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  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  3. Caracterização de cinzas volantes para aproveitamento cerâmico Characterization of fly ash for ceramic use

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    N. I. Warpechowski da Silva

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available 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 mulita, quartzo e hematita, e material amorfo determinado por difração de raios X; na caracterização química foram determinados os elementos maiores e como menores Mn, Zn, Cu, Pb, Hg, Cr, Cd e Ni. Para a caracterização física realizou-se ensaios de análise granulométrica, superfície específica, MEG, limites de Atterberg e índice de atividade pozolânica (cimento e cal.Fly ashes are minerals produced in the combustion of mineral coal. The Candiota Power Station, at RS State, produces approximately 1,000,000 ton/yr. ashes. A fraction of around 80% of this quantity is constituted by fly ash and just 20% by bottom ash. The maximum capacity of production of ashes is close to 1,900,000 ton/yr. The utilization of this material in ceramic composites is highly recommended since, as solid reject from coal combustion, the disposal of this residue in the environment gives rise to severe environmental problems and high costs for correction. X-ray analyses have determined the mineralogical constitution of fly ash; the material is made of mullite, quartz and hematite, in addition to amorphous material. The chemical characterization has identified the major elements and Mn, Zn, Cu, Pb, Hg, Cr, Cd and Ni as minor constituents. For the physical characterization, the tests were particle size analysis and the measurement of specific surface, MEG, Atterberg’s limit and the index of pozolanic activity (for cement and lime.

  4. 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...

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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)

  11. Contribution a la comprehension de la durabilite a l'ecaillage des betons contenant de la cendre volante et du laitier

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    Houehanou, Ernesto C.

    L'incorporation des ajouts cimentaires dans le beton est connue pour ses avantages technologiques et environnementaux. Pour assurer une plus grande utilisation des ajouts cimentaires, il faut accroitre la connaissance dans ce domaine surtout les facteurs relatifs a la durabilite des ouvrages construits avec les betons contenant des ajouts mineraux. Jusqu'a present, la plupart des etudes sur les betons contenant de la cendre volante et du laitier semble s'accorder sur leur moins bonne durabilite a l'ecaillage surtout lorsqu'on les compare au beton ordinaire. Les raisons de cette moins bonne performance ne sont pas toutes connues et cela limite bien des fois l'incorporation de la cendre volante et de laitier dans le beton pour des ouvrages fortement exposes aux cycles de gel-degel en presence de sels fondants. Cette these vise la comprehension des problematiques de la durabilite a l'ecaillage des betons contenant des ajouts cimentaires tels la cendre volante et le laitier. Les objectifs sont de mieux comprendre la representativite et la severite relative des essais normalises ASTM C672 et NQ 2621-900 pour l'evaluation de la durabilite a l'ecaillage de ces betons, d'etudier l'influence de la methode de murissement sur la durabilite a l'ecaillage et d'etudier la relation entre la durabilite a l'ecaillage et la sorptivite des surfaces de beton ainsi que la particularite de la microstructure des betons contenant de la cendre volante. Cinq types de betons a air entraine contenant 25% et 35% de cendre volante et laitier ainsi que 1% et 2% de fumee de silice ont ete produits, muris selon differentes methodes et soumis a des essais acceleres selon les deux procedures normalisees ainsi qu'un essai de sorptivite. Les differentes methodes de murissement sont choisies de facon a mettre en evidence aussi bien l'influence des parametres des essais que celle de la methode de murissement elle-meme. La durabilite en laboratoire des betons testes a ete comparee avec celle de betons

  12. 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.

  13. A Diary of Genesis: L’Atelier Volant by Valère Novarina

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    Jean-Marie Thomasseau

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes and analyses the diary of the writer and playwright Valère Novarina. It explores his notes as records of the creative process that originated the play L’Atelier Volant and describes the concerns and problematisations of the author with regard to the first staging the play. Based on Novarina’s notion of staging, the text shows the inadequacy of the playwright’s ideas in relation to the theatre of his time and the way this staging played a fundamental role in the author’s dramaturgical work.

  14. 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...

  15. Volante I

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    Busck, Anne Gravsholt; Vesterager, Jens Peter; Kristensen, Søren Bech Pilgaard;

    2015-01-01

    Volanteprojektet har fokus på fremtidig landskabsforvaltning og -udviklingen i Europa, med udgangspunkt i historisk udvikling og nutidige processer, visioner og scenarier, samt modellering og vurderinger af konsekvenser. Projektet sammenstiller disse forløb, og beskriver en ”køreplan” for en...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. Cinza de palha de cana-de-açúcar como adição mineral em fibrocimento

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    Michelle S. Rodrigues

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available O Brasil é o maior produtor mundial de cana-de-açúcar e sua indústria sucroalcooleira gera grande quantidade de resíduos líquidos e sólidos, dentre eles a palha da cana-de-açúcar. Com o objetivo de agregar valor a este resíduo produziu-se, neste trabalho, cinza de palha de cana-de-açúcar por meio da queima controlada a 700 °C e se avaliou sua aplicação como adição mineral em compósitos de fibrocimento. A cinza foi caracterizada pelas técnicas de fluorescência de raios X, difração de raios X, granulometria a laser e superfície específica. Nos compósitos foram avaliadas as propriedades de absorção de água, porosidade aparente, massa específica aparente, módulo de ruptura, energia específica, módulo de elasticidade e limite de proporcionalidade. A caracterização das cinzas indicou superfície específica e porosidade elevadas, além de apresentar um halo de amorficidade no seu difratograma. Compósitos produzidos com as cinzas mostraram características físicas e mecânicas similares àquelas do controle o que viabiliza a substituição parcial do cimento Portland por esse tipo de cinzas.

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

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    Rodríguez Piñero Fernández, Miguel Ángel

    1996-01-01

    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...

  20. 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.

  1. Utilización de cenizas volantes y mineralizadores como materia prima en la fabricación de cemento

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    Palomo Sánchez, Ángel

    1983-03-01

    Full Text Available In this research the process of formation of a low energy clinker is studied, when fly-ashes (rich in sulphates and lime and fluorspar are used as raw materials (fly-ashes replaces to the tradicional raw mix partially. The availability of those fly-ashes is shown since clinker at 1.340 °C is obtained. The mineralogical composition, mineralizer capacity and temperature of formation of the new liquid phase is studied.

    En el presente trabajo se estudia el proceso de formación de un clínker de bajo consumo energético, empleando como materia prima cenizas volantes sulfocálcicas (en sustitución parcial del crudo tradicional y fluorita. Se demuestra la validez de dichas cenizas volantes, obteniendo clínker a 1.340 °C. Se estudia la composición mineralógica, capacidad de mineralización y temperatura de formación de la nueva fase líquida.

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

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    Rafael Piva

    2013-06-01

    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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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

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    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

  8. 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

  9. Diversidade e capacidade simbiótica de rizóbios isolados de nódulos de Mucuna-Cinza e Mucuna-Anã

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    Andréa Aparecida de Lima

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available As espécies de mucuna são muito utilizadas como adubos verdes, e poucas informações estão disponíveis a respeito dos rizóbios nativos capazes de nodulá-las. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a diversidade e a capacidade simbiótica de isolados bacterianos de nódulos de mucuna-cinza (Mucuna pruriens (L. DC. e mucuna-anã (Mucuna deeringiana (Bort. Merr.. As bactérias foram isoladas de nódulos de mucunas cinza e anã cultivadas em vasos com solos de um sistema de produção agroecológica. Foram isoladas 160 bactérias, sendo 80 de mucuna-anã e 80 de mucuna-cinza, que foram autenticadas e selecionadas para avaliação da capacidade simbiótica. A diversidade dos isolados foi avaliada por meio das características culturais em meio de cultura YMA e da técnica de análise de restrição do produto de PCR do gene 16S rDNA. A inoculação de cinco isolados em mucuna-cinza e dois em mucuna-anã apresentou elevada biomassa da parte aérea. A maioria dos isolados apresentou crescimento rápido e acidificou o meio de cultura. A análise de restrição demonstrou que as bactérias isoladas apresentam baixa similaridade com estirpes de referência, sugerindo a existência de isolados pertencentes a novos grupos, capazes de nodular as mucunas anã e cinza.

  10. 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.

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    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.

  11. 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

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    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...

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

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    Umaña Peña, Juan Carlos

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    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...

  13. Diversidade e capacidade simbiótica de rizóbios isolados de nódulos de Mucuna-Cinza e Mucuna-Anã

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    Andréa Aparecida de Lima; Paulo Ivan Fernandes Júnior; Samuel Ribeiro Passos; Fernanda Santana de Paulo; Sumaya Mário Nosoline; Sérgio Miana de Faria; José Guilherme Marinho Guerra; Norma Gouvêa Rumjanek; Gustavo Ribeiro Xavier

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    As espécies de mucuna são muito utilizadas como adubos verdes, e poucas informações estão disponíveis a respeito dos rizóbios nativos capazes de nodulá-las. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a diversidade e a capacidade simbiótica de isolados bacterianos de nódulos de mucuna-cinza (Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.) e mucuna-anã (Mucuna deeringiana (Bort.) Merr.). As bactérias foram isoladas de nódulos de mucunas cinza e anã cultivadas em vasos com solos de um sistema de produção agroecológica. Fo...

  14. 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...

  15. 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

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

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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...

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

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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...

  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.

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    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.

  19. 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

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    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.

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

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    Verena S. Baracuhy

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    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.

  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available 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 de arroz, com e sem adição de cinzas, foram avaliadas, a fim de destacar a influência de seus componentes (casca; cinza que, de outra forma, poderiam ser excluídas ou subestimadas. Amostras cilíndricas (teste de compressão simples e de tração por compressão diametral e amostras extraídas das placas prensadas (teste de flexão e compressão paralela à superfície foram usadas para avaliar o comportamento das misturas e dos componentes casca e cinza. Os resultados dos ensaios mecânicos mostraram, em geral, que não houve diferença estatística entre as misturas, as quais estão associadas ao efeito químico supressivo da cinza da casca de arroz. A mistura da casca de arroz de 10 mm com o acréscimo de 35% das cinzas destaca-se por permitir o mais elevado consumo de casca e cinzas, reduzir 25% no consumo de cimento e permitir o confinamento (sem emissões para a atmosfera de cerca de 1,9 tonelada de CO2 por tonelada de cimento consumido, contribuindo, assim, para a redução da emissão de CO2, o que pode incentivar construções rurais sob o ponto de vista ecológico.The rice husk and its ash are abundant and renewable and can be used to obtain alternative building materials. An increase in the consumption of such waste could help minimize the environmental problems from their improper disposal. This study aimed to evaluate the use of ashes as a cargo mineral (filler. However, the rice husk chemically interferes in the conduct of the

  6. 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.

  7. 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; Elisabeth de Oliveira Santos; Iracina Maura de Jesus; Artur Fernando Mascarenhas; Kleber de Freitas Faial

    1999-01-01

    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 ma...

  8. Aplicação da cinza da casca do arroz em argamassas de assentamento Application of the rice husk ash in mortars for bricklaying

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    Izabelle M. T. Bezerra

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available A cinza produzida pela queima da casca do arroz tem potencial para ser utilizada na confecção de argamassas por possuir, em sua constituição, alto teor de sílica (SiO2, podendo ser utilizada também como material pozolânico. Esta pesquisa objetivou verificar a viabilidade da utilização da cinza da casca do arroz (CCA em argamassas de assentamento. Realizou-se a caracterização química e mineralógica da CCA e se determinou o índice de atividade pozolânica. Para as argamassas foi determinado o índice de consistência e, em seguida, confeccionados corpos de prova de referência (sem CCA e também com percentuais de 6, 9, 15, 20 e 30% de CCA, como substituição parcial do cimento, para o traço 1:2:9, em massa, e ensaiados após períodos de cura de 28, 63 e 91 dias para determinação da densidade de massa no estado endurecido, absorção de água e resistência à compressão simples. Os resultados mostram que a CCA apresenta pozolanicidade e os corpos de prova com incorporação da CCA forneceram valores superiores aos de referência com relação às propriedades físicas e mecânicas, devido à provável ocorrência das reações pozolânicas e que a utilização da CCA é viável, tanto do ponto de vista técnico quanto ecológico.The ash produced by the burning of the rice husk presents potential for application in mortar production because has high silica content (SiO2, and so it can be used as pozzolan. This research aimed to verify the viability of rice husk ash (RHA added to mortars for bricklaying. Chemical and mineralogical characterization of RHA was initially carried out and the pozzolanic activity was determined. For the production of mortars, the consistence of each mixture studied was determined and then reference mortars (without CCA and mortars with incorporated RHA were produced with 6, 9, 15, 20 and 30% of RHA in partial substitution of cement for mortar 1:2:9 (mass ratio, in curing period of 28, 63 and 91 days

  9. Swine deep bedding ashes as a mineral additive for cement based mortar Cinzas de cama sobreposta de suínos como adição mineral em argamassas de cimento

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    Melissa Selaysim Di Campos

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available The sustainability of intensive swine production demands alternative destinations for the generated residues. Ashes from swine rice husk-based deep bedding were tested as a mineral addition for cement mortars. The ashes were obtained at 400 to 600ºC, ground and sieved through a 325 mesh sieve (# 0.045 mm. The characterization of the ashes included the determination of the index of pozzolanic activity with lime. The ashes were also tested as partial substitutes of Portland cement. The mortars were prepared using a cement:sand proportion of 1:1.5, and with water/cement ratio of 0.4. Three percentages of mass substitution of the cement were tested: 10, 20 and 30%. Mortar performances were assessed at 7 and 28 days determining their compressive strength. The chosen condition for calcinations at the laboratory scale was related to the maximum temperature of 600ºC since the resulting ashes contained vitreous materials and presented satisfactory values for the pozzolanic index under analysis. The pozzolanic activity indicated promising results for ashes produced at 600ºC as a replacement of up to 30% in cement masses.A sustentabilidade das regiões de produção intensiva de suínos requer destinos alternativos para os resíduos gerados. Cinzas de cama sobreposta de suínos à base casca de arroz, foram testadas como adição mineral em substituição ao cimento. As cinzas foram obtidas nas temperaturas de 400 a 600ºC, moídas e passadas por peneira ABNT 325 (# 0,045 mm. A caracterização de cinzas incluiu a determinação do índice de atividade pozolânica com a cal. As cinzas também foram testadas como substitutos parciais de cimento Portland. As argamassas foram preparadas na proporção cimento:areia de 1:1,5 e com fator água-cimento de 0,4. Três porcentagens de substituição do cimento comercial foram usadas: 10, 20 e 30% em massa. O desempenho das argamassas foi avaliado aos 7 e aos 28 dias com a determinação da resistência

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Efecto del tratamiento térmico en la morfología y conductividad térmica de cenizas volantes de la combustión de carbón

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    Gabriel Peña-Rodríguez

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el efecto del tratamiento térmico en la conductividad térmica efectiva (ke a temperatura ambiente de polvos de cenizas volantes provenientes de la combustión de carbón de la Central Termoeléctrica de Termotasajero S.A. Dicho parámetro termofísico fue medido usando el sistema KD2Pro® Thermal Properties Analyzer, el cual funciona con el principio físico de flujo lineal transitorio de calor. El tratamiento térmico de las muestras se realizó usando una mufla eléctrica Ney® Vulcan D-130 para el rango de temperaturas de 1050, 1100, 1130, 1200, 1250 y 1300 °C. La porosidad y densidad aparente fue hallada usando la norma NTC 4321-3. La morfología superficial de las muestras fue analizada usando Microscopía Electrónica de Barrido (MEB. Los resultados muestran que a medida que se incrementó la temperatura en el tratamiento térmico, las muestras cambiaron de color de gris oscuro a beige; disminuyó el porcentaje de porosidad, debido a su proceso de vitrificación, y se aumentó la densidad y, por ende, la conductividad térmica efectiva. Los valores reportados de ke son muy importantes en los cálculos del coeficiente de transmitancia térmica en los procesos de transferencia de calor donde se utilicen estas cenizas.

  19. 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

    1989-06-01

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    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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 et al.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Flight performance of the largest volant bird

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    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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  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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    T. V. BRAGA

    2009-01-01

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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

    2013-03-01

    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. A literatura informal ainda é cinza?

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    Solange Puntel Mostafa; Marisa Terra

    2013-01-01

    La comunicación científica está en medio de una revolución tecnológica que la transforma. A partir de un análisis de las relaciones interdependientes entre canales de comunicación y los contenidos que estos vehiculizan, se revisan los conceptos "literatura gris", "canales formales e informales" y "colegio invisible".

  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. Caracterização física e mecânica de argamassas à base de cimento Portland e cinza de casca de arroz residual Physical and mechanical characterization on Portland cement mortar with rice husk ash addition

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    Michelle S Rodrigues

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available A casca de arroz, utilizada como fonte de energia em indústrias de beneficiamento de arroz, converte-se, depois da queima, em uma cinza residual. Esse resíduo, ainda sem um destino adequado, é muitas vezes depositado em grandes áreas abertas e provoca elevado impacto ambiental. Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a viabilidade de utilização da cinza de casca de arroz (CCA residual na produção de argamassas, como substituta parcial do cimento. A caracterização da CCA foi realizada por meio da análise de fluorescência de raios-X (composição química, análise do teor de carbono e difração de raios-X; também foi realizada análise granulométrica a laser. Os corpos de prova foram submetidos a dois tipos de exposição: ambientes externo e interno, com duração máxima de cinco meses. Foram realizados os ensaios de resistência à compressão simples e não destrutivo (velocidade do pulso ultrassônico - VPU. Embora as argamassas tenham apresentado bom desempenho mecânico, os ensaios de pozolanicidade indicaram que a cinza de casca de arroz residual utilizada não é uma pozolana, mas pode ser utilizada em matrizes cimentícias como material inerte (filler.Rice husk, employed as an energy source at milling industries in Brazil generates, after burning, a dark ash. This residue is not yet conveniently disposed, being currently dumped on large areas, causing environmental problems. This research intended to evaluate the applications of residual rice husk ashes (RHA as a partial replacement of cement for mortar production. Rice husk ash was chemically characterized through X-ray fluorescence, determination of carbon content, X-ray diffraction, and laser granulometric analysis. Mortar specimens were submitted to two different exposure conditions: internal and external environments at a maximum period of five months. Physical-mechanical testing were compressive strength and ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV. Although presenting good

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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  20. 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

  1. Decomposição, liberação e volatilização de nitrogênio em resíduos culturais de mucuna-cinza (Mucuna cinerea Decomposition, release and volatilization of nitrogen from velvet bean (Mucuna cinerea residues

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    Rodolfo Gustavo Teixeira Ribas

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available As leguminosas possibilitam a incorporação biológica de nitrogênio aos sistemas de produção. Contudo, existe pouco conhecimento sobre a decomposição, liberação e volatilização de nitrogênioassociados à diferentes doses de seus resíduos. Objetivouse, neste trabalho avaliar a decomposição, a liberação e a volatilização de nitrogênio de diferentes doses de mucuna-cinza (Mucuna cinerea Piper & Tracy. O experimento constou de tratamentos com 12 (C12 ou 25 (C25 Mg ha-1 de composto orgânico: C12AV0 (sem leguminosa; C12AV4 (4 Mg ha-1 de resíduo; C12AV8 (8 Mg ha-1; C12AV12 (12 Mg ha-1; C25; AV12 (12 Mg ha-1 e testemunha absoluta. Adotou-se o delineamento de blocos casualizados e cinco repetições. Foram determinadas as taxas de decomposição do adubo verde e liberação de N, o teor de N-mineral no solo e a volatilização de N-NH3. A liberação de N (t½=28 dias foi mais rápida que a decomposição do resíduo (t½=38 dias. Essa liberação de N eleva rapidamente os teores de N-mineral do solo e resulta também em maior elevação da volatilização de N-NH3. O incremento das doses de 8 para 12 Mg ha-1 de mucuna resultou em aumento mais que proporcional da volatilização acumulada de N-NH3, atingindo 30 kg ha-1 após 30 dias.The use of leguminous species allows the biological incorporation of nitrogen into cropping systems. Nevertheless, there is little knowledge about the decomposition, release and volatilization of nitrogen associated with the decomposition of different quantities of residues. The objective of this study was to evaluate the decomposition of the biomass, the release and volatilization of nitrogen from different doses of velvet bean (Mucuna cinerea Piper & Tracy residues. The treatments were established either with 12 (C12 or 25 (C25 Mg ha-1 of organic compost: C12AV0 (without residue; C12AV4 (4 Mg ha-1 of residue; C12AV8 (8 Mg ha-1; C12AV12 (12 Mg ha-1; C25; AV12 (12 Mg ha-1 and a control. The randomized

  2. Physician Compare

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  3. 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...

  4. Efeito do chumbo sobre a fertilização artificial e incubação de ovos de jundiá cinza (Rhamdia quelen - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v30i2.4703 The effect of lead on artificial fertilization and incubation of gray jundiá (Rhamdia quelen eggs - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v30i2.4703

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    Diego Mendes Baggio

    2008-08-01

    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 e o 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 e 0,05 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-1de água utilizada nos processos de fertilização e de incubação dos ovos. Observou-se que apenas no segundo ensaio houve efeito (p -1, a partir do qual se verificou redução das taxas de fertilização de forma linear. Conclui-se que níveis de chumbo superiores a 0,25 mg de Pb.L-1causaram efeito deletério sobre a fertilização artificial do jundiá cinza.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 in randomly 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

  5. 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...

  6. Comparative Advantage

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    Zhang, Jie; Jensen, Camilla

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to explain international tourism flows in terms of supply-side factors associated with its production in destination countries. Unlike demand-oriented analysis, the study suggests that there are parallels between tourism and international trade flows...... that are 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...... tourism flows....

  7. 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

  8. Massive, solidified bone in the wing of a volant courting bird

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    Bostwick, Kimberly S.; Riccio, Mark L.; Humphries, Julian M.

    2012-01-01

    One pervasive morphological feature of tetrapods is the pipe-like, often marrow-filled, structure of the limb or long bones. This ‘hollow’ form maximizes flexural strength and stiffness with the minimum amount of bony material, and is exemplified by truly hollow (air-filled), or pneumatic, humeri in many modern birds. High-resolution microCT scans of the wings of two male club-winged manakins (Machaeropterus deliciosus) uncovered a notable exception to the hollow-tube rule in terrestrial vert...

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

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    Benoist, Jean

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    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...

  10. 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...

  11. Estudo do efeito da quantidade de óxido de ferro em cinzas pesadas de carvão mineral na obtenção de vitrocerâmicos Study of iron oxide quantity on bottom ashes from mineral coal to glass ceramic production

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    Cláudia Terezinha Kniess

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Bottom ash has been used as raw material to glass and glass ceramic production because it is a source of SiO2 and Al2O3. However, the high concentration of iron (about 10% wt. difficulty the control of the nucleation and the crystallization processes. The iron content was reduced by magnetic process, where the magnetite phase was mainly removed. In order to compare glass ceramics obtained from original and low iron bottom ashes, microstructural and dilatometric characterizations were performed.

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  13. 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)

    2012-07-01

    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)

  14. 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....

  15. 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

  16. 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

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  18. Approaching comparative company law

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    Donald, David C.

    2008-01-01

    This paper identifies some common errors that occur in comparative law, offers some guidelines to help avoid such errors, and provides a framework for entering into studies of the company laws of three major jurisdictions. The first section illustrates why a conscious approach to comparative company law is useful. Part I discusses some of the problems that can arise in comparative law and offers a few points of caution that can be useful for practical, theoretical and legislative comparative ...

  19. 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]....

  20. 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...

  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. Comparative Card Production Methods

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    Turner, Ann Craig

    1972-01-01

    Seven methods of card production tried by the University of British Columbia library are described and compared in terms of total cost per set of cards and their applicability to libraries of various sizes. (5 references) (Author)

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 scient......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....

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Virtual Optical Comparator

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    Thompson, Greg

    2008-10-20

    The Virtual Optical Comparator, VOC, was conceived as a result of the limitations of conventional optical comparators and vision systems. Piece part designs for mechanisms have started to include precision features on the face of parts that must be viewed using a reflected image rather than a profile shadow. The VOC concept uses a computer generated overlay and a digital camera to measure features on a video screen. The advantage of this system is superior edge detection compared to traditional systems. No vinyl charts are procured or inspected. The part size and expensive fixtures are no longer a concern because of the range of the X-Y table of the Virtual Optical Comparator. Product redesigns require only changes to the CAD image overlays; new vinyl charts are not required. The inspection process is more ergonomic by allowing the operator to view the part sitting at a desk rather than standing over a 30 inch screen. The procurement cost for the VOC will be less than a traditional comparator with a much smaller footprint with less maintenance and energy requirements.

  14. 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…

  15. Comparing East and West

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    Razeto, Anna

    2014-01-01

    This chapter explores the archaeological and literary evidence for marketplaces and urban forms connected to the manufacturing of bricks and metalworking in the capital cities of the contemporary empires of Rome and Han China (ca. 200 BC-200 AD). The comparative analysis of the physical aspects...... was involved in the social and political processes that characterized the production of space in ancient cities....

  16. 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…

  17. 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...

  18. Comparative and Translatorly

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    Anna Rosen Guercio

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available World literature’s natural home is comparative literature, a discipline born from and shaped by, as Vilashini Cooppan elegantly puts it, “scholarly engagements with the categories of migration, exile, diaspora, and globalization” (15. However, world literature has frequently been framed as a problem for the discipline, in large part because of its dependence on the ever-vexing and still mistrusted specter of translation. In light of the long-standing anxiety toward both world literature and translation, I propose here that comparatists do ourselves a terrible disservice if we do not urgently take up the questions raised by this disciplinary tension. Translation – in all of its attendant struggles with ethics, aesthetics, appropriation, authority – is not the problem, but, rather, should be understood as a key critical lens for comparative and world literature.In order to establish academia’s frustration with this subject, one need look no further than the “Three Reports to the America Comparative Literature Association on ‘Professional Standards’” (dating from 1965, 1975, and 1993, which return repeatedly to the problem of reading translated literature, circling around it with intense ambivalence. The moral of their story seems to be that translated texts are integral to comparative literature at the same time that they threaten its existence by undermining disciplinary exclusivity in foreign language expertise and by shining a sort of spotlight on all that literature which comparative literature may sometimes “condone” (as one of the reports puts it but to which it does not often actively attend. Even Goethe had Western European languages and literatures firmly in mind when he coined the term, “Weltliteratur.” Translations can’t help but point up the limits of the “four [likely European] languages” proposed as minimal standards for graduate students by the Green and Bernheimer reports, and on the strength of

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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, ...

  3. 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...... in the degree of integration within national educational systems. Global calls for increased connection to nature and recent alignment of results-driven school systems in both countries influence their foundational principles, perhaps leading to greater convergence in the future. We argue that close attention...

  4. 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

  5. Comparative Nivkh Dictionary

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    Fortescue, Michael David

    This dictionary undertakes to reconstruct the lexis and morphology of the Nivkh proto-language by marshaling and organizing all the data available in published form on the contemporary dialects. It builds upon a considerable body of descriptive and comparative work carried out by scholars who have...... worked with this typologically unique “Paleosiberian” isolate in the past. Although the time depth between the four “dialects” of Nivkh is relatively shallow, the complex morphophonemics of the language allows for quite deep internal reconstruction. Moreover, the differences between the dialects...... is considerable. Mutual understanding between speakers of the Amur dialect and the East Sakhalin one is low, and still lower between the Amur and the South Sakhalin dialects, all three of which may in fact be regarded as separate languages. The relationship of Nivkh to anything else either in Asia or the New...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Comparative law as method and the method of comparative law

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    Hage, J.C.; Adams, M.; Heirbaut, D.

    2014-01-01

    This article addresses both the justificatory role of comparative law within legal research (comparative law as method) and the method of comparative law itself. In this connection two questions will be answered: 1. Is comparative law a method, or a set of methods, for legal research? 2. Does compar

  13. Comparative Magma Oceanography

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    Jones, J. H.

    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

  14. 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

  15. 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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    Wellington Cardoso Bonachela

    2003-03-01

    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

  16. 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. ...

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  1. Adsorption of anionic dyes from aqueous solutions onto coal fly ash and zeolite synthesized from coal fly ash; Adsorcao de corantes anionicos de solucao aquoso em cinza leve de carvao e zeolita de cinza leve de carvao

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    Carvalho, Terezinha Elizabeth Mendes de

    2010-07-01

    Coal fly ash, a waste generated in coal-fired electric power plant, was used to synthesize zeolite by hydrothermal treatment with NaOH solution. The fly ash (CL-2) and this synthesized zeolite (ZM-2) that was characterized as hydroxy-sodalite were used as adsorbents for anionic dyes indigo carmine (IC), and reactive orange 16 (RO16) from aqueous solutions. Effects of contact time, initial dye concentration, pH, adsorbent mass, and temperature were evaluated in the adsorption processes. The kinetics studies indicated that the adsorption followed the pseudo-second order kinetics and that surface adsorption and intraparticle diffusion were involved in the adsorption mechanism. The thermodynamics parameters demonstrated that the adsorption was spontaneous for all adsorption processes. The enthalpy data confirmed the endothermic nature for all adsorption processes except for IC/ZM-2 system which was exothermic. The entropy data showed an increased disorder at the solid/solution interface during the adsorption for all systems except for IC/ZM-2 whose negative entropy value indicated a decreased disorder at the interface. The adsorption isotherms were closely fitted to the Langmuir linear equation. The maximum adsorption capacities were 1.48 mg/g for the IC/CL-2 system; 1.13 mg/g for IC/ZM-2; 0.96 mg/g for RO16/CL-2, and 1.14 mg/g for RO16/ZM-2 at room temperature. The desorption study carried out with water, with acid aqueous solutions, and with an alkali aqueous solution showed to be inefficient both for recovering the dyes and regenerating the adsorbents. (author)

  2. Dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage

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    J. Hinloopen (Jeroen); J.G.M. van Marrewijk (Charles)

    2004-01-01

    textabstractWe analyze the dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage as measured by export shares and the Balassa index using 3-digit and 4-digit sectors for the period 1970 – 1997. We use novel tools to identify periods of rapid structural change and the persistence of comparative advantage, such a

  3. Dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage

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    J. Hinloopen; C. van Marrewijk

    2004-01-01

    We analyze the dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage as measured by export shares and the Balassa index using 3-digit and 4-digit sectors for the period 1970 ¿ 1997. We use novel tools to identify periods of rapid structural change and the persistence of comparative advantage, such as Galtonian

  4. Dynamics of Chinese Comparative Advantage

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    J. Hinloopen (Jeroen); J.G.M. van Marrewijk (Charles)

    2004-01-01

    textabstractWe analyze the dynamics of Chinese comparative advantage as measured by export shares and the Balassa index using 3-digit and 4-digit sectors for the period 1970 – 1997. We use novel tools to identify periods of rapid structural change and the persistence of comparative advantage, such a

  5. 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...

  6. All-optical analog comparator

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    Li, Pu; Yi, Xiaogang; Liu, Xianglian; Zhao, Dongliang; Zhao, Yongpeng; Wang, Yuncai

    2016-08-01

    An analog comparator is one of the core units in all-optical analog-to-digital conversion (AO-ADC) systems, which digitizes different amplitude levels into two levels of logical ‘1’ or ‘0’ by comparing with a defined decision threshold. Although various outstanding photonic ADC approaches have been reported, almost all of them necessitate an electrical comparator to carry out this binarization. The use of an electrical comparator is in contradiction to the aim of developing all-optical devices. In this work, we propose a new concept of an all-optical analog comparator and numerically demonstrate an implementation based on a quarter-wavelength-shifted distributed feedback laser diode (QWS DFB-LD) with multiple quantum well (MQW) structures. Our results show that the all-optical comparator is very well suited for true AO-ADCs, enabling the whole digital conversion from an analog optical signal (continuous-time signal or discrete pulse signal) to a binary representation totally in the optical domain. In particular, this all-optical analog comparator possesses a low threshold power (several mW), high extinction ratio (up to 40 dB), fast operation rate (of the order of tens of Gb/s) and a step-like transfer function.

  7. 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)

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Functional categories in comparative linguistics

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    Rijkhoff, Jan

    2014-01-01

    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 (structur...

  13. 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...

  14. Non-Comparative versus Comparative Advertising of Quality

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    Emons, Winand; Fluet, Claude

    2011-01-01

    Two firms produce a good with a horizontal and a vertical character- istic called quality. The difference in the unobservable quality levels determines how the firms share the market. We consider two scenar- ios: In the first one, firms disclose quality; in the second one, they send costly signals thereof. Under non-comparative advertising a firm advertises its own quality, under comparative advertising a firm adver- tises the quality differential. In either scenario, under comparat...

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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

  18. An Experiment in Comparative Advantage.

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    Haupert, Michael J.

    1996-01-01

    Describes an undergraduate economics course experiment designed to teach the concepts of comparative advantage and opportunity costs. Students have a limited number of labor hours and can chose to produce either wheat or steel. As the project progresses, the students trade commodities in an attempt to maximize use of their labor hours. (MJP)

  19. 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

  20. Higher holonomies: comparing two constructions

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    Schaetz, Florian; Arias Abad, Camilo

    2015-01-01

    We compare two different constructions of higher-dimensional parallel transport. On the one hand, there is the two-dimensional parallel transport associated with 2-connections on 2-bundles studied by Baez–Schreiber [2], Faria Martins–Picken [11] and Schreiber–Waldorf [12]. On the other hand, ther...

  1. Comparative genomics of Dothideomycete fungi

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    Burgt, van der A.

    2014-01-01

    Fungi are a diverse group of eukaryotic micro-organisms particularly suited for comparative genomics analyses. Fungi are important to industry, fundamental science and many of them are notorious pathogens of crops, thereby endangering global food supply. Dozens of fungi have been sequenced in the la

  2. Measuring and Comparing Energy Flexibilities

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    Valsomatzis, Emmanouil; Hose, Katja; Pedersen, Torben Bach;

    2015-01-01

    /or amount explicitly. However, in order to manage and price the flexibilities of flex-offers effectively, we must first be able to measure these flexibilities and compare them to each other. In this paper, we propose a number of possible flexibility definitions for flex-offers. We consider flexibility...

  3. 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

  4. Job Satisfaction in Fisheries Compared

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    Pollnac, Richard; Bavinck, Maarten; Monnereau, Iris

    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 present information on a selection of metiers mainly…

  5. Comparability of happiness across nations

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    R. Veenhoven (Ruut)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractCross-national research on happiness is soaring, but doubts about the comparability of happiness remain. One source of doubt is the possibility of cultural measurement bias. Another source of doubt is the theory that happiness depends on standards of the good life that differ widely acro

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Functional categories in comparative linguistics

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    Rijkhoff, Jan

    Guinea highlands. Man 2-1, 5-25. Evans, Nicholas. 2009. Trelisses of the mind: how language trains thought. Chapter 8 of Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us, 159-181. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Evans, Nicholas and Stephen Levinson. 2009. The myth of language universals......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...... in their attempt to account for cross-linguistic ordering tendencies (Rijkhoff 2009a).       Recent proposals to employ ‘concepts’ as the basis for cross-linguistic comparison (apparently conflating linguistic/semantic and non-linguistic/cognitive categories) have also met with considerable skepticism (Levinson...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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.

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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...... that this method is particularly sensitive to assumptions regarding the underlying mutational processes and does not provide a reliable way to identify positive selection....

  17. 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...

  18. Comparative optimism about healthy eating.

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

    2015-07-01

    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 peers. This comparative optimism occurred even when actual healthy eating was unfavorable and BMI was high. However, it increased with actual healthy eating behavior. Importantly, optimistic perceptions were positively related to the intention to eat healthily and healthy eating six months later. Hence, the results suggest that an optimistic comparative view of one's own healthy eating is grounded in reality and boosts rather than deters subsequent health behavior. This implies that there might not be a need to reduce optimistic perceptions of healthy eating behavior.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Comparing categories among geographic ontologies

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    Kavouras, Marinos; Kokla, Margarita; Tomai, Eleni

    2005-03-01

    Numerous attempts have been made to generate semantic "mappings" between different ontologies, or create aligned/integrated ones. An essential step towards their success is the ability to compare the categories involved. This paper introduces a systematic methodology for comparing categories met in geographic ontologies. The methodology explores/extracts semantic information provided by categories' definitions. The first step towards this goal is the recognition of syntactic and lexical patterns in definitions, which help to identify (a) semantic properties such as purpose, location, cover, and (b) semantic relations such as hypernym, part of, has-parts, etc. At the second step, a similarity measure among categories is applied, in order to explore how (the) extracted properties and relations interrelate. This framework enables us to (a) better understand the impact of context in cross-ontology "mappings", (b) evaluate the "quality" of definitions as to whether they respect mere ontological aspects (such as unambiguous taxonomies), and (c) deal more effectively with the problem of semantic translation among geographic ontologies.

  4. Comparative effectiveness in esophagogastric cancer.

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    Knab, Lawrence M; Belotte, Jim; Munshi, Hidayatullah G; Bentrem, David J

    2015-01-01

    Cancer of the esophagus and the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) continues to have a dismal prognosis, with the incidence of esophageal cancer increasing in the United States. Although radical resection was initially the primary treatment for this disease process, systemic chemotherapy and radiation have been shown to play a role in prolonging survival in most patient populations. This chapter explores the evidence that guides treatment for esophageal and GEJ cancer today. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy were introduced as treatment modalities for esophageal and GEJ cancers when it became evident that surgical therapy alone provided poor long-term survival rates. A variety of treatment strategies have been explored including preoperative (neoadjuvant) and postoperative (adjuvant) chemotherapy, with and without radiation. The evidence suggests that neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy provides better outcomes compared to surgery alone for esophageal, GEJ, and gastric cancers. Studies indicate a trend towards improved survival when neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy is compared to chemotherapy alone. When patients have undergone resection with node-positive disease without receiving neoadjuvant therapy, some form of adjuvant treatment is recommended. This chapter also explores the surgical management of esophageal, GEJ, and gastric cancers including the extent of the gastric lymph node dissection. It also includes a discussion about adherence to national guidelines in terms of gastric cancer treatment and esophageal and gastric lymph node examinations.

  5. Expanding Comparative Literature into Comparative Sciences Clusters with Neutrosophy and Quad-stage Method

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    Fu Yuhua

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available By using Neutrosophy and Quad-stage Method, the expansions of comparative literature include: comparative social sciences clusters, comparative natural sciences clusters, comparative interdisciplinary sciences clusters, and so on. Among them, comparative social sciences clusters include: comparative literature, comparative history, comparative philosophy, and so on; comparative natural sciences clusters include: comparative mathematics, comparative physics, comparative chemistry, comparative medicine, comparative biology, and so on.

  6. Comparative transcriptomics in the Triticeae

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    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

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. Military Retention. A Comparative Outlook

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    Vasile Sminchise

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    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.

  11. Comparative genomics of Listeria species.

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    Glaser, P; Frangeul, L; Buchrieser, C; Rusniok, C; Amend, A; Baquero, F; Berche, P; Bloecker, H; Brandt, P; Chakraborty, T; Charbit, A; Chetouani, F; Couvé, E; de Daruvar, A; Dehoux, P; Domann, E; Domínguez-Bernal, G; Duchaud, E; Durant, L; Dussurget, O; Entian, K D; Fsihi, H; García-del Portillo, F; Garrido, P; Gautier, L; Goebel, W; Gómez-López, N; Hain, T; Hauf, J; Jackson, D; Jones, L M; Kaerst, U; Kreft, J; Kuhn, M; Kunst, F; Kurapkat, G; Madueno, E; Maitournam, A; Vicente, J M; Ng, E; Nedjari, H; Nordsiek, G; Novella, S; de Pablos, B; Pérez-Diaz, J C; Purcell, R; Remmel, B; Rose, M; Schlueter, T; Simoes, N; Tierrez, A; Vázquez-Boland, J A; Voss, H; Wehland, J; Cossart, P

    2001-10-26

    Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen with a high mortality rate that has also emerged as a paradigm for intracellular parasitism. We present and compare the genome sequences of L. monocytogenes (2,944,528 base pairs) and a nonpathogenic species, L. innocua (3,011,209 base pairs). We found a large number of predicted genes encoding surface and secreted proteins, transporters, and transcriptional regulators, consistent with the ability of both species to adapt to diverse environments. The presence of 270 L. monocytogenes and 149 L. innocua strain-specific genes (clustered in 100 and 63 islets, respectively) suggests that virulence in Listeria results from multiple gene acquisition and deletion events.

  12. Comparative Habitability of Transiting Exoplanets

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    Barnes, Rory; Meadows, Victoria S.; Evans, Nicole

    2015-12-01

    Exoplanet habitability is traditionally assessed by comparing a planet’s semimajor 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 transiting exoplanets. Our method mitigates this degeneracy, includes a penalty for large-radius planets, uses terrestrial mass-radius relationships, and, when available, constraints on eccentricity to compute a number we call the “habitability index for transiting exoplanets” that represents the relative probability that an exoplanet could support liquid surface water. We calculate it for Kepler objects of interest and find that planets that receive between 60% and 90% of the Earth’s incident radiation, assuming circular orbits, are most likely to be habitable. Finally, we make predictions for the upcoming TESS and James Webb Space Telescope missions.

  13. 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

  14. Cats, Cancer and Comparative Oncology

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    Claire M. Cannon

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    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.

  15. Sex work: a comparative study.

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    McCarthy, Bill; Benoit, Cecilia; Jansson, Mikael

    2014-10-01

    Explanations of adult involvement in sex work typically adopt one of two approaches. One perspective highlights a variety of negative experiences in childhood and adolescence, including physical and sexual abuse, family instability, poverty, associations with "pimps" and other exploiters, homelessness, and drug use. An alternative account recognizes that some of these factors may be involved, but underscores the contribution of more immediate circumstances, such as current economic needs, human capital, and employment opportunities. Prior research offers a limited assessment of these contrasting claims: most studies have focused exclusively on people working in the sex industry and they have not assessed the independent effects of life course variables central to these two perspectives. We add to this literature with an analysis that drew on insights from life course and life-span development theories and considered the contributions of factors from childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Our comparative approach examined predictors of employment in sex work relative to two other low-income service or care work occupations: food and beverage serving and barbering and hairstyling. Using data from a study of almost 600 workers from two cities, one in Canada and the other in the United States, we found that both immediate circumstances and negative experiences from early life are related to current sex work involvement: childhood poverty, abuse, and family instability were independently associated with adult sex work, as were limited education and employment experience, adult drug use, and marital status. PMID:24671729

  16. 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

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    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

  17. Comparative cytotoxicity of periodontal bacteria

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    Stevens, R.H.; Hammond, B.F.

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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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Comparative research - Persistent problems and promising solutions

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    Mills, Melinda; van de Bunt, Gerhard G.; de Bruijn, J.G.M.

    2006-01-01

    The enduring importance and utility of comparative research in sociology are as old as the discipline itself. Although comparative research flourishes within this discipline, methodological problems persist. After defining comparative research, this article outlines some of its central problems, inc

  3. Comparative Research : Persistent Problems and Promising Solutions

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    Mills, Melinda; Bunt, Gerhard G. van de; Bruijn, Jeanne de

    2006-01-01

    The enduring importance and utility of comparative research in sociology are as old as the discipline itself. Although comparative research flourishes within this discipline, methodological problems persist. After defining comparative research, this article outlines some of its central problems, inc

  4. Articles on Comparative Literature in China

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    <正>Imperialist Hegemony,Cultural Self-Consciousness and Comparative Literature Yue Daiyun The End of Course Theory of Comparative Literature:also a Talk of the Debate about Advanced Theory of Comparative Literature Fang Hanwen

  5. 27 CFR 4.65 - Comparative advertising.

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    ... advertising. (a) General. Comparative adverstising shall not be disparaging of a competitor's product. (b) Taste tests. (1) Taste test results may be used in advertisements comparing competitors' products...

  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.; Pineda-Triana, Yaneth; Vera-López, Enrique

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    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...

  7. 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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    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)

  8. 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....

  9. Comparability for ideals of regular rings

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    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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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...

  13. 27 CFR 7.55 - Comparative advertising.

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    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Comparative advertising. 7..., DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF MALT BEVERAGES Advertising of Malt Beverages § 7.55 Comparative advertising. (a) General. Comparative advertising shall not be disparaging of...

  14. 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..., DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF DISTILLED SPIRITS Advertising of Distilled Spirits § 5.66 Comparative advertising. (a) General. Comparative advertising shall not be disparaging of...

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. The First Treatise in Comparative Education Rediscovered

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    Lenhart, Volker

    2016-01-01

    The Latin essay "De re Scholastica Anglica cum Germanica Comparata" (English and German school education compared) published in 1795-1798 by the Freiberg/Saxony grammar school principal Friedrich August Hecht is the first treatise in comparative education. The rediscovery of the text, its earlier mentioning in the history of comparative…

  20. 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

  1. 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.

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

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    Comparative Education Review, 2015

    2015-01-01

    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…

  3. 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:…

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Comparing Teacher Roles in Denmark and England

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    Kelly, Peter; Dorf, Hans; Pratt, Nick; Hohmann, Ulrike

    2014-01-01

    This article reports the findings of a comparative study of teaching in Denmark and England. Its broader aim is to help develop an approach for comparing pedagogy. Lesson observations and interviews identified the range of goals towards which teachers in each country worked and the actions these prompted. These were clustered using the lens of…

  7. 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,…

  8. 42 CFR 440.375 - Comparability.

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    2010-10-01

    ...) MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS SERVICES: GENERAL PROVISIONS Benchmark Benefit and Benchmark-Equivalent Coverage § 440.375 Comparability. States have the option to amend their State plan to provide benchmark or benchmark-equivalent coverage to individuals without regard to comparability....

  9. Comparative dynamics in a health investment model.

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    Eisenring, C

    1999-10-01

    The method of comparative dynamics fully exploits the inter-temporal structure of optimal control models. I derive comparative dynamic results in a simplified demand for health model. The effect of a change in the depreciation rate on the optimal paths for health capital and investment in health is studied by use of a phase diagram.

  10. Comparing two sets without disclosing them

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    LI ShunDong; DAI YiQi; WANG DaoShun; LUO Ping

    2008-01-01

    Secure multiparty computation has become a central research focus in the international cryptographic community, Secure comparing two sets is an important problem in secure multiparty computation. The research on privately determining whether two sets are equal has not been investigated, This study solves the prob-lem by mapping these sets into natural numbers and then comparing correspond-ing numbers. We propose two secure multiparty computation protocols for com-paring two sets. It is proved by well-accepted simulation paradigm that these solutions are private in semi-honest model, These solutions have important significance in constructing other secure multiparty computation protocols.

  11. Toward Accurate and Quantitative Comparative Metagenomics

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    Nayfach, Stephen; Pollard, Katherine S.

    2016-01-01

    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

  12. Comparative Validation of Building Simulation Software

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    Kalyanova, Olena; Heiselberg, Per

    _2 and 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.......The scope of this subtask is to perform a comparative validation of the building simulation software for the buildings with the double skin façade. The outline of the results in the comparative validation identifies the areas where is no correspondence achieved, i.e. calculation of the air flow...

  13. A Comparative Study of Principals' Administrative Behaviour.

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    Chung, Kyung Ae

    1989-01-01

    Compared are the managerial behaviors and beliefs of Korean and American secondary school principals. Generalizations are proposed in the areas of work hours, work pace, communication skills, organizational style, instructional leadership, and other managerial behaviors. (16 references) (SI)

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Comparing brains by matching connectivity profiles.

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    Mars, Rogier B; Verhagen, Lennart; Gladwin, Thomas E; Neubert, Franz-Xaver; Sallet, Jerome; Rushworth, Matthew F S

    2016-01-01

    The great promise of comparative neuroscience is to understand why brains differ by investigating the relations between variations in the organization of different brains, their evolutionary history, and their current ecological niche. For this approach to be successful, the organization of different brains needs to be quantifiable. Here, we present an approach to formally comparing the connectivity of different cortical areas across different brains. We exploit the fact that cortical regions can be characterized by the unique pattern of connectivity, the so-called connectivity fingerprint. By comparing connectivity fingerprints between cortical areas in the human and non-human primate brain we can identify between-species homologs, but also illustrate that is driving differences between species. We illustrate the approach by comparing the organization of the frontal cortex between humans and macaques, showing general similarities combined with some differences in the lateral frontal pole.

  17. Comparative Genomics of Green Sulfur Bacteria

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    Ussery, David; Davenport, C; Tümmler, B

    2010-01-01

    Eleven completely sequenced Chlorobi genomes were compared in oligonucleotide usage, gene contents, and synteny. The green sulfur bacteria (GSB) are equipped with a core genome that sustains their anoxygenic phototrophic lifestyle by photosynthesis, sulfur oxidation, and CO(2) fixation. Whole...

  18. 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.

  19. 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)…

  20. 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 ...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. The pragmatist's guide to comparative effectiveness research.

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    Chandra, Amitabh; Jena, Anupam B; Skinner, Jonathan S

    2011-01-01

    Following an acrimonious health care reform debate involving charges of "death panels," in 2010, Congress explicitly forbade the use of cost-effectiveness analysis in government programs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In this context, comparative effectiveness research emerged as an alternative strategy to understand better what works in health care. Put simply, comparative effectiveness research compares the efficacy of two or more diagnostic tests, treatments, or health care delivery methods without any explicit consideration of costs. To economists, the omission of costs from an assessment might seem nonsensical, but we argue that comparative effectiveness research still holds promise. First, it sidesteps one problem facing cost-effectiveness analysis--the widespread political resistance to the idea of using prices in health care. Second, there is little or no evidence on comparative effectiveness for a vast array of treatments: for example, we don't know whether proton-beam therapy, a very expensive treatment for prostate cancer (which requires building a cyclotron and a facility the size of a football field) offers any advantage over conventional approaches. Most drug studies compare new drugs to placebos, rather than "head-to-head" with other drugs on the market, leaving a vacuum as to which drug works best. Finally, the comparative effectiveness research can prove a useful first step even in the absence of cost information if it provides key estimates of treatment effects. After all, such effects are typically expensive to determine and require years or even decades of data. Costs are much easier to measure, and can be appended at a later date as financial Armageddon draws closer.

  11. 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…

  12. 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

    2010-07-01

    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)

  13. 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)

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

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    Sequeira, Andreia da Silva

    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...

  15. 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

    2010-07-01

    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)

  16. 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.

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. Investigando cinza da casca do arroz como fase estacionária em cromatografia: uma proposta de aula experimental nos cursos de graduação

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    João R. de Freitas Filho

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes an experiment that involves the extraction and separation of the pigments of spinach extract by column chromatography using the silica obtained from rice husk ash as a stationary phase. The experimental procedure is very simple to apply in the chemistry laboratory, and allowed to illustrate some concepts of organic chemistry: structure of organic molecules, solubility, polarity, extraction, partition coefficient, adsorption and retention factor (Rf, as well as objectives and fundamentals of chromatographic methods. The experiment can be carried out in a 4 h period.

  20. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. Comparative Protein Structure Modeling Using MODELLER.

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    Webb, Benjamin; Sali, Andrej

    2016-01-01

    Comparative protein structure modeling predicts the three-dimensional structure of a given protein sequence (target) based primarily on its alignment to one or more proteins of known structure (templates). The prediction process consists of fold assignment, target-template alignment, model building, and model evaluation. This unit describes how to calculate comparative models using the program MODELLER and how to use the ModBase database of such models, and discusses all four steps of comparative modeling, frequently observed errors, and some applications. Modeling lactate dehydrogenase from Trichomonas vaginalis (TvLDH) is described as an example. The download and installation of the MODELLER software is also described. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. PMID:27322406

  3. The comparative method as a breaching experiment

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    Mathieu, David

    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....... In this ‘qualitative experiment’, the comparison between cultures and between news texts created conditions of inquiry for the study of cases constructed through a cognitive interview. Leaving aside the construction of these qualitative cases, the paper will focus on the use of the comparative method...

  4. Comparative Protein Structure Modeling Using MODELLER.

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    Webb, Benjamin; Sali, Andrej

    2016-06-20

    Comparative protein structure modeling predicts the three-dimensional structure of a given protein sequence (target) based primarily on its alignment to one or more proteins of known structure (templates). The prediction process consists of fold assignment, target-template alignment, model building, and model evaluation. This unit describes how to calculate comparative models using the program MODELLER and how to use the ModBase database of such models, and discusses all four steps of comparative modeling, frequently observed errors, and some applications. Modeling lactate dehydrogenase from Trichomonas vaginalis (TvLDH) is described as an example. The download and installation of the MODELLER software is also described. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  5. An application of statistics to comparative metagenomics

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    Rohwer Forest

    2006-03-01

    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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. Comparative analysis of energy costing methodologies

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    El-Sawy, A.H.; Leigh, J.G.; Trehan, R.K.

    1979-02-01

    The methodologies used for computing levelized busbar costs of electricity from geothermal (hydrothermal) resources used by 16 organizations active in the geothermal area are discussed. The methodologies are compared by (a) comparing the results obtained by using two standard data sets, (b) a theoretical analysis of the mathematical formulation of the embedded models, and (c) an examination of differences in data and assumptions. The objective is to attempt to resolve differences in estimates of geothermal (and conventional) electric power costs, upon which policies may be formulated and research, development and demonstration activities designed and implemented.

  11. 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)

  12. Mathematics education and comparative historical studies

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    Wagner RODRIGUES VALENTE

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper has as its aims: to characterize the area of research «history of mathematics education» and to defend the idea that mathematics education has constituted a privileged research theme within the field of comparative historical studies. To achieve these aims, the text includes references to a review of the literature concerning comparative studies, the analysis of two fundamental moments focused on attempts to internationalize the mathematics curriculum, both of which occurred during the 20th century, and, to end, a case study emanating from an international cooperation between researchers in Brazil and Portugal.

  13. 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.

  14. Relatively Fast! Efficiency Advantages of Comparative Thinking

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    Mussweiler, Thomas; Epstude, Kai

    2009-01-01

    Comparisons are a ubiquitous process in information processing. Seven studies examine whether, how, and when comparative thinking increases the efficiency of judgment and choice. Studies 1-4 demonstrate that procedurally priming participants to engage in more vs. less comparison influences how they process information about a target. Specifically,…

  15. Structural change in OECD comparative advantage

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    Brakman, Steven; Inklaar, Robert; Van Marrewijk, Charles

    2013-01-01

    In the post-war period, the goods composition of trade in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries has changed considerably. We analyze the evolution of comparative advantage using a detailed trade data set and a new analytical tool: the Harmonic Mass index (HM index),

  16. Suprathreshold Stochastic Resonance in a Single Comparator

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    WANG Ren-Guo; LONG Zhang-Cai

    2007-01-01

    @@ Stochastic resonance usually appears when stimulus is too weak to overcome barriers in a nonlinear system.Unusually, we demonstrate that in a simple comparator as a prototype model, stochastic resonance can still occur when the stimulus is predominantly suprathreshold. This result provides new knowledge for understanding of mechanism underlying information process in biological systems and also finds applications in signal processing.

  17. Comparing Clusters and Supercomputers for Lattice QCD

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    Gottlieb, S

    2001-01-01

    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.

  18. 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…

  19. Hans Strahl's pioneering studies in comparative placentation

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    Carter, Anthony Michael; Mess, A

    2010-01-01

    Hans Strahl, a contemporary of Duval and Hubrecht, made many important contributions to comparative placentation. Despite this he is not well known and some of his original observations tend to be attributed to later authors. Strahl published a classification of placental types based on their shape...

  20. 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…

  1. TNO at CLEF-2001: Comparing translation resources

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    Kraaij, W.

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes the official runs of TNO TPD for CLEF-2001. We participated in the monolingual, bilingual and multilingual tasks. The main contribution of this paper is a systematic comparison of three types of translation resources for bilingual retrieval based on query translation. We compare

  2. Comparative Higher Education. Research Trends and Bibliography.

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    Altbach, Philip G.

    Consisting of an essay and a bibliography, this book provides a discussion of the origins and development of comparative higher education as a field of study, an interpretation of the key issues in higher education as they affect different countries, and a select list of significant contributions to the literature on the subject. The essay begins…

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Statistical tests to compare motif count exceptionalities

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    Vandewalle Vincent

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Finding over- or under-represented motifs in biological sequences is now a common task in genomics. Thanks to p-value calculation for motif counts, exceptional motifs are identified and represent candidate functional motifs. The present work addresses the related question of comparing the exceptionality of one motif in two different sequences. Just comparing the motif count p-values in each sequence is indeed not sufficient to decide if this motif is significantly more exceptional in one sequence compared to the other one. A statistical test is required. Results We develop and analyze two statistical tests, an exact binomial one and an asymptotic likelihood ratio test, to decide whether the exceptionality of a given motif is equivalent or significantly different in two sequences of interest. For that purpose, motif occurrences are modeled by Poisson processes, with a special care for overlapping motifs. Both tests can take the sequence compositions into account. As an illustration, we compare the octamer exceptionalities in the Escherichia coli K-12 backbone versus variable strain-specific loops. Conclusion The exact binomial test is particularly adapted for small counts. For large counts, we advise to use the likelihood ratio test which is asymptotic but strongly correlated with the exact binomial test and very simple to use.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

  8. 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…

  9. Rodent malaria parasites : genome organization & comparative genomics

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    Kooij, Taco W.A.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the studies described in this thesis was to investigate the genome organization of rodent malaria parasites (RMPs) and compare the organization and gene content of the genomes of RMPs and the human malaria parasite P. falciparum. The release of the complete genome sequence of P. falciparu

  10. A Compared Aproach: ASP versus PHP

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    Liana-Maria STANCA

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In the development process of electronic business theory, we attributed a very important role to technologies of business projection on the Internet. Starting with this idea, in the following article we will compare the most used technologies in the development of electronic business application like ASP and PHP.

  11. Broader perspectives for comparing different greenhouse gases.

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    Manning, Martin; Reisinger, Andy

    2011-05-28

    Over the last 20 years, different greenhouse gases have been compared, in the context of climate change, primarily through the concept of global warming potentials (GWPs). This considers the climate forcing caused by pulse emissions and integrated over a fixed time horizon. Recent studies have shown that uncertainties in GWP values are significantly larger than previously thought and, while past literature in this area has raised alternative means of comparison, there is not yet any clear alternative. We propose that a broader framework for comparing greenhouse gases has become necessary and that this cannot be addressed by using simple fixed exchange rates. From a policy perspective, the framework needs to be clearly aligned with the goal of climate stabilization, and we show that comparisons between gases can be better addressed in this context by the forcing equivalence index (FEI). From a science perspective, a framework for comparing greenhouse gases should also consider the full range of processes that affect atmospheric composition and how these may alter for climate stabilization at different levels. We cover a basis for a broader approach to comparing greenhouse gases by summarizing the uncertainties in GWPs, linking those to uncertainties in the FEIs consistent with stabilization, and then to a framework for addressing uncertainties in the corresponding biogeochemical processes.

  12. Data base to compare calculations and observations

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    Tichler, J.L.

    1985-01-01

    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. (PSB)

  13. Comparative qualitative research in Cultural Psychology

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    Demuth, Carolin; Fatigante, Marilena

    2012-01-01

    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...

  14. 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

  15. 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…

  16. Magnetotactic bacteria and microjets: A comparative study

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    Khalil, Islam S.M.; Magdanz, Veronika; Sanchez, Samuel; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Misra, Sarthak

    2013-01-01

    We provide a comparative study between two self-propelled microrobots, i.e., magnetotactic bacteria and microjets. This study includes characterization of their fluidic properties (linear and rotational drag coefficients) based on their morphologies and characterization of their magnetic properties

  17. Comparing Development Trajectories in India and China

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    Schmidt, Johannes Dragsbæk

    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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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. Nå

  20. 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 appro......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....../Swansea. The focus is on designs that are specified by so-called control tables. The paper can serve as a starting point for further comparative studies. The DTU/Bremen research has been funded by the RobustRailS project granted by Innovation Fund Denmark. The Surrey/Swansea research has been funded by the Safe...

  1. A comparative study of map use

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    Bouvin, Niels Olof; Brodersen, Ann Christina; Bødker, Susanne;

    2006-01-01

    We present a study comparing the handling of three kinds of maps, each on a physical device: a paper map, a tablet-PC based map, and a cellular phone based one. Six groups of users were asked to locate eight landmarks, looking out a window, and using a particular map. We have begun analyzing video...

  2. Comparing Electrochemical and Biological Water Splitting

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    Rossmeisl, Jan; Dimitrievski, Kristian; Siegbahn, P.;

    2007-01-01

    On the basis of density functional theory calculations, we compare the free energies of key intermediates in the water splitting reaction over transition metal oxide surfaces to those of the Mn cluster in photo system II. In spite of the very different environments in the enzyme system and on the...

  3. DNAVis: interactive visualization of comparative genome annotations

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    Fiers, M.W.E.J.; Wetering, van de H.; Peeters, T.H.J.M.; Wijk, van J.J.; Nap, J.P.H.

    2006-01-01

    The software package DNAVis offers a fast, interactive and real-time visualization of DNA sequences and their comparative genome annotations. DNAVis implements advanced methods of information visualization such as linked views, perspective walls and semantic zooming, in addition to the display of he

  4. 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

  5. Comparative study of quantum anharmonic potentials

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    Amore, Paolo [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Colima, Bernal Diaz del Castillo 340, Colima (Mexico)]. E-mail: paolo@ucol.mx; Aranda, Alfredo [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Colima, Bernal Diaz del Castillo 340, Colima (Mexico); De Pace, Arturo [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Torino, via P. Giuria 1, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Lopez, Jorge A. [Physics Department, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (United States)

    2004-09-06

    We perform a study of various anharmonic potentials using a recently developed method. We calculate both the wave functions and the energy eigenvalues for the ground and first excited states of the quartic, sextic and octic potentials with high precision, comparing the results with other techniques available in the literature.

  6. 45 CFR 86.33 - Comparable facilities.

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    2010-10-01

    ... SEX IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Prohibited § 86.33 Comparable facilities. A recipient... the other sex. (Secs. 901, 902, Education Amendments of 1972, 86 Stat. 373, 374)...

  7. Comparing brains by matching connectivity profiles

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    Mars, R.B.; Verhagen, L.; Gladwin, T.E.; Neubert, F.X.; Sallet, J.; Rushworth, M.F.S.

    2016-01-01

    The great promise of comparative neuroscience is to understand why brains differ by investigating the relations between variations in the organization of different brains, their evolutionary history, and their current ecological niche. For this approach to be successful, the organization of differen

  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. 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

  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...

  12. Tanzanian manufacturing performance in comparative perspective

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    Prins, M.; Schulte, W.

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents a summary of new estimates of employment, nominal and real GDP in Tanzanian Manufacturing, 1961-1995. Time series of GDP and employment are placed in comparative perspective by linking them to benchmark level comparisons of GDP and employment for 1989. The first part of the paper

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Comparative Testing for Corporate Impact Assessment Tools

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    Farsang, Andrea; Reisch, Lucia A.

    that compared the impacts of two multinational companies operating in developing countries. Data collection was based on desk research, and expert opinion. The paper concludes with reflections on the applicability and usefulness of the investigated tools that measure corporate impact. The study aims to help...... the appropriate tools for measuring impacts in the selected sectors on SDGs. Background: In the Global Value Project, a long list of indicators was compiled covering the main thematic areas and challenges of sustainability. In a second step, this long list was reduced using predefined criteria as well as other...... criteria, such as the feasibility and scalability of different tools. As a result, a protocol was developed to help compare the different tools that measure corporate impact and to interpret the results in relation to the SDGs. The protocol was pre-tested with a limited number of tools in two case studies...

  16. 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

  17. Comparing Two Approaches for Engineering Education Development

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    Edström, Kristina; Kolmos, Anette

    2012-01-01

    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...... and 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...

  18. Monotone Comparative Statics for the Industry Composition

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    Laugesen, Anders Rosenstand

    2015-01-01

    for the industry composition. The latter phenomenon is defined as first-order stochastic dominance shifts in the equilibrium distributions of all activities across active firms. We provide sufficient conditions for MCS at both levels of analysis and show that we may have either type of MCS without the other......We let heterogeneous firms face decisions on a number of complementary activities in a monopolistically-competitive industry. The endogenous level of competition and selection regarding entry and exit of firms introduces a wedge between monotone comparative statics (MCS) at the firm level and MCS....... It is therefore possible that firm-level complementarities manifest themselves more clearly at the industry level than at the firm level during comparative statics. This turns out to be the case for a large number of models and shocks considered in the recent trade literature for which we provide strong, novel...

  19. Monotone Comparative Statics for the Industry Composition

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    Bache, Peter Arendorf; Laugesen, Anders

    for the industry composition. The latter phenomenon is dened as rst-order stochastic dominance shifts in the equilibrium distributions of all activities across active rms. We provide sucient conditions for MCS at both levels of analysis and show that we may have either type of MCS without the other......We let heterogeneous rms face decisions on a number of complementary activities in a monopolistically-competitive industry. The endogenous level of competition and selection regarding entry and exit of rms introduces a wedge between monotone comparative statics (MCS) at the rm level and MCS....... It is therefore possible that rm-level complementarities manifest themselves more clearly at the industry level than at the rm level during comparative statics. This turns out to be the case for a large number of models and shocks considered in the recent trade literature for which we provide strong, novel...

  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. 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.

  2. Catatonic schizophrenia: an international comparative study.

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    Chandrasena, R

    1986-04-01

    Thirty-five hospitalized catatonic schizophrenic patients from Sri Lanka were compared with 22 patients in the U.K. and 13 in Canada. The phenomenology was established using the Present State Examination. Results suggest that ethnicity, chronicity of illness and reception of neuroleptic treatment may influence the lower prevalence of catatonic symptoms among the U.K. and Canadian schizophrenics. Onset of illness appears to be among young adults and mutism, stupor, mannerisms, stereotypes and negativism were the common catatonic symptoms observed.

  3. Finance, Comparative Advantage, and Resource Allocation

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    Jaud, Melise; Kukenova, Madina; Strieborny, Martin

    2012-01-01

    The authors show that exported products exit the US market sooner if they violate the Heckscher-Ohlin notion of comparative advantage. Crucially, this pattern is stronger when exporting country has a well-developed banking system, measured by a high ratio of bank credit over the GDP. Banks thus push firms away from exports that are facing an uphill battle on a competitive foreign market du...

  4. 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

  5. THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS

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    Bikova E.V.

    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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Comparing tools for Service Quality Evaluation

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    Franceschini, Fiorenzo

    1998-01-01

    Service quality evaluation is one of the main issues that have recently drawn managers' and researchers' attention. The definition of an evaluation standard not dependent on any particular service context has determined the popularity of many different quality tools. In this paper we show a comparative analysis of the affected tools that are widely used. These are summarized in an orientation map. Moreover we present some results of an experiment carried out with two of the major quality tool...

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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....

  15. ROMANIAN COUNTY RATING MEASUREMENT. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

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    Ioan BĂTRÂNCEA

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the second wave of financial crisis, namely the sovereign debt crisis, the country’s most affected by this phenomenon are Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and last year Cyprus joined. Future more the crisis in Greece in 2015 requires local authorities to evaluate constantly their rating in order to prevent bankruptcy. In this paper we conducted a comparative analysis using Altman method and the Stickney method and correlate the scores with ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's.

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. Revealed Comparative Advantage and Competitiveness in Pear

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    Jaime de Pablo Valenciano

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  4. Comparative evaluation of endoscopic with conventional septoplasty

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    Gulati, S. P.; Wadhera, Raman; Ahuja, Neetika; Garg, Ajay; Ghai, Anju

    2009-01-01

    A study was conducted to assess the merits and demerits of endoscopic septoplasty. Fifty patients having symptomatic DNS were randomly divided into two groups of 25 patients each. One group underwent endoscopic septoplasty and other group underwent conventional septoplasty. The groups were compared regarding the complaints with pack in postoperative period, relief of symptoms after surgery and complications. The symptoms complained by the patients with pack in postoperative period and complic...

  5. 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 [...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. A Comparative Study on Author's Unreliability

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    林映凡

    2016-01-01

    Literature appreciation usually follows a"writer-text-reader" process. The author is an inseparable part in literary discussion. Most literary schools have debate on the author's status, which is mainly sorted into two kinds: reliable author or unreliable author. This paper makes a comparative study on the author's status, which is mainly from the perspectives of New Criticism and Deconstruction. Both of them go for unreliability of the author. They share similarities but also bear differences.

  9. Comparative Study on Richard Ⅲ and Macbeth

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    冯丽霞; 闫继苗; 徐婷婷

    2013-01-01

    Shakespeare is one of the most prominent drama writers all over the world. His masterpiece displays vivid, delicate and profound humanity. Richard Ⅲ and Macbeth as the main heroes in his two tragedies of the same theme, share quite a lot of simi⁃larities and differences, yet resulting in sharply different readers’response to their fates. The comparative study on these two char⁃acters is aimed at helping readers better understand the two tragedies.

  10. 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.)

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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

  14. 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...

  15. 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

  16. Tchnology of classic and digital photography comparing

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    Gregor, Tomáš

    2011-01-01

    This Bachelor thesis focuses on comparing of technology of analog and digital photograph. At the beginning it deals with the development of photography from the very beginning, through the invention of the photographic film, to the emergence of digital photography. It describes the main photographic processes prior to the emergence of classical photography and shows the most important names associated with them. It is followed by an explanation of the principle of capturing picture by analog ...

  17. 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...

  18. 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 ...

  19. COMPARATIVE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. CONVERGENCE VERSUS DIVERGENCE

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    Nicolae ECOBICI

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Single-species microarrays and comparative transcriptomics.

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    Frédéric J J Chain

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Prefabricated expression microarrays are currently available for only a few species but methods have been proposed to extend their application to comparisons between divergent genomes. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we demonstrate that the hybridization intensity of genomic DNA is a poor basis on which to select unbiased probes on Affymetrix expression arrays for studies of comparative transcriptomics, and that doing so produces spurious results. We used the Affymetrix Xenopus laevis microarray to evaluate expression divergence between X. laevis, X. borealis, and their F1 hybrids. When data are analyzed with probes that interrogate only sequences with confirmed identity in both species, we recover results that differ substantially analyses that use genomic DNA hybridizations to select probes. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings have implications for the experimental design of comparative expression studies that use single-species microarrays, and for our understanding of divergent expression in hybrid clawed frogs. These findings also highlight important limitations of single-species microarrays for studies of comparative transcriptomics of polyploid species.

  5. 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

  6. [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.

  7. 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.

  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; 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

  9. Comparative Analysis of Virtual Education Applications

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    Kurt, Mehmet

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    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 ...

  10. 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.

  11. 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....

  12. 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...

  13. [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

  14. Comparative Evaluation of Software Features and Performances.

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    Cecconi, Daniela

    2016-01-01

    Analysis of two-dimensional gel images is a crucial step for the determination of changes in the protein expression, but at present, it still represents one of the bottlenecks in 2-DE studies. Over the years, different commercial and academic software packages have been developed for the analysis of 2-DE images. Each of these shows different advantageous characteristics in terms of quality of analysis. In this chapter, the characteristics of the different commercial software packages are compared in order to evaluate their main features and performances.

  15. Comparative Transport Studies of '1212' Superconductors

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    Albert Gapud

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available HgBa2CaCu2O6+δ (Hg -1212 thin films were fabricated by exchanging the T1 cations in TlBa2CaCu2O7-δ (Tl-1212 thin films with Hg cations, causing a 30-K increase in Tc. To determine how this exchange effects such a Tc increase, the irreversibility lines, temperature dependence of critical current density, and temperature dependence of Hall angle ofHg-1212 and TI-1212 thin films were measured and then compared. The results strongly suggest that the Tc shift is caused by a doubling of charge carrier density.

  16. 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

  17. Growth Prospects in China and India Compared

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    Richard Herd

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available 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 in each country

  18. 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...

  19. 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....

  20. 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.

  1. Comparing antimicrobial exposure based on sales data

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    Bondt, Nico; Jensen, Vibeke Frøkjær; Puister-Jansen, Linda F.;

    2013-01-01

    production and dairy and other cattle (excluding veal and young beef) was estimated, assuming zero use in the dairy and other cattle, and thirdly by assuming respectively 100% oral and 100% parenteral administration. Subsequently, the outcomes of these model calculations were compared with treatment...... is a severe overestimation of the true use in poultry (i.e. 3 days), and the overall model estimate of 13 treatment days per year for the Netherlands is a severe underestimation of the true use in veal calves (i.e. 66 days).The conclusion is that simple country comparisons, based on total sales figures...

  2. [Comparative imaging of cancers of the tongue].

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    Maradji-Melia, P; Bruneton, J N; Balu-Maestro, C; Marcy, P Y; Dubruque, F; Dassonville, O

    1993-05-01

    In a comparative study of 18 cases of tongue cancer examined with ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the authors assess the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. MRI seems to be more effective for the detection of small lesions, the examination of the mobile part of the tongue, in case of dental artifacts, for the study of regional extension and to screen recurrence. CT retains its indications for large tumors in patients who are in a poor general condition, tired, and cannot stand lengthy examinations. Ultrasonography remains the first-intention examination in all cases because of its indisputable superiority for lymph node examination.

  3. Comparing linear probability model coefficients across groups

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    Holm, Anders; Ejrnæs, Mette; Karlson, Kristian Bernt

    2015-01-01

    This article offers a formal identification analysis of the problem in comparing coefficients from linear probability models between groups. We show that differences in coefficients from these models can result not only from genuine differences in effects, but also from differences in one or more...... of the following three components: outcome truncation, scale parameters and distributional shape of the predictor variable. These results point to limitations in using linear probability model coefficients for group comparisons. We also provide Monte Carlo simulations and real examples to illustrate...... these limitations, and we suggest a restricted approach to using linear probability model coefficients in group comparisons....

  4. [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

  5. 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....

  6. 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 w...... 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....

  7. Performance Management Compared across Public Services

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

    on 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...... within technical services. Based on these observations, we conclude that research on performance management systems and the underlying advancement of theory will benefit from further cross-comparisons of various public services.......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...

  8. 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......; (2) Danish (L1) learners’ use of Chinese (L2) comparative sentences in written production. The two case studies were conducted at two universities of two countries: University of Leuven (LU), Belgium, and University of Aarhus (AU), Denmark during the academic year 2014/2015. There were altogether 87...

  9. Leadership, Motivation and Excellence (A Comparative view

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    Gh. Gh. Ionescu

    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.

  10. Value and Opportunity: Comparable Pay for Comparable Worth. Series on Public Issues No. 10.

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    Walker, Deborah

    In this booklet, one of a series intended to apply economic principles to major social and political issues, an argument is presented against comparable pay for comparable worth policies for women. Separate subsections present opposing viewpoints on this controversial issue as well as an examination of whether legislation has been a "friend"…

  11. How many varieties of capitalism? : comparing the comparative institutional analyses of capitalist diversity

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    Jackson, Gregory; Deeg, Richard

    2006-01-01

    This essay reviews the development of approaches within the comparative capitalisms (CC) literature and points to three theoretical innovations which, taken together, define and distinguish these approaches as a group. First, national economies are characterized by distinct institutional configurations that generate a particular systemic "logic" of economic action. Second, the CC literature suggests a theory of comparative institutional advantage in which different institutional arrangements ...

  12. Comparing apples and oranges: the dependent variable problem in comparing and evaluating climate change adaptation policies

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    Dupuis, J.; Biesbroek, G.R.

    2013-01-01

    An increasing number of studies have compared climate change adaptation policies within and between different countries. In this paper we show that these comparative studies suffer from what is known as the ‘‘dependent variable problem’ – the indistinctness of the phenomenon that is being measured,

  13. Comparative trials in registration files of cardiovascular drugs : Comparator drugs and dosing schemes.

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    Wieringa, NF; Vos, R; de Graeff, PA

    2001-01-01

    Registration files of 13 cardiovascular drugs were analysed with respect to the number of double-blind phase-III clinical trials, the use of placebo and active comparator drugs and their dosing schemes. Half of the 146 double-blind trials used active comparator drugs. The majority of files included

  14. Comparative genomics of Shiga toxin encoding bacteriophages

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    Smith Darren L

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Comparative properties of feline coronaviruses in vitro.

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    McKeirnan, A J; Evermann, J F; Davis, E V; Ott, R L

    1987-04-01

    Two feline coronaviruses were characterized to determine their biological properties in vitro and their antigenic relatedness to a previously recognized feline infectious peritonitis virus and canine coronavirus. The viruses, designated WSU 79-1146 and WSU 79-1683, were shown to have comparable growth curves with the prototype feline infectious peritonitis virus. Treatment of the feline infectious peritonitis virus strains with 0.25% trypsin indicated that they were relatively resistant to proteolytic inactivation when compared with the feline enteric coronavirus strain. This observation may serve as a useful in vitro marker to distinguish closely related members of the feline coronavirus group. Plaque assay results indicated that the feline infectious peritonitis virus strains produced large homogeneous plaques in comparison to the feline enteric coronavirus strain and canine coronavirus, which showed a heterogenous plaque size distribution. No naturally temperature sensitive mutants were detected in either of the feline coronavirus populations. Both of the viruses were antigenically related to feline infectious peritonitis virus and to a lesser extent to canine coronavirus by virus neutralization.

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

    2016-05-01

    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.

  2. 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...

  3. 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)

  4. 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 ...

  5. Comparative and experimental pathology of fibrosing colonopathy.

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    van Velzen, D; Ball, L M; Dezfulian, A R; Southgate, A; Howard, C V

    1996-03-01

    Although the occurrence of fibrosing colonopathy is temporally associated with the introduction of high-strength pancreatic enzyme supplements, its pathogenesis remains uncertain. The UK case-control study showed fibrosing colonopathy to be associated with high doses of high-strength pancreatic enzyme supplements and with a group of brands which occupy only 30% of the market. Two alternative hypotheses were proposed to explain the aetiology of fibrosing colonopathy: exposure to high levels of enzymes or to as yet unidentified components of the formulation. Comparison of the anatomical pathology of fibrosing colonopathy with that of previously encountered forms of obstructive gastrointestinal pathology, such as stricturing lesions due to potassium chloride preparations and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, confirmed it to be a previously unencountered, long-segment lesion of the colon. Thus the use of the descriptive term 'stricture' is a misnomer leading to much clinical confusion when discussing obstructive bowel pathology in cystic fibrosis patients. Gavage studies in the rat with one of the two monomers (ethyl acrylate) forming the methacrylic acid copolymer (Eudragit L30D55) used for the enteric coating of the high-strength pancreatic enzyme supplements, have shown pathology comparable to fibrosing colonopathy. These findings prompted a series of exploratory studies in adolescent pigs. After seven days caecal gavage of Eudragit L30D55 at doses of 10, 50 or 500 mg/kg/day (comparable to human intake), extensive fibrosing colonopathy-like changes, inclusive of dense submucosal fibrosis, were noted at all dose levels in seven out of nine animals. Similar studies of the monomer components of the Eudragit L30D55 copolymer, at dose levels of 0.015 to 50 mg/kg/day, representing possible residues in Eudragit L30D55, did not produce comparable changes. The conclusion is that, although the precise mechanisms have not been elucidated, the role of enteric coatings

  6. 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

  7. Comparative effectiveness research and medical informatics.

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    D'Avolio, Leonard W; Farwell, Wildon R; Fiore, Louis D

    2010-12-01

    As is the case for environmental, ecological, astronomical, and other sciences, medical practice and research finds itself in a tsunami of data. This data deluge, due primarily to the introduction of digitalization in routine medical care and medical research, affords the opportunity for improved patient care and scientific discovery. Medical informatics is the subdiscipline of medicine created to make greater use of information in order to improve healthcare. The 4 areas of medical informatics research (information access, structure, analysis, and interaction) are used as a framework to discuss the overlap in information needs of comparative effectiveness research and potential contributions of medical informatics. Examples of progress from the medical informatics literature and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System are provided.

  8. 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

  9. Comparing Forensic Blueprint Sketches with Headshots

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    2016-02-01

    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.

  10. Hans Strahl's pioneering studies in comparative placentation.

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    Carter, A M; Mess, A

    2010-10-01

    Hans Strahl, a contemporary of Duval and Hubrecht, made many important contributions to comparative placentation. Despite this he is not well known and some of his original observations tend to be attributed to later authors. Strahl published a classification of placental types based on their shape and relationship to maternal tissues. This greatly influenced the work of Otto Grosser, who became better known in part because his work was more accessible to other scientists and clinicians. Strahl described the development of the fetal membranes across a broad range of mammalian orders extending his observations beyond parturition to the post partum involution of the uterus. He paid close attention to structures designed for histotrophic nutrition including the areolae of moles, haemophagous organs of carnivores and tenrecs and chorionic vesicles of lemurs and lorises. We here provide a summary of some of the most important findings made by Strahl including work on placentation in carnivores and higher primates that remains unsurpassed.

  11. A treasure house of comparative embryology.

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    Richardson, M K; Narraway, J

    1999-01-01

    The Embryo Collection of the Hubrecht Laboratory is a treasure house of comparative embryology. It is the largest and most important collection of its kind in the world, and consists of thousands of vertebrate embryos stored in alcohol, or prepared as histological sections. Many elusive species are included in the collection, some represented by complete developmental series. The accompanying archives offer a remarkable insight into the methods used to collect embryos form wild animals, as well as the motives behind the founders of the collection. Carefully maintained, documented and catalogued, the collection is available for study by all interested scientists. We argue that this collection is one of the greatest biodiversity resources in existence.

  12. DNA Microarrays in Comparative Genomics and Transcriptomics

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    Willenbrock, Hanni

    2007-01-01

    data. For this, the DNA microarray technology has gained enormous popularity due to its ability to measure the presence or the activity of thousands of genes simultaneously. Microarrays for high throughput data analyses are not limited to a few organisms but may be applied to everything from bacteria...... at identifying the exact breakpoints where DNA has been gained or lost. In this thesis, three popular methods are compared and a realistic simulation model is presented for generating artificial data with known breakpoints and known DNA copy number. By using simulated data, we obtain a realistic evaluation...... of various strains of the bacteria, e.g. Escherichia coli, with regard to genes involved in pathogenesis. Finally, this thesis present results demonstrating that the gene expression level is sequence dependent, that is, it depends on both DNA structure and codon usage bias. Here, microarray data was used...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. [Murder. Italy-USA comparative profiles].

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    Palermo, George B; Mastronardi, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    This paper, through illustrative cases of homicidal typologies, examines the generally accepted theories on the subject: 1) sociological ones by Lorenz to Sutherland and Cressey, by Berkowitz to Wolfgang and Ferracuti and others; 2) neurobiological ones, which include the involvement of the limbic, hippocampal and parietal lobes of the brain; 3) the psychological (psychodynamic) ones which are not disjoint from the types of individual criminal homicide and related aspects. In the discussion of the types of murders, family and extrafamilial murders are then taken into consideration, with the various meanings of revenge, challenge, other reasons linked to robbery, theft, settling scores leading to youth gangs and drive-by-shootings of marginalized adolescents, crimes related to drugs and to mental disorders. Infanticide and multiple murder, including mass murder and serial killer, conclude the work together with the statistics of murders and family murders in Italy compared to USA, specifically to the crime clock.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Comparing anisotropic displacement parameters in protein structures.

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    Merritt, E A

    1999-12-01

    The increasingly widespread use of synchrotron-radiation sources and cryo-preparation of samples in macromolecular crystallography has led to a dramatic increase in the number of macromolecular structures determined at atomic or near-atomic resolution. This permits expansion of the structural model to include anisotropic displacement parameters U(ij) for individual atoms. In order to explore the physical significance of these parameters in protein structures, it is useful to be able to compare quantitatively the electron-density distribution described by the refined U(ij) values associated with corresponding crystallographically independent atoms. This paper presents the derivation of an easily calculated correlation coefficient in real space between two atoms modeled with anisotropic displacement parameters. This measure is used to investigate the degree of similarity between chemically equivalent but crystallographically independent atoms in the set of protein structural models currently available from the Protein Data Bank.

  20. Comparing Partial and Full Return Spectral Methods

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    İhsan Haluk Akın

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available An analysis on the arithmetic complexity of recently proposed spectral modular arithmetic – in particular spectral modular multiplication- is presented through a step-by-step evaluation. Standart use of spectral methods in computer arithmetic instructs to utilize separated multiplication and reduction steps taking place in spectrum and time domains respectively. Such a procedure clearly needs full return (forward and backward DFT calculations. On the other hand, by calculating some partial values on-the-fly, new methods adopt an approach that keeps the data in the spectrum at all times, including the reduction process. After comparing the timing performances of these approaches, it is concluded that full return algorithms perform better than the recently proposed methods.

  1. A COMPARATIVE STUDY IN WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS

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    Hasan Al-Refai

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Sensor networks consist of a large number of small, low-powered wireless nodes with limited computation, communication, and sensing abilities, in a battery-powered sensor network, energy and communication bandwidth are a precious resources. Thus, there is a need to adapt the networking process to match the application in order to minimize the resources consumed and extend the life of the network. In this paper, we introduce a comparative study in different routing algorithms that propose vital solutions to the most important issues that should be taken into account when designing wireless network which are reliability, lifetime, communication bandwidth, transmission rand, and finally the limited energy issue, so we will introduce their algorithms and discuss how did they propose to solve such of these challenges and finally we will do some evaluation to each approach.

  2. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION SYSTEM

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    Rafiqul Zaman Khan

    2012-07-01

    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.

  3. Amyloid fibrils compared to peptide nanotubes.

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    Zganec, Matjaž; Zerovnik, Eva

    2014-09-01

    Prefibrillar oligomeric states and amyloid fibrils of amyloid-forming proteins qualify as nanoparticles. We aim to predict what biophysical and biochemical properties they could share in common with better researched peptide nanotubes. We first describe what is known of amyloid fibrils and prefibrillar aggregates (oligomers and protofibrils): their structure, mechanisms of formation and putative mechanism of cytotoxicity. In distinction from other neuronal fibrillar constituents, amyloid fibrils are believed to cause pathology, however, some can also be functional. Second, we give a review of known biophysical properties of peptide nanotubes. Finally, we compare properties of these two macromolecular states side by side and discuss which measurements that have already been done with peptide nanotubes could be done with amyloid fibrils as well.

  4. 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.

  5. Genome Mapping in Plant Comparative Genomics.

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    Chaney, Lindsay; Sharp, Aaron R; Evans, Carrie R; Udall, Joshua A

    2016-09-01

    Genome mapping produces fingerprints of DNA sequences to construct a physical map of the whole genome. It provides contiguous, long-range information that complements and, in some cases, replaces sequencing data. Recent advances in genome-mapping technology will better allow researchers to detect large (>1kbp) structural variations between plant genomes. Some molecular and informatics complications need to be overcome for this novel technology to achieve its full utility. This technology will be useful for understanding phenotype responses due to DNA rearrangements and will yield insights into genome evolution, particularly in polyploids. In this review, we outline recent advances in genome-mapping technology, including the processes required for data collection and analysis, and applications in plant comparative genomics.

  6. 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.

  7. International energy conservation: comparative law and policy

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    1979-02-01

    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)

  8. Comparative genomics of emerging human ehrlichiosis agents.

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    Julie C Dunning Hotopp

    2006-02-01

    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.

  9. Comparative investigations of tablet crushing force testers

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    Sonnergaard, Jørn; Jensen, C.G.; Poulsen, L.;

    2005-01-01

    diffecrences were observed between the estimated mean values of the investigated testers. The approximate accuracy measured as the percentage difference from the grand mean mostly lay in the interval ±10 %. The reproducibility expressed as the relative standard deviation between the testers estimated...... by the concept of components of variance was 5-7 % depending on the model tablet excipient. The standard deviation within testers (repeatability) was affected by the type of model formulation showing increasing variability with increasing brittleness of the compressed material. No specific effect of altering...... the speed of platens on the mean values or the variability was observed. It is concluded that, compared to other quality methodologies of solid dosage forms with a suspected variability, there is generally no reason to question the standard and performance of the breaking force testers used today...

  10. [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

  11. Earthquake Correlations and Networks- A Comparative Study

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    2010-01-01

    We quantify the correlation between earthquakes and use the same to distinguish between relevant causally connected earthquakes. Our correlation metric is a variation on the one introduced by Baiesi and Paczuski (2004). A network of earthquakes is constructed, which is time ordered and with links between the more correlated ones. Recurrences to earthquakes are identified employing correlation thresholds to demarcate the most meaningful ones in each cluster. Data pertaining to three different seismic regions, viz. California, Japan and Himalayas, are comparatively analyzed using such a network model. The distribution of recurrence lengths and recurrence times are two of the key features analyzed to draw conclusions about the universal aspects of such a network model. We find that the unimodal feature of recurrence length distribution, which helps to associate typical rupture lengths with different magnitude earthquakes, is robust across the different seismic regions. The out-degree of the networks shows a hub ...

  12. Comparative angioprotective effects of magnesium compounds.

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    Kharitonova, Maria; Iezhitsa, Igor; Zheltova, Anastasia; Ozerov, Alexander; Spasov, Alexander; Skalny, Anatoly

    2015-01-01

    Magnesium (Mg) deficiency is implicated in the development of numerous disorders of the cardiovascular system. Moreover, the data regarding the efficacy of different magnesium compounds in the correction of impaired functions due to low magnesium intake are often fragmentary and inconsistent. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of the most bioavailable Mg compounds (Mg l-aspartate, Mg N-acetyltaurate, Mg chloride, Mg sulphate and Mg oxybutyrate) on systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in rats fed a low Mg diet for 74 days. A low Mg diet decreased the Mg concentration in the plasma and erythrocytes, which was accompanied by a reduced concentration of eNOs and increased levels of endothelin-1 level in the serum and impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilatation. These effects increased the concentration of proinflammatory molecules, such as VCAM-1, TNF-α, IL-6 and CRP, indicating the development of systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. The increased total NO level, which estimated from the sum of the nitrate and nitrite concentrations in the serum, may also be considered to be a proinflammatory marker. Two weeks of Mg supplementation partially or fully normalised the ability of the vascular wall to effect adequate endothelium-dependent vasodilatation and reversed the levels of most endothelial dysfunction and inflammatory markers (except CRP) to the mean values of the control group. Mg sulphate had the smallest effect on the endothelin-1, TNF-α and VCAM-1 levels. Mg N-acetyltaurate was significantly more effective in restoring the level of eNOS compared to all other studied compounds, except for Mg oxybutyrate. Taken together, the present findings demonstrate that all Mg compounds equally alleviate endothelial dysfunction and inflammation caused by Mg deficiency. Mg sulphate tended to be the least effective compound.

  13. Spirometric Parameters: Hemodialysis Compared to Peritoneal Dialysis

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    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. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Comparative costs and benefits of hydrogen vehicles

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    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.

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

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    2008-01-01

    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. Comparative phylogeography of the ocean planet.

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    Bowen, Brian W; Gaither, Michelle R; DiBattista, Joseph D; Iacchei, Matthew; Andrews, Kimberly R; Grant, W Stewart; Toonen, Robert J; Briggs, John C

    2016-07-19

    Understanding how geography, oceanography, and climate have ultimately shaped marine biodiversity requires aligning the distributions of genetic diversity across multiple taxa. Here, we examine phylogeographic partitions in the sea against a backdrop of biogeographic provinces defined by taxonomy, endemism, and species composition. The taxonomic identities used to define biogeographic provinces are routinely accompanied by diagnostic genetic differences between sister species, indicating interspecific concordance between biogeography and phylogeography. In cases where individual species are distributed across two or more biogeographic provinces, shifts in genotype frequencies often align with biogeographic boundaries, providing intraspecific concordance between biogeography and phylogeography. Here, we provide examples of comparative phylogeography from (i) tropical seas that host the highest marine biodiversity, (ii) temperate seas with high productivity but volatile coastlines, (iii) migratory marine fauna, and (iv) plankton that are the most abundant eukaryotes on earth. Tropical and temperate zones both show impacts of glacial cycles, the former primarily through changing sea levels, and the latter through coastal habitat disruption. The general concordance between biogeography and phylogeography indicates that the population-level genetic divergences observed between provinces are a starting point for macroevolutionary divergences between species. However, isolation between provinces does not account for all marine biodiversity; the remainder arises through alternative pathways, such as ecological speciation and parapatric (semiisolated) divergences within provinces and biodiversity hotspots. PMID:27432963

  3. Comparative analysis of safety related site characteristics

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    Andersson, Johan (ed.)

    2010-12-15

    This document presents a comparative analysis of site characteristics related to long-term safety for the two candidate sites for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark (municipality of Oesthammar) and in Laxemar (municipality of Oskarshamn) from the point of view of site selection. The analyses are based on the updated site descriptions of Forsmark /SKB 2008a/ and Laxemar /SKB 2009a/, together with associated updated repository layouts and designs /SKB 2008b and SKB 2009b/. The basis for the comparison is thus two equally and thoroughly assessed sites. However, the analyses presented here are focussed on differences between the sites rather than evaluating them in absolute terms. The document serves as a basis for the site selection, from the perspective of long-term safety, in SKB's application for a final repository. A full evaluation of safety is made for a repository at the selected site in the safety assessment SR-Site /SKB 2011/, referred to as SR-Site main report in the following

  4. COMPARING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND USER NEEDS

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Road transport has always played an important role in a country’s growth and, in order to manage road networks and ensure a high standard of road performance (e.g. durability, efficiency and safety, both public and private road inventories have been implemented using databases and Geographical Information Systems. They enable registering and managing significant amounts of different road information, but to date do not focus on 3D road information, data integration and interoperability. In an increasingly complex 3D urban environment, and in the age of smart cities, however, applications including intelligent transport systems, mobility and traffic management, road maintenance and safety require digital data infrastructures to manage road data: thus new inventories based on integrated 3D road models (queryable, updateable and shareable on line are required. This paper outlines the first step towards the implementation of 3D GIS-based road inventories. Focusing on the case study of the “Road Cadastre” (the Italian road inventory as established by law, it investigates current limitations and required improvements, and also compares the required data structure imposed by cadastral legislation with real road users’ needs. The study aims to: a determine whether 3D GIS would improve road cadastre (for better management of data through the complete life-cycle infrastructure projects; b define a conceptual model for a 3D road cadastre for Italy (whose general principles may be extended also to other countries.

  5. Comparative biomechanics: life's physical world (second edition)

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    Vogel, Steven

    2013-01-01

    Why do you switch from walking to running at a specific speed? Why do tall trees rarely blow over in high winds? And why does a spore ejected into air at seventy miles per hour travel only a fraction of an inch? Comparative Biomechanics is the first and only textbook that takes a comprehensive look at the mechanical aspects of life--covering animals and plants, structure and movement, and solids and fluids. An ideal entry point into the ways living creatures interact with their immediate physical world, this revised and updated edition examines how the forms and activities of animals and plants reflect the materials available to nature, considers rules for fluid flow and structural design, and explores how organisms contend with environmental forces. Drawing on physics and mechanical engineering, Steven Vogel looks at how animals swim and fly, modes of terrestrial locomotion, organism responses to winds and water currents, circulatory and suspension-feeding systems, and the relationship between size and mech...

  6. Comparative genomics of biotechnologically important yeasts.

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    Riley, Robert; Haridas, Sajeet; Wolfe, Kenneth H; Lopes, Mariana R; Hittinger, Chris Todd; Göker, Markus; Salamov, Asaf A; Wisecaver, Jennifer H; Long, Tanya M; Calvey, Christopher H; Aerts, Andrea L; Barry, Kerrie W; Choi, Cindy; Clum, Alicia; Coughlan, Aisling Y; Deshpande, Shweta; Douglass, Alexander P; Hanson, Sara J; Klenk, Hans-Peter; LaButti, Kurt M; Lapidus, Alla; Lindquist, Erika A; Lipzen, Anna M; Meier-Kolthoff, Jan P; Ohm, Robin A; Otillar, Robert P; Pangilinan, Jasmyn L; Peng, Yi; Rokas, Antonis; Rosa, Carlos A; Scheuner, Carmen; Sibirny, Andriy A; Slot, Jason C; Stielow, J Benjamin; Sun, Hui; Kurtzman, Cletus P; Blackwell, Meredith; Grigoriev, Igor V; Jeffries, Thomas W

    2016-08-30

    Ascomycete yeasts are metabolically diverse, with great potential for biotechnology. Here, we report the comparative genome analysis of 29 taxonomically and biotechnologically important yeasts, including 16 newly sequenced. We identify a genetic code change, CUG-Ala, in Pachysolen tannophilus in the clade sister to the known CUG-Ser clade. Our well-resolved yeast phylogeny shows that some traits, such as methylotrophy, are restricted to single clades, whereas others, such as l-rhamnose utilization, have patchy phylogenetic distributions. Gene clusters, with variable organization and distribution, encode many pathways of interest. Genomics can predict some biochemical traits precisely, but the genomic basis of others, such as xylose utilization, remains unresolved. Our data also provide insight into early evolution of ascomycetes. We document the loss of H3K9me2/3 heterochromatin, the origin of ascomycete mating-type switching, and panascomycete synteny at the MAT locus. These data and analyses will facilitate the engineering of efficient biosynthetic and degradative pathways and gateways for genomic manipulation.

  7. Comparative anatomy and histology of xenarthran osteoderms.

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    Hill, Robert V

    2006-12-01

    Reconstruction of soft tissues in fossil vertebrates is an enduring challenge for paleontologists. Because inferences must be based on evidence from hard tissues (typically bones or teeth), even the most complete fossils provide only limited information about certain organ systems. Osteoderms ("dermal armor") are integumentary bones with high fossilization potential that hold information about the anatomy of the skin in many extant and fossil amniotes. Their importance for functional morphology and phylogenetic research has recently been recognized, but studies have focused largely upon reptiles, in which osteoderms are most common. Among mammals, osteoderms occur only in members of the clade Xenarthra, which includes armadillos and their extinct relatives: glyptodonts, pampatheres, and, more distantly, ground sloths. Here, I present new information on the comparative morphology and histology of osteoderms and their associated soft tissues in 11 extant and fossil xenarthrans. Extinct mylodontid sloths possessed simple, isolated ossicles, the presence of which is likely plesiomorphic for Xenarthra. More highly derived osteoderms of glyptodonts, pampatheres, and armadillos feature complex articulations and surface ornamentation. Osteoderms of modern armadillos are physically associated with a variety of soft tissues, including nerve, muscle, gland, and connective tissue. In some cases, similar osteological features may be caused by two or more different tissue types, rendering soft-tissue inferences for fossil osteoderms equivocal. Certain osteological structures, however, are consistently associated with specific soft-tissue complexes and therefore represent a relatively robust foundation upon which to base soft-tissue reconstructions of extinct xenarthrans.

  8. Comparative phylogeography of the ocean planet

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    Bowen, Brian W.; Gaither, Michelle R.; DiBattista, Joseph D.; Iacchei, Matthew; Andrews, Kimberly R.; Grant, W. Stewart; Toonen, Robert J.; Briggs, John C.

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how geography, oceanography, and climate have ultimately shaped marine biodiversity requires aligning the distributions of genetic diversity across multiple taxa. Here, we examine phylogeographic partitions in the sea against a backdrop of biogeographic provinces defined by taxonomy, endemism, and species composition. The taxonomic identities used to define biogeographic provinces are routinely accompanied by diagnostic genetic differences between sister species, indicating interspecific concordance between biogeography and phylogeography. In cases where individual species are distributed across two or more biogeographic provinces, shifts in genotype frequencies often align with biogeographic boundaries, providing intraspecific concordance between biogeography and phylogeography. Here, we provide examples of comparative phylogeography from (i) tropical seas that host the highest marine biodiversity, (ii) temperate seas with high productivity but volatile coastlines, (iii) migratory marine fauna, and (iv) plankton that are the most abundant eukaryotes on earth. Tropical and temperate zones both show impacts of glacial cycles, the former primarily through changing sea levels, and the latter through coastal habitat disruption. The general concordance between biogeography and phylogeography indicates that the population-level genetic divergences observed between provinces are a starting point for macroevolutionary divergences between species. However, isolation between provinces does not account for all marine biodiversity; the remainder arises through alternative pathways, such as ecological speciation and parapatric (semiisolated) divergences within provinces and biodiversity hotspots. PMID:27432963

  9. Comparative phylogeography of the ocean planet.

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    Bowen, Brian W; Gaither, Michelle R; DiBattista, Joseph D; Iacchei, Matthew; Andrews, Kimberly R; Grant, W Stewart; Toonen, Robert J; Briggs, John C

    2016-07-19

    Understanding how geography, oceanography, and climate have ultimately shaped marine biodiversity requires aligning the distributions of genetic diversity across multiple taxa. Here, we examine phylogeographic partitions in the sea against a backdrop of biogeographic provinces defined by taxonomy, endemism, and species composition. The taxonomic identities used to define biogeographic provinces are routinely accompanied by diagnostic genetic differences between sister species, indicating interspecific concordance between biogeography and phylogeography. In cases where individual species are distributed across two or more biogeographic provinces, shifts in genotype frequencies often align with biogeographic boundaries, providing intraspecific concordance between biogeography and phylogeography. Here, we provide examples of comparative phylogeography from (i) tropical seas that host the highest marine biodiversity, (ii) temperate seas with high productivity but volatile coastlines, (iii) migratory marine fauna, and (iv) plankton that are the most abundant eukaryotes on earth. Tropical and temperate zones both show impacts of glacial cycles, the former primarily through changing sea levels, and the latter through coastal habitat disruption. The general concordance between biogeography and phylogeography indicates that the population-level genetic divergences observed between provinces are a starting point for macroevolutionary divergences between species. However, isolation between provinces does not account for all marine biodiversity; the remainder arises through alternative pathways, such as ecological speciation and parapatric (semiisolated) divergences within provinces and biodiversity hotspots.

  10. Cognitive Architectures and Autonomy: A Comparative Review

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    Thórisson, Kristinn; Helgasson, Helgi

    2012-05-01

    One of the original goals of artificial intelligence (AI) research was to create machines with very general cognitive capabilities and a relatively high level of autonomy. It has taken the field longer than many had expected to achieve even a fraction of this goal; the community has focused on building specific, targeted cognitive processes in isolation, and as of yet no system exists that integrates a broad range of capabilities or presents a general solution to autonomous acquisition of a large set of skills. Among the reasons for this are the highly limited machine learning and adaptation techniques available, and the inherent complexity of integrating numerous cognitive and learning capabilities in a coherent architecture. In this paper we review selected systems and architectures built expressly to address integrated skills. We highlight principles and features of these systems that seem promising for creating generally intelligent systems with some level of autonomy, and discuss them in the context of the development of future cognitive architectures. Autonomy is a key property for any system to be considered generally intelligent, in our view; we use this concept as an organizing principle for comparing the reviewed systems. Features that remain largely unaddressed in present research, but seem nevertheless necessary for such efforts to succeed, are also discussed.

  11. 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

    2013-08-07

    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.

  12. Comparing operadic theories of $n$-categories

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    Cheng, Eugenia

    2008-01-01

    We give a framework for comparing on the one hand theories of n-categories that are weakly enriched operadically, and on the other hand n-categories given as algebras for a contractible globular operad. Examples of the former are the definition by Trimble and variants (Cheng-Gurski) and examples of the latter are the definition by Batanin and variants (Leinster). We will show how to take a theory of n-categories of the former kind and produce a globular operad whose algebras are the n-categories we started with. We first provide a generalisation of Trimble's original theory that allows for the use of other parametrising operads in a very general way, via the notion of categories weakly enriched in V where the weakness is parametrised by an operad P in the category V. We define weak n-categories by iterating the weak enrichment construction using a series of parametrising operads P_i. We then show how to construct from such a theory an n-dimensional globular operad for each $n \\geq 0$ whose algebras are precis...

  13. Comparing Simple Flood Reservoir Operation Rules

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    James Connaughton

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of three simple flood operating rules in reducing the peak flow is compared for four simplified hydrograph shapes. The Minimize Flood Peak rule uses available flood storage capacity to store peak flows from an accurate hydrograph forecast. The less demanding Minimize Flooding Frequency operating rule releases water at or below channel capacity until the flood storage pool is filled and outflows are forced to exceed the channel capacity. The Short Forecast Peak Minimization rule minimizes flood peak over a short foreseeable future with existing flood storage capacity. Four simplified hydrograph shapes (triangular, abrupt wave, flood pulse and broad peak were used. The Minimize Flood Peak rule reduces peak flows better than alternatives, but is often impractical. The Short Forecast Peak Minimization rule reduces peak flows for a wide range of conditions. The Minimize Flood Frequency rule may be more relevant where damages occur abruptly, as in many leveed systems. All rules reduce peak outflow more efficiently for more steeply rising hydrographs. The approach suggests some general insights for flood operations of reservoirs.

  14. Comparing crowding in human and ideal observers.

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    van den Berg, Ronald; Johnson, Addie; Martinez Anton, Angela; Schepers, Anne L; Cornelissen, Frans W

    2012-06-12

    A visual target is more difficult to recognize when it is surrounded by other, similar objects. This breakdown in object recognition is known as crowding. Despite a long history of experimental work, computational models of crowding are still sparse. Specifically, few studies have examined crowding using an ideal-observer approach. Here, we compare crowding in ideal observers with crowding in humans. We derived an ideal-observer model for target identification under conditions of position and identity uncertainty. Simulations showed that this model reproduces the hallmark of crowding, namely a critical spacing that scales with viewing eccentricity. To examine how well the model fits quantitatively to human data, we performed three experiments. In Experiments 1 and 2, we measured observers' perceptual uncertainty about stimulus positions and identities, respectively, for a target in isolation. In Experiment 3, observers identified a target that was flanked by two distractors. We found that about half of the errors in Experiment 3 could be accounted for by the perceptual uncertainty measured in Experiments 1 and 2. The remainder of the errors could be accounted for by assuming that uncertainty (i.e., the width of internal noise distribution) about stimulus positions and identities depends on flanker proximity. Our results provide a mathematical restatement of the crowding problem and support the hypothesis that crowding behavior is a sign of optimality rather than a perceptual defect.

  15. Sahel State Political Violence in Comparative Perspective

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    Caitriona Dowd

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available 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 contemporary and historical patterns. Regional characteristics of Sahelian violence are highlighted, which underscore a relatively low level of violence in the region as a whole, with increases in conflict levels largely driven by the single case of Mali in recent months. Detailed analysis of specific groups and actor types reveal important intra-regional discrepancies which have been largely obscured by characterisations of a regional, trans-national crisis. Together, these observations point to the need to interrogate narratives of regional dynamics which may conceal important national and even sub-national variations and drivers of political violence.

  16. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF DIFFERENTEDGE DETECTION TECHNIQUES

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    Beant Kaur,

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Detection of edge is a terminology in image processing and computer vision particularly in the areas of feature detection and extraction to refer to the algorithms which aims at identifying points in a digital image at which the image brightness changes sharply or more formally has discontinuities. The need of edge detection is to find the discontinuities in depth, discontinuities in surface orientation, changes in material properties and variations in scene illumination. Remote sensing images are generally corrupted from noise. athematical morphology is a new technique for edge detection .It is a theory and technique for analysis and processing of geometrical structures, based on set theory. In this paper square type structuring element of different size is implemented on different remote sensing images . The noise can also be suppressed by mathematical morphology. So by using mathematical morphology the image can be enhanced and the edges can be detected. In this paper ,the result of edge detection using mathematical morphology will be compared with sobel edge detector, Prewitt edge detector, laplician of gaussian edge detector and Canny edge detector.

  17. Comparative genomics of biotechnologically important yeasts.

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    Riley, Robert; Haridas, Sajeet; Wolfe, Kenneth H; Lopes, Mariana R; Hittinger, Chris Todd; Göker, Markus; Salamov, Asaf A; Wisecaver, Jennifer H; Long, Tanya M; Calvey, Christopher H; Aerts, Andrea L; Barry, Kerrie W; Choi, Cindy; Clum, Alicia; Coughlan, Aisling Y; Deshpande, Shweta; Douglass, Alexander P; Hanson, Sara J; Klenk, Hans-Peter; LaButti, Kurt M; Lapidus, Alla; Lindquist, Erika A; Lipzen, Anna M; Meier-Kolthoff, Jan P; Ohm, Robin A; Otillar, Robert P; Pangilinan, Jasmyn L; Peng, Yi; Rokas, Antonis; Rosa, Carlos A; Scheuner, Carmen; Sibirny, Andriy A; Slot, Jason C; Stielow, J Benjamin; Sun, Hui; Kurtzman, Cletus P; Blackwell, Meredith; Grigoriev, Igor V; Jeffries, Thomas W

    2016-08-30

    Ascomycete yeasts are metabolically diverse, with great potential for biotechnology. Here, we report the comparative genome analysis of 29 taxonomically and biotechnologically important yeasts, including 16 newly sequenced. We identify a genetic code change, CUG-Ala, in Pachysolen tannophilus in the clade sister to the known CUG-Ser clade. Our well-resolved yeast phylogeny shows that some traits, such as methylotrophy, are restricted to single clades, whereas others, such as l-rhamnose utilization, have patchy phylogenetic distributions. Gene clusters, with variable organization and distribution, encode many pathways of interest. Genomics can predict some biochemical traits precisely, but the genomic basis of others, such as xylose utilization, remains unresolved. Our data also provide insight into early evolution of ascomycetes. We document the loss of H3K9me2/3 heterochromatin, the origin of ascomycete mating-type switching, and panascomycete synteny at the MAT locus. These data and analyses will facilitate the engineering of efficient biosynthetic and degradative pathways and gateways for genomic manipulation. PMID:27535936

  18. COMPARATIVE STUDY ON ACCOUNTING AND FISCAL AMORTIZATION

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    MARIANA GURAU

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Placed in the international trend, Romanian accounting had experienced various changes, especially as regards of progress on disconnection between accounting and fiscality. In the present, fiscal rules should not have any role in accounting decisions, because accounting rules are applied to produce accounting information that is useful in making decisions and to provide a "true and fair view" upon financial reality of the entity. However, the barrier in the habit of accounting to thinking for fiscal point of view all economic transactions remains insurmountable, yet. Starting from this perspective on disconnection between accounting and fiscality would mean that amortization recorded in the accounting, as a result of management policy, to be different from fiscality amortization, to calculate income tax. Although formally accepted, disconnect between accounting and fiscality continues to meet many difficulties. In this sense, it is usual in practice to use the same method of amortization for accounting purposes and for fiscal purposes to prevent complications of double track amortization and prevent wandering in the rules in this field. Accounting rule is deliberately eluded in favor of the fiscal rules. This is the reason we proposed to make in this paper a comparative study between norms and rules on accounting and fiscal amortization, paper in which we intend to show the benefits of applying accounting and fiscal rules separately.

  19. Comparative study on software development methodologies

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    Mihai Liviu DESPA

    2014-12-01

    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.

  20. Comparative analyses of plasma probe diagnostics techniques

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    The subject of this paper is a comparative analysis of the plasma parameters inferred from the classical Langmuir probe procedure, from different theories of the ion current to the probe, and from measured electron energy distribution function (EEDF) obtained by double differentiation of the probe characteristic. We concluded that the plasma parameters inferred from the classical Langmuir procedure can be subjected to significant inaccuracy due to the non-Maxwellian EEDF, uncertainty of locating the plasma potential, and the arbitrariness of the ion current approximation. The plasma densities derived from the ion part of the probe characteristics diverge by as much as an order of magnitude from the density calculated according to Langmuir procedure or calculated as corresponding integral of the measured EEDF. The electron temperature extracted from the ion part is always subjected to uncertainty. Such inaccuracy is attributed to modification of the EEDF for fast electrons due to inelastic electron collisions, and to deficiencies in the existing ion current theories; i.e., unrealistic assumptions about Maxwellian EEDFs, underestimation of the ion collisions and the ion ambipolar drift, and discounting deformation of the one-dimensional structure of the region perturbed by the probe. We concluded that EEDF measurement is the single reliable probe diagnostics for the basic research and industrial applications of highly non-equilibrium gas discharge plasmas. Examples of EEDF measurements point up importance of examining the probe current derivatives in real time and reiterate significance of the equipment technical characteristics, such as high energy resolution and wide dynamic range

  1. Comparative genomic hybridization in clinical cytogenetics

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    Bryndorf, T.; Kirchhoff, M.; Rose, H. [and others

    1995-11-01

    We report the results of applying comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) in a cytogenetic service laboratory for (1) determination of the origin of extra and missing chromosomal material in intricate cases of unbalanced aberrations and (2) detection of common prenatal numerical chromosome aberrations. A total of 11 fetal samples were analyzed. Seven cases of complex unbalanced aberrations that could not be identified reliably by conventional cytogenetics were successfully resolved by CGH analysis. CGH results were validated by using FISH with chromosome-specific probes. Four cases representing common prenatal numerical aberrations (trisomy 21, 18, and 13 and monosomy X) were also successfully diagnosed by CGH. We conclude that CGH is a powerful adjunct to traditional cytogenetic techniques that makes it possible to solve clinical cases of intricate unbalanced aberrations in a single hybridization. CGH may also be a useful adjunct to screen for euchromatic involvement in marker chromosomes. Further technical development may render CGH applicable for routine aberration screening. 16 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  2. Comparative study of silicon empirical interatomic potentials

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    Balamane, H.; Halicioglu, T.; Tiller, W. A.

    1992-07-01

    We have performed a comparative study of six classical many-body potentials for silicon (Pearson, Takai, Halicioglu, and Tiller; Biswas and Hamann; Stillinger and Weber; Dodson, Tersoff 2, and Tersoff 3). Extensive static calculations have been performed using these potentials on Sin clusters (n=2-6), bulk point defects, elastic constants, polytypes, pressure-induced phase transformations, and surfaces [(111), (100), and (110)]. Similarities and differences between the six potentials have been identified, and their transferability as well as their accuracy with respect to experiment and first-principles methods have been assessed. In general, all of these potentials do a relatively poor job of modeling the energetics of small clusters as well as the various reconstructions of the Si(111) surface. They provide a fair to good description of the properties of bulk diamond cubic silicon, its intrinsic defects, and the Si(100) surface. Besides the fact that none of them models π bonding, their inability to be more transferable lies in their inadequate description of the angular forces. Each potential has its strengths and limitations, but none of them appears to be clearly superior to the others, and none is totally transferrable. However, despite their shortcomings we feel that some of these potentials will be useful in large-scale simulations of materials-related problems. They can give valuable insights into phenomena that are otherwise intractable to investigate either experimentally or via first-principles methods.

  3. 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.

  4. An introduction to comparative effectiveness research.

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    Marko, Nicholas F; Weil, Robert J

    2012-02-01

    Research examining the process of deciding between treatment alternatives, the applicability of the existing literature to this process, and the way that this knowledge can be applied to inform clinical decisions is termed comparative effectiveness research (CER). Despite its emerging role in both clinical medicine and public policy, many neurosurgeons are unaware of the history of CER, the principles fundamental to its implementation, and the nature and extent to which it impacts patient care. We present a review of literature that provides a brief history of the evolution of CER, an overview of its scientific, financial, and public policy implications, and a discussion of its implementation and potential significance in modern clinical practice. We discuss how CER seeks to combine treatment efficacy data with quality of life, outcomes, and other forms of effectiveness data to guide selection of optimal patient management strategies. This research paradigm strengthens the final step in clinical research that should follow the traditional demonstration of efficacy and reemphasizes the potentially important role of observational and retrospective investigations in establishing effectiveness of efficacious procedures in actual application to individual patients. It is useful for neurosurgeons to understand the CER model, because it occupies an emerging role in both clinical medicine and public policy and presents a potentially useful model for informing medical decision-making in the type of real-world situations commonly encountered by clinical neurosurgeons. PMID:21849923

  5. Comparative analysis of safety related site characteristics

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    This document presents a comparative analysis of site characteristics related to long-term safety for the two candidate sites for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark (municipality of Oesthammar) and in Laxemar (municipality of Oskarshamn) from the point of view of site selection. The analyses are based on the updated site descriptions of Forsmark /SKB 2008a/ and Laxemar /SKB 2009a/, together with associated updated repository layouts and designs /SKB 2008b and SKB 2009b/. The basis for the comparison is thus two equally and thoroughly assessed sites. However, the analyses presented here are focussed on differences between the sites rather than evaluating them in absolute terms. The document serves as a basis for the site selection, from the perspective of long-term safety, in SKB's application for a final repository. A full evaluation of safety is made for a repository at the selected site in the safety assessment SR-Site /SKB 2011/, referred to as SR-Site main report in the following

  6. 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)

    1993-01-01

    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.

  7. Comparing Binaural Pre-processing Strategies II

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    Regina M. Baumgärtel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Several binaural audio signal enhancement algorithms were evaluated with respect to their potential to improve speech intelligibility in noise for users of bilateral cochlear implants (CIs. 50% speech reception thresholds (SRT50 were assessed using an adaptive procedure in three distinct, realistic noise scenarios. All scenarios were highly nonstationary, complex, and included a significant amount of reverberation. Other aspects, such as the perfectly frontal target position, were idealized laboratory settings, allowing the algorithms to perform better than in corresponding real-world conditions. Eight bilaterally implanted CI users, wearing devices from three manufacturers, participated in the study. In all noise conditions, a substantial improvement in SRT50 compared to the unprocessed signal was observed for most of the algorithms tested, with the largest improvements generally provided by binaural minimum variance distortionless response (MVDR beamforming algorithms. The largest overall improvement in speech intelligibility was achieved by an adaptive binaural MVDR in a spatially separated, single competing talker noise scenario. A no-pre-processing condition and adaptive differential microphones without a binaural link served as the two baseline conditions. SRT50 improvements provided by the binaural MVDR beamformers surpassed the performance of the adaptive differential microphones in most cases. Speech intelligibility improvements predicted by instrumental measures were shown to account for some but not all aspects of the perceptually obtained SRT50 improvements measured in bilaterally implanted CI users.

  8. Inter Local Government Capital Budget Execution Comparism

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    F. Olurankinse

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Unrealistic capital budgeting has long been the bane of social economic development in Nigeria and of course, at the local government level. Local governments are established with specific functions to assist the state and federal government to bring about effective rural development and good governance at the grassroots level. Approach: Both fiscal and physical evaluation of the performances of this tier of government in ondo state reveals a low level of performance both in terms of physical development and provision of social welfare services require to enhance the quality of life at the grassroots level. Those responsible for the management of funds at this level ascribed their poor performances to underfunding. This study therefore aims at finding out if truly this claim of underfunding is actually the cause of their poor performance. The study will look at the total capital budget allocation to some selected local governments visa is their actual spending. A sample of nine local governments was selected using random sampling technique based on their settlement pattern. Results: A comparative analysis was done to determine which local government has the largest rate of capital budget execution. The result shows that the local government with the least capital allocation has the largest rate of capital budget execution. Conclusion: The study concludes that the performance of any local government is not a function of availability of huge capital funds but ability to utilize the scarce resources to achieve optimum result.

  9. [Genodermatosis in man and animal. Comparative overview].

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    Küster, W; Happle, R

    1983-11-01

    Fourteen monogenic cutaneous disorders of man are compared to similar gene defects in animals. The traits are classified into two groups. In the first group, an identity (homology) of the underlying gene defects is likely. This group includes oculo-cutaneous albinism, Chédiak-Higashi syndrome, aplasia cutis congenita, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (type I), hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia of the Christ-Siemens-Touraine type, X-linked dominant chondrodysplasia punctata, ichthyosis congenita gravis, Menkes syndrome, erythropoetic porphyria, porphyria cutanea tarda, and acrodermatitis enteropathica. In the second group, the traits are similar but the question of their homology cannot be settled. It includes alopecia congenita, hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia of the Clouston type, and hereditary lymphedema. The existence of identical mutations in man and animals provides evidence for the close relationship between the various mammalian species. Homologous traits affecting the skin are of practical importance since the use of these animal models may help to answer those questions which cannot be answered by performing research in human patients. PMID:6358130

  10. 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.)

  11. 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.

  12. Comparative analyses of plasma probe diagnostics techniques

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    Godyak, V. A. [Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA and RF Plasma Consulting, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446 (United States); Alexandrovich, B. M. [Plasma Sensors, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446 (United States)

    2015-12-21

    The subject of this paper is a comparative analysis of the plasma parameters inferred from the classical Langmuir probe procedure, from different theories of the ion current to the probe, and from measured electron energy distribution function (EEDF) obtained by double differentiation of the probe characteristic. We concluded that the plasma parameters inferred from the classical Langmuir procedure can be subjected to significant inaccuracy due to the non-Maxwellian EEDF, uncertainty of locating the plasma potential, and the arbitrariness of the ion current approximation. The plasma densities derived from the ion part of the probe characteristics diverge by as much as an order of magnitude from the density calculated according to Langmuir procedure or calculated as corresponding integral of the measured EEDF. The electron temperature extracted from the ion part is always subjected to uncertainty. Such inaccuracy is attributed to modification of the EEDF for fast electrons due to inelastic electron collisions, and to deficiencies in the existing ion current theories; i.e., unrealistic assumptions about Maxwellian EEDFs, underestimation of the ion collisions and the ion ambipolar drift, and discounting deformation of the one-dimensional structure of the region perturbed by the probe. We concluded that EEDF measurement is the single reliable probe diagnostics for the basic research and industrial applications of highly non-equilibrium gas discharge plasmas. Examples of EEDF measurements point up importance of examining the probe current derivatives in real time and reiterate significance of the equipment technical characteristics, such as high energy resolution and wide dynamic range.

  13. Coal based electric generation comparative technologies report

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    1989-10-26

    Ohio Clean Fuels, Inc., (OCF) has licensed technology that involves Co-Processing (Co-Pro) poor grade (high sulfur) coal and residual oil feedstocks to produce clean liquid fuels on a commercial scale. Stone Webster is requested to perform a comparative technologies report for grassroot plants utilizing coal as a base fuel. In the case of Co-Processing technology the plant considered is the nth plant in a series of applications. This report presents the results of an economic comparison of this technology with other power generation technologies that use coal. Technologies evaluated were:Co-Processing integrated with simple cycle combustion turbine generators, (CSC); Co-Processing integrated with combined cycle combustion turbine generators, (CCC); pulverized coal-fired boiler with flue gas desulfurization and steam turbine generator, (PC) and Circulating fluidized bed boiler and steam turbine generator, (CFB). Conceptual designs were developed. Designs were based on approximately equivalent net electrical output for each technology. A base case of 310 MWe net for each technology was established. Sensitivity analyses at other net electrical output sizes varying from 220 MWe's to 1770 MWe's were also performed. 4 figs., 9 tabs.

  14. 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

  15. Comparing population size estimators for plethodontid salamanders

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    Bailey, L.L.; Simons, T.R.; Pollock, K.H.

    2004-01-01

    Despite concern over amphibian declines, few studies estimate absolute abundances because of logistic and economic constraints and previously poor estimator performance. Two estimation approaches recommended for amphibian studies are mark-recapture and depletion (or removal) sampling. We compared abundance estimation via various mark-recapture and depletion methods, using data from a three-year study of terrestrial salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our results indicate that short-term closed-population, robust design, and depletion methods estimate surface population of salamanders (i.e., those near the surface and available for capture during a given sampling occasion). In longer duration studies, temporary emigration violates assumptions of both open- and closed-population mark-recapture estimation models. However, if the temporary emigration is completely random, these models should yield unbiased estimates of the total population (superpopulation) of salamanders in the sampled area. We recommend using Pollock's robust design in mark-recapture studies because of its flexibility to incorporate variation in capture probabilities and to estimate temporary emigration probabilities.

  16. Comparative economic analysis: Anaerobic digester case study

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    An economic guide is developed to assess the value of anaerobic digesters used on dairy farms. Two varieties of anaerobic digesters, a conventional mixed-tank mesophilic and an innovative earthen psychrophilic, are comparatively evaluated using a cost-effectiveness index. The two case study examples are also evaluated using three other investment merit statistics: simple payback period, net present value, and internal rate of return. Life-cycle savings are estimated for both varieties, with sensitivities considered for investment risk. The conclusion is that an earthen psychrophilic digester can have a significant economic advantage over a mixed-tank mesophilic digester because of lower capital cost and reduced operation and maintenance expenses. Because of this economic advantage, additional projects are being conducted in North Carolina to increase the rate of biogas utilization. The initial step includes using biogas for milk cooling at the dairy farm where the existing psychrophilic digester is located. Further, a new project is being initiated for electricity production with thermal reclaim at a swine operation

  17. Comparative Analysis of Students’ Media Competences Levels

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    Alexander Fedorov

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This article analyzed the results of survey of university students’ media literacy competence (on the base of a classification of indicators of media literacy competence of the audience as an effective tool for comparative analysis of the levels of development of media competence of students of the control and experimental groups: the level of media competence of students who have a one-year training course in the framework of media literacy education courses four times higher than in similar indicators in the control group. Analysis of the results of this survey confirmed the general trend of media contacts of student audience – its orientation to entertainment genres of audiovisual media, visually appealing; positive, active, unmarried, childless, educated, highly qualified characters (primarily – male characters aged 19 to 35 years. These heroes are characteristic optimism, independence, intelligence, emotion. They have an excellent command of the life situation and have a positive impact on the development progress of the plot of a media text.

  18. LES versus DNS: A comparative study

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    Shtilman, L.; Chasnov, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    We have performed Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of forced isotropic turbulence at moderate Reynolds numbers. The subgrid scale model used in the LES is based on an eddy viscosity which adjusts instantaneously the energy spectrum of the LES to that of the DNS. The statistics of the large scales of the DNS (filtered DNS field or fDNS) are compared to that of the LES. We present results for the transfer spectra, the skewness and flatness factors of the velocity components, the PDF's of the angle between the vorticity and the eigenvectors of the rate of strain, and that between the vorticity and the vorticity stretching tensor. The above LES statistics are found to be in good agreement with those measured in the fDNS field. We further observe that in all the numerical measurements, the trend was for the LES field to be more gaussian than the fDNS field. Future research on this point is planned.

  19. Comparative Diagnosis of Strongyloidiasis in Immunocompromised Patients.

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    Luvira, Viravarn; Trakulhun, Kitti; Mungthin, Mathirut; Naaglor, Tawee; Chantawat, Nirattar; Pakdee, Wallop; Phiboonbanakit, Danabhand; Dekumyoy, Paron

    2016-08-01

    Strongyloides hyperinfection syndrome and disseminated strongyloidiasis frequently occur in immunocompromised persons and can lead to high complication and mortality rates. Thus, detection of Strongyloides stercolaris in those patients is crucial. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of strongyloidiasis and compare the detection rates of different strongyloidiasis detection methods. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 135 adults with various immunocompromising conditions (corticosteroid usage, chemotherapy, hematologic malignancies, organ transplants, use of immunosuppressive agents, and symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus infection) in Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. All patients were asked to undergo serology testing for Strongyloides IgG by indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and 3 days of stool collection for use in a simple smear along with formalin-ether concentration and agar plate techniques. Prevalence rates of strongyloidiasis were 5% by stool concentration technique, 5.4% by IgG-ELISA, and 6.7% by agar plate culture. Three of the eight strongyloidiasis cases in this study had hyperinfection syndrome. The tested risk factors of age, sex, occupation, and immunocompromising condition were not associated with Strongyloides infestation. Serology was only 42.9% sensitive (positive predictive value), but it was 96.3% specific (negative predictive value). In conclusion, prevalence rates of strongyloidiasis in this study were 5-7%. Although agar plate culture was the most sensitive technique, the other diagnostic methods might be alternatively used.

  20. Comparative power curves in bird flight.

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    Tobalske, B W; Hedrick, T L; Dial, K P; Biewener, A A

    2003-01-23

    The relationship between mechanical power output and forward velocity in bird flight is controversial, bearing on the comparative physiology and ecology of locomotion. Applied to flying birds, aerodynamic theory predicts that mechanical power should vary as a function of forward velocity in a U-shaped curve. The only empirical test of this theory, using the black-billed magpie (Pica pica), suggests that the mechanical power curve is relatively flat over intermediate velocities. Here, by integrating in vivo measurements of pectoralis force and length change with quasi-steady aerodynamic models developed using data on wing and body movement, we present mechanical power curves for cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) and ringed turtle-doves (Streptopelia risoria). In contrast to the curve reported for magpies, the power curve for cockatiels is acutely concave, whereas that for doves is intermediate in shape and shows higher mass-specific power output at most speeds. We also find that wing-beat frequency and mechanical power output do not necessarily share minima in flying birds. Thus, aspects of morphology, wing kinematics and overall style of flight can greatly affect the magnitude and shape of a species' power curve. PMID:12540899

  1. [Comparative hierarchic structure of the genetic language].

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    Ratner, V A

    1993-05-01

    The genetical texts and genetic language are built according to hierarchic principle and contain no less than 6 levels of coding sequences, separated by marks of punctuation, separation and indication: codons, cistrons, scriptons, replicons, linkage groups, genomes. Each level has all the attributes of the language. This hierarchic system expresses some general properties and regularities. The rules of genetic language being determined, the variability of genetical texts is generated by block-modular combinatorics on each level. Between levels there are some intermediate sublevels and module types capable of being combined. The genetic language is compared with two different independent linguistic systems: human natural languages and artificial programming languages. Genetic language is a natural one by its origin, but it is a typical technical language of the functioning genetic regulatory system--by its predestination. All three linguistic systems under comparison have evident similarity of the organization principles and hierarchical structures. This argues for similarity of their principles of appearance and evolution. PMID:8335232

  2. A comparative gene expression database for invertebrates

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    Ormestad Mattias

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As whole genome and transcriptome sequencing gets cheaper and faster, a great number of 'exotic' animal models are emerging, rapidly adding valuable data to the ever-expanding Evo-Devo field. All these new organisms serve as a fantastic resource for the research community, but the sheer amount of data, some published, some not, makes detailed comparison of gene expression patterns very difficult to summarize - a problem sometimes even noticeable within a single lab. The need to merge existing data with new information in an organized manner that is publicly available to the research community is now more necessary than ever. Description In order to offer a homogenous way of storing and handling gene expression patterns from a variety of organisms, we have developed the first web-based comparative gene expression database for invertebrates that allows species-specific as well as cross-species gene expression comparisons. The database can be queried by gene name, developmental stage and/or expression domains. Conclusions This database provides a unique tool for the Evo-Devo research community that allows the retrieval, analysis and comparison of gene expression patterns within or among species. In addition, this database enables a quick identification of putative syn-expression groups that can be used to initiate, among other things, gene regulatory network (GRN projects.

  3. Comparative endocrinology of domestic and nondomestic felids.

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    Brown, Janine L

    2006-07-01

    The ability to track gonadal and adrenal activity via hormones is key to optimizing health and reproduction. Through decades of study, a great deal has been learned about the biology of female domestic cats, including endocrine function. More recently, comparative endocrine studies have greatly expanded our knowledge base of nondomestic felids as well. The latter has been possible largely through the development of noninvasive fecal steroid metabolite analysis techniques, which currently is the method of choice for monitoring endocrine function in wildlife species, including felids. It now is well-recognized that a range in endocrine patterns exists among Felidae, with many traits and mechanisms being uncommon, if not unique. There is a high degree of variability in the type of ovulation (spontaneous versus induced) expressed across the taxon. Even within species, some individuals exhibit ovulation that is only induced, whereas others ovulate spontaneously as well. Steroid metabolism also differs in that metabolites are excreted almost exclusively in feces, with very little steroid found in urine. Across species there are marked differences in seasonal and social influences on reproduction, adrenal responses to husbandry practices, and ovarian responses to assisted reproductive procedures. This means that developing strategies to improve health and reproduction of felids must be done on a species by species basis. This paper summarizes current knowledge on the reproductive endocrinology of female domestic and nondomestic cats, and describes how the rapidly growing endocrine database is aiding ex situ management efforts.

  4. Comparative Analysis of Frames with Varying Inertia

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    Prerana Nampalli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 cases are selected i.e. frames with prismatic members and frames with non-prismatic members. The structural response of various members when geometry changes physically, as in case of linear and parabolic haunches provided beyond the face of columns at beam column joints or step variations as in case of stepped haunches was also studied. Frames have been analyzed statically as well as dynamically using ETABS-9.7.4 software referring IS: 456-2000, IS: 1893 (Part-12002 and the results so obtained are grouped into various categories

  5. Network and Internetwork a compared Multiwavelength Analysis

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    Cauzzi, G; Falciani, R

    2000-01-01

    We analyze the temporal behavior of Network Bright Points (NBPs), present in the solar atmosphere, using a set of data acquired during coordinated observations between ground-based observatories (mainly at the NSO/Sacramento Peak) and the Michelson Doppler Interferometer onboard SOHO. We find that, at any time during the observational sequence, all the NBPs visible in the NaD2 images are co-spatial within 1 arcsec with locations of enhanced magnetic field. In analogy with the Ca II K line, the NaD2 line center emission can be used as a proxy for magnetic structures. We also compare the oscillation properties of NBPs and internetwork areas. At photospheric levels no differences between the two structures are found in power spectra, but analysis of phase and coherence spectra suggests the presence of downward propagating waves in the internetwork. At chromospheric levels some differences are evident in the power spectrum between NBPs and internetwork. The power spectrum of NBPs at the Halpha core wavelength sho...

  6. SKIN STAPLED OR SUTURED: A COMPARATIVE STUDY

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    Veerendra Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The choice of wound closure after a surgical procedure has been a surgeon’s dilemma . The concerns have been as to how fast , uneventful , less painful , with minimal complications and comfortable will the patient’s recovery be. A well - known technology is surgical staples which are easier to use , less time consuming and a needle free method o f wound closure. OBJECTIVE: To compare skin staples with non - absorbable skin suture for skin closure in surgical laparotomy procedures for the following character : wound infection , dehiscence , cosmesis and postoperative pain . METHODS: This is a comparative study conducted on 100 patients divided in two groups randomly at Bapuji Hospital for cases undergoing surgical laparotomy procedures. Skin closure was done with 2 - 0 polyamide skin sutures in one group and skin closure was achieved with skin staples in th e other group. The outcome of wound was assessed on 3rd , 5th and 7th postoperative days using ASEPSIS score. Wound cosmesis was assessed on the 7th postoperative day and followed up at 1st month and 3rd month , using modified Hollander cosmesis scale. Postoperative pain was assessed using the visual analogue scale on the 1st , 3rd and 7th postoperative days. RESULTS : The mean wound ASPESIS scores on day 3 for skin staples and sutured group was 0.28 and 0.36 (p=0.7 respectively. The score on day 5 for staples and sutured group was 0.12 and 0.28 (p=0.4 respectively. The results in both the groups were the same , 0.08 on day 7(p=0. Wound cosmesis mean score assessment on day 7 for skin staples suturing group was 5.84 and 5.68 respectively (p=0.3. The mean score for cosmesis assessment at 1 month , and 3 rd month for skin staples and suturing group was 5.92 and 5.68 (p=0.1 and was 6.00 and 5.92 (p=0.36 respectively which was not satistically significant . The visual analogue scale score for postopera tive pain on 1st day , 3 rd and 7 th day for skin staples and suturing group 54

  7. AUDITOR ROTATION - A CRITICAL AND COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

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    Mocanu Mihaela

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The present paper starts out from the challenge regarding auditor tenure launched in 2010 by the Green Paper of the European Commission Audit Policy: Lessons from the Crisis. According to this document, the European Commission speaks both in favor of the mandatory rotation of the audit firm, and in favor of the mandatory rotation of audit partners. Rotation is considered a solution to mitigate threats to independence generated by familiarity, intimidation and self-interest in the context of a long-term audit-client relationship. At international level, there are several studies on auditor rotation, both empirical (e.g. Lu and Sivaramakrishnan, 2009, Li, 2010, Kaplan and Mauldin, 2008, Jackson et al., 2008 and normative in nature (e.g. Marten et al., 2007, Muller, 2006 and Gelter, 2004. The objective of the present paper is to perform a critical and comparative analysis of the regulations on internal and external rotation in force at international level, in the European Union and in the United States of America. Moreover, arguments both in favor and against mandatory rotation are brought into discussion. With regard to the research design, the paper has a normative approach. The main findings are first of all that by comparison, all regulatory authorities require internal rotation at least in the case of public interest entities, while the external rotation is not in the focus of the regulators. In general, the most strict and detailed requirements are those issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission from the United States of America. Second of all, in favor of mandatory rotation speaks the fact that the auditor becomes less resilient in case of divergence of opinions between him and company management, less stimulated to follow his own interest, and more scrupulous in conducting the audit. However, mandatory rotation may also have negative consequences, thus the debate on the opportunity of this regulatory measure remains open-ended.

  8. Comparative Phylogenomics of Pathogenic and Nonpathogenic Species

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    Emily Whiston

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The Ascomycete Onygenales order embraces a diverse group of mammalian pathogens, including the yeast-forming dimorphic fungal pathogens Histoplasma capsulatum, Paracoccidioides spp. and Blastomyces dermatitidis, the dermatophytes Microsporum spp. and Trichopyton spp., the spherule-forming dimorphic fungal pathogens in the genus Coccidioides, and many nonpathogens. Although genomes for all of the aforementioned pathogenic species are available, only one nonpathogen had been sequenced. Here, we enhance comparative phylogenomics in Onygenales by adding genomes for Amauroascus mutatus, Amauroascus niger, Byssoonygena ceratinophila, and Chrysosporium queenslandicum—four nonpathogenic Onygenales species, all of which are more closely related to Coccidioides spp. than any other known Onygenales species. Phylogenomic detection of gene family expansion and contraction can provide clues to fungal function but is sensitive to taxon sampling. By adding additional nonpathogens, we show that LysM domain-containing proteins, previously thought to be expanding in some Onygenales, are contracting in the Coccidioides-Uncinocarpus clade, as are the self-nonself recognition Het loci. The denser genome sampling presented here highlights nearly 800 genes unique to Coccidiodes, which have significantly fewer known protein domains and show increased expression in the endosporulating spherule, the parasitic phase unique to Coccidioides spp. These genomes provide insight to gene family expansion/contraction and patterns of individual gene gain/loss in this diverse order—both major drivers of evolutionary change. Our results suggest that gene family expansion/contraction can lead to adaptive radiations that create taxonomic orders, while individual gene gain/loss likely plays a more significant role in branch-specific phenotypic changes that lead to adaptation for species or genera.

  9. Comparative Phylogenomics of Pathogenic and Nonpathogenic Species.

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    Whiston, Emily; Taylor, John W

    2016-02-01

    The Ascomycete Onygenales order embraces a diverse group of mammalian pathogens, including the yeast-forming dimorphic fungal pathogens Histoplasma capsulatum, Paracoccidioides spp. and Blastomyces dermatitidis, the dermatophytes Microsporum spp. and Trichopyton spp., the spherule-forming dimorphic fungal pathogens in the genus Coccidioides, and many nonpathogens. Although genomes for all of the aforementioned pathogenic species are available, only one nonpathogen had been sequenced. Here, we enhance comparative phylogenomics in Onygenales by adding genomes for Amauroascus mutatus, Amauroascus niger, Byssoonygena ceratinophila, and Chrysosporium queenslandicum--four nonpathogenic Onygenales species, all of which are more closely related to Coccidioides spp. than any other known Onygenales species. Phylogenomic detection of gene family expansion and contraction can provide clues to fungal function but is sensitive to taxon sampling. By adding additional nonpathogens, we show that LysM domain-containing proteins, previously thought to be expanding in some Onygenales, are contracting in the Coccidioides-Uncinocarpus clade, as are the self-nonself recognition Het loci. The denser genome sampling presented here highlights nearly 800 genes unique to Coccidiodes, which have significantly fewer known protein domains and show increased expression in the endosporulating spherule, the parasitic phase unique to Coccidioides spp. These genomes provide insight to gene family expansion/contraction and patterns of individual gene gain/loss in this diverse order--both major drivers of evolutionary change. Our results suggest that gene family expansion/contraction can lead to adaptive radiations that create taxonomic orders, while individual gene gain/loss likely plays a more significant role in branch-specific phenotypic changes that lead to adaptation for species or genera. PMID:26613950

  10. COMPARATIVE MORPHOLOGY OF SOLAR RELATIVISTIC PARTICLE EVENTS

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    Kocharov, Leon; Usoskin, Ilya [Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (Oulu Unit), P.O.B. 3000, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu (Finland); Klassen, Andreas [Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, D-24118 Kiel (Germany); Valtonen, Eino [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Ryan, James M. [Space Science Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 (United States)

    2015-09-20

    Time profiles of the 0.25–10 MeV electrons and the ∼(0.1–1) GeV nucleon{sup −1} protons and helium associated with two solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are analyzed with a newly formulated method based on modeling of the particle transport in the interplanetary medium. With the modeling, we fit the observed angular distribution of solar particles and infer, for a particular particle instrument and magnetic field orientation, the time delay of the particle registration at 1 AU in respect to the solar source. Then, after the time offset removal, intensity re-normalization and background equalization, the time–intensity profiles of high-energy protons, helium and electrons in different energy channels are superposed and compared. The comparison reveals episodes of remarkable coincidence of different profiles, as well as episodes of essentially different behavior. It implies at least three sources of solar high-energy particles operating in a single event. The first, short-duration source emits electrons next to the flare's impulsive phase and CME liftoff. The second source gradually rises and continues for more than an hour, emitting electrons and lower energy protons, which is consistent with shock acceleration on open magnetic field lines extending to solar wind. An another, third source is the main source of relativistic ions in space. It is retarded in respect to the flare's impulsive phase and may be associated with a structure encountered by the shock within a few solar radii from the Sun.

  11. A comparative analysis of influenza vaccination programs.

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    Shweta Bansal

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The threat of avian influenza and the 2004-2005 influenza vaccine supply shortage in the United States have sparked a debate about optimal vaccination strategies to reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality caused by the influenza virus. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We present a comparative analysis of two classes of suggested vaccination strategies: mortality-based strategies that target high-risk populations and morbidity-based strategies that target high-prevalence populations. Applying the methods of contact network epidemiology to a model of disease transmission in a large urban population, we assume that vaccine supplies are limited and then evaluate the efficacy of these strategies across a wide range of viral transmission rates and for two different age-specific mortality distributions. We find that the optimal strategy depends critically on the viral transmission level (reproductive rate of the virus: morbidity-based strategies outperform mortality-based strategies for moderately transmissible strains, while the reverse is true for highly transmissible strains. These results hold for a range of mortality rates reported for prior influenza epidemics and pandemics. Furthermore, we show that vaccination delays and multiple introductions of disease into the community have a more detrimental impact on morbidity-based strategies than mortality-based strategies. CONCLUSIONS: If public health officials have reasonable estimates of the viral transmission rate and the frequency of new introductions into the community prior to an outbreak, then these methods can guide the design of optimal vaccination priorities. When such information is unreliable or not available, as is often the case, this study recommends mortality-based vaccination priorities.

  12. Current biodiesel production technologies: A comparative review

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    Highlights: ► In this paper we review the technologies related to biodiesel production. ► 4 Primary approaches reviewed are direct use and blending of oils, micro-emulsions, pyrolysis and transesterification method. ► Both advantages and disadvantages of the different biodiesel production methods are also discussed. ► The most common technology of biodiesel production is transesterification of oils. ► Selection of a transesterification method depends on the amount of FFA and water content of the feedstock. - Abstract: Despite the high energy demand in the industrialized world and the pollution problems caused by widespread use of fossil fuels, the need for developing renewable energy sources with less environmental impacts are increasing. Biodiesel production is undergoing rapid and extensive technological reforms in industries and academia. The major obstacle in production and biodiesel commercialization path is production cost. Thus, in previous years numerous studies on the use of technologies and different methods to evaluate optimal conditions of biodiesel production technically and economically have been carried out. In this paper, a comparative review of the current technological methods so far used to produce biodiesel has been investigated. Four primary approaches to make biodiesel are direct use and blending of vegetable oils, micro-emulsions, thermal cracking (pyrolysis) and transesterification. Transesterification reaction, the most common method in the production of biodiesel, is emphasized in this review. The two types of transestrification process; catalytic and non-catalytic are discussed at length in the paper. Both advantages and disadvantages of the different biodiesel production methods are also discussed.

  13. Comparative endocrinology of aging and longevity regulation

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    John eAllard

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Hormones regulate growth, development, metabolism, and other complex processes in multicellular animals. For many years it has been suggested that hormones may also influence the rate of the aging process. Aging is a multifactorial process that causes biological systems to break down and cease to function in adult organisms as time passes, eventually leading to death. The exact underlying causes of the aging process remain a topic for debate, and clues that may shed light on these causes are eagerly sought after. In the last two decades, gene mutations that result in delayed aging and extended longevity have been discovered, and many of the affected genes have been components of endocrine signaling pathways. In this review we summarize the current knowledge on the roles of endocrine signaling in the regulation of aging and longevity in various animals. We begin by discussing the notion that conserved systems, including endocrine signaling pathways, regulate the aging process. Findings from the major model organisms: worms, flies and rodents, are then outlined. Unique lessons from studies of non-traditional models: bees, salmon and naked mole rats, are also discussed. Finally, we summarize the endocrinology of aging in humans, including changes in hormone levels with age, and the involvement of hormones in aging-related diseases. The most well studied and widely conserved endocrine pathway that affects aging is the insulin/insulin-like growth factor system. Mutations in genes of this pathway increase the lifespan of worms, flies, and mice. Population genetic evidence also suggests this pathway’s involvement in human aging. Other hormones including steroids have been linked to aging only in a subset of the models studied. Because of the value of comparative studies, it is suggested that the aging field could benefit from adoption of additional model organisms.

  14. Rudimentary Cleaning Compared to Level 300A

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    Arpin, Christina Y. Pina; Stoltzfus, Joel

    2012-01-01

    A study was done to characterize the cleanliness level achievable when using a rudimentary cleaning process, and results were compared to JPR 5322.1G Level 300A. While it is not ideal to clean in a shop environment, some situations (e.g., field combat operations) require oxygen system hardware to be maintained and cleaned to prevent a fire hazard, even though it cannot be sent back to a precision cleaning facility. This study measured the effectiveness of basic shop cleaning. Initially, three items representing parts of an oxygen system were contaminated: a metal plate, valve body, and metal oxygen bottle. The contaminants chosen were those most likely to be introduced to the system during normal use: oil, lubricant, metal shavings/powder, sand, fingerprints, tape, lip balm, and hand lotion. The cleaning process used hot water, soap, various brushes, gaseous nitrogen, water nozzle, plastic trays, scouring pads, and a controlled shop environment. Test subjects were classified into three groups: technical professionals having an appreciation for oxygen hazards; professional precision cleaners; and a group with no previous professional knowledge of oxygen or precision cleaning. Three test subjects were in each group, and each was provided with standard cleaning equipment, a cleaning procedure, and one of each of the three test items to clean. The results indicated that the achievable cleanliness level was independent of the technical knowledge or proficiency of the personnel cleaning the items. Results also showed that achieving a Level 300 particle count was more difficult than achieving a Level A nonvolatile residue amount.

  15. Comparing techniques for measuring corticosterone in tadpoles

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    Pablo BURRACO; Rosa ARRIBAS; Saurabh S KULKARNI; Daniel R BUCHHOLZ; Ivan GOMEZ-MESTRE

    2015-01-01

    Glucocorticoids play a key role in mediating stress responses in vertebrates. Corticosterone (CORT) is the main glu-cocorticoid produced in amphibians, birds, and reptiles, and regulates several metabolic functions. The most common methods for quantifying CORT are competitive binding immunoassays: radioimmunoassay (RIA) and enzyme immunoassay (EIA). RIA has been broadly used since the 1980’s but it requires radioactivity. Commercial EIA kits permit quantifying hormone levels without radioactivity although the requirement for a larger sample volume may be a strong limitation for measurements involving larval amphibians. Here we usedXenopus laevis tadpoles to compare the performance of three commonly used procedures for determination of CORT: RIA on a chloroform extract of whole-body homogenate, EIA on plasma, and EIA on supernatant of whole-body homogenate. We treated tadpoles with exogenous CORT at 0, 25, 50, and 100 nM. RIA could distinguish between 0 and 25 nM, and EIA on plasma between 0 and 50 nM, whereas whole-body homogenate EIA only detected significant differences between 0 and 100 nM. Each procedure presents advantages and disadvantages regarding sensitivity, the use of radioactivity, sample size, handling time, and economic cost. RIA is preferred when studying small-bodied animals from which blood samples cannot be obtained. When CORT level differences are intermediate and blood sampling is possible, EIA on plasma is a good non-radioactive alternative. EIA on whole-body homogenates may be useful to assess qualitative changes in CORT levels when considerable differences are expected. Finally, we discuss our findings in the context of previous studies on CORT in amphibians [Current Zoology 61 (5): 835–845, 2015].

  16. Comparative genomic hybridization: Detection of segmental aneusomies

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    Cronin, J.E.; Magrane, G.G.; Gray, J.W. [Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) has been used successfully to detect whole chromosome and segmental aneusomies. However, its sensitivity for detection of segmental aneusomies is still not well known. We present here an analysis of CGH sensitivity with emphasis on detection of abnormalities commonly found during pre-and neo-natal diagnosis. CGH is performed by hybridizing green and red fluorescing test and normal DNA samples, respectively, to normal metaphase spreads and measuring green:red fluorescence ratios along all chromosomes. The ratios are normalized such that 2 copies of a normal chromosome region in the test sample gives a ratio of 1.0. Alterations in test vs. control gene copy number range from 1.5 [trisomy] to 0.5 [monosomy]. Clinical samples analyzed included Wolf Hirschhorn (4p-), Cri du Chat (5p-) and DiGeorge (22q-). In addition, 7 cell lines with chromosome 21 segmental aneusomies were analyzed. These included 3 with terminal duplications, 1 with a terminal deletion, 1 with an interstitial deletion and 2 with interstitial amplifications. The DiGeorge deletion was the only deletion not deleted by CGH. This is not surprising as standard G banding does not routinely detect this 1-2 megabase deletion. The 4p- and 5p- monosomies were detected and breakpoints correctly assigned prospectively. Proximal alterations involving 21q22.11 are unambiguously defined. Specifically, two interstitial aneusomies involving this region are detected. Studies involving late prophase chromosome normal spreads gave identical breakpoints. Thus, analysis of extended chromosomes did not improve the sensitivity of the technique. Taken together, these data suggest that CGH can detect segmental aneusomies greater than 8 megabases in extent. Smaller aneusomies can, at times, be detected. Work is now underway to modify the analysis software to increase sensitivity and to decrease the amount of material needed for analysis.

  17. Comparative diagnostic techniques for cryptosporidium infection.

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    Omoruyi, Beauty E; Nwodo, Uchechukwu U; Udem, Chukwuneke S; Okonkwo, Francis O

    2014-02-24

    Diarrhoea caused by Cryptosporidium is usually mild in immune competent individuals but severe in the young and those with underlying disease leading to compromised immunity. The conventional diagnosis of Cryptosporidium requires observation of the infective oocysts however, their tiny size yields indistinct results, thus limiting the effectiveness of the conventional diagnostic technique, modified Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) differential staining. Consequent to the abovementioned limitation, ZN staining, sandwich antigen detection enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (sad-ELISA) and a direct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay techniques were evaluated for diagnostic efficacy. Stool samples were collected from 180 consenting adult patients attending outpatient and inpatient clinics at Victoria Hospital, Alice, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Subjects were stratified as; 35 HIV-positive and diarrhoeagenic, 125 HIV-negative diarrhoeagenic and 20 apparently healthy controls. Cryptosporidium incidence following diagnostic techniques were 13 (37.1%; ZN staining), 26 (74.3%; sad-ELISA) and 23 (65.7%; PCR), respectively, among HIV-positive diarrhoeagenic patients and 34 (27.2%; ZN staining), 96 (76.8%; sad-ELISA) and 89 (71.2%; PCR) among HIV-negative diarrhoeagenic patients. Sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of the diagnostic techniques' efficiency were: sensitivity: 46.2% (HIV-positive) and 32.3% (HIV-negative) against the ZN technique and 96.9% against sad-ELISA and PCR, respectively, for both HIV-positive and -negative patients; specificity was 88.9% (HIV-positive) and 96.6% (HIV-negative) against the ZN technique. Lastly, the predictive values were 92.3% (HIV-positive) and 96.9% (HIV-negative), respectively, following ZN staining. The sad-ELISA technique proved more suitable for the determination of the presence of Cryptosporidium oocysts. The high incidence of Cryptosporidium in HIV-positive subjects as compared to the HIV-negative population accentuates

  18. Comparative Diagnostic Techniques for Cryptosporidium Infection

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    Beauty E. Omoruyi

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Diarrhoea caused by Cryptosporidium is usually mild in immune competent individuals but severe in the young and those with underlying disease leading to compromised immunity. The conventional diagnosis of Cryptosporidium requires observation of the infective oocysts however, their tiny size yields indistinct results, thus limiting the effectiveness of the conventional diagnostic technique, modified Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN differential staining. Consequent to the abovementioned limitation, ZN staining, sandwich antigen detection enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (sad-ELISA and a direct polymerase chain reaction (PCR assay techniques were evaluated for diagnostic efficacy. Stool samples were collected from 180 consenting adult patients attending outpatient and inpatient clinics at Victoria Hospital, Alice, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Subjects were stratified as; 35 HIV-positive and diarrhoeagenic, 125 HIV-negative diarrhoeagenic and 20 apparently healthy controls. Cryptosporidium incidence following diagnostic techniques were 13 (37.1%; ZN staining, 26 (74.3%; sad-ELISA and 23 (65.7%; PCR, respectively, among HIV-positive diarrhoeagenic patients and 34 (27.2%; ZN staining, 96 (76.8%; sad-ELISA and 89 (71.2%; PCR among HIV-negative diarrhoeagenic patients. Sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of the diagnostic techniques’ efficiency were: sensitivity: 46.2% (HIV-positive and 32.3% (HIV-negative against the ZN technique and 96.9% against sad-ELISA and PCR, respectively, for both HIV-positive and -negative patients; specificity was 88.9% (HIV-positive and 96.6% (HIV-negative against the ZN technique. Lastly, the predictive values were 92.3% (HIV-positive and 96.9% (HIV-negative, respectively, following ZN staining. The sad-ELISA technique proved more suitable for the determination of the presence of Cryptosporidium oocysts. The high incidence of Cryptosporidium in HIV-positive subjects as compared to the HIV-negative population

  19. Comparing three feedback internal multiple elimination methods

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    Song, Jiawen; Verschuur, Eric; Chen, Xiaohong

    2013-08-01

    Multiple reflections have posed a great challenge for current seismic imaging and inversion methods. Compared to surface multiples, internal multiples are more difficult to remove due to poorer move-out discrimination with primaries and we are left with wave equation-based prediction and subtraction methods. In this paper, we focus on the comparison of three data-driven internal multiple elimination (IME) methods based on the feedback model, where two are well established prediction-and-subtraction methods using back-propagated data and surface data, referred to as CFP-based method and surface-based method, respectively, and the third one, an inversion-based method, has been recently extended from estimation of primaries by sparse inversion (EPSI). All these three methods are based on the separation of events from above and below a certain level, after which internal multiples are predicted by convolutions and correlations. We begin with theory review of layer-related feedback IME methods, where implementation steps for each method are discussed, and involved event separation are further analyzed. Then, recursive application of the three IME methods is demonstrated on synthetic data and field data. It shows that the two well established prediction-and-subtraction methods provide similar primary estimation results, with most of the internal multiples being removed while multiple leakage and primary distortion have been observed where primaries and internal multiples interfere. In contrast, generalized EPSI provides reduced multiple leakage and better primary restoration which is of great value for current seismic amplitude-preserved processing. As a main conclusion, with adaptive subtraction avoided, the inversion-based method is more effective than the prediction-and-subtraction methods for internal multiple elimination when primaries and internal multiples overlap. However, the inversion-based method is quite computationally intensive, and more researches on

  20. Developmental Plasticity and Language: A Comparative Perspective.

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    Griebel, Ulrike; Pepperberg, Irene M; Oller, D Kimbrough

    2016-04-01

    The growing field of evo-devo is increasingly demonstrating the complexity of steps involved in genetic, intracellular regulatory, and extracellular environmental control of the development of phenotypes. A key result of such work is an account for the remarkable plasticity of organismal form in many species based on relatively minor changes in regulation of highly conserved genes and genetic processes. Accounting for behavioral plasticity is of similar potential interest but has received far less attention. Of particular interest is plasticity in communication systems, where human language represents an ultimate target for research. The present paper considers plasticity of language capabilities in a comparative framework, focusing attention on examples of a remarkable fact: Whereas there exist design features of mature human language that have never been observed to occur in non-humans in the wild, many of these features can be developed to notable extents when non-humans are enculturated through human training (especially with intensive social interaction). These examples of enculturated developmental plasticity across extremely diverse taxa suggest, consistent with the evo-devo theme of highly conserved processes in evolution, that human language is founded in part on cognitive capabilities that are indeed ancient and that even modern humans show self-organized emergence of many language capabilities in the context of rich enculturation, built on the special social/ecological history of the hominin line. Human culture can thus be seen as a regulatory system encouraging language development in the context of a cognitive background with many highly conserved features. PMID:27003391