Os materiais foram sintetizados pelo método hidrotérmico a partir de um gel com composição molar: CTAMBr 1,0 mol L-1; SiO2 4,0 mol L-1; Na2O 1,0 mol L-1; H2O 200 mol L-1 e caracterizados por FRX, DRX, FT-IR e determinação de área superficial pelo método BET. Os materiais obtidos apresentaram elevada área superfícial específica (905 m2 g-1, com dimensões e volume de poros dentro das especificações de materiais mesoporosos, sendo estas prorpriedades semelhantes ao MCM-41 sintetizado com a sílica gel comercial, comprovando que a cinza da casca do arroz pode ser utilizada como fonte alternativa de sílica na síntese de peneiras moleculares do tipo MCM-41.

  7. Reports from dissemination and feed-back workshops with presentation of Volante results from WP1 and WP2, and response from local, regional, and national stakeholders

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    Frederiksen, Pia; Vesterager, Jens Peter; Kristensen, Søren Bech Pilgaard;

    2014-01-01

    The report constitutes an overview of the dissemination and feed-back workshops in the Volante case study countries: Netherlands, Romania, Austria, Greece and Denmark. The workshops were conducted based on the presentation of findings from WP1 and WP2 to national, regional and local stakeholders...

  8. Assessing the state of knowledge of utility-scale wind energy development and operation on non-volant terrestrial and marine wildlife

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    Lovich, Jeffrey E.; Ennen, Joshua R.

    2013-01-01

    A great deal has been published in the scientific literature regarding the effects of wind energy development and operation on volant (flying) wildlife including birds and bats, although knowledge of how to mitigate negative impacts is still imperfect. We reviewed the peer-reviewed scientific literature for information on the known and potential effects of utility-scale wind energy development and operation (USWEDO) on terrestrial and marine non-volant wildlife and found that very little has been published on the topic. Following a similar review for solar energy we identified known and potential effects due to construction and eventual decommissioning of wind energy facilities. Many of the effects are similar and include direct mortality, environmental impacts of destruction and modification of habitat including impacts of roads, and offsite impacts related to construction material acquisition, processing and transportation. Known and potential effects due to operation and maintenance of facilities include habitat fragmentation and barriers to gene flow, as well as effects due to noise, vibration and shadow flicker, electromagnetic field generation, macro- and micro-climate change, predator attraction, and increased fire risk. The scarcity of before-after-control-impact studies hinders the ability to rigorously quantify the effects of USWEDO on non-volant wildlife. We conclude that more empirical data are currently needed to fully assess the impact of USWEDO on non-volant wildlife.

  9. A devastação ecológica em cinzas do norte de Milton Hatoum

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    Marcos Reigota

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    Full Text Available Este artigo procura relacionar Cinzas do Norte, de Milton Hatoum, com o pensamento ecologista de Félix Guattari e Ana Godoy. Cinzas do Norte é uma narrativa sobre dois amigos de Manaus, cuja amizade se inicia em 1964, numa escola pública, e que segue até o final da ditadura civil-militar. Procuramos situar a obra de Milton Hatoum em relação à ecocrítica, em textos de autoria de Félix Guattari e Ana Godoy, e observar como a obra de Milton Hatoum colabora com a proposta de educação ambiental como produtora de sentidos. Afirmamos que a literatura, e particularmente Cinzas do Norte, contribui para a ampliação do repertório das práticas sociais e pedagógicas ecologistas no cotidiano. Trata-se de artigo resultante de pesquisa apoiada pelo CNPq sobre a obra de Milton Hatoum e suas relações com a educação ambiental pós-moderna e com os estudos culturais (ecocrítica.

  10. Obtención y caracterización de geopolímeros, sintetizados a partir de ceniza volante y piedra pómez, utilizados para el desarrollo y mejoramiento del concreto

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    CLAUDIA PAULINA GONZÁLEZ CUERVO

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo presentamos los resultados obtenidos al adicionar un geopolímero derivado de una fase mineral (ceniza volante y piedra pómez al concreto. La síntesis de los geopolímeros se realizó a partir de la activación alcalina de un aluminosilicato: ceniza volante y piedra pómez...

  11. Chemical properties of an oxisol under organic management as influenced by application of sugarcane bagasse ash Propriedades químicas de um latossolo sob manejo orgânico influenciado pela aplicação de cinzas de bagaço de cana

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    Enderson Petrônio de Brito Ferreira

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available There are large areas of Oxisols in South America, including Brazil, with low fertility and acidity. To improve crop yields on these Oxisols, liming and fertilization is an essential practice. However, besides the high cost of fertilizers, chemical fertilizers cannot be used in organic production systems, except insoluble sources. Ash is one of the alternative source of supplying macro and micronutrients. A field experiment was conducted, in a completely randomized block design in a factorial arrangement (three sources of ash x four rates resulting on 12 treatments, to evaluate the effect of source and rate of ash application on soil chemical properties. The treatments consisted of three sources (bagasse, bagasse+PJ07-A and bagasse+PJ07-RA of sugarcane ash applied in four rates as 0; 5; 15 and 30 Mg ha-1. Results showed that the use of ash significantly improved soil chemical properties such as pH, P, K, Mg, base saturation, K and Mg saturation and significantly reduced soil acidity (H+Al. Depending on the ash source or rate, some of the soil chemical properties were affected, however, the effect of ash source was not so pronounced as compared with ash rate. Ashes application resulted on a soil nutritional condiction enough to guarantee the growth and yield of most annual crops. Ash sources were equally effective in reducing acidity and improving soil fertility under this study condition, while increasing ash rate provides decrease in H+Al content and increase in pH, Mg, P and K.Existem extensas áreas de Latossolo na América do Sul com baixa fertilidade e acidez, inclusive no Brasil. Para melhorar a produtividade desses solos, o uso de fertilizantes e calcário é uma prática essencial. Contudo, além dos altos custos destes insumos, seu uso não é permitido em sistemas de produção orgânica. Dependendo da fonte, as cinzas podem fornecer macro e micronutrientes para culturas anuais. Foi conduzido um experimento de campo, em delineamento de

  12. Informe final. Investigación Evaluación de Stock y CTP Raya Volantín VIII X regiones.

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    Wiff Onetto, R.A.; Quiroz Espinosa, J.C.

    2007-01-01

    Se diagnostica el estado del recurso raya volantín en el área de estudio, efectuando evaluaciones indirectas de stock y considerando el análisis integrado de indicadores biológico-pesqueros-ambientales y evaluaciones de stock, definiendo los niveles de explotación biológicamente sustentables, en base a indicadores y puntos biológicos de referencia definidos para el efecto, considerando evaluaciones de riesgo e incertidumbre

  13. Adubação em vinhedo orgânico da cv. Isabel utilizando cinzas vegetais e esterco bovino

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    Rafael Piva

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    Full Text Available A busca por uma viticultura mais sustentável exige o estudo de fontes alternativas de nutrientes que causem menor impacto ambiental. Neste contexto, este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito de diferentes doses de cinzas vegetais e esterco bovino no desenvolvimento de videiras cv. Isabel. As doses utilizadas foram: 0; 750;1.500 e 2.250 g planta-1 de cinzas vegetais e 0; 5 e 10 kg planta-1 de esterco bovino, em esquema fatorial 4x3, com 12 tratamentos, cinco repetições e duas plantas por parcela. Nos dois primeiros ciclos de desenvolvimento vegetativo, foram avaliados o diâmetro dos ramos e o diâmetro do tronco e, no segundo ciclo, foi avaliado o índice de área foliar e realizadas as análises químicas de teores foliares de nutrientes. Houve efeitos positivos dos tratamentos para todas as variáveis estudadas, com mais evidência para as avaliações de índice de área foliar. De modo geral, para a maioria das variáveis, a dose de 5 kg planta-1 de esterco teve os melhores resultados, acrescido de 750 ou 1.500 g planta-1 de cinzas vegetais, ou o uso exclusivo de 10 kg planta-1de esterco bovino. No entanto, este último tratamento aumentou excessivamente o conteúdo de N, o que poderia ser prejudicial às plantas. Concluiu-se que as duas fontes podem ser usadas de maneira a suprir as exigências nutricionais de plantas jovens de videira, necessitando, dependendo das condições de solo, de uma suplementação com potássio e cálcio.

  14. Mobilização de elementos após aplicação de cinza de biomassa no solo

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    Pereira, Tiago Andrade Terra

    2013-01-01

    Em Portugal, as indústrias da pasta de papel e de produção de energia produzem grandes quantidades de cinza através da combustão de biomassa florestal, que necessitam de gestão adequada. O uso da cinza de biomassa como fertilizante no solo permitiria a valorização do resíduo, eliminando os custos crescentes associados à sua deposição em aterro. O trabalho realizado e apresentado nesta dissertação teve como objetivo o estudo da mobilização de elementos no solo, após aplicação de cinza de bi...

  15. Efeito da cinza de biomassa na dinâmica do C e N do solo de uma plantação de pinus pinaster Wood ash effects on C and N dynamics of a soil from a pinus pinaster plantation

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    Maria Xesús Gómez-Rey

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se, através de incubação aeróbia, o efeito da aplicação de cinza de biomassa florestal nas características químicas e na actividade microbiana de um Arenossolo de um povoamento de Pinus pinaster Ait. As doses de cinza aplicadas foram de 0, 4, e 8 g kg-1 solo, sob forma pulverulenta ou peletizada, e na presença ou ausência de fertilizante azotado. A aplicação de cinza sob forma pulverulenta aumentou rápida e significativamente os valores de pH e os teores de bases de troca e de P extraível do solo. A nitrificação líquida foi igualmente estimulada. A quantidade de C microbiano nos solos com cinza pulverulenta foi inferior ao controlo, não sendo observados efeitos significativos para a respiração basal do solo. O quociente metabólico foi superior na fase inicial da incubação. Os efeitos observados foram, em geral, tanto mais intensos quanto maior a dose de cinza aplicada e mais acentuados na presença de N. A cinza aplicada sob forma peletizada não produziu um efeito tão acentuado nas características do solo nem na elevação da alcalinidade, determinando uma fraca influência na dinâmica de C e na produção de nitrato. Em sistemas como o estudado a aplicação de cinza sob forma peletizada é preferível, ao originar um efeito mais prolongado da sua acção, devendo ser acompanhada de fertilizantes azotados para aumentar a disponibilidade de N no solo.Effects of wood ash (loose and pelleted on chemical properties and microbial activity in an Arenosol from a Pinus pinaster plantation were assessed through laboratory incubation. Wood ash was applied at a rate of 0, 4 and 8 g kg-1 soil both alone or together with N. Loose ash significantly increased pH values and extractable nutrients from the soil. Net nitrification was stimulated by it application. Amounts of microbial biomass C were lower in soils with loose ash than in the control. Basal respiration was not affected by treatments. Effects increased with the

  16. Influencia de diferentes condiciones de curado en la estructura porosa y en las propiedades a edades tempranas de morteros que contienen ceniza volante y escoria de alto horno

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    Ortega Álvarez, José Marcos; Sánchez Martín, Isidro; Climent, Miguel-Ángel

    2013-01-01

    En este trabajo se ha estudiado la evolución de la microestructura, propiedades de durabilidad y resistencias mecánicas de morteros preparados con cementos comerciales, que contienen ceniza volante (entre un 21% y un 35%) y escoria de alto horno (entre un 66% y un 80%), expuestos a tres ambientes, un ambiente óptimo de laboratorio, y dos ambientes representativos del clima Atlántico y Mediterráneo respectivamente. Como referencia de comportamiento, también se ensayaron morteros de cemento Por...

  17. Uso de las cenizas volantes del carbón en la síntesis de materiales zeolíticos con propiedades intercambiadoras de ion amonio

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    Jaime Olmedo Pérez O.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available En esta investigación se sintetizan las zeolitas F y W a partir de reactivos grado analítico y de las cenizas volantes de carbón como fuentes de aluminio y silicio. El propósito de la síntesis de estos materiales es mostrar la posibilidad económica de su obtención y su aplicación potencial en la remoción de ion amonio, en general, de aguas de desecho y específicamente de aguas de cultivos piscícolas.

  18. Síntesis de zeolitas a partir de cenizas volantes de centrales termoeléctricas de carbón

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    Umaña Peña, Juan Carlos

    2002-01-01

    Los sub-productos de combustión del carbón producidos en centrales térmicas, están compuestos generalmente por más de un 70% de material vítreo aluminosilicatado. Esta composición los hace potencialmente utilizables en obras de ingeniería civil o alternativamente como rellenos inertes en minería, así como adsorbentes, inmovilizadores, fuente alternativa en la extracción de Al, Fe, Si, Ge, Ga, V y Ni, y aditivos en suelos.Las cenizas volantes se caracterizan por una distribución granulométrica...

  19. Utilización de ceniza volante y catalizador fcc gastado en la recuperación de cromo (iii) de los efluentes líquidos de las curtiembres

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    Amaya, Jeceny; Tristancho, Andrés; Sánchez Castellanos, Francisco José

    2010-01-01

    El presente trabajo estudia la posibilidad de utilizar dos desechos sólidos industriales: la ceniza volante de TERMOPAIPA y el catalizador de equilibrio gastado (FCC) de ECOPETROL, en la remoción y recuperación de cromo de los efluentes líquidos de las curtiembres. La ceniza volante se sometió a dos tratamientos hidrotérmicos alcalinos para obtener estructuras zeolíticas de mejores propiedades, y el catalizador gastado se calcinó para eliminar el coque de su superficie. La caracterización de ...

  20. Crescimento, produção e qualidade de frutos da bananeira 'Figo cinza', em Botucatu-SP Growth, yield and quality of 'Figo cinza' banana fruits in Botucatu-SP

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    Dayana Portes Ramos

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    Full Text Available A bananeira Figo Cinza é uma cultivar do grupo ABB, subgrupo Figo, que apresenta tolerância ao mal-do-panamá e às sigatokas amarela e negra, demonstrando ser uma cultivar interessante para programas de melhoramento genético. Devido a isso, o presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar características do 1º ciclo da planta, como o crescimento, produção e atributos físico-químicos dos frutos dessa cultivar, no município de Botucatu-SP. Foram avaliadas as seguintes características de crescimento: altura de plantas, circunferência do pseudocaule e número de folhas, medidas na época de emissão da inflorescência; número de dias entre o plantio e o florescimento, número de dias entre o florescimento e a colheita, e número de dias do plantio à colheita. Também foram mensuradas as seguintes características de produção: peso do cacho, número de frutos, peso médio dos frutos, número de pencas e produtividade; na 2ª penca foram avaliados peso, número, comprimento e diâmetro dos frutos. Os atributos fisico-químicos analisados foram: textura, pH, acidez titulável, sólidos solúveis, açúcares totais, amido e teor de potássio. Foi utilizado o método das estatísticas descritivas para a caracterização da cultivar, através dos cálculos das médias. Os resultados mostraram que 'Figo Cinza' apresentou porte médio (2,9 m, ciclo de 420 dias, produtividade média de 12,74 t ha -1 e frutos com baixa acidez (0,06%.'Figo Cinza' is a cultivar of the genomic group ABB, Figo subgroup, which provides tolerance to Panama and Sigatoka diseases that may be useful in genetic breeding programs. Then, this work aimed to evaluate the plants growth, production and also the physical and chemical characteristics of the fruits from this cultivar in Botucatu city, São Paulo state, Brazil. Some growth characteristics were evaluated such as: plant height, the pseudostem circumference, number of leaves, number of days between planting and

  1. Urbes Volant, Scripta Manent

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    sevince bayrak

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    In this article, the role of shopping in urbanism as an activity is investigated through Almere master plan design and Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping. Rem Koolhaas is the common actor between the city plan and the book which was published concurrently. Parallel to a city centre formation process, a story of architects’ perplexity about urbanization and the self-critism which comes out due to the constructed city image is illustrated. Almere which was founded in 1970s, has experienced...

  2. Urbes Volant, Scripta Manent

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    sevince bayrak

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    Full Text Available In this article, the role of shopping in urbanism as an activity is investigated through Almere master plan design and Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping. Rem Koolhaas is the common actor between the city plan and the book which was published concurrently. Parallel to a city centre formation process, a story of architects’ perplexity about urbanization and the self-critism which comes out due to the constructed city image is illustrated. Almere which was founded in 1970s, has experienced a radical change after the master plan design competition which OMA won the 1st prize, in 1994. After a while, Koolhaas with his students in Harvard Design School prepared Project on the City 2: Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, and published it in 2001. In this paper, the correlation between the book and the city plan and how they contribute to current urbanization discussions, is illustrated by analyzing the role of shopping in two examples. A story of Almere’s change with plural actors reveals due to this analysis which contributes the role of shopping in urban design, and the role of architect in cities today.

  3. Ajout de phosphogypse à des mortiers à base de cendres volantes et filler calcaire Addition of phosphogypsum to blended mortars based on fly ash and limestone filler

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    Alami Talbi M.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available L’objectif de ce travail est d’étudier la possibilité de la valorisation du phosphogypse dans les matériaux de construction vue sa grande disponibilité comme sous-produit de l’industrie des phosphates. Nous étudions l’effet de l’ajout du phosphogypse sur un mélange de clinker, cendres volantes et filler calcaire. Les échantillons sont préparés par l’ajout de 10% de phosphogypse et de 30% de cendres volantes aux mélanges constitués du clinker et du filler calcaire. Les mélanges sont hydratés et caractérisés par diffraction des rayons X et spectroscopie infrarouge. Des phases cristallines se développent dès le 3ème jour, et on remarque que les phases les plus fréquentes sont : la Portlandite Ca(OH2, la Calcite CaCO3, l’ettringite Ca6Al2(SO43(OH12 26H2O, Ca5(SiO42(OH2 et le gypse CaSO4, 2H2O mais leur pourcentages varient selon les mélanges. La mesure de la durée de prise des mortiers montre que le début et la fin de la prise sont généralement retardés proportionnellement à l’ajout des cendres volantes et du phosphogypse. La microstructure des matériaux a également été étudiée par la mesure de la perméabilité apparente, les résultats montrent que l’ajout du phosphogypse a contribué à une diminution de la perméabilité des échantillons par contre les cendres volantes ont un effet contraire. La résistance à la compression des mortiers montre des résultats concordants, les résistances augmentent avec la diminution de la perméabilité. The objective of this paper is to study the possibility of valorization of phosphogypsum in building materials because his large availability as a by-product of the phosphate industry. We study the effect of adding phosphogypsum on a mixture of clinker, fly ash and limestone filler. The samples were prepared by adding 10% of phosphogypsum and 30% of fly ash to mixtures consisting of clinker and limestone filler. The mixtures are hydrated and characterized by X

  4. Desarrollo de conglomerados con la incorporación de cenizas volantes procedentes de la incineración de residuos sólidos urbanos

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    Lopez Zaldivar, Oscar

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    Esta tesis presenta los resultados de la investigación realizada sobre la inertización de cenizas volantes procedentes de residuos sólidos urbanos y su posterior encapsulación en distintas matrices de mortero. Durante el proceso de inertización, se ha logrado la inertización de éste residuo tóxico y peligroso (RTP) y también su valorización como subproducto. De esta forma se dispone de nueva “materia prima” a bajo coste y la eliminación de un residuo tóxico y peligroso con la consiguiente co...

  5. La influencia de las cenizas volantes como sustituto parcial del cemento Pórtland en la durabilidad del hormigón

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    Molina Bas, Omar I.

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    La durabilidad del hormigón, especialmente del hormigón armado, está muy influenciada por la capacidad de transporte de líquidos y gases a través de su red porosa. El uso de cenizas volantes como adición del hormigón está ampliamente extendido por dos razones: el ahorro económico que supone la reducción del cemento empleado y los cambios microestructurales motivados por la adición. Sobre este segundo punto existe consenso en considerar que las cenizas generan un hormigón más compacto y una re...

  6. Efecto de la incorporación de ceniza volante y escoria de horno alto en el comportamiento electroquímico de concretos de cemento comercial

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    Gutiérrez-Junco, Oscar J.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the findings of the research properties evaluation pastes of commercial cement (CPC, mixed with fly ash (FA and granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS. Initially, the sample of 30 combinations were evaluated in terms of compressive strength to establish the optimal proportions from raw material. After that, four optimized blends were characterized during the setting and hardening process. Electrochemical tests were performed on concrete cylinders samples prepared with cementitious materials and a structural steel rod placed in the center of the specimen. With the objective to evaluate the performance before corrosion, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects were taken into consideration. The findings showed that commercial cements blended with fly ash and blast furnace slag as the ones used in this research presents a decreased behavior in mechanical and corrosion strength regarding to CPC.Este trabajo presenta los resultados de la evaluación de propiedades de pastas de cemento comercial (CPC, mezcladas con ceniza volante (FA y escoria de alto horno (GBFS. Inicialmente un total de 30 combinaciones fueron evaluadas en términos de resistencia a la compresión para establecer las proporciones óptimas de las materias primas. Después de esto, cuatro mezclas optimizadas fueron caracterizadas durante el proceso de fraguado y endurecimiento. Se realizaron ensayos electroquímicos en cilindros de concreto elaborados con los cementantes y con una varilla de acero de construcción embebida en su interior. Con el objetivo de evaluar el comportamiento frente a la corrosión se estudiaron aspectos termodinámicos y cinéticos. Los resultados mostraron que cementos comerciales mezclados con ceniza volante y escoria de alto horno, como los usados en esta investigación, presentan menor resistencia mecánica y a la corrosión que un cemento comercial.

  7. Eficiência na remoção de coliformes em águas cinza através da fitorremediação

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    Verena S. Baracuhy

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O semiárido é caracterizado pelas irregularidades pluviais e o tratamento de águas cinza para reuso na agricultura com tecnologia ecológica é uma forma de conviver com a seca nessas regiões. Nesse contexto, a pesquisa foi realizada no distrito de Ribeira no município de Cabaceiras/PB objetivando-se avaliar a eficiência da remoção dos coliformes totais e fecais do efluente tratado nas unidades de produção agrícola através da fitorremediação. Foram realizados dois tratamentos com e sem fitorremediação, a cultura utilizada foi o capim roxo. As águas cinza eram provenientes de uma lavanderia pública. Foram coletadas amostras mensais e analisadas os coliformes total e fecal (Escherichia coli. No tratamento sem fitorremediação, os coliformes totais variaram de 1,583 x 103 a 2,0224 x 103 (UFC/100 mL e quando o tratamento tinha o auxílio do capim roxo, ou seja, com fitorremediação os coliformes totais oscilaram de 1,354 x 103 a 2,0224 x 103 (UFC/100 mL. Ocorreu uma redução significativa de Escherichia coli no tratamento com fitorremediação. A utilização da fitorremediação no tratamento de águas cinza reduziu a presença de coliformes totais e fecal, sendo assim uma alternativa viável de tratamento, proporcionando um aumento da qualidade hídrica.

  8. REUSE OF RICE HUSK ASH IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS = REAPROVEITAMENTO DA CINZA DE CASCA DE ARROZ NA CONSTRUÇÃO CIVIL

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    Jorge Luis Akasaki

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The world population growth, coupled with technological advances achieved in recent years, generates high environmental contamination, both as associated with the greenhouse gas emission, as the high waste production without an appropriate place for its final disposal. Among the agricultural wastes, it can highlight the high amount of rice husk ash that is produced by the rice industry. One solution to avoid these problems is the reuse of rice husk ash in other sectors, such as building construction. This paper presents a brief review of the research that has being carried out in terms of reuse of rice husk ash in construction, more specifically, in concrete and mortar preparation. = O crescimento da população mundial, associado ao avanço tecnológico alcançado nos últimos anos, gera como consequência uma enorme contaminação meio ambiental, tanto no que se refere à emissão de gases tóxicos, quanto na produção de enormes quantidades de resíduos, sem um local apropriado para a sua disposição final. Entre os resíduos agrícolas, pode-se destacar a imensa quantidade de cinza de casca de arroz, produzida pela indústria do arroz. Uma das soluções para evitar esses problemas é a reutilização da cinza de casca do arroz em outros setores produtivos, por exemplo, construção civil. O presente trabalho apresenta uma breve revisão sobre as pesquisas que vêm sendo desenvolvidas em termos de reaproveitamento da cinza de casca de arroz na construção civil, mais especificamente, em concretos e argamassas.

  9. Efeito da adição de Na2O na viscosidade e devitrificação do vidro obtido a partir de cinzas volantes e Li2O Influence of Na2O on the viscosity and devitrification behavior of glasses obtained from fly ashes and Li2O

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    Etney Neves

    1998-07-01

    Full Text Available Glass-ceramic materials can be produced by the addition of LiO2 to fly ashes disposible in Southern Brazil. These glass-ceramics are based on the Al2O3-SiO2-Li 2O system. The high viscosity of the obtained glasses, however, makes forming useful articles with these materials difficult. In this study we investigate the effect of adding low cost Na2CO3 on the melt viscosity and on the nature of the developed crystalline phases. It was intended that the ultimate crystalline phase (LiAlSi3O8 should not be altered. With additions up to 3 wt. % Na2CO3, the viscosity was apparently lowered and no new crystalline phase were detected.

  10. Efeito da adição de cinza da casca de arroz em misturas cimento-casca de arroz Effect of the addition of rice husk ash in cement-rice husk mixtures

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    Loris L. Zucco; Antonio L. Beraldo

    2008-01-01

    A casca de arroz e sua cinza são abundantes e renováveis, podendo ser empregadas na obtenção de materiais de construção alternativos. O aumento do consumo desses resíduos poderia ajudar a minimizar os problemas ambientais provenientes da sua eliminação inadequada. Este trabalho teve o objetivo de avaliar a utilização de cinzas como carga mineral (filler). Todavia, a casca de arroz interferiu quimicamente no comportamento das misturas à base de cimento. Assim, diferentes misturas cimento-casca...

  11. El desarrollo de las características mecánicas del hormigón fabricado con adiciones de cenizas volantes bajo varias condiciones de curado

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    Abdul HUssain, Munther Latif

    1994-02-01

    Full Text Available In this research, me have made an experimental analysis of the development of the mechanical characteristics of concretes made with different percentages of fly ashes substituting Portland Cement and in different curing conditions. It is often not enough to know the evolution of the compressive strength in order to detect and solve our problems. It is very important to know the development of other mechanical properties of concrete, especially at early stages, in order to determine with certainty the time the construction will take, as well as the construction process, i.e. tensile strength. Young's modulus and bond strength. Furthermore, at early stages, the curing conditions are very important for the development of these mechanical properties. Besides, the partial replacement of the cement by fly ashes has an additional influence on that development. We have studied these parameters by testing different types of concretes, with 20, 35 and 50 per cent F class (ASTM fly ashes replacing cement, cured at 10ºC, 20ºC and 30ºC with 60 and 100 per cent relative humidity. The test stages were 7, 28 and 90 days and all four properties were measured. This paper presents various tables and figures with the test results which can be of use in the design of construction processes and some additional conclusions on the developments obtained.

    En esta investigación se analiza, experimentalmente, el desarrollo de las características mecánicas de hormigones fabricados con diferentes porcentajes de sustitución del cemento portland por cenizas volantes y sometidos a la influencia de diversas condiciones de curado. Muchas veces el conocimiento de la evolución de la resistencia a compresión del hormigón no es suficiente para detectar y resolver nuestros problemas. Conocer el desarrollo de otras características mecánicas del hormigón, especialmente a edades tempranas, es fundamental para establecer con seguridad el plazo de construcci

  12. Estudo das características químicas e físicas da cinza da casca da castanha de caju para uso em materiais cimentícios - 10.4025/actascitechnol.v32i4.7434

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    Sofia Araujo Lima; João Adriano Rossignolo

    2010-01-01

    As cinzas ocupam lugar de destaque dentre os resíduos agroindustriais por resultarem de processos de geração de energia. Sabe-se que muitas dessas cinzas possuem reatividade pozolânica, podendo ser utilizadas como adição mineral em matrizes de cimento Portland. O presente estudo tem como objetivo investigar as características físicas e químicas da cinza da casca da castanha de caju (CCCC), por meio dos seguintes ensaios: análise química, massa unitária, massa específica, extratos lixiviado e ...

  13. Novel Babesia and Hepatozoon agents infecting non-volant small mammals in the Brazilian Pantanal, with the first record of the tick Ornithodoros guaporensis in Brazil.

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    Wolf, Rafael William; Aragona, Mônica; Muñoz-Leal, Sebastián; Pinto, Leticia Borges; Melo, Andréia Lima Tomé; Braga, Isis Assis; Dos Santos Costa, Jackeliny; Martins, Thiago Fernandes; Marcili, Arlei; de Campos Pacheco, Richard; Labruna, Marcelo B; Aguiar, Daniel Moura

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    Taking into account the diversity of small terrestrial mammals of the Pantanal, the present study aimed to verify the occurrence of infection by Ehrlichia spp., Anaplasma spp., Rickettsia spp., Hepatozoon spp., Babesia spp. and parasitism by ticks in non-volant small mammals collected in the Brazilian Pantanal. Samples of blood, liver and spleen were collected from 64 captured animals, 22 marsupials and 42 rodents. Pathogen detection was performed by the use of genus-specific Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assays. Ticks collected from the animals consisted of Amblyomma sculptum and Amblyomma triste nymphs, and Ornithodoros guaporensis larvae. None of the vertebrate samples (blood, liver, or spleen) yielded detectable DNA of Rickettsia spp. or Ehrlichia spp. The blood of the rodent Hylaeamys megacephalus yielded an Anaplasma sp. genotype (partial 16S rRNA gene) 99% similar to multiple Anaplasma spp. genotypes around the world. The blood of three rodents of the species Calomys callosus were positive for a novel Hepatozoon sp. agent, phylogenetically related (18S rDNA gene) to distinct Hepatozoon genotypes that have been detected in rodents from different parts of the world. One marsupial (Monodelphis domestica) and three rodents (Thrichomys pachyurus) were positive to novel piroplasmid genotypes, phylogenetically (18S rDNA gene) related to Theileria bicornis, Cytauxzoon manul, and Cytauxzoon felis. The present study provides the first molecular detection of Hepatozoon sp. and piroplasmids in small mammals in Brazil. Additionally, we expanded the distribution of O. guaporensis to Brazil, since this tick species was previously known to occur only in Bolivia. PMID:26782931

  14. Moa's Ark or volant ghosts of Gondwana? Insights from nineteen years of ancient DNA research on the extinct moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) of New Zealand.

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    Allentoft, Morten E; Rawlence, Nicolas J

    2012-01-20

    The moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) of New Zealand represent one of the extinct iconic taxa that define the field of ancient DNA (aDNA), and after almost two decades of genetic scrutiny of bones, feathers, coprolites, mummified tissue, eggshell, and sediments, our knowledge of these prehistoric giants has increased significantly. Thanks to molecular and morphological-based research, the insights that have been obtained into moa phylogenetics, phylogeography, and palaeobiology exceeds that of any other extinct taxon. This review documents the strengths of applying a multidisciplinary approach when studying extinct taxa but also shows that cross-disciplinary controversies still remain at the most fundamental levels, with highly conflicting interpretations derived from aDNA and morphology. Moa species diversity, for example, is still heavily debated, as well as their relationship with other ratites and the mode of radiation. In addition to increasing our knowledge on a lineage of extinct birds, further insights into these aspects can clarify some of the basal splits in avian evolution, and the evolutionary implications of the breakup of the prehistoric supercontinent Gondwana. Did a flightless moa ancestor drift away on proto New Zealand (Moa's Ark) or did a volant ancestor arrive by flight? Here we provide an overview of 19 years of aDNA research on moa, critically assess the attempts and controversies in placing the moa lineage among palaeognath birds, and discuss the factors that facilitated the extensive radiation of moa. Finally, we identify the most obvious gaps in the current knowledge to address the future potential research areas in moa genetics. PMID:21596537

  15. Aproveitamento da cinza do bagaço de cana-de açúcar como fíler em concreto asfáltico

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    Cláudio Luiz Dias Leal; Protasio Ferreira e Castro

    2010-01-01

    A geração, o manuseio e o armazenamento seguro de resíduos sólidos têm se tornado uma grande preocupação no Brasil. O principal objetivo desse estudo foi investigar a potencialidade do uso da cinza do bagaço de cana de açúcar como fíler em misturas asfálticas. O comportamento das misturas foi caracterizado por meio de um programa experimental utilizando diferentes teores de resíduo e os ensaios de estabilidade Marshall, tração indireta, módulo de resiliência e velocidade do pulso ultra-sônico...

  16. Qualidade das águas cinza tratada com fitorremediação em unidades de produção agrícola

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    Verena S. Baracuhy

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    Full Text Available A irrigação é uma atividade que necessita de grande quantidade de água, o tratamento de águas cinzas provenientes de uma lavanderia pública em regiões semiáridas para reuso passa a ser uma alternativa de sobrevivência neste ambiente e favorável no desenvolvimento econômico sustentável. Nesse contexto, a pesquisa foi realizada no distrito de Ribeira no município de Cabaceiras - PB objetivando-se avaliar a qualidade da água cinza tratada com fitorremediação nas unidades de produção agrícola. Foram realizados dois tratamentos com(Tanque 2 e sem fitorremediação(Tanque 1, a cultura utilizada foi o capim elefante roxo. Foram coletadas amostras mensais e analisadas os seguintes parâmetros fisicoquimicos: Turbidez, pH, Condutividade elétrica (Ce, Demanda Quimica de Oxigenio(DQO e Fostoro Total. Para a turbidez os valores dos tratamentos foram acima de 1.000 UNT. Na demanda química de oxigênio, o valor mínimo foi de 311mg/L (setembro e máximo de 438mg/L (outubro no tanque 2 em contrapartida no tanque 1 o valor mínimo foi de 354mg/L (setembro e máximo de 618mg/L (outubro. O tratamento com fitorremediação teve uma maior eficiência na redução de DQO.Palavras – chave: capim elefante roxo, reuso, irrigação

  17. Mamíferos não-voadores do campus "Luiz de Queiroz", Universidade de São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brasil Non-volant mammals of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil

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    Carla Gheler-Costa

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The remaining portion of the Atlantic Forest within the State of Sao Paulo is highly fragmented and most of the remainders are wrapped up in an essentially agricultural mosaic. This study aims at the local surveying of non-volant mammals, including their distribution and relative abundance within the human-altered environments of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo State, Brazil, an urbanized area bordered by two highways and the Piracicaba River. The landscape of the study area is characterized by a mosaic of small forest fragments surrounded by pastures, agriculture, and planted forests. Small mammals were captured from February to October, 2001, with an effort of 7056 day-traps, sampling the most representative environments of the campus: planted Eucalyptus (L'Héritier and Pinus (Shaw forests, native forest fragment, meadow, rubber tree (Hevea sp. plantation, agriculture and pasture area. Occurrence of medium and large frame mammals was recorded daily (morning and afternoon from November of 2000 to October of 2001 along a trail set up to merge the studied environments. Sixteen species of non-volant mammals were recorded, ten of medium or big body-size, and six of small body-size. Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 and coati (Nasua nasua (Linnaeus, 1766 were the most abundant species.

  18. En torno a las cenizas volantes en los cementos y en los hormigones, a la luz de un trabajo presentado en el 7º. Congreso Internacional de la Química de los Cementos

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    Calleja, José

    1982-03-01

    Full Text Available With reference to some comments recently made by the well known and informed author A. VIRELLA BLODA in a wide and detailed report on the Congress referred to, published in the Technical Review CEMENTO-HORMIGON, concerning the Round Table of Theme IV: POZZOLANAS AND FLY-ASHES and particularly to a paper presented under this item, the author of this work makes some personal considerations on pozzolanas in general and particularly on fly-ashes, dealing with general aspects of them, and more specifically with those related to reinforcement corrosion, which is the main object of the mentioned paper.

    Al hilo de unos comentarios hechos recientemente por el conocido y documentado autor A. VIRELLA BLODA en un amplio y detallado informe sobre el mencionado Congreso, en la Revista CEMENTO-HORMIGÓN (véase referencias con relación a la Mesa Redonda del tema IV del mismo, concerniente a PUZOLANAS Y CENIZAS VOLANTES, y en particular a una comunicación presentada en dicho tema, el firmante de este trabajo hace unas consideraciones personales acerca de las puzolanas en general y de las cenizas volantes en particular, en aspectos generales, y más específicamente en los relativos a la corrosión de las armaduras, objeto principal de la citada comunicación.

  19. Utilização de zeólitas sintetizadas a partir de cinza de carvão para remoção de azul de metileno em água

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    Denise Alves Fungaro; Mariza Bruno

    2009-01-01

    A adsorção de azul de metileno de solução aquosa foi realizada usando-se zeólitas de cinza de carvão como adsorventes de baixo custo. A amostra de cinza de carvão foi convertida em zeólitas por tratamento hidrotérmico usando parâmetros de síntese diferentes. Os materiais foram caracterizados por análise físico-química e estudos de DRX e MEV. As isotermas de adsorção ajustaram-se ao modelo de Freundlich. Os valores da capacidade de adsorção foram similares para os adsorventes. Estudos cinético...

  20. Fly ash as zeolites for reducing nitrogen losses by volatilizationUso de cinzas como zeólitas na redução de perdas de nitrogênio por volatilização

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    Carlos Antonio Costa do Nascimento

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The structural and chemical characteristics of fly ash from coal-fired mineral and fly ash zeolitized are similar to those of zeolites. Urea was added with these materials in the proportions of urea: fly ashes of 100:10, 100:20, 100:50, 100:100, with a control containing just urea. These treatments were applied in soil surface and the experimental design was a randomized block with clay and sandy soil. Nitrogen losses by ammonia volatilization and the chemical characteristics of soil fertility were evaluated. In sandy soil there was reduction of ammonia volatilization for the proportions of 100:10 and 100:20, while fly ash zeolitized and fly ash had no difference. As cinzas provenientes da queima de carvão mineral, seja in natura ou zeolitizada, possuem estrutura e características químicas semelhantes às zeólitas. Verificou-se a adição destes materiais à uréia nas proporções ureia:cinzas 100:10, 100:20, 100:50, 100:100 e um controle (somente ureia, em delineamento com blocos casualizados em solo arenoso e argiloso sem incorporação, avaliando as perdas de nitrogênio por volatilização de amônia e os parâmetros químicos de fertilidade do solo. As proporções 100:10 e 100:20 promoveram redução significativa de perdas por volatilização da amônia, porém somente no solo de textura arenosa. Não há diferença entre a cinza zeolitilizada e a cinza in natura visando à redução das perdas de N por volatilização de NH3 da ureia.

  1. Efeito da cinza de biomassa na dinâmica do C e N do solo de uma plantação de pinus pinaster Wood ash effects on C and N dynamics of a soil from a pinus pinaster plantation

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    Maria Xesús Gómez-Rey; Manuel Madeira; João Coutinho; Ernesto Vasconcelos

    2010-01-01

    Estudou-se, através de incubação aeróbia, o efeito da aplicação de cinza de biomassa florestal nas características químicas e na actividade microbiana de um Arenossolo de um povoamento de Pinus pinaster Ait. As doses de cinza aplicadas foram de 0, 4, e 8 g kg-1 solo, sob forma pulverulenta ou peletizada, e na presença ou ausência de fertilizante azotado. A aplicação de cinza sob forma pulverulenta aumentou rápida e significativamente os valores de pH e os teores de bases de troca e de P extra...

  2. Análise por imagem digital dos níveis de cinza de fibras de reforço associadas a uma resina composta = Digital image analysis of the gray levels of reinforcement fibers associated with composite resin

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    Mussatto, Cristiane Maria Boniatti

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Mensurar a densidade óptica das fibras de reforço Connect, Ribbond e Interlig incluídas em resina composta Filtek Z250, no sistema DenOptix. Materiais e método: Foram confeccionados 10 blocos de resina composta associadas a cada tipo de fibra e dois blocos de resina Z250 pura (controle não-reforçado, totalizando 32 corpos-de-prova. Foram obtidas 3 radiografias digitais de cada corpo-de-prova, sobre uma placa óptica do sistema DenOptix, para cada posição: (A face lateral da fibra exposta aos raios -X; (B face tramada da fibra exposta aos raios-X. Em cada uma foram realizadas 3 leituras ópticas dos níveis de cinza em cada corpo-de-prova, em pontos aleatórios, sendo obtida uma média. Os valores médios dos níveis de cinza foram analisados pelo teste t de Student, ANOVA e teste de Tukey, ao nível de significância de 1%. Resultados e conclusões: Com relação à associação da resina + fibra na posição (A, observou-se a maior média de níveis de cinza para a resina pura, seguido por resina + Connect, resina + Interlig (que não diferiram entre si, e resina + Ribbond. Com relação à associação da resina + fibra na posição (B, observou-se que a resina pura apresentou maior média, seguida por resina + Connect, resina + Interlig e resina + Ribbond, sendo que as duas últimas não foram diferentes entre si. Os resultados sugerem que os níveis de cinza variaram em função do tipo de fibra de reforço e da posição na radiografia.

  3. Cinética de vulcanização de composições de borracha natural com incorporação de cinza de casca de arroz Vulcanization kinetics of natural rubber filled with rice husk ash

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    Helson M. da Costa; Leila L. Y. Visconte; Regina C. R. Nunes; Cristina R. G. Furtado

    2003-01-01

    Cinza da casca de arroz foi incorporada em borracha natural (NR) utilizando-se um misturador de cilindros. O sistema de vulcanização convencional (CV) foi escolhido e os estudos sobre a cura das composições foram conduzidos em um Curômetro TI-100. As curvas de torque foram obtidas em 150, 160, 170 e 180 °C. A velocidade global e a energia de ativação aparente para o processo de vulcanização foram calculadas para cada composição, assumindo que a vulcanização segue uma cinética de primeira ...

  4. Incorporação de cinza de lenha, lodo de estação de tratamento de água e cinza de casca de arroz em massa cerâmica: utilização da técnica de planejamento Grog incorporation in ceramic mass to manufacture of bricks: a study of the physical-mechanical properties

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    E. N. M de Medeiros

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta um estudo das propriedades físico-mecânicas de massas cerâmicas com a incorporação de resíduos de cinza de lenha, lodo de estação de tratamento de água e cinza de casca de arroz, visando a sua futura utilização na produção de blocos. Os procedimentos metodológicos consistiram na caracterização química e mineralógica, na análise granulométrica e no delineamento de misturas com argila e resíduos por meio da técnica de planejamento. Foram produzidos corpos de prova por prensagem, com variações de composições no intervalo de 0 a 50% de resíduo e 50 a 100% de argila. A queima foi realizada em forno tipo mufla. As propriedades físico-mecânicas avaliadas foram absorção de água e módulo de ruptura à flexão. Como resultados principais, concluiu-se sobre a viabilidade em se utilizar composições com até 25% de resíduo nas temperaturas de 800, 900 e 1000 ºC.This paper presents a study of the physical and mechanical properties of ceramic mass with the incorporation of waste ash wood, sludge from water treatment and rice husk ash to determine whether its future use manufacture of bricks. The procedures consisted in the chemical and mineralogical characterization, particle size analysis and design of mixtures with clay and waste through planning technique. Bodies were produced by uniaxial pressing, with variations of compositions in the range of 0 to 50% waste and 50 to 100% clay. The burning was carried out in muffle furnace. The physical and mechanical properties evaluated were water absorption and modulus of rupture strength. The main result, it was concluded on the feasibility of using compositions with up to 25% of waste at temperatures of 800, 900 and 1000ºC.

  5. Utilização de zeólitas sintetizadas a partir de cinza de carvão para remoção de azul de metileno em água

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    Denise Alves Fungaro

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A adsorção de azul de metileno de solução aquosa foi realizada usando-se zeólitas de cinza de carvão como adsorventes de baixo custo. A amostra de cinza de carvão foi convertida em zeólitas por tratamento hidrotérmico usando parâmetros de síntese diferentes. Os materiais foram caracterizados por análise físico-química e estudos de DRX e MEV. As isotermas de adsorção ajustaram-se ao modelo de Freundlich. Os valores da capacidade de adsorção foram similares para os adsorventes. Estudos cinéticos indicaram que a adsorção seguiu o modelo de pseudo-segunda-ordem./////////// The adsorption of methylene blue from aqueous solution was carried out using zeolites synthesized from coal ash as low-cost adsorbents. The coal ash sample was converted to zeolites by hydrothermal treatment using different synthesis parameters. The materials were characterized by physical-chemical analysis, XRD and SEM studies. The adsorption isotherms can be fitted by Freundlich model. The values of the adsorption capacity of adsorbents were similar for adsorbents. Kinetic studies indicate that the adsorption follows pseudo-second-order kinetic model.

  6. Glass-ceramic material of the Si-Ca-K system sintered from sugarcane bagasse ash; Material vitro-ceramico do distema SiO{sub 2}-CaO-K{sub 2}O sinterizado a partir de cinza de bagaco de cana de acucar

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    Teixeira, S.R.; Silva, R.A.; Santos, G.C.; Santos, G.T.A., E-mail: rainho@fct.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulista (DFQB/FCT/UNESP), Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias e Tecnologia. Dept. de Fisica, Quimica e Biologia; Romero, M.; Rincon, J.Ma. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (IETCC/CSIC), Madri (Spain). Inst. de Ciencias de la Construccion Eduardo Torroja; Reynoso, V.C.S. [Universidade Estadual Paulista (FEIS/UNESP), Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia

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    This study analyses the crystallization of glasses obtained from two samples of sugarcane bagasse ash - SCBA (named Cinza 07 and Cinza 08) mixed with carbonates (calcium and potassium). The glasses and their crystallization were examined using differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The characterizations of the ashes show that they consist mainly of crystalline materials, predominantly quartz, with iron, potassium and aluminum oxides as minor elements. For the sample Cinza07 the DTA data presents broad and overlaid crystallization peaks, indicating crystallization of more than two different phases. The DTA results of samples with different grain-size distribution show that the crystallization peak intensities increase as the sample grain-size decreases, suggesting that surface crystallization actively participate on the mechanism of crystallization. For the sample Cinza 08 the DTA data presents two well defined peaks. In this case, the more intense peak was evaluated to obtain kinetic data (Eat= 355 kJ/mol) to the major phase (Wollastonita). (author)

  7. Aplicação de resíduos de lodo de papel na preparação de compósitos com cinza de madeira e cal residual

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    Ferreira, Andressa Maria Coelho

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    Resumo: Com o aumento da população, cresce também o consumo de produtos industrializados e conseqüentemente o volume de resíduos depositados em aterros. O destino final destes rejeitos é hoje um problema a ser enfrentado em curto prazo por parte das empresas. O presente trabalho propõe a formulação de um compósito utilizando os resíduos de lodo de papel, cinza de madeira e cal na geração de produtos com aplicabilidade na construção civil. Foram caracterizados os resíduos utilizados e posterio...

  8. STUDY OF EXPANSIVE REACTIONS IN MORTAR MADE OF PORTLAND CEMENT WITH RICE HUSK ASH (RHA = ESTUDO DE REAÇÕES EXPANSIVAS EM ARGAMASSAS DE CIMENTO PORTLAND COM CINZA DE CASCA DE ARROZ (CCA

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    Jorge Luis Akasaki

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Rice husk is an agroindustrial residue which, when adequately burned and ground, may become an important pozzolan to be added in mortars. One factor contributing to the feasibility of its use is that of the 10 million tons of rice produced annually in this country, two million tons of husk remain, which can produce about 400 thousand tons of ash - enough to supply the market for mortars, concrete andothers. This large amount of material has become an environmental problem because it is being discarded inappropriately. Seeking a viable use of rice husk ash in the civil construction, the present research studies the variation in mortar behavior with different levels of RHA (Rice Husk Ash. Prismatic specimens were used, measuring 25x25x285mm, moulded with 0% (reference, 5%, 10% and 25% RHA. The influence of the RHA’s was verified through the following tests: efficiency of pozzolanic materials in avoiding expansion and alkali-aggregate reaction. The result obtained in the expansion reduction test (NBR 12651 showed that RHA reduces considerably the expansion of mortars due to reaction with the alkalis in the cement(94.29%, with the minimum reduction required by the norm for a pozolan being 75%. Although the expansion values in the alkali-aggregate reaction test (ASTM C-1260 remained above the limit allowed to consider the material innocuous, RHA levels of 5% as well as 10% obtained better results (expanded less then the referenceline. = A casca de arroz é um resíduo agroindustrial que adequadamente queimada e moída, pode se tornar uma importante pozolana a ser adicionada em argamassas. Um fator que viabiliza o seu emprego, é que dos 10 milhões de toneladas de arroz que o país produz por ano, sobram dois milhões de toneladas de casca – que podem rendercerca de 400 mil toneladas de cinza, o suficiente para suprir o mercado de argamassas, concreto e outros. Esta grande quantidade de material produzido passa a se tornar um problema, porque

  9. Aproveitamento das cinzas de casas de arroz como matéria-prima para o preparo de carvão ativado e de fertilizantes minerais de silício e potássio

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    França, Amanda Araujo de

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    Resumo: A cinza da casca de arroz (CCA) é um resíduo produzido em grande quantidade no Brasil e no mundo e, por isso, sua disposição pode tornar-se problemática. Visto que possui alto teor de Si, é importante a realização de estudos para utilização da CCA no preparo de materiais de interesse tecnológico. Neste contexto, foram estudados métodos de aproveitamento da sílica da CCA para a síntese de fertilizantes semissolúveis de Si e K e da parte orgânica para o preparo de carvões ativados. A ob...

  10. Cinética de vulcanização de composições de borracha natural com incorporação de cinza de casca de arroz Vulcanization kinetics of natural rubber filled with rice husk ash

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    Helson M. da Costa

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Cinza da casca de arroz foi incorporada em borracha natural (NR utilizando-se um misturador de cilindros. O sistema de vulcanização convencional (CV foi escolhido e os estudos sobre a cura das composições foram conduzidos em um Curômetro TI-100. As curvas de torque foram obtidas em 150, 160, 170 e 180 °C. A velocidade global e a energia de ativação aparente para o processo de vulcanização foram calculadas para cada composição, assumindo que a vulcanização segue uma cinética de primeira ordem. Para fins de comparação, duas cargas comerciais, sílica precipitada (Zeosil-175 e negro de fumo (N762, foram também usadas. Foi observado que a adição da cinza da casca de arroz às composições de NR, em comparação às outras cargas utilizadas, aumentou a velocidade de reticulação e diminuiu a energia de ativação aparente de modo mais marcante.Rice husk ash was incorporated into natural rubber (NR using a laboratory size two-roll mill. A conventional vulcanization system (CV was chosen and cure studies were carried out on a TI-100 Curometer. The torque curves were obtained at 150, 160, 170, and 180 °C. The overall rate and the apparent activation energy for the vulcanization process were calculated for each compound assuming that vulcanization follows first-order kinetics. For the purpose of comparison, two commercial fillers, precipitated silica (Zeosil-175 and carbon black (N762, were also used. In comparison to the other fillers used, the addition of rice husk ash to NR compounds increased the crosslinking rate and lowered the apparent activation energy in a more marked way.

  11. Recyclage de déchets industriels, phosphogypse et cendres volantes, dans des matériaux de construction Recycling of industrial wastes, phosphogypsum and fly ash, in building materials

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    Moussa R.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available L’industrie des céramiques traditionnelles, en particulier celle des matériaux de construction, connaît actuellement un important essor au Maroc. Une demande croissante se traduit par la création ou l’expansion de plusieurs unités de production (cimenteries, briqueteries,…. Ces matériaux, produits en fort tonnage, sont susceptibles de confiner certains déchets industriels dans un souci de respect environnemental. Ce confinement ne doit avoir de retombées négatives ni sur la performance du matériau, ni sur la santé. Notre objectif est le recyclage de ces déchets (produits à plusieurs millions de tonnes annuellement qui sont actuellement soit rejetés en mer ou stockés par leur mise en terril. L’objet de ce travail est le recyclage de deux sous produits industriels : le phosphogypse (rejet de la production de l’acide phosphorique et les cendres volantes (résidus de centrales thermiques par leur intégration dans la formulation de produits de la terre cuite. L’avantage est que la microstructure de ces matériaux présente une phase vitreuse susceptible de confiner certains métaux lourds sources de radioactivité. Plusieurs formulations ont ainsi été préparées. Les produits sont caractérisés (DRX, porosimétrie, comportement mécanique,.. en fonction de leur teneur en additifs, de la température de cuisson,… . L’ensemble des résultats est encourageant et nous permet de proposer les paramètres optimaux pour une substitution avantageuse des argiles par le phosphogypse et les cendres volantes pour l’élaboration de briques de terre cuite. The ceramics industry in particular traditional building materials, is undergoing a major expansion in Morocco. An increasing demand results in the creation or expansion of several production units (cement, brick … throughout the country. These materials, produced in large tonnages, are likely to contain some industrial waste capable of causing environmental problems. This

  12. Uso de la ceniza volante de lignitos (c.v.l. como materia secundaria. Un resumen considerando especialmente la situación en la República Democrática Alemana (RDA

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    Beyer, Lothar

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    Full Text Available Not available.

    La presente publicación es un resumen sobre los trabajos ejecutados para el aprovechamiento de las cenizas volantes de lignito (c.v.l. en la República Democrática Alemana. Se consideran especialmente los resultados encontrados en patentes de invención y se involucran algunas veces trabajos de otros países con fines de comparación. Los aspectos claves cubren las investigaciones aplicativas para el uso de c.v.l. en la construcción civil, protección del ambiente y transformaciones químicas para obtener productos útiles. Se presentan conclusiones sobre perspectivas y se refleja el importante papel de los análisis físico-químicos para superar el empirismo en relación con el uso de c.v.l. [de] Nutzung von Braunkohlenfilterasche (BFA ais Sekundärrohstoff eine Übersicht unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Situation in der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (DDR Die vorliegende Veröffentlichung ist eine Zusammenfassung der in der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik durchgeführten Arbeiten zur Anwendung der Braunkohlenfilterasche (BFA. Besonders werden die in Patenten beschriebenen Ergebnisse berücksichtigt, und zum Vergleich werden einige Arbeiten aus anderen Ländern einbezogen. Die Hauptaspekte beziehen sich auf angewandte Forschungsarbeiten zur Nutzung der BFA im Bauwesen, zum Umweltschutz und zur chemischen Umwandlung für die Herstellung nützlicher Stoffe. Es werden perspektivische Schluβfolgerungen gezogen, und es wird die bedeutende Rolle der physikalisch-chemischen Analytik zur Überwindung einer gewissen Empirie im Zusammenhang mit der Nutzung der BFA herausgestellt.

  13. Determinação dos teores de umidade e cinzas de amostras comerciais de guaraná utilizando métodos convencionais e análise térmica Determination of humidity and ash content of guarana commercial samples using conventional method and thermal analysis

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    Adriano Antunes de Souza Araújo

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Paullinia cupana Kunth, vegetal popularmente conhecido como guaraná, é uma planta da família Sapindaceae predominante na região amazônica. A baixa qualidade deste produto pode ser atribuída a espécies e variedades menos nobres, técnicas de colheita e/ou de processamento inadequado ou, ainda, devido à adição de substâncias que não fazem parte de sua composição natural. Neste trabalho objetivou-se avaliar, a partir da termogravimetria (TG/termogravimetria derivada (DTG e calorimetria exploratória diferencial (DSC, o comportamento térmico de amostras comerciais de guaraná em pó existentes no Brasil e estabelecer um estudo comparativo entre os métodos convencionais e termogravimétrico para determinação dos teores de umidade e cinzas. A similaridade entre os perfis das curvas TG/DTG e DSC indicam que não há diferenças entre as amostras. A utilização da TG mostrou que é possível reduzir o tempo de análise, utilizar menor quantidade de amostra, assim como, fazer a determinação simultânea dos teores de umidade e cinzas. Em relação ao método convencional, erros de análise inerentes à manipulação das amostras são minimizados. As técnicas termoanalíticas mostram-se como ferramentas potenciais para a obtenção de parâmetros tecnológicos, em controle de qualidade, torrefação e condições adequadas de armazenamento.Paullinia cupana Kunth a vegetable popularly known as guarana, belongs to the Sapindaceas plant family and is predominant in the Amazon region. The low quality of this product can be attributed to the species and less noble varieties, harvest techniques and/or inadequate processing or, yet due to addition of substances that are not included in its natural composition. The main goal of this work was to evaluate from thermogravimetry (TG/derivative thermogravimetry (DTG and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, the thermal behavior of powdered guarana samples in the Brazilian market in order to

  14. Níveis de mercúrio em peixes consumidos pela comunidade indígena de Sai Cinza na Reserva Munduruku, Município de Jacareacanga, Estado do Pará, Brasil Mercury levels in fish consumed by the Sai Cinza indigenous community, Munduruku Reservation, Jacareacanga County, State of Pará, Brazil

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    Edilson da Silva Brabo

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available O estudo consiste em avaliar os níveis de mercúrio no pescado consumido pela comunidade indígena de Sai Cinza (Reserva Munduruku no Estado do Pará, e associá-los com os hábitos de consumo da população. Um total de oitenta espécimes de peixes foram capturados. As determinações de Hg foram realizadas por absorção atômica. A concentração média de Hg nas espécies carnívoras foi de 0,293 µg/g (DP = 0,104 enquanto nas não carnívoras foi de 0,112 µg/g (DP = 0,036. As espécies referidas como de maior consumo ente os 330 indivíduos entrevistados foram: tucunaré, pacu, jaraqui, traíra, aracu, matrinchã e caratinga. As espécies com concentrações mais elevadas de Hg foram tucunaré e traíra, que estão entre os peixes mais consumidos. A freqüência de consumo constitui-se num fator importante na avaliação de risco de contaminação por mercúrio em comunidades que não têm outras alternativas de alimentação.This study evaluated fish consumption and mercury levels in fish consumed by an indigenous community in the State of Pará. Eighty fish samples were collected (barbado, surubim, traíra, tucunaré, piranha, aruanã, caratinga, aracu, mandiá, jandiá, and pacu. Mercury analysis was performed using a Mercury Analyzer HG-3500. Average mercury concentration in carnivorous species was 0.293 µg/g (SD = 0.104, while in non-carnivorous species it was 0.112 µg/g (SD = 0.036. Brazilian legislation establishes a maximum permissible limit of 0.5 µg/g for fish consumption. No significant correlation was found between fish length or weight and mercury concentration. Types of fish most frequently consumed by the community were tucunaré, pacu, jaraqui, traíra, aracu, matrinchã, and caratinga. Carnivorous species, especially tucunaré and traíra, amongst the most frequently eaten, had higher mercury levels than non-carnivorous species. Frequency of consumption is crucial to assess the risk of mercury contamination in

  15. Cinza e carbonato de cálcio na mitigação de drenagem ácida em estéril de mineração de carvão Coal ash and calcium carbonate on acid drainage mitigation in coal mining overburden

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    Evaldo Rodrigues Soares; Jaime Wilson Vargas de Mello; Carlos Ernesto G.R. Schaefer; Liovando Marciano da Costa

    2006-01-01

    A drenagem ácida é um problema ambiental, não-exclusivo, mas comumente associado à mineração do carvão e decorrente da oxidação de sulfetos, como a pirita, presente nos estéreis e rejeitos da mineração. A cinza derivada da queima do carvão constitui um resíduo, de utilização ainda limitada, no Brasil, mas que apresenta potencial de neutralização da acidez. Desse modo, estudou-se a possibilidade de utilização de cinzas da combustão do carvão mineral em combinação com carbonato de cálcio (CaCO3...

  16. Estudo das características químicas e físicas da cinza da casca da castanha de caju para uso em materiais cimentícios = A study of the chemical and physical properties of cashew nut shell ash for use in cement materials

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    Sofia Araujo Lima

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available As cinzas ocupam lugar de destaque dentre os resíduos agroindustriais por resultarem de processos de geração de energia. Sabe-se que muitas dessas cinzas possuem reatividade pozolânica, podendo ser utilizadas como adição mineral em matrizes de cimento Portland. O presente estudo tem como objetivo investigar as características físicas equímicas da cinza da casca da castanha de caju (CCCC, por meio dos seguintes ensaios: análise química, massa unitária, massa específica, extratos lixiviado e solubilizado, difratometria de raios X (DrX, superfície específica (BET e análise da pozolanicidade com o cimento Portland e com a cal. O conjunto de análises deste trabalho indica a restrição ao uso da CCCC em matrizes cimentícias em função da baixa reatividade com o hidróxido de cálcio (CH e dos altos teores de álcalis, dos metais pesados e do fenol detectados nessa cinza.Ash occupies a prominent place among agro-industrial wastes, as it is derived from energy generation processes. Several types of ash havepozzolanic reactivity, and might be used as replacement material for cement, resulting in less energy waste and lower cost. This work aimed to investigate the physical and chemical properties of the cashew nut shell ash (CNSA, by performing the following measurementtests: chemical analysis, bulk density, specific mass, leaching and solubilization process, Xray diffraction (XrD, specific surface area (BET and pozzolanicity analysis with cement and lime. The results indicate a low reactivity of CNSA and the presence of heavy metals,alkalis and phenol.

  17. Análise dos níveis de cinza de 4 resinas compostas micro-híbridas utilizando um sistema de radiografia digital direto = Analisys of the gray scale levels for 4 micro-hibrids composite resins using a radiograph direct digital system

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    Pereira, Ary Salazar Rubim

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar os diferentes níveis de cinza de quatro resinas compostas micro-híbridas, através do sistema de radiografia digital direto Sens-a-Ray. As resinas utilizadas foram: Concept (Vigodent, Herculite (Sybron/Kerr, IntenS (Ivoclar Vivadent e Z 100 (3MESPE, na cor A2. Foram confeccionadas 3 placas de acrílico para cada espessura 2, 3 e 4 mm que possuíam dimensões de um filme periapical. Em todas as placas foram feitos quatro orifícios eqüidistantes com 4 mm de diâmetro onde as resinas compostas foram inseridas, esses orifícios apresentavam 4mm de diâmetro. As amostras foram radiografadas a 30 cm de distância foco-filme do sistema Sens-a-Ray por 0,8 segundo com aparelho de Raios-X (Dabi Atlante de 70 kV e 10 mA. A quantidade dos níveis de cinza, das resinas, foi aferida em pixels pelo sistema Sens-a-Ray. Foram obtidas as seguintes médias: Concept – 2 mm com 79,6; 3 mm com 85,4 e 4 mm com 96,7; Herculite – 2 mm com 65,1; 3 mm com 72,5 e 4 mm com 85,4; IntenS – 2 mm com 138,5; 3 mm com 147,3 e 4 mm com 153,7; Z 100 – 2 mm com 133,5; 3 mm com 143,8 e 4 mm com 150,6. Após os resultados foram submetidos ao teste estatístico ANOVA-Tukey com um nível de significância (p 0,05. A colorimetria foi utilizada para ilustrar a densidade óptica dos compósitos, com cores vermelho, verde e azul, representando, respectivamente do mais radiopaco para o menos radiopaco. Podemos concluir que na medida em que aumentou a espessura das placas os níveis de cinza também aumentaram. A resina Herculite apresentou os menores níveis de cinza, diferindo estatisticamente das demais. As resinas IntenS e Z 100 apresentaram maiores níveis de cinza que as demais

  18. Características físicas e mecânicas de misturas de solo, cimento e cinzas de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar Physical and mechanical characteristics of soil-cement-bagasse ash mixtures

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    Martha Del C. Mesa Valenciano

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por finalidade analisar algumas características de misturas de solo, cimento e cinzas de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar para sua possível utilização na fabricação de materiais alternativos de construção. Para tal, amostras de cinzas de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar foram submetidas a um tratamento prévio que consistia de peneiramento e moagem, antes de serem incorporadas às misturas de solo e cimento. Diferentes combinações de cimento-cinzas foram estudadas, determinando-se, para cada uma delas, a consistência normal e a resistência à compressão simples, aos 7 e 28 dias. Posteriormente, corpos-de-prova moldados com tais misturas de solo-cimento-cinzas foram submetidos a ensaios de compactação, compressão simples e absorção de água. Os resultados indicaram a possibilidade de substituir até 20% do cimento Portland, na mistura, por cinzas de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar, sem prejuízo da resistência à compressão simples.This work was done with the objective of studying some physical and mechanical characteristics of the sugarcane bagasse ash added to a soil-cement mixture, in order to obtain an alternative construction material. The sugarcane bagasse ash pre-treatment included both sieving and grinding, before mixing with soil and cement. Different proportions of cement-ash were tested by determining its standard consistence and its compressive resistance at 7 and 28 days age. The various treatments were subsequently applied to the specimens molded with different soil-cement-ash mixtures which in turns were submitted to compaction, unconfined compression and water absorption laboratory tests. The results showed that it is possible to replace up to 20% of Portland cement by sugarcane bagasse ash without any damage to the mixture's compressive strength.

  19. Efeito da aplicação de silicato de cálcio e de cinza de casca de arroz sobre a incidência de fungos associados a manchas em sementes de arroz irrigado

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    Rafaela Carolina Constantino Roma-Almeida

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    Full Text Available RESUMO O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito da aplicação de silicato de cálcio e de cinza de casca de arroz (CCA na incidência de fungos associados a manchas em sementes de arroz irrigado. Plantas de arroz foram submetidas à aplicação de silicato de cálcio ou CCA nas doses de 0, 51, 153, 256 e 357 kg ha-1de silício (Si. Dois experimentos foram conduzidos, sendo um na safra 2007/2008 e outro na safra 2008/2009 e, posteriormente, amostras de sementes foram analisadas em laboratório. Foram realizadas avaliações do Índice de Escurecimento de Sementes (IES, da concentração de Si no pericarpo das sementes e a determinação da diversidade dos fungos presentes nas sementes. Não houve efeito das duas fontes de Si empregadas, nas doses utilizadas nos dois experimentos no IES e na concentração de Si. Os fungos fitopatogênicos encontrados em ambos experimentos foram Alternaria padwickiii, Bipolarisoryzae, Botrytis cinerea, Curvularia lunata, Fusarium semitectum, F. solani, Microdochium oryzae, Nigrospora oryzae, Phoma sorghina e Pyriculariaoryzae. A incidência destes fungos não foi afetada pela aplicação das fontes de Si nas doses utilizadas.

  20. Descrição do comportamento de superfície do boto cinza, Sotalia guianensis, na Praia de Pipa - RN Description of the surface behaviour of marine tucuxi, Sotalia guianensis, at Pipa Beach - RN

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    Lídio França do Nascimento

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available O estudo do comportamento animal é uma área de pesquisa consolidada, que cresceu e se diversificou em vários países e que deu origem a disciplinas e abordagens de investigação, como a Etologia, a Ecologia Comportamental, a Neuroecologia, a Psicologia e a Psicologia evolucionista. No estudo do comportamento animal, o etograma é a base para estudos comportamentais de espécies pouco conhecidas, como também para comparar comportamentos de populações distintas de uma mesma espécie. Tradicionalmente, um etograma descreve de forma detalhada eventos comportamentais realizados por indivíduos de uma espécie. O presente estudo apresenta um etograma dos eventos comportamentais realizados na superfície por uma espécie de golfinho costeiro, boto cinza, na praia de Pipa - RN.Research in animal behavior is a consolidated area whose development and diversification in several countries have originated some subjects and investigation approaches, such as Ethology, Behavior Ecology, Neuroecology, Psychology and Evolutionist Psychology. In the study of animal behavior, the ethogram is the foundation for studies on behavior patterns of distinct populations of the same species. An ethogram traditionally describes behavioral events performed by individuals of the same species in detail. This study presents an ethogram of behavioral events performed on surface by a costal dolphin known as the gray dolphin (Marine Tucuxi Dolphin, at Pipa Beach, RN.

  1. Flight performance of the largest volant bird

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    Ksepka, Daniel T.

    2014-01-01

    A fossil species of pelagornithid bird exhibits the largest known avian wingspan. Pelagornithids are an extinct group of birds known for bony tooth-like beak projections, large size, and highly modified wing bones that raise many questions about their ecology. At 6.4 m, the wingspan of this species was approximately two times that of the living Royal Albatross. Modeling of flight parameters in this species indicates that it was capable of highly efficient gliding and suggests that pelagornith...

  2. Enquêtes sur les soucoupes volantes

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    Lagrange, Pierre

    2007-01-01

    La dispute autour du mot « preuve » se réduit à une question : Qu'est-ce qui constitue une preuve ? Faut-il qu'un ovni atterrisse à l'entrée du Pentagone, près des bureaux des chefs d'État-Major ? Ou bien est-ce une preuve quand une station de radar au sol détecte un ovni, envoie un jet l'intercepter, que le pilote du jet le voit et le suit sur son radar pour finir par le voir disparaître à une vitesse phénoménale ? Ou est-ce une preuve quand un pilote tire sur un ovni et maintient son histoi...

  3. Durabilidad del hormigón: Acción del agua de mar sobre un cemento portland resistente a los sulfatos. Influencia de la adición de escorias y de cenizas volantes

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    Gaspar Tebar, Demetrio

    1991-12-01

    Full Text Available This article, is part of a long time ICCET investigation programs studies the variation of the mechanical resistance to flexotraction 1: 3 normalized mortar with 1 x 1 x6cm dimension, using sulphate-resistent portland cement mixed with 15-35-60 and 70% parts of a furnace slag, a fiy ash or silica sand. The samples were submitted to the action of AS.T.M. artificial sea water and filtered potable water during several time periods (3 years for the first and second addition and 1 year for the third after the cured period (1 day at 100% R.H. and 21 days inside filtered potable water. The evolution of the ionic concentration of the aggressive solutions were studied and also the new phases formed with its new structural composition. Finally, and account is given of the researches and first results about the behavior of the mortars and concretes made with two different industrial cements and submitted to the natural sea water at a selected area of the marine Huelva-Port.

    En este artículo, que forma parte de un Proyecto de Investigación del ICCETa largo plazo, se estudia la variación de las resistencias mecánicas —a flexotracción— de las probetas de mortero normalizado (1:3, de 1x1x6 cm, mezclando un cemento portland resistente a los sulfates y sus mezclas (cemento/adición = 85/15 - 65/35 - 40/60 y 30/70, en peso, con una escoria, ceniza volante y arena silícea. Se someten a la acción de agua del mar artificial ASTM y de agua potable filtrada durante diversos períodos de tiempo (hasta 3 años para las dos primeras adiciones, y hasta 1 año para la tercera después de la fase de curado (1 día en cámara húmeda y 21 días bajo agua potable filtrada. Se estudia la evolución de la concentración iónica de los medios en donde han estado sumergidas dichas probetas de mortero, las características químicas de las nuevas fases sólidas formadas y la composición estructural de estas nuevas fases sólidas. Por último, se da cuenta

  4. Potencial da cinza do bagaço da cana-de-açúcar como material de substituição parcial de cimento Portland Potential of sugarcane bagasse ash as a partial replacement material for Portland cement

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    Marcos O. de Paula

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho, voltado para a avaliação do potencial da cinza do bagaço da cana-de-açúcar (CBC como material de substituição parcial do cimento Portland em argamassa, objetivou apresentar opção viável para a destinação deste resíduo, cuja quantidade gerada aumentará significativamente nos próximos anos, em decorrência da ampliação do setor de produção de álcool combustível; além disso, o emprego da CBC como adição mineral, substituindo parte do cimento em argamassas e concretos, contribui para a redução do impacto ambiental desses materiais, em boa parte decorrente da produção do cimento. O procedimento experimental abordou não só caracterização da CBC mas também a avaliação, através de ensaios físicos e mecânicos, em que os resultados mostraram que o bagaço apresenta rendimento de CBC de 10%, com a cinza sendo composta de 84% de SiO2 e 5% de Carbono. A sílica na CBC apresenta-se na fase amorfa e nas fases cristalinas de cristobalita e quartzo. Os índices de atividade pozolânica comprovam a reatividade da CBC. Do ponto de vista da resistência à compressão, argamassas com teores de CBC entre 0 e 30% indicaram a possibilidade de substituição de até 20% do cimento pela CBC.This study is focused on the evaluation of the effects of the partial replacement of Portland cement by sugarcane bagasse ash (CBC in mortars. The main objective was to find a suitable destination for an agricultural residue generated in an increasing amount in Brazil, as a result of the boom of the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel to gasoline. Also, the use of CBC as a mineral admixture in mortars and concretes contributes to a decrease in the environmental impact of these materials related to cement production. Experimental techniques were applied both for the CBC characterization and for the evaluation of its use as a mineral admixture in mortars, based on mechanical and physical tests. The yield of CBC from sugarcane

  5. Reinventar os modelos de estudo da oratória barroca de Vieira na(s escola(s de hoje: o caso dos sermões de quarta-feira de cinza

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    Figueiredo, Albano António Cabral

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O estudo da obra de Vieira na(s Escola(s de hoje em Portugal continua a centrar-se – a nosso ver, em demasia e de modo algo monótono – em duas peças oratórias que reenviam o público juvenil para temas e aspectos tão inequivocamente pertinentes e fulcrais quanto, todavia, excessivamente cristalizados. E entre as dezenas de sermões que na sua longa e preenchida vida o jesuíta produziu é possível, como se sabe, rastrear uma muito mais vasta variedade de espécimes, com potencialidades didácticas fantásticas, como é, por exemplo, o caso daqueles três sermões que se destinaram a serem especificamente proferidos em quarta-feira de Cinza, e, assim, a assinalarem o início da Quaresma. Tanto como objecto de uma abordagem mais imediatamente centrada na caracterização externa – individual e comparativa –, como assumindo-se enquanto terreno para a exercitação de uma exegese que pretenda desvendar linhas de sentido mais profundas, estes três sermões bem poderiam constituir-se, em contexto de sala de aula, hoje, como um pequeno “corpus” alternativo para análise mas igualmente representativo do emblemático labor tão fecundamente barroco de Vieira. Assume, pois, esta reflexão o objectivo essencial de, com um caso concreto, contribuir para o debate em torno das potenciais formas inovadoras e alternativas de empreender uma (reaproximação continuada da literatura portuguesa do século XVII ao centro do cânone escolar e, logo, aos públicos mais juvenis e à Cultura

  6. Níveis de mercúrio em peixes consumidos pela comunidade indígena de Sai Cinza na Reserva Munduruku, Município de Jacareacanga, Estado do Pará, Brasil

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    Brabo Edilson da Silva

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available O estudo consiste em avaliar os níveis de mercúrio no pescado consumido pela comunidade indígena de Sai Cinza (Reserva Munduruku no Estado do Pará, e associá-los com os hábitos de consumo da população. Um total de oitenta espécimes de peixes foram capturados. As determinações de Hg foram realizadas por absorção atômica. A concentração média de Hg nas espécies carnívoras foi de 0,293 µg/g (DP = 0,104 enquanto nas não carnívoras foi de 0,112 µg/g (DP = 0,036. As espécies referidas como de maior consumo ente os 330 indivíduos entrevistados foram: tucunaré, pacu, jaraqui, traíra, aracu, matrinchã e caratinga. As espécies com concentrações mais elevadas de Hg foram tucunaré e traíra, que estão entre os peixes mais consumidos. A freqüência de consumo constitui-se num fator importante na avaliação de risco de contaminação por mercúrio em comunidades que não têm outras alternativas de alimentação.

  7. Adsorção de Cu 2+ e Cr 3+ em efluentes líquidos utilizando a cinza do bagaço da cana-de-açúcar

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    P. P. L. Ferreira

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Os efluentes líquidos de algumas indústrias apresentam traços de metais nocivos que possuem propriedade bioacumulativa, o que contribui para o aumento de sua toxicidade. Tendo em vista o crescimento industrial, e o consequente aumento de emissões de contaminantes em efluentes líquidos, a adsorção está entre as operações aplicadas para diminuir as concentrações dos metais a fim de atender a regulamentação ambiental vigente. A biomassa residual vem ganhando destaque no tratamento desses efluentes por se um material renovável e de baixo custo, quando comparado com os adsorventes convencionais. O objetivo deste trabalho é avaliar a eficiência da cinza do bagaço da cana-de-açúcar (CBC na adsorção dos íons metálicos Cu2+ e Cr3+ por meio de ensaios de isoterma de adsorção. A CBC foi caracterizada quanto a sua microestrutura, composição química, área de superfície específica e morfologia, e o adsorbato foi analisado por absorção atômica de chama. A CBC apresentou-se de maneira eficaz como um bioadsorvente para ambas as soluções sintéticas, contendo os íons Cu2+ e Cr3+, presentes nos efluentes líquidos. As isotermas de adsorção apresentaram um perfil crescente, indicando a eficiência na remoção média de 97,3% para o Cr3+ e 96,4% para o Cu2+, podendo este material ser aplicado como adsorvente em efluentes industriais.

  8. Determinação de massa fresca, massa seca, água e cinzas totais de folhas de Cissus verticillata (L. Nicolson & C. E. Jarvis subsp. verticillata e avaliação do processo de secagem em estufa com ventilação forçada

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    Cissus verticillata (L. Nicolson & C. E. Jarvis subsp. verticillata (Vitaceae é conhecida popularmente como insulina vegetal, cortina japonesa, uva-brava, anil trepador e cipó-pucá e utilizada na medicina popular na forma de chá das folhas no tratamento da diabetes, como antiinflamatório, antiepilético, antihipertensivo, antitérmico, antireumático, antigripal e contra infecções respiratórias. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar os teores de massa fresca, massa seca, percentual de água e percentual de cinzas totais, visando melhoria das condições de secagem, armazenamento, dispensação e uso pela população. As folhas da espécie foram coletadas no bairro Antônio Dias, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brasil. Foram selecionadas, lavadas e secas em estufa com ventilação forçada à 45ºC e determinou-se as cinzas totais e perda por dessecação (através do método gravimétrico, ambos de acordo com a Farmacopéia Brasileira. Os resultados mostraram que as folhas de C. verticillata subsp. verticillata possuem alto teor de água. O processo de secagem em estufa de ventilação forçada, a temperatura de 45ºC, foi eficaz, proporcionando folhas com 11,47% de umidade e 17,99% de cinzas totais. Palavras-chave: Cissus verticillata; insulina vegetal; qualidade; gravimetria.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of zeolite from coal ashes modified by cationic surfactant; Sintese e caracterizacao de zeolita de cinzas de carvao modificada por surfactante cationico

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    Fungaro, D.A.; Borrely, S.I., E-mail: dfungaro@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2012-01-15

    Zeolite synthesized from coal fly ash was modified with different concentrations (2 and 20 mmol.L{sup -1}) of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br). The Non-Modified Zeolite (NMZ) and Surfactant-Modified Zeolites (SMZ) were characterized by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, among others. The SMS presented negative charge probably due to the formation of a partial bilayer of HDTMA on exchangeable active sites on the external surface of NMZ. A decrease in surface area was observed for SMZ as compared to NMZ indicating zeolite surface coverage with HDTMA-Br molecules. The crystalline nature of the zeolite remained intact after adsorption of surfactant and heating for drying. FTIR analysis indicated that there were no significant changes in the structure of the zeolite after adsorption of surfactant. (author)

  10. Use of rice husk ash as only source of silica in the formation of mesoporous materials Emprego da cinza da casca de arroz como única fonte de sílica na formação de materiais mesoporosos

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    A. J. Schwanke

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    Full Text Available This paper reports the synthesis of molecular sieves similar to MCM-41 using rice husk ash as only source of silica. For comparison purposes, a standard synthesis was performed using aerosil 200 commercial silica. The rice husk silica was obtained by heating treatment at 600 ºC and leaching for 2 h in reflux with HCl 1mol.L-1 and used in the synthesis. The samples prepared were characterized by N2 adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electronic microscopy (SEM and thermogravimetric analysis (TG. By type-IV adsorption isotherms, the formation of mesoporous materials was observed. XRD showed the formation of hexagonal unidirectional pore materials similar to MCM-41. By SEM, it could be observed that the rice husk has fibrous aspect and that synthesis using calcined and leached rice husk did not react entirely because silica was only partially dissolved.Este trabalho relata o estudo da síntese de peneiras moleculares semelhantes à MCM-41, empregando cinza da casca de arroz como única fonte de sílica. Para critérios de comparação uma síntese foi realizada com sílica comercial aerosil 200. A sílica da casca de arroz foi obtida mediante tratamento térmico a 600 ºC e lixiviação em refluxo por 2 h com HCl 1 mol/L e empregada na síntese. As amostras preparadas foram caracterizadas por adsorção de N2, difração de raios X, microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV e termogravimetria. Por meio das isotermas de adsorção, do tipo IV, observa-se a formação de material mesoporoso. Nos difratogramas de raios X é identificada a formação hexagonal unidirecional de poros, indicando que material apresenta semelhanças com a MCM-41. Por MEV observa-se que a casca de arroz possui aspecto fibroso e que a síntese empregando a casca de arroz calcinada e lixiviada não reagiu na sua totalidade devido a dissolução parcial da sílica.

  11. Cinza e carbonato de cálcio na mitigação de drenagem ácida em estéril de mineração de carvão Coal ash and calcium carbonate on acid drainage mitigation in coal mining overburden

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    Evaldo Rodrigues Soares

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available A drenagem ácida é um problema ambiental, não-exclusivo, mas comumente associado à mineração do carvão e decorrente da oxidação de sulfetos, como a pirita, presente nos estéreis e rejeitos da mineração. A cinza derivada da queima do carvão constitui um resíduo, de utilização ainda limitada, no Brasil, mas que apresenta potencial de neutralização da acidez. Desse modo, estudou-se a possibilidade de utilização de cinzas da combustão do carvão mineral em combinação com carbonato de cálcio (CaCO3 para correção da drenagem ácida decorrente da oxidação de pirita em estéril da mineração de carvão de Candiota (RS. Amostras de 50 g do material estéril que continha pirita foram tratadas com 16 combinações de cinza da combustão do carvão e CaCO3 e acondicionadas em frascos de lixiviação. O experimento foi realizado em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, fatorial 4 x 4 (quatro doses de CaCO3 e quatro doses de cinza, em três repetições. Os frascos foram submetidos a lixiviações periódicas com água destilada, a cada duas semanas, durante oito meses. Os lixiviados foram caracterizados quanto ao pH, acidez livre e concentrações de S, Si e Fe. Os resultados demonstraram que: o uso da cinza do carvão de Candiota não é viável, tanto por apresentar baixa capacidade de neutralização da acidez quanto por diminuir a eficiência do CaCO3. Após oito meses de intemperismo simulado, apenas 11 % dos sulfetos foram oxidados na ausência de carbonato e cinzas. O uso de carbonato e, em menor grau, de cinza, acelerou a taxa de oxidação dos sulfetos. A oxidação da pirita contida nas amostras ocorreu com maior velocidade nos dois primeiros meses de intemperismo simulado; desse modo, recomenda-se o uso de calcário logo após a exposição do estéril da mineração, visando minimizar a drenagem ácida. Pesquisas, de longo prazo, que visem à otimização das doses de CaCO3 e ao uso de outros corretivos na mitiga

  12. O Desenvolvimento do Turismo Náutico e a sua Ligação com a Observação do Boto-Cinza (sotalia guianensis na Região de Cananéia, Litoral Sul do Estado de São Paulo

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    Gislaine de Fátima Filla

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Resumo O boto-cinza é hoje um grande atrativo e gerador de renda para a região estuarina de Cananéia. O crescimento da infra-estrutura turística desta região parece estar intimamente relacionado com o crescimento do interesse em observar estes animais na natureza. Assim, um levantamento das atuais estruturas de alojamento e capacidade náutica da região foi feito nos meses de verão de 2007, através de visitas aos estabelecimentos e entrevistas com pessoas atuantes no turismo náutico. Ficou evidente que as estruturas de alojamento e o uso das embarcações nas três ilhas do estuário variam de acordo com as diferentes categorias de turistas que freqüentam esta região e com o objetivo de suas viagens. Ainda, foi possível notar que a organização em associações e parcerias garantiu um crescimento maior da atividade de observação do boto-cinza, a qual deve ser acompanhada com cuidado para que seja desenvolvida de forma otimizada, conservando os animais e seu habitat natural. Palavras-chaves: boto-cinza; sotalia guianensis; turismo náutico; Cananéia Abstract The estuarine dolphin (sotalia guianensis is a big attraction and money maker for the Cananéia estuary region. The increased tourist infrastructure of the region seems to be directly related to the growing interest to observe these animals in loco. Therefore, a survey was done to asses the present boarding and nautical capacity of the region during the summer months of 2007, by means of visits to the establishments and interviews with the people working with nautical tourism. It was evident that the boarding structures and the use of ships on the three islands of the estuary vary according to the different type of tourists that visit the area and their reasons for the trip. Even so, it was possible to note that organized associations and partnerships guaranteed a larger growth and activity of estuarine dolphin observation, which must be carefully followed to ensure proper

  13. Determinação simultânea dos teores de cinza e proteína em farinha de trigo empregando NIRR-PLS e DRIFT-PLS Simultaneous determination of ash content and protein in wheat flour using infrared reflection techniques and partial least-squares regression (PLS

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    Marco Flôres Ferrão

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available As técnicas de espectroscopia por reflexão no infravermelho próximo (NIRRS e por reflexão difusa no infravermelho médio com transformada de Fourier (DRIFTS foram empregadas com o método de regressão multivariado por mínimos quadrados parciais (PLS para a determinação simultânea dos teores de proteína e cinza em amostras de farinha de trigo da variedade Triticum aestivum L. Foram coletados espectros no infravermelho em duplicata de 100 amostras, empregando-se acessórios de reflexão difusa. Os teores de proteína (8,85-13,23% e cinza (0,330-1,287%, empregados como referência, foram determinados pelo método Kjeldhal e método gravimétrico, respectivamente. Os dados espectrais foram utilizados no formato log(1/R, bem como suas derivadas de primeira e segunda ordem, sendo pré-processados usando-se os dados centrados na média (MC ou escalados pela variância (VS ou ambos. Cinqüenta e cinco amostras foram usadas para calibração e 45 para validação dos modelos, adotando-se como critério de construção os valores mínimos do erro padrão de calibração (SEC e do erro padrão de validação (SEV. Estes valores foram inferiores a 0,33% para proteína e a 0,07% para cinza. Os métodos desenvolvidos apresentam como vantagens a não agressão ao ambiente, bem como permitem uma determinação direta, simultânea, rápida e não destrutiva dos teores de proteína e cinza em amostras de farinha de trigo.Partial Least Square (PLS multivariate calibration associated to Near Infrared Reflection Spectroscopy (NIRRS or Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS were used to establish methods for simultaneous determination of protein and ash content on commercial wheat flour samples of Triticum aestivum L. Duplicate spectra of 100 samples with protein content between 8.85-13.23% (Kjeldahl method and ash content between 0.330-1.287% (gravimetric method were employed to build calibration methods. The spectra were used

  14. Durabilidad del hormigón: Acción de disoluciones de sulfato de calcio y de sulfato de magnesio sobre un cemento Portland de alta resistencia inicial. Influencia de la adición de escorias y de cenizas volantes

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    Sagrera-Moreno, José Luis

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available This article —included on a long time ICCET Investigation Program— studies the mechanical resistances variation, to flexure, of the 1 X 1 X 6 cm mortar samples (1:3 made with high initial resistance cement and with several slags addition (cement/slag = 85/15 - 65/35 - 40/60 and 30/70 with high furnace slag and a fly ash (with selected characteristies when they were submited after the cured period (1 day at 100% R.H. and 21 days inside filtered potable water to the action of the gypsum saturated solution, four magnesium sulphate solutions with the next concentrations (3.22 - 32.20 - 128.80 and 515.20 g/l of MgS044.7H20, gypsum saturated solution with 3.22 g/l MgS04.7H20 a gypsum saturated solution with 32.20 g/l MgSO4. 7H2O and, moreover, filtered potable water, during 56-90-180- 360 - 540 - 720 - 900 and 1080 days. The results obtained have produced a clasification accord to the mechanical behaviour to flexure of the cement n. ° 1 and the mixed cement n.° 1/slag and cement n.° 1/fly ash, front to the agressive solutions mentioned.

    En este artículo —que forma parte de un Proyecto de Investigación del ICCET, a largo plazo— se estudia la variación de las resistencias mecánicas, a flexotracción, de las probetas de mortero (1:3 de 1 X 1 X 6 cm hechas con un cemento portland de alta resistencia inicial y con sus mezclas (cemento/adición = 85/15 - 65/35 - 40/60 y 30/70, en peso con una escoria de horno alto y una ceniza volante (seleccionadas de entre diversas muestras por sus características cuando se someten después del período de curado (1 día en cámara húmeda y 21 días bajo agua potable filtrada a la acción de una disolución saturada de yeso, cuatro disoluciones de sulfato de magnesio con distintas concentraciones (3,22 - 32,20 - 128,80 y 515,20 g/l de MgSO4.7 H2O, una disolución saturada de yeso con 3,22 g/l de MgS04

  15. Obtenção e caracterização de cinza de ossos bovinos visando à fabricação de porcelana de ossos - bone china Preparation and characterization of bovine bone ash for the fabrication of bone china

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    R. Y. Miyahara

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A porcelana de ossos - bone china - é uma cerâmica de corpo especial de grande dureza e translucidez exclusivamente fabricada na Inglaterra e em outras poucas partes do mundo, mas não no Brasil. Suas matérias-primas são compostas por aproximadamente metade de cinza de ossos, além de caulim e feldspato. O trabalho apresenta a obtenção e caracterização de cinza de ossos a partir de ossos bovinos com o objetivo da fabricação de porcelanas. No processo de preparação da cinza de ossos envolve o uso de autoclave, descarnagem manual, calcinação e moagem dos ossos. As condições de preparação foram estudadas em função das condições de calcinação, moagem e lavagem do osso. A calcinação foi estudada através de análises térmicas e difração de raios X de diferentes partes do animal. O pó obtido foi caracterizado por análises químicas, medida de granulometria por difração de laser, e microscopia eletrônica de varredura. Os resultados mostraram que a matéria-prima obtida neste trabalho possui propriedades similares das originalmente utilizadas nas indústrias inglesas com baixo teor de ferro e partículas coloidais e que podem ser calcinadas a temperaturas inferiores a 1000 °C.Bone china is a special kind of porcelain, very hard and translucent, nowadays manufactured almost exclusively in England and in few other parts of the world, but not in Brazil. Its raw-materials comprise about fifty percent of bone ash, together with kaolin and a feldspar mineral. This paper presents the preparation and the characterization of bone ash obtained from bovine bones, with the objective of obtaining bone china. The preparation of the bone ash involves the use of an autoclave, manual removal of the meat, firing, and milling the bones. The preparation conditions were studied as a function of the firing conditions, milling, and washing the powder bones. The firing step was studied by thermal analyses TG-DTA and X-ray diffraction, whereas

  16. Flying starlings, PET and the evolution of volant dinosaurs.

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    Gold, Maria Eugenia Leone; Schulz, Daniela; Budassi, Michael; Gignac, Paul M; Vaska, Paul; Norell, Mark A

    2016-04-01

    Birds have evolved behavioral and morphological adaptations for powered flight. Many aspects of this transition are unknown, including the neuroanatomical changes that made flight possible [1]. To understand how the avian brain drives this complex behavior, we utilized positron emission tomography (PET) scanning and the tracer (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) to document regional metabolic activity in the brain associated with a variety of locomotor behaviors. FDG studies are typically employed in rats [2] though the technology has been applied to birds [3]. We examined whole-brain function in European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), trained to fly in a wind tunnel while metabolizing the tracer. Drawing on predictions from early anatomical studies [4], we hypothesized increased metabolic activity in the Wulst and functionally related visual brain regions during flight. We found that flight behaviors correlated positively with entopallia and Wulst activity, but negatively with thalamic activity. PMID:27046806

  17. Les messagers volants en terre d’Islam

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    Le pigeon voyageur a joué un rôle primordial en terre d'Islam dès le début du califat abbasside (fin du VIIIe siècle). Des vallées du Tigre et de l'Euphrate qui en furent sans doute le berceau, il gagna l'Orient comme l'Occident (Andalus et Sicile). Mais nul État ne lui attacha plus de prix que celui des Mamelouks qui couvrit l'Empire d'un dense réseau de colombiers, des rives de l'Euphrate en Syrie du Nord au bord de la mer Rouge en Égypte. Ces messagers des airs ont servi les souverains, en...

  18. Non-volant modes of migration in terrestrial arthropods

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    Reynolds Don R.; Reynolds Andrew M.; Chapman Jason W.

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    Animal migration is often defined in terms appropriate only to the ‘to-and-fro’ movements of large, charismatic (and often vertebrate) species. However, like other important biological processes, the definition should apply over as broad a taxonomic range as possible in order to be intellectually satisfying. Here we illustrate the process of migration in insects and other terrestrial arthropods (e.g. arachnids, myriapods, and non-insect hexapods) but provide a different perspective by excludi...

  19. Hospital Compare

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find...

  20. Seasonal and daily patterns of group size, cohesion and activity of the estuarine dolphin, Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden (Cetacea, Delphinidae, in southern Brazil Padrões sazonais e diários do tamanho de grupo, coesão e atividade do boto-cinza, Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden (Cetacea, Delphinidae, no sul do Brasil

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    Fábio G. Daura-Jorge

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The resident population of estuarine dolphin, Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden, 1864, in Norte Bay, Santa Catarina, southern Brazil, was studied from 2000 to 2003. Systematic one-day cruises were undertaken aboard a 5 m sail boat equipped with an outboard motor. Applying the focal-group method, information such as geographical position, predominant behavioural patterns, group size, cohesion index and the presence of calves, were registered at every five-minute interval, totalling 198 hours of direct observation of the dolphins. The estuarine dolphin used preferential areas for each behavioural pattern. The mean group size was approximately 29 individuals, and the presence of calves occurred throughout the entire year, but with a significant increase in the warm seasons. The frequency of behavioural patterns and group size varied according to season and time of day, and were strongly associated. The frequency of moving behaviours increased in the cold seasons and along the day. The seasonal variation in the moving behaviours suggest the requirement of a larger area in the cold seasons, probably related to seasonal fluctuations in the abundance of dominant prey items. Higher group sizes were observed while dolphins were foraging. The cohesion index also varied according to the behaviour. Our results showed that group organization and behavioural patterns of this estuarine dolphin population are probably linked to daily and seasonal environment cycles, and also possibly to the condition of being at the furthest southern limit of distribution of the species.A população residente de boto-cinza, Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden, 1864, da Baía Norte, Santa Catarina, sul do Brasil, foi estudada de 2000 a 2003. Foram realizados cruzeiros sistemáticos de um dia, a bordo de um veleiro de 5 m equipado com motor de popa. Utilizando o método de grupo-focal, informações como posição geográfica, padrão comportamental predominante, tamanho

  1. Identificação e descrição da brincadeira em uma espécie pouco estudada, o boto cinza (Sotalia fluviatilis, em seu ambiente natural Identification and description of play in a scarcely studied species, the tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis in a field site

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    Luísa Helena Pinheiro Spinelli

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Comportamentos de brincadeira são fáceis de identificar, mas difíceis de definir. Sua ocorrência é mais freqüente em animais jovens, apresentando algumas características comuns: falta de função aparente, utilização de comportamentos específicos da espécie de forma exagerada em intensidade ou número de repetições. Estudamos a brincadeira em uma espécie pouco conhecida, o boto cinza, durante 18 meses, na Praia de Pipa, RN. Definimos seis categorias de brincadeira: com objeto, de forrageio, locomotora, surf, social e de impulsão. Os comportamentos descritos ocorreram quando havia filhotes nos grupos observados. Sugerimos que alguns tipos de brincadeira possibilitam o exercício da musculatura, enquanto que outras também permitem o desenvolvimento de relações sociais. A brincadeira com objetos e de forrageio treinam o animal para a pesca, habilidade complexa que deve dominar antes de se tornar independente. Nossos dados sugerem que, à semelhança dos mamíferos terrestres, nos mamíferos aquáticos a brincadeira tem função adaptativa, preparando o indivíduo para a vida adulta.Play behavior are easy to identify but difficult to define. It is more frequently displayed by young animals and present some distinguished characteristics: no apparent function and exaggerated repetition or intensity of species-specific behaviors. We studied play behavior in a scarcely studied species, the tucuxi, during 18 months at Pipa, RN, Brazil . We defined six categories: object, foraging, locomotor, social and impulsion play plus surf. The behaviors described occurred only when immatures were present in the observed groups. We suggest that some kinds of play exercise the muscles while others also allow for the development of social interactions. Object and foraging play are opportunities for training of fishing abilities which the animal must master before becoming independent. Our data suggest that, like terrestrial mammals, in marine mammals

  2. Utilization of rice husk ash as filler for polyamide 6 and ionizing radiation effect studies on this composite;Utilizacao da cinza da casca de arroz como carga em matriz de poliamida 6 submetida a radiacao ionizante

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    Ferro, Waldir Pedro

    2009-07-01

    In order to improve the dimensional stability, as well as, electrical, mechanical and thermal properties of polymers, new filler to this purpose has been developed. The mos applied filler to propitiate the features previously mentioned are the glass and carbon fibers, the mineral filler as the calcium carbonate, the talc and the micro glass sphere. The main aim of this work was to study the rice husk ash as filler for polyamide 6 and ionizing radiation effect studies on this composite, irradiated by electron beam at different doses, since it is constituted of at least 90% of silicon dioxide, and compared with the talc which is the most applied mineral filler. This comparison was made from a compound made through the refined rice husk ash and the polyamide 6 (PA 6), which is one of the main engineering plastic with applications in several productive areas. The samples were injected and irradiated in a electron accelerator. Afterwards, their mechanical and thermal properties were measured. It was also inject automotive parts to verify the processing of the PA 6 with CCA. The results showed that the use of the rice husk ash as filler for polyamide 6 composite is technically and economically viable. The irradiation of the studied composite (PA 6 with 30% of rice husk ash) did not provide any improvement for the mechanical and thermal properties previously appraised. (author)

  3. Physician Compare

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Physician Compare, which meets Affordable Care Act of 2010 requirements, helps you search for and select physicians and other healthcare professionals enrolled in...

  4. comparative Advertising

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    Anderson, Simon P.; Régis Renault

    2006-01-01

    Consumer information on products affects competition and profits. We analyze firms' decisions to impart product information through advertising: comparative advertising also allows them to impart information about rivals' products. If firms sell products of similar qualities, both want to advertise detailed product information that enables consumers to determine their matches: there is no role for comparative advertising. If qualities are sufficiently dissimilar, the high-quality one will not...

  5. Feeding associations between Guiana dolphins, Sotalia guianensis (Van Bénèden, 1864 and seabirds in the Lagamar estuary, Brazil Associações de alimentação entre o boto-cinza (Sotalia guianensis (Van Bénèden, 1864 e aves marinhas no estuário do Lagamar, Brasil

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    MCO. Santos

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of the present study was to describe the characteristics regarding interactions between Guiana dolphins, Sotalia guianensis and seabirds in feeding associations in two distinct areas of the Lagamar estuary, Brazil. Boat-based surveys directed towards photo-identification studies of S. guianensis were conducted in the Cananéia Estuary (CE (25° 01' S and 47° 55' W from July 2004 to March 2008, as well as in the Paranaguá Estuarine Complex (PEC (25° 24' S and 48° 24' W from April 2006 to February 2008. On all occasions when seabirds were observed engaging in multi-species feeding associations with S. guianensis, data on species involved and their numbers were gathered. From 435 observed groups of S. guianensis in the CE, 38 (8.7% involved interactions with seabirds. In the PEC, from the 286 observed groups, 32 (11.2% involved the mentioned interactions. The following seabirds were observed in feeding associations with S. guianensis: Fregata magnificens, Sula leucogaster, Phalacrocorax brasilianus, and Sterna sp. In the CE, S. leucogaster was more commonly observed in feeding associations with Guiana dolphins (χ2 = 22.84; d.f. = 3, p O objetivo principal do presente estudo foi de descrever as características a respeito das associações de alimentação entre o boto-cinza, Sotalia guianensis, e aves marinhas em duas áreas distintas do estuário do Lagamar, Brasil. Investigações efetuadas a partir de embarcação e direcionadas a estudos de foto-identificação de S. guianensis foram conduzidas no Estuário de Cananéia (EC (25° 01' S e 47° 55' O entre julho de 2004 e março de 2008, bem como no Complexo Estuarino de Paranaguá (CEP (25° 24' S e 48° 24' O entre abril de 2006 e fevereiro de 2008. Em todas as ocasiões em que aves marinhas foram observadas em associações de alimentação multiespecífica com S. guianensis, dados sobre as espécies envolvidas e seus números foram obtidos. Dos 435 grupos de S

  6. Comparative Advantage

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    Zhang, Jie; Jensen, Camilla

    2007-01-01

    typically explained from the supply-side variables, the comparative advantage of the exporting countries. A simple model is proposed and tested. The results render strong support for the relevance of supply-side factors such as natural endowments, technology, and infrastructure in explaining international...

  7. Comparative hemorheology

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    Başkurt, Oğuz K.; Meiselman, Herbert J.

    2013-01-01

    Comparative data on blood composition and blood flow properties indicate different levels of interspecies variation for several parameters. Hematocrit and hemoglobin levels have relatively low variability among mammals, while mean cell volume and red blood cell (RBC) count are more variable. There is also a difference of variability between high and low shear rate blood viscosity in mammals, with low shear rate viscosity having a higher degree of interspecies variation. This observation paral...

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

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    Cleonice Cristina Hilbig

    2008-04-01

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

  9. From Comparatism to Comparativity: Comparative Reasoning Reconsidered

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    Svend Erik Larsen

    2015-01-01

    Comparative literature was born with the national paradigm of literary historiography in the early nineteenth century when literary studies, together with other historical and comparative studies, were institutionalized as a particular field of research and higher education. The cognitive pattern generated by this paradigm comprises both national literary studies and comparative literature. They are both instances of comparatism, solidly anchored in a national context as its basic and indispe...

  10. Distribuição geográfica de pequenos mamíferos não voadores nas bacias dos rios Araguaia e Paraná, região centro-sul do Brasil Geographic distribution of small non-volant mammals in the Araguaia and Paraná basins, south-central region of Brazil

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    Nilton C. Cáceres

    2008-06-01

    biogeográficos. A Serra dos Caiapós pode ter sido uma barreira geográfica para algumas espécies de pequenos mamíferos em face da retração e expansão das florestas ocorridas no passado.We collected small mammals in two hydrographic basins in central Brazil, namely the Paraná and Araguaia basins, with the aim of examining the composition of forest dwelling small mammal species and to compare their geographic distributions. Fourteen sites were sampled, eight in the Paraná basin and six in the Araguaia basin. A total of 20 species of small mammals was registered (8 marsupials and 12 rodents, 16 of them in live traps (5,253 trap-nights and eight in pitfalls (224 trap-nights, adding to a total of 161 captures of 139 individuals. The Paraná basin showed 16 species (trap-nights: 3,115 and 104 respectively and the Araguaia basin 11 species (trap-nights: 2,138 and 120 respectively, being both richness similar when the rarefaction method was applied. Seven (35% out of the 20 species recorded occurred in both basins. The marsupial Didelphis albiventris Lund, 1840 was the most abundant species. The marsupials species recorded were D. albiventris, Caluromys philander (Linnaeus, 1758, Cryptonanus cf. agricolai Voss, Lunde & Jansa, 2005, Gracilinanus agilis (Burmeister, 1854, G. microtarsus (Wagner, 1842, Lutreolina crassicaudata (Desmarest, 1804, Marmosa murina (Linnaeus, 1758, and Philander opossum (Linnaeus, 1758. The rodent species recorded were Akodon gr. cursor, Calomys tener (Winge, 1887, Nectomys rattus (Pelzen, 1883, N. squamipes (Brants, 1827, Oecomys bicolor (Tomes, 1860, Oryzomys maracajuensis Langguth & Bonvicino, 2002, Oryzomys cf. marinhus, O. megacephalus (Fischer, 1814, Oligoryzomys fornesi (Massoia, 1973, Oligoryzomys sp., Proechimys longicaudatus (Rengger, 1830 and P. roberti (Thomas, 1901. The range extension of some species is discussed, in addition to biogeographic considerations. The Caiapós Mountains may have been a geographic barrier for some small

  11. Comparative Test Case Specification

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    Kalyanova, Olena; Heiselberg, Per

    This document includes the specification on the IEA task of evaluation building energy simulation computer programs for the Double Skin Facades (DSF) constructions. There are two approaches involved into this procedure, one is the comparative approach and another is the empirical one. In the comp....... In the comparative approach the outcomes of different software tools are compared, while in the empirical approach the modelling results are compared with the results of experimental test cases. The comparative test cases include: ventilation, shading and geometry....

  12. Débat – Faut-il tirer sur les tapis volants ?

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    Benoist, Jean

    2009-01-01

    Le débat sur l’homéopathie amorcé récemment par l’Académie de médecine a entraîné la réaction du Ministre de la santé et les protestations de certains laboratoires spécialisés ; assorti du bruit soulevé parmi les patients et des positions contradictoires du corps médical, tout cela a pour les anthropologues la valeur d’une expérimentation grandeur nature sur la place, qui étonne hors de France, de l’homéopathie dans la société française. Beau sujet de réflexion. Espérons que quelque chercheur...

  13. Dialysis Facility Compare

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Dialysis Facility Compare helps you find detailed information about Medicare-certified dialysis facilities. You can compare the services and the quality of care...

  14. Ezra Pound's Comparative Poetics

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    Tao, Naikan

    2001-01-01

    In his paper, "Ezra Pound's Comparative Poetics," Naikan Tao concentrates on Pound's theories regarding comparison and examines the significance of his comparative studies to the formulation of his poetics, an aspect that has not been sufficiently investigated. On the basis of Pound's work, Tao observes that the conception of comparison Pound shaped through his comparative studies is the internal principle that governs the presentation of details and particulars, the method Pound advocated as...

  15. Comparative Test Case Specification

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    Kalyanova, Olena; Heiselberg, Per

     This document includes a definition of the comparative test cases DSF200_3 and DSF200_4, which previously described in the comparative test case specification for the test cases DSF100_3 and DSF200_3 [Ref.1]....... This document includes a definition of the comparative test cases DSF200_3 and DSF200_4, which previously described in the comparative test case specification for the test cases DSF100_3 and DSF200_3 [Ref.1]....

  16. Use of heterogeneous CaO and SnO{sub 2} catalysts supported on rice husk ash to produce biodiesel; Emprego de catalisadores heterogeneos de CaO e SnO{sub 2} suportados em cinza de casca de arroz na obtencao de biodiesel

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    Soares, Ana Brigida [Instituto Federal do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, ES (Brazil); Silva, Paulo Roberto Nagipe da; Stumbo, Alexandre Moura, E-mail: nagipe@uenf.br [Laboratorio de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ (Brazil); Freitas, Jair C.C. [Departamento de Fisica, Centro de Ciencias Exatas, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, ES (Brazil)

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    Silica obtained from rice husk after acid leaching and calcination was compared to commercial silica as a catalyst support. CaO and SnO{sub 2} catalysts were prepared by impregnation and tested in the transesterification of soybean oil and the esterification of oleic acid. CaO catalysts showed basic character and were the most active for transesterification, whereas SnO{sub 2} catalysts were acid and the most effective for esterification. In both cases the performances of the catalysts prepared with rice husk ash and commercial silica were similar. These results demonstrate that rice husk is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly source of silica that can be used as a catalyst support. (author)

  17. Postcolonialism And Comparative Education

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    Tikly, Leon

    1999-11-01

    The article considers the relevance of recent developments in postcolonial theory for comparative education research. The article starts with an account of these developments. This account is then used as a basis for a critical discussion of previous theoretical frameworks that have been used by comparative researchers to explain the colonial legacy. The implications of adopting a postcolonial approach in comparative education are discussed in relation to issues of race, culture, language and the curriculum. The article concludes by arguing that a consideration of the postcolonial condition is necessary for developing a more holistic and less eurocentric understanding of the relationship between globalisation and education.

  18. Towards Comparative Leadership

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    Jensen, Merete Storgaard

    2015-01-01

    Globalization is the imitation and adaptation of knowledgesolutions or innovations, as they are diffused from one country to another” (Peter Jarvis 2007) Conducting comparative, educational research of school leadership that effects student achievement in an international perspective is of...... scientific value in qualifying the international and national knowledgebase on effective school leadership. In a methodological perspective comparative analysis in an international setting creates specifically a scientific demand of comparability and a theory based leadership - framework to guide the...... empirical, qualitative research of effective leadership....

  19. Home Health Compare

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Home Health Compare has information about the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies throughout the nation. Medicare-certified means...

  20. Nursing Home Compare

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The data that is used by the Nursing Home Compare tool can be downloaded for public use. This functionality is primarily used by health policy researchers and the...

  1. Hospital Compare - Archived Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. This information can...

  2. Dialysis Facility Compare Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — These are the official datasets used on the Medicare.gov Dialysis Facility Compare Website provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These data...

  3. Comparative Packaging Study

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    Perchonok, Michele; Antonini, David

    2008-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes a comparative packaging study for use on long duration space missions. The topics include: 1) Purpose; 2) Deliverables; 3) Food Sample Selection; 4) Experimental Design Matrix; 5) Permeation Rate Comparison; and 6) Packaging Material Information.

  4. Home Health Compare Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — These are the official datasets used on the Medicare.gov Home Health Compare Website provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These data allow...

  5. Nursing Home Compare Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — These are the official datasets used on the Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare Website provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These data allow...

  6. Physician Compare Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — This is the official dataset associated with the Medicare.gov Physician Compare Website provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These data...

  7. Hospital Compare Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — These are the official datasets used on the Medicare.gov Hospital Compare Website provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These data allow you...

  8. Comparing Political Communication

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    Pfetsch, Barbara; Esser, Frank

    2012-01-01

    This chapter describes the maturation of comparative political communications as a sub-discipline and defines its conceptual core. It then lays out the concept of “political communication system”. At the macro-level, this model captures the patterns of interaction between media and politics as social systems; at the micro-level it captures the interactions between media and political actors as individuals or organizations. Comparative research in this tradition focuses on the structure of pol...

  9. Competitive versus comparative advantage

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    J. Peter Neary

    2002-01-01

    I explore the interactions between comparative, competitive and absolute advantage in a two-country model of oligopoly in general equilibrium. Comparative advantage always determines the direction of trade, but both competitive and absolute advantage affect resource allocation, trade patterns and trade volumes. Competitive advantage in the sense of more home firms drives foreign firms out of marginal sectors but also makes some marginal home sectors uncompetitive. Absolute advantage in the se...

  10. Competitive versus Comparative Advantage

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    Neary, J. Peter

    2002-01-01

    I explore the interactions between comparative, competitive and absolute advantage in a two-country model of oligopoly in general equilibrium. Comparative advantage always determines the direction of trade, but both competitive and absolute advantage affect resource allocation, trade patterns and trade volumes. Competitive advantage in the sense of more home firms drives foreign firms out of marginal sectors but also makes some marginal home sectors uncompetitive. Absolute advantage in the se...

  11. Some generalised comparative determiners

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    Zuber, Richard

    2011-01-01

    Functions denoted by specific comparative expressions called generalised comparative determiners are analysed. These expressions form verb arguments when applied to common nouns. They denote functions which take sets and a binary relation as argument and give a set as result. These functions are thus different from denotations of "ordinary" determiners. However, they do obey some similar constraints, properly generalised. It is shown that verbal arguments obtained from such generalised determin...

  12. Study of the rice husk ash utilization as filler polypropylene matrix and ionization radiation effect on this composite; Estudos da utilizacao da cinza de casca de arroz como carga em matriz de polipropileno e do efeito da radiacao ionizante sobre este composito

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    Alfaro, Eduardo de Faria

    2010-07-01

    In the first step of this work, it was evaluated the possibility of using rice husk ash as a filler in polypropylene (PP) making a comparison with talc which is the most used mineral filler in polymers. This comparison was made by using polypropylene with 20% rice husk ash as well as polypropylene with 20% talc measuring their properties. Despite the properties of the PP with 20% rice husk ash decreased compared with the composite of polypropylene with 20% talc it can be said that the rice husk ash can be used as filler for or other utilization less noble of PP . This way it is being given a destination for this residue that it is disposable in the environment contributing to its preservation, moreover reducing the product cost. This work had also as an aim to study the ionizing radiation effect in the properties of these composites. It was used the coupling agent, maleic anhydride , to verify a best sample homogenization. According to the results it can be said that PP is a semicrystalline polymer, and so it has its morphology modified when exposed to the irradiation process. This fact is due to the scission mechanisms of the polymeric chains which it is in compliance to the literature. (author)

  13. Morfologia do sincrânio do boto-cinza, Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden (Cetacea, Delphinidae Syncranial morphology of the estuarine dolphin Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden (Cetacea, Delphinidae

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    Paulo C. Simões-Lopes

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Apresenta-se uma descrição da morfologia comparada do sincrânio de Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden, 1864, incluindo suas variações ontogenéticas e intra-específicas. As descrições foram baseadas em 51 crânios completos ou parciais depositados na coleção do laboratório de Mamíferos Aquáticos, do Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia, CCB, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. O sincrânio é bastante homogêneo e manifesta sua assimetria na morfologia dos ossos, passagens nasais e forames. O rostro é proporcionalmente estreito em relação aos outros Delphinidae do mesmo porte. A região temporal é circular em indivíduos jovens, mas se torna oval nos adultos onde se forma uma crista temporal evidente. O forame elíptico do periótico está presente tanto em indivíduos jovens quanto adultos. Os nasais são bipartidos e podem ocorrer ossos suturais entre os frontais. O processo hamular dos pterigóides é bastante inflado e fenestrado. A sínfise mandibular alcança de 19 de 19-23% do comprimento do dentário. Cada pré-maxilar e maxilar possui de 30-35 dentes e cada dentário de 30-38 dentes.Morphological and comparative description of the syncranium of Sotalia guianensis (P.J. van Bénéden, 1864, including ontogenic aspects and intraspecific variations are presented. The descriptions were based on the examination of 51 complete or partial skulls, kept at the Marine Mammals Lab. Collection from the Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia, CCB, at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. The sincranium is very homogeneous and manifests its asymmetry in the morphology of the bones, nasal passages and foramina. The rostrum is proportionally narrow in relation to other Delphinidae of the same size. The temporal region is circular in young specimens, but it becomes oval in the adults were it forms a well marked temporal crest. The elliptical foramen of the periotic bone is present both in young and adult individuals. The nasals

  14. ÉTUDE COMPARATIVE SUR L’ÉVOLUTION DE L’ALCOOLÉMIE AU COURS DU TEMPS

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    Madalina Toma

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La consommation excessive d’alcool éthylique est connue depuis longtemps comme très dangereuse pour la santé humaine. De plus, l’alcool au volant représente, après la vitesse excessive, la deuxième cause d’accidents mortels sur la route. Quoique autorisé au volant à faibles doses dans certains pays, l’alcool met toujours en danger la vie du chauffeur et de ses passagers. Le taux d’alcool dans le sang, pour la même quantité d’éthanol consommée, varie en fonction de différents facteurs physiologiques. Il existe à l’heure actuelle de nombreuses modalités d’estimer l’évolution de l’alcoolémie au cours du temps. Nous avons essayé de démontrer que cette évolution présente une forte variabilité, en fonction du sexe, de l’age et de la physiologie individuelle

  15. Comparing Measurement Theories.

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    Schumacker, Randall E.

    In comparing measurement theories, it is evident that the awareness of the concept of measurement error during the time of Galileo has lead to the formulation of observed scores comprising a true score and error (classical theory), universe score and various random error components (generalizability theory), or individual latent ability and error…

  16. Dermatologia comparativa Comparative Dermatology

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    Hiram Larangeira de Almeida Jr

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Demonstra-se o quadro exuberante dos angiofibromas faciais em paciente do sexo masculino, de 32 anos, com esclerose tuberosa, os quais podem ser comparados com amoras.The impressive facial angiofibromas, from a 32 year-old male paciente, with the classical features of tuberous sclerosis, were compared with mulberries.

  17. Trends in Comparative Education.

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    Altbach, Philip G.

    1991-01-01

    Examines societal and academic factors influencing the development of comparative education since 1945, particularly in the United States. Discusses the dominance of structural functionalism and human capital theory in the 1960s, the recent shift to diverse research orientations and ideologies, and effects of institutional decline and…

  18. Comparing apples and pears?

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    Waite, Sue; Bølling, Mads; Bentsen, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Using a conceptual model focused on purposes, aims, content, pedagogy, outcomes, and barriers, we review and interpret literature on two forms of outdoor learning: Forest Schools in England and udeskole in Denmark. We examine pedagogical principles within a comparative analytical framework and co...

  19. Synthesis of zeolites coal ash in surfactant modified in application and removal of orange 8 acid solution: study in batch, fixed bed column and evaluation ecotoxicological; Sintese de zeolitas de cinzas de carvao modificada por surfactante e aplicacao na remocao de acido laranja 8 de solucao aquosa: estudo em leito movel, coluna de leito fixo e avaliacao ecotoxicologica

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    Magdalena, Carina Pitwak

    2015-09-01

    In this study, synthesized zeolitic material from coal ash and modified cationic surfactant was used for removing the acid dye Orange 8 (AL8) by adsorption process using moving bed and fixed-bed column. The raw material and adsorbents were characterized by different techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, among others. The adsorption of AL8 was performed by moving bed in order to optimize the results when they are launched in a fixed bed. The effects of adsorption on zeolite AL8 were compared: (1) Effect of counterions Br{sup -} and Cl{sup -} surfactant used in the modification of the zeolite; (2) effect of type of coal ash used as raw material in the synthesis of zeolites (fly and bottom). The following adsorbents were used in the study: fly and bottom zeolite modified by surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (ZLMS-Br-Br and ZPMS-Br) and fly zeolite modified by surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (ZLMS-Cl). The pseudo-second-order kinetic described the adsorption of the dye on all adsorbents. The equilibrium time was reached 40, 60 and 120 min for ZLMS-Br, ZLMS-Cl and ZPMS-Br, respectively. The adsorption equilibrium was analyzed by the equations of the models of linear and nonlinear isotherms of Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin and Dubinin- Radushkevivh (DR) and the criterion of best fit was evaluated using the error functions.The DR model was adjusted better to the experimental data for the system AL8 / ZLMS-Br, the Freundlich model for AL8 / ZLMS-Cl and Langmuir for AL8 / ZPMS. According to the Langmuir maximum adsorption capacity was 4.67, 1.48 and 1.38 mg g{sup -1} for ZLMS-Br, ZLMS-Cl and ZPMS-Br, in order. In studies employing fixed bed columns, the effects of inlet concentration (20- 30 mg L{sup -1}), flow rate (4.0 -5.3 mL min{sup -1}) and the bed height (5, 5 - 6.5 cm) above the breakthrough curves characteristics in the adsorption system were determined. The Adams-Bohart, Thomas, Yoon-Nelson models were

  20. Comparative Literature in Cooperation

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    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Beyond methodological or ideological principles, Comparative Literature depends upon, and flourishes in, cooperation between different systems, fields and disciplines. We introduce two projects developed by Munich’s Comparative Literature Department as examples of the specific challenges and opportunities afforded by this cooperation: in editing Roman Jakobson’s analyses of poetry, experts in 16 different languages and literatures worked together to present translations, interpretations and commentary on this corpus. In ongoing bilateral teaching and research projects with the German Department at Seoul National University, inter-lingual, inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary communication enables and informs studies focusing on Goethe’s concept of active and passive roles in Weltliteratur, as well as censorship and textual control in divided nations.

  1. Protein Models Comparator

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    Widera, Paweł

    2011-01-01

    The process of comparison of computer generated protein structural models is an important element of protein structure prediction. It has many uses including model quality evaluation, selection of the final models from a large set of candidates or optimisation of parameters of energy functions used in template free modelling and refinement. Although many protein comparison methods are available online on numerous web servers, their ability to handle a large scale model comparison is often very limited. Most of the servers offer only a single pairwise structural comparison, and they usually do not provide a model-specific comparison with a fixed alignment between the models. To bridge the gap between the protein and model structure comparison we have developed the Protein Models Comparator (pm-cmp). To be able to deliver the scalability on demand and handle large comparison experiments the pm-cmp was implemented "in the cloud". Protein Models Comparator is a scalable web application for a fast distributed comp...

  2. Comparative Healthcare: Diabetes Mellitus.

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    Dr Mohammed Ali; Dr. Andrew Knight

    2009-01-01

    In the third in this series of ‘comparative healthcare’ medical practitioners explore the approach to diabetes inBangaldesh and Australia respectively. The social and medical consequences of this chronic conditionare highlighted through the approach to patients at various stages of the disease from two nationalperspectives. An astonishing 7% of the 153 million people are reported to have diabetes in Bangladesh. Manyremain undiagnosed. Delays in diagnosis or management of diabetes have life li...

  3. Comparing Measures of Sparsity

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    Hurley, Niall P.; Rickard, Scott T.

    2008-01-01

    Sparsity of representations of signals has been shown to be a key concept of fundamental importance in fields such as blind source separation, compression, sampling and signal analysis. The aim of this paper is to compare several commonlyused sparsity measures based on intuitive attributes. Intuitively, a sparse representation is one in which a small number of coefficients contain a large proportion of the energy. In this paper six properties are discussed: (Robin Hood, Scaling, Rising Tide, ...

  4. Comparative pharmacognosy of Pashanbhed

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    Poonam Verma; Vinod Gauttam; Kalia, Ajudhia N.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Pashanbhed is a commercially available diuretic and lithotropic drug, used to treat renal problems. It is a controversial name as it is assigned to various plants such as Bergenia ligulata, Kalanchoe pinnata, Coleus aromaticus and Rotula aquatica. Objective: To perform the comparative preliminary phytochemical screening, diuretic activity, and thin layer chromatography (TLC) finger printing profile of three plants (B. ligulata, C. aromaticus, and K. pinnata), most commonly used as...

  5. Comparative Failure in Science

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    Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D., Hon. Ph.D.

    2008-01-01

    A perennial problem for some scientists is their feeling of comparative failure as scientists. This problem becomes clearer if we consider two major sources of this feeling that are inherent in the vary nature of scientific work. (i) In science, strong emphasis is placed on the achievement of recognition; (ii) the typical basic scientist works in a community filled with “great men” who have made important and decisive discoveries in their respective fields; they are the acknowledge guiding li...

  6. Comparing Pedigree Graphs

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    Kirkpatrick, Bonnie; Reshef, Yakir; Finucane, Hilary; Jiang, Haitao; Zhu, Binhai; Karp, Richard M.

    2010-01-01

    Pedigree graphs, or family trees, are typically constructed by an expensive process of examining genealogical records to determine which pairs of individuals are parent and child. New methods to automate this process take as input genetic data from a set of extant individuals and reconstruct ancestral individuals. There is a great need to evaluate the quality of these methods by comparing the estimated pedigree to the true pedigree. In this paper, we consider two main pedigree comparison prob...

  7. a prospective comparative study

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    Jäckel, Tanja

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To examine effectiveness and safety of homoeopathic vs. conventional treatment for children with atopic eczema in usual care. In a prospective multicentre comparative observational non-randomized study 135 patients (1-14 years old, homoeopathy n=48 vs. conventional n=87) with moderate atopic eczema were included. Treatment was left to the physicians´preferences in both groups. The primary endpoint was the SCORAD (SCOring Atopic Dermatitis) after 6 months. Secondary outcom...

  8. Ebolavirus comparative genomics

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    Jun, Se-Ran; Leuze, Michael R.; Nookaew, Intawat; Uberbacher, Edward C.; Land, Miriam; Zhang, Qian; Wanchai, Visanu; Chai, Juanjuan; Nielsen, Morten; Trolle, Thomas; Lund, Ole; Buzard, Gregory S; Pedersen, Thomas Dybdal; Wassenaar, Trudy M.; Ussery, David W.

    2015-01-01

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest documented for this virus. To examine the dynamics of this genome, we compare more than 100 currently available ebolavirus genomes to each other and to other viral genomes. Based on oligomer frequency analysis, the family Filoviridae forms a distinct group from all other sequenced viral genomes. All filovirus genomes sequenced to date encode proteins with similar functions and gene order, although there is considerable divergence in sequen...

  9. Comparative genomics of Bifidobacteria

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    Bottacini, Francesca

    2013-01-01

    Chapter 2 of this thesis describes the sequence analysis of 14 bifidobacterial genomes from various species of the genus Bifidobacterium, and the determination of their open pan-genome trend. This analysis first determined the total number of genes to be considered as the reservoir of functions available to representatives of this genus. Many identified genes are still uncharacterized, but may be involved in the adaptation to the gut environment. This comparative genomic analysis also determi...

  10. Comparative pharmacognosy of Pashanbhed

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    Poonam Verma

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pashanbhed is a commercially available diuretic and lithotropic drug, used to treat renal problems. It is a controversial name as it is assigned to various plants such as Bergenia ligulata, Kalanchoe pinnata, Coleus aromaticus and Rotula aquatica. Objective: To perform the comparative preliminary phytochemical screening, diuretic activity, and thin layer chromatography (TLC finger printing profile of three plants (B. ligulata, C. aromaticus, and K. pinnata, most commonly used as Pashanbhed. Materials and Methods: Diuretic potential of methanolic extract (ME of three plants were evaluated at two dose levels (500 and 1,000 mg/kg p.o., using normal Wistar rats (Lipschitz method. Furosemide (20 mg/kg p.o. was used as a standard drug. The effect on urine output and electrolyte changes were measured for 24 h and compared. All MEs were screened preliminarily for their constituents and their TLC finger printing profiles were prepared. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA followed by Bonferroni′s multiple comparison test. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The MEs of all three plants have shown diuresis in normal rats. However, in intercomparison of the ME C. aromaticus (1,000 mg/kg p.o. produced more significant diuresis (P < 0.05 and electrolyte excretion compared to other test groups, the effect was at par with furosemide. The ME of these plants showed presence of alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, terpenoids, saponins, flavonoids, etc. Conclusion: The ME of C. aromaticus (1,000 mg/kg p.o. has showed highest diuretic action (4.2 among the tested extracts. This suggests the use of C. aromaticus leaves as "Pashanbhed"; the most effective diuretic drug.

  11. Comparative Genome Viewer

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    The amount of information about genomes, both in the form of complete sequences and annotations, has been exponentially increasing in the last few years. As a result there is the need for tools providing a graphical representation of such information that should be comprehensive and intuitive. Visual representation is especially important in the comparative genomics field since it should provide a combined view of data belonging to different genomes. We believe that existing tools are limited in this respect as they focus on a single genome at a time (conservation histograms) or compress alignment representation to a single dimension. We have therefore developed a web-based tool called Comparative Genome Viewer (Cgv): it integrates a bidimensional representation of alignments between two regions, both at small and big scales, with the richness of annotations present in other genome browsers. We give access to our system through a web-based interface that provides the user with an interactive representation that can be updated in real time using the mouse to move from region to region and to zoom in on interesting details.

  12. Mercury exposure in Munduruku Indians from the community of Sai Cinza, state of Para, Brazil

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    The objective of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate mercury exposure and health status among Munduruku Indians from the community of Sai inza, State of Para, Brazil. The population studied included 330 Indians, who submitted to a questionnaire, clinical exams, and collection of hair, blood, urine, and feces. Mercury was measured in hair and fish. Although no person was found to have overt mercury intoxication, the mean levels of mercury in hair were elevated (14.45 μg/g for children from 7 to 12 years ld, 15.70 μg/g for women between 14 and 44 years old, and 14.1 μg/g or the remaining population). Mercury levels in fish were below levels recommended by the World Health Organization, but rates of fish consumption ere high. These results place this indigenous population as a group under risk of mercury toxicity from the gold production

  13. Uso de lamas e cinzas da indústria da celulose em clínquer

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    Buruberri, Leire Hernando

    2014-01-01

    O destino final dos resíduos gerados no fabrico da pasta de papel em Portugal é uma das preocupações crescentes deste setor, já que as normativas europeias são cada vez mais restritas no que respeita à sua deposição em aterro. Impulsionados por este facto o grupo Portucel/Soporcel (gPS) procura soluções mais sustentáveis, como a valorização dos resíduos gerados no seu processo de fabrico em outros setores industriais. O fabrico da pasta de papel pelo método Kraft utilizado pelo gPS, origin...

  14. Aplicabilidade das cinzas da casca de arroz Applicability of rice husk ash

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    Edson Luiz Foletto; Ronaldo Hoffmann; Rejane Scopel Hoffmann; Utinguassú Lima Portugal Jr.; Sérgio Luiz Jahn

    2005-01-01

    Currently, the accumulation of rice husk is a serious environmental problem. The burning of rice husk generates a considerable volume of ash, that falls to the ground and gets into the air and the rivers, causing a disequilibrium in the ecosystem. This motived research into solutions that aim to exploit the husks for energy generation and the ashes for developing diverse technological products. This work presents the possibilities of using rice husks and their ashes after burning.

  15. Ebolavirus comparative genomics

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    Jun, Se-Ran; Leuze, Michael R.; Nookaew, Intawat;

    2015-01-01

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest documented for this virus. To examine the dynamics of this genome, we compare more than 100 currently available ebolavirus genomes to each other and to other viral genomes. Based on oligomer frequency analysis, the family Filoviridae forms a...... distinct group from all other sequenced viral genomes. All filovirus genomes sequenced to date encode proteins with similar functions and gene order, although there is considerable divergence in sequences between the three genera Ebolavirus, Cuevavirus and Marburgvirus within the family Filoviridae....... Whereas all ebolavirus genomes are quite similar (multiple sequences of the same strain are often identical), variation is most common in the intergenic regions and within specific areas of the genes encoding the glycoprotein (GP), nucleoprotein (NP) and polymerase (L). We predict regions that could...

  16. Comparing Measures of Sparsity

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    Hurley, Niall P

    2008-01-01

    Sparsity of representations of signals has been shown to be a key concept of fundamental importance in fields such as blind source separation, compression, sampling and signal analysis. The aim of this paper is to compare several commonlyused sparsity measures based on intuitive attributes. Intuitively, a sparse representation is one in which a small number of coefficients contain a large proportion of the energy. In this paper six properties are discussed: (Robin Hood, Scaling, Rising Tide, Cloning, Bill Gates and Babies), each of which a sparsity measure should have. The main contributions of this paper are the proofs and the associated summary table which classify commonly-used sparsity measures based on whether or not they satisfy these six propositions and the corresponding proofs. Only one of these measures satisfies all six: The Gini Index. measures based on whether or not they satisfy these six propositions and the corresponding proofs. Only one of these measures satisfies all six: The Gini Index.

  17. Comparing new anticoagulants.

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    Wooten, James M

    2012-12-01

    For years, the pharmaceutical industry has been trying to find a safe and effective drug to replace warfarin. Although warfarin is an effective anticoagulant, its pharmacology, adverse effects, and risk profiles dictate that patients taking this medication must be monitored judiciously. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved two drugs for commercial use, dabigatran and rivaroxaban, that will compete directly with warfarin for use in specific indications. Because of direct marketing to patients, physicians are being asked to comment on these new medications. This brief review illustrates the data available for the two new drugs when compared to warfarin for the specified indications. For some patients, these drugs may be highly beneficial and offer an excellent alternative to warfarin. For others, warfarin may still be the preferred drug. PMID:23211502

  18. Manipulator comparative testing program

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    The Manipulator Comparative Testing Program examined differences among manipulator systems from the United States and Japan. The manipulator systems included the Meidensha BILARM 83A, the Model M-2 of Central Research Laboratories Division of Sargent Industries (CRL), and the GCA Corporation PaR Systems Model 6000. The site of testing was the Remote Operations Maintenance Demonstration (ROMD) facility, operated by the Fuel Recycle Division in the Consolidated Fuel Reprocessing Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In all stages of testing, operators using the CRL Model M-2 manipulator had consistently lower times to completion and error rates than they did using other machines. Performance was second best with the Meidensha BILARM 83A in master-slave mode. Performance with the BILARM in switchbox mode and the PaR 6000 manipulator was approximately equivalent in terms of criteria recorded in testing. These data show no impact of force reflection on task performance

  19. Operations dashboard: comparative study

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    Ramly, Noor Nashriq; Ismail, Ahmad Zuhairi; Aziz, Mohd Haris; Ahmad, Nurul Haszeli

    2011-10-01

    In this present days and age, there are increasing needs for companies to monitor application and infrastructure health. Apart from having proactive measures to secure their application and infrastructure, many see monitoring dashboards as crucial investment in disaster preparedness. As companies struggle to find the best solution to cater for their needs and interest for monitoring their application and infrastructure's health, this paper summarizes the studies made on several known off-the-shelf operations dashboard and in-house developed dashboard. A few criteria of good dashboard are collected from previous studies carried out by several researchers and rank them according to importance and business needs. The finalized criteria that will be discussed in later sections are data visualization, performance indicator, dashboard personalization, audit capability and alert/ notification. Comparative studies between several popular dashboards were then carried out to determine whether they met these criteria that we derived from the first exercise. The findings hopefully can be used to educate and provide an overview of selecting the best IT application and infrastructure operations dashboard that suit business needs, thus become the main contribution of this paper.

  20. Comparative Supreme Justice

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    Ditlev Tamm

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with the great variety of Supreme Courts in the world today and presents some selected courts. Supreme Courts are found in most countries both as only apex courts or in a courts’ system where also supreme administrative courts or constitutional courts are found. The starting point is the variation of supreme justice in the Nordic countries where one apex court is the system of Denmark and Norway whereas administrative courts are found in Sweden and Finland. Constitutional courts stem from the European tradition and are most abundant in Europe and in countries with a civil law system but especially in Africa they are also found in common law countries. Mexico is mentioned as a specific example of a Supreme Court that has taken upon itself to be a main player in the endeavour to communicate the law to a general audience. The article is a presentation with samples of what is going to be a project on comparative supreme justice in which the position of supreme courts in the various states, the recruitment scheme and competence of the courts and other such factors will be analyzed on a global basis.

  1. Comparative literature in Mexico

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    Luz Aurora Pimentel

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available A partir de quelques appréciations critiques, cet article propose un bref parcours de la littérature comparée au Mexique, allant des origines de la discipline à l’état actuel des études comparatistes. Il se concentre en particulier sur la façon dont la spécialité comparatiste a été intégrée aux études de troisième cycle de la Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres de l’UNAM, ainsi que sur la façon dont la discipline poursuit son évolution grâce à tout un groupe de collaborateurs.A partir de algunas apreciaciones criticas, este articulo propone un breve recorrido de la literatura comparada en México, que va de los origenes de la disciplina al estado actual de los estudios comparatistas. En él se detalla especialmente la manera en que la especialidad comparatista se integró en los estudios de postgrado de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM, y cómo la disciplina prosigue su evolución gracias a todo un grupo de colaboradores.

  2. Comparative waste forms study

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    A number of alternative process and waste form options exist for the immobilization of nuclear wastes. Although data exists on the characterization of these alternative waste forms, a straightforward comparison of product properties is difficult, due to the lack of standardized testing procedures. The characterization study described in this report involved the application of the same volatility, mechanical strength and leach tests to ten alternative waste forms, to assess product durability. Bulk property, phase analysis and microstructural examination of the simulated products, whose waste loading varied from 5% to 100% was also conducted. The specific waste forms investigated were as follows: Cold Pressed and Sintered PW-9 Calcine; Hot Pressed PW-9 Calcine; Hot Isostatic Pressed PW-9 Calcine; Cold Pressed and Sintered SPC-5B Supercalcine; Hot Isostatic pressed SPC-5B Supercalcine; Sintered PW-9 and 50% Glass Frit; Glass 76-68; Celsian Glass Ceramic; Type II Portland Cement and 10% PW-9 Calcine; and Type II Portland Cement and 10% SPC-5B Supercalcine. Bulk property data were used to calculate and compare the relative quantities of waste form volume produced at a spent fuel processing rate of 5 metric ton uranium/day. This quantity ranged from 3173 L/day (5280 Kg/day) for 10% SPC-5B supercalcine in cement to 83 L/day (294 Kg/day) for 100% calcine. Mechanical strength, volatility, and leach resistance tests provide data related to waste form durability. Glass, glass-ceramic and supercalcine ranked high in waste form durability where as the 100% PW-9 calcine ranked low. All other materials ranked between these two groupings

  3. Comparative Healthcare: Diabetes Mellitus.

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    Dr Mohammed Ali

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available In the third in this series of ‘comparative healthcare’ medical practitioners explore the approach to diabetes inBangaldesh and Australia respectively. The social and medical consequences of this chronic conditionare highlighted through the approach to patients at various stages of the disease from two nationalperspectives. An astonishing 7% of the 153 million people are reported to have diabetes in Bangladesh. Manyremain undiagnosed. Delays in diagnosis or management of diabetes have life limiting consequences for thosewho can ill afford private health care in the poorer nation. Screening and early intervention appear to bedenied to many in the developing country. The context is very different with Australians very fortunate to havea coordinated primary health care sector. The outlook for Bangladeshis with uncontrolled diabetes or withtreatable sequela would be unacceptable in Australia. At every stage in the disease trajectory the doctorsemphasise the importance of life style modification, a particular challenge in affluent Australia with its growingincidence of life style related pre morbid conditions in an increasingly sedentary population. A corner stone ofthe support of people with diabetes is the role of nurses and allied health professionals. With a fundedcommitment to multidisciplinary care in the community people with diabetes in Australia have access tosupport closer to home whereas those in Bangladesh remain heavily dependent on specialist, hospital basedservices. One can only speculate how Bangladesh will cope as its population ages and there are an everincreasing proportion of people who require urgent and expensive medical interventions. At the very leastthere is a strong case for greater investment in primary care especially to limit the economic consequences ofdiabetes and other chronic conditions. Finally as in other articles in this series we would like to emphasise that,the views expressed are those of the authors and do

  4. Comparative Healthcare: Mental health.

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    Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractIn the fourth in this series of ‘comparative healthcare’ medical practitioners explore the approach to mentalillness in Bangladesh and the UK respectively. Differences and similarities in treatment regimens are illustratedwith reference to patients with varying degrees of mental illness. Mental illness poses the greatest challenge inhealth care as national investment in services often reflects cultural attitudes and norms. While the authorsdescribe very similar approaches to the diagnosis and management of severe psychotic illness there are strikingdifferences in the availability of support services for people with substance abuse and those with relapsingconditions. The involvement and co-operation of the family is particularly important in Bangladesh wherecomprehensive access to mental health services is very limited. Private alcohol and drug detoxification centresare available although many are expensive and such treatment may effectively be denied to all but the wealthiestpeople. In the UK all people with serious and enduring mental illness are entered onto a register and thereforeflagged for follow up at least once a year. General Practitioners, working within the nationally funded healthservice have been remunerated since 2003 for maintaining the register. In contrast in the absence of a casemanagementbased psychiatric follow-up framework in Bangladesh, a general practitioner and treatingpsychiatrist would need to formulate a management plan involving recognition of clinical warning signs by thefamily. Indeed the co-operation and support of the patient’s family is of paramount importance in maintainingoutpatient appointments when supporting people with mental health problems in Bangladesh. Finally weemphasise that the views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect health policy orpractice in their respective countries. Nonetheless we believe they offer a valuable perspective on mental healthissues and

  5. Ebolavirus comparative genomics.

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    Jun, Se-Ran; Leuze, Michael R; Nookaew, Intawat; Uberbacher, Edward C; Land, Miriam; Zhang, Qian; Wanchai, Visanu; Chai, Juanjuan; Nielsen, Morten; Trolle, Thomas; Lund, Ole; Buzard, Gregory S; Pedersen, Thomas D; Wassenaar, Trudy M; Ussery, David W

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    The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest documented for this virus. To examine the dynamics of this genome, we compare more than 100 currently available ebolavirus genomes to each other and to other viral genomes. Based on oligomer frequency analysis, the family Filoviridae forms a distinct group from all other sequenced viral genomes. All filovirus genomes sequenced to date encode proteins with similar functions and gene order, although there is considerable divergence in sequences between the three genera Ebolavirus, Cuevavirus and Marburgvirus within the family Filoviridae. Whereas all ebolavirus genomes are quite similar (multiple sequences of the same strain are often identical), variation is most common in the intergenic regions and within specific areas of the genes encoding the glycoprotein (GP), nucleoprotein (NP) and polymerase (L). We predict regions that could contain epitope-binding sites, which might be good vaccine targets. This information, combined with glycosylation sites and experimentally determined epitopes, can identify the most promising regions for the development of therapeutic strategies.This manuscript has been authored by UT-Battelle, LLC under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the United States Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for United States Government purposes. The Department of Energy will provide public access to these results of federally sponsored research in accordance with the DOE Public Access Plan (http://energy.gov/downloads/doe-public-access-plan). PMID:26175035

  6. Comparative Magma Oceanography

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    1999-01-01

    The question of whether the Earth ever passed through a magma ocean stage is of considerable interest. Geochemical evidence strongly suggests that the Moon had a magma ocean and the evidence is mounting that the same was true for Mars. Analyses of martian (SNC) meteorites have yielded insights into the differentiation history of Mars, and consequently, it is interesting to compare that planet to the Earth. Three primary features of Mars contrast strongly to those of the Earth: (i) the extremely ancient ages of the martian core, mantle, and crust (about 4.55 b.y.); (ii) the highly depleted nature of the martian mantle; and (iii) the extreme ranges of Nd isotopic compositions that arise within the crust and depleted mantle. The easiest way to explain the ages and diverse isotopic compositions of martian basalts is to postulate that Mars had an early magma ocean. Cumulates of this magma ocean were later remelted to form the SNC meteorite suite and some of these melts assimilated crustal materials enriched in incompatible elements. The REE pattern of the crust assimilated by these SNC magmas was LREE enriched. If this pattern is typical of the crust as a whole, the martian crust is probably similar in composition to melts generated by small degrees of partial melting (about 5%) of a primitive source. Higher degrees of partial melting would cause the crustal LREE pattern to be essentially flat. In the context of a magma ocean model, where large degrees of partial melting presumably prevailed, the crust would have to be dominated by late-stage, LREE-enriched residual liquids. Regardless of the exact physical setting, Nd and W isotopic evidence indicates that martian geochemical reservoirs must have formed early and that they have not been efficiently remixed since. The important point is that in both the Moon and Mars we see evidence of a magma ocean phase and that we recognize it as such. Several lines of theoretical inference point to an early Earth that was also hot

  7. Avaliação comparativa da perda de retenção de quatro sistemas de encaixes do tipo ERA e O-Ring empregados sob overdentures em função do tempo de uso Comparative evaluation of retention loss in four types of attachments used on overdentures in function of time of use

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar e comparar a capacidade retentiva entre dois sistemas O-ring e O-SO (Grupo I e dois sistemas ERA - cápsulas de retenção cinza e brancas - (Grupo II, em função simulada, com ciclos de inserção e remoção, do início, 6 meses, 1, 2, 3, 4 e 5 anos depois. Dois implantes do tipo Brånemark foram fixados em duas bases metálicas trapezoidais, sendo os testes de inserção e remoção feitos numa máquina de costura ajustada para este propósito, usando um sistema de correias e polias, movendo um virabrequim. Uma platina de delineador foi usada para fixação dos corpos de prova às bases metálicas na máquina de costura. Os testes de resistência ao movimento axial das cápsulas por tensão foram feitos numa máquina de ensaios universal em períodos de tempo pré-estabelecidos, antes e após o término do ciclo na máquina de costura. Baseado nos resultados, esse estudo pôde concluir que houve perda de retenção de todos os sistemas testados, porém o sistema ERA apresentou, desde o início, maior retenção quando comparado aos outros sistemas e a cápsula cinza mostrou o melhor resultado no final da simulação.The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the retentive capacity between two O-ring and O-SO system (Group I, and two ERA system types - white and gray retention caps - (Group II, respectively, in simulated function in database, 6 months, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 years later, with insertion and removal cycles. Two Brånemark implants were fixed in two trapezoidal metallic bases for the tests. Removal and insertion tests were done in a sewing machine, adjusted for this purpose using a belt and a pulley system, moving a steel crankshaft. A delineator platinum hold was used for body trial fixation to the metallic base of the sewing machine. Resistance test to axial movement of the caps by tension was done in a Universal test machine in an established period of time, before and after the cycle

  8. Comparators in nanometer CMOS technology

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    Goll, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    This book covers the complete spectrum of the fundamentals of clocked, regenerative comparators, their state-of-the-art, advanced CMOS technologies, innovative comparators inclusive circuit aspects, their characterization and properties. Starting from the basics of comparators and the transistor characteristics in nanometer CMOS, seven high-performance comparators developed by the authors in 120nm and 65nm CMOS are described extensively. Methods and measurement circuits for the characterization of advanced comparators are introduced. A synthesis of the largely differing aspects of demands on modern comparators and the properties of devices being available in nanometer CMOS, which are posed by the so-called nanometer hell of physics, is accomplished. The book summarizes the state of the art in integrated comparators. Advanced measurement circuits for characterization will be introduced as well as the method of characterization by bit-error analysis usually being used for characterization of optical receivers. ...

  9. An assessment of non-volant terrestrial vertebrates response to wind farms—a study of small mammals

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    Łopucki, Rafał; Mróz, Iwona

    2016-01-01

    The majority of studies on the effects of wind energy development on wildlife have been focused on birds and bats, whereas knowledge of the response of terrestrial, non-flying vertebrates is very scarce. In this paper, the impact of three functioning wind farms on terrestrial small mammal communities (rodents and shrews) and the population parameters of the most abundant species were studied. The study was carried out in southeastern Poland within the foothills of the Outer Western Carpathian...

  10. An assessment of non-volant terrestrial vertebrates response to wind farms--a study of small mammals.

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    Łopucki, Rafał; Mróz, Iwona

    2016-02-01

    The majority of studies on the effects of wind energy development on wildlife have been focused on birds and bats, whereas knowledge of the response of terrestrial, non-flying vertebrates is very scarce. In this paper, the impact of three functioning wind farms on terrestrial small mammal communities (rodents and shrews) and the population parameters of the most abundant species were studied. The study was carried out in southeastern Poland within the foothills of the Outer Western Carpathians. Small mammals were captured at 12 sites around wind turbines and at 12 control sites. In total, from 1200 trap-days, 885 individuals of 14 studied mammal species were captured. There was no difference in the characteristics of communities of small mammals near wind turbines and within control sites; i.e. these types of sites were inhabited by a similar number of species of similar abundance, similar species composition, species diversity (H' index) and species evenness (J') (Pielou's index). For the two species with the highest proportion in the communities (Apodemus agrarius and Microtus arvalis), the parameters of their populations (mean body mass, sex ratio, the proportion of adult individuals and the proportion of reproductive female) were analysed. In both species, none of the analysed parameters differed significantly between sites in the vicinity of turbines and control sites. For future studies on the impact of wind turbines on small terrestrial mammals in different geographical areas and different species communities, we recommend the method of paired 'turbine-control sites' as appropriate for animal species with pronounced fluctuations in population numbers. PMID:26818016

  11. Dare to Compare: The Comparative Philosophy of Mou Zongsan

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    Xiaofei Tu

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available New Confucianism is comparative philosophy par excellence. It stands or falls with the validity of the comparisons its thinkers have made regarding Western and Asian religious and philosophical systems and conceptions. Yet comparative philosophy and comparative religion in and beyond Asia have recently received criticisms. Questions that have been raised include: is it not a fallacy to take Asian philosophy and religion out of their historical and social contexts and to present them as unchanging entities? Are the across-space-and-time comparisons between Asian and Western philosophy and religion far-fetched and forced?To answer these questions, this paper presents a case study of comparative philosophy: Mou Zongsan's post-Kantian Confucian metaphysics. After showcasing Mou, in the second part of this paper I shall consider the validity of comparative philosophy in general and the implications to my appraisal of Mou in particular.

  12. Comparative Ellipsis and Variable Binding

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    Lerner, Jan; Pinkal, Manfred

    1995-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss the question whether phrasal comparatives should be given a direct interpretation, or require an analysis as elliptic constructions, and answer it with Yes and No. The most adequate analysis of wide reading attributive (WRA) comparatives seems to be as cases of ellipsis, while a direct (but asymmetric) analysis fits the data for narrow scope attributive comparatives. The question whether it is a syntactic or a semantic process which provides the missing linguistic ma...

  13. Literary Geography and Comparative Literature

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    Domínguez, César

    2011-01-01

    In his article "Literary Geography and Comparative Literature" César Domínguez analyzes the relevance of political and linguistic frameworks for comparative literary historiography in the context of the European Union. Domínguez's discussion is based on the notion of geoculture whose theorization from Immanuel Wallerstein's perspective presents paradigms of interest to comparative literature. The idea of literary geography is conceived as a unit for analyzing diverse stages of the interlitera...

  14. Latin American and Comparative Literature

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    González Echevarría, Roberto

    2002-01-01

    In his paper, "Latin American and Comparative Literature," Roberto González Echevarría asks whether comparative literature, a literary discipline dedicated to the proposition that linguistic boundaries must be transcended, can overcome the "cultural arrogance" of the "Eurocentrism" that he believes pervades it currently. González Echevarría argues that if it is to endure, comparative literature will have to undergo "a truly pitiless redefinition," one that effectively displaces "the hegemonic...

  15. Non-comparative versus Comparative Advertising as a Quality Signal

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    Emons, Winand; Fluet, Claude

    2011-01-01

    Two firms produce a product with a horizontal and a vertical characteristic. We call the vertical characteristics quality. The difference in the quality levels determines how the firms share the market. Firms know the quality levels, consumers do not. Under non-comparative advertising a firm may signal its own quality. Under comparative advertising firms may signal the quality differential. In both scenarios the firms may attempt to mislead at a cost. If firms advertise, in both scenarios equ...

  16. Physician Compare National Downloadable File

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Physician Compare National Downloadable File is organized at the individual eligible professional level; each line is unique at the professional/enrollment...

  17. Comparative Ellipsis and Variable Binding

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    Lerner, J; Lerner, Jan; Pinkal, Manfred

    1995-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss the question whether phrasal comparatives should be given a direct interpretation, or require an analysis as elliptic constructions, and answer it with Yes and No. The most adequate analysis of wide reading attributive (WRA) comparatives seems to be as cases of ellipsis, while a direct (but asymmetric) analysis fits the data for narrow scope attributive comparatives. The question whether it is a syntactic or a semantic process which provides the missing linguistic material in the complement of WRA comparatives is also given a complex answer: Linguistic context is accessed by combining a reconstruction operation and a mechanism of anaphoric reference. The analysis makes only few and straightforward syntactic assumptions. In part, this is made possible because the use of Generalized Functional Application as a semantic operation allows us to model semantic composition in a flexible way.

  18. Comparative Methodology and Postmodern Relativism

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    Young, Robert

    1997-09-01

    The author addresses the problems of conducting comparative studies in education if one adopts a viewpoint of postmodern relativism. While acknowledging the value of postmodernist thought in opening up a new understanding of the educational process, he finds that postmodernism raises difficulties when one attempts to deal with the differences and interactions between cultures. He rejects the extremes of both relativism and universalism and argues that comparative studies should be based on a balance between the two.

  19. Comparing long term energy scenarios

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    Major projection studies by international organizations and senior analysts have been compared with reference to individual key parameters (population, energy demand/supply, resources, technology, emissions and global warming) to understand trends and implications of the different scenarios. Then, looking at the long term (i.e., 2050 and beyond), parameters and trends have been compared together to understand and quantify whether and when possible crisis or market turbulence might occur due to shortage of resources or environmental problems

  20. Corporate Finance and Comparative Advantage

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    Keuschnigg, Christian; Egger, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Since innovative firms are often financially constrained, access to external funds is important for the expansion of innovative industries. This paper reports four important results. First, comparative advantage is shaped by factor endowments as well as fundamental determinants of corporate finance. In particular, a larger equity ratio of firms and tough governance standards relax finance constraints and create a comparative advantage in innovative industries. Second, factor price equalizatio...

  1. Comparative Effectiveness Research in Oncology

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    Lyman, Gary H.

    2013-01-01

    Randomized controlled trials represent the gold standard for comparative effective research, but additional methods are available when randomized controlled trials are lacking or inconclusive. Comparative effective research requires oversight of study design and analysis, but if appropriately conducted, offers an opportunity to identify the most effective and safe approach to patient care. Oncologists and oncology societies are uniquely positioned to provide the expertise to steer the appropr...

  2. Sociological analysis and comparative education

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    Woock, Roger R.

    1981-12-01

    It is argued that comparative education is essentially a derivative field of study, in that it borrows theories and methods from academic disciplines. After a brief humanistic phase, in which history and philosophy were central for comparative education, sociology became an important source. In the mid-50's and 60's, sociology in the United States was characterised by Structural Functionalism as a theory, and Social Survey as a dominant methodology. Both were incorporated into the development of comparative education. Increasingly in the 70's, and certainly today, the new developments in sociology are characterised by an attack on Positivism, which is seen as the philosophical position underlying both functionalism and survey methods. New or re-discovered theories with their attendant methodologies included Marxism, Phenomenological Sociology, Critical Theory, and Historical Social Science. The current relationship between comparative education and social science is one of uncertainty, but since social science is seen to be returning to its European roots, the hope is held out for the development of an integrated social theory and method which will provide a much stronger basis for developments in comparative education.

  3. Cloud computing for comparative genomics

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    Pivovarov Rimma

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Large comparative genomics studies and tools are becoming increasingly more compute-expensive as the number of available genome sequences continues to rise. The capacity and cost of local computing infrastructures are likely to become prohibitive with the increase, especially as the breadth of questions continues to rise. Alternative computing architectures, in particular cloud computing environments, may help alleviate this increasing pressure and enable fast, large-scale, and cost-effective comparative genomics strategies going forward. To test this, we redesigned a typical comparative genomics algorithm, the reciprocal smallest distance algorithm (RSD, to run within Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2. We then employed the RSD-cloud for ortholog calculations across a wide selection of fully sequenced genomes. Results We ran more than 300,000 RSD-cloud processes within the EC2. These jobs were farmed simultaneously to 100 high capacity compute nodes using the Amazon Web Service Elastic Map Reduce and included a wide mix of large and small genomes. The total computation time took just under 70 hours and cost a total of $6,302 USD. Conclusions The effort to transform existing comparative genomics algorithms from local compute infrastructures is not trivial. However, the speed and flexibility of cloud computing environments provides a substantial boost with manageable cost. The procedure designed to transform the RSD algorithm into a cloud-ready application is readily adaptable to similar comparative genomics problems.

  4. Taking Causality Seriously in Comparative Constitutional Law: Insights from Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Economy

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    Whytock, CA

    2015-01-01

    By highlighting the many ways that constitutions vary, comparative constitutional law raises interesting and important causal questions: What explains cross-national constitutional variation, and what are the real-world consequences of different constitutional arrangements? But comparative constitutional law scholarship so far has done relatively little to address these issues of constitutional causes and consequences in a rigorous manner. In this paper, I argue that scholars have much to gai...

  5. Functional categories in comparative linguistics

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    Rijkhoff, Jan

    Functional categories in comparative linguistics Even after many decades of typological research, the biggest methodological problem still concerns the fundamental question: how can we be sure that we identify and compare the same linguistic form, structure, meaning etc. across languages? Very few...... linguistic categories, if any, appear to be ‘universal’ in the sense that they are attested in each and every language (Evans and Levinson 2009). The language-specific nature of form-based (structural, morphosyntactic) categories is well known, which is why typologists usually resort to ‘Greenbergian......’, meaning-based categories. The use of meaning-based or semantic categories, however, does not necessarily result in the identification of cross-linguistically comparable data either, as was already shown by Greenberg (1966: 88) himself. Whereas formal categories are too narrow in that they do not cover all...

  6. Nuclear power ecology: comparative analysis

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    Ecological effects of different energy sources are compared. Main actions for further nuclear power development - safety increase and waste management, are noted. Reasons of restrained public position to nuclear power and role of social and political factors in it are analyzed. An attempt is undertaken to separate real difficulties of nuclear power from imaginary ones that appear in some mass media. International actions of environment protection are noted. Risk factors at different energy source using are compared. The results of analysis indicate that ecological influence and risk for nuclear power are of minimum

  7. BOOK REVIEW: The Current Comparator

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    Petersons, Oskars

    1989-01-01

    This 120-page book is a concise, yet comprehensive, clearly-written and well-illustrated monograph that covers the subject matter from basic principles through design, construction and calibration details to the principal applications. The book will be useful, as a primer, to the uninitiated and, as a reference book to the practitioner involved with transformer-type ratio devices. The length of the book and the style of presentation will not overburden any informed reader. The described techniques and the cited references are primarily from the work at the National Research Council, Canada (NRC). Any omissions, however, are not serious with respect to coverage of the subject matter, since most of the development work has been done at NRC. The role of transformers and transformer-like devices for establishing accurate voltage and current ratios has been recognized for over half a century. Transformer techniques were much explored and developed in the fifties and sixties for accuracy levels suitable for standards laboratories. Three-winding voltage transformers were developed for scaling of impedances in connection with the calculable Thompson Lampard capacitor; three-winding current transformers or current comparators were initially explored for the calibration of current transformers and later for specialized impedance measurements. Extensive development of the current comparator and its applications has been and is still being conducted at the NRC by a team that was started and, until his retirement, led by N L Kusters. The team is now led by W J M Moore. He and P N Miljanic, the authors of this book, have had the principal roles in the development of the current comparator. It is fortunate for the field of metrology that considerabe resources and a talented group of researchers were available to do this development along with mechanisms that were available to transfer this technology to a private sector instrument manufacturer and, thus, disseminate it world wide

  8. Paracetamol suppositories: a comparative study.

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    Cullen, S; Kenny, D; Ward, O C; Sabra, K.

    1989-01-01

    Paracetamol suppositories in two different bases were given to children who had fever after operations. Plasma concentrations and the effect on temperature were compared. There was a significant correlation between peak plasma concentrations and maximum drop in temperature. A lipophilic base produced better results than a hydrophilic base.

  9. Job satisfaction in fisheries compared

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    R. Pollnac; M. Bavinck; I. Monnereau

    2012-01-01

    This article draws comparative lessons from seven job satisfaction studies on marine capture fishing that were recently carried out in nine countries and three geographical regions—Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The seven studies made use of an identical job satisfaction assessment tool and presen

  10. Similarity Measures for Comparing Biclusterings.

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    Horta, Danilo; Campello, Ricardo J G B

    2014-01-01

    The comparison of ordinary partitions of a set of objects is well established in the clustering literature, which comprehends several studies on the analysis of the properties of similarity measures for comparing partitions. However, similarity measures for clusterings are not readily applicable to biclusterings, since each bicluster is a tuple of two sets (of rows and columns), whereas a cluster is only a single set (of rows). Some biclustering similarity measures have been defined as minor contributions in papers which primarily report on proposals and evaluation of biclustering algorithms or comparative analyses of biclustering algorithms. The consequence is that some desirable properties of such measures have been overlooked in the literature. We review 14 biclustering similarity measures. We define eight desirable properties of a biclustering measure, discuss their importance, and prove which properties each of the reviewed measures has. We show examples drawn and inspired from important studies in which several biclustering measures convey misleading evaluations due to the absence of one or more of the discussed properties. We also advocate the use of a more general comparison approach that is based on the idea of transforming the original problem of comparing biclusterings into an equivalent problem of comparing clustering partitions with overlapping clusters. PMID:26356865

  11. International comparative indicators on teachers

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    Amelsvoort, van H.W.C. Gonnie; Scheerens, Jaap

    1996-01-01

    The main objective of this chapter is to discuss the relevance and feasibility of international comparative indicators on teachers. Three rationales for the selection of teacher indicators are described. Data availability and interpretation problems due to lack of standard definitions appear to be i

  12. Detecting selection needs comparative data

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    Nielsen, Rasmus; Hubisz, Melissa J.

    2005-01-01

    Positive selection at the molecular level is usually indicated by an increase in the ratio of non-synonymous to synonymous substitutions (dN/dS) in comparative data. However, Plotkin et al. 1 describe a new method for detecting positive selection based on a single nucleotide sequence. We show here...

  13. Episodic memory: A comparative approach

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    GemaMartin-Ordas

    1900-01-01

    Full Text Available Historically, episodic memory has been described as autonoetic, personally relevant, complex, context-rich, and allowing mental time travel. In contrast, semantic memory, which is theorized to be free of context and personal relevance, is noetic and consists of general knowledge of facts about the world. The field of comparative psychology has certainly adopted this distinction in order to study episodic memory in non-human animals. Our aim in this article is not only to reflect on the concept of episodic memory and the experimental approaches used in comparative psychology to study this phenomenon, but also to provide a critical analysis of these paradigms. We conclude the article by providing new avenues for future research.

  14. Introduction to SamplerCompare

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    Madeleine B. Thompson

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available SamplerCompare is an R package for comparing the performance of Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC samplers. It samples from a collection of distributions with a collection of MCMC methods over a range of tuning parameters. Then, using log density evaluations per uncorrelated observation as a figure of merit, it generates a grid of plots showing the results of the simulation. It comes with a collection of predefined distributions and samplers and provides R and C interfaces for defining additional ones. It also provides the means to import simulation data generated by external systems. This document provides background on the package and demonstrates the basics of running simulations, visualizing results, and defining distributions and samplers in R.

  15. Comparative Habitability of Transiting Exoplanets

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    Barnes, Rory; Evans, Nicole

    2015-01-01

    Exoplanet habitability is traditionally assessed by comparing a planet's semi-major axis to the location of its host star's "habitable zone," the shell around a star for which Earth-like planets can possess liquid surface water. The Kepler space telescope has discovered numerous planet candidates near the habitable zone, and many more are expected from missions such as K2, TESS and PLATO. These candidates often require significant follow-up observations for validation, so prioritizing planets for habitability from transit data has become an important aspect of the search for life in the universe. We propose a method to compare transiting planets for their potential to support life based on transit data, stellar properties and previously reported limits on planetary emitted flux. For a planet in radiative equilibrium, the emitted flux increases with eccentricity, but decreases with albedo. As these parameters are often unconstrained, there is an "eccentricity-albedo degeneracy" for the habitability of transiti...

  16. Enhancer Identification through Comparative Genomics

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    Visel, Axel; Bristow, James; Pennacchio, Len A.

    2006-10-01

    With the availability of genomic sequence from numerousvertebrates, a paradigm shift has occurred in the identification ofdistant-acting gene regulatory elements. In contrast to traditionalgene-centric studies in which investigators randomly scanned genomicfragments that flank genes of interest in functional assays, the modernapproach begins electronically with publicly available comparativesequence datasets that provide investigators with prioritized lists ofputative functional sequences based on their evolutionary conservation.However, although a large number of tools and resources are nowavailable, application of comparative genomic approaches remains far fromtrivial. In particular, it requires users to dynamically consider thespecies and methods for comparison depending on the specific biologicalquestion under investigation. While there is currently no single generalrule to this end, it is clear that when applied appropriately,comparative genomic approaches exponentially increase our power ingenerating biological hypotheses for subsequent experimentaltesting.

  17. Comparative study between polymeric superplasticizers

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    Aguiar, J. L. Barroso de; Pires, Patrício; Machado, A.V.; Ferreira, Rui Miguel; Azevedo, Isabel

    2008-01-01

    The present work aims to compare the properties of concrete produced with different incorporation of superplasticizers. Superplasticizers or water reducing agents are considered the most important chemical admixtures in concrete mixtures, due to their influence on the properties of both fresh and hardened concrete. Superplasticizers are usually polymer based products. Three superplasticizers were tested: two sulphonated naphthalene based and one polycarboxylate based polymer. The performance ...

  18. Stereotactic radiosurgery: comparing different technologies

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    Schwartz, M.

    1998-01-01

    Radiosurgery can be defined as 3-dimensional stereotactic irradiation of small intracranial targets by various radiation techniques. The goal is to deliver, with great accuracy, a large, single fraction dose to a small intracranial target, while minimizing the absorbed dose in the surrounding tissue. This article describes certain technical aspects of radiosurgery and compares the different methods of performing such treatment. The 2 most frequently used types of devices for radiosurgery are ...

  19. Institutions and Comparative Regional Research

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    Stallmann, Judith I.

    2010-01-01

    This is a personal view of regional science, which draws on my experiences and my training in both institutional economics and regional economics. I will start with some of those experiences and the questions they raised for me about the importance of institutions1 in regional development and some of the difficulties of doing comparative regional research. While I include regions at many levels of aggregation, my particular interest is how to incorporate institutions into the analysis of regi...

  20. HOW AN ONLINE COURSE COMPARES

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    Wachenheim, Cheryl J.

    2003-01-01

    Student satisfaction with and performance in an online agrisales course is compared with that of students enrolled in a simultaneously-taught classroom course. Assessment tools are developed for both sections. Online and classroom students were equally satisfied with the course and the instructor using most measures, but had different motives for course enrollment. Overall student performance did not differ. However, online students tended to do better on exams and homework assignments while ...

  1. Comparative genomic hybridization: an overview.

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    Houldsworth, J; Chaganti, R S

    1994-01-01

    Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) is a newly described molecular-cytogenetic assay that globally assays for chromosomal gains and losses in a genomic complement. In this assay, normal human metaphase chromosomes are competitively hybridized with two differentially labeled genomic DNAs (test and reference), which upon fluorescence microscopy, reveal the chromosomal locations of copy number changes in DNA sequences between the two complements. Application of CGH to DNAs extracted from fre...

  2. Comparing Architectures of Mobile Applications

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    Fertalj, Kresimir; Horvat, Marko

    2007-01-01

    This article describes various advantages and disadvantages of SMS, WAP, J2ME and Windows CE technologies in designing mobile applications. In defining the architecture of any software application it is important to get the best trade-off between platform's possibilities and design requirements. Achieving optimum software design is even more important with mobile applications where all computer resources are limited. Therefore, it is important to have a comparative analysis of all relevant co...

  3. Comparative optimism about healthy eating

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    Sproesser, Gudrun; Klusmann, Verena; Schupp, Harald T.; Renner, Britta

    2015-01-01

    The present study investigated people's perception of their own as compared to their peers' healthy eating and related these perceptions to actual healthy eating, BMI, and subsequent healthy eating behavior. Data were collected within the framework of the longitudinal cohort study Konstanz Life Study (T1: N = 770; T2: N = 510). Our results demonstrated an optimistic bias on the group level. Specifically, people rated their own eating behavior as healthier on average than that of their average...

  4. School bullying - A comparative approach -

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    Kosevaliska, Olga; Buzarovska - Lazetik, Gordana; Nanev, Lazar

    2014-01-01

    The modest purpose of this paper is to elaborate the phenomenon of school bullying and to try to give an answer to questions that remain open over time because of the seriousness of this issue. A child is being bullied when he or she is exposed repeatedly over time to aggressive behavior that intentionally inflicts injury or discomfort through physical contact, verbal attacks, fighting or psychological manipulation. Besides finding the proper definition of bullying, we’ll give a comparative a...

  5. BANK RATING. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

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    Batrancea Ioan

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Banks in Romania offers its customers a wide range of products but which involves both risk taking. Therefore researchers seek to build rating models to help managers of banks to risk of non-recovery of loans and interest. In the following we highlight rating Raiffeisen Bank, BCR-ERSTE Bank and Transilvania Bank, based on the models CAAMPL and Stickney making a comparative analysis of the two rating models.

  6. Low Cost Reversible Signed Comparator

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    Farah Sharmin

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays exponential advancement in reversible comp utation has lead to better fabrication and integration process. It has become very popular ove r the last few years since reversible logic circuit s dramatically reduce energy loss. It consumes less p ower by recovering bit loss from its unique input-o utput mapping. This paper presents two new gates called RC-I and RC-II to design an n-bit signed binary comparator where simulation results show that the p roposed circuit works correctly and gives significa ntly better performance than the existing counterparts. An algorithm has been presented in this paper for constructing an optimized reversible n-bit signed c omparator circuit. Moreover some lower bounds have been proposed on the quantum cost, the numbers of g ates used and the number of garbage outputs generated for designing a low cost reversible sign ed comparator. The comparative study shows that the proposed design exhibits superior performance consi dering all the efficiency parameters of reversible logic design which includes number of gates used, quantum cost, garbage output and constant inputs. This proposed design has certainly outperformed all the other existing approaches.

  7. Comparative genomics of Helicobacter pylori

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    Quan-Jiang Dong; Qing Wang; Ying-Nin Xin; Ni Li; Shi-Ying Xuan

    2009-01-01

    Genomic sequences have been determined for a number of strains of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) and related bacteria.With the development of microarray analysis and the wide use of subtractive hybridization techniques,comparative studies have been carried out with respect to the interstrain differences between H pylori and inter-species differences in the genome of related bacteria.It was found that the core genome of H pylori constitutes 1111 genes that are determinants of the species properties.A great pool of auxillary genes are mainly from the categories of cag pathogenicity islands,outer membrane proteins,restriction-modification system and hypothetical proteins of unknown function.Persistence of H pylori in the human stomach leads to the diversification of the genome.Comparative genomics suggest that a host jump has occurs from humans to felines.Candidate genes specific for the development of the gastric diseases were identified.With the aid of proteomics,population genetics and other molecular methods,future comparative genomic studies would dramatically promote our understanding of the evolution,pathogenesis and microbiology of H pylori.

  8. Phytozome Comparative Plant Genomics Portal

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    Goodstein, David; Batra, Sajeev; Carlson, Joseph; Hayes, Richard; Phillips, Jeremy; Shu, Shengqiang; Schmutz, Jeremy; Rokhsar, Daniel

    2014-09-09

    The Dept. of Energy Joint Genome Institute is a genomics user facility supporting DOE mission science in the areas of Bioenergy, Carbon Cycling, and Biogeochemistry. The Plant Program at the JGI applies genomic, analytical, computational and informatics platforms and methods to: 1. Understand and accelerate the improvement (domestication) of bioenergy crops 2. Characterize and moderate plant response to climate change 3. Use comparative genomics to identify constrained elements and infer gene function 4. Build high quality genomic resource platforms of JGI Plant Flagship genomes for functional and experimental work 5. Expand functional genomic resources for Plant Flagship genomes

  9. Noisy Search with Comparative Feedback

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    Lim, Shiau Hong

    2012-01-01

    We present theoretical results in terms of lower and upper bounds on the query complexity of noisy search with comparative feedback. In this search model, the noise in the feedback depends on the distance between query points and the search target. Consequently, the error probability in the feedback is not fixed but varies for the queries posed by the search algorithm. Our results show that a target out of n items can be found in O(log n) queries. We also show the surprising result that for k possible answers per query, the speedup is not log k (as for k-ary search) but only log log k in some cases.

  10. Building and using comparable corpora

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    Sharoff, Serge; Zweigenbaum, Pierre; Fung, Pascale

    2013-01-01

    The 1990s saw a paradigm change in the use of corpus-driven methods in NLP. In the field of multilingual NLP (such as machine translation and terminology mining) this implied the use of parallel corpora. However, parallel resources are relatively scarce: many more texts are produced daily by native speakers of any given language than translated. This situation resulted in a natural drive towards the use of comparable corpora, i.e. non-parallel texts in the same domain or genre. Nevertheless, this research direction has not produced a single authoritative source suitable for researchers and stu

  11. Forest ownership in comparative law

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    Üstüner Birben

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Efficient and sustainable use of forest resources depend on various factors. However, one of the most emphasized and discussed topics among these factors is forest ownership. Comparative law is an important way of analyzing and understanding legal systems of different countries, and identifying different aspects of the current legal systems. This study tries to analyze forest ownership with regard to comparative law. France for the Continental-European legal system, Great Britain for the Anglo-Saxon legal system, and Russia Federation for the Socialist legal system are taken respectively as a base. Thus, how right to ownership is evaluated in different legal systems and what are the main features of that are indicated. As a result, private forest ownership is common in the Continental-European legal system and Anglo-Saxon legal system while state ownership is common in the Socialist legal system. Prevalence of private forest ownership in the Continental-European and the Anglo-Saxon legal systems is also closely related to the previous use rights transferred into right to ownership. In addition, it is concluded regarding the historical process that many changes occurred on forest ownership types without considering differences in legal systems.

  12. Comparative transcriptomics in the Triticeae

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    Waugh Robbie

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Barley and particularly wheat are two grass species of immense agricultural importance. In spite of polyploidization events within the latter, studies have shown that genotypically and phenotypically these species are very closely related and, indeed, fertile hybrids can be created by interbreeding. The advent of two genome-scale Affymetrix GeneChips now allows studies of the comparison of their transcriptomes. Results We have used the Wheat GeneChip to create a "gene expression atlas" for the wheat transcriptome (cv. Chinese Spring. For this, we chose mRNA from a range of tissues and developmental stages closely mirroring a comparable study carried out for barley (cv. Morex using the Barley1 GeneChip. This, together with large-scale clustering of the probesets from the two GeneChips into "homologous groups", has allowed us to perform a genomic-scale comparative study of expression patterns in these two species. We explore the influence of the polyploidy of wheat on the results obtained with the Wheat GeneChip and quantify the correlation between conservation in gene sequence and gene expression in wheat and barley. In addition, we show how the conservation of expression patterns can be used to elucidate, probeset by probeset, the reliability of the Wheat GeneChip. Conclusion While there are many differences in expression on the level of individual genes and tissues, we demonstrate that the wheat and barley transcriptomes appear highly correlated. This finding is significant not only because given small evolutionary distance between the two species it is widely expected, but also because it demonstrates that it is possible to use the two GeneChips for comparative studies. This is the case even though their probeset composition reflects rather different design principles as well as, of course, the present incomplete knowledge of the gene content of the two species. We also show that, in general, the Wheat GeneChip is not able

  13. Algorithms for Comparing Pedigree Graphs

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    Kirkpatrick, Bonnie; Finucane, Hilary; Jiang, Haitao; Zhu, Binhai; Karp, Richard M

    2010-01-01

    Pedigree graphs, which represent family relationships, are often constructed by collecting data from genealogical records to determine which pairs of people are parent and child. This process is expensive, and small mistakes in data collection--for example, one missing parent-child relationship--can cause large differences in the pedigree graphs created. In this paper, we introduce a simple pedigree definition based on a different type of data which is potentially easier to collect. This alternative characterization of a pedigree that describes a pedigree as a list of the descendants of each individual, rather than a list of parent-child relationships. We then introduce an algorithm that generates the pedigree graph from this list of descendants. We also consider the problem of comparing two pedigree graphs, which could be useful to evaluate the differences between pedigrees constructed via different methods. Specifically, this could be useful to evaluate pedigree reconstruction methods. We define the edit di...

  14. Comparing Simulations of AGN Feedback

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    Richardson, Mark L A; Devriendt, Julien; Slyz, Adrianne; Thacker, Robert J; Dubois, Yohan; Wurster, James; Silk, Joseph

    2016-01-01

    We perform adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) and smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) cosmological zoom simulations of a region around a forming galaxy cluster, comparing the ability of the methods to handle successively more complex baryonic physics. In the simplest, non-radiative case, the two methods are in good agreement with each other, but the SPH simulations generate central cores with slightly lower entropies and virial shocks at slightly larger radii, consistent with what has been seen in previous studies. The inclusion of radiative cooling, star formation, and stellar feedback leads to much larger differences between the two methods. Most dramatically, at z=5, rapid cooling in the AMR case moves the accretion shock well within the virial radius, while this shock remains near the virial radius in the SPH case, due to excess heating, coupled with poorer capturing of the shock width. On the other hand, the addition of feedback from active galactic nuclei (AGN) to the simulations results in much better ag...

  15. Military Retention. A Comparative Outlook

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the main goals for human resources management structures and for armed forces leaders is to maintain all necessary personnel, both qualitatively and quantitatively for operational needs or for full required capabilities. The retention of military personnel is essential to keep morale and unit readiness and to reduce the costs for recruiting, training, replacement of manpower. Retention rates depend not only on money or other social measures. The goal for retention is to keep in use the most valuable resource that belongs to an organization: the human beings and their knowledge. The aim pf this paper is to provide a comparative analysis of retention measures in various countries based on Research and Technology Organisation report released in 2007 and, thus, provide more examples of retention measures as far as the Romanian military system is concerned.

  16. Comparing Maintenance Strategies for Overlays

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    Krishnamurthy, Supriya; Aurell, Erik; Haridi, Seif

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we present an analytical tool for understanding the performance of structured overlay networks under churn based on the master-equation approach of physics. We motivate and derive an equation for the average number of hops taken by lookups during churn, for the Chord network. We analyse this equation in detail to understand the behaviour with and without churn. We then use this understanding to predict how lookups will scale for varying peer population as well as varying the sizes of the routing tables. We then consider a change in the maintenance algorithm of the overlay, from periodic stabilisation to a reactive one which corrects fingers only when a change is detected. We generalise our earlier analysis to underdstand how the reactive strategy compares with the periodic one.

  17. Comparative Analysis of Classifier Fusers

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    Marcin Zmyslony

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available There are many methods of decision making by an ensemble of classifiers. The most popular are methods that have their origin in voting method, where the decision of the common classifier is a combination of individual classifiers’ outputs. This work presents comparative analysis of some classifier fusion methods based on weighted voting of classifiers’ responses and combination of classifiers’ discriminant functions. We discus different methods of producing combined classifiers based on weights. We show that it is notpossible to obtain classifier better than an abstract model of committee known as an Oracle if it is based only on weighted voting but models based on discriminant function or classifier using feature values and class numbers could outperform the Oracle as well. Delivered conclusions are confirmed by the results of computer experiments carried out on benchmark and computer generated data.

  18. Comparative Analysis of Classifier Fusers

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    Marcin Zmyslony

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available There are many methods of decision making by an ensemble of classifiers. The most popular are methods that have their origin in voting method, where the decision of the common classifier is a combination of individual classifiers’ outputs. This work presents comparative analysis of some classifier fusion methods based on weighted voting of classifiers’ responses and combination of classifiers’ discriminant functions. We discus different methods of producing combined classifiers based on weights. We show that it is not possible to obtain classifier better than an abstract model of committee known as an Oracle if it is based only on weighted voting but models based on discriminant function or classifier using feature values and class numbers could outperform the Oracle as well. Delivered conclusions are confirmed by the results of computer experiments carried out on benchmark and computer generated data.

  19. Comparative analysis of collaboration networks

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    In this paper we carry out a comparative analysis of the word network as the collaboration network based on the novel by M. Bulgakov 'Master and Margarita', the synonym network of the Russian language as well as the Russian movie actor network. We have constructed one-mode projections of these networks, defined degree distributions for them and have calculated main characteristics. In the paper a generation algorithm of collaboration networks has been offered which allows one to generate networks statistically equivalent to the studied ones. It lets us reveal a structural correlation between word network, synonym network and movie actor network. We show that the degree distributions of all analyzable networks are described by the distribution of q-type.

  20. Digital Identifier Systems: Comparative Evaluation

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Identifier is one of the main elements in identifying an object in digital environment. Digital identifier systems were developed followed by a lot of problems such as violation of persistency and uniqueness of physical identifiers and URL in digital environment. These identifiers try to guarantee uniqueness and persistency of hostnames by using indirect names for Domain Name System (DNS. The main objective of this research is to identify qualified digital identifier system among other systems. To achieve the research objective, researchers have considered two major steps: first, identifying main criteria for distinguishing digital identifier based on literature review and focus group interview; and second, performing a comparative evaluation on common identifier systems in the world. Findings of first step demonstrated seven main criteria in three domains for distinguishing digital identifier systems: identifier uniqueness and persistency in the identifier features domain, digital identification, digital uniqueness, digital persistency and digital actionability in the digital coverage domain, and globality in the comprehensiveness of scope domain. In the second step, results of the comparative evaluation on common identifier systems indicated that six identifier systems, included, DOI, Handle, UCI, URN, ARK and PURL, are appropriate choices for using as a digital identifier system. Also, according to these results, three identification systems Including NBN, MARIAM and ISNI were identified as suitable choices for digital identification in certain specialized fields. According to many benefits of using these identifiers in important applied fields, such as, digital content chains and networks integration, digital right management, cross referencing, digital libraries and citation analysis, results of this study can help digital environment experts to diagnose digital identifier and their effective use in applied fields.

  1. Comparative integromics on Ephrin family.

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    Katoh, Yuriko; Katoh, Masaru

    2006-05-01

    EFNA1, EFNA2, EFNA3, EFNA4, EFNA5, EFNB1, EFNB2 and EFNB3 are EFN family ligands for EPH family receptors. EFN/EPH signaling pathway networks with the WNT signaling pathway during embryogenesis, tissue regeneration, and carcinogenesis. Comparative genomics analyses on EFNB1, EFNB2 and EFNB3 were performed by using bioinformatics and human intelligence (humint). EFNB1 mRNA was expressed in human embryonic stem (ES) cells, neural tissues, diffuse type gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, brain tumors and esophageal cancer, EFNB2 mRNA in human ES cells, neural tissues and colon cancer, EFNB3 mRNA in human ES cells, neural tissues, brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and colon cancer. Because triple TCF/LEF-binding sites were identified within the 5'-promoter region of human EFNB3 gene, comparative genomics analyses on EFNB3 orthologs were further performed. Chimpanzee EFNB3 gene, consisting of five exons, was identified within AC164921.3 genome sequence. AY421228.1 was not a correct coding sequence for chimpanzee EFNB3. Chimpanzee EFNB3 gene was found to encode a 340-amino-acid protein showing 99.4% and 96.6% total-amino-acid identity with human EFNB3 and mouse Efnb3, respectively. Three TCF/LEF-binding sites within human EFNB3 promoter were conserved in chimpanzee EFNB3 promoter, and the second TCF/LEF-binding site in rodent Efnb3 promoters. CpG hypermethylation of EFNB3 promoter with 63.2% GC content as well as deletion of EFNB3 gene closely linked to TP53 tumor suppressor gene at human chromosome 17p13.1 should be investigated to elucidate the mechanism of infrequent EFNB3 upregulation in human colorectal cancer. EFNB3, identified as potential transcriptional target of WNT/beta-catenin signaling pathway, is a pharmacogenomics target in the fields of regenerative medicine and oncology. PMID:16596216

  2. Patrimônio em rede: a cinza, a brasa e os direitos indígenas no Brasil

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    Freire, José Ribamar Bessa; Leite, Renata Daflon

    2015-01-01

    Este artigo discute o uso das tecnologias digitais por sujeitos indígenas de diferentes etnias no Brasil, procurando destacar o impacto das tecnologias da informação e comunicação digitais na consolidação do patrimônio e identidade indígenas. O artigo enfoca os trabalhos de uma memória criativa construída de forma processual e colaborativa, contrapondo-se à ideia comumente aceita de que a memória é constituída apenas do passado. Afinal, para os Guarani, o passado não está antes do presente, m...

  3. Reuse of ash coal in the formulation of mortars; Reaproveitamento de cinzas de carvao mineral na formulacao de argamassas

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    Siqueira, J.S.; Souza, C.A.G.; Souza, J.A.S., E-mail: jacilene_s@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: celioag@ufpa.br, E-mail: jass@ufpa.br [Programa de Pos Graduacao em Engenharia Quimica, Universidade Federal do Para, UFPA/PPEQ, Belem, PA (Brazil)

    2012-04-15

    This paper aims to study the ash incorporation from the combustion of coal in fluidized bed boilers, in production of mortar, replacing part of cement. Specimens were prepared using Portland cement to the specifications CPII-E-32 of normal characteristics and classification of sand below 100 mesh. Blends in the 4:1 ratio, that is, 4 parts of aggregate to 1 part of cement, with insertion of ashes in the proportions 0, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50%. The mortar was developed in mixing and casting was made in a mold of 5 cm x 10 cm. The behavior of compressive strength was evaluated after 28 days; the strength decreases with increasing percentage of ash. Additional analysis was carried out by X-ray diffraction, and it was found that the substitution of this waste can be successfully used in mortars with blends of up to 30%. (author)

  4. Gestão de cinzas produzidas em centrais de cogeração operadas com biomassa

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    Coelho, Ana Margarida Santiago Lopes

    2010-01-01

    A produção de energia térmica e electricidade a partir da combustão de biomassa tem sofrido um aumento em Portugal, onde existe actualmente um importante conjunto de unidades de cogeração e unidades dedicadas à produção de energia eléctrica. Num futuro próximo esse número de unidades será incrementado, logo que entrem em actividade as 17 novas unidades dedicadas à produção de energia eléctrica previstas. À semelhança do que acontece com qualquer outro combustível sólido, a ...

  5. Comparative evaluation of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals

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    Radionuclide therapy employing unsealed radiotherapeutic agents has emerged as an important tool for cancer management. The development of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals based on different types of carrier molecule and a variety of radioisotopes is being actively pursued worldwide. There have been many significant advances in this field, and many of the technical problems involved in labelling biomolecules with a variety of radionuclides have been solved. However, the assessment of the relative effectiveness of different radiopharmaceuticals for cancer therapy is a difficult task owing to the large number of variables that must be considered, some related to the biological carrier and others to the radioisotope. Comparing the therapeutic efficacy in patients is not feasible in most cases for ethical and regulatory reasons. Hence, it is important to develop laboratory methods that can be used for reliable and efficient comparative evaluation of promising therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. The IAEA has organized several coordinated research projects (CRPs) in the field of radiopharmaceuticals that have helped Member States to acquire technologies for the production of useful radiopharmaceuticals. In one such CRP on techniques for labelling biomolecules for targeted therapy, conducted from 1998 to 2001, the participants developed several protocols and standard operating procedures for labelling peptides and antibodies with therapeutic radioisotopes. During the course of the CRP, it was recognized that successful development of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals will require in vitro biological assays as well as appropriate tumour models for carrying out biodistribution studies of the products in order to collect data for preclinical studies. Two meetings, held in 1999 and 2001, recommended the organization of a CRP for the development of laboratory methods for comparative evaluation of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. Fifteen countries - Brazil, Cuba, the Czech

  6. Comparative effectiveness in hepatic malignancies.

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    Page, Andrew J; Cosgrove, David; Pawlik, Timothy M

    2015-01-01

    The benefits of applying comparative effectiveness research (CER) strategies to the management of cancer are important. As the incidence of cancer increases both in the United States and worldwide, accurate analysis of which tests and treatments should be applied in which situations is critical, both in terms of measurable and meaningful clinical outcomes and health care costs. In the last 20 years alone, multiple controversies have arisen in the diagnosis and treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the liver, making the management of liver malignancies a prime example of CER. Contributing factors to the development of these controversies include improvements in molecular characterization of these diseases and technological advances in surgery and radiology. The relative speed of these advances has outpaced data from clinical trials, in turn making robust data to inform clinical practice lacking. Indeed, many of the current treatment recommendations for the management of liver malignancies are based primarily on retrospective data. We herein review select CER issues concerning select decision-making topics in the management of liver malignancies. PMID:25677025

  7. Comparative cytotoxicity of periodontal bacteria

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    The direct cytotoxicity of sonic extracts (SE) from nine periodontal bacteria for human gingival fibroblasts (HGF) was compared. Equivalent dosages (in terms of protein concentration) of SE were used to challenge HGF cultures. The cytotoxic potential of each SE was assessed by its ability to (1) inhibit HGF proliferation, as measured by direct cell counts; (2) inhibit 3H-thymidine incorporation in HGF cultures; or (3) cause morphological alterations of the cells in challenged cultures. The highest concentration (500 micrograms SE protein/ml) of any of the SEs used to challenge the cells was found to be markedly inhibitory to the HGFs by all three of the criteria of cytotoxicity. At the lowest dosage tested (50 micrograms SE protein/ml); only SE from Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, Bacteroides gingivalis, and Fusobacterium nucleatum caused a significant effect (greater than 90% inhibition or overt morphological abnormalities) in the HGFs as determined by any of the criteria employed. SE from Capnocytophaga sputigena, Eikenella corrodens, or Wolinella recta also inhibited cell proliferation and thymidine incorporation at this dosage; however, the degree of inhibition (5-50%) was consistently, clearly less than that of the first group of three organisms named above. The SE of the three other organisms tested (Actinomyces odontolyticus, Bacteroides intermedius, and Streptococcus sanguis) had little or no effect (0-10% inhibition) at this concentration. The data suggest that the outcome of the interaction between bacterial components and normal resident cells of the periodontium is, at least in part, a function of the bacterial species

  8. Cats, Cancer and Comparative Oncology

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    Claire M. Cannon

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Naturally occurring tumors in dogs are well-established models for several human cancers. Domestic cats share many of the benefits of dogs as a model (spontaneous cancers developing in an immunocompetent animal sharing the same environment as humans, shorter lifespan allowing more rapid trial completion and data collection, lack of standard of care for many cancers allowing evaluation of therapies in treatment-naïve populations, but have not been utilized to the same degree in the One Medicine approach to cancer. There are both challenges and opportunities in feline compared to canine models. This review will discuss three specific tumor types where cats may offer insights into human cancers. Feline oral squamous cell carcinoma is common, shares both clinical and molecular features with human head and neck cancer and is an attractive model for evaluating new therapies. Feline mammary tumors are usually malignant and aggressive, with the ‘triple-negative’ phenotype being more common than in humans, offering an enriched population in which to examine potential targets and treatments. Finally, although there is not an exact corollary in humans, feline injection site sarcoma may be a model for inflammation-driven tumorigenesis, offering opportunities for studying variations in individual susceptibility as well as preventative and therapeutic strategies.

  9. Comparative genomic analyses in Asparagus.

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    Kuhl, Joseph C; Havey, Michael J; Martin, William J; Cheung, Foo; Yuan, Qiaoping; Landherr, Lena; Hu, Yi; Leebens-Mack, James; Town, Christopher D; Sink, Kenneth C

    2005-12-01

    Garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) belongs to the monocot family Asparagaceae in the order Asparagales. Onion (Allium cepa L.) and Asparagus officinalis are 2 of the most economically important plants of the core Asparagales, a well supported monophyletic group within the Asparagales. Coding regions in onion have lower GC contents than the grasses. We compared the GC content of 3374 unique expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from A. officinalis with Lycoris longituba and onion (both members of the core Asparagales), Acorus americanus (sister to all other monocots), the grasses, and Arabidopsis. Although ESTs in A. officinalis and Acorus had a higher average GC content than Arabidopsis, Lycoris, and onion, all were clearly lower than the grasses. The Asparagaceae have the smallest nuclear genomes among all plants in the core Asparagales, which typically have huge genomes. Within the Asparagaceae, European Asparagus species have approximately twice the nuclear DNA of that of southern African Asparagus species. We cloned and sequenced 20 genomic amplicons from European A. officinalis and the southern African species Asparagus plumosus and observed no clear evidence for a recent genome doubling in A. officinalis relative to A. plumosus. These results indicate that members of the genus Asparagus with smaller genomes may be useful genomic models for plants in the core Asparagales. PMID:16391674

  10. Comparative integromics on Eph family.

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    Katoh, Masuko; Katoh, Masaru

    2006-05-01

    EPHA1, EPHA2, EPHA3, EPHA4, EPHA5, EPHA6, EPHA7, EPHA8, EPHA10, EPHB1, EPHB2, EPHB3, EPHB4 and EPHB6 are EPH family receptors for Ephrin family ligands. Ephrin/EPH signaling pathway networks with the WNT signaling pathway during embryogenesis, tissue regeneration, and carcinogenesis. TCF/LEF-binding sites within the promoter region of human EPH family members were searched for by using bioinformatics and human intelligence. Because five TCF/LEF-binding sites were identified within the 5'-promoter region of the EPHA7 gene, comparative genomics analyses on EPHA7 orthologs were further performed. EPHA7-MANEA-FHL5 locus at human chromosome 6q16.1 and EPHA10-MANEAL-FHL3 locus at human chromosome 1p34.3 were paralogous regions within the human genome. Human EPHA7 mRNA was expressed in embryonic stem (ES) cells, neural tissues, duodenal cancer and parathyroid tumors, while mouse Epha7 mRNA was expressed in fertilized egg, Rathke's pouche, visual cortex, pituitary gland, other neural tissues, pancreas, lung tumors and mammary tumors. The chimpanzee EPHA7 gene and cow Epha7 gene were identified within NW_107969.1 and AC155055.2 genome sequences, respectively. Five TCF/LEF-binding sites within human EPHA7 promoter were conserved in the chimpanzee EPHA7 promoter, and three TCF/LEF-binding sites in the cow Epha7 promoter, but none in the mouse Epha7 promoter. Primates and cow EPHA7 orthologs were identified as evolutionarily conserved targets of the WNT/beta-catenin signaling pathway. D6S1056 microsatellite marker within EPHA7 gene is deleted in prostate cancer. Deletion and/or promoter CpG hypermethylation could explain the EPHA7 down-regulation in human tumors. EPHA7 is a target of systems medicine, especially in the fields of regenerative medicine and oncology. PMID:16596241

  11. Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets

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    Mackwell, Stephen J.; Simon-Miller, Amy A.; Harder, Jerald W.; Bullock, Mark A.

    to a future volume. Our authors have taken on the task to look at climate on the terrestrial planets in the broadest sense possible — by comparing the atmospheric processes at work on the four terrestrial bodies, Earth, Venus, Mars, and Titan (Titan is included because it hosts many of the common processes), and on terrestrial planets around other stars. These processes include the interactions of shortwave and thermal radiation with the atmosphere, condensation and vaporization of volatiles, atmospheric dynamics, chemistry and aerosol formation, and the role of the surface and interior in the long-term evolution of climate. Chapters herein compare the scientific questions, analysis methods, numerical models, and spacecraft remote sensing experiments of Earth and the other terrestrial planets, emphasizing the underlying commonality of physical processes. We look to the future by identifying objectives for ongoing research and new missions. Through these pages we challenge practicing planetary scientists, and most importantly new students of any age, to find pathways and synergies for advancing the field. In Part I, Foundations, we introduce the fundamental physics of climate on terrestrial planets. Starting with the best studied planet by far, Earth, the first chapters discuss what is known and what is not known about the atmospheres and climates of the terrestrial planets of the solar system and beyond. In Part II, Greenhouse Effect and Atmospheric Dynamics, we focus on the processes that govern atmospheric motion and the role that general circulation models play in our current understanding. In Part III, Clouds and Hazes, we provide an in-depth look at the many effects of clouds and aerosols on planetary climate. Although this is a vigorous area of research in the Earth sciences, and very strongly influences climate modeling, the important role that aerosols and clouds play in the climate of all planets is not yet well constrained. This section is intended to

  12. Comparing Simulations of AGN Feedback

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    Richardson, Mark L. A.; Scannapieco, Evan; Devriendt, Julien; Slyz, Adrianne; Thacker, Robert J.; Dubois, Yohan; Wurster, James; Silk, Joseph

    2016-07-01

    We perform adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) and smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) cosmological zoom simulations of a region around a forming galaxy cluster, comparing the ability of the methods to handle successively more complex baryonic physics. In the simplest, non-radiative case, the two methods are in good agreement with each other, but the SPH simulations generate central cores with slightly lower entropies and virial shocks at slightly larger radii, consistent with what has been seen in previous studies. The inclusion of radiative cooling, star formation, and stellar feedback leads to much larger differences between the two methods. Most dramatically, at z=5, rapid cooling in the AMR case moves the accretion shock to well within the virial radius, while this shock remains near the virial radius in the SPH case, due to excess heating, coupled with poorer capturing of the shock width. On the other hand, the addition of feedback from active galactic nuclei (AGNs) to the simulations results in much better agreement between the methods. For our AGN model, both simulations display halo gas entropies of 100 keV cm2, similar decrements in the star formation rate, and a drop in the halo baryon content of roughly 30%. This is consistent with the AGN growth being self-regulated, regardless of the numerical method. However, the simulations with AGN feedback continue to differ in aspects that are not self-regulated, such that in SPH a larger volume of gas is impacted by feedback, and the cluster still has a lower entropy central core.

  13. Comparative xenology of two angrites

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    We report the results of Xe analyses in stepwise heating of the angrite meteorite Lewis Cliff 86010 and of a comparative study of Xe component structures in this meteorite and in the first known angrite, Angra dos Reis. Both meteorites are poor in trapped Xe and rich in fission Xe from 244Pu and in spallation Xe produced by cosmic ray irradiation of Ba and the light rare earth elements (REE). Neither meteorite shows evidence for the presence of excess 129Xe derived from 129I, presumably because the volatile element iodine is depleted along with other volatiles in the angrites. Both meteorites show pronounced variations in the composition of spallation Xe attributable to separation of the Ba and REE components. In both meteorites 244Pu-derived fission Xe is correlated with REE spallation, consistent with Pu-REE coherence in igneous partitioning. The Ba spallation Xe composition in Lewis Cliff 86010 differs somewhat from that in Angra dos Reis, primarily in a lower relative yield of the neutron sensitive isotope 131Xe. This suggests a lower neutron flux during cosmic ray exposure for the Lewis Cliff Meteorite, an effect opposite to that suggested by neutron capture effects in Sm. Resolution of these observations appears to require a complex exposure history for at least Angra dos Reis. The 244Pu/REE ratio in Lewis Cliff 86010 is only about half that in Angra dos Reis. This difference probably does not reflect a difference in the time of Xe retention. Unless this difference arose in igneous processes despite the apparent chemical coherence of Pu and Ree in mineral partitioning, it must have characterized the parent magmas and/or precursor materials from which these two meteorites were derived. (orig.)

  14. Comparative xenology of two angrites

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    Hohenberg, C.M.; Bernatowicz, T.J.; Podosek, F.A. (McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (USA))

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    We report the results of Xe analyses in stepwise heating of the angrite meteorite Lewis Cliff 86010 and of a comparative study of Xe component structures in this meteorite and in the first known angrite, Angra dos Reis. Both meteorites are poor in trapped Xe and rich in fission Xe from {sup 244}Pu and in spallation Xe produced by cosmic ray irradiation of Ba and the light rare earth elements (REE). Neither meteorite shows evidence for the presence of excess {sup 129}Xe derived from {sup 129}I, presumably because the volatile element iodine is depleted along with other volatiles in the angrites. Both meteorites show pronounced variations in the composition of spallation Xe attributable to separation of the Ba and REE components. In both meteorites {sup 244}Pu-derived fission Xe is correlated with REE spallation, consistent with Pu-REE coherence in igneous partitioning. The Ba spallation Xe composition in Lewis Cliff 86010 differs somewhat from that in Angra dos Reis, primarily in a lower relative yield of the neutron sensitive isotope {sup 131}Xe. This suggests a lower neutron flux during cosmic ray exposure for the Lewis Cliff Meteorite, an effect opposite to that suggested by neutron capture effects in Sm. Resolution of these observations appears to require a complex exposure history for at least Angra dos Reis. The {sup 244}Pu/REE ratio in Lewis Cliff 86010 is only about half that in Angra dos Reis. This difference probably does not reflect a difference in the time of Xe retention. Unless this difference arose in igneous processes despite the apparent chemical coherence of Pu and Ree in mineral partitioning, it must have characterized the parent magmas and/or precursor materials from which these two meteorites were derived. (orig.).

  15. Alkali activated fly ash binders. A comparative study between sodium and potassium activators

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    Criado, M.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows the effect of the nature of some alkaline activators in the microstructural development of thermal-alkali activated f/y ash systems. The alkaline compounds employed in this investigation were: NaOH, KOH, Na2C03, K2C03, sodium silicate and potassium silicate. Results confirm that the main reaction product of the activation process (throughout the studied systems is the amorphous alkaline aluminosilicate gel with a three-dimensional structure already observed in earlier research. It has been proved that the type of anion and cation involved in the activation reaction of the ashes not only affects the microstructural development of the systems but the Si/Al ratio of that prezeolitic gel too. For example, in the presence of soluble silicate ions the content of Si in the final structure is notably increased (Si/Al =2.7-3.0, however carbonate ions play a different role since the formation of Sodium or Potassium carbonate/bicarbonate acidifies the system and consequently the reaction rate is considerably slowed. Finally it is evident that; when all experimental conditions are equal, sodium has a greater capacity than potassium to accelerate the setting and hardening reactions of fly ash and also to stimulate the growth of certain zeolitic crystals (reaction by-products. In general it can be affirmed that OH- ion acts as a reaction catalyst; and the alkaline metal (M+ acts as a structure-forming element.Este trabajo muestra el efecto de la naturaleza del activador alcalino en el desarrollo microestructural de sistemas de ceniza volante, activados térmica y alcalinamente. Los componentes alcalinos empleados en esta investigación fueron: NaOH, KOH, Na2C03, K2C03, silicato sódico y silicato potásico. Los resultados obtenidos confirman que el principal producto de reacción del proceso de activación (a través de los sistemas estudiados es un gel de aluminosilicato alcalino amorfo con estructura tridimensional ya observada en trabajos

  16. Comparative cardiovascular safety of dementia medications

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    Fosbøl, Emil L; Peterson, Eric D; Holm, Ellen;

    2012-01-01

    To compare the cardiovascular safety of currently marketed dementia medications in new users in the United States and Denmark.......To compare the cardiovascular safety of currently marketed dementia medications in new users in the United States and Denmark....

  17. Comparability for ideals of regular rings

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    CHEN Huanyin

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we investigate necessary and sufficient conditions under which the ideals possess comparability structure. For regular rings, we prove that every square matrix over ideals satisfying general comparability admits a diagonal reduction by quasi invertible matrices.

  18. Comparative Theology as Liberal and Confessional Theology

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    Klaus von Stosch

    2012-01-01

    For most European scholars, the scope of Comparative Theology is not very clear. They see big differences between the notion of Comparative Theology among its protagonists, e.g., between Keith Ward or Robert Neville and Francis Clooney or James Fredericks. That is why I will try to define a certain understanding of Comparative Theology which can be defended in accordance with strong European theological traditions. I want to show that Comparative Theology can be understood as one of the best ...

  19. The Benefits of Financial Statement Comparability

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    de Franco, Gus; Kothari, S.P.; Verdi, Rodrigo

    2011-01-01

    Investors, regulators, academics, and researchers all emphasize the importance of financial statement comparability. However, an empirical construct of comparability is typically not specified. In addition, little evidence exists on the benefits of comparability to users. This study attempts to fill these gaps by developing a measure of financial statement comparability. Empirically, this measure is positively related to analyst following and forecast accuracy, and negatively related to analy...

  20. The Rebirth of Comparative Literature in Anglocalization

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    Patil, Anand

    2007-01-01

    Anand Patil examines in his paper, "The Rebirth of Comparative Literature in Anglocalization," the debates on effects of "globalization" on literary studies and "cultures" in India. The focus of his comparative scrutiny follows the debate about the "death" of comparative literature. Patil re-imagines the rebirth of interdisciplinarity, a basic tenet of the discipline of comparative literature and a characteristic of globalization. He has coined the term "Anglocalization" to analyze the comple...

  1. Shifting Comparative Advantages : Implications for Growth Strategy

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    Coulibaly, Souleymane

    2012-01-01

    The future development of the Tajik economy will be shaped by its comparative advantage on world markets. Exploiting comparative advantage enables an economy to reap gains from trade. Tajikistan's most important comparative advantage is its hydropower potential, which is far larger than the economy's domestic requirements. Yet, high capital costs of building hydropower plants and the unsta...

  2. Ideal-comparability over Regular Rings

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    Huan Yin CHEN; Miao Sen CHEN

    2006-01-01

    We introduce the concept of ideal-comparability condition for regular rings. Let I be an ideal of a regular ring R. If R satisfies the Ⅰ-comparability condition, then R is one-sided unit-regular if and only if so is R/I. Also, we show that a regular ring R satisfies the general comparability if and only if the following hold: (1) R/I satisfies the general comparability; (2) R satisfies the general Ⅰ-comparability condition; (3) The natural map B(R) → B(R/I) is surjective.

  3. Conjunctive and prepositional comparatives in Slovenian

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    Sašo Živanović

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the distribution of conjunctive and prepositional comparative structures in Slovenian. They are introduced by the complementiser kot and the preposition od, respectively. Comparative structures are categorised along three dimensions: (i the morphological environment of the comparative morpheme (yielding amount and quality comparatives; (ii the syntactic environment of the comparative morpheme (eight syntactic environments are discussed: (nominative subject, (accusative direct object, (dative indirect object, prepositional object, locative adverbial, temporal adverbial, some other adverbial, and predicate; (iii the syntactic environment (the same environments as above are discussed of the associate (the non-elided phrase in the comparative complement is the remnant; its counterpart with the same grammatical function in the matrix clause is the associate. The comparison of conjunctive and prepositional comparatives shows that the distribution of the latter is more restricted and also exhibits more inter-speaker variation than the former. Conjunctive comparatives are acceptable in virtually all combinations of the above-mentioned parameters, the only exception being quality comparatives withan adverbial or predicate associate where the comparative morpheme is embedded in the associate. The only absolute generalisation that can be made about prepositional comparatives is that the associate must be either a subject or a direct object; all other generalisations are merely tendencies.

  4. Comparative education and the ?new? sociologies

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    Trusz, Andrew R.; Parks-Trusz, Sandra L.

    1981-12-01

    The authors examine the impact of the `new' sociologies on comparative education by reviewing five comparative readers published during the past twenty years. While the `new' sociologies have had considerable impact within sociology and the sociology of education, minimal impact is found within comparative education. The authors further show that while critical new sociologies such as Marxism, neo-Marxism, and Critical theory have had some penetration into comparative education, use of the interpretative sociologies such as symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, and semiotics has generally been absent. The authors conclude by suggesting that a synthesis of the critical and interpretative modes would prove fruitful for further work in comparative education. The five texts are: Halsey, Floud and Anderson (eds.), Education, Economy and Society (1961); Eckstein and Noah (eds.), Scientific Investigations in Comparative Education (1969); Beck, Perspectives on World Education (1970); Karabel and Halsey (eds.), Power and Ideology in Education (1977); and Altbach and Kelly (eds.), Education and Colonialism (1978).

  5. Fiction, Film, Painting, and Comparative Literature

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    Ceciu, Ramona L.

    2013-01-01

    In her article "Fiction, Film, Painting, and Comparative Literature" Ramona L. Ceciu proposes a view of comparative literature as a "language in a process of ascertaining its proper grammar." She argues that like any language in order to survive, comparative literature must allow for a constant rejuvenation of its vocabulary and methods it must keep an "open" structure that would accommodate fresh extra-methodological approaches through a procedure of re-invention and expansion. Ceciu posits ...

  6. Botswana’s revealed comparative advantage

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    Makochekanwa, Albert

    2007-01-01

    Analysis of Botswana’s competitiveness in world trade has been presented based on indices of revealed comparative advantage (RCA) calculated for the period 1999 and 2004. Results show that Botswana has RCA in diamonds, copper matte, and meat of bovine animals, among other products. Changes in values of RCA over time reinforce the dynamic nature of comparative advantage. The study established that the country gained comparative specialization in the following products: sugar products; copper o...

  7. Comparative Advantage in the Asian Automotive Industry

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    Somsupa Nopprach

    2010-01-01

    This paper seeks to analyze determinants of Asian countries' comparative advantage in the automotive industry. The effects of supporting industries, factor availability, factor intensity, transportation costs, and of the scale of foreign investment in the industry on the level of countries' comparative advantage are on focus. The results highlight the importance of strong supporting industries in raising a country's comparative advantage in the automotive industry. Furthermore, it is found th...

  8. Change Detection via Morphological Comparative Filters

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    Vizilter, Y. V.; Rubis, A. Y.; Zheltov, S. Y.; Vygolov, O. V.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we propose the new change detection technique based on morphological comparative filtering. This technique generalizes the morphological image analysis scheme proposed by Pytiev. A new class of comparative filters based on guided contrasting is developed. Comparative filtering based on diffusion morphology is implemented too. The change detection pipeline contains: comparative filtering on image pyramid, calculation of morphological difference map, binarization, extraction of change proposals and testing change proposals using local morphological correlation coefficient. Experimental results demonstrate the applicability of proposed approach.

  9. Comparative qualitative research in Cultural Psychology

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    Demuth, Carolin; Fatigante, Marilena

    2012-01-01

    The present paper aims to provide an approach that allows to study the interplay of culture and psychological human functioning in comparative study designs. Starting out with a brief overview of how qualitative, cultural, and comparative research is addressed in the field of psychology we...... will take a Cultural Psychology approach to suggest that the unit of analysis for comparative research needs to be situated social interaction. We will then suggest an integrative approach that allows us to study social interaction both on a micro- and on a macro-level by combining discourse analysis...... some criteria of validity that particularly apply to the field of comparative research in Cultural Psychology....

  10. The Influence Studies in Comparative Literature

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    张宏莹

    2010-01-01

    Comparative literature arose in the 19th century,the approach adopted for its influence study has been developed and diversified in different eras,in this article,the influence study in comparative literature through a reading culture is discussed in order to reveal in what aspects the reading culture may cut across the regional border of influence study.

  11. Quality and Standards: Clarity, Comparability and Responsibility

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    Brink, Chris

    2010-01-01

    This paper discusses three central issues relating to quality and standards: clarity, comparability and responsibility. The issue of clarity is that we have reached a point of disjunction between the questions being asked by the public and the answers being provided by quality assurance professionals. The issue of comparability comes in two forms:…

  12. Comparability of IQ scores over time

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    O. Must; J. te Nijenhuis; A. Must; A.E.M. van Vianen

    2009-01-01

    This study investigates the comparability of IQ scores. Three cohorts (1933/36, 1997/98, 2006) of Estonian students (N = 2173) are compared using the Estonian National Intelligence Test. After 72 years the secular rise of the IQ test scores is.79 SD. The mean .16 SD increase in the last 8 years sugg

  13. The Neglect of Monotone Comparative Statics Methods

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    Tremblay, Carol Horton; Tremblay, Victor J.

    2010-01-01

    Monotone methods enable comparative static analysis without the restrictive assumptions of the implicit-function theorem. Ease of use and flexibility in solving comparative static and game-theory problems have made monotone methods popular in the economics literature and in graduate courses, but they are still absent from undergraduate…

  14. Defining, Measuring, and Comparing Organisational Cultures

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    Berg, van den Peter T.; Wilderom, Celeste P.M.

    2004-01-01

    La littérature portant sur la culture des organisations souffre d’un manque manifeste d’enquêtes extensives débouchant sur des études comparatives. Afin de rendre plus comparables les cultures organisationnelles, nous proposons une définition et une série de dimensions. La culture organisationnelle

  15. Comparative and International Education: A Bibliography (2014)

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    The 2014 "Comparative Education Review" bibliography of refereed journal articles on topics relevant to comparative and international education covers all 12 months in 2014 and includes 3,389 entries--a full 30 percent increase over the set of references assembled in the 2013 bibliography. They are drawn from 280 refereed journals, both…

  16. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF BYG SEARCH ENGINES

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    Kailash Kumar

    2013-01-01

    This paper compares the retrieval effectiveness of the Bing, Yahoo and Google (BYG) Search Engines. The precision and relative recall of each search engine was considered for evaluating the effectiveness of the search engines. General Queries were tested. Results of the study showed that the precision of Google was high as compared to other two search engines and Yahoo has better precision than Bing

  17. Comparative Environmental Threat Analysis: Three Case Studies.

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    Latour, J. B.; Reiling, R.

    1994-01-01

    Reviews how carrying capacity for different environmental problems is operationalized. Discusses whether it is possible to compare threats, using the exceeding of carrying capacity as a yardstick. Points out problems in comparative threat analysis using three case studies: threats to European groundwater resources, threats to ecosystems in Europe,…

  18. Efecto de la incorporación de ceniza volante y escoria de horno alto en el comportamiento electroquímico de concretos de cemento comercial

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    Gutiérrez-Junco, Oscar J.; Pineda-Triana, Yaneth; Vera-López, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the findings of the research properties evaluation pastes of commercial cement (CPC), mixed with fly ash (FA) and granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS). Initially, the sample of 30 combinations were evaluated in terms of compressive strength to establish the optimal proportions from raw material. After that, four optimized blends were characterized during the setting and hardening process. Electrochemical tests were performed on concrete cylinders samples prepared with ceme...

  19. The effect of fly ashes in the corrosion and durability in concretes; Efecto de las Cenizas Volantes en la Durabilidad y en la Corrosion en Armaduras del Hormigon

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    1998-12-31

    From the beginning of this century, fly ashes have been the object of a variety of studies and research-looking for different ways of application. The construction industry reuses the highest volume of the fly ash actually produced. Researches carried out on the behaviour of hydraulic blended materials mixed with fly ash have supported the progressive use of these by-products, and simultaneously have opened new ways of application. Spanish fly ash producers together with research centers, as IETcc, have been involved in investigations since 70`s. The last important research carried out has been the one dealing with the durability of concrete made with fly ash and its interaction with the corrosion of reinforcements. In this work five fly ashes of silicon-aluminous type were mixed with portland cement containing low alkali and aluminates in order to enhance the effect of those components from the fly ash. The main goal was to study the degradation mechanisms of concretes made with fly ashes, substituting partially the cement (15 and 35%) in several aggressive media: containing sulfates, chlorides or sea water. The effect to these aggressive media on the durability has also been considered regarding reinforcements. Different type of tests were carried out in laboratory and under natural exposure. In the case of laboratory studies the objectives were: 1) to stablish the mechanisms of hardening. The effect of fly ashes in pozolanic reaction and in the microstructure of the material. 2) Resistance of the addition of fly ashes against chloride and sulfates. Definition of the deterioration mechanisms. 3) Effect of fly ashes on the corrosion of reinforcements. Influence on the passivation process. Resistance against carbonation and chloride attack. (Author)

  20. The role of gallery forests in the distribution of cerrado mammals O papel das matas de galeria na distribuição dos mamíferos do cerrado

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    M. A. Johnson; Saraiva, P.M.; Coelho, D

    1999-01-01

    The Cerrado biome contains a rich mammal community, with an influence from the Amazonian and Atlantic rainforests, principally observed in the gallery forests. In this paper, through literature review, it is shown that the non-volant mammal community of the gallery forests is distinct from the mammal communities of any other physionomy of the Cerrado. Additionally, the gallery forests contain twice as many species common to the rainforests when compared to all the other physiognomies of the C...

  1. AN EVALUATION ABOUT COMPARATIVE TURKISH DIALECTS DICTIONARY

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    KORAŞ, Hikmet

    2013-01-01

    After the Divanu Lughati't-Türk of Kaşgarlı operation of the first comparative dictionary is studying of Radloff Opıt Slovarya Tyurkskih Nareçiy (Trial of Turkish Dialects Dictionary). The first comparative dictionary work done in Turkey Hüseyin Kazım Kadri, at 1927 the first two volumes of the work of Turk Lugati and in the other two volumes published in the 1940s. Although very essential for Turkey and Turkish world there has not been a comparative dictionary study in Turkey until 1991.At 1...

  2. MANAGEMENT AND COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF DATASET ENSEMBLES

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    Geveci, Berk [Senior Director, Scientific Computing

    2010-05-17

    The primary Phase I technical objective was to develop a prototype that demonstrates the functionality of all components required for an end-to-end meta-data management and comparative visualization system.

  3. Spastic Diplegic and Tetraplegic Cerebral Palsy Compared

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2005-01-01

    Risk factors of cerebral palsy (CP), seizures, CP severity, EEG, and MRI findings were compared in 38 children with spastic diplegic (DCP) and 48 with spastic tetraplegic (TCP), in a report from Medical University of Bialystok, Poland.

  4. Toward Accurate and Quantitative Comparative Metagenomics.

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    Nayfach, Stephen; Pollard, Katherine S

    2016-08-25

    Shotgun metagenomics and computational analysis are used to compare the taxonomic and functional profiles of microbial communities. Leveraging this approach to understand roles of microbes in human biology and other environments requires quantitative data summaries whose values are comparable across samples and studies. Comparability is currently hampered by the use of abundance statistics that do not estimate a meaningful parameter of the microbial community and biases introduced by experimental protocols and data-cleaning approaches. Addressing these challenges, along with improving study design, data access, metadata standardization, and analysis tools, will enable accurate comparative metagenomics. We envision a future in which microbiome studies are replicable and new metagenomes are easily and rapidly integrated with existing data. Only then can the potential of metagenomics for predictive ecological modeling, well-powered association studies, and effective microbiome medicine be fully realized. PMID:27565341

  5. Comparative Validation of Building Simulation Software

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    Kalyanova, Olena; Heiselberg, Per

    DSF200_4, the third empirical test case is also specified as DSF400_3, but it's completion is under consideration. The comparative test cases can not be directly used for the validation of the software due to often disagreement of the results, however the result of the exercises is that the...... comparative validation can be regarded as the main argument to continue the validation of the building simulation software for the buildings with the double skin façade with the empirical validation test cases....... rate, surface temperatures heating load at night and cooling load in the peaks of solar gains etc. Meanwhile, the comparative exercises have built a strong foundation for the empirical test cases. Two main empirical test cases were identified, these correspond to the comparative test case DSF100_2 and...

  6. Comparing the Discrete and Continuous Logistic Models

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    Gordon, Sheldon P.

    2008-01-01

    The solutions of the discrete logistic growth model based on a difference equation and the continuous logistic growth model based on a differential equation are compared and contrasted. The investigation is conducted using a dynamic interactive spreadsheet. (Contains 5 figures.)

  7. Comparing regional development in China and India

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    Wu, Yanrui

    2008-01-01

    Economic growth in China and India has attracted many headlines recently. As a result, the literature comparing the two Asian giants has expanded substantially. This paper adds to the literature by comparing regional growth, disparity and convergence in the two economies. This is the first of its kind. The paper presents a detailed examination of economic growth in the regions of China and India over the past twenty years. It also provides an assessment of regional disparity in the two countr...

  8. Placing Ireland in a comparative perspective

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    Peillon, Michel

    1994-01-01

    Some recent publications have raised the question of placing Ireland in a comparative perspective. Three such comparative frameworks are investigated in this paper: advanced capitalist countries, (West) European countries, and finally semi-peripheral European societies. Although not an advanced capitalist economy, Ireland displays the central institutional features of such societies. But on closer inspection, it seems that such features can be attributed to a European institutional framewo...

  9. Ireland's income distribution in comparative perspective

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    Nolan, Brian; Smeeding, Timothy

    2004-01-01

    One of the most frequently expressed concerns about the unprecedented economic boom that Ireland experienced in the second half of the 1990s has been that the benefits were not shared evenly, that rising living standards were accompanied by widening gaps leaving Ireland with a particularly unequal distribution of income. This paper examines Ireland's income distribution in comparative perspective, and seeks to shed some empirical light on what happened during the boom and how Ireland compares...

  10. Comparability of IQ Scores over Time

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    Must, Olev; te Nijenhuis, Jan; Must, Aasa; van Vianen, Annelies E. M.

    2009-01-01

    This study investigates the comparability of IQ scores. Three cohorts (1933/36, 1997/98, 2006) of Estonian students (N = 2173) are compared using the Estonian National Intelligence Test. After 72 years the secular rise of the IQ test scores is 0.79 SD. The mean 0.16 SD increase in the last 8 years suggests a rapid increase of the Flynn Effect (FE)…

  11. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE ECONOMICS - ISSUE 2

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    Giovanni Ramello

    2005-01-01

    The European Journal of Comparative Economics, an online refereed journal for scientific articles publishing theoretical and empirical research in any field of comparative economic studies, is promiting the issue 2 2004 freely downloadable at the website http://eaces.liuc.it/ New submission for the next issues are welcome. Table of contents: Corporate and public governances in transition: the limits of property rights and the significance of legal institutions by Jean-François Nivet Price and...

  12. Comparative naval architecture of modern foreign submarines

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    Stenard, John K.

    1988-01-01

    CIVINS A Comparative design study of ten conventional and nuclear-powered fast attack submarines is performed. Data sources are limited to those available in the open literature. The analysis is confined to those submarines which are of the greatest interest and for which enough design information is available to conduct an adequate study. The data for each of the selected submarines is then parameterized, analyzed, and compared on the basis of design and military capabilities. The design ...

  13. How Do Alternative Minimum Wage Variables Compare?

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    Sara Lemos

    2005-01-01

    Several minimum wage variables have been suggested in the literature. Such a variety of variables makes it difficult to compare the associated estimates across studies. One problem is that these estimates are not always calibrated to represent the effect of a 10% increase in the minimum wage. Another problem is that these estimates measure the effect of the minimum wage on the employment of different groups of workers. In this paper we critically compare employment effect estimates using five...

  14. External Economies of Scale and Comparative Advantage

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    Wilfred J. Ethier; Ruffin, Roy J

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the interplay, in international trade, between comparative advantage and increasing returns to scale that are external to the firm. We focus especially on “advantage reversals,” where the country with a comparative-cost disadvantage in producing a good nevertheless is able to export it because of the economies of large-scale production. We examine trade policy in such a situation, looking especially at whether that policy should aim at basic policy-regime change.

  15. SIP and RSW: A Comparative Evaluation Study

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    Mahmoud Baklizi; Nibras Abdullah; Omar Abouabdalla; Sima Ahmadpour

    2010-01-01

    Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is a technology that uses Internet to transmit voice digital information. The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Real time Switching (RSW) are signaling protocols that emerged as a new VoIP which gained popularity among VoIP products. In literature, many comparative studies have been conducted to evaluate signaling protocols, but none of them addressed the targeted protocols. In this paper, we make a comparative evaluation and analysis for SIP and RSW us...

  16. ERP Software Evaluation and Comparative Analysis

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    Kalpic, Damir; Fertalj, Kresimir

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an investigation performed in 2001 under the title Comparative Analysis of Information Systems Software in Croatia. The focus was set on the comparative analysis of domestic and foreign Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, which is present in Croatia. The investigation was performed from the standpoint of ERP applicability, regardless of the development methods and information technology. In other words, the evaluation was performed primarily from th...

  17. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF BYG SEARCH ENGINES

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    Kailash Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper compares the retrieval effectiveness of the Bing, Yahoo and Google (BYG Search Engines. The precision and relative recall of each search engine was considered for evaluating the effectiveness of the search engines. General Queries were tested. Results of the study showed that the precision of Google was high as compared to other two search engines and Yahoo has better precision than Bing

  18. COMPARATIVE POETICS: FROM WEST TO EAST

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    Стеван Б. Брадић

    2012-01-01

    Comparative poetics was formed as a concept in the mid-twentieth century, in the context of the French comparative literature theory, and has since gone through the process of numerous transformations and appropriations. While the French theorists understood it mainly as a way to overcome the semiotic borders in an attempt to relate literature to other forms of artistic expression, this essay focuses mainly on the anglicist-orientalist approach that has developed mainly within the framework o...

  19. Central Asia's comparative advantage in international trade

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    Lücke, Matthias; Rothert, Jacek

    2006-01-01

    This paper outlines a strategy for identifying the pattern of Central Asia’s comparative advantage in international trade, based on factor prices and transport costs, historical production patterns, and recent trends in the geographical and product composition of Central Asian trade. The paper focuses on Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, along with Azerbaijan and Mongolia. A country’s comparative advantage cannot be determined at the level of individual industries o...

  20. Comparative Studies of Six Programming Languages

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    Alomari, Zakaria; Halimi, Oualid El; Sivaprasad, Kaushik; Pandit, Chitrang

    2015-01-01

    Comparison of programming languages is a common topic of discussion among software engineers. Multiple programming languages are designed, specified, and implemented every year in order to keep up with the changing programming paradigms, hardware evolution, etc. In this paper we present a comparative study between six programming languages: C++, PHP, C#, Java, Python, VB ; These languages are compared under the characteristics of reusability, reliability, portability, availability of compiler...

  1. FISCAL DISCIPLINE WITHIN THE EU: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

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    SORIN CELEA

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the analysis of the convergence indicators relative to fiscal area in the EU; subsequent to a description of the main peculiarities of the convergence criteria, the reseach develops a critical analysis on a comparative perspective of the actual values of fiscal convergence indicators registered in EU countries compared with the reference values of the indicators, with emphasis on the differences between emerging and developed countries.

  2. Comparative Analysis of Competitive Strategy Implementation

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    Maina A. S. Waweru

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents research findings on Competitive Strategy Implementation which compared the levels of strategy implementation achieved by different generic strategy groups, comprising firms inclined towards low cost leadership, differentiation or dual strategic advantage.  The study sought to determine the preferences for use of implementation armaments and compared how such armaments related to the level of implementation achieved.   Respondents comprised 71 top executives from 59 compan...

  3. Comparative Analysis of Competitive Strategy Implementation

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    Maina A. S. Waweru

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents research findings on Competitive Strategy Implementation which compared the levels of strategy implementation achieved by different generic strategy groups, comprising firms inclined towards low cost leadership, differentiation or dual strategic advantage. The study sought to determine the preferences for use of implementation armaments and compared how such armaments related to the level of implementation achieved. Respondents comprised 71 top executives from 59 companies...

  4. An Elementary Theory of Comparative Advantage

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    Arnaud Costinot

    2009-01-01

    Comparative advantage, whether driven by technology or factor endowment, is at the core of neoclassical trade theory. Using tools from the mathematics of complementarity, this paper offers a simple, yet unifying perspective on the fundamental forces that shape comparative advantage. The main results characterize sufficient conditions on factor productivity and factor supply to predict patterns of international specialization in a multi-factor generalization of the Ricardian model to which we ...

  5. Modularity, comparative cognition and human uniqueness

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    Shettleworth, Sara J.

    2012-01-01

    Darwin's claim ‘that the difference in mind between man and the higher animals … is certainly one of degree and not of kind’ is at the core of the comparative study of cognition. Recent research provides unprecedented support for Darwin's claim as well as new reasons to question it, stimulating new theories of human cognitive uniqueness. This article compares and evaluates approaches to such theories. Some prominent theories propose sweeping domain-general characterizations of the difference ...

  6. What comparative family law should entail

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    2008-01-01

    Since globalization is not only restricted to economic and political relationships, but literally ‘hits home’, it has become indispensable to look beyond national boundaries and to take international developments into account in the field of family law. Hence, comparative family law is blooming. The core part of this contribution to the special issue on ‘Current Debates in Family Law around the Globe’ is aimed at framing the context of comparative family law. The main questions are: How is co...

  7. Schumpeter School International Comparative Institutions Database

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    Jovicic, Sonja

    2015-01-01

    For our international comparative research on the impact of institutions on economic trends, we put together the Schumpeter School International Comparative Institutions Database.1 The database comprises the panel data set on various indicators of employment, inequality and labor market institutions in twenty-one OECD countries during the time period 1970-2013. Countries included in the dataset are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy,...

  8. What Do We Compare When We Compare Religions? Philosophical Remarks on the Psychology of Studying Comparative Religion Abroad

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    Irvine, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    The issue of comparison is a vexing one in religious and theological studies, not least for teachers of comparative religion in study abroad settings. We try to make familiar ideas fresh and strange, in settings where students may find it hard not to take "fresh" and "strange" as signs of existential threat. The author explores…

  9. Why Cognitive Psychologists Should Know Comparative Psychology; Why Comparative Psychologists Should Know Cognitive Psychology

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    David J. Smith

    2003-01-01

    The author contrasts the interpretative perspectives offered by comparative and cognitive psychology. Four strengths of the comparative program are considered in the context of recent research on animals' capacity for uncertainty monitoring or metacognition. However, several historical limitations of the comparative perspective are also disc—in these areas the cognitive perspective holds the stronger interpretative hand. The author considers the negative consequences that comparative psycholo...

  10. Developmental and comparative perspectives of contagious yawning.

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    Senju, Atsushi

    2010-01-01

    Contagious yawning (i.e. yawning triggered by perceiving others' yawning) is a well-documented phenomenon, but the mechanism underlying it is still unclear. In this chapter, I review the current evidence about: (1) developmental studies with typically and atypically developing populations, and (2) comparative studies in non-human animals. Developmental studies have revealed that contagious yawning is disturbed in individuals with autism spectrum disorders, suggesting that contagious yawning may share a developmental basis with the capacity for theory of mind. Comparative studies have suggested that contagious yawning can be observed in non-primate species, such as domestic dogs. As dogs are known to have exceptional skills in communicating with humans, it has also been suggested that contagious yawning may be related to the capacity for social communication. These results from developmental and comparative studies are consistent with the claim that the mechanism underlying contagious yawning relates to the capacity for empathy. PMID:20357469

  11. Comparative Assessment Of Natural Gas Accident Risks

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    Burgherr, P.; Hirschberg, S

    2005-01-01

    The study utilizes a hierarchical approach including (1) comparative analyses of different energy chains, (2) specific evaluations for the natural gas chain, and (3) a detailed overview of the German situation, based on an extensive data set provided by Deutsche Vereinigung des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW). According to SVGW-expertise DVGW-data can be regarded as fully representative for Swiss conditions due to very similar technologies, management, regulations and safety culture, but has a substantially stronger statistical basis because the German gas grid is about 30 times larger compared to Switzerland. Specifically, the following tasks were carried out by PSI to accomplish the objectives of this project: (1) Consolidation of existing ENSAD data, (2) identification and evaluation of additional sources, (3) comparative assessment of accident risks, and (4) detailed evaluations of specific issues and technical aspects for severe and smaller accidents in the natural gas chain that are relevant under Swiss conditions. (author)

  12. Sequencing and comparing whole mitochondrial genomes ofanimals

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    Boore, Jeffrey L.; Macey, J. Robert; Medina, Monica

    2005-04-22

    Comparing complete animal mitochondrial genome sequences is becoming increasingly common for phylogenetic reconstruction and as a model for genome evolution. Not only are they much more informative than shorter sequences of individual genes for inferring evolutionary relatedness, but these data also provide sets of genome-level characters, such as the relative arrangements of genes, that can be especially powerful. We describe here the protocols commonly used for physically isolating mtDNA, for amplifying these by PCR or RCA, for cloning,sequencing, assembly, validation, and gene annotation, and for comparing both sequences and gene arrangements. On several topics, we offer general observations based on our experiences to date with determining and comparing complete mtDNA sequences.

  13. Comparative diagnostic accuracy in virtual dermatopathology

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    Mooney, E.; Hood, A.F.; Lampros, J.;

    2011-01-01

    Background: Virtual microscopy can be used to teach histology and pathology and for in-training and certification examinations. A few online consultation websites already utilize virtual microscopy, thereby expanding the role of telemedicine in dermatopathology. There are, however, relatively few...... studies comparing the diagnostic accuracy and acceptability of virtual slides compared to traditional glass slides. Methods: Ten Nordic dermatopathologists and pathologists were given a randomized combination of 20 virtual and glass slides and asked to identify the diagnoses. They were then asked to give...... their impressions about the virtual images. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups using Fisher's exact test were performed. Objective: To compare the diagnostic ability of dermatopathologists and pathologists in two image formats: the traditional (glass) microscopic slides, and whole mount...

  14. An application of statistics to comparative metagenomics

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Metagenomics, sequence analyses of genomic DNA isolated directly from the environments, can be used to identify organisms and model community dynamics of a particular ecosystem. Metagenomics also has the potential to identify significantly different metabolic potential in different environments. Results Here we use a statistical method to compare curated subsystems, to predict the physiology, metabolism, and ecology from metagenomes. This approach can be used to identify those subsystems that are significantly different between metagenome sequences. Subsystems that were overrepresented in the Sargasso Sea and Acid Mine Drainage metagenome when compared to non-redundant databases were identified. Conclusion The methodology described herein applies statistics to the comparisons of metabolic potential in metagenomes. This analysis reveals those subsystems that are more, or less, represented in the different environments that are compared. These differences in metabolic potential lead to several testable hypotheses about physiology and metabolism of microbes from these ecosystems.

  15. The comparative method as a breaching experiment

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    of an empirical comparative study of the cultural, cognitive and linguistic determinants of news comprehension and a discussion of the challenges, issues and benefits found in engaging with a comparative methodology in the context of reception and discourse analyses. The research project on which this paper...... is based sought to understand the processes by which mediated discourse such as news is comprehended by its audience (Mathieu, 2009). The empirical study consisted in a cross-cultural comparison of the reading processes between Danes and Canadians over a set of news texts from both countries...... of the implicit cultural dimension of news comprehension. With respect to the third point (c), the reliance on the comparative method appeared valuable in three ways. 1) The cross-cultural comparison allowed to ‘make culture visible’ in the empirical study. The rationale of having a group (e.g. Danes) reading...

  16. Comparative Assessment Of Natural Gas Accident Risks

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    The study utilizes a hierarchical approach including (1) comparative analyses of different energy chains, (2) specific evaluations for the natural gas chain, and (3) a detailed overview of the German situation, based on an extensive data set provided by Deutsche Vereinigung des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW). According to SVGW-expertise DVGW-data can be regarded as fully representative for Swiss conditions due to very similar technologies, management, regulations and safety culture, but has a substantially stronger statistical basis because the German gas grid is about 30 times larger compared to Switzerland. Specifically, the following tasks were carried out by PSI to accomplish the objectives of this project: (1) Consolidation of existing ENSAD data, (2) identification and evaluation of additional sources, (3) comparative assessment of accident risks, and (4) detailed evaluations of specific issues and technical aspects for severe and smaller accidents in the natural gas chain that are relevant under Swiss conditions. (author)

  17. Comparing Results from Constant Comparative and Computer Software Methods: A Reflection about Qualitative Data Analysis

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    Putten, Jim Vander; Nolen, Amanda L.

    2010-01-01

    This study compared qualitative research results obtained by manual constant comparative analysis with results obtained by computer software analysis of the same data. An investigated about issues of trustworthiness and accuracy ensued. Results indicated that the inductive constant comparative data analysis generated 51 codes and two coding levels…

  18. A Comparative of business process modelling techniques

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    Tangkawarow, I. R. H. T.; Waworuntu, J.

    2016-04-01

    In this era, there is a lot of business process modeling techniques. This article is the research about differences of business process modeling techniques. For each technique will explain about the definition and the structure. This paper presents a comparative analysis of some popular business process modelling techniques. The comparative framework is based on 2 criteria: notation and how it works when implemented in Somerleyton Animal Park. Each technique will end with the advantages and disadvantages. The final conclusion will give recommend of business process modeling techniques that easy to use and serve the basis for evaluating further modelling techniques.

  19. Comparing corrective actions with anomaly resolution

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    Quality control and assurance are essential to any system to safeguard nuclear materials. Formalization of quality assurance activities for safeguards under the name of quality assurance has begun at several organizations. The approach to quality assurance for safeguards differs from quality assurance for facilities and hardware both in the definition and use of the product, which is information. Anomaly resolution is comparable to corrective actions in quality assurance of a hardware product, but is also part of the product of safeguards and, therefore, has its own quality assurance. This paper reviews corrective actions as compared to anomaly resolution

  20. For a Comparative Systematics of Romance Languages

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to renew the comparative approach of neighboring languages especiallyromance. Without denying the achievements of the comparative grammar of languages andadvanced scientific research in language typology, it wants to set new linguistic principles that puton the same level diachrony and synchrony within a linguistic system based largely on thepsychomechanics of language of Gustave Guillaume particularly notions of system and deflexivity.This approach allows to integrate sociolinguistic approaches with the concept of "microdiachrony"for describing a language system to a given state language as a system in perpetual instability.

  1. A comparative study of various advanced fusions

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    For the purpose of comparing the merits and demerits of various advanced fuel cycles, parametric studies of operation conditions are examined. The effects of nuclear elastic collisions and synchrotron radiation are taken into account. It is found that the high-#betta# Catalyzed DD fuel cycle with the transmutation of fusion-produced tritium into helium-3 is most feasible from the point of view of neutron production and tritium handling. The D-D fuel cycles seem to be less attractive compared to the Catalyzed DD. The p-11B and p-6Li fusion plasmas hardly attain the plasma Q value relevant to reactors. (author)

  2. Comparing formal verification approaches of interlocking systems

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    Haxthausen, Anne Elisabeth; Nguyen, Hoang Nga; Roggenbach, Markus

    2016-01-01

    The verification of railway interlocking systems is a challenging task, and therefore several research groups have suggested to improve this task by using formal methods, but they use different modelling and verification approaches. To advance this research, there is a need to compare these...... approaches. As a first step towards this, in this paper we suggest a way to compare different formal approaches for verifying designs of route-based interlocking systems and we demonstrate it on modelling and verification approaches developed within the research groups at DTU/Bremen and at Surrey...

  3. A Comparative Study of Sparse Associative Memories

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    Gripon, Vincent; Heusel, Judith; Löwe, Matthias; Vermet, Franck

    2016-07-01

    We study various models of associative memories with sparse information, i.e. a pattern to be stored is a random string of 0s and 1s with about log N 1s, only. We compare different synaptic weights, architectures and retrieval mechanisms to shed light on the influence of the various parameters on the storage capacity.

  4. Instant Messaging Reference: How Does It Compare?

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    Desai, Christina M.

    2003-01-01

    Compares a digital reference service that uses instant messaging with traditional, face-to-face reference based on experiences at the Southern Illinois University library. Addresses differences in reference questions asked, changes in the reference transaction, student expectations, bibliographic instruction, and librarian attitudes and procedures…

  5. Comparing cost and performance of horizontal wells

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    Pocovi, A.S.; Gustavino, L.L. (Gerencia de Mineria y Geologica de Exploracion, YPF (AR)); Pozzo, A.; Musmarra, J.A. (Gerencia General de Exploracion, YPF, Buenos Aires (AR))

    1991-02-01

    Argentina's state oil company, YPF, was forced through technical and economic constraints to undertake a four-well pilot horizontal drilling program in its Neuquen fields. This article discusses techniques used, the results and costs, and compares them to costs incurred by the area's original vertical wells.

  6. IPE results as compared with NUREG-1150

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    In 1990, the NRC published NUREG-1150 which assessed the risks for five U.S. nuclear power plants. This paper provides a comparison of the results and perspectives obtained from the NUREG-1150 study to those obtained form the Individual Plant Examination (IPE) program. Specifically, results and perspectives on core damage frequency and containment performance are compared

  7. Comparative Linguistics: Scientific Approach to Word Power.

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    Guerin, Clark L.

    1981-01-01

    Discusses how linguists determine relationships of languages and group them into a family. Presents a crossword puzzle as a student activity, suitable for science and other classes, to determine the Indo-European roots of English words by a comparative method. (SK)

  8. Flip This Classroom: A Comparative Study

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    Unruh, Tiffany; Peters, Michelle L.; Willis, Jana

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to compare the beliefs and attitudes of teachers using the flipped versus the traditional class model. Survey and interview data were collected from a matched sample of in-service teachers representing both models from a large suburban southeastern Texas school district. The Attitude Towards Technology Scale, the…

  9. Relatively Certain! Comparative Thinking Reduces Uncertainty

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    Mussweiler, Thomas; Posten, Ann-Christin

    2012-01-01

    Comparison is one of the most ubiquitous and versatile mechanisms in human information processing. Previous research demonstrates that one consequence of comparative thinking is increased judgmental efficiency: Comparison allows for quicker judgments without a loss in accuracy. We hypothesised that a second potential consequence of comparative…

  10. Counseling in Costa Rica: A Comparative Study

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    Collier, Crystal

    2013-01-01

    With one of the world's most comprehensive universal healthcare systems, medical tourism in Costa Rica has increased significantly over the past few decades. American tourists save up to 80% of comparative costs for procedures, from heart surgery to root canal treatment. Although many Costa Rican healthcare professionals receive training in North…

  11. Using Number Sense to Compare Fractions

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    Bray, Wendy S.; Abreu-Sanchez, Laura

    2010-01-01

    One mathematical focus for third graders is to develop deep understanding of fractions and fraction equivalence, including comparing fractions through use of models and reasoning strategies. Before reading further, consider how you might solve the following problem: Which fraction is greater, 14/24 or 17/36? The initial impulse of many adults is…

  12. Wellness Model of Supervision: A Comparative Analysis

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    Lenz, A. Stephen; Sangganjanavanich, Varunee Faii; Balkin, Richard S.; Oliver, Marvarene; Smith, Robert L.

    2012-01-01

    This quasi-experimental study compared the effectiveness of the Wellness Model of Supervision (WELMS; Lenz & Smith, 2010) with alternative supervision models for developing wellness constructs, total personal wellness, and helping skills among counselors-in-training. Participants were 32 master's-level counseling students completing their…

  13. Toward a Framework for Comparative HRD Research

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    Wang, Greg G.; Sun, Judy Y.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: This paper seeks to address the recent challenges in the international human resource development (HRD) research and the related methodological strategy. Design/methodology/approach: This inquiry is based on a survey of literatures and integrates various comparative research strategies adopted in other major social science disciplines.…

  14. Comparing Clusters and Supercomputers for Lattice QCD

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    Gottlieb, Steven

    2000-01-01

    Since the development of the Beowulf project to build a parallel computer from commodity PC components, there have been many such clusters built. The MILC QCD code has been run on a variety of clusters and supercomputers. Key design features are identified, and the cost effectiveness of clusters and supercomputers are compared.

  15. Comparative analysis of Orem's and King's theories.

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    Hanucharurnkul, S

    1989-05-01

    Dorothea Orem and Imogene King are two nursing theorists who are contributing significantly to the development of nursing knowledge. This paper compares the similarities and differences in their strategies for theory development, their views of nursing metaparadigm concepts, and their theories of nursing system and goal attainment in terms of scope, usefulness, and their unique contribution to nursing science. PMID:2738232

  16. Comparing clusters and supercomputers for lattice QCD

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    Since the development of the Beowulf project to build a parallel computer from commodity PC components, there have been many such clusters built. The MILC QCD code has been run on a variety of clusters and supercomputers. Key design features are identified, and the cost effectiveness of clusters and supercomputers are compared

  17. Comparative Risk Aversion under Background Risk Revisited

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    Masamitsu Ohnishi; Yusuke Osaki

    2010-01-01

    This paper determines a new sufficient condition of the (von Neumann-Morgenstern) utility function that preserves comparative risk aversion under background risk. It is the single crossing condition of risk aversion. Because this condition requires monotonicity in the local sense, it may satisfy the U-shaped risk aversion observed in the recent empirical literature.

  18. Comparing potato tuberization and sprouting: opposite phenomena

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    Vreugdenhil, D.

    2004-01-01

    The regulation of tuber formation and tuber sprouting are compared. As a starting point it is hypothesized that these two phenomena are opposite to each other. This idea is tested from three points of view: hormonal regulation, gene expression, and carbohydrate metabolism. It is concluded that there

  19. A Comparative Study of Software Testing Techniques

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    Anju Bansal

    2014-01-01

    Software testing is the process used to measure the quality of developed computer software. It exhibits all mistakes, errors and flaws in the developed software. In this paper, the three most prevalent and commonly used software testing techniques for detecting errors are described and compared, they are: white box testing, black box testing and grey box testing.

  20. Comparative studies of electricity generation systems

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    Nowadays, it can not be contested the great importance of environmental factors on choice between different electricity generation systems, given the increasing level demand of the more rigorous legal requirements related to environmental management. Because of their significance to a comparative assessment analysis, a number of environmental impacts are discussed in this paper, focusing the main Brazilian options to electricity production. (author)

  1. Special Education Teacher Training: A Comparative Profile.

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    Wheatley, F. Wayne; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Special education teacher preparation is analyzed in a small college, a medium-sized university, and a large doctoral-degree-granting university. A comparative profile of such programs is developed, using such information as definition, areas of programmation emphasis, diversity of faculty, curricular flexibility, faculty-student ratio, resources,…

  2. Corporate Social Responsibility: A Global Comparative Analysis

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    Mikalsen, Maiken Foss

    2014-01-01

    The topic of the thesis is development of corporate social responsibility in a global context, and examines and compares the practice of CSR in different countries around the world. Furthermore, the question of whether or not CSR should be regulated by law is discussed.

  3. The downstream industry compared to market

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    J.L. Schilansky introduces here the difficult question of the downstream industry compared to market in recalling the recent structural changes (behaviour of customers, behaviour of the USA- and China-governments), the increase of the European and French regulations, the climatic change and the conjectural impact of the crisis on the refining industry. (O.M.)

  4. Data base to compare calculations and observations

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    Meteorological and climatological data bases were compared with known tritium release points and diffusion calculations to determine if calculated concentrations could replace measure concentrations at the monitoring stations. Daily tritium concentrations were monitored at 8 stations and 16 possible receptors. Automated data retrieval strategies are listed

  5. Traveling Chaucer: Comparative Translation and Cosmopolitan Humanism

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    Barrington, Candace

    2014-01-01

    Through the comparative study of non-Anglophone translations of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," we can achieve the progressive goals of Emily Apter's "translational transnationalism" and Edward Said's "cosmopolitan humanism." Both translation and humanism were intrinsic to Chaucer's…

  6. A Comparative Study of Probabilistic Roadmap Planners

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    Geraerts, R.J.; Overmars, M.H.

    2004-01-01

    The probabilistic roadmap approach is one of the leading motion planning techniques. Over the past eight years the technique has been studied by many different researchers. This has led to a large number of variants of the approach, each with its own merits. It is difficult to compare the different

  7. Comparing maximum pressures in internal combustion engines

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    Sparrow, Stanwood W; Lee, Stephen M

    1922-01-01

    Thin metal diaphragms form a satisfactory means for comparing maximum pressures in internal combustion engines. The diaphragm is clamped between two metal washers in a spark plug shell and its thickness is chosen such that, when subjected to explosion pressure, the exposed portion will be sheared from the rim in a short time.

  8. Semantic gender agreement: Dutch and German compared

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    M. Kraaikamp

    2016-01-01

    This paper compares pronominal gender agreement in Dutch and German. Pronouns do not always agree with the gender of their antecedent: instead of agreeing with the lexical gender of the noun, they show semantic gender agreement. This is known to occur with human referents in both Dutch and German. I

  9. COMPARATIVE POETICS: FROM WEST TO EAST

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    Стеван Б. Брадић

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Comparative poetics was formed as a concept in the mid-twentieth century, in the context of the French comparative literature theory, and has since gone through the process of numerous transformations and appropriations. While the French theorists understood it mainly as a way to overcome the semiotic borders in an attempt to relate literature to other forms of artistic expression, this essay focuses mainly on the anglicist-orientalist approach that has developed mainly within the framework of postcolonial studies. The essay offers an overview of central topics of this approach, such as constitution of literature as an autonomous discourse, the presence or absence of particular genres in different national literatures, the problems of imitation and expression, and the problem of fictionality of literature in East and West. It also deals with the methodological frame for comparing poetics, highlighting the usual misreadings of Western theorists, based on the projections of their own cultural categories on the rest of the world. Comparative poetics is therefore understood as a critique of cultural imperialism and an attempt at opening space for an authentic intercultural dialogue, with the full understanding of difficulties of such an endeavor.

  10. IPE results as compared with NUREG-1150

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    Pratt, W.T.; Lehner, J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Camp, A. [Sandia National Lab., Albuqurque, NM (United States); Chow, E. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD (United States)

    1995-12-31

    In 1990, the NRC published NUREG-1150 which assessed the risks for five U.S. nuclear power plants. This paper provides a comparison of the results and perspectives obtained from the NUREG-1150 study to those obtained form the Individual Plant Examination (IPE) program. Specifically, results and perspectives on core damage frequency and containment performance are compared.

  11. Comparative study of reinforced nozzle connections

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    The shell theory and finite-element method are used for the stress analysis of models of unreinforced and reinforced nozzle connections under internal pressure and external loads. Various reinforcement configurations are considered. The results of a comparative study of the effects of reinforcement on the maximum stress in radial models of the intersecting cylindrical shells are presented. (orig.)

  12. Comparative Advantage Not Cause of Trade Surplus

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    2007-01-01

    Since adopting` the reform and opening-up policy in the late 1970s, China has constantly expanded its foreign trade by giving full play to its comparative advantage in production cost. However, nowadays, problems previously camouflaged by high GDP growth

  13. 27 CFR 4.65 - Comparative advertising.

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    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Comparative advertising. 4.65 Section 4.65 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF WINE Advertising of Wine § 4.65...

  14. 27 CFR 7.55 - Comparative advertising.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Comparative advertising. 7.55 Section 7.55 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF MALT BEVERAGES Advertising of Malt...

  15. 27 CFR 5.66 - Comparative advertising.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Comparative advertising. 5.66 Section 5.66 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF DISTILLED SPIRITS Advertising of...

  16. Comparative activity of ciprofloxacin against anaerobic bacteria.

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    Sutter, V L; Kwok, Y Y; Bulkacz, J

    1985-01-01

    The in vitro activity of ciprofloxacin was assessed against 362 strains of anaerobic bacteria and compared with that of cefoxitin, clindamycin, metronidazole, and mezlocillin. Only 31% of the strains tested were susceptible to ciprofloxacin. The other agents were active against most of the strains tested.

  17. Comparative risk assessment of total energy systems

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    The paper discusses a methodology for total impact assessment of energy systems, ideally evaluating all the impacts that a given energy system has on the society in which it is imbedded or into which its introduction is being considered. Impacts from the entire energy conversion chain ('fuel cycle' if the system is fuel-based), including energy storage, transport and transmission, as well as the institutions formed in order to manage the system, should be compared on the basis of the energy service provided. A number of impacts are considered, broadly classified as impacts on satisfaction of biological needs, on health, on environment, on social relations and on the structure of society. Further considerations include impacts related to cost and resilience, and, last but not least, impacts on global relations. The paper discusses a number of published energy studies in the light of the comparative impact assessment methodology outlined above. (author)

  18. Comparing greenhouse gases for policy purposes

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    In order to derive optimal policies for greenhouse gas emissions control, the discounted marginal damages of emissions from different gases must be compared. The greenhouse warming potential (GWP) index, which is most often used to compare greenhouse gases, is not based on such a damage comparison. This essay presents assumptions under which ratios of gas-specific discounted marginal damages reduce to ratios of discounted marginal contributions to radiative forcing, where the discount rate is the difference between the discount rate relevant to climate-related damages and the rate of growth of marginal climate-related damages over time. If there are important gas-specific costs or benefits not tied to radiative forcing, however, such as direct effects of carbon dioxide on plant growth, there is in general no shortcut around explicit comparison of discounted net marginal damages. 16 refs

  19. Comparing Two Approaches for Engineering Education Development

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    Edström, Kristina; Kolmos, Anette

    2012-01-01

    differences. CDIO and PBL will each be defined and compared in terms of the original need analysis, underlying educational philosophy and the essentials of the respective approaches to engineering education. In these respects we see many similarities. Circumstances that explain differences in history and......During the last decade there have been two dominating models for reforming engineering education: Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL) and the CDIO Initiative. The aim of this paper is to compare the PBL and CDIO approaches to engineering education reform, to identify and explain similarities and...... experiences will be identified and discussed. The comparison gives an overview of history and experiences, organization of community, curriculum implementation principles, model of change, variation in implementation, body of research, and extent of dissemination (world map). It is suggested that the two...

  20. Comparative vibration environments of transportation vehicles

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    Stephens, D. G.

    1977-01-01

    Measured vibration data are presented for a number of air and surface vehicles. Consideration is given to the importance of direction effects; of vehicle operating modes such as takeoff, cruise, and landing; and of measurement location on the level and frequency of the measurements. Various physical measurement units or descriptors are used to quantify and compare the data. Results suggest the range of vibration associated with a particular mode of transportation and illustrate the comparative levels in terms of each of the descriptors. Collectively, the results form a data base which may be useful in assessing the ride of existing or future systems relative to vehicles in current operation. In addition, subjective response data obtained from vibration simulator studies are presented to illustrate human response characteristics as well as to indicate a laboratory approach for the development of ride-quality criteria.

  1. Comparative proteomics and difference gel electrophoresis.

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    Minden, Jonathan

    2007-12-01

    The goal of comparative proteomics is to analyze proteome changes in response to development, disease, or environment. This is a two-step process in which proteins within cellular extracts are first fractionated to reduce sample complexity, and then the proteins are identified by mass spectrometry. Two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) is the long-time standard for protein separation, but it has suffered from poor reproducibility and limited sensitivity. Difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE), in which two protein samples are separately labeled with different fluorescent dyes and then co-electrophoresed on the same 2DE gel, was developed to overcome the reproducibility and sensitivity limitations. In this essay, I discuss the principles of comparative proteomics and the development of DIGE. PMID:18251249

  2. Reduced Comparator Flash ADC for ECG Applications

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    Saravanan. V. A

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A CMOS based low power 4-bit Flash Analog to Digital Converter (ADC design with reduced number of comparators than the conventional Flash Analog to Digital Converter and multiplexer based architecture is proposed. For improving the conversion rate, both the analog and digital parts of the ADC are fully modified and the architecture uses only 4 comparators instead of 15 as used in conventional flash ADC, thus saving considerable amount of power. The proposed 4-bit ADC is designed and simulated in TANNER tools with 1.2 V supply voltage using TSpice simulation. The proposed design consumes low power of 2.15mW and operates at a faster rate hence it is suitable for ECG applications.

  3. Tesseract Vs Gocr A Comparative Study

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    Ms. Shivani Dhiman

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Optical Character Recognition (OCR is a technique used to convert scanned images into machine readable text formats. Different types of Optical Character Recognition (OCR Tools are used in market from earlier times have their own strengths and weaknesses. They provided different results on the basis of different metrics or parameters. But in this paper we are going to compare two open source tools i.e. Tesseract and GOCR. This paper firstly provides the introduction of open source tools Tesseract and GOCR, architecture of Tesseract and description about their working. In this paper, Tools are compared on the basis of Precision as well as Accuracy by considering different parameters that are Image Type, Resolution, Brightness and Font Type.

  4. Performance Management Compared across Public Services

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    Bjørnholt, Bente; Agger Nielsen, Jeppe; Lindholst, Christian

    extent literature we expect performance management systems to be operationalized more tightly, freed from definitional conflicts and with more rigorous and quantitative measures in areas with low governance complexity (technical services) while performance management systems will appear with opposite...... characteristics in areas with high governance complexity (social service). We find that the performance management systems unexpectedly converged in characteristics across the two service areas, and even appeared with more rigid monitoring and control functions in social services compared to newer developments......In the last three decades performance management systems has been widely adopted across Western countries. Comparative research has already demonstrated diversity in the application of performance management systems in different contexts. Yet, studies rarely pay attention to differences between...

  5. Comparing Android Applications to Find Copying

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    Larry Melling

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The Android smartphone operating system includes a Java mobile development platform that provides for rapid development and deployment of a wide variety of applications. The open nature of the platform means that reverse engineering of applications is relatively easy, and many developers are concerned as applications similar to their own show up in the Android marketplace and want to know if these applications are pirated. Fortunately, the same characteristics that make an Android application easy to reverse engineer and copy also provide opportunities for Android developers to compare downloaded applications to their own. This paper describes the process for comparing a developer’s application with a downloaded application and defines an identifiability metric to quantify the degree to which an application can be identified by its bytecode.

  6. Comparative analysis of twelve Dothideomycete plant pathogens

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    Ohm, Robin; Aerts, Andrea; Salamov, Asaf; Goodwin, Stephen B.; Grigoriev, Igor

    2011-03-11

    The Dothideomycetes are one of the largest and most diverse groups of fungi. Many are plant pathogens and pose a serious threat to agricultural crops grown for biofuel, food or feed. Most Dothideomycetes have only a single host and related Dothideomycete species can have very diverse host plants. Twelve Dothideomycete genomes have currently been sequenced by the Joint Genome Institute and other sequencing centers. They can be accessed via Mycocosm which has tools for comparative analysis

  7. Esophageal cancer: comparative effectiveness of treatment options

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    Xu C.; Lin SH

    2016-01-01

    Cai Xu,1 Steven H Lin2 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Cancer Hospital and Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA Abstract: Esophageal cancer is a lethal disease. Multimodal therapy has improved the survival and local control for locally advanced esophageal cancer compared to surgery alone. Neoadjuvant chemo...

  8. A Comparative Study of Clustering Algorithms

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    Satchidanandan Dehuri; Chinmay Mohapatra; Ashish Ghosh; Rajib Mall

    2006-01-01

    Data clustering is an unsupervised task that can generate different shapes of clusters for a particular type of data set. Hence choosing an algorithm for a particular type of data set is a difficult problem. This study presents the choice of an appropriate clustering algorithm by a comparative study of three representative techniques like K-means, Kohonen`s Self Organizing Map (SOM) and Density Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise (DBSCAN) based on the extensive simulation stud...

  9. Growth Prospects in China and India Compared

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    Richard Herd; Sean Dougherty

    2007-01-01

    This paper compares the growth prospects of China and India through a growth accounting analysis. Consistent time series for capital stock and employment are constructed using available survey data, and recent revisions to the national accounts for both countries are incorporated. The results allow for a discussion of the sources of growth in both countries, and a consideration of each country's rate of potential growth in light of the outlook for national savings, as demographic shifts occur...

  10. Comparative Economic Systems: A Brief Review

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    Shaikh, Salman

    2012-01-01

    This paper analytically compares the theoretical foundations of major economic systems i.e. Capitalism, Socialism, Mixed economy (a hybrid of Capitalism and Socialism) and the Islamic economic system. The research identifies that lack of an ethical base, unbridled pursuit of self interest in production as well as in consumption and interest based financial and monetary system are the major problematic issues in the current economic order. Socialism promises to create heaven on earth, but tak...

  11. COMPARATIVE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. CONVERGENCE VERSUS DIVERGENCE

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I compared the Romanian financial statements with the US GAAP financial statements in terms of two criteria: first the reference period and secondly the shape, structure and content of financial statements. Nowadays the two accounting systems, the French and Anglo-Saxon, tend to harmonize. I will present the convergences and the divergences between the financial statements of Romania, subject to OMFP 3055/2009, in parallel with the Anglo-Saxon accounting system.

  12. Comparing heterogeneous distribution maps for marine species

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    Coro, Gianpaolo; Pagano, Pasquale (ISTI-CNR); Ellenbroek, Anton

    2014-01-01

    Automated comparison of heterogeneous geographical distribution maps detects statistical or punctual differences between these maps. The maps contents are heterogeneous; they can differ in format, resolution and scale. In this paper the comparison is applied to species distributions in geographic areas. We present an automatic procedure to compare distribution maps for marine species. The comparison calculates the similarities at two different granularities, a detailed one that relies on poin...

  13. Comparative study about Crimes against the Person's

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    Zar Rokh, Ehsan; Radmanesh, Mansour

    2008-01-01

    In this article I want talk about crimes against person's crimes witch cause objection of people's body and punishment by government in all societies. Now I trying to have a comparative research of most important crimes in this category in some countries and especially in Islamic criminal law based on Iran Islamic criminal law. Crimes describe in this article are: assault _ battery _ robbery _ kidnapping _ rape _ mayhem _ manslaughter – murder I must say must describe abo...

  14. Comparative Analysis of Terrorists’ Communication Strategies

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    Denis Alexandrovich Zhuravliev

    2015-01-01

    There is a wide-spread approach in a research literature to regard terrorism as a communicative process. From this point of view, the author offers a comparative analysis of the three most common communication strategies of terrorist groups, including transforming the role of the mass media, the Internet and a combined approach. The author also argues that a particular communication strategy determines a structure of a terrorist organization.

  15. Sahel State Political Violence in Comparative Perspective

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    Caitriona Dowd; Clionadh Raleigh

    2013-01-01

    Policy, media and academic attention on violence in the Sahel region has been widespread since the onset of the Arab Spring, and the escalating violence in recent months in Mali. This research explores the nature, patterns and dynamics of this violence in regional and national comparative perspective, contrasting divergent dynamics of violence both within and across the region. Data is drawn from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED), which facilitates analysis of both conte...

  16. Agreeing Probability Measures for Comparative Probability Structures

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    Wakker, Peter

    1981-01-01

    It is proved that fine and tight comparative probability structures (where the set of events is assumed to be an algebra, not necessarily a $\\sigma$-algebra) have agreeing probability measures. Although this was often claimed in the literature, all proofs the author encountered are not valid for the general case, but only for $\\sigma$-algebras. Here the proof of Niiniluoto (1972) is supplemented. Furthermore an example is presented that reveals many misunderstandings in the literature. At the...

  17. Industrialization Lessons from BRICS: A Comparative Analysis

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    Naudé, Wim A.; Szirmai, Adam; Lavopa, Alejandro

    2013-01-01

    To date there has been few systematic and comparative empirical analyses of the nature of economic development in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). We contribute to addressing this gap by exploring the patterns of structural change between 1980 and 2010, focusing on the manufacturing sector. We show that three of the BRICS are experiencing de-industrialization (Brazil, Russia and South Africa). China is the only country where an expanding manufacturing sector accounts for...

  18. Accounting for Growth: Comparing China and India

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    Barry Bosworth; Collins, Susan M.

    2007-01-01

    We compare the recent economic performances of China and India using a simple growth accounting framework that produces estimates of the contribution of labor, capital, education, and total factor productivity for the three sectors of agriculture, industry, and services as well as for the aggregate economy. Our analysis incorporates recent data revisions in both countries and includes extensive discussion of the underlying data series. The growth accounts show a roughly equal division in each...

  19. An application of statistics to comparative metagenomics

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    Rohwer Forest; Rodriguez-Brito Beltran; Edwards Robert A

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Metagenomics, sequence analyses of genomic DNA isolated directly from the environments, can be used to identify organisms and model community dynamics of a particular ecosystem. Metagenomics also has the potential to identify significantly different metabolic potential in different environments. Results Here we use a statistical method to compare curated subsystems, to predict the physiology, metabolism, and ecology from metagenomes. This approach can be used to identify t...

  20. Comparative audit: the trouble with POSSUM

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    Bann, Simon D; Sarin, Sanjeev

    2001-01-01

    The Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM) has been proposed for use in comparative audit between surgeons and between hospitals. To assess its feasibility, POSSUM scoring was attempted on admission in all patients under the care of two consultant surgeons over a six-month period. Scores were awarded only if all investigations necessary for POSSUM were performed; investigations unnecessary for effective treatm...

  1. Comparative genomics of brain size evolution

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    Enard, Wolfgang

    2014-01-01

    Which genetic changes took place during mammalian, primate and human evolution to build a larger brain? To answer this question, one has to correlate genetic changes with brain size changes across a phylogeny. Such a comparative genomics approach provides unique information to better understand brain evolution and brain development. However, its statistical power is limited for example due to the limited number of species, the presumably complex genetics of brain size evolution and the large ...

  2. Improved Ways to Compare Simulations to Data

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    Primack, Joel R.

    1995-01-01

    Theoretical models for structure formation with Gaussian initial fluctuations have been worked out in considerable detail and compared with observations on various scales. It is on nonlinear scales $\\lsim 10 \\ h^{-1}\\ {\\rm Mpc}$ that the greatest differences exist between $\\Omega=1$ models that have been normalized to agree on the largest scales with the COBE data; here especially there is a need for better statistical tests which are simultaneously {\\it robust}, {\\it discriminatory}, and {\\i...

  3. Conference this! Lead Pipers compare conference experiences

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    Full Text Available As library travel budgets are increasingly slashed around the country, it’s a tough time for conference-going. In this group post, we compare notes about the conferences we’ve attended, which have been our favorites, and why. We hope this will generate creative ideas on good conferences (online or in-person to look forward to, and maybe offer [...

  4. Comparing the Power of Mexico and Brazil

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    Pavchenko, Kristina

    2012-01-01

    Mexico and Brazil are the two powers, who enjoy significant influence and contribute not only on the regional level, but to a certain extent on the global level as well. Having this common feature, the two centers of power differ dramatically in many aspects, starting from geopolitics, relation towards the super power and finishing with identity perception. The main aim of the research is to compare Mexico and Brazil during 2000 -- 2012, which will allow not only predicting possible developme...

  5. Comparative Analysis of VNSA Complex Engineering Efforts

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    Gary Ackerman

    2016-01-01

    The case studies undertaken in this special issue demonstrate unequivocally that, despite being forced to operate clandestinely and facing the pressures of security forces seeking to hunt them down and neutralize them, at least a subset of violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are capable of some genuinely impressive feats of engineering. At the same time, success in such endeavours is not guaranteed and VNSAs will undoubtedly face a number of obstacles along the way. A comparative analysis of the...

  6. Comparing Candidate Selection : A Feminist Institutionalist Approach

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    Bjarnegard, Elin; Kenny, Meryl

    2016-01-01

    This contribution evaluates the theoretical and methodological challenges ofresearching the gendered dynamics of candidate selection in comparativeperspective. It argues that comparative studies should take into account not only thegendered nature of political parties and their wider institutional context, but mustalso investigate the informal aspects of the selection process and their genderedconsequences. The article explores these dynamics by revisiting original in-depthresearch on the can...

  7. Revealed Comparative Advantage and Competitiveness in Pear

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    Jaime De Pablo Valenciano; Giancinti, Miguel A.; Juan Uribe

    2012-01-01

    This article focuses on the study of the comparative advantages and competitiveness in the global pear market. First, it will outline a clear distinction between these two concepts, followed by analysis. This paper provides a new index of competitiveness developed by our research based on the insights offered by a wide range of studies on this subject. The aim is to achieve a new line of analysis to improve and expand the possibilities of present day studies.

  8. Comparing nuclear power with other energy sources

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    The economics of electric generation of nuclear, hydro, oil and gas origin are compared. A similar comparison is also made from the health and environment standpoint for the fossil, nuclear, solar and wind generation. A risk assessment for energies of different origin is outlined and the significance of the greenhouse effect is emphasised. A comprehensive economic and environmental evaluation is recommended for the energy planning

  9. Gas Storage Valuation: A Comparative Simulation Study

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    Felix, Bastian

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is the comparative analysis of four natural gas storage valuation approaches. In competitive natural gas markets the optimal valuation and operation of natural gas storages is a key task for natural gas companies operating storages. Within this paper, four spot based valuation approaches are analyzed regarding computational time and accuracy. In particular, explicit and implicit finite differences, multinomial recombining trees, and Least Squares Monte Carlo Simulati...

  10. Comparative bioequivalence study of meloxicam drugs

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    Ekut Karieva; Khаlida Yunusova

    2011-01-01

    The governments of many countries strongly support the production and clinical use of generic medicinal products which are “copies” of patented drugs and can be marked at lower cost. At present time bioequivalence testing is regarded as a useful methodology to perform comparisons among different products containing the same active ingredient. This report presents the results of comparative bioequivalence study of three meloxicam formulations: brand-drug “Melbek” with tablets and capsules of m...

  11. ANALYSIS AND COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SEARCHING TECHNIQUES

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    Yuvraj Singh Chandrawat*

    2015-01-01

    We live in the age of technolgy and it is quiet obvious that it is increasing day-by-day endlessly. In this technical era researchers are focusing on the development of the existing technologies. Software engineering is the dominant branch of Computer Science that deals with the development and analysis of the software. The objective of this study is to analyze and compare the existing searching algorithms (linear search and binary search). In this paper, we will discuss both thes...

  12. Solar tower and farming plants compared

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    The article gives an abbreviated version of a study under the guidance of the DLR, comparing solar tower and farming plants (channel collectors) for electricity generation, in respect of technical and economical aspects. The comparison considers various influencing factors such as for instance: Meteorological conditions, characteristic technical differences, unit size, and permits conclusions, which are important for the development and construction of future plants. (orig.)

  13. Semantic gender agreement: Dutch and German compared

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    Kraaikamp, M. Van

    2016-01-01

    This paper compares pronominal gender agreement in Dutch and German. Pronouns do not always agree with the gender of their antecedent: instead of agreeing with the lexical gender of the noun, they show semantic gender agreement. This is known to occur with human referents in both Dutch and German. In Dutch, pronouns can agree semantically with non-human referents as well, based on their degree of individuation. This type of agreement has been found in several Germanic varieties. It has been s...

  14. Comparing of 2D Graphical Applications

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    Hokešová, Daniela

    2014-01-01

    This work focuses on comparison of the selected graphic editors. Editors selected for this work are programs GIMP, Zoner Draw, Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape. Individual graphics software for raster and vector graphics are analyzed and then compared in terms of installation, graphical user interface application areas supported formats orientation program to create and edit graphic images and personal experiences of the author. The best raster graphics editor was evaluated program Adobe Pho...

  15. Comparative Analysis of Frames with Varying Inertia

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    Prerana Nampalli; Prakarsh Sangave

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents an elastic seismic response of reinforced concrete frames with 3 variations of heights, i.e. (G+2), (G+4), (G+6) storey models are compared for bare frame and frame with brick infill structures which have been analyzed for gravity as well as seismic forces and their response is studied as the geometric parameters varying from view point of predicting behavior of similar structures subjected to similar loads or load combinations. In this study, two different cas...

  16. Comparative genomics of chondrichthyan Hoxa clusters

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    Zhong Ying-Fu

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The chondrichthyan or cartilaginous fish (chimeras, sharks, skates and rays occupy an important phylogenetic position as the sister group to all other jawed vertebrates and as an early lineage to diverge from the vertebrate lineage following two whole genome duplication events in vertebrate evolution. There have been few comparative genomic analyses incorporating data from chondrichthyan fish and none comparing genomic information from within the group. We have sequenced the complete Hoxa cluster of the Little Skate (Leucoraja erinacea and compared to the published Hoxa cluster of the Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci and to available data from the Elephant Shark (Callorhinchus milii genome project. Results A BAC clone containing the full Little Skate Hoxa cluster was fully sequenced and assembled. Analyses of coding sequences and conserved non-coding elements reveal a strikingly high level of conservation across the cartilaginous fish, with twenty ultraconserved elements (100%,100 bp found between Skate and Horn Shark, compared to three between human and marsupials. We have also identified novel potential non-coding RNAs in the Skate BAC clone, some of which are conserved to other species. Conclusion We find that the Little Skate Hoxa cluster is remarkably similar to the previously published Horn Shark Hoxa cluster with respect to sequence identity, gene size and intergenic distance despite over 180 million years of separation between the two lineages. We suggest that the genomes of cartilaginous fish are more highly conserved than those of tetrapods or teleost fish and so are more likely to have retained ancestral non-coding elements. While useful for isolating homologous DNA, this complicates bioinformatic approaches to identify chondrichthyan-specific non-coding DNA elements

  17. Communicating tobacco product harm: Compared to what?

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    Kaufman, Annette R; Suls, Jerry M; Klein, William M P

    2016-01-01

    With the expansion of tobacco product options, a better understanding is needed of how information about the known and unknown risks of products is communicated to the public. Engaging in comparative processes is an common way for people to understand novel products, but the referent of comparison matters and can influence perceptions and behavior. This paper builds awareness of research from other disciplines, including decision science, marketing, and psychology, which can help inform research and tobacco control efforts. PMID:26162963

  18. Comparative Study of Deep Learning Software Frameworks

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    Bahrampour, Soheil; Ramakrishnan, Naveen; Schott, Lukas; Shah, Mohak

    2015-01-01

    Deep learning methods have resulted in significant performance improvements in several application domains and as such several software frameworks have been developed to facilitate their implementation. This paper presents a comparative study of five deep learning frameworks, namely Caffe, Neon, TensorFlow, Theano, and Torch, on three aspects: extensibility, hardware utilization, and speed. The study is performed on several types of deep learning architectures and we evaluate the performance ...

  19. Gender and Emotion in Comparative Perspective

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    Marling, Raili

    2013-01-01

    In her article "Gender and Emotion in Comparative Perspective" Raili Marling argues that although the study of affect is anything but new, literary studies can benefit from the creative tension between affect and (feminist) politics. Building on the work of Sara Ahmed and Lauren Berlant, Marling engages with the debates within affect theory and then fleshes out the idea of literature as a gendered intimate public sphere and investigates the political effects of emotions as cultural practices....

  20. Comparing Forecast Performance of Exchange Rate Models

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    Lillie Lam; Laurence Fung; Ip-wing Yu

    2008-01-01

    Exchange-rate movement is regularly monitored by central banks for macroeconomic-analysis and market-surveillance purposes. Notwithstanding the pioneering study of Meese and Rogoff (1983), which shows the superiority of the random-walk model in out-of-sample exchange-rate forecast, there is some evidence that exchange-rate movement may be predictable at longer time horizons. This study compares the forecast performance of the Purchasing Power Parity model, Uncovered Interest Rate Parity model...

  1. "Comparative Advantage and Skill Premium of Regions"

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    Kohei Nagamachi

    2012-01-01

    This paper provides one explanation for why a positive correlation is observed between the skill premium and income of regions. In doing so, this paper provides a model of self-organized sorting and skill premium with a continuum of heterogeneous individuals as well as a continuum of industries or tasks within a production process. It is found that the positive correlation emerges through the interaction between the location-occupation choice by individuals and regional comparative advantage....

  2. Comparative analysis of enterprise architecture frameworks

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    Oblak, Danica

    2012-01-01

    Today's enterprises are facing a competitive power in the dynamically changing business environment. With increasing complexity of enterprise, enterprise architecture have become an important field. Creating an enterprise architecture can be complex task, so enterprise architecture framework were created to simplify the process and guide an architect through all areas of architecture development. This study concentrates on the comparative analysis of enterprise architecture frameworks. T...

  3. Contagious yawning: developmental and comparative perspectives

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    Senju, Atsushi

    2010-01-01

    Contagious yawning (i.e., yawning triggered by perceiving others’ yawning) is a well-documented phenomenon, but the mechanism underlying it is still unclear. In this chapter, I review the current evidence about (a) developmental studies with typically and atypically developing population and (b) comparative studies in non-human animals. Developmental studies have revealed that contagious yawning is disturbed in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, suggesting that contagi...

  4. Comparing Development Trajectories in India and China

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    This presentation intends to explore why the two development models in India and China differ fundamentally but also why they share a number of similarities. The aim is to entangle the internal dynamics and mutual relations between the two countries by utilizing a critical comparative political...... economy framework as the theoretical point of departure. The focus is whether regime form per se impacts development outcomes ie whether democracy vs authoritarianism impedes or promotes wealth creation, social order and inequality....

  5. Fundus camera systems: a comparative analysis

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    DeHoog, Edward; Schwiegerling, James

    2009-01-01

    Retinal photography requires the use of a complex optical system, called a fundus camera, capable of illuminating and imaging the retina simultaneously. The patent literature shows two design forms but does not provide the specifics necessary for a thorough analysis of the designs to be performed. We have constructed our own designs based on the patent literature in optical design software and compared them for illumination efficiency, image quality, ability to accommodate for patient refract...

  6. THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS

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    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available The comparative analysis of ecological indicators designed and specified for Moldova and similar indicators of the countries of CIS is made in the work. Some general items of information about power systems of the countries of CIS (the established capacities, manufacture of the electric power are given, the analysis of dynamics of emissions GHG- СО2, NOx, SO2 in Moldova and comparison with the emissions level in other countries of CIS is made.

  7. Friendship in Latin American Social Comparative Studies

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    Agnaldo Garcia; Julia Sursis Nobre Ferro Bucher-Maluschke; Daniela Marisol Pérez-Angarita; Fábio Nogueira Pereira

    2016-01-01

    Friendship has been traditionally investigated in the field of interpersonal relationships using different theoretical frameworks and approaches. This paper discusses the possibility of investigating friendship from a comparative Latin American perspective, based on a wide literature review on the subject. Based on the theoretical proposals of Hinde (1997) for the investigation of interpersonal relationships, the paper considers that friendship involves several levels of complexity and affect...

  8. Comparative analysis of black carbon in soils

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    Schmidt, Michael W I; Skjemstad, Jan O.; Czimczik, Claudia I.; Glaser, Bruno; Prentice, Ken M; Gelinas, Yves; Thomas A.J. Kuhlbusch

    2001-01-01

    Black carbon (BC), produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and vegetation, occurs ubiquitously in soils and sediments. BC exists as a continuum from partly charred material to highly graphitized soot particles, with no general agreement on clear-cut boundaries of definition or analysis. In a comparative analysis, we measured BC forms in eight soil samples by six established methods. All methods involved removal of the non-BC components from the sample by thermal or chemical means or...

  9. Ratio versus difference comparators in choice.

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    Gibbon, J; Fairhurst, S.

    1994-01-01

    Several theories in the learning literature describe decision rules for performance utilizing ratios and differences. The present paper analyzes rules for choice based on either delays to food, immediacies (the inverse of delays), or rates of food, combined factorially with a ratio or difference comparator. An experiment using the time-left procedure (Gibbon & Church, 1981) is reported with motivational differentials induced by unequal reinforcement durations. The preference results were comp...

  10. Access to Credit and Comparative Advantage

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    Egger, Peter; Keuschnigg, Christian

    2011-01-01

    Access to external funds is crucial for the entry and expansion of entrepreneurial firms and the sectors they predominantly arise in. This paper reports four important results. First, comparative advantage is shaped by factor endowments as well as fundamental determinants of corporate finance. In particular, a larger equity ratio of firms and tough governance standards relax finance constraints, lead to entry of firms at the lower bound of the productivity distribution, and create an endogeno...

  11. Inequality, income and poverty: comparative global evidence

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    Fosu, Augustin Kwasi

    2010-01-01

    Analysing a large sample of 1980-2004 unbalanced panel data, the current study presents comparative global evidence on the role of (income) inequality in poverty reduction. The evidence involves both an indirect channel via the tendency of high inequality to decrease the rate at which income is transformed to poverty reduction, and the tendency of rising inequality to increase poverty. Based on the basic-needs approach, an analysis-of-covariance model is estimated, with the headcount measure ...

  12. Loss Given Default Modelling: Comparative Analysis

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    Yashkir, Olga; Yashkir, Yuriy

    2013-01-01

    In this study we investigated several most popular Loss Given Default (LGD) models (LSM, Tobit, Three-Tiered Tobit, Beta Regression, Inflated Beta Regression, Censored Gamma Regression) in order to compare their performance. We show that for a given input data set, the quality of the model calibration depends mainly on the proper choice (and availability) of explanatory variables (model factors), but not on the fitting model. Model factors were chosen based on the amplitude of their correlati...

  13. Comparative Study of Vented vs. Unvented Crawlspaces

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    Biswas, Kaushik [ORNL; Christian, Jeffrey E [ORNL; Gehl, Anthony C [ORNL

    2011-10-01

    There has been a significant amount of research in the area of building energy efficiency and durability. However, well-documented quantitative information on the impact of crawlspaces on the performance of residential structures is lacking. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the effects of two crawlspace strategies on the whole-house performance of a pair of houses in a mixed humid climate. These houses were built with advanced envelope systems to provide energy savings of 50% or more compared to traditional 2010 new construction. One crawlspace contains insulated walls and is sealed and semi-conditioned. The other is a traditional vented crawlspace with insulation in the crawlspace ceiling. The vented (traditional) crawlspace contains fiberglass batts installed in the floor chase cavities above the crawl, while the sealed and insulated crawlspace contains foil-faced polyisocyanurate foam insulation on the interior side of the masonry walls. Various sensors to measure temperatures, heat flux through crawlspace walls and ceiling, and relative humidity were installed in the two crawlspaces. Data from these sensors have been analyzed to compare the performance of the two crawlspace designs. The analysis results indicated that the sealed and insulated crawlspace design is better than the traditional vented crawlspace in the mixed humid climate.

  14. A Comparative Study of Mammalian Diversification Pattern

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    Wenhua Yu, Junxiao Xu, Yi Wu, Guang Yang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Although mammals have long been regarded as a successful radiation, the diversification pattern among the clades is still poorly known. Higher-level phylogenies are conflicting and comprehensive comparative analyses are still lacking. Using a recently published supermatrix encompassing nearly all extant mammalian families and a novel comparative likelihood approach (MEDUSA, the diversification pattern of mammalian groups was examined. Both order- and family-level phylogenetic analyses revealed the rapid radiation of Boreoeutheria and Euaustralidelphia in the early mammalian history. The observation of a diversification burst within Boreoeutheria at approximately 100 My supports the Long Fuse model in elucidating placental diversification progress, and the rapid radiation of Euaustralidelphia suggests an important role of biogeographic dispersal events in triggering early Australian marsupial rapid radiation. Diversification analyses based on family-level diversity tree revealed seven additional clades with exceptional diversification rate shifts, six of which represent accelerations in net diversification rate as compared to the background pattern. The shifts gave origin to the clades Muridae+Cricetidae, Bovidae+Moschidae+Cervidae, Simiiformes, Echimyidae, Odontoceti (excluding Physeteridae+Kogiidae+Platanistidae, Macropodidae, and Vespertilionidae. Moderate to high extinction rates from background and boreoeutherian diversification patterns indicate the important role of turnovers in shaping the heterogeneous taxonomic richness observed among extant mammalian groups. Furthermore, the present results emphasize the key role of extinction on erasing unusual diversification signals, and suggest that further studies are needed to clarify the historical radiation of some mammalian groups for which MEDUSA did not detect exceptional diversification rates.

  15. Comparative Reannotation of 21 Aspergillus Genomes

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    Salamov, Asaf; Riley, Robert; Kuo, Alan; Grigoriev, Igor

    2013-03-08

    We used comparative gene modeling to reannotate 21 Aspergillus genomes. Initial automatic annotation of individual genomes may contain some errors of different nature, e.g. missing genes, incorrect exon-intron structures, 'chimeras', which fuse 2 or more real genes or alternatively splitting some real genes into 2 or more models. The main premise behind the comparative modeling approach is that for closely related genomes most orthologous families have the same conserved gene structure. The algorithm maps all gene models predicted in each individual Aspergillus genome to the other genomes and, for each locus, selects from potentially many competing models, the one which most closely resembles the orthologous genes from other genomes. This procedure is iterated until no further change in gene models is observed. For Aspergillus genomes we predicted in total 4503 new gene models ( ~;;2percent per genome), supported by comparative analysis, additionally correcting ~;;18percent of old gene models. This resulted in a total of 4065 more genes with annotated PFAM domains (~;;3percent increase per genome). Analysis of a few genomes with EST/transcriptomics data shows that the new annotation sets also have a higher number of EST-supported splice sites at exon-intron boundaries.

  16. VISTA - computational tools for comparative genomics

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    Frazer, Kelly A.; Pachter, Lior; Poliakov, Alexander; Rubin,Edward M.; Dubchak, Inna

    2004-01-01

    Comparison of DNA sequences from different species is a fundamental method for identifying functional elements in genomes. Here we describe the VISTA family of tools created to assist biologists in carrying out this task. Our first VISTA server at http://www-gsd.lbl.gov/VISTA/ was launched in the summer of 2000 and was designed to align long genomic sequences and visualize these alignments with associated functional annotations. Currently the VISTA site includes multiple comparative genomics tools and provides users with rich capabilities to browse pre-computed whole-genome alignments of large vertebrate genomes and other groups of organisms with VISTA Browser, submit their own sequences of interest to several VISTA servers for various types of comparative analysis, and obtain detailed comparative analysis results for a set of cardiovascular genes. We illustrate capabilities of the VISTA site by the analysis of a 180 kilobase (kb) interval on human chromosome 5 that encodes for the kinesin family member3A (KIF3A) protein.

  17. Comparing functional annotation analyses with Catmap

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    Krogh Morten

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ranked gene lists from microarray experiments are usually analysed by assigning significance to predefined gene categories, e.g., based on functional annotations. Tools performing such analyses are often restricted to a category score based on a cutoff in the ranked list and a significance calculation based on random gene permutations as null hypothesis. Results We analysed three publicly available data sets, in each of which samples were divided in two classes and genes ranked according to their correlation to class labels. We developed a program, Catmap (available for download at http://bioinfo.thep.lu.se/Catmap, to compare different scores and null hypotheses in gene category analysis, using Gene Ontology annotations for category definition. When a cutoff-based score was used, results depended strongly on the choice of cutoff, introducing an arbitrariness in the analysis. Comparing results using random gene permutations and random sample permutations, respectively, we found that the assigned significance of a category depended strongly on the choice of null hypothesis. Compared to sample label permutations, gene permutations gave much smaller p-values for large categories with many coexpressed genes. Conclusions In gene category analyses of ranked gene lists, a cutoff independent score is preferable. The choice of null hypothesis is very important; random gene permutations does not work well as an approximation to sample label permutations.

  18. Radioimmunologic methods of prolactin determination. Comparative investigations

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    There exist no principle differences in the methods of radioimmunologic determination of prolactin. The essential difference is in the mode of splitting the hormone-antibody complex from the free labelled and nonlabelled prolactin. Experimental data are reported of comparative studies by use of three of the known methods of splittingbound from free prolactin: immunosorbent, double-antibody and talc adsorption method. The results of this comparative study furnish the opportunity to choose the most suitable methods for the need of clinical diagnosis. The data of the statistical processing of the results of comparative studies, plotted on standard curves and the experimental model, are shown in tables and graphs. The data on the exactness and sensitivity of the methods showed that they are able to meet the requirements of the clinical diagnostics. Most effective for Bulgarian conditions is the determination of prolactin by the talc absorption method. The latter is least time consuming, which lends convenient means to increases the number of investigations. (author)

  19. Methods for the comparative evaluation of pharmaceuticals

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    Busse, Reinhard

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Political background: As a German novelty, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen; IGWiG was established in 2004 to, among other tasks, evaluate the benefit of pharmaceuticals. In this context it is of importance that patented pharmaceuticals are only excluded from the reference pricing system if they offer a therapeutic improvement. The institute is commissioned by the Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss, G-BA or by the Ministry of Health and Social Security. The German policy objective expressed by the latest health care reform (Gesetz zur Modernisierung der Gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung, GMG is to base decisions on a scientific assessment of pharmaceuticals in comparison to already available treatments. However, procedures and methods are still to be established. Research questions and methods: This health technology assessment (HTA report was commissioned by the German Agency for HTA at the Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DAHTA@DIMDI. It analysed criteria, procedures, and methods of comparative drug assessment in other EU-/OECD-countries. The research question was the following: How do national public institutions compare medicines in connection with pharmaceutical regulation, i.e. licensing, reimbursement and pricing of drugs? Institutions as well as documents concerning comparative drug evaluation (e.g. regulations, guidelines were identified through internet, systematic literature, and hand searches. Publications were selected according to pre-defined inclusion and exclusion criteria. Documents were analysed in a qualitative matter following an analytic framework that had been developed in advance. Results were summarised narratively and presented in evidence tables. Results and discussion: Currently licensing agencies do not systematically assess a new drug's added value for patients and society. This is why many

  20. Inpatient care in Kazakhstan: A comparative analysis

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    Ainur B Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Reforms in inpatient care are critical for the enhancement of the efficiency of health systems. It still remains the main costly sector of the health system, accounting for more than 60% of all expenditures. Inappropriate and ineffective use of the hospital infrastructure is also a big issue. We aimed to analyze statistical data on health indices and dynamics of the hospital stock in Kazakhstan in comparison with those of developed countries. Materials and Methods: Study design is comparative quantitative analysis of inpatient care indicators. We used information and analytical methods, content analysis, mathematical treatment, and comparative analysis of statistical data on health system and dynamics of hospital stock in Kazakhstan and some other countries of the world [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, USA, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, and Korea] over the period 2001-2011. Results : Despite substantial and continuous reductions over the past 10 years, hospitalization rates in Kazakhstan still remain high compared to some developed countries, including those of the OECD. In fact, the hospital stay length for all patients in Kazakhstan in 2011 is around 9.9 days, hospitalization ratio per 100 people is 16.3, and hospital beds capacity is 100 per 10,000 inhabitants. Conclusion: The decreased level of beds may adversely affect both medical organization and health system operations. Alternatives to the existing inpatient care are now being explored. The introduction of the unified national healthcare system allows shifting the primary focus on primary care organizations, which can decrease the demand on inpatient care as a result of improving the health status of people at the primary care level.

  1. Comparative gene expression between two yeast species

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    Guan Yuanfang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Comparative genomics brings insight into sequence evolution, but even more may be learned by coupling sequence analyses with experimental tests of gene function and regulation. However, the reliability of such comparisons is often limited by biased sampling of expression conditions and incomplete knowledge of gene functions across species. To address these challenges, we previously systematically generated expression profiles in Saccharomyces bayanus to maximize functional coverage as compared to an existing Saccharomyces cerevisiae data repository. Results In this paper, we take advantage of these two data repositories to compare patterns of ortholog expression in a wide variety of conditions. First, we developed a scalable metric for expression divergence that enabled us to detect a significant correlation between sequence and expression conservation on the global level, which previous smaller-scale expression studies failed to detect. Despite this global conservation trend, between-species gene expression neighborhoods were less well-conserved than within-species comparisons across different environmental perturbations, and approximately 4% of orthologs exhibited a significant change in co-expression partners. Furthermore, our analysis of matched perturbations collected in both species (such as diauxic shift and cell cycle synchrony demonstrated that approximately a quarter of orthologs exhibit condition-specific expression pattern differences. Conclusions Taken together, these analyses provide a global view of gene expression patterns between two species, both in terms of the conditions and timing of a gene's expression as well as co-expression partners. Our results provide testable hypotheses that will direct future experiments to determine how these changes may be specified in the genome.

  2. [Amaranth flour: characteristics, comparative analysis, application possibilities].

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    Zharkov, I M; Miroshnichenko, L A; Zviagin, A A; Bavykina, I A

    2014-01-01

    Amaranth flour--a product of amaranth seeds processing--is a valuable industrial raw material that has an unique chemical composition and may be used for nutrition of people suffering from intolerance to traditional cereals protein, including celiac disease patients. The research aim was to study the composition of amaranth flour of two types compared with semolina which is traditionally used for nutrition by Russian population, as well as to compare the composition of milk amaranth flour porridge with milk semolina porridge. The composition of amaranth whole-ground flour and amaranth flour of premium grade processed from amaranth seeds grown in Voronezh region has been researched. It is to be noted that protein content in amaranth flour was 10.8-24.3% higher than in semolina, and its biological value and NPU-coefficient were higher by 22.65 and 46.51% respectively; lysine score in amaranth flour protein of premium grade came up to 107.54%, and in semolina protein only 40.95%. The level of digestible carbohydrates, including starch, was lower in amaranth flour than in semolina by 2.79-12.85 and 4.76-15.85% respectively, while fiber content was 15.5-30 fold higher. Fat content in amaranth flour of premium grade was 2,4 fold lower than in whole-ground amaranth flour but it was 45% higher than in semolina. The main advantage of amaranth flour protein compared to wheat protein is the predominance of albumins and globulins and a minimal content of prolamines and alpha-gliadin complete absence. The specifics of chemical composition allow the amaranth flour to be recommended for being included into nutrition of both healthy children and adults and also celiac disease patients. PMID:25059059

  3. Comparative analysis of black carbon in soils

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    Schmidt, Michael W. I.; Skjemstad, Jan O.; Czimczik, Claudia I.; Glaser, Bruno; Prentice, Ken M.; Gelinas, Yves; Kuhlbusch, Thomas A. J.

    2001-03-01

    Black carbon (BC), produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and vegetation, occurs ubiquitously in soils and sediments. BC exists as a continuum from partly charred material to highly graphitized soot particles, with no general agreement on clear-cut boundaries of definition or analysis. In a comparative analysis, we measured BC forms in eight soil samples by six established methods. All methods involved removal of the non-BC components from the sample by thermal or chemical means or a combination of both. The remaining carbon, operationally defined as BC, was quantified via mass balance, elemental composition or by exploiting benzenecarboxylic acids as molecular markers or applying 13C MAS NMR (magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy. BC concentrations measured for individual samples vary over 2 orders of magnitude (up to a factor of 571). One possible explanation for this wide range of results is that the individual BC methods rely on operational definitions with clear-cut but different boundaries and developed for specific scientific questions, whereas BC represents a continuum of materials with widely contrasting physicochemical properties. Thus the methods are inherently designed to analytically determine different parts of the continuum, and it is crucial to know how measurements made by different techniques relate to each other. It is clear from this preliminary comparative analysis that a collection of BC reference materials should be established as soon as possible 1 ) to ensure long-term intralaboratory and interlaboratory data quality and 2) to facilitate comparative analyses between different analytical techniques and scientific approaches

  4. Stress Urinary Incontinence: Comparative Efficacy Trials.

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    Lavelle, Erin Seifert; Zyczynski, Halina M

    2016-03-01

    Women seeking relief from symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may choose from a broad array of treatment options. Therapies range from lifestyle/behavioral modification to surgical interventions, and differ in terms of both effectiveness and risk. Individualized treatment plans can be developed to address a patient's expectations and goals for treatment, as well as her tolerance for potential adverse events. This article reviews the highest-quality clinical trials comparing contemporary treatment options for women with SUI. Clinicians and patients can use this compendium to inform their treatment selection. PMID:26880507

  5. An Assessment of Comparative Advantage of Mauritius

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    Bongani Edwin Mushanyuri

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The authors investigated whether Mauritius has comparative advantage in theproducts it exports in intra-SADC, intra-COMESA and global markets. There is aneed for Mauritius to improve its competitiveness through a combination of bothregional and national strategies via increasing investment in infrastructuraldevelopment, promotion of intra-regional trade and integration, improvingcapacity building, liberalization of the labour market and facilitating the access tobanking resources. The results showed that Mauritius has a revealed comparativeadvantage (RCA index of ≥1 in 529 product codes. The highest RCA index of1694.21 was found in live primates.

  6. Comparing Online Algorithms for Bin Packing Problems

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    Epstein, Leah; Favrholdt, Lene Monrad; Kohrt, Jens Svalgaard

    2012-01-01

    The relative worst-order ratio is a measure of the quality of online algorithms. In contrast to the competitive ratio, this measure compares two online algorithms directly instead of using an intermediate comparison with an optimal offline algorithm. In this paper, we apply the relative worst......-order ratio to online algorithms for several common variants of the bin packing problem. We mainly consider pairs of algorithms that are not distinguished by the competitive ratio and show that the relative worst-order ratio prefers the intuitively better algorithm of each pair....

  7. Ternary fission of nuclei into comparable fragments

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    Karpeshin, F. F., E-mail: fkarpeshin@gmail.com [D.I. Mendeleev Institute forMetrology (VNIIM) (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-15

    The problem of nuclear fission into three comparable fragments is considered. A mechanism of true ternary fission is proposed. In contrast to sequential fission, where the three fragments arise upon two sequential events of binary fission, the mechanism in question relies on a scenario that originally involves fission into three fragments. This mechanism is driven by a hexadecapole deformation of the fissioning nucleus, in contrast to binary fission associated with quadrupole vibrations of the nuclear surface. The fragment-mass ratios are estimated. The dynamics of formation of collinear fragments and their subsequent motion in opposite directions is traced. The calculated probability of true ternary fission complies with observed values.

  8. [Comparative characteristics of current tonometric methods].

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    Astakhov, Iu S; Akopov, E L; Potemkin, V V

    2008-01-01

    Corneal thickness is known to have a considerable impact on the results of applanation tonometry. A Pascal dynamic contour tonomer (SMT Swiss Microtechnology AG) the readings of which are not affected by the properties of the cornea has recently come into the world market. The objective of the investigation was to comparatively evaluate Pascal, Goldmann, and Maklakov tonometers. The mean intraocular pressure measured by various procedures significantly differed. The greatest correlation was found between dynamic contour tonometry and Goldmann's tonometry. The Pascal and Goldmann tonometers underestimated data on remeasurements. The results of applanation procedures, unlike those of dynamic contour tonometry, depend on the data of keratopachymetry. PMID:19062549

  9. Comparative Studies on Retroviral Proteases: Substrate Specificity

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    József Tözsér

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Exogenous retroviruses are subclassified into seven genera and include viruses that cause diseases in humans. The viral Gag and Gag-Pro-Pol polyproteins are processed by the retroviral protease in the last stage of replication and inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease are widely used in AIDS therapy. Resistant mutations occur in response to the drug therapy introducing residues that are frequently found in the equivalent position of other retroviral proteases. Therefore, besides helping to understand the general and specific features of these enzymes, comparative studies of retroviral proteases may help to understand the mutational capacity of the HIV-1 protease.

  10. [Research proceedings on primate comparative genomics].

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    Liao, Cheng-Hong; Su, Bing

    2012-02-01

    With the accomplishment of genome sequencing of human, chimpanzee and other primates, there has been a great amount of primate genome information accumulated. Primate comparative genomics has become a new research field at current genome era. In this article, we reviewed recent progress in phylogeny, genome structure and gene expression of human and nonhuman primates, and we elaborated the major biological differences among human, chimpanzee and other non-human primate species, which is informative in revealing the mechanism of human evolution. PMID:22345018

  11. Comparative Amino Acid Sequences of Dengue Viruses

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    Haishi, Shozo; TANAKA Mariko; Igarashi, Akira

    1990-01-01

    Amino acid (AA) sequences of 4 serotype of dengue viruses deduced from their nucleotide (nt) sequences of genomic RNA were analyzed for each genome segment and each stretch of 10 AA residues. Precursor of membrane protein (pM), and 4 nonstructural proteins (NS1, NS3, NS4B, NS5) were highly conserved, while another nonstructural protein (NS2A) was least conserved among 5 strains of dengue viruses. When homology was compared among heterotypic viruses, type 1 and type 3 dengue viruses showed clo...

  12. Comparing a Linguistic and a Stochastic Tagger

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    Samuelsson, C; Samuelsson, Christer; Voutilainen, Atro

    1997-01-01

    Concerning different approaches to automatic PoS tagging: EngCG-2, a constraint-based morphological tagger, is compared in a double-blind test with a state-of-the-art statistical tagger on a common disambiguation task using a common tag set. The experiments show that for the same amount of remaining ambiguity, the error rate of the statistical tagger is one order of magnitude greater than that of the rule-based one. The two related issues of priming effects compromising the results and disagreement between human annotators are also addressed.

  13. Comparing a Linguistic and a Stochastic Tagger

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    Samuelsson, Christer; Voutilainen, Atro

    1997-01-01

    Concerning different approaches to automatic PoS tagging: EngCG-2, a constraint-based morphological tagger, is compared in a double-blind test with a state-of-the-art statistical tagger on a common disambiguation task using a common tag set. The experiments show that for the same amount of remaining ambiguity, the error rate of the statistical tagger is one order of magnitude greater than that of the rule-based one. The two related issues of priming effects compromising the results and disagr...

  14. BSE Prevention Update: Comparing France and California

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    Maas, John

    2004-01-01

    Over the past four months we have read and heard more about BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Mad Cow Disease) than we may have ever wanted to know. The California Cattlemen’s Association and other allied groups, particularly the NCBA have done a wonderful job in terms of getting out the facts about BSE and the message that beef is safe for consumers. The BSE issue is extremely complicated and I will compare some of what has been done in France with our situation in California. ...

  15. Comparative evaluation of trace elements in blood

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    The Interuniversitair Reactor Instituut and the Centraal Laboratorium TNO have carried out a common investigation on neutron-activation-analytical procedures for the determination of trace elements in blood. A comparative evaluation of five methods, destructive as well as non-destructive, is given. The sensitivity and reproducibility of the procedures are discussed. By combining some of the methods it is possible, starting with 1 ml blood, to give quantitative information on 14 important trace elements: antimony, arsenic, bromine, cadmium, cobalt, gold, copper, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, rubidium, selenium, iron and zinc. The methods have also been applied to sodium, chromium and potassium

  16. A Comparative Study on Error Analysis

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    Wu, Xiaoli; Zhang, Chun

    2015-01-01

    of errors in the written and spoken production of L2 learners has a long tradition in L2 pedagogy. Yet, in teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language (CFL), only handful studies have been made either to define the ‘error’ in a pedagogically insightful way or to empirically investigate the...... occurrence of errors either in linguistic or pedagogical terms. The purpose of the current study is to demonstrate the theoretical and practical relevance of error analysis approach in CFL by investigating two cases - (1) Belgian (L1) learners’ use of Chinese (L2) comparative sentences in written production...

  17. Comparative International Communication Projects: Overcoming the Challenges

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    Frank Esser

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Over the last 10-20 years, comparative research in the feld of communication has almost become fashionable. Many factors are responsible for this, for example: an increased awareness of globalisation as a communication-driven process; an awareness of increased transnational conglomerization of media organizations; and the increasing use of the Internet which facilitates easier access to information around the world. But the big question is how to organize collaborative international communication research efectively? Which models of cooperation are available to us, and what are their advantages and disadvantages? In this article, I analyze fve ways of doing collaborative researches and their respective challenges.

  18. Comparative histopathology of scabies versus nodular scabies

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    Mittal R

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Comparative histopathology was studied in 25 cases of scabies versus 25 cases of nodular scabies which were selected from Dermato-Venereology out patients. Salient differences observed were that in scabies lifting of stratum corneum at places was seen in all 100% cases, spongiosis in 100%, spongiotic vesicles in 28%, burrows in 56%, mite in 40% and vasculitis in 28% whereas in nodular scabies acanthosis was seen in 100%, pseudo epitheliomatous hyperplasia in 8%, burrows in 48%, mite in 24% and vasculitis in 84%. In nodular scabies, dermal infiltrate in 32% cases was arranged as lymphoid follicles with admixture of plasma cells and eosinophils.

  19. Leadership, Motivation and Excellence (A Comparative view

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available In our paper we will try to compare the based or traditional theories with some new ideas like those of Burns (1978 and some philosophical underpinnings will be analyzed. It should be kept in mind that our main goal is to insure that the reader understands the applications of this work to the real world of organizations and management. The special unique relationships, interactions, and roadblocks presented by the similarities and complementary nature of the kinship of leadership and motivation will emerge as we go along. Keep in mind that our practical approach merges the two throughout the paper.

  20. Comparing Methods for Involving Users in Ideation

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    Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Scupola, Ada; Sørensen, Flemming

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we discuss how users may be involved in the ideation phase of innovation. The study compares the use of a blog and three future workshops (students, employees and a mix of the two) in a library. Our study shows that the blog is efficient in giving the users voice whereas the mixed...... workshop method (involving users and employees) is especially good at qualifying and further developing ideas. The findings suggest that methods for involving users in ideation should be carefully selected and combined to achieve optimum benefits and avoid potential disadvantages....

  1. Comparative analysis of some search engines

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    Taiwo O. Edosomwan; Joseph Edosomwan

    2010-01-01

    We compared the information retrieval performances of some popular search engines (namely, Google, Yahoo, AlltheWeb, Gigablast, Zworks and AltaVista and Bing/MSN) in response to a list of ten queries, varying in complexity. These queries were run on each search engine and the precision and response time of the retrieved results were recorded. The first ten documents on each retrieval output were evaluated as being ‘relevant’ or ‘non-relevant’ for evaluation of the search engine’s precision. T...

  2. Space Analogue Environments: Are the Populations Comparable?

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    Sandal, G. M.

    Background: Much of our present understanding about psychology in space is based on studies of groups operating in so-called analogue environments where personnel are exposed to many of the same stressors as those experienced by astronauts in space. One possible problem with extrapolating results is that personnel operating in various hazardous and confined environments might differ in characteristics influencing coping, interaction, and performance. The object of this study was to compare the psychological similarity of these populations in order to get a better understanding of whether this extrapolation is justifiable. The samples investigated include polar crossings (N= 22), personnel on Antarctic research stations (N= 183), several military occupations (N= 187), and participants in space simulation studies (N=20). Methods: Personnel in each of these environments were assessed using the Personality Characteristic Inventory (PCI) and Utrecht Coping List (UCL). The PCI is a multidimensional trait assessment battery that measures various aspects of achievement orientation and social competence. The UCL is a questionnaire designed to assess habitual coping strategies when encountering stressful or demanding situations. Results: Only minor differences in use of habitual coping strategies were evident across the different samples. In relation to personality scores, the military subjects and participants in space simulation studies indicated higher competitiveness and negative instrumentality compared to both the personnel on Antarctic research stations and participants in polar expedition. Among the personnel on Antarctic research stations, significant gender differences were found with women scoring lower on competitiveness, negative instrumentality and impatience/irritability. Compared to the other samples, the participants in polar expeditions were found to be more homogeneous in personality and no significant gender differences were evident on the traits that

  3. Comparing the performance of biomedical clustering methods

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    Wiwie, Christian; Baumbach, Jan; Röttger, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Identifying groups of similar objects is a popular first step in biomedical data analysis, but it is error-prone and impossible to perform manually. Many computational methods have been developed to tackle this problem. Here we assessed 13 well-known methods using 24 data sets ranging from gene......-ranging comparison we were able to develop a short guideline for biomedical clustering tasks. ClustEval allows biomedical researchers to pick the appropriate tool for their data type and allows method developers to compare their tool to the state of the art....

  4. Healthcare financing: how does Turkey compare?

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    Akhmedjonov, Alisher; Güç, Yunus; Akinci, Fevzi

    2011-01-01

    The authors provide an overview of Turkey's healthcare financing. After comparing financing data on Turkey and other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries, they examine Turkey's performance on a wide range of healthcare input and outcome indicators using descriptive data drawn from the World Health Organization, World Bank, OECD, and Turkish Statistical Institute. The data analysis shows that Turkey ranks low by a number of key healthcare indicators across the OECD countries. Empirical analysis suggests that although many factors are associated with improvements in healthcare outcomes, a significant part of changes in life expectancy at birth are associated with higher spending on healthcare. PMID:21864057

  5. Ternary fission of nuclei into comparable fragments

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    The problem of nuclear fission into three comparable fragments is considered. A mechanism of true ternary fission is proposed. In contrast to sequential fission, where the three fragments arise upon two sequential events of binary fission, the mechanism in question relies on a scenario that originally involves fission into three fragments. This mechanism is driven by a hexadecapole deformation of the fissioning nucleus, in contrast to binary fission associated with quadrupole vibrations of the nuclear surface. The fragment-mass ratios are estimated. The dynamics of formation of collinear fragments and their subsequent motion in opposite directions is traced. The calculated probability of true ternary fission complies with observed values

  6. Elements of Comparative Law on Extended Confiscation

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    Alexandru Boroi

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Comparing the special seizure and extended confiscation measures, we consider that Romania, although later than the deadline indicated in the text of article 6, paragraph 3 of Decision 2005/212/JAI, has responded positively to the requirements of harmonization of national legislation with EU legislation. We believe, however, that this regulation on extended seizure has the effect of limiting the requirements of seizure of goods through crime, practically limiting the application of seizure in respect of goods originating from committing offenses.

  7. EFQPSK Versus CERN: A Comparative Study

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    Borah, Deva K.; Horan, Stephen

    2001-01-01

    This report presents a comparative study on Enhanced Feher's Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (EFQPSK) and Constrained Envelope Root Nyquist (CERN) techniques. These two techniques have been developed in recent times to provide high spectral and power efficiencies under nonlinear amplifier environment. The purpose of this study is to gain insights into these techniques and to help system planners and designers with an appropriate set of guidelines for using these techniques. The comparative study presented in this report relies on effective simulation models and procedures. Therefore, a significant part of this report is devoted to understanding the mathematical and simulation models of the techniques and their set-up procedures. In particular, mathematical models of EFQPSK and CERN, effects of the sampling rate in discrete time signal representation, and modeling of nonlinear amplifiers and predistorters have been considered in detail. The results of this study show that both EFQPSK and CERN signals provide spectrally efficient communications compared to filtered conventional linear modulation techniques when a nonlinear power amplifier is used. However, there are important differences. The spectral efficiency of CERN signals, with a small amount of input backoff, is significantly better than that of EFQPSK signals if the nonlinear amplifier is an ideal clipper. However, to achieve such spectral efficiencies with a practical nonlinear amplifier, CERN processing requires a predistorter which effectively translates the amplifier's characteristics close to those of an ideal clipper. Thus, the spectral performance of CERN signals strongly depends on the predistorter. EFQPSK signals, on the other hand, do not need such predistorters since their spectra are almost unaffected by the nonlinear amplifier, Ibis report discusses several receiver structures for EFQPSK signals. It is observed that optimal receiver structures can be realized for both coded and uncoded EFQPSK

  8. Comparative Analysis of Virtual Education Applications

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    Kurt, Mehmet

    2006-01-01

    The research was conducted in order to make comparative analysis of virtual education applications. The research is conducted in survey model. The study group consists of total 300 institutes providing virtual education in the fall, spring and summer semesters of 2004; 246 in USA, 10 in Australia, 3 in South Africa, 10 in India, 21 in UK, 6 in Japan, 4 in Turkey. The information has been collected by online questionnaire sent to the target mass by e-mail. The questionnaire has been developed ...

  9. Hemispheric Coupling: Comparing Dynamo Simulations and Observations

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    Norton, Aimee A; Passos, Dario

    2014-01-01

    Numerical simulations that reproduce solar-like magnetic cycles can be used to generate long-term statistics. The variations in N-S hemispheric cycle synchronicity and amplitude produced in simulations has not been widely compared to observations. The observed limits on asymmetry show that hemispheric sunspot area production is no more than 20% asymmetric for cycles 12-23 and phase lags do not exceed 20% (2 yrs) of the total cycle period. Independent studies have found a long-term trend in phase values as one hemisphere leads the other for ~four cycles. Such persistence in phase is not indicative of a stochastic phenomenon. We compare the findings to results from a numerical simulation of solar convection recently produced with the EULAG-MHD model. This simulation spans 1600 yrs and generated 40 regular, sunspot-like cycles. While the simulated cycle length is too long and the toroidal bands remain at too high of latitudes, some solar-like aspects of hemispheric asymmetry are reproduced. The model reproduces ...

  10. The Dutch Caribbean municipalities in comparative perspective

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Upon the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010, the smallest islands in this federation – Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba – became special municipalities of the Netherlands, and were hence politically and constitutionally integrated into the Dutch metropolis. The present article seeks to understand this development in the context of the broader academic literature on small, non-sovereign island jurisdictions in the Caribbean and elsewhere. After a description of the reforms and a discussion of the perceived benefits and drawbacks of the new political status, the newly created Dutch Caribbean municipalities are compared with other non-sovereign jurisdictions in the Caribbean. Whereas the choice for political integration in itself can be compared with the French postwar policy of départementalisation, in terms of the historical significance and the direction of the reforms, the new political situation on Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba could rather be better likened to that of the British Overseas Territories and their relationship with the United Kingdom.

  11. Comparing coefficients of nested nonlinear probability models

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    Kohler, Ulrich; Karlson, Kristian Bernt; Holm, Anders

    2011-01-01

    In a series of recent articles, Karlson, Holm and Breen have developed a method for comparing the estimated coeffcients of two nested nonlinear probability models. This article describes this method and the user-written program khb that implements the method. The KHB-method is a general decomposi......In a series of recent articles, Karlson, Holm and Breen have developed a method for comparing the estimated coeffcients of two nested nonlinear probability models. This article describes this method and the user-written program khb that implements the method. The KHB-method is a general...... decomposition method that is unaffected by the rescaling or attenuation bias that arise in cross-model comparisons in nonlinear models. It recovers the degree to which a control variable, Z, mediates or explains the relationship between X and a latent outcome variable, Y*, underlying the nonlinear probability...... model. It also decomposes effects of both discrete and continuous variables, applies to average partial effects, and provides analytically derived statistical tests. The method can be extended to other models in the GLM-family....

  12. Comparative Genomics of Ten Solanaceous Plastomes

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    Harpreet Kaur

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Availability of complete plastid genomes of ten solanaceous species, Atropa belladonna, Capsicum annuum, Datura stramonium, Nicotiana sylvestris, Nicotiana tabacum, Nicotiana tomentosiformis, Nicotiana undulata, Solanum bulbocastanum, Solanum lycopersicum, and Solanum tuberosum provided us with an opportunity to conduct their in silico comparative analysis in depth. The size of complete chloroplast genomes and LSC and SSC regions of three species of Solanum is comparatively smaller than that of any other species studied till date (exception: SSC region of A. belladonna. AT content of coding regions was found to be less than noncoding regions. A duplicate copy of trnH gene in C. annuum and two alternative tRNA genes for proline in D. stramonium were observed for the first time in this analysis. Further, homology search revealed the presence of rps19 pseudogene and infA genes in A. belladonna and D. stramonium, a region identical to rps19 pseudogene in C. annum and orthologues of sprA gene in another six species. Among the eighteen intron-containing genes, 3 genes have two introns and 15 genes have one intron. The longest insertion was found in accD gene in C. annuum. Phylogenetic analysis using concatenated protein coding sequences gave two clades, one for Nicotiana species and another for Solanum, Capsicum, Atropa, and Datura.

  13. Comparative genomics of brain size evolution

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    Wolfgang Enard

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Which genetic changes took place during mammalian, primate and human evolution to build a larger brain? To answer this question, one has to correlate genetic changes with brain size changes across a phylogeny. Such a comparative genomics approach provides unique information to better understand brain evolution and brain development. However, its statistical power is limited for example due to the limited number of species, the presumably complex genetics of brain size evolution and the large search space of mammalian genomes. Hence, it is crucial to add functional information, for example by limiting the search space to genes and regulatory elements known to play a role in the relevant cell types during brain development. Similarly, it is crucial to experimentally follow up on hypotheses generated by such a comparative approach. Recent progress in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of mammalian brain development, in genome sequencing and in genome editing, promises to make a close integration of evolutionary and experimental methods a fruitful approach to better understand the genetics of mammalian brain size evolution.

  14. Reinforcement Learning by Comparing Immediate Reward

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    Pandey, Punit; Kumar, Shishir

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces an approach to Reinforcement Learning Algorithm by comparing their immediate rewards using a variation of Q-Learning algorithm. Unlike the conventional Q-Learning, the proposed algorithm compares current reward with immediate reward of past move and work accordingly. Relative reward based Q-learning is an approach towards interactive learning. Q-Learning is a model free reinforcement learning method that used to learn the agents. It is observed that under normal circumstances algorithm take more episodes to reach optimal Q-value due to its normal reward or sometime negative reward. In this new form of algorithm agents select only those actions which have a higher immediate reward signal in comparison to previous one. The contribution of this article is the presentation of new Q-Learning Algorithm in order to maximize the performance of algorithm and reduce the number of episode required to reach optimal Q-value. Effectiveness of proposed algorithm is simulated in a 20 x20 Grid world dete...

  15. Comparative economics of the main electricity sources

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    Few participants in the Uranium Institute's Symposium would fail to agree that nuclear power has considerable environmental and ecological advantages over fossil fuel combustion. There would, however, be far less unanimity, even among a favourably inclined group, on the economic attractiveness of nuclear power and its competitive position vis-a-vis other electricity generation options. To the layman the conflicting claims are confusing, not least because nuclear power often appears to be the only product surrounded by such controversy. Some of the principal reasons are listed. Of these, deficiencies in understanding and divergent value standards are identified as particularly important. The latter issue has a major effect on comparative economics, when incorporated into the calculations of the cost of nuclear power when compared to its alternatives. In this paper the nature of the comparisons that can usefully be made is defined, then the results of recent international studies and their implications are outlined. Confusions arising from the privatisation of the electricity supply industry in the United Kingdom are examined and the implications of taking a wider view of economic comparisons are examined. (author)

  16. Comparative calibration of IP scanning equipment

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    Ingenito, F.; Andreoli, P.; Batani, D.; Boutoux, G.; Cipriani, M.; Consoli, F.; Cristofari, G.; Curcio, A.; De Angelis, R.; Di Giorgio, G.; Ducret, J.; Forestier-Colleoni, P.; Hulin, S.; Jakubowska, K.; Rabhi, N.

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    Imaging Plates (IP) are diagnostic devices which contain a photostimulable phosphor layer that stores the incident radiation dose as a latent image. The image is read with a scanner which stimulates the decay of electrons, previously excited by the incident radiation, by exposition to a laser beam. This results in emitted light, which is detected by photomultiplier tubes; so the latent image is reconstructed. IPs have the interesting feature that can be reused many times, after erasing stored information. Algorithms to convert signals stored in the detector to Photostimulated luminescence (PSL) counts depend on the scanner and are not available on every model. A comparative cross-calibration of the IP scanner Dürr CR35 BIO, used in ABC laboratory, was performed, using the Fujifilm FLA 7000 scanner as a reference, to find the equivalence between grey-scale values given by the Dürr scanner to PSL counts. Using an IP and a 55Fe β-source, we produced pairs of samples with the same exposition times, which were analysed by both scanners, placing particular attention to fading times of the image stored on IPs. Data analysis led us to the determine a conversion formula which can be used to compare data of experiments obtained in different laboratories and to use IP calibrations available, till now, only for Fujifilm scanners.

  17. Vegetarian and Omnivorous Nutrition - Comparing Physical Performance.

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    Craddock, Joel C; Probst, Yasmine C; Peoples, Gregory E

    2016-06-01

    Humans consuming vegetarian-based diets are observed to have reduced relative risk for many chronic diseases. Similarly, regular physical activity has also been shown to assist in preventing, and reducing the severity of these conditions. Many people, including athletes, acknowledge these findings and are adopting a vegetarian-based diet to improve their health status. Furthermore, athletes are incorporating this approach with the specific aim of optimizing physical performance. To examine the evidence for the relationship between consuming a predominately vegetarian-based diet and improved physical performance, a systematic literature review was performed using the SCOPUS database. No date parameters were set. The keywords vegetarian OR vegan AND sport OR athlete OR training OR performance OR endurance were used to identify relevant literature. Included studies (i) directly compared a vegetarian-based diet to an omnivorous/mixed diet, (ii) directly assessed physical performance, not biomarkers of physical performance, and (iii) did not use supplementation emulating a vegetarian diet. Reference lists were hand searched for additional studies. Seven randomized controlled trials and one cross-sectional study met the inclusion criteria. No distinguished differences between vegetarian-based diets and omnivorous mixed diets were identified when physical performance was compared. Consuming a predominately vegetarian-based diet did not improve nor hinder performance in athletes. However, with only 8 studies identified, with substantial variability among the studies' experimental designs, aims and outcomes, further research is warranted. PMID:26568522

  18. Comparative genomics of Shiga toxin encoding bacteriophages

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Stx bacteriophages are responsible for driving the dissemination of Stx toxin genes (stx across their bacterial host range. Lysogens carrying Stx phages can cause severe, life-threatening disease and Stx toxin is an integral virulence factor. The Stx-bacteriophage vB_EcoP-24B, commonly referred to as Ф24B, is capable of multiply infecting a single bacterial host cell at a high frequency, with secondary infection increasing the rate at which subsequent bacteriophage infections can occur. This is biologically unusual, therefore determining the genomic content and context of Ф24B compared to other lambdoid Stx phages is important to understanding the factors controlling this phenomenon and determining whether they occur in other Stx phages. Results The genome of the Stx2 encoding phage, Ф24B was sequenced and annotated. The genomic organisation and general features are similar to other sequenced Stx bacteriophages induced from Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC, however Ф24B possesses significant regions of heterogeneity, with implications for phage biology and behaviour. The Ф24B genome was compared to other sequenced Stx phages and the archetypal lambdoid phage, lambda, using the Circos genome comparison tool and a PCR-based multi-loci comparison system. Conclusions The data support the hypothesis that Stx phages are mosaic, and recombination events between the host, phages and their remnants within the same infected bacterial cell will continue to drive the evolution of Stx phage variants and the subsequent dissemination of shigatoxigenic potential.

  19. A comparative analysis of capacity adequacy policies

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    In this paper a stochastic dynamic optimization model is used to analyze the effect of different generation adequacy policies in restructured power systems. The expansion decisions of profit-maximizing investors are simulated under a number of different market designs: Energy Only with and without a price cap, Capacity Payment, Capacity Obligation, Capacity Subscription, and Demand Elasticity. The results show that the overall social welfare is reduced compared to a centralized social welfare optimization for all policies except Capacity Subscription and Demand Elasticity. In particular, an energy only market with a low price cap leads to a significant increase in involuntary load shedding. Capacity payments and obligations give additional investment incentives and more generating capacity, but also result in a considerable transfer of wealth from consumers to producers due to the capacity payments. Increased demand elasticity increases social welfare, but also results in a transfer from producers to consumers, compared to the theoretical social welfare optimum. In contrast, the capacity subscription policy increases the social welfare, and both producers and consumers benefit. This is possible because capacity subscription explicitly utilizes differences in consumers' preferences for uninterrupted supply. This advantage must be weighed against the cost of implementation, which is not included in the model.

  20. Repository site characterization - Comparing international experience - 16082

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    An important part of the work described here was a study of existing international experience in investigating deep geological repository sites. The objective of this study was to derive a basis for planning the content and extent of investigations which might be carried out in Germany in the future. Such investigations would be required in the course of a site selection process for a repository for HLW (high level radioactive waste). For this purpose information on suitable sites was gathered, mainly from literature sources. Suitable in this context meant two things. Firstly, the investigated site should be in rock similar to four being considered in Germany (salt, clay, crystalline and other hard rock under a clay cover). Secondly, the investigations carried out could reasonably be considered as being intended to lead to the use of the site as a repository. The investigation processes were presented, analysed and compared. The comparison was based on the quality and the intensity of the methods employed to obtain the information necessary for deciding between candidate repository sites in terms of safety and the feasibility of construction. In the final stage of the work the analysis and presentation method developed for the international sites was applied to the investigations already carried out at three German sites (Gorleben - a prospective HLW repository, Morsleben - an existing but now not operational repository for radioactive waste and Konrad - a repository currently under construction). The reported investigatory work was compared with the ideal investigations developed on the basis of the existing international experience. (authors)

  1. Water Ice in Comets: A Comparative Study

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    Protopapa, Silvia; Sunshine, J.; Feaga, L. M.; Kelley, M. S.; A'Hearn, M. F.; Farnham, T.; DIXI Team

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    Processes involving the sublimation of volatiles dominate cometary activity and drive the release of ancient material from within the nucleus into the coma. As comets are kept cold for most of their history, they contain the least processed primordial materials that accumulated into the giant planets. In addition, comets may have delivered their ices and organics to the primitive Earth. The Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI) to comet Hartley 2 revealed a highly active comet with bright icy-rich jets. We present a detailed characterization of the composition and texture of the ices and refractories in the inner-most coma of Hartley 2, closer than a few kilometers from the surface. This analysis is conducted using laboratory measurements of optical constants of cometary analog materials. We also discuss the implications of these findings on the accretion process that led to the formation of cometary nuclei and therefore of planets. The physical makeup of the ice grains in comet Hartley 2 is compared with that of water ice in the interior, surface, and coma of other comets (e.g., 9P/Tempel 1, C/2002 T7 (LINEAR), 17P/Holmes). Through this comparative study, we investigate how ice is redistributed from the interior to the surface and ultimately into the coma of comets.

  2. Comparative genomics and evolution of eukaryotic phospholipidbiosynthesis

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    Lykidis, Athanasios

    2006-12-01

    Phospholipid biosynthetic enzymes produce diverse molecular structures and are often present in multiple forms encoded by different genes. This work utilizes comparative genomics and phylogenetics for exploring the distribution, structure and evolution of phospholipid biosynthetic genes and pathways in 26 eukaryotic genomes. Although the basic structure of the pathways was formed early in eukaryotic evolution, the emerging picture indicates that individual enzyme families followed unique evolutionary courses. For example, choline and ethanolamine kinases and cytidylyltransferases emerged in ancestral eukaryotes, whereas, multiple forms of the corresponding phosphatidyltransferases evolved mainly in a lineage specific manner. Furthermore, several unicellular eukaryotes maintain bacterial-type enzymes and reactions for the synthesis of phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin. Also, base-exchange phosphatidylserine synthases are widespread and ancestral enzymes. The multiplicity of phospholipid biosynthetic enzymes has been largely generated by gene expansion in a lineage specific manner. Thus, these observations suggest that phospholipid biosynthesis has been an actively evolving system. Finally, comparative genomic analysis indicates the existence of novel phosphatidyltransferases and provides a candidate for the uncharacterized eukaryotic phosphatidylglycerol phosphate phosphatase.

  3. Comparative Assessment of Energy Supply Options

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    The complexity facing today's energy planners and decision-makers, particularly in electricity sector, has increased. They must take into account many elements in selecting technologies and strategies that will impact near term energy development and applications in their countries. While costs remain a key factor, tradeoffs between the demands of environmental protection and economic development will have to be made. This fact, together with the needs of many countries to define their energy and electricity programmes in a sustainable manner, has resulted in a growing interest in the application of improved data, tools and techniques for comparative assessment of different electricity generation options, particularly from an environmental and human health viewpoint. Although global emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, e.g. SO2, NOx and particulate, must be reduced, the reality today is that these emissions are increasing and are expected to continue increasing. In examining the air pollutants, as well as water effluents and solid waste generated by electricity production, it is necessary to assess the full energy chain from fuel extraction to waste disposal, including the production of construction and auxiliary materials. The paper describes this concept and illustrates its implementation for assessing and comparing electricity generation costs, emissions, wastes and other environmental burdens from different energy sources. (author)

  4. Comparative endocrinology in the 21st century

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    Denver, R.J.; Hopkins, P.M.; McCormick, S.D.; Propper, C.R.; Riddiford, L.; Sower, S.A.; Wingfield, J.C.

    2009-01-01

    Hormones coordinate developmental, physiological, and behavioral processes within and between all living organisms. They orchestrate and shape organogenesis from early in development, regulate the acquisition, assimilation, and utilization of nutrients to support growth and metabolism, control gamete production and sexual behavior, mediate organismal responses to environmental change, and allow for communication of information between organisms. Genes that code for hormones; the enzymes that synthesize, metabolize, and transport hormones; and hormone receptors are important targets for natural selection, and variation in their expression and function is a major driving force for the evolution of morphology and life history. Hormones coordinate physiology and behavior of populations of organisms, and thus play key roles in determining the structure of populations, communities, and ecosystems. The field of endocrinology is concerned with the study of hormones and their actions. This field is rooted in the comparative study of hormones in diverse species, which has provided the foundation for the modern fields of evolutionary, environmental, and biomedical endocrinology. Comparative endocrinologists work at the cutting edge of the life sciences. They identify new hormones, hormone receptors and mechanisms of hormone action applicable to diverse species, including humans; study the impact of habitat destruction, pollution, and climatic change on populations of organisms; establish novel model systems for studying hormones and their functions; and develop new genetic strains and husbandry practices for efficient production of animal protein. While the model system approach has dominated biomedical research in recent years, and has provided extraordinary insight into many basic cellular and molecular processes, this approach is limited to investigating a small minority of organisms. Animals exhibit tremendous diversity in form and function, life-history strategies, and

  5. Comparative efficacy of fingolimod vs natalizumab

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    Barbin, Laetitia; Rousseau, Chloe; Jousset, Natacha; Casey, Romain; Debouverie, Marc; Vukusic, Sandra; De Sèze, Jerome; Brassat, David; Wiertlewski, Sandrine; Brochet, Bruno; Pelletier, Jean; Vermersch, Patrick; Edan, Gilles; Lebrun-Frenay, Christine; Clavelou, Pierre; Thouvenot, Eric; Camdessanché, Jean-Philippe; Tourbah, Ayman; Stankoff, Bruno; Al Khedr, Abdullatif; Cabre, Philippe; Papeix, Caroline; Berger, Eric; Heinzlef, Olivier; Debroucker, Thomas; Moreau, Thibault; Gout, Olivier; Bourre, Bertrand; Créange, Alain; Labauge, Pierre; Magy, Laurent; Defer, Gilles; Foucher, Yohann

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    Objective: To compare natalizumab and fingolimod on both clinical and MRI outcomes in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) from 27 multiple sclerosis centers participating in the French follow-up cohort Observatoire of Multiple Sclerosis. Methods: Patients with RRMS included in the study were aged from 18 to 65 years with an Expanded Disability Status Scale score of 0–5.5 and an available brain MRI performed within the year before treatment initiation. The data were collected for 326 patients treated with natalizumab and 303 with fingolimod. The statistical analysis was performed using 2 different methods: logistic regression and propensity scores (inverse probability treatment weighting). Results: The confounder-adjusted proportion of patients with at least one relapse within the first and second year of treatment was lower in natalizumab-treated patients compared to the fingolimod group (21.1% vs 30.4% at first year, p = 0.0092; and 30.9% vs 41.7% at second year, p = 0.0059) and supported the trend observed in nonadjusted analysis (21.2% vs 27.1% at 1 year, p = 0.0775). Such statistically significant associations were also observed for gadolinium (Gd)-enhancing lesions and new T2 lesions at both 1 year (Gd-enhancing lesions: 9.3% vs 29.8%, p < 0.0001; new T2 lesions: 10.6% vs 29.6%, p < 0.0001) and 2 years (Gd-enhancing lesions: 9.1% vs 22.1%, p = 0.0025; new T2 lesions: 16.9% vs 34.1%, p = 0.0010) post treatment initiation. Conclusion: Taken together, these results suggest the superiority of natalizumab over fingolimod to prevent relapses and new T2 and Gd-enhancing lesions at 1 and 2 years. Classification of evidence: This study provides Class IV evidence that for patients with RRMS, natalizumab decreases the proportion of patients with at least one relapse within the first year of treatment compared to fingolimod. PMID:26826205

  6. Resilience and electricity systems: A comparative analysis

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    Electricity systems have generally evolved based on the natural resources available locally. Few metrics exist to compare the security of electricity supply of different countries despite the increasing likelihood of potential shocks to the power system like energy price increases and carbon price regulation. This paper seeks to calculate a robust measure of national power system resilience by analysing each step in the process of transformation from raw energy to consumed electricity. Countries with sizeable deposits of mineral resources are used for comparison because of the need for electricity-intensive metals processing. We find that shifts in electricity-intensive industry can be predicted based on countries' power system resilience. - Highlights: ► We establish a resilience index measure for major electricity systems. ► We examine a range of OECD and developing nations electricity systems and their ability to cope with shocks. ► Robustness measures are established to show resilience of electricity systems.

  7. Comparative study of heart sound localization algorithms

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    Moukadem, A.; Dieterlen, A.; Hueber, N.; Brandt, C.; Raymond, P.

    2011-05-01

    The purpose of this document is to present a comparative study of five algorithms of heart sound localization, one of which, is a method based on radial basis function networks applied in a novel approach. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are evaluated according to a data base of 50 subjects in which there are 25 healthy subjects selected from the University Hospital of Strasbourg (HUS) and from theMARS500 project (Moscow) and 25 subjects with cardiac pathologies selected from the HUS. This study is made under the control of an experienced cardiologist. The performance of each method is evaluated by calculating the area under a receiver operating curve (AUC) and the robustness is shown against different levels of additive white Gaussian noise.

  8. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION SYSTEM

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    Full Text Available Human imitation for his surrounding environment makes him interfere in every details of this great environment, hear impaired people are gesturing with each other for delivering a specific message, this method of communication also attracts human imitation attention to cast it on human-computer interaction. The faculty of vision based gesture recognition to be a natural, powerful, and friendly tool for supporting efficient interaction between human and machine. In this paper a review of recent hand gesture recognition systems is presented with description of hand gestures modelling, analysis and recognition. A comparative study included in this paper with focusing on different segmentation, features extraction and recognition tools, research advantages and drawbacks are provided as well.

  9. Comparative Study of Airfoil Flow Separation Criteria

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    Laws, Nick; Kahouli, Waad; Epps, Brenden

    2015-11-01

    Airfoil flow separation impacts a multitude of applications including turbomachinery, wind turbines, and bio-inspired micro-aerial vehicles. In order to achieve maximum performance, some devices operate near the edge of flow separation, and others use dynamic flow separation advantageously. Numerous criteria exist for predicting the onset of airfoil flow separation. This talk presents a comparative study of a number of such criteria, with emphasis paid to speed and accuracy of the calculations. We evaluate the criteria using a two-dimensional unsteady vortex lattice method, which allows for rapid analysis (on the order of seconds instead of days for a full Navier-Stokes solution) and design of optimal airfoil geometry and kinematics. Furthermore, dynamic analyses permit evaluation of dynamic stall conditions for enhanced lift via leading edge vortex shedding, commonly present in small flapping-wing flyers such as the bumblebee and hummingbird.

  10. Comparative metagenomics of the Red Sea

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    Mineta, Katsuhiko

    2016-01-26

    Metagenome produces a tremendous amount of data that comes from the organisms living in the environments. This big data enables us to examine not only microbial genes but also the community structure, interaction and adaptation mechanisms at the specific location and condition. The Red Sea has several unique characteristics such as high salinity, high temperature and low nutrition. These features must contribute to form the unique microbial community during the evolutionary process. Since 2014, we started monthly samplings of the metagenomes in the Red Sea under KAUST-CCF project. In collaboration with Kitasato University, we also collected the metagenome data from the ocean in Japan, which shows contrasting features to the Red Sea. Therefore, the comparative metagenomics of those data provides a comprehensive view of the Red Sea microbes, leading to identify key microbes, genes and networks related to those environmental differences.

  11. Comparative microscopy study of Vibrio cholerae flagella

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    Konnov, Nikolai P.; Baiburin, Vil B.; Zadnova, Svetlana P.; Volkov, Uryi P.

    1999-06-01

    A fine structure of bacteria flagella is an important problem of molecular cell biology. Bacteria flagella are the self-assembled structures that allow to use the flagellum protein in a number of biotechnological applications. However, at present, there is a little information about high resolution scanning probe microscopy study of flagellum structure, in particular, about investigation of Vibrio cholerae flagella. In our lab have been carried out the high resolution comparative investigation of V. cholerae flagella by means of various microscopes: tunneling (STM), scanning force (SFM) and electron transmission. As a scanning probe microscope is used designed in our lab versatile SPM with replaceable measuring heads. Bacteria were grown, fixed and treated according to the conventional techniques. For STM investigations samples were covered with Pt/Ir thin films by rotated vacuum evaporation, in SFM investigations were used uncovered samples. Electron microscopy of the negatively stained bacteria was used as a test procedure.

  12. Methods for comparing 3D surface attributes

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    Pang, Alex; Freeman, Adam

    1996-03-01

    A common task in data analysis is to compare two or more sets of data, statistics, presentations, etc. A predominant method in use is side-by-side visual comparison of images. While straightforward, it burdens the user with the task of discerning the differences between the two images. The user if further taxed when the images are of 3D scenes. This paper presents several methods for analyzing the extent, magnitude, and manner in which surfaces in 3D differ in their attributes. The surface geometry are assumed to be identical and only the surface attributes (color, texture, etc.) are variable. As a case in point, we examine the differences obtained when a 3D scene is rendered progressively using radiosity with different form factor calculation methods. The comparison methods include extensions of simple methods such as mapping difference information to color or transparency, and more recent methods including the use of surface texture, perturbation, and adaptive placements of error glyphs.

  13. Nigerian Power Sector: Comparative Analysis of Productivity

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    Iwuamadi ObiomaChidiebere

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    Full Text Available Undoubtedly, power instability in the Nigerian Power Sector despite several mitigative measures by the government has created some chocks in the national socio-economic wheel of development. Unfortunately, the conceptual objective of the power reforms to remedy inadequate power generation capacity, inefficient usage of capacity, ineffective regulation and high technical losses is tardily being achieved. This research comparatively analyzed the rate of productivity change in Nigeria’s power sector from 2005 – 2013. The analysis reveals that privatization improved the productivity index by 89%. It is expected that this work may assist the power policy makers and regulators to come up with abetter framework for the full realization of the noble goals envisaged in this reform act.

  14. International energy conservation: comparative law and policy

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    Ernest C. Baynard III, in the Foreword to the conference, told of the purpose of the conference - to compare and discuss the policies and laws that highly industrialized nations have used and considered to meet the challenge of energy conservation. The following countries participated in the conference: U.K.; Australia; Federal Republic of Germany; Japan; France; Canada; Sweden; Italy; the Netherlands; and the U.S. The IEA and the Commission of the European Communities also participated. The conference format consisted of ministerial addresses to the conference, interspersed with panel discussions focusing on energy conservation in transportation, industry, agriculture, and utilities; residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; and emergency situations. There was also a panel discussion on the role of government in energy conservation and energy information collection. The panels were composed of participating countries' representatives. (MCW)

  15. Comparative genomics of Lactobacillus and other LAB

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    Wassenaar, Trudy M.; Lukjancenko, Oksana

    2014-01-01

    The genomes of 66 LABs, belonging to five different genera, were compared for genome size and gene content. The analyzed genomes included 37 Lactobacillus genomes of 17 species, six Lactococcus lactis genomes, four Leuconostoc genomes of three species, six Streptococcus genomes of two species...... that of the others, with the two Streptococcus species having the shortest genomes. The widest distribution in genome content was observed for Lactobacillus. The number of tRNA and rRNA gene copies varied considerably, with exceptional high numbers observed for Lb. delbrueckii, while these numbers were relatively...... high for Lb. sanfransiscensis and Lb. salivarius, with respect to their moderate gene size. The phylogenetic relationship of the 16S ribosomal RNA genes of these genomes was established and pan- and core genomes were defined for each genus. In addition, core genome analysis was performed on all food...

  16. Comparative genomics of emerging human ehrlichiosis agents.

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    Julie C Dunning Hotopp

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    Full Text Available Anaplasma (formerly Ehrlichia phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, and Neorickettsia (formerly Ehrlichia sennetsu are intracellular vector-borne pathogens that cause human ehrlichiosis, an emerging infectious disease. We present the complete genome sequences of these organisms along with comparisons to other organisms in the Rickettsiales order. Ehrlichia spp. and Anaplasma spp. display a unique large expansion of immunodominant outer membrane proteins facilitating antigenic variation. All Rickettsiales have a diminished ability to synthesize amino acids compared to their closest free-living relatives. Unlike members of the Rickettsiaceae family, these pathogenic Anaplasmataceae are capable of making all major vitamins, cofactors, and nucleotides, which could confer a beneficial role in the invertebrate vector or the vertebrate host. Further analysis identified proteins potentially involved in vacuole confinement of the Anaplasmataceae, a life cycle involving a hematophagous vector, vertebrate pathogenesis, human pathogenesis, and lack of transovarial transmission. These discoveries provide significant insights into the biology of these obligate intracellular pathogens.

  17. Comparative phylogeography of two widespread magpies

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    Zhang, Ruiying; Song, Gang; Qu, Yanhua;

    2012-01-01

    Historical geological events and climatic changes are believed to have played important roles in shaping the current distribution of species. However, sympatric species may have responded in different ways to such climatic fluctuations. Here we compared genetic structures of two corvid species......, the Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus and the Eurasian Magpie Pica pica, both widespread but with different habitat dependence and some aspects of breeding behavior. Three mitochondrial genes and two nuclear introns were used to examine their co-distributed populations in East China and the Iberian...... Peninsula. Both species showed deep divergences between these two regions that were dated to the late Pliocene/early Pleistocene. In the East Chinese clade of C. cyanus, populations were subdivided between Northeast China and Central China, probably since the early to mid-Pleistocene, and the Central...

  18. Comparing Forensic Blueprint Sketches with Headshots

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    Full Text Available The continuous development of biometric technology has provided criminal investigators additional gadgets to discover the identity of criminals. In addition to DNA and incidental proofs, if a hidden fingerprint is found at an investigative sight or a surveillance camera captures an image or an footage of a suspect’s face, then these clues may be used to discover the culprit’s identity using automated biometric identification. However, many crimes occur where there is above information isn’t present, but instead an eyewitness of the crime is present. In these situations a forensic artist is often used to work with the witness or the victim in order to draw blueprints that depicts the facial features of the culprit according to the verbal illustrations. These blueprints are known as forensic sketches. This problem of comparing a forensic sketch to a gallery of headshots images is addressed here using a robust framework called local feature-based discriminant analysis (LFDA.

  19. Comparative molecular modelling of biologically active sterols

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    Baran, Mariusz; Mazerski, Jan

    2015-04-01

    Membrane sterols are targets for a clinically important antifungal agent - amphotericin B. The relatively specific antifungal action of the drug is based on a stronger interaction of amphotericin B with fungal ergosterol than with mammalian cholesterol. Conformational space occupied by six sterols has been defined using the molecular dynamics method to establish if the conformational features correspond to the preferential interaction of amphotericin B with ergosterol as compared with cholesterol. The compounds studied were chosen on the basis of structural features characteristic for cholesterol and ergosterol and on available experimental data on the ability to form complexes with the antibiotic. Statistical analysis of the data obtained has been performed. The results show similarity of the conformational spaces occupied by all the sterols tested. This suggests that the conformational differences of sterol molecules are not the major feature responsible for the differential sterol - drug affinity.

  20. National Launch System comparative economic analysis

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    Prince, A.

    1992-01-01

    Results are presented from an analysis of economic benefits (or losses), in the form of the life cycle cost savings, resulting from the development of the National Launch System (NLS) family of launch vehicles. The analysis was carried out by comparing various NLS-based architectures with the current Shuttle/Titan IV fleet. The basic methodology behind this NLS analysis was to develop a set of annual payload requirements for the Space Station Freedom and LEO, to design launch vehicle architectures around these requirements, and to perform life-cycle cost analyses on all of the architectures. A SEI requirement was included. Launch failure costs were estimated and combined with the relative reliability assumptions to measure the effects of losses. Based on the analysis, a Shuttle/NLS architecture evolving into a pressurized-logistics-carrier/NLS architecture appears to offer the best long-term cost benefit.

  1. Comparative Genome Analysis of Basidiomycete Fungi

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    Riley, Robert; Salamov, Asaf; Morin, Emmanuelle; Nagy, Laszlo; Manning, Gerard; Baker, Scott; Brown, Daren; Henrissat, Bernard; Levasseur, Anthony; Hibbett, David; Martin, Francis; Grigoriev, Igor

    2012-03-19

    Fungi of the phylum Basidiomycota (basidiomycetes), make up some 37percent of the described fungi, and are important in forestry, agriculture, medicine, and bioenergy. This diverse phylum includes the mushrooms, wood rots, symbionts, and plant and animal pathogens. To better understand the diversity of phenotypes in basidiomycetes, we performed a comparative analysis of 35 basidiomycete fungi spanning the diversity of the phylum. Phylogenetic patterns of lignocellulose degrading genes suggest a continuum rather than a sharp dichotomy between the white rot and brown rot modes of wood decay. Patterns of secondary metabolic enzymes give additional insight into the broad array of phenotypes found in the basidiomycetes. We suggest that the profile of an organism in lignocellulose-targeting genes can be used to predict its nutritional mode, and predict Dacryopinax sp. as a brown rot; Botryobasidium botryosum and Jaapia argillacea as white rots.

  2. Comparative analysis of some search engines

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    Taiwo O. Edosomwan

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available We compared the information retrieval performances of some popular search engines (namely, Google, Yahoo, AlltheWeb, Gigablast, Zworks and AltaVista and Bing/MSN in response to a list of ten queries, varying in complexity. These queries were run on each search engine and the precision and response time of the retrieved results were recorded. The first ten documents on each retrieval output were evaluated as being ‘relevant’ or ‘non-relevant’ for evaluation of the search engine’s precision. To evaluate response time, normalised recall ratios were calculated at various cut-off points for each query and search engine. This study shows that Google appears to be the best search engine in terms of both average precision (70% and average response time (2 s. Gigablast and AlltheWeb performed the worst overall in this study.

  3. Comparative study of anomalous dispersive transparent media

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    We present a comparative theoretical analysis of five different atomic schemes with respect to their performance as negative (anomalous) dispersive transparent media. The schemes discussed are the strongly driven and the degenerate two-level system, two closely spaced gain lines, and two slightly different double-Λ schemes with incoherent pumping. The analysis shows that the degenerate two-level scheme is best suited for applications for which only modest negative dispersion but strongly reduced absorption is required, and dissipation and loss of the optical fields have to be avoided. Two closely spaced gain lines and one of the double-Λ schemes are the best choice for applications which rely on large negative dispersion, but are not too sensitive to residual absorption and dissipation

  4. Comparative thermoluminiscence results using two different instrumentations

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    In The archaeological fields has been essential to compare and interchange information and results of the material under study. That has been the case for radio carbon dating and consequently for many years the same samples were measured around the world in different laboratories, resulting in the standarization and better understanding of the obtained data. The same philosophy is now applied in the field of thermoluminiscence (TL) for dating of ceramic material. This paper describes TL results using two different instrumentations for the same archaeolohycal ceramic sample: l) Model 2000, Harshaw TL Analyser. 2) TL-reader located at the Research Laboratory of the British Museum. Although, results agreement in the total archaeological dose determination for the ceramic material under study is 6.8%, there are proposed in this paper some changes in the commercial instrumentation to improve TL sensibility and general working condition. (author)

  5. [Comparative immunologic activity of marine bioglycans].

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    Zaporozhets, T S; Besednova, N N; Molchanova, V N; Zviagintseva, T N

    2001-01-01

    Immunomodulating activity of three marine bioglycanes of different structure was investigated. The following preparations were compared: mitilan--glycoprotein, containing 1,4-alpha-D-glucane, isolated from mussel Crenomytilus grayanus; translam--beta-1,3; 1,6-beta-D-glucane isolated from Laminaria cichorioides and zosterin--low-metoxylated pectine isolated from marine plant of genera Zosteraceae. It was shown that immune response modulating was due to delicate and complex interaction of immune competent cells with cytokins participation. All bioglycanes investigated when introduced into animals organism produced changes in immune system: spleen mass enlarged, lymphocytes subpopulation redistributed, nonspecific T-supressors activity enhanced, content of interferone in blood serum increased. It is considered that similarity of immune system reactions is due to polysaccharide component of investigated biopolymers and potency of the effect is determined by structural specificity and by stereochemistry of each bioglycane. PMID:11697245

  6. Comparative study of void fraction models

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    Some models for the calculation of void fraction in water in sub-cooled boiling and saturated vertical upward flow with forced convection have been selected and compared with experimental results in the pressure range of 1 to 150 bar. In order to know the void fraction axial distribution it is necessary to determine the net generation of vapour and the fluid temperature distribution in the slightly sub-cooled boiling region. It was verified that the net generation of vapour was well represented by the Saha-Zuber model. The selected models for the void fraction calculation present adequate results but with a tendency to super-estimate the experimental results, in particular the homogeneous models. The drift flux model is recommended, followed by the Armand and Smith models. (F.E.)

  7. Comparative design of structures concepts and methodologies

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    Lin, Shaopei

    2016-01-01

    This book presents comparative design as an approach to the conceptual design of structures. Primarily focusing on reasonable structural performance, sustainable development and architectural aesthetics, it features detailed studies of structural performance through the composition and de-composition of these elements for a variety of structures, such as high-rise buildings, long-span crossings and spatial structures. The latter part of the book addresses the theoretical basis and practical implementation of knowledge engineering in structural design, and a case-based fuzzy reasoning method is introduced to illustrate the concept and method of intelligent design. The book is intended for civil engineers, structural designers and architects, as well as senior undergraduate and graduate students in civil engineering and architecture. Shaopei Lin and Zhen Huang are both Professors at the Department of Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

  8. Comparative toxicology of four crude oils

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    Fish that are chronically exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exhibit dioxin-like toxicity characterized by blue sac disease and the induction of cytochrome P4501A (CYP1A). This study compared the relative toxicity of four crude oils (Scotian Shelf, MESA, the synthetic Alberta Sweet Mixed Blend, and Alaskan North Slope Crude Oil), in causing the disease in rainbow trout embryos living in simulated spawning beds with hydrocarbon-contaminated gravel. Each oil had different chemical characteristics and PAH concentrations. The study confirmed the assumption that the Alberta Sweet Mixed Blend would be the most toxic due to its high PAH concentration. The results suggest that the main cause of toxicity in crude oil is due to the presence, concentration, and conformation of specific PAHs

  9. Western reactors: how they compare with Chernobyl

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    The author explains why western light water reactors are intrinsically more dangerous than the RBMK, Chernobyl design. It is also argued that for the fast breeder reactors (such as the PFR at Dounreay and the Super Phenix at Creys Melville) are more dangerous and could actually explode like an atomic bomb. This is contrary to official assurances that the Western reactors are of a safer design and more safely operated than the Chernobyl reactor, and so a similar accident could not happen here. The PWRs and BWRs are compared with the RBMK as to pressure vessels/no pressure vessel, fuel rods, reactor containment and containment building. The superiority of Western engineering and reactor operation is also disputed, with the Three Mile Island accident used as evidence. (U.K.)

  10. Comparative pathology of glomerulonephritis in animals.

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    Slauson, D O; Lewis, R M

    1979-03-01

    Glomerulonephritis constitutes an important category of renal diseases in animals and has been recognized with increasing frequency in the last decade. We report here the comparative morphologic aspects of glomerulonephritis as a naturally occurring disease of animals. We briefly review the immunopathogenesis of glomerulonephritis. The morphology of renal lesions occurring in glomerulonephritis in dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, horses and swine has been reviewed with emphasis on the range and specificity of various glomerular lesions and on the comparison of lesions between various species. A distinction was made between glomerulonephritis as a primary disease entity and glomerulonephritis associated with other disease processes. Primary idiopathic glomerulonephritis occurred in all species but was most commonly recognized as a clinically important disease in dogs and cats. Glomerulonephritis also occurred in association with other diseases such as equine infectious anemia, chronic hog cholera, canine pyometra, dirofilariasis, feline leukemia virus infection and canine systemic lupus erythematosus. PMID:442447

  11. Comparative environmental assessment of unconventional power installations

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    Sosnina, E. N.; Masleeva, O. V.; Kryukov, E. V.

    2015-08-01

    Procedure of the strategic environmental assessment of the power installations operating on the basis of renewable energy sources (RES) was developed and described. This procedure takes into account not only the operational process of the power installation but also the whole life cycles: from the production and distribution of power resources for manufacturing of the power installations to the process of their recovery. Such an approach gives an opportunity to make a more comprehensive assessment of the influence of the power installations on environments and may be used during adaptation of the current regulations and development of new regulations for application of different types of unconventional power installations with due account of the ecological factor. Application of the procedure of the integrated environmental assessment in the context of mini-HPP (Hydro Power Plant); wind, solar, and biogas power installations; and traditional power installation operating natural gas was considered. Comparison of environmental influence revealed advantages of new energy technologies compared to traditional ones. It is shown that solar energy installations hardly pollute the environment during operation, but the negative influence of the mining operations and manufacturing and utilization of the materials used for solar modules is maximum. Biogas power installations are on the second place as concerns the impact on the environment due to the considerable mass of the biogas installation and gas reciprocating engine. The minimum impact on the environment is exerted by the mini-HPP. Consumption of material and energy resources for the production of the traditional power installation is less compared to power installations on RES; however, this factor incomparably increases when taking into account the fuel extraction and transfer. The greatest impact on the environment is exerted by the operational process of the traditional power installations.

  12. Do monkeys compare themselves to others?

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    Schmitt, Vanessa; Federspiel, Ira; Eckert, Johanna; Keupp, Stefanie; Tschernek, Laura; Faraut, Lauriane; Schuster, Richard; Michels, Corinna; Sennhenn-Reulen, Holger; Bugnyar, Thomas; Mussweiler, Thomas; Fischer, Julia

    2016-03-01

    Social comparisons are a fundamental characteristic of human behaviour, yet relatively little is known about their evolutionary foundations. Adapting the co-acting paradigm from human research (Seta in J Pers Soc Psychol 42:281-291, 1982. doi: 10.1037//0022-3514.42.2.281), we examined how the performance of a partner influenced subjects' performance in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Using parallel testing in touch screen setups in which subjects had to discriminate familiar and novel photographs of men and women, we investigated whether accuracy and reaction time were influenced by partner performance and relationship quality (affiliate vs. non-affiliate). Auditory feedback about the alleged performance of the co-actor was provided via playback; partner performance was either moderately or extremely better or worse than subject performance. We predicted that subjects would assimilate to moderately different comparison standards as well as to affiliates and contrast away from extreme standards and non-affiliates. Subjects instantly generalized to novel pictures. While accuracy was not affected by any of the factors, long reaction times occurred more frequently when subjects were tested with a non-affiliate who was performing worse, compared to one who was doing better than them (80% quantile worse: 5.1, better: 4.3 s). For affiliate co-actors, there was no marked effect (worse: 4.4, better: 4.6 s). In a control condition with no auditory feedback, subjects performed somewhat better in the presence of affiliates (M = 77.8% correct) compared to non-affiliates (M = 71.1%), while reaction time was not affected. Apparently, subjects were sensitive to partner identity and performance, yet variation in motivation rather than assimilation and contrast effects may account for the observed effects. PMID:26615416

  13. Spirometric Parameters: Hemodialysis Compared to Peritoneal Dialysis

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    Fariba Rezaeetalab

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Renal failure affects the mechanical and the ventilatory function of the lungs. A few studies have evaluated the ventilatory and pulmonary function in dialysis patients. The present study aimed to compare Pulmonary Function Test (PFT results in patients undergoing Hemodialysis (HD and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD. Materials and Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study on 50  patients with hemodialysis (HD and 50 cases with PD who  underwent PFT in Ghaem and Imam Reza hospitals Mashhad, Iran from November 2010 to July 2012. Spirometric parameters including forced expiratory volume in 1s (FEV1, FEV1/forced vital capacity (FVC, forced expiratory flow 25-75% (FEF and peak expiratory flow (PEF were compared between the two groups of patients. Results: Approximately 68% of the HD patients, 66% of the PD patients, and 67% of all the studied cases showed a normal spirometric pattern. Moreover, there were no significant differences between the two groups considering the mean of the aforementioned spirometric parameters(restrictive ,obstructive pattern (P=0.969. However, an insignificant inverse correlation was observed between the duration of dialysis with FEV1 (r=0.381, P=0.008, FVC (r=-0.298, P=0.04, FEF 25-75% (r=0.43, P=0.003, PEF (r= 0.349, P=0.02 and FEV1/FVC (r=-0.363, P=0.01, in the HD patients and between the patients’ age with FEV1/FVC (r=0.03, P=0.02 in the PD patients. Conclusion: This study showed no significant difference in pulmonary function in hemo and peritoneal dialysis,so according this result ,both of the dialysis had the same affect on the lung function.

  14. Comparative costs and benefits of hydrogen vehicles

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    Berry, G.D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    The costs and benefits of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel are compared to gasoline, natural gas, and battery-powered vehicles. Costs, energy, efficiency, and tail-pipe and full fuel cycle emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases were estimated for hydrogen from a broad range of delivery pathways and scales: from individual vehicle refueling systems to large stations refueling 300 cars/day. Hydrogen production from natural gas, methanol, and ammonia, as well as water electrolysis based on alkaline or polymer electrolytes and steam electrolysis using solid oxide electrolytes are considered. These estimates were compared to estimates for competing fuels and vehicles, and used to construct oil use, air pollutant, and greenhouse gas emission scenarios for the U.S. passenger car fleet from 2005-2050. Fuel costs need not be an overriding concern in evaluating the suitability of hydrogen as a fuel for passenger vehicles. The combined emissions and oil import reduction benefits of hydrogen cars are estimated to be significant, valued at up to {approximately}$400/yr for each hydrogen car when primarily clean energy sources are used for hydrogen production. These benefits alone, however, become tenuous as the basis supporting a compelling rationale for hydrogen fueled vehicles, if efficient, advanced fossil-fuel hybrid electric vehicles (HEV`s) can achieve actual on-road emissions at or below ULEV standards in the 2005-2015 timeframe. It appears a robust rationale for hydrogen fuel and vehicles will need to also consider unique, strategic, and long-range benefits of hydrogen vehicles which can be achieved through the use of production, storage, delivery, and utilization methods for hydrogen which are unique among fuels: efficient use of intermittent renewable energy sources, (e,g, wind, solar), small-scale feasibility, fuel production at or near the point of use, electrolytic production, diverse storage technologies, and electrochemical conversion to electricity.

  15. Comparative assessment of Project FALSIRE -- results

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    The analysis results of the recently completed Phase I for the Project Fracture Analysis of Large Scale International Reference Experiments (FALSIRE) are summarized in a comparative manner. Thirty-nine analyses of the pressurized thermal shock experiments NKS-3 and NKS-4 from MPA-Stuttgart (FRG), PTSE-2 from ORNL and spinning cylinder SC-I and SC-II from AEA-Technology (UK) have been evaluated. The discussion of the results has been focused on the discrepancies of the finite element results and on comparisons with the estimation scheme analyses. A set of quantities like crack mouth opening (CMOD), strains, stresses, J-integral and constraint have been selected and compared for the different analyses to approximate the structural behaviour of the test specimens and the fracture behaviour of the cracks. A database of the results has been established. The influence of boundary conditions, approximation of material properties and calculational methods is shown in detail. The structure mechanics behaviour of the test specimens could be approximated well in case of NKS experiments but not in PTSE-2. Most differences between the various analyses could be explained. The applications of JR methodology to predict crack extension was partially successful in some cases (NKS experiments) but not in others (PTSE-2). Fracture assessments based on CT-specimens overestimate stable crack growth in the case of NKS-4 and SC-I/II, because the crack resistance in the large scale test specimens is bigger than predicted by small specimens (e.g. CT-25). SC-I/II fracture results show that crack growth can be described quite well with the J-integral and the JR-curves of the large scale test specimen. Therefore, future work has to be concentrated on extension of the JR methodology by a parameter which controls the geometry and load dependence of the crack resistance. This can only be achieved by close connection between numerical simulation and fracture mechanics testing

  16. Alternative waste forms: a comparative study

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    A characterization study utilizing comparative tests has been conducted to assess product inertness of alternative waste form materials, having evaluated at this point four basic product types: sintered ceramics, glass ceramics, glass and concrete. The seven specific waste form materials studied represent simulated nuclear waste loading of 5% to 100%, processed between room temperature and 12000C and subjected to characterization tests including phase analysis, microstructure, compression testing, volatility and leach testing. Significant conclusions based upon the results obtained to date are: sintered calcine waste form PW-9 does not retain Na, Mo and Cs when leached 900C and, in fact, does not remain a solid; glass and supercalcine are alike under both hydrous and hydrothermal leach conditions with glass exhibiting a greater retention of sodium and molybdenum, supercalcine having a greater retention of cesium, and both forms approximately equal in strontium retention; volatility measurements indicate that an order of magnitude decrease in volatility occurs when a calcine waste form is incorporated in a crystalline or glassy host; glass 76-68 is superior to supercalcine SPC-5B in retention of volatiles below 11000C because of the high release of Na from SPC-5B, however, as the temperature approaches or exceeds the glass melt temperature, volatile losses of the glass equal or exceed that of SPC-5B; glass 76-68 and supercalcine SPC-5B have high compressive strengths when compared to sintered PW-9 and cement products. This is apparently due to a stronger continuum bond resulting from a glassy matrix or crystalline ingrowth over a simple mechanical agglomeration of particles

  17. Comparative genomics and transcriptomics of Propionibacterium acnes.

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    Full Text Available The anaerobic gram-positive bacterium Propionibacterium acnes is a human skin commensal that is occasionally associated with inflammatory diseases. Recent work has indicated that evolutionary distinct lineages of P. acnes play etiologic roles in disease while others are associated with maintenance of skin homeostasis. To shed light on the molecular basis for differential strain properties, we carried out genomic and transcriptomic analysis of distinct P. acnes strains. We sequenced the genome of the P. acnes strain 266, a type I-1a strain. Comparative genome analysis of strain 266 and four other P. acnes strains revealed that overall genome plasticity is relatively low; however, a number of island-like genomic regions, encoding a variety of putative virulence-associated and fitness traits differ between phylotypes, as judged from PCR analysis of a collection of P. acnes strains. Comparative transcriptome analysis of strains KPA171202 (type I-2 and 266 during exponential growth revealed inter-strain differences in gene expression of transport systems and metabolic pathways. In addition, transcript levels of genes encoding possible virulence factors such as dermatan-sulphate adhesin, polyunsaturated fatty acid isomerase, iron acquisition protein HtaA and lipase GehA were upregulated in strain 266. We investigated differential gene expression during exponential and stationary growth phases. Genes encoding components of the energy-conserving respiratory chain as well as secreted and virulence-associated factors were transcribed during the exponential phase, while the stationary growth phase was characterized by upregulation of genes involved in stress responses and amino acid metabolism. Our data highlight the genomic basis for strain diversity and identify, for the first time, the actively transcribed part of the genome, underlining the important role growth status plays in the inflammation-inducing activity of P. acnes. We argue that the disease

  18. Comparing What to What? Intersecting Methodological Issues in Comparative Area Studies and Transitional Justice Research

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    The paper discusses how current methodological debates on the potentials of Comparative Area Studies intersect with current trends in transitional justice research. As the field of transitional justice studies is approximating a status of maturation, academic enterprises tend to focus on empirical as well as theoretical generalization. The challenge of comparative transitional justice research consists less in weighing national impacts of policies than in taking into account a more historiciz...

  19. The Way We Were: Reflections on the Comparative History of Comparative Economics

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    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the characteristics of comparative economics during the period 1977–1992, using computational tools to collect data on the character of publications. These data depict the distinctive characteristics of comparative economics, for example, whether it was neoclassical or new-institutional, and the balance between theory and empirics. Complete systems were a centerpiece of comparativists’ research, leading to an early focus on institutions, culture, and law. Consequently, the...

  20. Construction and harmonious development of urban-rural comparing financial systems based on comparative advantages theory

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    There exist differences between urban-rural financial systems. Generally, the development of urban financial industry has absolute advantages compared with rural financial industry. According to the Matthew Effect, the financial resources will flow into cities for higher benefit, so rural areas are unable to obtain absolute advantages. However, relative advantage theory of the comparative advantage theory provides an important way to observe respective advantage of both city and country. Therefore, there are comparative advantages for the development of financial industry in both urban and rural areas, The respective comparative advantages of urban-rural financial systems will supply greater efficiency than that in current dual pattern condition. Closely connected with China's financial development and reform and the fact of the recreation of urban-rural financial system, this paper tries to explain the comparative advantage of the urban-rural financial systems. The analysis of the comparative advantage between urban and rural finance is the clue for the boundary between urban-rural financial systems. This paper analyzes the current situation of urban.-rural financial system. Then it proposes some views and suggestions on how to develop and maintain these two systems as well as how to promote their coordinative development.

  1. Sequestrated Thrombolysis: Comparative Evaluation In Vivo

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    Purpose: Lysis of a thrombus is a function of the local concentration of thrombolytic enzymes. This study was designed to determine in a porcine model of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) whether perithrombic sequestration of small volumes of a concentrated enzyme solution can accelerate the process of thrombolysis.Methods: DVT was induced in both hind limbs using a previously described technique (n = 32). Thirty minutes later the animal was heparinized and unilateral thrombolysis was attempted using 8 mg recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA); saline was administered in the opposite leg. For conventional high-volume infusion (CI) (n = 5) rt-PA (0.067 mg/ml) was infused at 1 ml/min. For sequestrated thrombolysis the external iliac vein was endoluminally occluded, and rt-PA (0.25 mg/ml) administered either for proximal injection (ST-P) (n = 5), as a bolus every 3 min through a microcatheter placed via the balloon catheter, or for transthrombic injection (ST-T) (n = 5), as a bolus every 3 min through a Katzen wire in the balloon catheter. At autopsy, the thrombus mass in the iliofemoral veins was measured, and the extent of residual thrombosis in the venous tributaries graded at four sites. From these data a thrombolysis score was calculated.Results: One pig died before thrombolysis could be performed. Only with ST-T was residual thrombus mass in the test limb normalized to control, residual thrombus index (RTI), consistently less than unity. The median RTI of this group was 0.50 (range 0.39-0.97) compared with 1.22 (0.64-1.38) for ST-P and 0.88 (0.37-1.13) for CI. Compared with contralateral controls, a lower grade of residual thrombosis in tributaries was observed in test limbs at more venous sites with ST-T (8/20; 95% confidence interval 5-13) and ST-P (9/20; confidence interval 5-13) than with CI (2/20; confidence interval 0-5) (p= 0.04). A trend toward lower thrombolysis scores was observed with ST-T (p = 0.08). Systemic fibrinogenolysis was not

  2. A Influência do Vento no Transporte de Cinzas e de Poeiras provenientes da Actividade Vulcânica: Proposta de uma Actividade Experimental

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    Bonito, Jorge

    2005-01-01

    O actual panorama para a educação em Ciências preconiza um ensino das Ciências voltado para a formação de uma cidadania adequadamente esclarecida, capacitada para responder aos permanentes desafios que surgem diariamente na sociedade. Com base nestas ideias, tem sido defendido que o ensino das Ciências se centralize à volta dos saberes do dia-adia e dos processos através dos quais os alunos aprendem, constroem e usam o conhecimento científico. Partindo do caso do vulcão Popocatépe...

  3. Aplicação de cinzas residuais e de fibra de sisal na produção de argamassas e concretos: Revisão

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    Indara Soto Izquierdo; Marcio Antonio Ramalho

    2014-01-01

    The industrial development linked to the growing addiction to con - sumption, obsession with fossil fuels, and general desire for short term profit, cause a certain insensitivity to more sustainable alternatives. The construction industry is a sector in which the incorporation of various types of waste presents as favorable. Three types of waste with different characteristics and origins have proved attractive and advantageous for many developing countries. They are incinerated municipal soli...

  4. Aplicação de cinzas residuais e de fibra de sisal na produção de argamassas e concretos: Revisão

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    Indara Soto Izquierdo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The industrial development linked to the growing addiction to con - sumption, obsession with fossil fuels, and general desire for short term profit, cause a certain insensitivity to more sustainable alternatives. The construction industry is a sector in which the incorporation of various types of waste presents as favorable. Three types of waste with different characteristics and origins have proved attractive and advantageous for many developing countries. They are incinerated municipal solid waste, bagasse ash from sugar-cane and sisal fiber. The aim of the paper was to realize a literature review of the characteristics, use and importance of these residues as application in construction. The interest in the re-use of these waste materials as raw material in mortar and concrete allows for proper disposal and minimizing the generation of waste, moreover, would no longer be the primary cause of problems relating to public health and the environment. Fortunately, there is a tendency among researchers to stimulate the search for new raw materials that come from cleaner and renewable sources. All studies referenced in the article showed the feasibility of using sisal fiber and residual ash for the manufacture of concrete and mortar.

  5. Characterization of red ceramic pastes incorporated with sugarcane bagasse ash wastes; Caracterizacao de massa ceramica vermelha incorporada com residuo de cinzas de bagaco de cana-de-acucar

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    Faria, K.C.P.; Gurgel, R.F.; Holanda, J.N.F., E-mail: katiacpfaria@hotmail.co, E-mail: holanda@uenf.b [Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (LAMAV/UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Materiais Avancados. Grupo de Materiais Ceramicos

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    The alcohol industry is one sector that stands out most in the Brazilian agribusiness. Currently there is an increasing demand for sugar and ethanol for use as fuel. The processes of manufacturing these products generate large amounts of waste, the sugarcane bagasse ash waste one of the most abundant. For its chemical and mineralogical characteristics, this waste has aroused the interest of its reuse in the field of red ceramic. This study analyzes the characteristics of a red ceramic paste incorporated with up to 20 wt.% of waste. The following characteristics were performed: chemical composition, X-ray diffraction, particle size, morphology, and Atterberg limits. The results show that the incorporation of sugarcane bagasse ash waste influences the physical-chemical and mineralogical characteristics of red ceramic paste. (author)

  6. Aplicação de cinzas da combustão de biomassa na remoção do dióxido de carbono

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    2014-01-01

    Devido à forte dependência de combustíveis fósseis para a produção de energia no mundo, o nível de emissões de dióxido de carbono aumentou levando a um aumento do aquecimento global, que é acompanhada por mudanças climáticas em várias partes do mundo. Para reverter este facto, atualmente têm-se tentado utilizar fontes de produção de energia mais limpa, tal como a biomassa. A biomassa é considerada como uma fonte de energia renovável e pode desempenhar um papel importante nas tendências fut...

  7. Synthesis and characterization of zeolite material from coal ashes modified by surfactant; Sintese e caracterizacao de material zeolitico de cinzas de carvao modificado por surfactante

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    Fungaro, D.A., E-mail: dfungaro@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (CQMA/IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Quimica e Meio Ambiente; Borrely, S.I. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (CTR/IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Tecnologia das Radiacoes

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    Coal ash was used as starting material for zeolite synthesis by means of hydrothermal treatment. The surfactant-modified zeolite (SMZ) was prepared by adsorbing the cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br) on the external surface of the zeolite from coal ash. The zeolite structure stability was monitored during the characterization of the materials by FTIR, XDR and SEM. The structural parameters of surfactant-modified zeolite are very close to that of corresponding non-modified zeolite which indicates that the crystalline nature of the zeolite remained intact after required chemical treatment with HDTMA-Br molecules and heating treatment for drying. The most intense peaks in the FTIR spectrum of HDTMA-Br were observed in SMZ spectrum confirming adsorption of surfactant on zeolites. (author)

  8. Zeolite and wollastonite synthesis from rice hull ash; Sintese de zeolitas e wolastonita a partir da cinza da casca de arroz

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    Fernandes, Alberto de Andrade

    2006-07-01

    Rice hull ash (RHA) is a industry scrap rich in amorphous silica. A simple and low-energy cost method for the extraction of this silica was researched. A low level of impurity and high reactivity material was produced, which is appropriate for the synthesis of zeolites and wollastonite (CaSiO{sub 3}). The synthetic zeolites has not similar structures in nature, and they have been more and more valued in the market due to their purity and efficiency in specific applications like ion exchange, molecular sieve and catalysis areas. High purity wollastonite has many applications in manufacturing and agriculture. The mineral wollastonite can be formed in nature in different ways; it is generally accepted two forming processes, both encompassing limestone metamorphism (heat and pressure). In this work, a new process for the synthesis of zeolites and wollastonite from RHA colloidal silica was developed. Moreover, the process is aimed at lower energy costs, fewer stages and fewer reactants consume. In this work, zeolite A used in detergent and zeolite ZSM-5, employed in the petrochemical industry due to its high selectivity in catalytic reactions and its high thermo and acid stability, were synthesized. The first step of the wollastonite synthesis was studied, with the purpose of obtaining calcium hydrosilicate. Eleven different hydrosilicates occur in the system Ca(OH){sub 2}-SiO{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O, in the second step it was annealed to form the wollastonite phase. (author)

  9. Debaixo de uma parede cinza... existe um amor pela nossa cidade. (Os Gémeos): cidade, turismo e arte urbana na área metropolitana de Lisboa

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    Miranda, Rita Maria Santos de

    2015-01-01

    Pretende-se com a presente dissertação analisar problemáticas da cidade contemporânea, sociedade de consumo actual e de consumo turístico, turismo de City- Break e arte urbana (especificamente relacionada com o graffiti e a street-art), na área metropolitana de Lisboa (objecto de estudo). A estudo da cidade contemporânea consiste numa reflexão sobre as modificações do comportamento de consumo e da importância no investimento numa “marca cultural” de uma cidade, explorando pr...

  10. Notas sobre amizade e família: a vida como obra de arte no encontro com Antônia e as cinzas no jardim

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    Elizabete Franco Cruz

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Resumo O artigo apresenta uma reflexão sobre amizade e família a partir do filme Excêntrica família de Antônia e do pedido feito por um participante de uma ONG AIDS antes de seu falecimento. Utilizando ferramentas conceituais de Michael Foucault e de autoras e autores que dialogam com a obra do autor, o texto interpela o lugar da diferença nas famílias e a centralidade da família como referência do contexto social. O debate sobre amizade remete à dimensão política do espaço público e à possibilidade de invenção de modos coletivos de vivência, levando a novas configurações da ética e da estética da existência dos indivíduos e da sociedade.

  11. Avaliação do processo adsortivo utilizando mesocarpo de coco verde para remoção do corante cinza reativo BF-2R

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    Otidene Rossiter Sá da Rocha; Graziele Elisandra do Nascimento; Natália Ferreira Campos; Valdinete Lins da Silva; Marta Maria Menezes Bezerra Duarte

    2012-01-01

    This work used green coconut mesocarp as a bioadsorbent to remove Reactive Gray BF-2R dye. A 2³ factorial design was used to evaluate the influence of the variables adsorbent mass, particle size and stirring speed on the adsorptive process. Kinetic and adsorption equilibrium studies were performed. Results showed that the kinetic equilibrium was reached after 150 min. Using the Langmuir model, a q max of 21.9 mg g-1 and k of 0.30 L g-1 was obtained. The mesocarp of coconut, a residue of agrib...

  12. Comparing Teaching Approaches About Maxwell's Displacement Current

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    Karam, Ricardo; Coimbra, Debora; Pietrocola, Maurício

    2014-08-01

    Due to its fundamental role for the consolidation of Maxwell's equations, the displacement current is one of the most important topics of any introductory course on electromagnetism. Moreover, this episode is widely used by historians and philosophers of science as a case study to investigate several issues (e.g. the theory-experiment relationship). Despite the consensus among physics educators concerning the relevance of the topic, there are many possible ways to interpret and justify the need for the displacement current term. With the goal of understanding the didactical transposition of this topic more deeply, we investigate three of its domains: (1) The historical development of Maxwell's reasoning; (2) Different approaches to justify the term insertion in physics textbooks; and (3) Four lectures devoted to introduce the topic in undergraduate level given by four different professors. By reflecting on the differences between these three domains, significant evidence for the knowledge transformation caused by the didactization of this episode is provided. The main purpose of this comparative analysis is to assist physics educators in developing an epistemological surveillance regarding the teaching and learning of the displacement current.

  13. Comparative and Developmental Anatomy of Cardiac Lymphatics

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    A. Ratajska

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The role of the cardiac lymphatic system has been recently appreciated since lymphatic disturbances take part in various heart pathologies. This review presents the current knowledge about normal anatomy and structure of lymphatics and their prenatal development for a better understanding of the proper functioning of this system in relation to coronary circulation. Lymphatics of the heart consist of terminal capillaries of various diameters, capillary plexuses that drain continuously subendocardial, myocardial, and subepicardial areas, and draining (collecting vessels that lead the lymph out of the heart. There are interspecies differences in the distribution of lymphatic capillaries, especially near the valves, as well as differences in the routes and number of draining vessels. In some species, subendocardial areas contain fewer lymphatic capillaries as compared to subepicardial parts of the heart. In all species there is at least one collector vessel draining lymph from the subepicardial plexuses and running along the anterior interventricular septum under the left auricle and further along the pulmonary trunk outside the heart and terminating in the right venous angle. The second collector assumes a different route in various species. In most mammalian species the collectors run along major branches of coronary arteries, have valves and a discontinuous layer of smooth muscle cells.

  14. Comparative genomics of vertebrate Fox cluster loci

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    Shimeld Sebastian M

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vertebrate genomes contain numerous duplicate genes, many of which are organised into paralagous regions indicating duplication of linked groups of genes. Comparison of genomic organisation in different lineages can often allow the evolutionary history of such regions to be traced. A classic example of this is the Hox genes, where the presence of a single continuous Hox cluster in amphioxus and four vertebrate clusters has allowed the genomic evolution of this region to be established. Fox transcription factors of the C, F, L1 and Q1 classes are also organised in clusters in both amphioxus and humans. However in contrast to the Hox genes, only two clusters of paralogous Fox genes have so far been identified in the Human genome and the organisation in other vertebrates is unknown. Results To uncover the evolutionary history of the Fox clusters, we report on the comparative genomics of these loci. We demonstrate two further paralogous regions in the Human genome, and identify orthologous regions in mammalian, chicken, frog and teleost genomes, timing the duplications to before the separation of the actinopterygian and sarcopterygian lineages. An additional Fox class, FoxS, was also found to reside in this duplicated genomic region. Conclusion Comparison of loci identifies the pattern of gene duplication, loss and cluster break up through multiple lineages, and suggests FoxS1 is a likely remnant of Fox cluster duplication.

  15. Foreign bodies: radiopaque compared to what?

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    The term ''radiopaque'' is commonly used when discussing foreign bodies and lists of radiopaque and non-radiopaque materials are sometimes created, but radiopacity is not a binary concept. A more fundamental understanding of radiopacity is necessary for the work-up of foreign bodies. To demonstrate that ''radiopaque'' is a relative term. Twenty foreign bodies of various sizes, shapes and materials were placed in a basin. Radiographs were obtained of the objects with 0, 2.5, 5 and 10 cm depth of water in the basin to simulate the appearance of a foreign body in human tissue. The progressively changing appearance of the objects was observed. All of the objects were radiographically visible in the empty basin. Different objects demonstrated different appearances when immersed in progressively deeper levels of water, illustrating the effect of the surrounding water as well as the effects of object shape, size, orientation and composition. The concept of radiopacity seems simple and the term ''radiopaque'' is sometimes used to describe an all or none phenomenon. However, radiopacity is a comparative concept implying relative X-ray attenuation. Accurate understanding of the radiographic appearance of foreign bodies requires one to keep in mind the concepts of relative X-ray attenuation and contrast resolution. (orig.)

  16. Comparative genome analysis of Basidiomycete fungi

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    Riley, Robert; Salamov, Asaf; Henrissat, Bernard; Nagy, Laszlo; Brown, Daren; Held, Benjamin; Baker, Scott; Blanchette, Robert; Boussau, Bastien; Doty, Sharon L.; Fagnan, Kirsten; Floudas, Dimitris; Levasseur, Anthony; Manning, Gerard; Martin, Francis; Morin, Emmanuelle; Otillar, Robert; Pisabarro, Antonio; Walton, Jonathan; Wolfe, Ken; Hibbett, David; Grigoriev, Igor

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    Fungi of the phylum Basidiomycota (basidiomycetes), make up some 37percent of the described fungi, and are important in forestry, agriculture, medicine, and bioenergy. This diverse phylum includes symbionts, pathogens, and saprotrophs including the majority of wood decaying and ectomycorrhizal species. To better understand the genetic diversity of this phylum we compared the genomes of 35 basidiomycetes including 6 newly sequenced genomes. These genomes span extremes of genome size, gene number, and repeat content. Analysis of core genes reveals that some 48percent of basidiomycete proteins are unique to the phylum with nearly half of those (22percent) found in only one organism. Correlations between lifestyle and certain gene families are evident. Phylogenetic patterns of plant biomass-degrading genes in Agaricomycotina suggest a continuum rather than a dichotomy between the white rot and brown rot modes of wood decay. Based on phylogenetically-informed PCA analysis of wood decay genes, we predict that that Botryobasidium botryosum and Jaapia argillacea have properties similar to white rot species, although neither has typical ligninolytic class II fungal peroxidases (PODs). This prediction is supported by growth assays in which both fungi exhibit wood decay with white rot-like characteristics. Based on this, we suggest that the white/brown rot dichotomy may be inadequate to describe the full range of wood decaying fungi. Analysis of the rate of discovery of proteins with no or few homologs suggests the value of continued sequencing of basidiomycete fungi.

  17. Panel 1 - comparative evaluation of deposition technologies

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    Fenske, G.R.; Stodolsky, F. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Benson, D.K.; Pitts, R.J. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Bhat, D.G. [GTE Valenite Corp., Troy, MI (United States); Yulin Chen [Allison Gas Turbine Division, GM, Indianapolis, IN (United States); Gat, R.; Sunkara, M.K. [Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States); Kelly, M. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Lawler, J.E. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (United States); Nagle, D.C. [Martin Marietta Labs., Baltimore, MD (United States); Outka, D. [Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA (United States); Revankar, G.S. [Deere & Co., Moline, IL (United States); Subramaniam, V.V. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus (United States); Wilbur, P.J. [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins (United States); Mingshow Wong [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Woolam, W.E. [Southwest Research Inst., Arlington, VA (United States)

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    This working group attempted to evaluate/compare the different types of deposition techniques currently under investigation for depositing diamond and diamond-like carbon films. A table lists the broad types of techniques that were considered for depositing diamond and diamond-like carbon films. After some discussion, it was agreed that any evaluation of the various techniques would be dependent on the end application. Thus the next action was to list the different areas where diamond and DLC films could find applications in transportation. These application areas are listed in a table. The table intentionally does not go into great detail on applications because that subject is dealt with specifically by Panel No. 4 - Applications To Transportation. The next action concentrated on identifying critical issues or limitations that need to be considered in evaluating the different processes. An attempt was then made to rank different broad categories of deposition techniques currently available or under development based on the four application areas and the limitations. These rankings/evaluations are given for diamond and DLC techniques. Finally, the working group tried to identify critical development and research issues that need to be incorporated into developing a long-term program that focuses on diamond/DLC coatings for transportation needs. 5 tabs.

  18. Comparative study on software development methodologies

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    Mihai Liviu DESPA

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    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the current state of knowledge in the field of software development methodologies. It aims to set the stage for the formalization of a software development methodology dedicated to innovation orientated IT projects. The paper starts by depicting specific characteristics in software development project management. Managing software development projects involves techniques and skills that are proprietary to the IT industry. Also the software development project manager handles challenges and risks that are predominantly encountered in business and research areas that involve state of the art technology. Conventional software development stages are defined and briefly described. Development stages are the building blocks of any software development methodology so it is important to properly research this aspect. Current software development methodologies are presented. Development stages are defined for every showcased methodology. For each methodology a graphic representation is illustrated in order to better individualize its structure. Software development methodologies are compared by highlighting strengths and weaknesses from the stakeholder's point of view. Conclusions are formulated and a research direction aimed at formalizing a software development methodology dedicated to innovation orientated IT projects is enunciated.

  19. Comparative Planetary Atmospheres of the Galilean Satellites

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    Strobel, Darrell F.

    We know that each of the Galilean satellites of Jupiter has a tenuous atmosphere by terrestrial standards. Io has an SO2 atmosphere with column densities ~ 1016 cm-2 in the equatorial regions and at least an order of magnitude smaller densities in the polar regions. Europa and Ganymede have O2 atmospheres with column densities in the range of (1-10) x 1014 cm-2 whereas Callisto has an CO2 atmosphere of comparable column density. I will give exploratory comparisons of the composition of these atmospheres and their production and loss rates to estimate residence times of the dominant molecules. Based on measured and calculated ionospheric density profiles the ionospheric Pedersen and Hall conductances can be computed to estimate the strengths of their electrodynamic interactions with the Io plasma torus. As a result of these interactions large electric currents flow through their ionospheres (~ 106 A) accompanied by large Joule heating rates that can be the dominant heating mechanism of their atmospheres. Production mechanisms for HST/STIS observed UV airglow/auroras will be discussed in terms of neutral composition electron densities and temperatures necessary to achieve measured brightnesses.

  20. Comparing MTI randomization procedures to blocked randomization.

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    Berger, Vance W; Bejleri, Klejda; Agnor, Rebecca

    2016-02-28

    Randomization is one of the cornerstones of the randomized clinical trial, and there is no shortage of methods one can use to randomize patients to treatment groups. When deciding which one to use, researchers must bear in mind that not all randomization procedures are equally adept at achieving the objective of randomization, namely, balanced treatment groups. One threat is chronological bias, and permuted blocks randomization does such a good job at controlling chronological bias that it has become the standard randomization procedure in clinical trials. But permuted blocks randomization is especially vulnerable to selection bias, so as a result, the maximum tolerated imbalance (MTI) procedures were proposed as better alternatives. In comparing the procedures, we have somewhat of a false controversy, in that actual practice goes uniformly one way (permuted blocks), whereas scientific arguments go uniformly the other way (MTI procedures). There is no argument in the literature to suggest that the permuted block design is better than or even as good as the MTI procedures, but this dearth is matched by an equivalent one regarding actual trials using the MTI procedures. So the 'controversy', if we are to call it that, pits misguided precedent against sound advice that tends to be ignored in practice. We shall review the issues to determine scientifically which of the procedures is better and, therefore, should be used. PMID:26337607