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  1. The Preferable F2dd Phase for Ca(BH4)2 Crystal Under Hydrostatic Pressures

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    Le, Tuan; Do, Phu Manh

    2017-06-01

    Calcium borohydride (Ca(BH4)2) belongs to a series of widely spread, cheap metal borohydrides that are promising for the mobile hydrogen economy, but with some properties still in open discussions. In particular, for the experimental Ca(BH4)2 α-phase both space groups F2dd and Fddd have been proposed. This work presents the analysis of enthalpy and bonding length changes in Ca(BH4)2 over the hydrostatic pressure range of 0-40 GPa, which shows a preference for the F2dd phase of Ca(BH4)2 over the Fddd one. The validity of the calculations, based on density functional theory implemented by the ABINIT package with the GGA method, is supported by the accordance of the results with experimental data for the α'-, β-, and δ-phases of Ca(BH4)2. The phonon spectra show the stability of the Ca(BH4)2 phases, where B- and H-ions provide the dominant part of the optical phonon bands, whereas the Ca-, B-, H-ions contribute to the acoustic bands.

  2. The Preferable F2dd Phase for Ca(BH4)2 Crystal Under Hydrostatic Pressures

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    Le, Tuan; Do, Phu Manh

    2017-02-01

    Calcium borohydride (Ca(BH4)2) belongs to a series of widely spread, cheap metal borohydrides that are promising for the mobile hydrogen economy, but with some properties still in open discussions. In particular, for the experimental Ca(BH4)2 α-phase both space groups F2dd and Fddd have been proposed. This work presents the analysis of enthalpy and bonding length changes in Ca(BH4)2 over the hydrostatic pressure range of 0-40 GPa, which shows a preference for the F2dd phase of Ca(BH4)2 over the Fddd one. The validity of the calculations, based on density functional theory implemented by the ABINIT package with the GGA method, is supported by the accordance of the results with experimental data for the α'-, β-, and δ-phases of Ca(BH4)2. The phonon spectra show the stability of the Ca(BH4)2 phases, where B- and H-ions provide the dominant part of the optical phonon bands, whereas the Ca-, B-, H-ions contribute to the acoustic bands.

  3. Cervical dilatation related to uterine electromyographic activity and endocrinological changes during prostaglandin F(2alpha)-induced parturition in cows.

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    Breeveld-Dwarkasingh, V.N.; Struijk, P.C.; Lotgering, F.K.; Eijskoot, F.; Kindahl, H.; Weijden, G.C. van der; Taverne, M.A.

    2003-01-01

    The temporal relationship between changes in cervical dilatation, uterine electromyographic (EMG) activity, and maternal plasma concentrations of estradiol 17beta (E(2)), progesterone (P(4)), and 13,14-dihydro-15-keto-prostaglandin-F(2alpha) (PGFM), was investigated in six parturient cows. Calving

  4. Effect of a prostaglandin F2α analogue on the cyclic corpus luteum during its refractory period in cows

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    Wenzinger Beatrice

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The goal of this study was to examine the response of the cyclic corpus luteum of cows to the administration of a prostaglandin F2α analogue (PGF during the transition of refractoriness to responsiveness by investigating ultrasonographic changes in the corpus luteum and changes in plasma progesterone concentration in cows following the administration of PGF 3 and 5 days after ovulation. Results All cows that responded to PGF given on day 5 ovulated on day 9. In the cows that did not respond on day 5, the luteal cross-sectional area stagnated after treatment, whereas the plasma progesterone concentration continued to increase. In the cows that received PGF on day 3 of the oestrous cycle, the luteal cross-sectional area and the plasma progesterone concentration continued to increase. Conclusions The results of this study suggest that the transition of the bovine corpus luteum from refractoriness to responsiveness to PGF occurs during day 5 of the oestrous cycle because in 5 of 8 cows given PGF on day 5, early luteal regression was evident during the examination 24 hours after PGF administration.

  5. Ovulatory Follicular Dynamics After Estrus Synchronization using Prostaglandin F2a in Dairy Cows

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    Prabowo Purwono Putro

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The study aimed to follow development of ovulatory follicular dynamics as well as plasma progesterone profile after estrus synchronization using PGF2 and GnRH.   A total of 15 non-pregnant dairy cows, 4-5 years of age, healthy and reproductively sound were used in the present study.     Treatment 1, given intramuscular injection of PGF2 25 mg (PGF2, treatment 2 PGF2 25 mg and GnRH 250 g 2 days later (PGF2-GnRH, and treatment 3 with GnRH 250 g (7 days prior to injection of PGF2, PGF2 25 mg and GnRH 250 g (2 days after injection of PGF2  (GnRH-PGF2a-GnRH (the Ovsynch method.   Transrectal ultrasonographic examination using real time, B-mode, with 7.5 MHz tranducer was performed everyday for 12 days to follow ovulatory follicular and luteal dynamics.   Blood plasma was taken every day for progesterone determination using EIA technique.   Data of follicular, luteal development and progesterone levels were tested using analysis of variance and correlation analysis.   The animals showed estrus within 70.70 + 01.90 hours following PGF2 injection.   Prostaglandin F2 induced corpus luteum regression, decreased  in progesterone plasma levels, followed by ovulatory follicular development and eventually underwent ovulation.   Administration of first GnRH increased corpus luteum size, enhanced its regression and decreased plasma progesterone levels, while  the second administration induce  better ovulatory follicular development.   Rate of the corpus luteum regression, progesterone decrease and ovulatory follicular development following PGF2 injection for respective treatments 1, 2 and 3 were 2.53 + 0.24a, 2.73 + 0.36a and 3.53 + 0.28b mm/day; 1.39 + 0.14a,  1.35 + 0.18a dan 1.57 + 0.12b ng/ml/day; and 1.33 + 0.15a,  1.63 + 0.19b and 1.67 + 0.23b mm/day, respectively (P < 0.05.   It can be concluded that PGF2 induced corpus luteum regression, decreased in  progesterone plasma

  6. Influence of GnRH-gonadoreline and prostaglandine F2α-dinoprost application on reproduction parameter values in dairy cows with puerperal endometritis

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    Šabanović Mustafa

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents results of investigations of gonadoreline application (14-16, 17-20 and 21-25 days post partum influence, followed by prostaglanin F2 α ten days later, on the reproductive parameters of dairy cows with difficult calving and endometritis. The study was carried out on a total of 92 Holstein-Friesian cows. Fifty of them treated with hormones, while 42 animals served as controls, receiving placebo injections. Analysis of the results in cows with postpartal endometrits revealed that mean anoestrus period, open days period and intervals between calving were significantly lower in cows that underwent hormonal treatment, when compared to the controls. The period from gonadoreline application, followed by prostaglandin injection, to conception was shorter by 44, 28 and 14 days respectively when compared to the control groups. The total conception rate from the first three artificial inseminations was higher in the experimental groups in comparison to the controls. .

  7. Timing of prostaglandin F2α treatment in an estrogen-based protocol for timed artificial insemination or timed embryo transfer in lactating dairy cows.

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    Pereira, M H C; Sanches, C P; Guida, T G; Rodrigues, A D P; Aragon, F L; Veras, M B; Borges, P T; Wiltbank, M C; Vasconcelos, J L M

    2013-05-01

    Objectives were to investigate progesterone concentrations and fertility comparing 2 different intervals from PGF(2α) treatment and induced ovulation in an estrogen-based ovulation synchronization protocol for timed artificial insemination (TAI) or timed embryo transfer (TET) in lactating dairy cows. A total of 1,058 lactating Holstein cows [primiparous (n=371) and multiparous (n=687)], yielding 34.1 ± 0.33 kg of milk/d at various days in milk were randomly assigned to receive treatment with PGF(2α) on either d 7 or 8 of the following protocol: d 0: 2mg of estradiol benzoate + controlled internal drug release device; d 8: controlled internal drug release device removal + 1.0mg of estradiol cypionate; d 10: TAI or d 17: TET. Only cows with a corpus luteum at d 17 received an embryo and all cows received GnRH at TET. Pregnancy diagnoses were performed by detection (transrectal ultrasonography) of an embryo on d 28 or a fetus on d 60. Fertility [pregnancy per artificial insemination (P/AI) or pregnancy per embryo transfer (P/ET)] was affected by breeding technique (AI vs. ET) and time of PGF(2α) treatment (d 7 vs. 8) at the 28-d pregnancy diagnosis for TAI [32.9% (238) vs. 20.6% (168)] and TET cows [47% (243) vs. 40.7% (244)] and at the 60-d pregnancy diagnosis for TAI [30% (238) vs. 19.2% (168)] and TET cows [37.9% (243) vs. 33.5% (244)]. The progesterone (P4) concentration at d 10 altered fertility in TAI cows, with higher P/AI in cows with P4 concentration <0.1 ng/mL compared with cows with P4 concentration ≥ 0.1 ng/mL, and in ET cows, with higher P/ET in cows with P4 concentration <0.22 ng/mL compared with cows with P4 concentration ≥ 0.22 ng/mL. Prostaglandin F(2α) treatment at d 7 increased the percentage of cows with P4 <0.1 ng/mL on d 10 [39.4 (85) vs. 23.2 (54)]. Reducing the period between PGF(2α) and TAI from 72 to 48 h in dairy cows resulted in a clear reduction in fertility in cows bred by TAI and a subtle negative effect in cows that received

  8. Postpartum levels of 8-iso-prostaglandin F2α in plasma and milk phospholipid fractions as biomarker of oxidative stress in first-lactating dairy cows.

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    Vernunft, A; Viergutz, T; Plinski, C; Weitzel, J M

    2014-08-01

    F2-isoprostanes such as 8-iso-prostaglandin F2 (8-iso-PGF2α) are formed by free radical-catalyzed mechanisms from membrane phospholipids and from low density lipoproteins through peroxidation of arachidonic acid. Esterified 8-iso-PGF2α is cleaved by phospholipases, circulates in blood and is excreted as putatively harmful oxidatively modified lipid via the kidney into urine. In this study we demonstrate that 8-iso-PGF2α concentrations in plasma samples from heifers are higher (piso-PGF2α concentrations vary with ovarian activity and differ in response to luteolytic initiation as well as activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis between heifers and first-lactating cows. Sustainable concentrations of 8-iso-PGF2α (50-150 pg/ml) are detectable in the phospholipid fraction of milk, suggesting milk as an additional excretion route for 8-isoprostanes. Plasma levels largely paralleled levels in milk (piso-PGF2α concentrations in cyclic cows decreased (piso-PGF2α rather increased (piso-PGF2α were not correlated with milk yield (p>0.05). Our data indicate 8-iso-PGF2α may be a novel biomarker of oxidative stress in dairy cow, which is detectable in blood as well as in milk.

  9. Conversion of cortisone to cortisol and prostaglandin F2α production by the reproductive tract of cows at the late luteal stage in vivo.

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    Duong, H T; Skarzynski, D J; Piotrowska-Tomala, K K; Bah, M M; Jankowska, K; Warmowski, P; Łukasik, K; Okuda, K; Acosta, T J

    2012-12-01

    Previous in vitro studies demonstrated that bovine endometrium has the capacity to convert inactive cortisone to biologically active cortisol (Cr) and that Cr inhibits cytokine-stimulated prostaglandin F(2α) (PGF) production. This study was carried out to test the hypothesis that bovine reproductive tract has the capacity to convert cortisone to Cr in vivo and to evaluate the effects of intravaginal application of exogenous cortisone on uterine PGF secretion during the late luteal stage. The temporal relationships between PGF and Cr levels in uterine plasma were also determined. Catheters were inserted into jugular vein (JV), uterine vein (UV), vena cava caudalis (VCC) and aorta abdominalis (AA) of six cows on Day 15 of the oestrous cycle (ovulation = Day 0) for frequent blood collection. On Day 16, the cows were divided randomly into two groups and infused intravaginally with vaseline gel (10 ml; control; n = 3) or cortisone dissolved in vaseline gel (100 mg; n = 3). Blood samples were collected at -2, -1, -0.5, 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 h after treatments (0 h). Intravaginal application of cortisone increased plasma concentrations of Cr between 0.5 and 1.5 h in UV, at 0.5 h in VCC, at 1 h in JV and at 1.5 h in AA. The plasma concentrations of PGF in UV and of PGF metabolite in JV were greater at 0.5 and 1 h in the cortisone-treated animals than in control animals. The levels of PGF in UV blood plasma decreased after Cr reached its highest levels. The overall findings suggest that the female reproductive tract has the capacity to convert cortisone to Cr in vivo. Based on the temporal changes of PGF and Cr levels in the uterine plasma, a biphasic response in PGF secretion was found to be associated to the Cr increase induced by the cortisone treatment at the late luteal stage in non-pregnant cows. © 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  10. Effect of gonadotropin-releasing hormone or prostaglandin F(2α)-based estrus synchronization programs for first or subsequent artificial insemination in lactating dairy cows.

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    Bruno, R G S; Farias, A M; Hernández-Rivera, J A; Navarrette, A E; Hawkins, D E; Bilby, T R

    2013-03-01

    The objective was to evaluate the effects of GnRH or PGF(2α)-based synchronization and resynchronization programs on fertility in lactating dairy cows. For experiment 1, cows (n=1,521) were presynchronized with 2 injections of PGF given at 36 and 50 DIM and assigned to 1 of 3 protocols: Ovsynch [OVS; n=552; GnRH injection, PGF(2α) injection 7 d later, GnRH injection 56 h later, and timed artificial insemination (TAI) 16 h later] beginning at 14 d after presynchronization (PS), GnRH-GnRH-PGF(2α)-GnRH (GGPG; n=402) treatment with a GnRH injection given 7 d after PS and OVS 7 d later, or PGF(2α)-GnRH-PGF(2α)-GnRH (P7GPG; n=567) treatment with a PGF(2α) injection given 7 d after PS and OVS beginning 7 d later. Experiment 2 cows (n=2,327) were assigned to 1 of 3 resynchronization protocols 7 d before nonpregnancy diagnosis (NPD): GGPG cows (n=458) received a GnRH injection at enrollment and OVS at NPD; P7GPG cows (n=940) received a PGF(2α) injection at NPD and OVS 7 d later; and P11GPG cows (n=929) received a PGF(2α) injection 3 d after NPD and OVS 11 d later. In both experiments, cows were artificially inseminated upon estrus detection (ED). In experiment 1, 52.3% of cows were artificially inseminated upon ED, with GGPG having reduced ED (GGPG=46.8 vs. OVS=50.7 and P7GPG=57.7%). Treatments did not affect overall pregnancy per artificial insemination (P/AI) at 36 and 66 d after AI (OVS=34.1 and 32.3, P7GPG=34.6 and 31.9, and GGPG=31.3 and 28.1%, respectively) or pregnancy loss but cows artificially inseminated upon ED had higher P/AI than cows undergoing TAI (ED cows=37.9 vs. TAI cows=28.8%). Treatment did not affect P/AI for cows artificially inseminated upon ED or TAI at 36 and 66 d after AI (OVS=34.1 and 32.3, P7GPG=34.6 and 31.9, and GGPG=31.3 and 28.1%). Median days in milk at first AI was affected by treatment (P7GPG=59 vs. OVS=68 and GGPG=68 d). In experiment 2, GGPG reduced ED (GGPG=23.3 vs. P7GPG=74.9 and P11GPG=79.6%). Treatment did not affect overall

  11. Effects of Different Amounts of Supplemental Selenium and Vitamin E on the Incidence of Retained Placenta, Selenium, Malondialdehyde, and Thyronines Status in Cows Treated with Prostaglandin F2α for the Induction of Parturition

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    Ivan B. Jovanović

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The incidence of retained placenta (RP in cows increases in cases of parturition induced by prostaglandin F2α. We analyzed the effects of different doses of supplemental selenium and vitamin E on the incidence of RP, blood selenium, plasma thyronines, and malondialdehyde concentration. Thirty-three clinically healthy, multiparous Holstein-Frisian cows were assigned to 3 groups and supplemented with a single intramuscular injection of sodium selenite (SS and tocopherol acetate (TAc between days 250 to 255 of gestation: control—unsupplemented; group A—10 mg SS + 400 mg TAc; group B—20 mg SS + 800 mg TAc. Parturition was induced using PGF2α not before day 275 of gestation. The RP incidence was reduced from 66.7% in the control to 38.2 and 30.8% in groups A and B, respectively. Blood selenium and glutathione peroxidase activity in treated groups were significantly higher compared to control, with no significant difference between groups A and B. Plasma malondialdehyde in group B was significantly lower than that in control and group A, while thyronines levels were not affected. Comparison of RP and non-RP cows, independently of supplement treatment, revealed higher blood selenium and glutathione peroxidase activity and lower MDA and thyroxine in non-RP animals, while triiodothyronine level did not differ.

  12. Evaluation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone hydrogen chloride at 3 doses with prostaglandin F2α for fixed-time artificial insemination in dairy cows.

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    Chenault, J R; Meeuwse, D M; LaGrow, C; Tena, J-K S; Wood-Follis, S L; Hallberg, J W

    2014-05-01

    The objectives of the current study were to evaluate the efficacy and field safety of GnRH HCl administered at 3 doses in fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI) programs (Ovsynch) in dairy cows. A common protocol was conducted at 6 commercial dairies. Between 188 and 195 cows were enrolled at each site (total enrolled = 1,142). Cows had body condition scores ≥ 2 and ≤ 4, were between 32 to 140 d in milk, and were clinically healthy. Within pen and enrollment day (enrollment cohort), cows were assigned randomly in blocks of 4 to each of 4 treatments: (1) 25mg of PGF2α on d 7 with FTAI 72 ± 2 h later (control); (2) 100 μg of GnRH on d 0, d 7 a dose of 25mg of PGF2α, and the second administration of 100 μg of GnRH (T100) administered either at 48 ± 2 h (d 9) after PGF2α with FTAI 24 ± 2 h later or 56 ± 2 h (d 9) after PGF2α and FTAI 17 ± 2 h later; (3) same as T100 with both injections of 150 μg of GnRH (T150); and (4) same as T100 with both injections of 200 μg of GnRH (T200). Three sites selected the first option and 3 sites selected the second option for the timing of the second injection of all doses of GnRH. Cows were observed daily for signs of estrus and adverse clinical signs. Cows not returning to estrus had pregnancy diagnosis between 42 and 65 d following FTAI. Pregnancies per FTAI (P/FTAI) were analyzed as a binary variable (1 = pregnant, 0 = not pregnant) using a generalized linear mixed model with a binomial error distribution and a logit link function. The statistical model included fixed effects for treatment, random effects of site, site by treatment, enrollment cohort within site, and residual. Parity (first vs. second or greater) was included as a covariate. For demonstration of effectiveness, α=0.05 and a 2-tailed test were used. Fifty-two cows were removed from the study because of either deviation from the protocol, injury, illness, culling, or death. Among the remaining 1,090 cows, 33.9% were primiparous and 66.1% were

  13. Perspectives of Prostaglandin F2α Receptor Antagonist and Ghrelin in Reproduction of Dairy Cows%前列腺素F2α受体抑制剂和Ghrelin在奶牛繁殖中的应用前景

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    李翔; 张姝; 滑国华; 张淑君; 杨利国

    2011-01-01

    Increased circulating prostaglandin F2α(PGF2α)concentrations which induced to early embryonic death were mainly asso ciated with reproductive losses in dairy cows. Recently, some research about the discovery and location of the PGF2α receptor on bovine embryo demonstrated that the bovine embryo was most susceptible to the negative effects of PGF2α. It suggested that prostaglandin F2α receptor antagonist was very valuable for study reproductive performance in lactating dairy cattle. Ghrelin is hormone and an endogenous ligand for the growth hormone secretagogue receptor(GHSR). So far, although little is known about the effects that ghrelin might be exerting on bovine reproductive processes, both ghrelin and GHSR-1a mRNA and protein have been detected in the ovaries, oviducts, uterus, oocytes and early embryos of Holstein heifers. A series of researches suggested that ghrelin was likely involved in hormone secretion, embryo development, conveying nutritional and metabolic signals to the function of reproductive tract as a metabolic mediator.%奶牛循环系统中高浓度前列腺素F2a(PGF2a)是导致早期胚胎死亡的主要原因之一,而早期胚胎死亡又是影响奶牛繁殖力降低的主要因素.最近,牛胚胎中PGF2a受体的发现和定位及PGF2a受体抑制剂降低PGF2a对胚胎发育抑制作用等.研究结果表明,PGF2a受体抑制剂在奶牛繁殖中具有广阔的应用前景.Ghrelin作用在奶牛生殖过程的机理尚不完全清楚,但青年奶牛生殖器官、卵母细胞和早期胚胎中均能检测到Ghrelin、GHSR-1a mRNA及其表达蛋白等.一系列研究结果预示,Ghrelin在奶牛生殖过程中可能作为重要的代谢信号直接参加调控生殖激素的分泌、胚胎发育、生殖道营养物质的运输和生殖道功能的维持等生理过程.

  14. The influence of synthetic analogues of PgF2a on the evolution of puerperal period and the duration of the interval from calving to the first estrus in cows

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    Nicolae Păcală

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Puerperal period is the most critical period from the productive life of females, at the borderline between physiologic and pathologic. In this stage some reproductive turbulence may appear (uterine subinvolution, uterine infections, ovary inactivity, etc., which may lead to the increase of the interval between calving and first estrus manifestation. The aim of our paper was to reduce the interval between calving and the firs estrus, also the reduction of the incidence of some impediments of the reproductive function in cows, after calving. For this purpose 500 mcg Cloprostenol were administered at different intervals from calving (12, 24, hours and 7 days. At experimental lots, the interval from calving to first estrus was, on average, 37.57 days, and at control lot it was 45.2 days. Regarding to the impairing of the reproductive function, uterine subinvolution, evaluated at 14 days from calving, it was 26.78% at experimental lots and 33.33% at control lot, and uterine infections were, on average, 14.8% at experimental lots and 16.2% at control lot. In conclusion, administration of synthetic analogues of PgF2, in the first week after calving, has a negative influence on puerperal period and interval from calving to first estrus manifestation.

  15. Short communication: presynchronization for timed artificial insemination in grazing dairy cows by using progesterone for 14 days with or without prostaglandin F2α at the time of progesterone withdrawal.

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    Escalante, R C; Poock, S E; Mathew, D J; Martin, W R; Newsom, E M; Hamilton, S A; Pohler, K G; Lucy, M C

    2012-09-01

    Progesterone-containing devices can be inserted intravaginally for 14 d to presynchronize the estrous cycle for timed artificial insemination (TAI) in beef heifers ("14-day CIDR-PG" or "Show-Me-Synch" program). The progesterone treatment is effective for presynchronization because cattle develop a persistent dominant follicle during treatment that ovulates within 3 d after progesterone removal. The subsequent estrous cycle can be effectively used for a TAI program. Some cattle will retain a functional corpus luteum (CL) for the entire 14-d treatment period and will not be synchronized effectively because the interval to ovulation depends on the lifespan of their existing CL. The objective was to test the effect of a luteolytic dose of PGF(2α) at progesterone removal for improving synchrony of estrus after treatment and increasing conception rate to a subsequent TAI in dairy cows. Postpartum cows (n = 1,021) from 2 grazing dairy herds were assigned to 1 of 2 presynchronization programs that used a controlled internal drug releasing (CIDR) device containing progesterone: 14dCIDR (CIDR in, 14 d, CIDR out; n = 523) or 14dCIDR+PGF(2α) (CIDR in, 14 d, CIDR out, and PGF(2α); n = 498). Cows were body condition scored (BCS; 1 to 5, thin to fat) and tail painted at CIDR removal. Paint score (PS) was recorded after CIDR removal [PS = 0 (all paint removed, indication of estrus), PS = 3 (paint partially removed), or PS = 5 (no paint removed; indication of no estrus)]. At 19 d after CIDR removal, all cows were treated with PGF(2α), 56 h later treated with GnRH, and then 16 h later were TAI. Treating cows with PGF(2α) at CIDR removal increased the percentage with PS = 0 within 5 d (58.1% vs. 68.9%; 14dCIDR vs. 14dCIDR+PGF(2α)). We found no effect of treatment, however, on conception rate at TAI (41.1% vs. 43.6%; respectively). The TAI conception rate increased with increasing BCS and was greater for cows that had PS = 0 within 5 d after CIDR removal. In summary, treating

  16. Administration of prostaglandin F2α 14 d before initiating a G6G or a G7G timed artificial insemination protocol increased circulating progesterone prior to artificial insemination and reduced pregnancy loss in multiparous Holstein cows.

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    Dirandeh, E; Roodbari, A Rezaei; Gholizadeh, M; Deldar, H; Masoumi, R; Kazemifard, M; Colazo, M G

    2015-08-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of PGF2α treatment 14 d before the initiation of a G6G or G7G (PGF2α, 2 d, GnRH, 6 or 7 d, Ovsynch) protocol on ovarian response, synchronization protocol on ovarian response, progesterone (P4) concentration, pregnancy per AI (P/AI), and pregnancy loss in multiparous Holstein cows. Cows (3.6±1.1 lactations and yielding >30kg/d of milk) were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 timed artificial insemination (TAI) protocols: 1) G6G (n=240), one injection of PGF2α, GnRH 2 d later and a 7-d Ovsynch protocol (GnRH, 7 d, PGF2α, 56 h, GnRH 16 h TAI) was initiated 6 d later; 2) PG6G (n=250), PGF2α 14 d before the initiation of the G6G protocol; 3) G7G (n=200), one injection of PGF2α, GnRH 2 d later, and a 7-d Ovsynch protocol initiated 7 d later; and (4) PG7G (n=200), a PGF2α injection 14 d before the initiation of the G7G protocol. Blood samples from a subset of 269 cows were collected at the times of first and second GnRH, and PGF2α of the Ovsynch protocol to measure P4. Ultrasound examinations were performed to evaluate ovarian response to GnRH and PGF2α of Ovsynch, and to determine pregnancy status at 32 and 60 d after TAI. The proportion of cows with high (≥1ng/mL) P4 at first GnRH of Ovsynch was greater for PG6G and PG7G compared with G6G and G7G groups (combined 79.7 vs. 59.3%). In addition, mean (±SEM) plasma P4 concentration (ng/mL) at PGF2α of Ovsynch was also greater in PG6G (6.5±0.2) and PG7G (6.7±0.3) compared with G6G (5.1±0.2) and G7G (5.0±0.2). Cows given PGF2α 14 d before initiating a G6G or a G7G TAI (PG6G and PG7G) tended to have a greater P/AI at 32 d compared with those cows not receiving PGF2α (G6G and G7G). However, P/AI at 60 d was greater in cows subjected to PG6G and PG7G protocols (31.1 vs. 39.2%), with a lower pregnancy loss between 32 and 60 d (11.65 vs. 19.7%). In summary, administration of PGF2α 14 d before initiating a G6G or a G7G TAI protocol increased P4 concentrations

  17. Cyclic Co des over F2+uF2+v F2

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    LIU Xiu-sheng; LIU Hua-lu

    2014-01-01

    We study the structure of cyclic codes of an arbitrary length n over the ring F2+uF2+vF2, which is not a finite chain ring. We prove that the Gray image of a cyclic code length n over F2+uF2+vF2 is a 3-quasi-cyclic code length 3n over F2.

  18. Effect of time of maize silage supplementation on herbage intake, milk production, and nitrogen excretion of grazing dairy cows.

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    Al-Marashdeh, O; Gregorini, P; Edwards, G R

    2016-09-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of feeding maize silage at different times before a short grazing bout on dry matter (DM) intake, milk production, and N excretion of dairy cows. Thirty-six Friesian × Jersey crossbred lactating dairy cows were blocked in 9groups of 4 cows by milk solids (sum of protein and fat) production (1.26±0.25kg/d), body weight (466±65kg), body condition score (4±0.48), and days in milk (197±15). Groups were then randomly assigned to 1 of 3 replicates of 3 treatments: control; herbage only, supplemented with 3kg of DM/cow of maize silage after morning milking approximately 9h before pasture allocation (9BH); and supplemented with 3kg of DM/cow of maize silage before afternoon milking approximately 2h before pasture allocation (2BH). Herbage allowance (above the ground level) was 22kg of DM/cow per day for all groups of cows. Cows were allocated to pasture from 1530 to 2030 h. Maize silage DM intake did not differ between treatments, averaging 3kg of DM/cow per day. Herbage DM intake was greater for control than 2BH and 9BH, and greater for 9BH than 2BH (11.1, 10.1, and 10.9kg of DM/cow per day for control, 2BH, and 9BH, respectively). The substitution rate (kilograms of herbage DM per kilograms of maize silage DM) was greater for 2BH (0.47) than 9BH (0.19). Milk solids production was similar between treatments (overall mean 1.2kg/cow per day). Body weight loss tended to be less for supplemented than control cows (-0.95, -0.44, and -0.58kg/cow per day for control, 2BH, and 9BH, respectively). Nitrogen concentration in urine was not affected by supplementation or time of supplementation, but estimated urinary N excretion tended to be greater for control than supplemented cows when urinary N excretion estimated using plasma or milk urea N. At the time of herbage meal, nonesterified fatty acid concentration was greater for control than supplemented cows and greater for 9BH than 2BH (0.58, 0.14, and 0.26mmol/L for

  19. Effect of adding a gonadotropin-releasing-hormone treatment at the beginning and a second prostaglandin F2α treatment at the end of an estradiol-based protocol for timed artificial insemination in lactating dairy cows during cool or hot seasons of the year.

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    Pereira, M H C; Wiltbank, M C; Barbosa, L F S P; Costa, W M; Carvalho, M A P; Vasconcelos, J L M

    2015-02-01

    Our hypothesis was that fertility could be increased in a timed artificial insemination (TAI) protocol based on estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4) by combining GnRH with E2-benzoate at the start of the protocol to increase circulating P4 during preovulatory follicle development and by using 2 prostaglandin F2α (PGF) treatments at the end to decrease P4 near TAI. Lactating Holstein cows (n=1,808) were randomly assigned during the cool or hot season of the year to receive TAI (d 0) following 1 of 3 treatments: (1) control: controlled internal drug-release insert + 2mg of E2-benzoate on d -11, PGF on d -4, controlled internal drug-release insert withdrawal + 1.0mg of E2-cypionate on d -2, and TAI on d 0; (2) 2PGF: identical to control protocol with addition of a second PGF treatment on d -2; (3) GnRH: identical to 2PGF protocol with addition of a 100-μg GnRH treatment on d -11. Pregnancy diagnoses were performed on d 32 and 60 after TAI. Season had major effects on many reproductive measures, with cool season greater than hot season in percentage of cows with corpus luteum (CL) at PGF (62.9 vs. 56.2%), ovulatory follicle diameter (15.7 vs. 14.8mm), expression of estrus (86.7 vs. 79.9%), ovulation following the protocol (89.7 vs. 84.3%), and pregnancies per artificial insemination (P/AI; 45.4 vs. 21.4%). The GnRH protocol increased percentage of cows with CL (control=56.9%; 2PGF=55.8%; GnRH=70.5%) and P4 at PGF (control=3.28±0.22; 2PGF=3.35±0.22; GnRH=3.70±0.21ng/mL), compared with control and 2PGF protocols. The GnRH protocol increased P/AI at the pregnancy diagnosis at 32d [37.3% (219/595)] and 60d [31% (179/595)] after TAI, compared with control [30.0% (177/604); 25.1% (145/604)], with intermediate results with 2PGF protocol [33.2% (196/609); 28.0% (164/609)]. The positive effects of GnRH treatment on P/AI were only detected during the cool season (GnRH=50.9%; 2PGF=44.2%; control=41.0%) and not during the hot season. In addition, the effect of GnRH was only

  20. Ionic conductivity and the formation of cubic CaH2 in the LiBH4-Ca(BH4)2 composite

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    Sveinbjörnsson, Dadi Þorsteinn; Blanchard, Didier; Mýrdal, Jón Steinar Garðarsson

    2014-01-01

    mixture. The composites were composed of α-Ca(BH4)2, γ-Ca(BH4)2 and orthorhombic LiBH4, and the relative phase quantities of the Ca(BH4)2 polymorphs varied significantly with LiBH4 content. The formation of small amounts of orthorhombic CaH2 and cubic CaH2 in a CaF2-like structure was observed upon heat...... treatment. Concurrent formation of elemental boron may also occur. The ionic conductivity of the composites was measured using impedance spectroscopy, and was found to be lower than that of ball milled LiBH4. Electronic band structure calculations indicate that cubic CaH2 with hydrogen defects...... is electronically conducting. Its formation along with the possible precipitation of boron therefore has an effect on the measured conductivity of the LiBH4–Ca(BH4)2 composites and may increase the risk of an internal short-circuit in the cells....

  1. Melting Behavior and Thermolysis of NaBH4−Mg(BH42 and NaBH4−Ca(BH42 Composites

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    Morten B. Ley

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The physical properties and the hydrogen release of NaBH4–Mg(BH42 and NaBH4−Ca(BH42 composites are investigated using in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and temperature programmed photographic analysis. The composite, xNaBH4–(1 − xMg(BH42, x = 0.4 to 0.5, shows melting/frothing between 205 and 220 °C. However, the sample does not become a transparent molten phase. This behavior is similar to other alkali-alkaline earth metal borohydride composites. In the xNaBH4–(1 − xCa(BH42 system, eutectic melting is not observed. Interestingly, eutectic melting in metal borohydrides systems leads to partial thermolysis and hydrogen release at lower temperatures and the control of sample melting may open new routes for obtaining high-capacity hydrogen storage materials.

  2. Prostaglandin F2 alpha-induced response of the bovine ovary, oviduct (uterine tube), and uterus.

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    Singh, L P; Sadiku, A; Verma, O P

    1979-12-01

    Tissue strips from the ovary, (uterine tube), and oviduct, and uterus of pregnant and nonpregnant cows were tested for their contractile response to prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha). When 2.1 x 10(-6)M PGF2 alpha was added to the uterine strips, tension of tissues from pregnant cows increased sharply; however, tension in tissues from nonpregnant cows only increased moderately. Similar concentrations failed to elicit any response from oviductal tissues of either group. Unlike the uterus and the oviduct, the ovaries contracted slowly and irregularly. They responded with varying degrees of stimulation; ovaries from pregnant cows with brief and mild stimulation and ovaries from nonpregnant cows with slower and relatively stronger stimulation. Results indicate that the bovine ovary contracts rhythmically and that its sensitivity to PGF2 alpha decreases during pregnancy in contrast to the bovine uterus which becomes increasingly sensitive during pregnancy.

  3. Effect of Mg, Ca, and Zn on stability of LiBH{sub 4} through computational thermodynamics

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    Lee, Sung Hoon; Manga, Venkateswara Rao; Liu, Zi-Kui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2010-07-15

    The effect of divalent metal-dopants, Mg, Ca, and Zn, on the stability of LiBH{sub 4} is studied by using the first-principles calculations and CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagram) modeling. The ground states of Mg{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4}, Ca{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4}, and Zn{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4} are shown to be I anti 4m2, F2dd, and I anti 4m2, respectively, through first-principles calculations. Positive enthalpy of mixing between Li and the alloying element is predicted, indicating unfavorable solubility of alloying elements in LiBH{sub 4} and thus offering possibility to decrease the stability of LiBH{sub 4}. The ionic sublattice model of (Li{sup +}, M{sup 2+}, Va){sub 1}(BH{sub 4}{sup -}){sub 1} is adopted for the metal substituted LiBH{sub 4} phase. It is observed that the addition of Mg or Zn has limited effect as the decomposition temperature is between those of LiBH{sub 4} and M{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4} for Mg and Zn substitutions. LiBH{sub 4} is destabilized with magnesium borides or LiZn{sub 4} formation but its decomposition temperature is higher than that of M{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4}. On the other hand, the addition of Ca significantly reduces the H{sub 2} releasing temperature due to the formation of highly stable CaB{sub 6}. (author)

  4. Endomorphisms of B(H)

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    Bratteli, O; Jorgensen, P E T; Bratteli, Ola; Price, Geoffrey; Jorgensen, Palle

    1994-01-01

    The unital endomorphisms of B(H) of (Powers) index n are classified by certain U(n)-orbits in the set of non-degenerate representations of the Cuntz algebra O_n on H. Using this, the corre- sponding conjugacy classes are identified, and a set of labels is given. This set is given as P modulo a certain non-smooth equivalence, where P is a set of pure state on the UHF algebra of Glimm type n^infinity. Several subsets of P, giving concrete examples of non- conjugate shifts, are worked out in detail, including sets of product states, and a set of nearest neighbor states.

  5. Nonlinear Preserver Problems on B(H)

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    Jian Lian CUI

    2011-01-01

    Let H be a complex Hilbert space of dimension greater than 2, and B(H) denote the Banach algebra of all bounded linear operators on H. For A, B ∈ B(H), define the binary relation A ≤* B by A*A = A*B and AA* = AB*. Then (B(H), "≤*") is a partially ordered set and the relation "≤*" is called the star order on B(H). Denote by Bs(H) the set of all self-adjoint operators in B(H). In this paper, we first characterize nonlinear continuous bijective maps on Bs (H) which preserve the star order in both directions. We characterize also additive maps (or linear maps) on B(H) (or nest algebras) which are multiplicative at some invertible operator.

  6. Electron attachment to F2

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    McCorkle, D. L.; Christophorou, L. G.; Christodoulides, A. A.; Pichiarella, L.

    1986-08-01

    The rate constant ka for electron attachment to F2 has been measured at ambient (298 K) temperature T in the buffer gas Ar over the mean electron energy range 0.40-2.95 eV; similar measurements were made at T=233, 298, and 373 K in the buffer gas N2 over the range 0.04-0.75 eV. The ka() function attains a maximum value of 1.7×10-8 cm3 s-1 (T=298 K) at ˜0.04 eV and decreases monotonically with increasing above thermal energy; the magnitude of ka increases only slightly with increasing T. The ka() data at 298 K were unfolded and the resultant cross section σa(ɛ) shows a main maximum at ˜0.0 eV, a shoulder at ˜0.5 eV, and a weak maximum at ˜1.1 eV. Possible electron attachment processes are discussed to account for the energy dependence of σa(ɛ). Also discussed, in the light of the present measurements, are published experimental and theoretical results on ka() and σa(ɛ).

  7. Laser cooling of BH and GaF: insights from an ab initio study.

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    Gao, Yu-feng; Gao, Tao

    2015-04-28

    The feasibility of laser cooling BH and GaF is investigated using ab initio quantum chemistry. The ground state X (1)Σ(+) and first two excited states (3)Π and (1)Π of BH and GaF are calculated using the multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) level of theory. For GaF, the spin-orbit coupling effect is also taken into account in the electronic structure calculations at the MRCI level. Calculated spectroscopic constants for BH and GaF show good agreement with available theoretical and experimental results. The highly diagonal Franck-Condon factors (BH: f00 = 0.9992, f11 = 0.9908, f22 = 0.9235; GaF: f00 = 0.997, f11 = 0.989, f22 = 0.958) for the (1)Π (v' = 0-2) → X (1)Σ(+) (v = 0-2) transitions in BH and GaF are determined, which are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical and experimental data. Radiative lifetime calculations of the (1)Π (v' = 0-2) state (BH: 131, 151, and 187 ns; GaF: 2.26, 2.36, and 2.48 ns) are found to be short enough for rapid laser cooling. The proposed laser cooling schemes that drive the (1)Π (v' = 0) → X (1)Σ(+) (v = 0) transition use just one laser wavelength λ00 (BH: 436 nm, GaF: 209 nm). Though the cooling wavelength of GaF is deep in the UVC, a frequency quadrupled Ti:sapphire laser (189-235 nm) could be capable of generating useful quantities of light at this wavelength. The present results indicate that BH and GaF are two good choices of molecules for laser cooling.

  8. Li-5(BH4)(3)NH

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    Wolczyk, Anna; Paik, Biswajit; Sato, Toyoto

    2017-01-01

    = 7.0474(2) angstrom at 77 degrees C. The crystal structure of Lis(BH4)(3)NH has been solved in space group Pnma, and refined coupling density functional theory (DFT) and synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction data have been obtained for a 3LiBH(4):2Li(2)NH ball-milled and annealed sample...

  9. Consequences of two or four months of finishing feeding of culled dry dairy cows on carcass characteristics and technological and sensory meat quality

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    Vestergaard, M.; Madsen, N. T.; Bligaard, H. B.

    2007-01-01

    were 1.9, 3.0 and 3.7. Finishing feeding increased IMF, improved meat flavour and colour, and tended to reduce shear force value and improve tenderness and juiciness. The F4 cows also had higher fat trim than C- and F2-cows. Cows were divided into two parity groups (1st parity and older cows). Compared...

  10. Depth distributionthe of linear codes over ring F2+uF2+U2F2.%环F2+uF2+u2F2上线性码的深度分布

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    2011-01-01

    记R=F2+uF2+u2F2,定义了环R上码字的深度以及R上线性码的深度分布,研究了环R上码字深度的性质,给出了计算环R上码字深度的递归算法.利用环R上的线性码C及其生成矩阵,得到了域F2上的线性码C1,Cu,Cu2及相应的生成矩阵.通过域F2上的线性码C1,Cu,Cu2之间的关系,讨论了环R上的线性码的深度谱和深度分布,进而得到R上一类线性码的深度分布.%LetR=F2+uF2+u2+u2F2 ,the depth of a codeword and the depth distribution of linear codes over ring R are defined,a number of properties of the depth of codewords are studied, and the recursive algorithm for computing the depth of a codeword is given. Based on the linear codes over R and their generator matrices, the linear codes C1, Cu, Cu2 over F2 and their generator matrices are obtained. By using the relationship of C1, Cu, Cu2, the depth distribution and the depth spectrum of linear codes over R are discussed,moreover the depth distribution of a class of linear code over R is showed.

  11. Main: TE2F2NTPCNA [PLACE

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    Full Text Available TE2F2NTPCNA S000397 05-November-2005 (last modified) kehi te2f-2 found in the promoter of tobacco PCN...riptional activation in actively dividing cells and tissue; E2F; PCNA; meristematic tissue; cell cycle; tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) ATTCCCGC ...

  12. (PHF) cows

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    Sep 20, 2012 ... 1Department of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Poznań University of ... Jersey cows, very similar levels were recorded for four culling reasons: "sterility and reproductive ... specialization of large farms have been observed.

  13. Complete Series of Alkali-Metal M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) Hydrogen-Storage Salts Accessed via Metathesis in Organic Solvents.

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    Owarzany, Rafał; Fijalkowski, Karol J; Jaroń, Tomasz; Leszczyński, Piotr J; Dobrzycki, Łukasz; Cyrański, Michał K; Grochala, Wojciech

    2016-01-04

    We report a new efficient way of synthesizing high-purity hydrogen-rich M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) salts (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs). The solvent-mediated metathetic synthesis applied here uses precursors containing bulky organic cations and weakly coordinating anions. The applicability of this method permits the entire series of alkali-metal M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) salts (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) to be obtained, thus enabling their comparative analysis in terms of crystal structures and hydrogen-storage properties. A novel polymorphic form of Verkade's base (C18H39N4PH)(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) precursor was also characterized structurally. For all compounds, we present a comprehensive structural, spectroscopic, and thermogravimetric characterization (PXRD, NMR, FTIR, Raman, and TGA/DSC/MS).

  14. On sumsets in ${\\Bbb F}_2^n$

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    2012-01-01

    Let ${\\Bbb F}_2$ be the finite field of two elements, ${\\Bbb F}_2^n$ be the vector space of dimension $n$ over ${\\Bbb F}_2$. For sets $A,\\,B\\subseteq{\\Bbb F}_2^n$, their sumset is defined as the set of all pairwise sums $a+b$ with $a\\in A,\\,b\\in B$. Ben Green and Terence Tao proved that, let $K\\geq 1$, if$A,\\,B\\subseteq{\\Bbb F}_2^n$ and $|A+B|\\leq K|A|^{1\\over 2}|B|^{1\\over 2}$, then there exists a subspace $H\\subseteq{\\Bbb F}_2^n$ with $$ |H|\\gg\\exp(-O(\\sqrt{K}\\log K))|A| $$ and $x,\\,y\\in{\\Bbb F}_2^n$ such that $$ |A\\cap(x+H)|^{1\\over 2}|B\\cap(y+H)|^{1\\over 2}\\geq{1\\over 2K}|H|. $$ In this note, we shall use the method of Green and Tao with some modification to prove that if $$ |H|\\gg\\exp(-O(\\sqrt{K}))|A|, $$ then the above conclusion still holds true.

  15. Dual functions of Lewis acid and base of Se in F2C=Se and their interplay in F 2CSe•••NH 3•••HX.

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    Guo, Xin; Li, Qingzhong

    2015-06-01

    High-level quantum chemical calculations of the ternary systems F2CSe∙∙∙NH3∙∙∙HX (X=BeH, BH2, OH, CN, OCH3, Cl, and F) and the corresponding binary systems have been carried out in view of geometries, vibrational frequencies, interaction energies, orbital interactions, and electron densities. The molecular electrostatic potentials of F2CSe demonstrate that the Se atom could play a dual role of Lewis acid and base to form a chalcogen bond with NH3 and a hydrogen bond or a covalent interaction with HX, respectively. The chalcogen bond can compete with the hydrogen bond for the complexes involving F2CSe, but the covalent interaction is far stronger than the chalcogen bond. In the ternary complexes, both types of interactions are strengthened by each other, characterized by a shorter binding distance, a larger electron density, and a stronger orbital interaction. The covalent interaction has a greater enhancing effect on the chalcogen bond than the hydrogen bond does, resulting in a prominent shortening of ~0.23 Å distance for the Se∙∙∙N distance in F2CSe∙∙∙NH3∙∙∙BH3. The enhancement of both interactions in the ternary complexes has been understood with the electrostatic potentials and orbital interactions. Graphical Abstract The dual functions of Lewis acid and base of Se in F2CSe are enhanced each other in the ternary complexes.

  16. Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Melting Temperatures of SrF2and BaF2

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    Xiao-yu Huang; Xin-lu Cheng; Chao-lei Fan; Qiong Chen; Xiao-li Yuan

    2009-01-01

    The shell-model molecular dynamics method was applied to simulate the melting temper-atures of SrF2 and BaF2 at elevated temperatures and high pressures. The same method was used to calculate the equations of state for SrF2 and BaF2 over the pressure range of 0.1 MPa-3 GPa and 0.1 MPa-7 GPa. Compared with previous results for equations of state, the maximum errors are 0.3% and 2.2%, respectively. Considering the pre-melting in the fluorite-type crystals, we made the necessary corrections for the simulated melting temper-atures of SrF2 and BaF2. Consequently, the melting temperatures of SrF2 and BaF2 were obtained for high pressures. The melting temperatures of SrF2 and BaF2 that were obtained by the simulation are in good agreement with available experimental data.

  17. Behavior of foF2 and hmF2 after sunset

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    Danilov, A. D.; Vanina-Dart, L. B.

    2010-12-01

    The time behavior of the foF2 and hmF2 values at the time moment T(ss + 2 h) 2 h after sunset is considered. It is assumed that at this moment, the horizontal winds in the thermosphere in the strongest way influence hmF2 and, therefore, foF2. It is found that a fairly well pronounced and statistically significant change (trend) is observed for the foF2(ss + 2)/ foF2(14) ratio, the sign of the change being different for different stations and even different seasons at the same station. A similar picture is obtained for the value of hmF2(ss + 2). It is shown that a positive correlation between the trends of these two values is observed. This confirms the initial concept of the paper that the foF2 and hmF2 trends are caused by long-term trends in the thermospheric dynamics.

  18. Photoionization studies of (BH3)n (n=1,2)

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    Ruščić, B.; Mayhew, C. A.; Berkowitz, J.

    1988-05-01

    The results of photoionization mass spectrometric studies on B2H6, and BH3 (produced by pyrolysis of B2H6) are presented. The photoion yield curves of B2H+n (n=2-6) and BH+n (n=2-3) from B2H6, as well as BH+n (n=1-3) from BH3 have been obtained. It is shown that the combination of appearance potential measurements for BH+3 (B2H6) and BH+3 (BH3) yields a poor upper limit for -ΔHdimerization, 0 K (BH3) of 52.7 kcal/mol, while the combination of BH+2 (B2H6) and BH+2 (BH3) provides a better upper limit (46.6±0.6 kcal/mol) for this quantity. However, the threshold for BH+ (BH3), combined with auxiliary data, provides the best current experimental value, (34.3-39.1)±2 kcal/mol. This experimental value is in good agreement with a recent ab initio calculation, and is arrived at by using the best current estimate of ΔHf(B2H6), rather than a radically different value proposed in that paper. The ionization potential of BH3, ΔHf (BH+2), and the atomization energy of BH3 obtained experimentally are in excellent agreement with other ab initio calculations. The upper limits on heats of formation for the ionic species B2H+n (n=2-6) are obtained, and plausible structures are discussed for these species, based on the current energetics and various ab initio calculations. Finally, the fragmentation behavior of photoions from diborane is shown to have a more facile explanation by quasiequilibrium theory than by a molecular orbital picture, with the probable exception of BH+3 (B2H6).

  19. Avia pursuit airplane B.H. 21

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    Serryer, J

    1926-01-01

    Built by the 'Czecho-Slovakian' aircraft factory, AVIA, the B.H. 21, has a top speed of 250 MPH, and carries 120 kg of gasoline and 20 kg of oil, giving it a radius of action of 600-650 km. It is equipped with a Hispano-Suiza engine capable of 300 HP.

  20. The effect of complex halides and binary halides on hydrogen release for the 2LiBH4:1MgH2 system.

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    Yang, Zhuxian; Grant, David M; Wang, Ping; Walker, Gavin S

    2011-01-01

    Due to the high hydrogen capacity of LiBH4, various strategies have been investigated to improve the hydrogen release properties of LiBH4. Theoretical calculations suggest that doping LiBH4 with F-/CI- anions may generate lattice substitutions (such as the formation of LiBH3F or LiBH2F2), which will lower the hydrogen release temperature from LiBH4. The effect of addition of F-/Cl-containing dopants (viz. LiBF4, NH4F, LiA1Cl4 and NH4Cl) on the hydrogen release from 2LiBH4:1MgH2 was investigated and LiBF4 was found to be the most effective among the dopants studied. Furthermore, the combined effect of LiBF4 and the catalyst precursor NbF5 was studied on the hydrogen release from 2LiBH4:1MgH2. It was found that the hydrogen release temperature for the LiBH4 and MgH2 components were substantially reduced by 55 degrees C and 112 degrees C respectively by the combined doping and catalytic effect from LiBF4 and NbF5. This sample was partially rehydrogenated under 400 degrees C and 100 bar, and upon cycling the hydrogen release temperature was lowered further for the LiBH4 component but increased for the MgH2 component.

  1. Preliminary results on correlation in daily f0F2 and M(3000F2 variations

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    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available A statistical analysis of the hourly daily values of the factor M(3000F2 and the F2-layer critical frequency f0F2 is carried out first for each hour of the day through-out a given month of a given year at a given station (hour-to-hour variation and then for each day of a given month and year at a given station (day-to-day variation. This analysis shows that these ionospheric characteristics are poorly correlated. It is concluded that the daily values of the first characteristic cannot be estimated from the second by using a simple linear equation.

  2. Direct laser cooling of the BH molecule

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    Holland, Darren; Truppe, Stefan; Hendricks, Richard; Sauer, Ben; Tarbutt, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Ultracold polar molecules are of interest for a variety of applications, including tests of fundamental physics, ultracold chemistry, and simulation of many-body quantum systems. The laser cooling techniques that have been so successful in producing ultracold atoms are difficult to apply to molecules. Recently however, laser cooling has been applied successfully to a few molecular species, and a magneto-optical trap of SrF molecules has now been demonstrated. We have investigated the BH molecule as a candidate for laser cooling. We have produced a molecular beam of BH and have measured the branching ratios for the excited electronic state, A1 Π (v' = 0) , to decay to the various vibrational states of the ground electronic state, X1 Σ . We verify that the branching ratio for the spin-forbidden transition to an intermediate triplet state is inconsequentially small. We measure the frequency of the lowest rotational transition of the X state, and the hyperfine structure in the relevant levels of both the X and A states, and determine the nuclear electric quadrupole and magnetic dipole coupling constants. Our results show that a relatively simple laser cooling scheme can be used to cool, slow and trap BH molecules.

  3. Approach for mechanism of BH3 domain counterpart BH3I-2′ inducing colorectal cancer cell apoptosis

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    FENG Wan-yu; LIU Yang; ZHANG Zhi-cheng

    2008-01-01

    Objective To discuss mechanism of BH3 domain counterpart BH3I-2' inducing colorectal cancer cell apoptosis. Methods Detected inhibition ratio and apoptosis of colorectal cancer cells HCT-116, which were treated by BH3I-2', with microplate reader and flow cytometry. Results Inhibition ratio of colorectal cancer cells, which were treated by BH3I-2', could reach about 50 %. Ratio of viable apoptotic cell decreased and that of non-viable apoptotie cell increased as time went. Conclusions BH3I-2' can induce colorectal cancer cell apoptosis.

  4. Hydrogen storage in Mg-LiBH4 composites catalyzed by FeF3

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    Puszkiel, Julián; Gennari, Fabiana C.; Arneodo Larochette, Pierre; Troiani, Horacio E.; Karimi, Fahim; Pistidda, Claudio; Gosalawit-Utke, Rapee; Jepsen, Julian; Jensen, Torben R.; Gundlach, Carsten; Tolkiehn, Martin; Bellosta von Colbe, José; Klassen, Thomas; Dornheim, Martin

    2014-12-01

    Mg-10 mol% LiBH4 composite plus small amounts of FeF3 is investigated in the present work. The presence of LiBH4 during the milling process noticeably modifies the size and morphology of the Mg agglomerates, leading to faster hydrogenation and reaching almost the theoretical hydrogen capacity owing to enhanced hydrogen diffusion mechanism. However, the dehydrogenation of the system at low temperatures (≤300 °C) is still slow. Thus, FeF3 addition is proposed to improve the dehydrogenation kinetic behavior. From experimental results, it is found that the presence of FeF3 results in an additional size reduction of the Mg agglomerates between ∼10 and ∼100 μm and the formation of stable phases such as MgF2, LiF and FeB. The FeB species might have a catalytic effect upon the MgH2 decomposition. As a further result of the FeF3 addition, the Mg-10 mol%LiBH4-5 mol% FeF3 material shows improved dehydrogenation properties: reduced dehydrogenation activation energy, faster hydrogen desorption rate and reversible hydrogen capacities of about 5 wt% at 275 °C.

  5. Magnetic Excitations of Mixed CoF2/ZnF2 Crystals

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    Cowley, R. A.; Dietrich, O. W.; Jones, D. A.

    1975-01-01

    The magnetic excitations in mixed crystals of Co1-cZncF2 with c=0.14+or-0.02, 0.31+or-0.03 and 0.77+or-0.10 have been measured using neutron inelastic scattering techniques. The results for the first two crystals show that the excitations decrease in frequency with increasing zinc concentration...... and also have a finite lifetime. For the crystal containing the largest concentration of ZnF2 well defined magnetic excitations were not observed. These results are very similar to the predictions of the virtual lattice model in which each exchange interaction of CoF2 is reduced by the concentration of CoF...

  6. Transcriptomic and bioinformatics analysis of the early time-course of the response to prostaglandin F2a in the bovine corpus luteum

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    RNA expression analysis was performed on the corpus luteum tissue at five time points after prostaglandin F2 alpha treatment of midcycle cows using an Affymetrix Bovine Gene v1 Array. The normalized linear microarray data was uploaded to the NCBI GEO repository (GSE94069). Subsequent statistical ana...

  7. BH4 treatment in BH4-responsive PKU patients: preliminary data on blood prolactin concentrations suggest increased cerebral dopamine concentrations.

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    van Vliet, Danique; Anjema, Karen; Jahja, Rianne; de Groot, Martijn J; Liemburg, Geertje B; Heiner-Fokkema, M Rebecca; van der Zee, Eddy A; Derks, Terry G J; Kema, Ido P; van Spronsen, Francjan J

    2015-01-01

    In phenylketonuria (PKU), cerebral neurotransmitter deficiencies have been suggested to contribute to brain dysfunction. Present treatment aims to reduce blood phenylalanine concentrations by a phenylalanine-restricted diet, while in some patients blood phenylalanine concentrations also respond to cofactor treatment with tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4). Recently, a repurposing approach of BH4 was suggested to increase cerebral neurotransmitter synthesis. To investigate whether BH4 may improve cerebral dopamine concentrations in PKU patients beyond its effect through lowering blood phenylalanine concentrations, we investigated blood prolactin concentrations-as a parameter of brain dopamine availability. We retrospectively compared blood prolactin in relation to blood phenylalanine concentrations of nine (male) BH4-responsive PKU patients, when being treated without and with BH4. Blood prolactin concentrations positively correlated to blood phenylalanine concentrations (p=0.002), being significantly lower with than without BH4 treatment (p=0.047). In addition, even in this small number of male patients, blood prolactin concentrations tended to be lower at increasing BH4 dose (p=0.054), while taking blood phenylalanine concentrations into account (p=0.002). In individual BH4-responsive patients, median blood prolactin concentrations were significantly lower while using BH4 than before using BH4 treatment (p=0.024), whereas median blood phenylalanine concentrations tended to be lower, but this did not reach statistical significance (p=0.107). Therefore, these data show that high blood phenylalanine in BH4-responsive PKU male patients seems to be associated with increased blood prolactin concentrations, suggesting reduced cerebral dopamine availability. Moreover, these data suggest that BH4 treatment in itself could decrease blood prolactin concentrations in a dose-responsive way, independent of blood phenylalanine concentrations. We conclude that these preliminary data

  8. Research of BH3 domain protein inducing cell apoptosis

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    FENG Wan-yu; LIU Yang; ZHANG Zhi-cheng

    2008-01-01

    Objective BH3 domain protein plays an important role in control mechanism of cell apoptosis. The article mainly discusses its mechanism of promoting cell apoptosis and control. Methods The article analyzed and evaluated the mechanism of BH3 domain protein promoting cell apoptosis by internal and overseas literature. Results Activation of BH3 domain protein could promote the increase of mitochondrial membrane permeability, then it would start mitoehondrial apoptosis pathway, and at the last the cell apoptosis. Conclusions BH3 domain protein is the necessary condition of starting cell apoptosis. Its activation can cause cell apoptosis.

  9. Correlations in daily deviations from the median of f0F2, M(3000F2 and VF

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    T. D. Xenos

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available The statistical analysis of the hourly daily deviations from the corresponding monthly-median values of the factor M(3000F2 and of the critical frequency of the F2-layer, f0F2, reveals that the correlation between these parameters is poor. A similar analysis between the hourly daily deviations from the corresponding monthly-median of the height h’F and the f0F2 leads to similar results. These results indicate that the factor M(3000F2, the height h’F and the critical frequency f0F2 may have a different daily variability.

  10. Cow's milk - infants

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002448.htm Cow's milk - infants To use the sharing features on this ... old, you should not feed your baby cow's milk, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ...

  11. Spectroscopy of laser properties of Nd(3+)-doped CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Caird, John A.; Chase, L. L.; Smith, L. K.; Nielsen, N. D.; Krupke, William F.

    1990-03-01

    The optical properties of Nd(3+) in CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2 were investigated in order to determine if these materials are useful as laser-pumped amplifier media. The CaF2:Nd crystal was found to not be useful because the impurities tend to cluster at very low concentration, leading to the formation of nonluminescent centers. On the other hand, the Nd(3+) centers in BaF2 exhibit unacceptably low transition strengths. SrF2:Nd appears to have adequate absorption strength, and, in addition, to have a remarkably long emission lifetime of 1280 microns. A maximum doping of 0.20 atomic percent Nd(3+) can be tolerated in SrF2 without the occurrence of detrimental clustering. The peak emission cross section of SrF2:Nd is 1.7 x 10(exp -20) sq cm at 1036.5 nm. Direct measurement of the gain spectrum of SrF2:Nd(3+) reveals the presence of the F-4(sub 3/2) yields G-2(sub 9/2) excited state absorption lines, although the impact on the emission cross section is minor.

  12. Analysis list: F2RL1 [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  13. The low-lying electronic states and optical schemes for the laser cooling of the BH(+) and BH(-) ions.

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    Zhang, Qing-Qing; Yang, Chuan-Lu; Wang, Mei-Shan; Ma, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Wen-Wang

    2017-07-05

    The potential energy curves and transition dipole moments for the 1(2)Σ(+), 2(2)Σ(+), 1(2)Π and 2(2)Π electronic states of the two molecules are calculated using multi-reference configuration interaction and the large basis sets aug-cc-pwCV5Z. Based on the obtained potential energy curves, the rotational and vibrational energy levels of the states are obtained by solving the Schrödinger equation of nuclear motion, and the spectroscopic parameters are then obtained by fitting the energy levels to Dunham series expansions. The spin-orbit coupling effect of the (2)Π states for both the BH(+) cation and BH(-) anion are calculated. Highly diagonally distributed Franck-Condon factors are determined for the 1(2)Σ(+) (v″=0)↔1(2)Π (v'=0) transition, ƒ00 (BH(+))=0.943, while the Franck-Condon factors for the 1(2)Π (v″=0)↔1(2)Σ(+) (v'=0) transition is ƒ00 (BH(-))=0.942. Moreover, the radiative lifetime of 38.2ns for the excited 1(2)Π state of the BH(+) and 91.8ns for the 1(2)Σ(+) state of the BH(-) are obtained, which are short enough for rapid laser cooling. A three-step optical scheme of the laser cooling is constructed for either the BH(+) cation or the BH(-) anion. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. The low-lying electronic states and optical schemes for the laser cooling of the BH+ and BH- ions

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    Zhang, Qing-Qing; Yang, Chuan-Lu; Wang, Mei-Shan; Ma, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Wen-Wang

    2017-07-01

    The potential energy curves and transition dipole moments for the 12Σ+, 22Σ+, 12Π and 22Π electronic states of the two molecules are calculated using multi-reference configuration interaction and the large basis sets aug-cc-pwCV5Z. Based on the obtained potential energy curves, the rotational and vibrational energy levels of the states are obtained by solving the Schrödinger equation of nuclear motion, and the spectroscopic parameters are then obtained by fitting the energy levels to Dunham series expansions. The spin-orbit coupling effect of the 2Π states for both the BH+ cation and BH- anion are calculated. Highly diagonally distributed Franck-Condon factors are determined for the 12Σ+ (v″ = 0) ↔ 12Π (v‧ = 0) transition, ƒ00 (BH+) = 0.943, while the Franck-Condon factors for the 12Π (v″ = 0) ↔ 12Σ+ (v‧ = 0) transition is ƒ00 (BH-) = 0.942. Moreover, the radiative lifetime of 38.2 ns for the excited 12Π state of the BH+ and 91.8 ns for the 12Σ+ state of the BH- are obtained, which are short enough for rapid laser cooling. A three-step optical scheme of the laser cooling is constructed for either the BH+ cation or the BH- anion.

  15. Biohydrogenation of Fatty Acids Is Dependent on Plant Species and Feeding Regimen of Dairy Cows

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    Petersen, Majbritt Bonefeld; Jensen, Søren Krogh

    2014-01-01

    and LA between single plant species and feeding regimens. Rumen fluid was collected from cows fed either total mixed ration (TMR), species-rich silage (HERB), or grass silage (GRASS). Five single species (alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, chicory, English plantain, and salad burnet) and a grass–clover mixture...... (white clover and ryegrass) were incubated in three replicas up to 30 h and subsequently analyzed for fatty acid content. Michaelis–Menten kinetics was applied for quantifying the BH rate. BH proceeded at the lowest rate in alfalfa and salad burnet (P

  16. Cyclic Code and Self-Dual Code over F2+ uF2 + u2F2%环F2+uF2+u2F2上的循环码及自对偶码

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    冯倩倩; 周伟刚

    2009-01-01

    We give the structures of a cyclic code over ring R = F2+ uF2 + u2F2 = {0, 1,u, u2,υ,υ2,uυ, υ3}, where υ3 = 0, of odd length and its dual code. For the cyclic code, necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of self-dual code are provided.

  17. Hardness of CaF2 and BaF2 solid lubricants at 25 to 670 deg C

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    Deadmore, Daniel L.; Sliney, Harold E.

    1987-01-01

    Plastic deformation is a prominent factor in determining the lubricating value of solid lubricants. Little information is available and its direct measurement is difficult so hardness, which is an indirect measure of this property was determined for fluoride solid lubricant compositions. The Vickers hardness of BaF2 and CaF2 single crystals was measured up to 670 C in a vacuum. The orientation of the BaF2 was near the (013) plane and the CaF2 was about 16 degrees from the degrees from the (1'11) plane. The BaF2 has a hardness of 83 kg/sq mm at the 25 C and 9 at the 600 C. The CaF2 is 170 at 25 C and 13 at 670 C. The decrease in hardness in the temperature range of 25 to 100 C is very rapid and amounts to 40% for both materials. Melts of BaF2 and CaF2 were made in a platinum crucible in ambient air with compositions of 50 to 100 wt% BaF2. The Vickers hardness of these polycrystalline binary compositions at 25 C increased with increasing CaF2 reaching a maximum of 150 kn/sq mm near the eutectic. The polycrystalline CaF2 was 14% softer than that of the single crystal surface and BsF2 was 30% harder than the single crystal surface. It is estimated that the brittle to ductile transition temperature for CaF2 and BaF2 is less than 100 C for the conditions present in the hardness tester.

  18. F2+vF2上线性码的深度谱%ON THE DEPTH SPECTRA OF LINEAR CODES ON RING F2 + vF2

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    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the depth distribution and the depth spectra of linear codes over ring R = F2 + νF2 are studied. By using two homomorphisms of Abelian groups from R to F2 and the generator matrices of the codes over R, the upper bound and lower bound of the depth spectra of linear codes of type 4k12k22k3 are obtained.%本文研究了环R=F2+vF2上线性码的深度分布和深度谱.利用环R到F2加群的两个同态映射及R上线性码的生成矩阵,给出了环R上4k12k22k3型线性码的深度谱的上下界.

  19. F2上安全的Edwards曲线%Secure Edwards Curves over F2

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    李静; 彭国华

    2009-01-01

    Edwards曲线提供了大量的可以抵挡旁道攻击的椭圆曲线,因此引起了人们特别的关注.最近Bernstein、Lange和Farashahi将一般的Edwards曲线推广到了特征为2的域上,并认为这类椭圆曲线必将会有广泛的应用.但是这类曲线的安全性却仍然是一个值得商榷的问题.文中通过双有理等价映射讨论了F2上的Edwards曲线与Koblitz曲线之间的关系,并由此推出这类Edwards曲线会在一些扩域上具有安全性.%The invention of Edwards curves has attracted much attention from the cryptologists,because they provide a large amount of elliptic curves which are possible to resist the side-channel attack.Recently,Bernstein,Lange and Farashahi generalize Edwards curves to binary field and recommend their wide applications.However,the security of these curves is open to question.In this paper the relation between an ordinary Edwards curve over F2 and one kind of Koblitz curve is discussed,in virtue of the birationally equivalence map,and form this,it is deduced that this Edwards curve is secure in some extension fields.

  20. Main: O2F2BE2S1 [PLACE

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    Full Text Available coxin, the maize b-32 genes and the AP-1 pseudopalindrome; O2; opaque-2; be2S1; seed; Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) GCCACCTCAT ... ...O2F2BE2S1 S000163 17-May-1998 (last modified) kehi opaque-2 recognition site F2 in Bertholletia excelsa (Bra...zil nut tree) 2S storage protein gene (be2S1); O2 protein binds to F1, F2 and F3 se

  1. Analysis list: Pou3f2 [Chip-atlas[Archive

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    Full Text Available Pou3f2 Embryonic fibroblast,Neural,Pluripotent stem cell + mm9 http://dbarchive.bio...jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Pou3f2.Neural.tsv,http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Pou3f2.Pluripoten...e.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Neural.gml,http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Pluripotent_stem_cell.gml ...

  2. LEGAL MATRIMONIAL REGIME IN B&H

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    Boris Krešić

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Matrimonial regime between spouses or between extramarital partners, and between parents and children is regulated by the Family Law Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation, hereinafter FLA B&HF (SG FBiH 35/05, 41/05, Family Law Act of the Republic of Srpska, hereinafter FLA RS (SG RS”54/02, 41/08 and the Family Law Act of Brčko District, hereinafter FLA BD (SG RS, 66/07. Legal rules used for the regulation of the matrimonial regime between spouses, as well as between spouses and third parties make matrimonial regime (Ponjavić, 2005, p. 361. Matrimonial regime between spouses in family legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H is regulated in two following ways: as legal matrimonial regime and as contract matrimonial regime. Legal regime is the one which applies on spouses if not arranged otherwise prior to contracting marriage or during marriage. In this paper the author indicates the differences between the legal matrimonial regimes of the two entities as well as those between the entities and Brčko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  3. BH3 domains of BH3-only proteins differentially regulate Bax-mediated mitochondrial membrane permeabilization both directly and indirectly.

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    Kuwana, Tomomi; Bouchier-Hayes, Lisa; Chipuk, Jerry E; Bonzon, Christine; Sullivan, Barbara A; Green, Douglas R; Newmeyer, Donald D

    2005-02-18

    Using a Bax-dependent membrane-permeabilization assay, we show that peptides corresponding to the BH3 domains of Bcl-2 family "BH3-only" proteins have dual functions. Several BH3 peptides relieved the inhibition of Bax caused by the antiapoptotic Bcl-x(L) and/or Mcl-1 proteins, some displaying a specificity for either Bcl-x(L) or Mcl-1. Besides having this derepression function, the Bid and Bim peptides activated Bax directly and were the only BH3 peptides tested that could potently induce cytochrome c release from mitochondria in cultured cells. Furthermore, Bax activator molecules (cleaved Bid protein and the Bim BH3 peptide) synergistically induced cytochrome c release when introduced into cells along with derepressor BH3 peptides. These observations support a unified model of BH3 domain function, encompassing both positive and negative regulation of other Bcl-2 family members. In this model, the simple inhibition of antiapoptotic functions is insufficient to induce apoptosis unless a direct activator of Bax or Bak is present.

  4. Vapor Pressure Measurements of LiBH4, NaBH 4 and Ca(BH4)2 using Knudsen Torsion Effusion Gravimetric Method

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    Danyan, Mohammad Masoumi

    Hydrogen storage is one of the critical technologies needed on the path towards commercialization for mobile applications. In the past few years, a range of new light weight hydrogen containing material has been discovered with good storage properties. Among them, lithium borohydride (LiBH 4) sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and calcium borohydride (Ca(BH 4)2) have shown promising results to be used as solid state hydrogen storage material. In this work, we have determined equilibrium vapor pressures of LiBH 4 NaBH4 and Ca(BH4)2 obtained by Torsion effusion thermogravimetric method. Results for all the three hydrides exhibited that a small fraction of the materials showed congruency, and sublimed as gaseous compound, but the majority of the material showed incongruent vaporization. Two Knudsen cells of 0.3 and 0.6mm orifice size was employed to measure the total vapor pressures. A Whitman-Motzfeldt method is used to extrapolate the measured vapor pressures to zero orifice size to calculate the equilibrium vapor pressures. In the case of LiBH4 we found that 2% of the material evaporated congruently (LiBH4(s) → LiBH4(g)) according to the equation: logPLiBH4/P 0 =-3263.5 +/-309/T + (1.079 +/-0.69) and rest as incongruent vaporization to LiH, B, and hydrogen gas according to the equation logPeq/P0 =(-3263.5 +/-309)/T+ (2.458 +/-0.69) with DeltaH evap.= 62.47+/-5.9 kJ/mol of H2, DeltaSevap. = 47.05+/-13 J/mol of H2.K. The NaBH4 also had somewhat similar behavior, with 9% congruent evaporation and equilibrium vapor pressure equation of logPLiBH4=-7700+/-335/ T+ (6.7+/-1.5) and 91% incongruent decomposition to Na and Boron metal, and hydrogen gas. The enthalpy of vaporization; DeltaHevap. = 147.2+/-6.4kJ/molH2 and DeltaSevap.= 142 +/-28 kJ/molH2.K (550-650K). The Ca(BH4) 2 exhibited similar vaporization behavior with congruency of 3.2%. The decomposition products are CaH2 and Boron metal with evolution of hydrogen gas varying with the pressure equation as logPeq /P0 =(-1562

  5. Cow dung powder poisoning

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    Khaja Mohideen Sherfudeen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cow dung, which has germicidal property, was used in ancient days to clean living premises in South India. Nowadays, people are using commercially available synthetic cow dung powder. It is locally known as "saani powder" in Tamil Nadu. It is freely available in homes and is sometimes accidentally consumed by children. It is available in two colors - yellow and green. Cow dung powder poisoning is common in districts of Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode. We report two cases of yellow cow dung powder poisoning from our hospital.

  6. Cow dung powder poisoning.

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    Sherfudeen, Khaja Mohideen; Kaliannan, Senthil Kumar; Dammalapati, Pavan Kumar

    2015-11-01

    Cow dung, which has germicidal property, was used in ancient days to clean living premises in South India. Nowadays, people are using commercially available synthetic cow dung powder. It is locally known as "saani powder" in Tamil Nadu. It is freely available in homes and is sometimes accidentally consumed by children. It is available in two colors - yellow and green. Cow dung powder poisoning is common in districts of Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode. We report two cases of yellow cow dung powder poisoning from our hospital.

  7. Reversible storage of hydrogen in destabilized LiBH4.

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    Vajo, John J; Skeith, Sky L; Mertens, Florian

    2005-03-10

    Destabilization of LiBH4 for reversible hydrogen storage has been studied using MgH2 as a destabilizing additive. Mechanically milled mixtures of LiBH4 + (1/2)MgH2 or LiH + (1/2)MgB2 including 2-3 mol % TiCl3 are shown to reversibly store 8-10 wt % hydrogen. Variation of the equilibrium pressure obtained from isotherms measured at 315-400 degrees C indicate that addition of MgH2 lowers the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation enthalpy by 25 kJ/(mol of H2) compared with pure LiBH4. Formation of MgB2 upon dehydrogenation stabilizes the dehydrogenated state and, thereby, destabilizes the LiBH4. Extrapolation of the isotherm data yields a predicted equilibrium pressure of 1 bar at approximately 225 degrees C. However, the kinetics were too slow for direct measurements at these temperatures.

  8. Difluorophosphoryl nitrene F2P(O)N: matrix isolation and unexpected rearrangement to F2PNO.

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    Zeng, Xiaoqing; Beckers, Helmut; Willner, Helge; Neuhaus, Patrik; Grote, Dirk; Sander, Wolfram

    2009-12-14

    Triplet difluorophosphoryl nitrene F(2)P(O)N (X(3)A'') was generated on ArF excimer laser irradiation (lambda=193 nm) of F(2)P(O)N(3) in solid argon matrix at 16 K, and characterized by its matrix IR, UV/Vis, and EPR spectra, in combination with DFT and CBS-QB3 calculations. On visible light irradiation (lambda>420 nm) at 16 K F(2)P(O)N reacts with molecular nitrogen and some of the azide is regenerated. UV irradiation (lambda=255 nm) of F(2)P(O)N (X(3)A'') induced a Curtius-type rearrangement, but instead of a 1,3-fluorine shift, nitrogen migration to give F(2)PON is proposed to be the first step of the photoisomerization of F(2)P(O)N into F(2)PNO (difluoronitrosophosphine). Formation of novel F(2)PNO was confirmed with (15)N- and (18)O-enriched isotopomers by IR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. Theoretical calculations predict a rather long P-N bond of 1.922 A [B3LYP/6-311+G(3df)] and low bond-dissociation energy of 76.3 kJ mol(-1) (CBS-QB3) for F(2)PNO.

  9. 2011 Behavioral Health Risk Assessment Data Report (BH-RADR)

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    such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depression symptoms, and hazardous drinking behavior . Utilization of the Standarized...780.58, V69.4 Suicide and Self Injury E95, E95.9, E98, E989 Legend: BH- Behavioral Health; NOS – not otherwise specified Note: a Each code...81 Negative PHQ-8 and PCL-C 71 269 340 Total 106 315 421 Legend: BH- Behavioral Health; PC-PTSD - Primary Care Post-Traumatic Stress

  10. THE EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTATION RATIONS ON MILK YIELD, BODY CONDITION SCORE AND CALVES WEIGHT OF FUJA COWS

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    Full Text Available This study was conducted in Western Sudan to evaluate the effects of supplementation on productive performance of Fuja dairy cows (local breed and their calves. Forty lactating Fuja cows and their calves were selected on the basis of approximate similarity in age and live weight, the cows and their calves were randomly assigned into four groups (each group consisting of 10 cows. The diets were also randomly assigned to each of the four groups of the animals. The rations were fed after grazing at the rate of 2 kg per cow per day, during adaptation period of two weeks followed by the experimental period. Data collection of body condition score (BCS, milk yield and body measurements were carried out monthly for each new born calf to assess chance in body weight (BWT, body height (BH, body length (BL and heart girth (HG. The results of the study indicated that milk yield was improved by supplementation, body condition score and parity number had significant (P< 0.05 effect on lactation curve. Body measurements were also affected by the sex of the calf. Strategic supplementary feeding of Fuja dairy cows increased milk yield. The treatment also reduced cows body condition loss (P<0.05 and caused no cows mortality. Therefore from the study result, it was possible to concluded that supplementation with molasses are essential for improving Fuja dairy cows and their calves’ performance in range land of Western Sudan.

  11. Human herpesvirus 8 interferon regulatory factor-mediated BH3-only protein inhibition via Bid BH3-B mimicry.

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    Young Bong Choi

    Full Text Available Viral replication efficiency is in large part governed by the ability of viruses to counteract pro-apoptotic signals induced by infection of host cells. For HHV-8, viral interferon regulatory factor-1 (vIRF-1 contributes to this process in part via inhibitory interactions with BH3-only protein (BOP Bim, recently identified as an interaction partner of vIRF-1. Here we recognize that the Bim-binding domain (BBD of vIRF-1 resembles a region (BH3-B of Bid, another BOP, which interacts intramolecularly with the functional BH3 domain of Bid to inhibit it pro-apoptotic activity. Indeed, vIRF-1 was found to target Bid in addition to Bim and to interact, via its BBD region, with the BH3 domain of each. In functional assays, BBD could substitute for BH3-B in the context of Bid, to suppress Bid-induced apoptosis in a BH3-binding-dependent manner, and vIRF-1 was able to protect transfected cells from apoptosis induced by Bid. While vIRF-1 can mediate nuclear sequestration of Bim, this was not the case for Bid, and inhibition of Bid and Bim by vIRF-1 could occur independently of nuclear localization of the viral protein. Consistent with this finding, direct BBD-dependent inactivation by vIRF-1 of Bid-induced mitochondrial permeabilization was demonstrable in vitro and isolated BBD sequences were also active in this assay. In addition to Bim and Bid BH3 domains, BH3s of BOPs Bik, Bmf, Hrk, and Noxa also were found to bind BBD, while those of both pro- and anti-apoptotic multi-BH domain Bcl-2 proteins were not. Finally, the significance of Bid to virus replication was demonstrated via Bid-depletion in HHV-8 infected cells, which enhanced virus production. Together, our data demonstrate and characterize BH3 targeting and associated inhibition of BOP pro-apoptotic activity by vIRF-1 via Bid BH3-B mimicry, identifying a novel mechanism of viral evasion from host cell defenses.

  12. Theoretical calculations of the high-pressure phases of ZnF2 and CdF2

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    Wu, X.; Wu, Z.

    2006-04-01

    First-principles calculations based on density functional theory were used to study the high-pressure phases of both ZnF2 and CdF2. We found that the sequence of the pressure-induced phase transitions is: Rutile (P42/mnm) ↦ CaCl2 (Pnnm) ↦ PdF2 (Pa-3) and CaF2 (Fm3m) ↦ PbCl2 (Pnma) ↦ Ni2In (P63/mmc) for ZnF2 and CdF2 respectively. In ZnF2 the behavior of the ground-state total energy, of the Gibbs free energy and of the lattice constant vs. pressure shown that the phase transition at 4 GPa from the rutile-type phase to the CaCl2-type phase is a second-order phase transition. The mechanism of the structural change was also revealed by the transition from the PbCl2-type phase to the Ni2In-type phase in CdF2. Moreover, the high-pressure behavior of divalent metal fluorides was compared and discussed.

  13. Cow's milk and children

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    Milk and children; Cow’s milk allergy - children; Lactose intolerance - children ... You may have heard that cow's milk should not be given to babies younger than 1 year old. This is because cow's milk doesn't provide enough of certain ...

  14. Nuclear medium modification of the F2 structure function

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    Athar, M Sajjad; Vacas, M J Vicente

    2009-01-01

    We study the nuclear effects in the electromagnetic structure function $F_{2}(x, Q^2)$ in nuclei in the deep inelastic lepton nucleus scattering process by taking into account Fermi motion, binding, pion and rho meson cloud contributions. Calculations have been done in a local density approximation using relativistic nuclear spectral functions which include nucleon correlations for nuclear matter. The ratios $R_{F2}^A(x,Q^2)=\\frac{2F_2^A(x,Q^2)}{AF_{2}^{Deut}(x,Q^2)}$ are obtained and compared with the recent JLAB results for light nuclei that show a non trivial A dependence.

  15. Structure of the house dust mite allergen Der f 2

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    Johannessen, Birthe R; Skov, Lars; Kastrup, Jette S

    2005-01-01

    The X-ray structure of the group 2 major allergen from Dermatophagoides farinae (Der f 2) was determined to 1.83 A resolution. The overall Der f 2 structure comprises a single domain of immunoglobulin fold with two anti-parallel beta-sheets. A large hydrophobic cavity is formed in the interior of...... of Der f 2. Structural comparisons to distantly related proteins suggest a role in lipid binding. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) cross-reactivity between group 2 house dust mite major allergens can be explained by conserved surface areas representing IgE binding epitopes....

  16. General formulae for f1 -> f2 γ

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    Lavoura, L.

    2003-07-01

    At one-loop level the decay f_1 to f_2 γ, where f1 and f2 are two spin-1/2 particles with the same electric charge, is mediated by a boson B and a spin-1/2 fermion F. The boson B may have either spin - interacting with the fermions through the Dirac matrices 1 and γ_5 - or spin 1 - with V+ A and V- A couplings to the fermions. I give general formulae for the one-loop electroweak amplitude of f_1 to f_2 γ in all these cases.

  17. General formulae for f1 --> f2 gamma

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    Lavoura, L

    2003-01-01

    At one-loop level the decay f1 --> f2 gamma, where f1 and f2 are two spin-1/2 particles with the same electric charge, is mediated by a boson B and a spin-1/2 fermion F. The boson B may have either spin 0 - interacting with the fermions through Dirac matrices 1 and gamma5 - or spin 1 - with V+A and V-A couplings to the fermions. I give general formulae for the one-loop electroweak amplitude of f1 --> f2 gamma in all these cases.

  18. Hydrogen release from solid state NaBH{sub 4}

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    Urgnani, J.; Torres, F.J.; Palumbo, M.; Baricco, M. [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS/INSTM/CNISM, Universita di Torino, via Giuria 9, 10125 Torino (Italy)

    2008-06-15

    The aim of this work is the study of the H{sub 2} release from the thermal decomposition reaction of sodium tetrahydroboride (NaBH{sub 4}) in the solid state. Computational and experimental methods have been used. NaBH{sub 4} thermodynamic properties at room temperature and its energy of formation from NaH and BH{sub 3} have been theoretically studied using a first-principles approach. Results obtained from ab initio calculations compared well with thermodynamic properties assessed by the CALPHAD method. The effect of annealing on phase transformations in NaBH{sub 4} has been followed with various experimental analytical techniques and the structure of the samples, after suitable thermal treatments, has been analysed by X-ray diffraction. A multi-step reaction has been observed after annealing, in both isothermal and scanning conditions. The conditions for H{sub 2} release from NaBH{sub 4} in the solid state have been clarified combining experimental and computational results. (author)

  19. Molecular CsF 5 and CsF 2 +

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    Rogachev, Andrey Yu.

    2015-06-03

    D5h star-like CsF5, formally isoelectronic with known XeF5− ion, is computed to be a local minimum on the potential energy surface of CsF5, surrounded by reasonably large activation energies for its exothermic decomposition to CsF+2F2, or to CsF3 (three isomeric forms)+F2, or for rearrangement to a significantly more stable isomer, a classical Cs+ complex of F5−. Similarly the CsF2+ ion is computed to be metastable in two isomeric forms. In the more symmetrical structures of these molecules there is definite involvement in bonding of the formally core 5p levels of Cs.

  20. Cow dung powder poisoning

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    Khaja Mohideen Sherfudeen; Senthil Kumar Kaliannan; Pavan Kumar Dammalapati

    2015-01-01

    Cow dung, which has germicidal property, was used in ancient days to clean living premises in South India. Nowadays, people are using commercially available synthetic cow dung powder. It is locally known as “saani powder” in Tamil Nadu. It is freely available in homes and is sometimes accidentally consumed by children. It is available in two colors - yellow and green. Cow dung powder poisoning is common in districts of Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode. We report two cases of ...

  1. Increasing Hydrogen Density with the Cation-Anion Pair BH4−-NH4+ in Perovskite-Type NH4Ca(BH43

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    Pascal Schouwink

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available A novel metal borohydride ammonia-borane complex Ca(BH42·NH3BH3 is characterized as the decomposition product of the recently reported perovskite-type metal borohydride NH4Ca(BH43, suggesting that ammonium-based metal borohydrides release hydrogen gas via ammonia-borane-complexes. For the first time the concept of proton-hydride interactions to promote hydrogen release is applied to a cation-anion pair in a complex metal hydride. NH4Ca(BH43 is prepared mechanochemically from Ca(BH42 and NH4Cl as well as NH4BH4 following two different protocols, where the synthesis procedures are modified in the latter to solvent-based ball-milling using diethyl ether to maximize the phase yield in chlorine-free samples. During decomposition of NH4Ca(BH43 pure H2 is released, prior to the decomposition of the complex to its constituents. As opposed to a previously reported adduct between Ca(BH42 and NH3BH3, the present complex is described as NH3BH3-stuffed α-Ca(BH42.

  2. What's Mad Cow Disease?

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    ... Quizzes Kids' Dictionary of Medical Words En Español What Other Kids Are Reading Video: Am I Normal? ( ... Emergency Room? What Happens in the Operating Room? What's Mad Cow Disease? KidsHealth > For Kids > What's Mad ...

  3. BH3 mimetics activate multiple pro-autophagic pathways.

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    Malik, S A; Orhon, I; Morselli, E; Criollo, A; Shen, S; Mariño, G; BenYounes, A; Bénit, P; Rustin, P; Maiuri, M C; Kroemer, G

    2011-09-15

    The BH3 mimetic ABT737 induces autophagy by competitively disrupting the inhibitory interaction between the BH3 domain of Beclin 1 and the anti-apoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-X(L), thereby stimulating the Beclin 1-dependent allosteric activation of the pro-autophagic lipid kinase VPS34. Here, we examined whether ABT737 stimulates other pro-autophagic signal-transduction pathways. ABT737 caused the activating phosphorylation of AMP-dependent kinase (AMPK) and of the AMPK substrate acetyl CoA carboxylase, the activating phosphorylation of several subunits of the inhibitor of NF-κB (IκB) kinase (IKK) and the hyperphosphorylation of the IKK substrate IκB, inhibition of the activity of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and consequent dephosphorylation of the mTOR substrate S6 kinase. In addition, ABT737 treatment dephosphorylates (and hence likewise inhibits) p53, glycogen synthase kinase-3 and Akt. All these effects were shared by ABT737 and another structurally unrelated BH3 mimetic, HA14-1. Functional experiments revealed that pharmacological or genetic inhibition of IKK, Sirtuin and the p53-depleting ubiquitin ligase MDM2 prevented ABT737-induced autophagy. These results point to unexpected and pleiotropic pro-autophagic effects of BH3 mimetics involving the modulation of multiple signalling pathways.

  4. Structural stability of complex hydrides LiBH4 revisited

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    Lodziana, Zbigniew; Vegge, Tejs

    2004-01-01

    A systematic approach to study the phase stability of LiBH4 based on ab initio calculations is presented. Three thermodynamically stable phases are identified and a new phase of Cc symmetry is proposed for the first time for a complex hydride. The x-ray diffraction pattern and vibrational spectra...

  5. PHOTOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF PbSe/BaF2/CaF2 FILMS ON Si(111)%硅基PbSe/BaF2/CaF2薄膜及其光电特性

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    金进生; 常勇; 等

    2001-01-01

    PbSe films were grown on Si(111) by incorporation of BaF2/CaF2 buffers using molecular beam epitaxy. The measurements of both scanning electronic microscopy and high-resolution X-ray diffraction showed high crystalline quality of the PbSe films. The surface of PbSe was mirror-like and no cracks were observed. The full width at half-maximum of PbSe diffraction peak was only 153 arcsec. The epitaxial PbSe films were used to fabricate photodiodes. For the first time, metallic aluminum was used to form Al-PbSe Schottky diodes, which demonstrated better and more stable current-voltage characteristics than that obtained from Pb-PbSe Schottky diodes.%采用分子束外延方法在Si(111)衬底上生长了PbSe/BaF2/CaF2薄膜,扫描电镜和X-光衍射分析显示,通过生长BaF2/CaF2缓冲层的方法,在Si(111)衬底上外延的PbSe薄膜晶体质量高,PbSe表面光亮,无开裂现象发生,X-光衍射峰峰宽窄(153arcs).外延生长的PbSe薄膜被应用于制作光电二极管,首次采用热蒸发金属铝膜在PbSe表面形成Al-PbSe肖特基结光电二极管,获得了比Pb-PbSe肖特基结更为稳定和理想的电流-电压特性曲线.

  6. The deuteron structure function F2 with CLAS

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    M. Osipenko; G. Ricco; S. Simula; M. Battaglieri; M. Ripani

    2005-07-01

    The inclusive, inelastic eD scattering cross section has been measured with the CLAS detector in Hall B of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF). Combining these data and previously measured world data we have extracted Nachtmann moments of the deuteron structure function F2 in the region 0.4 < Q2 < 100 GeV2/c2. These results are published in hep-ex/0506004. The purpose of the present CLAS-Note is to tabulate the CLAS deuteron F2 data. A description of the data analysis is reported in hep-ex/0506004.

  7. The deuteron structure function F2 with CLAS

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    Osipenko, M; Simula, S; Battaglieri, M; Ripani, M; Adams, G; Ambrozewicz, P; Anghinolfi, M; Asavapibhop, B; Asryan, G; Audit, G; Avakian, H; Bagdasaryan, H; Baillie, N; Ball, J P; Baltzell, N A; Barrow, S; Batourine, V; Beard, K; Bedlinskiy, I; Bektasoglu, M; Bellis, M; Benmouna, N; Biselli, A S; Bonner, B E; Bouchigny, S; Boiarinov, S; Bradford, R; Branford, D; Brooks, W K; Bültmann, S; Burkert, V D; Butuceanu, C; Calarco, J R; Careccia, S L; Carman, D S; Cazes, A; Chen, S; Cole, P L; Coleman, A; Coltharp, P; Cords, D; Corvisiero, P; Crabb, D; Cummings, J P; De Sanctis, E; De Vita, R; Degtyarenko, P V; Denizli, H; Dennis, L; Deur, A; Dharmawardane, K V; Djalali, C; Dodge, G E; Donnelly, J; Doughty, D; Dragovitsch, P; Dugger, M; Dytman, S; Dzyubak, O P; Egiyan, H; Egiyan, K S; Elouadrhiri, L; Empl, A; Eugenio, P; Fatemi, R; Fedotov, G; Feuerbach, R J; Forest, T A; Funsten, H; Garçon, M; Gavalian, G; Gilfoyle, G P; Giovanetti, K L; Girod, F X; Goetz, J T; Golovatch, E; Gordon, C I O; Gothe, R W; Griffioen, K A; Guidal, M; Guillo, M; Guler, N; Guo, L; Gyurjyan, V; Hadjidakis, C; Hakobyan, R S; Hardie, J; Heddle, D; Hersman, F W; Hicks, K; Hleiqawi, I; Holtrop, M; Hu, J; Huertas, M; Hyde-Wright, C E; Ilieva, Y; Ireland, D G; Ishkhanov, B S; Ito, M M; Jenkins, D; Jo, H S; Joo, K; Jüngst, H G; Kellie, J D; Khandaker, M; Kim, K Y; Kim, K; Kim, W; Klein, A; Klein, F J; Klimenko, A V; Klusman, M; Kossov, M; Kramer, L H; Kubarovski, V; Kühn, J; Kuhn, S E; Lachniet, J; Laget, J M; Langheinrich, J; Lawrence, D; Lee, T; Li, J; Lima, A C S; Livingston, K; Lukashin, K; Manak, J J; Marchand, C; McAleer, S; McKinnon, B; McNabb, J W C; Mecking, B A; Mehrabyan, S S; Melone, J J; Mestayer, M D; Meyer, C A; Mikhailov, K; Minehart, R C; Mirazita, M; Miskimen, R; Mokeev, V; Morand, L; Morrow, S A; Müller, J; Mutchler, G S; Nadel-Turonski, P; Napolitano, J; Nasseripour, R; Nefedov, G; Niccolai, S; Niculescu, G; Niculescu, I; Niczyporuk, B B; Niyazov, R A; Nozar, M; O'Rielly, G V; Ostrovidov, A I; Park, K; Pasyuk, E; Philips, S A; Pierce, J; Pivnyuk, N; Pocanic, D; Pogorelko, O I; Polli, E; Pozdniakov, S; Preedom, B M; Price, J W; Prok, Y; Protopopescu, D; Qin, L M; Raue, B A; Riccardi, G; Ritchie, B G; Ronchetti, F; Rosner, G; Rossi, P; Rowntree, D; Rubin, P D; Sabatie, F; Salgado, C; Santoro, J P; Sapunenko, V; Schumacher, R A; Serov, V S; Sharabyan, Yu G; Shaw, J; Skabelin, A V; Smith, E S; Smith, L C; Sober, D I; Stavinsky, A V; Stepanyan, S; Stokes, B E; Stoler, P; Strauch, S; Suleiman, R; Taiuti, M; Taylor, S; Tedeschi, D J; Thoma, U; Thompson, R; Tkabladze, A; Todor, L; Tur, C; Ungaro, M; Vineyard, M F; Vlassov, A V; Weinstein, L B; Weygand, D P; Williams, M; Wolin, E; Wood, M H; Yegneswaran, A; Yun, J; Zana, L; Zhang, J

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    The inclusive, inelastic eD scattering cross section has been measured with the CLAS detector in Hall B of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF). Combining these data and previously measured world data we have extracted Nachtmann moments of the deuteron structure function F2 in the region 0.4 < Q2 < 100 GeV2/c2. These results are published in hep-ex/0506004. The purpose of the present CLAS-Note is to tabulate the CLAS deuteron F2 data. A description of the data analysis is reported in hep-ex/0506004.

  8. Spin waves in antiferromagnetic FeF2

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    Hutchings, M T; Rainford, B.D.; Guggenheim, H J

    1970-01-01

    Spin-wave dispersion in antiferromagnetic FeF2 has been investigated by inelastic neutron scattering using a chopper time-of-flight spectrometer. The single mode observed has a relatively flat dispersion curve rising from 53 cm-1 at the zone centre to 79 cm-1 at the zone boundary. A spin Hamilton......Spin-wave dispersion in antiferromagnetic FeF2 has been investigated by inelastic neutron scattering using a chopper time-of-flight spectrometer. The single mode observed has a relatively flat dispersion curve rising from 53 cm-1 at the zone centre to 79 cm-1 at the zone boundary. A spin...

  9. Prostaglandin F2alpha elevates blood pressure and promotes atherosclerosis

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    Yu, Ying; Lucitt, Margaret B; Stubbe, Jane

    2009-01-01

    Little is known about prostaglandin F(2alpha) in cardiovascular homeostasis. Prostaglandin F(2alpha) dose-dependently elevates blood pressure in WT mice via activation of the F prostanoid (FP) receptor. The FP is expressed in preglomerular arterioles, renal collecting ducts, and the hypothalamus....... Deletion of the FP reduces blood pressure, coincident with a reduction in plasma renin concentration, angiotensin, and aldosterone, despite a compensatory up-regulation of AT1 receptors and an augmented hypertensive response to infused angiotensin II. Plasma and urinary osmolality are decreased in FP KOs...

  10. Thermodynamic modelling of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Pinatel, E.R.; Albanese, E.; Civalleri, B.; Baricco, M.

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • DFT calculations providing missing thermodynamic data for Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}were performed. • A Calphad assessment of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} was performed, considering all the available data. • Stable and metastable phase diagrams have been calculated for Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}. • Several dehydrogenation paths of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} have been analysed and discussed. - Abstract: Application of the Calphad method to the description of thermodynamic properties in complex borohydride-based systems may allow a faster development of hydrogen storage materials. It is, however, limited by the low number of available thermodynamic description for borohydrides in thermodynamic databases. In the present work, a Calphad assessment of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} has been performed, considering available thermodynamic data. DFT calculations have been performed in order to provide missing thermodynamic data and to calculate the relative stability of the α, β and γ polymorphs. Experimental results have been compared detecting inconsistencies between them. The database obtained has been used to estimate driving forces for several dehydrogenation reactions. The dehydrogenation reaction leading to the formation of MgB{sub 2} and gaseous hydrogen is the most favoured thermodynamically, even if at low temperatures the formation of MgB{sub 12}H{sub 12} is competitive. On the contrary, positive driving forces have been calculated for the decomposition into B{sub 2}H{sub 6} and Mg(B{sub 3}H{sub 8}){sub 2}.

  11. 26 CFR 1.672(f)-2 - Certain foreign corporations.

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Certain foreign corporations. 1.672(f)-2 Section... foreign corporations. (a) Application of general rule. Subject to the provisions of paragraph (b) of this... to section 672(f) is a controlled foreign corporation (as defined in section 957), a passive...

  12. The INGV Software for automatic Scaling of foF2 and MUF(3000)F2 from Ionograms

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    Pezzopane, M.; Scotto, C.

    The INGV software (AUTOSCALA) for automatic scaling of critical frequency f0F2 and MUF(3000)F2 was applied to the ionograms produced by the new Advanced Ionospheric Sounder (AIS-INGV). A test based on large amount of ionograms was performed comparing the automatic scaled parameters with the corresponding ones obtained by the standard manual method. The results of a comparison between the data obtained by AUTOSCALA and ARTIST programs are also shown and particular attention has been paid to the case of a strong ionospheric storm.

  13. Polymerization of ε-caprolactone by lanthanide trisborohydrides and crystal structure of [Ce(BH4)2(THF)5] [Ce(BH4)4(THF)2

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    YUAN Fugen; LI Tingting; LI Li; ZHOU Yuan

    2012-01-01

    Complexes of lanthanide trisborohydrides,formally Ln(BH4)3(THF)n (Ln=La,Ce,Sm,Yb),were synthesized and their catalytic activity for polymerization of ε-caprolactone was studied.All the complexes can catalyze this polymerization.It was found that the catalytic activities decreased in the order of La>Ce>Sm>Yb.The crystal structure of cerium trisborohydride was determined for the first time by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.It is an ionic pair complex of [Ce(BH4)2(THF)5][Ce(BH4)4(THF)2].The cationic part involves two η3-BH4 ligands,while the anionic part involves two η3-BH4 groups and two η2-BH4 groups.

  14. Cow's Milk Allergy

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    Høst, Arne; Halken, Susanne

    2014-01-01

    Since the 1930's the scientific literature on cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) has accumulated. Over the last decade new diagnostic tools and treatment approaches have been developed. The diagnosis of reproducible adverse reactions to cow's milk proteins (CMP), i.e. CMPA, still has to be confirmed...... by controlled elimination and challenge procedures. Advanced diagnostic testing using epitope and microarray technology may in the future improve the diagnostic accuracy of CMPA by determination of specific IgE against specific allergen components of cow's milk protein. The incidence of CMPA in early childhood...... is approximately 2-3% in developed countries. Symptoms suggestive of CMPA may be encountered in 5-15% of infants emphasizing the importance of controlled elimination/milk challenge procedures. Reproducible clinical reactions to CMP in human milk have been reported in 0.5% of breastfed infants. Most infants...

  15. Synchronization of ovulation in goats using prostaglandin F2α based protocols during the breeding season

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    João Simões

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of this review was to describe the feasibility of prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α based protocols used as a tool for ovulation synchronization in cycling goats. There is a reproductive seasonality in small ruminants. However, from latitudes 45 ° towards equator, the intensity of anoestrus progressively decreases and tends to disappear in local breeds. Consequently, PGF2α or their synthetic analogues as luteolytic substances can assume a great importance in reproductive management of flocks from these regions. However, a single or double (9–11 days apart PGF2α administration provokes a good induction but a moderate synchronization of ovulations if timed artificial insemination is considered, and a significant short oestrous cycle can occur with detrimental effects on fertility rate when compared with conventional progesterone-based protocols. In order to minimize this constraint, some gonadotropinreleasing hormone-PGF2α-gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Ovsynch-based protocols and their modifications, manipulating the dominant follicles and corpora lutea, were successfully tested in goats. Similar to cows, these PGF2α based protocols seem to be a promising and more cost-effective tool for reproductive management in cycling goats.

  16. Synchronization of ovulation in goats using prostaglandin F2α based protocols during the breeding season

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    João Simões

    2016-01-01

    The main aim of this review was to describe the feasibility of prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α)based protocols used as a tool for ovulation synchronization in cycling goats. There is a reproductive seasonality in small ruminants. However, from latitudes 45° towards equator, the intensity of anoestrus progressively decreases and tends to disappear in local breeds. Consequently, PGF2α or their synthetic analogues as luteolytic substances can assume a great importance in reproductive management of flocks from these regions. However, a single or double (9–11 days apart)PGF2α administration provokes a good induction but a moderate synchronization of ovulations if timed artificial insemination is considered, and a significant short oestrous cycle can occur with detrimental effects on fertility rate when compared with conventional progesterone-based protocols. In order to minimize this constraint, some gonadotropin-releasing hormone-PGF2α-gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Ovsynch)-based protocols and their modifications, manipulating the dominant follicles and corpora lutea, were successfully tested in goats. Similar to cows, thesePGF2α based protocols seem to be a promising and more cost-effective tool for reproductive management in cycling goats.

  17. About SnF 2 stannous fluoride. II. Crystal structure of β- and γ-SnF 2

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    Denes, G.; Pannetier, J.; Lucas, J.

    1980-06-01

    Two new structural modifications (β and γ) of SnF 2 have been prepared and their structures refined from X-ray powder data by analogy with high- and low-pressure TeO 2. Both structures are described and discussed using Galy's and Brown's models. Topological relationships to rutile and cristobalite structures are outlined.

  18. Plasma oxidative stress biomarkers and progesterone profiles in a dairy cow diagnosed with an ovarian follicular cyst.

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    Talukder, S; Ingenhoff, L; Kerrisk, K L; Celi, P

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to examine the oxidative stress biomarkers in a cow diagnosed with a follicular cyst in her left ovary. Progesterone (P4) and plasma oxidative stress status was measured in 13 Holstein cows after synchronization of oestrus with controlled internal drug release (CIDR) and prostaglandinF2α (PGF2α) protocol. The presence and size of ovarian structures were monitored by transrectal ultrasound at 4 hourly intervals. Of the 13 cows, 12 were monitored until ovulation was detected and recorded, whereas one cow failed to ovulate and developed a follicular cyst. Oxidative stress biomarkers; reactive oxygen metabolites (ROMs), biological antioxidant potential (BAP), oxidative stress index (OSI), glutathione (GSH), ceruloplasmin and advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP) were measured in the cystic cow and compared to those of the 12 ovulated cows and are referred to as higher or lower if they are outside the mean ± standard error of mean of those of ovulated cows. The cystic cow had lower ROMs and OSI between 36 and 84 h after PGF2α injection and at 9 h, from 36 to 60 h after PGF2α injection respectively. On the other hand, antioxidant (BAP and GSH) was higher in the cystic cow compared to her ovulated herd mates. The observed imbalance between oxidant and antioxidant might have disrupted the physiological events for ovulation to occur, leading to cystic ovarian disease.

  19. Structural Insights into the Degradation of Mcl-1 Induced by BH3 Domains

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    Czabotar,P.; Lee, E.; van Delft, M.; Day, C.; Smith, B.; Huang, D.; Fairlie, W.; Hinds, M.; Colman, P.

    2007-01-01

    Apoptosis is held in check by prosurvival proteins of the Bcl-2 family. The distantly related BH3-only proteins bind to and antagonize them, thereby promoting apoptosis. Whereas binding of the BH3-only protein Noxa to prosurvival Mcl-1 induces Mcl-1 degradation by the proteasome, binding of another BH3-only ligand, Bim, elevates Mcl-1 protein levels. We compared the three-dimensional structures of the complexes formed between BH3 peptides of both Bim and Noxa, and we show that a discrete C-terminal sequence of the Noxa BH3 is necessary to instigate Mcl-1 degradation.

  20. Hydrogen tracer diffusion in LiBH4 measured by spatially resolved Raman spectroscopy.

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    Borgschulte, A; Gremaud, R; Łodziana, Z; Züttel, A

    2010-05-21

    The hydrogen tracer diffusion in LiBH(4) has been determined by spatially resolved Raman spectroscopy. The measurements give direct evidence of a macroscopic diffusion of BH ions as well as atomic exchange of hydrogen between the anions. An effective tracer diffusion coefficient of deuterium in LiBH(4) of D approximately 7 x 10(-14) m(2) s(-1) at 473 K is derived. The direct exchange rate of hydrogen between BH(4) units is 10 orders of magnitude slower, i.e. the relatively fast effective hydrogen diffusion has its origin in the fast diffusion of BH(4) units.

  1. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1CLMA-2F2OA [Confc[Archive

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    Full Text Available 1CLMA-2F2OA 1CLM 2F2O A A LTEEQIAEFKEAFALFDKDGDGTITTKELGTVMRSLGQN...PTEAELQDMINEVDADGNGTIDFPEFLSLMARKMKEQDSEEELIEAFKVFDRDGNGLISAAELRHVMTNLGEKLTDDEVDEMIREADIDGDGHINYEEFVRMMVS---... 1CLM A 1CLMA VMTNLGE

  2. Radioactive contamination of BaF2 crystal scintillator

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    Polischuk, O G; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Cerulli, R; Di Marco, A; Danevich, F A; Incicchitti, A; Poda, D V; Tretyak, V I

    2013-01-01

    Barium fluoride (BaF$_2$) crystal scintillators are promising detectors to search for double beta decay processes in $^{130}$Ba ($Q_{2{\\beta}}$ = 2619(3) keV) and $^{132}$Ba ($Q_{2{\\beta}}$ = 844(1) keV). The $^{130}$Ba isotope is of particular interest because of the indications on 2${\\beta}$ decay found in two geochemical experiments. The radioactive contamination of BaF$_2$ scintillation crystal with mass of 1.714 kg was measured over 113.4 hours in a low-background DAMA/R&D set-up deep underground (3600 m w.e.) at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of INFN (LNGS, Italy). The half-life of $^{212}$Po (present in the crystal scintillator due to contamination by radium) was estimated as $T_{1/2}$ = 298.8 $\\pm$ 0.8(stat.) $\\pm$ 1.4(syst.) ns by analysis of the events pulse profiles.

  3. Measurements of $F_{2}$ and $xF_{3}^{\

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    Yang, U K; Alton, A; Arroyo, C G; Avvakumov, S; De Barbaro, L; De Barbaro, P; Bazarko, A O; Bernstein, R H; Bodek, Arie; Bolton, T; Brau, J E; Buchholz, D; Budd, H S; Bugel, L; Conrad, J; Drucker, R B; Fleming, B T; Formaggio, J A; Frey, R; Goldman, J; Goncharov, M; Harris, D A; Johnson, R A; Kim, J H; King, B J; Kinnel, T; Koutsoliotas, S; Lamm, M J; Marsh, W; Mason, D; McFarland, K S; McNulty, C; Mishra, S R; Naples, D; Suwonjandee, N; Nienaber, P; Romosan, A; Sakumoto, W K; Schellman, H; Sciulli, F J; Seligman, W G; Shaevitz, M H; Smith, W H; Spentzouris, P; Stern, E G; Vaitaitis, A G; Vakili, M; Yu, J; Zeller, G P; Zimmerman, E D

    2001-01-01

    We report on the extraction of the structure functions F_2 and Delta xF_3 = xF_3(nu)-xF_3(nubar) from CCFR nu_mu-Fe and nubar_mu-Fe differential cross sections. The extraction is performed in a physics model independent (PMI) way. This first measurement of Delta xF_3, which is useful in testingmodels of heavy charm production, is higher than current theoretical predictions. The ratio of the F_2(PMI) values measured in nu_mu and nubar_mu scattering is in agreement (within 5%) with the predictions of NLO PDFS using massive charm production schemes, thus resolvin long-standing discrepancy between the two sets of data.

  4. Gemini spectroscopy of the outer disk star cluster BH176

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    Sharina, M E; Davoust, E; Shimansky, V V; Charbonnel, C

    2014-01-01

    BH176 is an old metal-rich star cluster. It is spatially and kinematically consistent with belonging to the Monoceros Ring. It is larger in size and more distant from the Galactic plane than typical open clusters, and it does not belong to the Galactic bulge. Our aim is to determine the origin of this unique object by accurately determining its distance, metallicity, and age. The best way to reach this goal is to combine spectroscopic and photometric methods. We present medium-resolution observations of red clump and red giant branch stars in BH176 obtained with the Gemini South Multi-Object Spectrograph.We derive radial velocities, metallicities, effective temperatures, and surface gravities of the observed stars and use these parameters to distinguish member stars from field objects. We determine the following parameters for BH176: $V_h= 0\\pm 15$ km/s, $[Fe/H]=-0.1\\pm 0.1$, age $7\\pm 0.5$ Gyr, $E(V-I)=0.79\\pm 0.03$, distance $ 15.2\\pm 0.2$ kpc, $\\alpha$-element abundance $[\\alpha/Fe] \\sim 0.25$ dex (the mea...

  5. Black Hole Demographics from the M(BH)-sigma Relation

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    Merritt, D; Merritt, David; Ferrarese, Laura

    2001-01-01

    We analyze a sample of 32 galaxies for which a dynamical estimate of the mass of the hot stellar component, M_bulge, is available. For each of these galaxies, we calculate the mass of the central black hole, M_BH, using the tight empirical correlation between M_BH and the bulge stellar velocity dispersion. The frequency function N(log M_BH/M_bulge) is reasonably well described as a Gaussian with ~ -2.90 and standard deviation \\~0.45; the implied mean ratio of black hole to bulge mass is a factor ~5 smaller than generally quoted in the literature. We comment on marginal evidence for a lower, average black-hole mass fraction in more massive galaxies, which should be investigated using larger samples. The total mass density in black holes in the local Universe is estimated to be ~5 x 10^5 solar masses per cubic megaparsec, consistent with that inferred from high redshift (z ~ 2) AGNs.

  6. New syntheses and structural characterization of NH3BH2Cl and (BH2NH2)3 and thermal decomposition behavior of NH3BH2Cl.

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    Lingam, Hima K; Wang, Cong; Gallucci, Judith C; Chen, Xuenian; Shore, Sheldon G

    2012-12-17

    New convenient procedures for the preparation of ammonia monochloroborane (NH(3)BH(2)Cl) and cyclotriborazane [(BH(2)NH(2))(3)] are described. Crystal structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Strong H···Cl···H bifurcated hydrogen bonding and weak N-H···H dihydrogen bonding are observed in the crystal structure of ammonia monochloroborane. When heated at 50 °C or under vacuum, ammonia monochloroborane decomposes to (NH(2)BHCl)(x), which was characterized by NMR, elemental analysis, and powder X-ray diffraction. Redetermination of the crystal structure of cyclotriborazane at low temperature by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis provides accurate hydrogen positions. Similar to ammonia borane, cyclotriborazane shows extensive dihydrogen bonding of N-H···H and B-H···H bonds with H(δ+)···H(δ-) interactions in the range of 2.00-2.34 Å.

  7. BaF2 TIME DIFFERENTIAL PERTURBED ANGULAR DISTRIBUTION SPECTROMETER

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    朱升云; 勾振辉; 等

    1994-01-01

    A BaF2 time differential perturbed angular distribution spectrometer has been established at the HI-13 tandem accelerator in CIAE.The time resolution of the spectrometer is 195ps and the nonlinearity is less than 2%.The spectrometer works very stably and no time drift is found over a period of experimental runs.This spectrometer has been successfully used in the g-factor measurement of 43Sc(19/2-,3.1232MeV).

  8. Development of a cw Co : MgF 2 laser

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    Di Lieto, A.

    2003-03-01

    The results obtained in the development of a cryogenic cw Co : MgF 2 laser, realized at the Dipartimento di Fisica of the Università di Pisa are presented. The laser can be tuned continuously in the range between 1.6 and 2.1 μm, with a typical output power of 1-2 W. A preliminary application to the spectroscopy of a Tm : YLF doped crystal is reported by using a photoacoustic apparatus.

  9. Ionic conductivity and the formation of cubic CaH{sub 2} in the LiBH{sub 4}–Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} composite

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    Sveinbjörnsson, Dadi; Blanchard, Didier [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Myrdal, Jon Steinar Gardarsson [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Center for Atomic-Scale Materials Design, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Anker Engelunds Vej 1, DK-2800 Lyngby (Denmark); Younesi, Reza; Viskinde, Rasmus [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Riktor, Marit Dalseth [Physics Department, Institute for Energy Technology, Instituttveien 18, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027 Kjeller (Norway); Norby, Poul [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Vegge, Tejs, E-mail: teve@dtu.dk [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)

    2014-03-15

    LiBH{sub 4}–Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} composites were prepared by ball milling. Their crystal structures and phase composition were investigated using synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement, and their ionic conductivity was measured using impedance spectroscopy. The materials were found to form a physical mixture. The composites were composed of α-Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}, γ-Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} and orthorhombic LiBH{sub 4}, and the relative phase quantities of the Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} polymorphs varied significantly with LiBH{sub 4} content. The formation of small amounts of orthorhombic CaH{sub 2} and cubic CaH{sub 2} in a CaF{sub 2}-like structure was observed upon heat treatment. Concurrent formation of elemental boron may also occur. The ionic conductivity of the composites was measured using impedance spectroscopy, and was found to be lower than that of ball milled LiBH{sub 4}. Electronic band structure calculations indicate that cubic CaH{sub 2} with hydrogen defects is electronically conducting. Its formation along with the possible precipitation of boron therefore has an effect on the measured conductivity of the LiBH{sub 4}–Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} composites and may increase the risk of an internal short-circuit in the cells. -- Graphical abstract: An Arrhenius plot of the ionic conductivity of the LiBH{sub 4}–Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} composites (red, blue, green). The ionic conductivity of ball milled (gray) and non-milled (black) LiBH{sub 4} is shown for comparison. The filled symbols are measured during heating runs and the empty symbols are measured during subsequent cooling runs. The conductivity of the composites is in all cases higher during cooling, most probably due to the formation of an electronically conducting layer containing defect-rich cubic CaH{sub 2}. Such layer formation could eventually lead to a short circuit in the cell and reveals a general issue of chemical stability that should be attended to in the development of solid

  10. Cool Cow Quiz.

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    DeRosa, Bill

    1988-01-01

    Provides a game to help develop the skill of estimating and making educated guesses. Uses facts about cows to explain some problems associated with the dairy industry. Includes cards and rules for playing, class adaptation procedures, follow-up activities, and availability of background information on humane concerns. (RT)

  11. Upsilon(1S)->gamma+f2'(1525); f2'(1525)->K0sK0s decays

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    Besson, D; Pedlar, T K; Cronin-Hennessy, D; Hietala, J; Zweber, P; Dobbs, S; Metreveli, Z; Seth, K K; Tomaradze, A; Xiao, T; Brisbane, S; Martin, L; Powell, A; Spradlin, P; Wilkinson, G; Mendez, H; Ge, J Y; Miller, D H; Shipsey, I P J; Xin, B; Adams, G S; Hu, D; Moziak, B; Napolitano, J; Ecklund, K M; Insler, J; Muramatsu, H; Park, C S; Pearson, L J; Thorndike, E H; Yang, F; Ricciardi, S; Thomas, C; Artuso, M; Blusk, S; Mountain, R; Skwarnicki, T; Stone, S; Wang, J C; Zhang, L M; Bonvicini, G; Cinabro, D; Lincoln, A; Smith, M J; Zhou, P; Zhu, J; Naik, P; Rademacker, J; Asner, D M; Edwards, K W; Randrianarivony, K; Tatishvili, G; Briere, R A; Vogel, H; Onyisi, P U E; Rosner, J L; Alexander, J P; Cassel, D G; Das, S; Ehrlich, R; Fields, L; Gibbons, L; Gray, S W; Hartill, D L; Heltsley, B K; Kreinick, D L; Kuznetsov, V E; Patterson, J R; Peterson, D; Riley, D; Ryd, A; Sadoff, A J; Shi, X; Sun, W M; Yelton, J; Rubin, P; Lowrey, N; Mehrabyan, S; Selen, M; Wiss, J; Libby, J; Kornicer, M; Mitchell, R E; Tarbert, C M

    2011-01-01

    We report on a study of exclusive radiative decays of the Upsilon(1S) resonance into a final state consisting of a photon and two K0s candidates. We find evidence for a signal for Upsilon(1S)->gamma f_2'(1525); f_2'(1525)->K0sK0s, at a rate (4.0+/-1.3+/-0.6)x10^{-5}, consistent with previous observations of Upsilon(1S)->gamma f_2'(1525); f_2'(1525)->K+K-, and isospin. Combining this branching fraction with existing branching fraction measurements of Upsilon(1S)->gamma f_2'(1525) and J/psi->gamma f_2'(1525), we obtain the ratio of branching fractions: B(Upsilon(1S)->gamma f_2'(1525))/B(J/psi->gamma f_2'(1525))=0.09+/-0.02, approximately consistent with expectations based on soft collinear effective theory.

  12. STUDIES REGARDING THE CONCEPTION RATES AT DAIRY COWS

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    N. PACALA

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The conception rate is defined as the aptitude of a female to romaine pregnant after the first A.I. and represents the proportion between the number of pregnant cows at first A.I and the number of cows inseminated in that period. In our experiments of estrus induction and synchronization, in order to increase the pregnancy rates, we used the Ovsynch protocol and other protocols for PgF2α and GnRH. In order to establish the pregnancy rates, the number of females that have not return in heats after A.I. were taken in consideration. The conception rates were 45.5 – 52.6%. The estrus synchronization offers the possibility to increase the pregnancy rates at first service after calving and creates the possibility to inseminate at certain time without heat detection.

  13. NiF2/NaF:CaF2/Ca Solid-State High-Temperature Battery Cells

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    West, William; Whitacre, Jay; DelCastillo, Linda

    2009-01-01

    Experiments and theoretical study have demonstrated the promise of all-solid-state, high-temperature electrochemical battery cells based on NiF2 as the active cathode material, CaF2 doped with NaF as the electrolyte material, and Ca as the active anode material. These and other all-solid-state cells have been investigated in a continuing effort to develop batteries for instruments that must operate in environments much hotter than can be withstood by ordinary commercially available batteries. Batteries of this type are needed for exploration of Venus (where the mean surface temperature is about 450 C), and could be used on Earth for such applications as measuring physical and chemical conditions in geothermal wells and oil wells. All-solid-state high-temperature power cells are sought as alternatives to other high-temperature power cells based, variously, on molten anodes and cathodes or molten eutectic salt electrolytes. Among the all-solid-state predecessors of the present NiF2/NaF:CaF2/Ca cells are those described in "Solid-State High-Temperature Power Cells" (NPO-44396), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 32, No. 5 (May 2008), page 40. In those cells, the active cathode material is FeS2, the electrolyte material is a crystalline solid solution of equimolar amounts of Li3PO4 and LiSiO4, and the active anode material is Li contained within an alloy that remains solid in the intended high operational temperature range.

  14. Effects of Fleckvieh on the Performance of Dual-Purpose Cattle Improved by Hybridization with Local Beef Cows

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    Wang Linfeng; Yang Gaiqing; Lian Hongxia; Yan Ping; Liu Xian; Liu Yan; Wang Wenhui; Zhu Ruiguang; Li Ming; Yang Guoyu

    2015-01-01

    [Objective] The paper aimed to study the improved effect of local beef cattle with Fleckvieh cattle and provide theoretical basic data for local cattle industry in central plain agricultural area in China. [Method] With 500 local beef cattle as female parents and Fleckvieh cattle as male parents,hybridization improvement was conducted via artificial insemination. The growth performance,slaughter performance,milk performance and milk components of F1 and F2 hybrids were measured. [Result] The birth body weights of F2 were significantly higher than those of local beef cow,but there was no remarkable difference between F1 and local beef cow or F1 and F2. The growth rates of F1 and F2 at different stages were higher than those of local beef cattle. The slaughter performance,such as carcass weight( P < 0. 05),dressing percentage,net meat rate( P < 0. 05),marbling score of F1 and F2 were higher than those of local beef cow. Milk production performance,such as actual milk yield,305 d corrected milk yield and 4% standard milk yield of F2 were signally higher than those of F1 and local beef cattle( P< 0. 05),and F1 was markedly higher than local beef cattle( P < 0. 05). For milk composition,although milk fat percentage,milk protein rate,lactose rate and total solids( TS) of F1 and F2 were slightly lowered compared with local beef cattle at varying degrees,they were still at high levels compared with Holstein cows.[Conclusion]Fleckvieh cattle,as a male parent,can significantly improved growth performance,slaughter performance and milk performance of offsprings. It would also increases the economic efficiency of local beef cattle by higher quality and price,as well as changing production model from beef to dual purpose of beef and milk.

  15. A liquid-based eutectic system: LiBH4·NH 3-nNH3BH3 with high dehydrogenation capacity at moderate temperature

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    Tan, Yingbin

    2011-01-01

    A novel eutectic hydrogen storage system, LiBH4·NH 3-nNH3BH3, which exists in a liquid state at room temperature, was synthesized through a simple mixing of LiBH 4·NH3 and NH3BH3 (AB). In the temperature range of 90-110 °C, the eutectic system showed significantly improved dehydrogenation properties compared to the neat AB and LiBH 4·NH3 alone. For example, in the case of the LiBH4·NH3/AB with a mole ratio of 1:3, over 8 wt.% hydrogen could be released at 90 °C within 4 h, while only 5 wt.% hydrogen released from the neat AB at the same conditions. Through a series of experiments it has been demonstrated that the hydrogen release of the new system is resulted from an interaction of AB and the NH3 group in the LiBH4·NH3, in which LiBH4 works as a carrier of ammonia and plays a crucial role in promoting the interaction between the NH3 group and AB. The enhanced dehydrogenation of LiBH 4·NH3/AB may result from the polar liquid state reaction environments and the initially promoted formation of the diammoniate of diborane, which will facilitate the B-H⋯H-N interaction between LiBH4·NH3 and AB. Kinetics analysis revealed that the rate-controlling steps of the dehydrogenation process are three-dimensional diffusion of hydrogen at temperatures ranging from 90 to 110 °C. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  16. The $f_2(1810)$ as a triangle singularity

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    Xie, Ju-Jun; Oset, Eulogio

    2016-01-01

    We perform calculations showing that a source producing $K^* \\bar{K}^*$ in $J = 2$ and $L=0$ gives rise to a triangle singularity at $1810$ MeV with a width of about $200$ MeV from the mechanism $K^* \\to \\pi K$ and then $K\\bar{K}^*$ merging into the $a_1(1260)$ resonance. We suggest that this is the origin of the present $f_2(1810)$ resonance and propose to look at the $\\pi a_1(1260)$ mode in several reactions to clarify the issue.

  17. Cow's Milk Protein Allergy.

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    Mousan, Grace; Kamat, Deepak

    2016-10-01

    Cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a common condition encountered in children with incidence estimated as 2% to 7.5% in the first year of life. Formula and breast-fed babies can present with symptoms of CMPA. It is important to accurately diagnose CMPA to avoid the consequences of either under- or overdiagnosis. CMPA is classically categorized into immunoglobulin E (IgE)- or non-IgE-mediated reaction that vary in clinical manifestations, diagnostic evaluation, and prognosis. The most commonly involved systems in patients with CMPA are gastrointestinal, skin, and respiratory. Evaluation of CMPA starts with good data gathering followed by testing if indicated. Treatment is simply by avoidance of cow's milk protein (CMP) in the child's or mother's diet, if exclusively breast-feeding. This article reviews the definition, epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, evaluation, management, and prognosis of CMPA and provides an overview of different options for formulas and their indication in the treatment of CMPA.

  18. Effectiveness of a recombinant human follicle stimulating hormone on the ovarian follicles, peripheral progesterone, estradiol-17β, and pregnancy rate of dairy cows

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    Mohamed Ali

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Aims: This study aimed at elucidating the effects of recombinant human follicle stimulating hormone (r-hFSH on the ovarian follicular dynamics, progesterone, estradiol-17β profiles, and pregnancy of dairy cows. Materials and Methods: Three groups (G, n=5 cows of multiparous dairy cows were used. G1 (C control cows were given controlled internal drug release (CIDR and prostaglandin F2α; G2 (L cows were given low dose (525 IU and G3 (H cows were given high dose (1800 IU of r-hFSH on twice daily basis at the last 3 days before CIDR removal. All cows were ultrasonically scanned for follicular growth and dynamics, and blood samples were collected every other day for two consecutive estrus cycles for the determination of estradiol-17β and progesterone. Results: Estrus was observed in all C and L but not in H cows. Dominant follicle was bigger in L compared to C and H cows. Dominant follicle in C (16.00±2.5 mm and L cows (17.40±2.3 mm disappeared at 72 h after CIDR removal. However, in H cows, no ovulation has occurred during 7 days post-CIDR removal. Progesterone was not different (p>0.10 among groups, whereas estradiol-17β revealed significant (p<0.01 reduction in H (15.96±2.5 pg/ml cows compared to C (112.26±26.1 pg/ml and L (97.49±15.9 pg/ml cows. Pregnancy rate was higher in L cows (60% compared with C cows (20%. However, H cows were not artificially inseminated due to non-ovulation. Only a cow of C group has calved one calf, however, 2 of the L cows gave birth of twins and a cow gave single calf. Conclusion: Administration of a low dose (525 IU of r-hFSH resulted in an optimal size of dominant follicle, normal values of progesterone and estradiol-17β, and 40% twinning rate, howeverusing 1800 IU of r-hFSH, have adverse effects on ovarian follicular dynamics and hormonal profiles with non-pregnancy of dairy cows raised under hot climate.

  19. Yb:CaF2 thin-disk laser.

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    Wentsch, Katrin Sarah; Weichelt, Birgit; Günster, Stefan; Druon, Frederic; Georges, Patrick; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Graf, Thomas

    2014-01-27

    We present Ytterbium-doped CaF2 as a laser active material with good prospects for high-power operation in thin-disk laser configuration owing to its favorable thermal properties. Thanks to its broad emission bandwidth the material is also suitable for the generation of ultra-short pulses. The properties of the crystal as well as the challenges related to the coating, polishing, mounting and handling processes which are essential to achieve high power laser oscillation in thin-disk configuration are discussed. A wavelength tunability of 92 nm is demonstrated, which confirms the potential of Yb:CaF2 for the generation of ultra-short pulses. An output power of 250 W with an optical efficiency of η opt = 47% was measured in CW multimode thin-disk laser operation with a pump spot diameter of 3.6 mm. Using a smaller pump spot diameter of 1 mm the fundamental mode output power was 13 W with an optical efficiency of η opt = 34%.

  20. The 2009-2012 Ionosonde and IRI2012 Variability of foF 2, hmF 2, M3000F2, B 0, B1 Parameters over Warsaw

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    Szwabowski Michał

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents comparisons of variability and accordance of ionospheric parameters foF2, hmF2, M3000F2, B0, B1 over the middle latitude station in Warsaw (52.21°N, 21.06°E. Examination included observational data from Space Research Centre ionosonde in Poland and International Reference Ionosphere (IRI 2012 model, for the time period of increasing solar activity from 2009 to 2012. The analysis concerned: trend, monthly median differences in twenty-four hours variability, local minima and maxima. Results are presented as tables of semi-annual data, and plots of difference in four-year period. The study indicated good agreement of foF2 and hmF2 parameters. Underestimations of B1 and M3000F2, variability of B0 parameter in Bil-2000, Gul-1987, and ABT-2009 option, were taken into consideration.

  1. Probing the Lightest New Gauge Boson BH in the Littlest Higgs Model via Processes γγ→f(-f)BH at ILC

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    HAN Yin-Lu; WANG Xue-Lei; GUO Hai-Rui; LIU Su-Zhen; ZHANG Yue; ZENG Qing-Guo; ZHANG Jing-Shang; JIN Zhen-Lan

    2008-01-01

    The neutral gauge boson BH with the mass of hundreds GeV is the lightest particle predicted by the littlest Higgs (LH) model, and such particle should be the first signal of the LH model at the planed ILC if it exists indeed. In this paper, we study some processes of the BH production associated with the fermion pair at the ILC, i.e., γγ→ffSH.The studies show that the most promising processes to detect BH among γγ→ffBH are γγ→l'+ l'- BH (l' = e, μ),and they can produce the sufficient signals in most parameter space preferred by the electroweak precision data at the ILC. On the other hand, the signal produced via the certain BH decay modes is typical and such signal can be easily identified from the SM background. Therefore, BH, the lightest gauge boson in the LH model, would be detectable at the photon eollider realized at the ILC.

  2. Characteristics of Al Alloy as a Material for Hydrolysis Reactor of NaBH{sub 4}

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    Jung, Hyeon-Seong; Oh, Sung-June; Jeong, Jae-Jin; Na, Il-Chai; Chu, Cheun-Ho; Park, Kwon-Pil [Sunchon National University, Suncheon (Korea, Republic of); Chu, Cheun-Ho [ETIS Co, Gimpo (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    Aluminum alloy was examined as a material of low weight reactor for hydrolysis of NaBH{sub 4}. Aluminum is dissolved with alkali, but there is NaOH as a stabilizer in NaBH{sub 4} solution. To decrease corrosion rate of aluminum, decrease NaOH concentration and this result in loss of NaBH{sub 4} during storage of NaBH{sub 4} solution. Therefore stability of NaBH{sub 4} and corrosion of aluminum should be considered in determining the optimum NaOH concentration. NaBH{sub 4} stability and corrosion rate of aluminum were measured by hydrogen evolution rate. NaBH{sub 4} stability was tested at 20-50 .deg. C and aluminum corrosion was measured at 60-90 .deg. C. The optimum concentration of NaOH was 0.3 wt%, considering both NaBH{sub 4} stability and aluminun corrosion. NaBH{sub 4} hydrolysis reaction continued 200min in aluminum No 6061 alloy reactor with 0.3 wt% NaOH at 80-90 .deg. C.

  3. Theoretical Study on Dihydrogen Bonds of NH3BH3 with Several Small Molecules

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    An-yong Li; Li-fang Xu; Zhou Ling

    2009-01-01

    The dihydrogen bonds B-H…H-X (X=F, Cl, Br, C, O, N) in the dimer (NH3BH3)2 and the complexes of NH3BH3 with HF, HCl, HBr, H2CO, H2O, and CHaOH were theoretically studied. The results show that formation of the dihydrogen bond leads to elongation and stretch frequency red shift of the BH and XH bonds, except that in the H2CO system, the CH bond blue shifts. For (NH3BH3)2 and the complexes of the halogenides, red shifts of the XH bonds are caused by the intermolecular hyperconjugation a(BH)→σ* (XH). For the system of H2CO, a blue shift of the CH bond is caused by a decrease of the intramolecular hyperconjugation n(O)→σ*(CH). In the other two systems, the red shift of OH bond is systems, red shifts of the BH bonds are caused by two factors: negative repolarization and negative rehybridization of the BH bond, and decrease of occupancy on σ(BH) caused by the intermolecular hyperconjugation σ(BH)→σ* (XH).

  4. Radioluminescence and photoluminescence of Th:CaF$_2$ crystals

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    Stellmer, Simon; Schumm, Thorsten

    2015-01-01

    We study thorium-doped CaF$_2$ crystals as a possible platform for optical spectroscopy of the Th-229 nuclear isomer transition. We anticipate two major sources of background signal that might cover the nuclear spectroscopy signal: VUV-photoluminescence, caused by the probe light, and radioluminescence, caused by the radioactive decay of Th-229 and its daughters. We find a rich photoluminescence spectrum at wavelengths above 260 nm, and radioluminescence emission above 220 nm. This is very promising, as fluorescence originating from the isomer transition, predicted at a wavelength shorter than 200 nm, could be filtered spectrally from the crystal luminescence. Furthermore, we investigate the temperature-dependent decay time of the luminescence, as well as thermoluminescence properties. Our findings allow for an immediate optimization of spectroscopy protocols for both the initial search for the nuclear transition using synchrotron radiation, as well as future optical clock operation with narrow-linewidth lase...

  5. Comment on "first accuracy evaluation of NIST-F2"

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    Gibble, Kurt

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the treatment of the systematic frequency shifts due to microwave lensing and distributed cavity phase in "First accuracy evaluation of NIST-F2" 2014 Metrologia 51 174-182. We explain that the microwave lensing frequency shift is generally non-zero and finite in the limit of no applied microwave field. This systematic error was incorrectly treated and we find that it contributes a significant frequency offset. Accounting for this shift implies that the measured microwave amplitude dependence (e.g due to microwave leakage) is comparable to the total reported inaccuracy. We also discuss the importance of vertically aligning the fountain perpendicular to the axis of the cavity feeds, when the cavity has only two independent feeds. Finally, we note that background gas collisions have a different behavior for cold clock atoms than for clock atoms at room-temperature, and therefore room temperature measurements do not directly apply to laser-cooled clocks.

  6. Replacement policies for dairy cows

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    Nielsen, Lars Relund

    In a recent paper a hierarchical Markov decision processes (MDP) with finite state and action space was formulated for the dairy cow replacement problem with stage lengths of 1 d. Bayesian updating was used to predict the performance of each cow in the herd and economic decisions were based...

  7. Tests on the molecular structure \\\\of $f_2(1270)$, $f'_2(1525)$ from $\\psi (nS)$ and $\\Upsilon (nS)$ decays

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    Dai, Lianrong

    2013-01-01

    Based on previous studies that support the vector-vector molecular structure of the $f_2(1270)$, $f'_2(1525)$, $\\bar{K}^{*\\,0}_2(1430)$, $f_0(1370)$ and $f_0(1710)$ resonances, we make predictions for $\\psi (2S)$ decay into $\\omega(\\phi) f_2(1270)$, $\\omega(\\phi) f'_2(1525)$, $K^{*0}(892) \\bar{K}^{*\\,0}_2(1430)$ and radiative decay of $\\Upsilon (1S),\\Upsilon (2S), \\psi (2S)$ into $\\gamma f_2(1270)$, $\\gamma f'_2(1525)$, $\\gamma f_0(1370)$, $\\gamma f_0(1710)$. Agreement with experimental data is found for three available ratios, without using free parameters, and predictions are done for other cases.

  8. X-ray crystal truncation rod scattering from MBE grown (CaF 2-SrF 2)/Si(111) superlattices

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    Harada, J.; Itoh, Y.; Shimura, T.; Takahashi, I.; Alvarez, J. C.; Sokolov, N. S.

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    Flouride CaF 2-SrF 2 superlattices (SLs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy have been studied by means of X-ray diffractometry for the first time. The diffraction patterns showed reasonably good crystalline quality of the SLs and a type-B epitaxial relation to the Si(111) substrate. From the analysis of the crystal truncation rod (CTR) profiles, based on the pseudomorphic model, it was obtained that despite the same high temperature (770°C) of formation of the CaF 2/Si(111) interface its structure depended on the growth temperature of the SLs. The shape of the CTR profiles confirmed the existence of the superlattice which consists of one or two monolayer thick SrF 2 layers. Some CaF 2/SrF 2-interface roughness was noticeable.

  9. Defect-induced wetting on BaF 2(111) and CaF 2(111) at ambient conditions

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    Cardellach, M.; Verdaguer, A.; Fraxedas, J.

    2011-12-01

    The interaction of water with freshly cleaved (111) surfaces of isostructural BaF2 and CaF2 single crystals at ambient conditions (room temperature and under controlled humidity) has been studied using scanning force microscopy in different operation modes and optical microscopy. Such surfaces exhibit contrasting behaviors for both materials: while on BaF2(111) two-dimensional water layers are formed after accumulation at step edges, CaF2(111) does not promote the formation of such layers. We attribute such opposed behavior to lattice match (mismatch) between hexagonal water ice and the hexagonal (111) surfaces of BaF2(CaF2). Optical microscope images reveal that this behavior also determines the way the surfaces become wetted at a macroscopic level.

  10. Resistance Spot Weldability of Dissimilar Materials: BH180-AISI304L Steels and BH180-IFT123 Steels

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    Fatih Hayat

    2011-01-01

    In this study, resistance spot weldability of 180 grade bake hardening steel (BH180), 7123 grade interstitial free steel (IF7123) and 304 grade austenitic stainless steel (AISI304L) with each other was investigated. In the joining process, electrode pressure and weld current were kept constant and six different weld time were chosen. Microstructure, microhardness, tensile-shear properties and fracture types of resistance spot welded joints were examined. In order to characterize the metallurgical structure of the welded joint, the microstructural profile was developed, and the relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure was determined. The change of weld time, nugget diameter, the HAZ (heat affected zone) width and the electrode immersion depth were also investigated. Welded joints were examined by SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images of fracture surface. As a result of the experiment, it was determined that with increasing weld time, tensile shear load bearing capacity (TLBC) increased with weld time up to 25 cycle and two types of tearing occurred. It was also determined that while the failure occurred from IF side at the BHIS0+IF7123 joint, it occurred from the BH180 side at the BHIS0+AISI304L joint.

  11. Cobalt-based catalysts for the hydrolysis of NaBH4 and NH3BH3.

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    Demirci, Umit B; Miele, Philippe

    2014-04-21

    Cobalt has been widely used as the main component of catalysts for the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride NaBH4 and, to a lesser extent, for the hydrolysis of ammonia borane NH3BH3. Though active in these reactions, the cobalt-based catalyst generally suffers from rapid deactivation. As emphasized in a perspective paper finalized in 2009 [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 14651], the nature of the catalytically active phase and the reasons for its deactivation are rather unknown. However, since 2010, significant advances have been reported. Therefore, after 4 years of fruitful research, the present perspective paper aims to (i) answer the questions asked in our previous contribution, (ii) give an overview of the new insights, and (iii) identify the nature of the catalytically active phase of cobalt. The literature of the period 2010-2013 has been exhaustively surveyed while paying attention to the characterization results and problems, the experimental conditions, and the authors' interpretations. Our main observation is that the research groups involved in the field have shown scientific curiosity and dynamism, and demonstrated ingenuity to circumvent the characterization difficulties. Thus, each group has contributed to highlight the nature of the catalytically active phase of cobalt as well as the reasons for its deactivation.

  12. Iodide substitution in lithium borohydride, LiBH{sub 4}-LiI

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    Rude, Line H., E-mail: line@inano.au.dk [Center for Materials Crystallography, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Groppo, Elena, E-mail: elena.groppo@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, Torino (Italy); Arnbjerg, Lene M., E-mail: lenem@chem.au.dk [Center for Materials Crystallography, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Ravnsbaek, Dorthe B., E-mail: inadr@inano.au.dk [Center for Materials Crystallography, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Malmkjaer, Regitze A., E-mail: regitze.aagaard.malmkjaer@post.au.dk [Center for Materials Crystallography, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Filinchuk, Yaroslav, E-mail: Yaroslav.Filinchuk@uclouvain.be [Center for Materials Crystallography, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Swiss-Norwegian Beam Lines at ESRF, BP-220, 38043 Grenoble (France); Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Place L. Pasteur 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Baricco, Marcello, E-mail: marcello.baricco@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, Torino (Italy); Besenbacher, Flemming, E-mail: fbe@inano.au.dk [Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Jensen, Torben R., E-mail: trj@chem.au.dk [Center for Materials Crystallography, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark)

    2011-08-18

    Graphical abstract: Highlights: > Anion substitution in LiBH{sub 4}. > Structure and properties of two LiBH{sub 4}-LiI solid solutions. > Stability upon heating and over time. > Hydrogen storage properties of LiBH{sub 4}-LiI. - Abstract: The new concept, anion substitution, is explored for possible improvement of hydrogen storage properties in the system LiBH{sub 4}-LiI. The structural chemistry and the substitution mechanism are analyzed using Rietveld refinement of in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) data, attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Sieverts measurements. Anion substitution is observed as formation of two solid solutions of Li(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}I{sub x}, which merge into one upon heating. The solid solutions have hexagonal structures (space group P6{sub 3}mc) similar to the structures of h-LiBH{sub 4} and {beta}-LiI. The solid solutions have iodide contents in the range {approx}0-62 mol% and are stable from below room temperature to the melting point at 330 deg. C. Thus the stability of the solid solutions is higher as compared to that of the orthorhombic and hexagonal polymorphs of LiBH{sub 4} and {alpha}- and {beta}-LiI. Furthermore, the rehydrogenation properties of the iodide substituted solid solution Li(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}I{sub x}, measured by the Sieverts method, are improved as compared to those of LiBH{sub 4}. After four cycles of hydrogen release and uptake the Li(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}I{sub x} solid solution maintains 68% of the calculated hydrogen storage capacity in contrast to LiBH{sub 4}, which maintains only 25% of the storage capacity after two cycles under identical conditions.

  13. Theoretical study of the Si(5-n)(BH)n2- and Na(Si(5-n)(BH)n)- (n = 0-5) systems.

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    Osorio, Edison; Sergeeva, Alina P; Santos, Juan Carlos; Tiznado, William

    2012-12-21

    The potential energy surfaces of the Na(Si(5-n)(BH)(n))(-) and Si(5-n)(BH)(n)(2-) (n = 0-5) systems have been explored in detail. We established that all the global minimum structures of anionic and dianionic systems can be obtained by substitution of one or more silicon atoms of the global minima of NaSi(5)(-) and Si(5)(2-) for B-H units. The conservation of the overall structure upon isoelectronic substitution was shown to be due to the preservation of the chemical bonding pattern. Theoretical VDEs were calculated for all of the sodiated Na(Si(5-n)(BH)(n))(-) (n = 0-5) systems to facilitate their experimental detection.

  14. Computation of the chiral condensate using $N_f=2$ and $N_f=2+1+1$ dynamical flavors of twisted mass fermions

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    Cichy, Krzysztof; Jansen, Karl; Shindler, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    We apply the spectral projector method, recently introduced by Giusti and L\\"uscher, to compute the chiral condensate using $N_f=2$ and $N_f=2+1+1$ dynamical flavors of maximally twisted mass fermions. We present our results for several quark masses at three different lattice spacings which allows us to perform the chiral and continuum extrapolations. In addition we report our analysis on the $O(a)$ improvement of the chiral condensate for twisted mass fermions. We also study the effect of the dynamical strange and charm quarks by comparing our results for $N_f=2$ and $N_f=2+1+1$ dynamical flavors.

  15. One Cow, One Vote

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    Albæk, Svend; Schultz, Christian

    1997-01-01

    We study investment decisions in a farmers' cooperative. Farmers sell their products through the cooperative. Before production takes place the cooperative has to decide on an investment. We study whether voting on investment leads to efficient investment decisions. The answer depends on how the ...... the number of votes and the cost of the investment are distributed among the farmers. It is shown that in a variety of settings, there is no reason to suppose that voting rules favoring large farmers - "one cow, one vote" rules - are more efficient than simple majority rule...

  16. Preparation of Zn(BH4)2 and diborane and hydrogen release properties of Zn(BH4)2+xMgH2 (x=1, 5, 10, and 15)

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    Kwak, Young Jun; Kwon, Sung Nam; Song, Myoung Youp

    2015-09-01

    Zn(BH4)2 was prepared by milling ZnCl2 and NaBH4 in a planetary ball mill under Ar atmosphere, and Zn(BH4)2+xMgH2 (x=1, 5, 10, and 15) samples were prepared. Diborane (B2H6) and hydrogen release characteristics of the Zn(BH4)2 and Zn(BH4)2+xMgH2 samples were studied. The samples synthesized by milling ZnCl2 and NaBH4 contained Zn(BH4)2 and NaCl, together with small amounts of ZnCl2 and NaBH4. We designated these samples as Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl). The weight loss up to 400 °C of the Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl) sample synthesized by milling 4 h was 11.2 wt%. FT-IR analysis showed that Zn(BH4)2 was formed in the Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl) samples. MgH2 was also milled in a planetary ball mill, and mixed with the Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl) synthesized by milling for 4 h in a mortar and pestle. The weight loss up to 400 °C of Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl)+MgH2 was 8.2 wt%, corresponding to the weight % of diborane and hydrogen released from the Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl)+MgH2 sample, with respect to the sample weight. DTA results of Zn(BH4)2(+NaCl)+xMgH2 showed that the decomposition peak of Zn(BH4)2 was at about 61 °C, and that of MgH2 was at about 370-389 °C.

  17. Influence of body condition and bovine somatotropin on estrous behavior, reproductive performance, and concentrations of serum somatotropin and plasma fatty acids in postpartum Brahman-influenced cows.

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    Flores, R; Looper, M L; Rorie, R W; Lamb, M A; Reiter, S T; Hallford, D M; Kreider, D L; Rosenkrans, C F

    2007-05-01

    Ninety-nine multiparous Brahman-influenced (1/4 to 3/8 Brahman) cows were managed to achieve low (BCS = 4.3 +/- 0.1; n = 50) or moderate (BCS = 6.1 +/- 0.1; n = 49) body condition (BC) to determine the influence of bovine somatotropin (bST) on estrous characteristics, reproductive performance, and concentrations of serum GH and plasma NEFA. Beginning 32 d postpartum, cows within each BC were assigned randomly to treatment with or without bST. Non-bST-treated cows received no treatment, and treated cows were administered bST (Posilac, 500 mg s.c.) on d -35, -21, and -7 before initiation of the breeding season. On d -7, all cows received an intravaginal, controlled internal drug-releasing (CIDR) device. On d 0 (initiation of the 70-d breeding season), the CIDR were removed and cows received prostaglandin F2alpha (PGF2alpha). Blood samples were collected from the median caudal vein of the cows at each bST treatment and at d -28 and 0. Estrous behavior was monitored by radiotelemetry during the first 30 d of the breeding season. Growth hormone was increased (P Brahman-influenced cows. However, bST increased the first-service conception rate during the first 30 d of breeding and pregnancy rates during the first 3 d of breeding in postpartum Brahman-influenced cows.

  18. BH3-only proteins and BH3 mimetics induce autophagy by competitively disrupting the interaction between Beclin 1 and Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L).

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    Maiuri, Maria Chiara; Criollo, Alfredo; Tasdemir, Ezgi; Vicencio, José Miguel; Tajeddine, Nicolas; Hickman, John A; Geneste, Olivier; Kroemer, Guido

    2007-01-01

    Beclin 1 has recently been identified as novel BH3-only protein, meaning that it carries one Bcl-2-homology-3 (BH3) domain. As other BH3-only proteins, Beclin 1 interacts with anti-apoptotic multidomain proteins of the Bcl-2 family (in particular Bcl-2 and its homologue Bcl-X(L)) by virtue of its BH3 domain, an amphipathic alpha-helix that binds to the hydrophobic cleft of Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L). The BH3 domains of other BH3-only proteins such as Bad, as well as BH3-mimetic compounds such as ABT737, competitively disrupt the inhibitory interaction between Beclin 1 and Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L). This causes autophagy of mitochondria (mitophagy) but not of the endoplasmic reticulum (reticulophagy). Only ER-targeted (not mitochondrion-targeted) Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L) can inhibit autophagy induced by Beclin 1, and only Beclin 1-Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L) complexes present in the ER (but not those present on heavy membrane fractions enriched in mitochondria) are disrupted by ABT737. These findings suggest that the Beclin 1-Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L) complexes that normally inhibit autophagy are specifically located in the ER and point to an organelle-specific regulation of autophagy. Furthermore, these data suggest a spatial organization of autophagy and apoptosis control in which BH3-only proteins exert two independent functions. On the one hand, they can induce apoptosis, by (directly or indirectly) activating the mitochondrion-permeabilizing function of pro-apoptotic multidomain proteins from the Bcl-2 family. On the other hand, they can activate autophagy by liberating Beclin 1 from its inhibition by Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L) at the level of the endoplasmic reticulum.

  19. Starch plus sunflower oil addition to the diet of dry dairy cows results in a trans-11 to trans-10 shift of biohydrogenation.

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    Zened, A; Enjalbert, F; Nicot, M C; Troegeler-Meynadier, A

    2013-01-01

    Trans fatty acids (FA), exhibit different biological properties. Among them, cis-9,trans-11 conjugated linoleic acid has some interesting putative health properties, whereas trans-10,cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid has negative effects on cow milk fat production and would negatively affect human health. In high-yielding dairy cows, a shift from trans-11 to trans-10 pathway of biohydrogenation (BH) can occur in the rumen of cows receiving high-concentrate diets, especially when the diet is supplemented with unsaturated fat sources. To study this shift, 4 rumen-fistulated nonlactating Holstein cows were assigned to a 4×4 Latin square design with 4 different diets during 4 periods. Cows received 12 kg of dry matter per day of 4 diets based on corn silage during 4 successive periods: a control diet (22% starch, sunflower oil diet supplemented with 5% of sunflower oil (20% starch, 7.6% crude fat), and a high-starch plus sunflower oil diet (33% starch, 7.3% crude fat). Five hours after feeding, proportions of trans-11 BH isomers greatly increased in the rumen content with the addition of sunflower oil, without change in ruminal pH compared with the control diet. Addition of starch to the control diet had no effect on BH pathways but decreased ruminal pH. The addition of a large amount of starch in association with sunflower oil increased trans-10 FA at the expense of trans-11 FA in the rumen content, revealing a trans-11 to trans-10 shift. Interestingly, with this latter diet, ruminal pH did not change compared with a single addition of starch. This trans-11 to trans-10 shift occurred progressively, after a decrease in the proportion of trans-11 FA in the rumen, suggesting that this shift could result from a dysbiosis in the rumen in favor of trans-10-producing bacteria at the expense of those producing trans-11 or a modification of bacterial activities.

  20. Possibilities to shorten the duration of voluntary waiting period at dairy cows

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    Nicolae Pacala

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In order to achieve a 12-13 months interval between carvings, at dairy cows, is necessary that the cow becomes pregnant in a short interval from calving. For reducing the duration of voluntary waiting period (open days we administered 500mcg Cloprostenol (PgF2α analog in the 46th day after calving. Females that did not manifested heats after first PgF2α administration, received a second dose after 14 days (60 days from calving. Females that manifested heats were inseminated twice. The conception rate was calculated in respect to the number of females that did not return in heats after AI (Artificial Insemination. At experimental lot, from the 17 females at which PgF2α was administered at 46 days after calving, 12 manifested heats (70.58%. The other five that did not manifested heats; a second dose of PgF2α was administered after 14 days. Four of the females treated with a second dose of PgF2α, manifested heats (80%. At the control lot, from the 6 females, two (33.3% manifested heats in interval 45-50 days from calving, and another two (33.33% in the interval 60-65 days from calving. The conception rate, at females from experimental lot, that manifested heats after the first PgF2α dose, it was 58.33%, and at the females that manifested heats after the second dose the conception rate was 75%. At females from control lot the conception rate was 50%. At females from experimental lot, treated with PgF2α, the conception rate is higher compared with the females from control lot.

  1. A Density Functional Study of α-Mg(BH4)2

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    Setten, van Michiel J.; Wijs, de Gilles A.; Fichtner, Maximilian; Brocks, Geert

    2008-01-01

    Boranates (tetrahydroborates) are studied intensively because of their potential use as hydrogen storage materials. In this Article, we present a first-principles study of α-Mg(BH4)2 at the level of density functional theory. We optimize the complex structure of α-Mg(BH4)2, starting from the experim

  2. Downsizing the BAD BH3 peptide to small constrained α-helices with improved ligand efficiency.

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    Shepherd, Nicholas E; Harrison, Rosemary S; Ruiz-Gomez, Gloria; Abbenante, Giovanni; Mason, Jody M; Fairlie, David P

    2016-11-22

    Bcl2 Homology (BH) proteins can either trigger or prevent programmed cell death or apoptosis. Deregulation of the BH protein family network leads to evasion of apoptosis, uncontrolled proliferation and is a hallmark of cancer. Inhibition of pro-survival BH proteins is a promising chemotherapeutic strategy for certain cancers. We have examined whether helix-constrained peptides based on the BAD BH3 domain (residues 103-127) can be downsized to much smaller more drug-like peptides. We report the preparation, structural characterisation, in vitro Bcl-xL inhibition and leukemic T-cell killing ability of 45 linear, mono-, bi- and tricyclic helical peptidomimetics between 8- and 19-residues in length. We show that the BAD BH3 can be downsized to 8-14 residues and still maintain appreciable affinity for Bcl-xL. In addition, the binding efficiency indices (BEI) of the downsized mimetics are significantly higher than the BAD BH3 and similar stapled BH3 mimetics, approaching drug-like molecules. This suggests that bicyclic and monocyclic mimetics based on BH3 domains are much more efficient binding ligands than the longer peptides which they mimic.

  3. The possible existence of Pop III NS-BH binary and its detectability

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    Kinugawa, Tomoya; Nakano, Hiroyuki

    2016-01-01

    In the population synthesis simulations of Pop III stars, many BH (Black Hole)-BH binaries with merger time less than the age of the Universe $(\\tau_{\\rm H})$ are formed, while NS (Neutron Star)-BH binaries are not. The reason is that Pop III stars have no metal so that no mass loss is expected. Then, in the final supernova explosion to NS, much mass is lost so that the semi major axis becomes too large for Pop III NS-BH binaries to merge within $\\tau_{\\rm H}$. However it is almost established that the kick velocity of the order of $200-500{\\rm~ km~s^{-1}}$ exists for NS from the observation of the proper motion of the pulsar. Therefore, the semi major axis of the half of NS-BH binaries can be smaller than that of the previous argument for Pop III NS-BH binaries to decrease the merging time. We perform population synthesis Monte Carlo simulations of Pop III NS-BH binaries including the kick of NS and find that the event rate of Pop III NS-BH merger rate is $\\sim 1 {\\rm Gpc^{-3} yr^{-1}}$. This suggests that t...

  4. BH-DFTB/DFT calculations for iron clusters

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    Abdurrahman Aktürk

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We present a study on the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Fen(n  =  2  −  20 clusters by performing density functional tight binding (DFTB calculations within a basin hopping (BH global optimization search followed by density functional theory (DFT investigations. The structures, total energies and total spin magnetic moments are calculated and compared with previously reported theoretical and experimental results. Two basis sets SDD with ECP and 6-31G** are employed in the DFT calculations together with BLYP GGA exchange-correlation functional. The results indicate that the offered BH-DFTB/DFT strategy collects all the global minima of which different minima have been reported in the previous studies by different groups. Small Fe clusters have three kinds of packing; icosahedral (Fe9−13, centered hexagonal antiprism (Fe14−17, Fe20, and truncated decahedral (Fe17(2, Fe18−19. It is obtained in a qualitative agreement with the time of flight mass spectra that the magic numbers for the small Fe clusters are 7, 13, 15, and 19 and with the collision induced dissociation experiments that the sizes 6, 7, 13, 15, and 19 are thermodynamically more stable than their neighboring sizes. The spin magnetic moment per atom of Fen(n = 2 − 20 clusters is between 2.4 and 3.6 μB for the most of the sizes. The antiferromagnetic coupling between the central and the surface atoms of the Fe13 icosahedron, which have already been reported by experimental and theoretical studies, is verified by our calculations as well. The quantitative disagreements between the calculations and measurements of the magnetic moments of the individual sizes are still to be resolved.

  5. BH-DFTB/DFT calculations for iron clusters

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    Aktürk, Abdurrahman; Sebetci, Ali

    2016-05-01

    We present a study on the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Fen(n = 2 - 20) clusters by performing density functional tight binding (DFTB) calculations within a basin hopping (BH) global optimization search followed by density functional theory (DFT) investigations. The structures, total energies and total spin magnetic moments are calculated and compared with previously reported theoretical and experimental results. Two basis sets SDD with ECP and 6-31G** are employed in the DFT calculations together with BLYP GGA exchange-correlation functional. The results indicate that the offered BH-DFTB/DFT strategy collects all the global minima of which different minima have been reported in the previous studies by different groups. Small Fe clusters have three kinds of packing; icosahedral (Fe9-13), centered hexagonal antiprism (Fe14-17, Fe20), and truncated decahedral (Fe17(2), Fe18-19). It is obtained in a qualitative agreement with the time of flight mass spectra that the magic numbers for the small Fe clusters are 7, 13, 15, and 19 and with the collision induced dissociation experiments that the sizes 6, 7, 13, 15, and 19 are thermodynamically more stable than their neighboring sizes. The spin magnetic moment per atom of Fen(n = 2 - 20) clusters is between 2.4 and 3.6 μB for the most of the sizes. The antiferromagnetic coupling between the central and the surface atoms of the Fe13 icosahedron, which have already been reported by experimental and theoretical studies, is verified by our calculations as well. The quantitative disagreements between the calculations and measurements of the magnetic moments of the individual sizes are still to be resolved.

  6. Neural-network-based prediction techniques for single station modeling and regional mapping of the foF2 and M(3000F2 ionospheric characteristics

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    Full Text Available In this work, Neural-Network-based single-station hourly daily foF2 and M(3000F2 modelling of 15 European ionospheric stations is investigated. The data used are neural networks and hourly daily values from the period 1964- 1988 for training the neural networks and from the period 1989-1994 for checking the prediction accuracy. Two types of models are presented for the F2-layer critical frequency prediction and two for the propagation factor M(3000F2. The first foF2 model employs the E-layer local noon calculated daily critical frequency (foE12 and the local noon F2- layer critical frequency of the previous day. The second foF2 model, which introduces a new regional mapping technique, employs the Juliusruh neural network model and uses the E-layer local noon calculated daily critical frequency (foE12, and the previous day F2-layer critical frequency measured at Juliusruh at noon. The first M(3000F2 model employs the E-layer local noon calculated daily critical frequency (foE12, its ± 3 h deviations and the local noon cosine of the solar zenith angle (cos c12. The second model, which introduces a new M(3000F2 mapping technique, employs Juliusruh neural network model and uses the E-layer local noon calculated daily critical frequency (foE12, and the previous day F2-layer critical frequency measured at Juliusruh at noon.

  7. Distinguishing between MSSM and NMSSM through $\\Delta F=2$ processes

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    Kumar, Jacky

    2016-01-01

    We study deviations between MSSM and $Z_3$ -invariant NMSSM, with respect to their predictions in $\\Delta F = 2$ processes. We find that potentially significant effects arise either from the well known double-penguin diagrams, due to the extra scalar NMSSM states, or from neutralino-gluino box contributions, due to the extended neutralino sector. Both are discussed to be effective in the large $tan \\beta$ regime. Enhanced genuine-NMSSM contributions in double penguins are expected for a light singlet spectrum (CP-even,CP-odd), while the magnitude of box effects is primarily controlled through singlino mixing. The latter is found to be typically subleading (but non-negligible) for $\\lambda \\lesssim 0.5$, however it can become dominant for $\\lambda \\sim$ $O(1)$. We also study the low $\\tan \\beta$ regime, where a distinction between MSSM and NMSSM can come instead due to experimental constraints, acting differently on the allowed parameter space of each model. To this end, we incorporate the recent limits from $...

  8. Nucleon isovector couplings from $N_f=2$ lattice QCD

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    Bali, Gunnar S; Glässle, Benjamin; Göckeler, Meinulf; Najjar, Johannes; Rödl, Rudolf H; Schäfer, Andreas; Schiel, Rainer W; Söldner, Wolfgang; Sternbeck, Andre

    2014-01-01

    We compute the axial, scalar, tensor and pseudoscalar isovector couplings of the nucleon as well as the induced tensor and pseudoscalar charges in lattice simulations with $N_f=2$ mass-degenerate non-perturbatively improved Wilson-Sheikholeslami-Wohlert fermions. The simulations are carried out down to a pion mass of 150 MeV and linear spatial lattice extents of up to 4.6 fm at three different lattice spacings ranging from approximately 0.08 fm to 0.06 fm. Possible excited state contamination is carefully investigated and finite volume effects are studied. The couplings, determined at these lattice spacings, are extrapolated to the physical pion mass. In this limit we find agreement with experimental results, where these exist, with the exception of the magnetic moment. A proper continuum limit could not be performed, due to our limited range of lattice constants, but no significant lattice spacing dependence is detected. Upper limits on discretization effects are estimated and these dominate the error budget...

  9. [Ca(BH4)2] n clusters as hydrogen storage material: A DFT study

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    Han, Cuiling; Dong, Yanyun; Wang, Bingqiang; Zhang, Caiyun

    2016-10-01

    Calcium borohydride is widely studied as a hydrogen storage material. However, investigations on calcium borohydride from a cluster perspective are seldom found. The geometric structures and binding energies of [Ca(BH4)2] n ( n = 1-4) clusters are determined using density function theory (DFT). For the most stable structures, vibration frequency, natural bond orbital (NBO) are calculated and discussed. The charge transfer from (BH4) to Ca was observed. Meanwhile, we also study the LUMO-HOMO gap ( E g) and the B-H bond dissociation energies (BDEs). [Ca(BH4)2]3 owns higher E g, revealing that trimer is more stable than the other forms. Structures don't change during optimization after hydrogen radical removal, showing that calcium borohydride could possibly be used as a reversible hydrogen storage material. [Ca(BH4)2]4 has the smallest dissociation energy suggesting it releases hydrogen more easily than others.

  10. 17 CFR 240.17f-2 - Fingerprinting of securities industry personnel.

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    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Fingerprinting of securities industry personnel. 240.17f-2 Section 240.17f-2 Commodity and Securities Exchanges SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE... Activities § 240.17f-2 Fingerprinting of securities industry personnel. (a) Exemptions for the fingerprinting...

  11. Cow's milk and goat's milk.

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    Turck, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    Cow's milk is increasingly suggested to play a role in the development of chronic degenerative, non-communicable disorders whereas goat's milk is advocated as having several health benefits. Cow's milk is a rich and cheap source of protein and calcium, and a valuable food for bone health. Despite their high content in saturated fats, consumption of full-fat dairy products does not seem to cause significant changes in cardiovascular disease risk variables. Early introduction of cow's milk is a strong negative determinant of iron status. Unmodified cow's milk does not meet nutritional requirements of infants although it is acceptable to add small volumes of cow's milk to complementary foods. Cow's milk protein allergy has a prevalence ranging from 2 to 7%, and the age of recovery is usually around 2-3 years. The evidence linking cow's milk intake to a later risk of type 1 diabetes or chronic degenerative, non-communicable disorders (obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension) is not convincing. Milk probably protects against colorectal cancer, diets high in calcium are a probable cause of prostate cancer, and there is limited evidence suggesting that high consumption of milk and dairy products increases the risk for prostate cancer. There is no evidence to support the use of a cow's milk-free diet as a primary treatment for individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. Unmodified goat's milk is not suitable for infants because of the high protein and minerals content and of a low folate content. Goat's milk has no clear nutritional advantage over cow's milk and is not less allergenic. The European Food Safety Authority recently stated that proteins from goat's milk can be suitable as a protein source for infant and follow-on formula, provided the final product complies with the compositional criteria laid down in Directive 2006/141/EC.

  12. Comparison of ruminal lipid metabolism in dairy cows and goats fed diets supplemented with starch, plant oil, or fish oil.

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    Toral, P G; Bernard, L; Belenguer, A; Rouel, J; Hervás, G; Chilliard, Y; Frutos, P

    2016-01-01

    Direct comparison of cow and goat performance and milk fatty acid responses to diets known to induce milk fat depression (MFD) in the bovine reveals relevant species-by-diet interactions in ruminal lipid metabolism. Thus, this study was conducted to infer potential mechanisms responsible for differences in the rumen microbial biohydrogenation (BH) due to diet and ruminant species. To meet this objective, 12 cows and 15 goats were fed a basal diet (control), a similar diet supplemented with 2.2% fish oil (FO), or a diet containing 5.3% sunflower oil and additional starch (+38%; SOS) according to a 3 × 3 Latin square design with 25-d experimental periods. On the last day of each period, fatty acid composition (by gas chromatography) and bacterial community (by terminal-RFLP), as well as fermentation characteristics, were measured in rumen fluid samples. Results showed significant differences in the response of cows and goats to dietary treatments, although variations in some fermentation parameters (e.g., decreases in the acetate-to-propionate ratio due to FO or SOS) were similar in both species. Main alterations in ruminal BH pathways potentially responsible for MFD on the SOS diet (i.e., the shift from trans-11 to trans-10 18:1 and related increases in trans-10,cis-12 18:2) tended to be more pronounced in cows, which is consistent with an associated MFD only in this species. However, changes linked to FO-induced MFD (e.g., decreases in 18:0 and increases in total trans-18:1) were stronger in caprine rumen fluid, which may explain their unexpected susceptibility (although less marked than in bovine) to the negative effect of FO on milk fat content. Altogether, these results suggest that distinct ruminal mechanisms lead to each type of diet-induced MFD and confirm a pronounced interaction with species. With regard to microbiota, differences between cows and goats in the composition of the rumen bacterial community might be behind the disparity in the microorganisms

  13. High energy factorization predictions for the charm structure function $F_{2}^{c}$ at HERA

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    Munier, S

    1998-01-01

    High energy factorization predictions for F2^c are derived using BFKL descriptions of the proton structure function F2 at HERA. The model parameters are fixed by a fit of F2 at small x. Two different approaches of the non perturbative proton input are shown to correspond to the factorization at the gluon or quark level, respectively. The predictions for F2^c are in agreement with the data within the present error bars. However, the photon wave-function formulation (factorization at quark level) predicts significantly higher F2^c than both gluon factorization and a next-leading order DGLAP model.

  14. Validation of the TEC2F2 model over the African equatorial region

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    Ssessanga, Nicholas

    2016-06-01

    In this paper a statistical method, TEC2F2, of estimating critical F2 layer frequency (foF2) from Global Positioning System (GPS) Vertical Total Electron content (VTEC) is extended from Africa's mid-latitudes to the equatorial region, and the results validated. The equatorial region is one of the most dynamic yet under-represented over Africa in ionospheric studies. The TEC2F2 method was first considered for the South African region (mid-latitudes). This region is covered by a network of ionosondes that provided a validation platform for the TEC2F2 method before being applied to other parts of Africa. The results show that over the African equatorial region, the TEC2F2 method is a potential candidate in more accurately estimating the foF2 parameter than the most recent version of the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI-2012) model.

  15. Effect of cryogenic temperature on spectroscopic and laser properties of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 crystal

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    Švejkar, Richard; Šulc, Jan; Němec, Michal; Jelínková, Helena; Doroshenko, Maxim E.; Nakladov, Andrei N.; Osiko, Vjatcheslav V.

    2016-03-01

    The laser and spectroscopic properties of crystal Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 at temperature range 80 - 300 K, which is appropriate for generation of radiation around 2.7 um is presented. The sample of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 (concentration Er(0.04), La(0.12):Ca(0.77)Sr(0.07)) had plan-parallel face-polished faces without anti-reflection coatings (thickness 8.2 mm). During spectroscopy and laser experiments the Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 was attached to temperature controlled copper holder and it was placed in vacuum chamber. The transmission and emission spectra of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 together with the fluorescence decay time were measured in dependence on temperature. The excitation of Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 was carried out by a laser diode radiation (pulse duration 5 ms, repetition rate 20 Hz, pump wavelength 973 nm). Laser resonator was hemispherical, 140 mm in length with at pumping mirror (HR @ 2.7 µm) and spherical output coupler (r = 150 mm, R = 95 % @ 2.5 - 2.8 µm). Tunability of laser at 80 K in range 2690 - 2765 nm was obtained using MgF2 birefringent filter. With decreasing temperature of sample the fluorescence lifetime of manifold 4I11/2 (upper laser level) became shorter and intensity of up-conversion radiation was increasing. The highest slope efficiency with respect to absorbed power was 2.3 % at 80 K. The maximum output of peak amplitude power was 0.3 W at 80 K, i.e. 1.5 times higher than measured this value at 300 K. The wavelength generated by Er,La:SrF2-CaF2 laser (2.7 µm) is relatively close to absorption peak of water (3 µm) and so, one of the possible usage should be in medicine and spectroscopy.

  16. Assessment of equatorial F2-region peak parameters predictability using the IRI model

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    Oyekola, Oyedemi S.

    2012-07-01

    Overall behaviour of the F2-layer is believed to be described by the F2-layer peak parameters, which depend on various geophysical parameters including local time, season, solar and geomagnetic activity conditions. A better understanding of the variability and modeling of ionospheric peak characteristics is crucial for the development of ionospheric prediction capabilities, improvements in existing ionospheric models, and for radio propagation studies. The International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) model is used to assess the predictability of F2-region parameters and to validate F2-peak parameters simulation near the dip equator. We examine the main morphological patterns and climatological behaviour of equatorial F2 region over African sector using hourly observational values of F2 peak height of maximum electron density (hmF2), F2 layer peak electron density (NmF2), and propagation factor (M3000F2) hitherto made by the Ibadan ionosonde at 7.4oN, 3.9oE, dip latitude 2.3oS, in Nigeria; between January to December 1958, during a period of high solar activity (yearly averaged R12=190 units) and magnetically quiet conditions (Kp is less or equal to 3). The results of comparisons illustrate that good advancement has been made but reveal some important discrepancies. The trends in the experimental data are found to be in excellent agreement with the trends in the simulation results for maximum electron density and propagation factor, but fair-to-good for F2 layer peak altitude. The model is unable to capture the sharp postsunset and predawn enhancements in hmF2 and M3000F2, respectively. The model results have errors ranging from approximately 8-15 percent, 9-17 percent, and 3-5 percent, respectively, for hmF2, NmF2, and M3000F2. On average, the percent absolute relative difference of the model from the experimental observations varies from nearly 0-20 percent, 0-30 percent, and 0-10 percent for hmF2, NmF2, and M3000F2, in that order. Our results are essentially

  17. Hydrogen Desorption Properties of Bulk and Nanoconfined LiBH4-NaAlH4

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    Payam Javadian

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Nanoconfinement of 2LiBH4-NaAlH4 into a mesoporous carbon aerogel scaffold with a pore size, BET surface area and total pore volume of Dmax = 30 nm, SBET = 689 m2/g and Vtot = 1.21 mL/g, respectively is investigated. Nanoconfinement of 2LiBH4-NaAlH4 facilitates a reduction in the temperature of the hydrogen release by 132 °C, compared to that of bulk 2LiBH4-NaAlH4 and the onset of hydrogen release is below 100 °C. The reversible hydrogen storage capacity is also significantly improved for the nanoconfined sample, maintaining 83% of the initial hydrogen content after three cycles compared to 47% for that of the bulk sample. During nanoconfinement, LiBH4 and NaAlH4 reacts to form LiAlH4 and NaBH4 and the final dehydrogenation products, obtained at 481 °C are LiH, LiAl, AlB2 and Al. After rehydrogenation of the nanoconfined sample at T = 400 °C and p(H2 = 126 bar, amorphous NaBH4 is recovered along with unreacted LiH, AlB2 and Al and suggests that NaBH4 is the main compound that can reversibly release and uptake hydrogen.

  18. Z-scan measurement of the nonlinear refractive index of Nd(3+), Y(3+)-codoped CaF(2) and SrF(2) crystals.

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    Guo, Yue; Lu, Shunbin; Su, Liangbi; Zhao, Chujun; Zhang, Han; Wen, Shuangchun

    2015-02-01

    By performing the Z-scan measurements at 800 nm using a femtosecond pulsed laser, we are able to characterize the nonlinear refractive indices of Nd, Y codoped CaF(2) and SrF(2) crystals. Based on our measured results, we conclude that the doped fluoride crystal possesses a small nonlinear refractive index and the doping of Nd(3+) and Y(3+) ions in CaF(2) can change its third-order nonlinear index, but the contribution is minor. The doped fluoride crystal may have large potential to be developed as the next generation of gain material for a high-energy laser system.

  19. Improved quantification of 8-epi-prostaglandin F2 alpha and F2-isoprostanes by gas chromatography/triple-stage quadrupole mass spectrometry: partial cyclooxygenase-dependent formation of 8-epi-prostaglandin F2 alpha in humans.

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    Schweer, H; Watzer, B; Seyberth, H W; Nüsing, R M

    1997-12-01

    F2-isoprostanes are considered to be novel markers of lipid peroxidation. To study the in vivo formation of F2-isoprostanes, an improved method was developed for isotope dilution assays involving gas chromatography/triple-stage quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC/MS/MS) including thin-layer chromatography (TLC) (sum of all F2-isoprostanes) and high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) purification (prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha) and 8-epi-PGF2 alpha). Following the addition of isotopically labeled prostaglandins to urine, the sample was acidified and applied to a C18 cartridge. After elution, prostaglandins were derivatized to pentafluorobenzyl esters and subjected to TLC. A broad zone was scratched off, isoprostanes were eluted and after formation of their trimethylsilyl ether derivatives the sum of F2-isoprostanes was determined by GC/MS/MS. For the determination of PGE2 alpha and 8-epi-PGF2 alpha prior to trimethylsilylation an additional HPLC step was performed and the fractions containing PGF2 alpha and 8-epi-PGF2 alpha were analyzed by GC/MS/MS. Using this technique, 8-epi-PGF2 alpha concentrations in urine samples as low as 5 pg ml-1 could be determined with high accuracy. The excretion rates of isoprostanes were studied in comparison with the classical prostaglandins in three different groups: healthy adults, healthy children and children with hyper-PGE syndrome (HPS), a pathological situation associated with a stimulated PGE2 synthesis. F2-isoprostanes represented the main arachidonic acid metabolites in these groups and 8-epi-PGF2 alpha excretion was comparable in its amount to the classical prostanoids. To delineate the cyclooxygenase-catalyzed contribution, the influence of indomethacin, an inhibitor of cyclooxygenases, on F2-isoprostane formation in healthy adults and in HPS children was analyzed. Significantly decreased excretion rates were observed 2 days after indomethacin administration for all prostanoids, including F2-isoprostanes and 8

  20. The Evolution of M_*/M_BH Between z=2 and z=0

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    Trakhtenbrot, Benny; Netzer, Hagai

    2010-01-01

    We propose a novel method to estimate M_*/M_BH, the ratio of stellar mass (M_*) to black hole mass (M_BH), at various redshifts using two recent observational results: the correlation between the bolometric luminosity of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and the star formation rate (SFR) in their host galaxies, and the correlation between SFR and M_* in star-forming (SF) galaxies. Our analysis is based on M_BH and L_bol measurements in two large samples of type-I AGN at z~1 and z~2, and the measur...

  1. Relation between $M_{BH}$ and $M_{bulge}

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    Fu Yan Ning; Deng, Z G

    2001-01-01

    The dynamical evolution of super star clusters (SSCs) moving in the background of dark matter halo has been investigated as a possible event causing the observed correlation between the mass of galactic bulge, $M_{bulge}$, and the mass of its central black hole, $M_{BH}$. The involved physical processes are the sinking of SSCs due to the dynamical friction, and the stripping of SSCs on their way to the center. Model calculations show that only sinking of circumnuclear SSCs contribute to both the growth of the central object and the formation of the galactic bulge at the early stage. On the assumption of a universal density profile for the dark matter halo, and an isothermal model for the SSCs, our simulations have yielded the mass ratio of the central objects to the bulges formed this way to be about a few times $10^{-4}$, less than the observed median value for early type galaxies. It is, however, consistent with the observed mass ratio for disk spirals, implying that the proposed scenario might be a possibl...

  2. Ab initio and DFT Studies of Be(BH42

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    J. S. Al-Otaibi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the Ab inito and DFT calculations of optimized geometries, energy and vibrational spectra for the Beryllium borohydride Be(BH42 at different levels are achieved by Hartre – Fock (HF, perturbation theory (MP2 and density functional theory (B3LYP methods. They utilize the 6-31G(d, 6-311G(d,p, 6-311+G(d,p and 6-311++G(d,p basis sets. The theoretical results showed that Beryllium borohydride with the D2d structure which contains two identical groups of double bridging hydrogen has the lowest energy at all levels. Consequently, this compound is considered as the most stable one and the results of IR and Raman Spectra at all levels support that. We found that both structures Cs, C3v have the structure of D2d kind at all levels. The values of bond lengths for these two structures are identical for the bond lengths to the structure D2d kind which confirms this theory.

  3. Transgenerational effects of obesity and malnourishment on diabetes risk in F2 generation.

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    Hanafi, Mervat Y; Saleh, Moustafa M; Saad, Mohamed I; Abdelkhalek, Taha M; Kamel, Maher A

    2016-01-01

    Transgenerational inheritance of various diseases and phenotypes has been demonstrated in diverse species and involves various epigenetic markers. Obesity and malnourishment are nutritional stresses that have effects on offspring through increasing their risk of diabetes and/or obesity. Obesity and malnourishment both affect glucose metabolism and alter oxidative stress parameters in key organs. We induced obesity and malnutrition in F0 female rats by the use of obesogenic diet and protein-deficient diet, respectively. F0 obese and malnourished females were mated with control males and their offspring (F1 generation) were maintained on control diets. The male and female F1 offspring were mated with controls and the resultant offspring (F2 generation) were maintained on control diet. Glucose-sensing markers, glucose metabolism, indicators of insulin resistance and oxidative stress parameters were assessed during fetal development and till the adulthood of the offspring. Glucose-sensing genes were significantly over-expressed in distinct fetal tissues of F2 offspring of malnourished F1 females (F2-MF1F), specifically in fetal pancreas, liver, and adipose tissue. Nuclear and mitochondrial 8-oxo-dG DNA content was significantly elevated in F2-MF1F fetal pancreas. Maternal FBG was significantly elevated in F2-MF1F and F2 offspring of obese F1 females (F2-OF1F) during pregnancy. Males and females offspring of F2-OF1 exhibited significantly elevated FBG and impaired OGTT. Offspring of F2-MF1F showed similar results, while that of F2-MF1M did not significantly deviate from controls. F2-OF1F and F2-MF1F offspring exhibited significant deviation in insulin levels and HOMA-IR levels from controls. Malnourishment has a stronger transgenerational effect through maternal line compared to obesity and malnourishment through paternal line in increasing risk of diabetes in F2 generation.

  4. Complex Refractive Index Measurements for BaF2 and CaF2 via Single-Angle Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Kelly-Gorham, Molly Rose K.; De Vetter, Brent M.; Brauer, Carolyn S.; Cannon, Bret D.; Burton, Sarah D.; Bliss, Mary; Johnson, Timothy J.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2017-10-01

    We have re-investigated the optical constants n and k for the homologous series of inorganic salts barium fluoride (BaF2) and calcium fluoride (CaF2) using a single-angle near-normal incidence reflectance device in combination with a calibrated Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer. Our results are in good qualitative agreement with most previous works. However, certain features of the previously published data near the reststrahlen band exhibit distinct differences in spectral characteristics. Notably, our measurements of BaF2 do not include a spectral feature in the ~250 cm-1 reststrahlen band that was previously published. Additionally, CaF2 exhibits a distinct wavelength shift relative to the model derived from previously published data. We confirmed our results with recently published works that use significantly more modern instrumentation and data reduction techniques

  5. Compact setup for the production of $^{87}$Rb $|F = 2, m_F = +2\\rangle$ Bose-Einstein condensates in a hybrid trap

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    Nolli, Raffaele; Marmugi, Luca; Wickenbrock, Arne; Renzoni, Ferruccio

    2016-01-01

    We present a compact experimental apparatus for Bose-Einstein condensation of $^{87}$Rb in the $|F = 2, m_F = +2\\rangle$ state. A pre-cooled atomic beam of $^{87}$Rb is obtained by using an unbalanced magneto-optical trap, allowing controlled transfer of trapped atoms from the first vacuum chamber to the science chamber. Here, atoms are transferred to a hybrid trap, as produced by overlapping a magnetic quadrupole trap with a far-detuned optical trap with crossed beam configuration, where forced radiofrequency evaporation is realized. The final evaporation leading to Bose-Einstein condensation is then performed by exponentially lowering the optical trap depth. Control and stabilization systems of the optical trap beams are discussed in detail. The setup reliably produces a pure condensate in the $|F = 2, m_F = +2\\rangle$ state in 50 s, which include 33 s loading of the science magneto-optical trap and 17 s forced evaporation.

  6. Computation of the chiral condensate using N{sub f}=2 and N{sub f}=2+1+1 dynamical flavors of twisted mass fermions

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    Cichy, K. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Poznan Univ. (Poland). Faculty of Physics; Garcia-Ramos, E. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany); Jansen, K. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Shindler, A. [Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany). IAS; Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany). IKP; Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany). JCHP; Collaboration: European Twisted Mass Collaboration

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    We apply the spectral projector method, recently introduced by Giusti and Luescher, to compute the chiral condensate using N{sub f}=2 and N{sub f}=2+1+1 dynamical flavors of maximally twisted mass fermions. We present our results for several quark masses at three different lattice spacings which allows us to perform the chiral and continuum extrapolations. In addition we report our analysis on the O(a) improvement of the chiral condensate for twisted mass fermions. We also study the effect of the dynamical strange and charm quarks by comparing our results for N{sub f}=2 and N{sub f}=2+1+1 dynamical flavors.

  7. Mutual regulation of Bcl-2 proteins independent of the BH3 domain as shown by the BH3-lacking protein Bcl-x(AK.

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    Michael Plötz

    Full Text Available The BH3 domain of Bcl-2 proteins was regarded as indispensable for apoptosis induction and for mutual regulation of family members. We recently described Bcl-x(AK, a proapoptotic splice product of the bcl-x gene, which lacks BH3 but encloses BH2, BH4 and a transmembrane domain. It remained however unclear, how Bcl-x(AK may trigger apoptosis.For efficient overexpression, Bcl-x(AK was subcloned in an adenoviral vector under Tet-OFF control. The construct resulted in significant apoptosis induction in melanoma and nonmelanoma cell lines with up to 50% apoptotic cells as well as decreased cell proliferation and survival. Disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, and cytochrome c release clearly indicated activation of the mitochondrial apoptosis pathways. Both Bax and Bak were activated as shown by clustering and conformation analysis. Mitochondrial translocation of Bcl-x(AK appeared as an essential and initial step. Bcl-x(AK was critically dependent on either Bax or Bak, and apoptosis was abrogated in Bax/Bak double knockout conditions as well by overexpression of Bcl-2 or Bcl-x(L. A direct interaction with Bcl-2, Bax, Bad, Noxa or Puma was however not seen by immunoprecipitation. Thus besides BH3-mediated interactions, there exists an additional way for mutual regulation of Bcl-2 proteins, which is independent of the BH3. This pathway appears to play a supplementary role also for other proapoptotic family members, and its unraveling may help to overcome therapy resistance in cancer.

  8. Dairy cow disability weights.

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    McConnel, Craig S; McNeil, Ashleigh A; Hadrich, Joleen C; Lombard, Jason E; Garry, Franklyn B; Heller, Jane

    2017-08-01

    Over the past 175 years, data related to human disease and death have progressed to a summary measure of population health, the Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY). As dairies have intensified there has been no equivalent measure of the impact of disease on the productive life and well-being of animals. The development of a disease-adjusted metric requires a consistent set of disability weights that reflect the relative severity of important diseases. The objective of this study was to use an international survey of dairy authorities to derive disability weights for primary disease categories recorded on dairies. National and international dairy health and management authorities were contacted through professional organizations, dairy industry publications and conferences, and industry contacts. Estimates of minimum, most likely, and maximum disability weights were derived for 12 common dairy cow diseases. Survey participants were asked to estimate the impact of each disease on overall health and milk production. Diseases were classified from 1 (minimal adverse effects) to 10 (death). The data was modelled using BetaPERT distributions to demonstrate the variation in these dynamic disease processes, and to identify the most likely aggregated disability weights for each disease classification. A single disability weight was assigned to each disease using the average of the combined medians for the minimum, most likely, and maximum severity scores. A total of 96 respondents provided estimates of disability weights. The final disability weight values resulted in the following order from least to most severe: retained placenta, diarrhea, ketosis, metritis, mastitis, milk fever, lame (hoof only), calving trauma, left displaced abomasum, pneumonia, musculoskeletal injury (leg, hip, back), and right displaced abomasum. The peaks of the probability density functions indicated that for certain disease states such as retained placenta there was a relatively narrow range of

  9. Dipole model analysis of F2cc¯${m{F}}_2^{{m{car c}}} $ derived from the new D* data in DIS at HERA

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    Luszczak Agnieszka

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available I analyse the new D* deep inelastic scattering data from HERA with the help of dipole models. I calculate F2cc¯${m{F}}_2^{{m{car c}}} $ from the GBW [1] and BGK [2] saturation models. I compare results with the last values determined by H1 at low Q2. I find good agreement with the data.

  10. Hydrogen Sorption in Erbium Borohydride Composite Mixtures with LiBH4 and/or LiH

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    Michael Heere

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Rare earth (RE metal borohydrides have recently been receiving attention as possible hydrogen storage materials and solid-state Li-ion conductors. In this paper, the decomposition and reabsorption of Er(BH43 in composite mixtures with LiBH4 and/or LiH were investigated. The composite of 3LiBH4 + Er(BH43 + 3LiH has a theoretical hydrogen storage capacity of 9 wt %, nevertheless, only 6 wt % hydrogen are accessible due to the formation of thermally stable LiH. Hydrogen sorption measurements in a Sieverts-type apparatus revealed that during three desorption-absorption cycles of 3LiBH4 + Er(BH43 + 3LiH, the composite desorbed 4.2, 3.7 and 3.5 wt % H for the first, second and third cycle, respectively, and thus showed good rehydrogenation behavior. In situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD after ball milling of Er(BH43 + 6LiH resulted in the formation of LiBH4, revealing that metathesis reactions occurred during milling in these systems. Impedance spectroscopy of absorbed Er(BH43 + 6LiH showed an exceptional high hysteresis of 40–60 K for the transition between the high and low temperature phases of LiBH4, indicating that the high temperature phase of LiBH4 is stabilized in the composite.

  11. Functional and physical interaction between Bcl-X(L) and a BH3-like domain in Beclin-1.

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    Maiuri, M Chiara; Le Toumelin, Gaëtane; Criollo, Alfredo; Rain, Jean-Christophe; Gautier, Fabien; Juin, Philippe; Tasdemir, Ezgi; Pierron, Gérard; Troulinaki, Kostoula; Tavernarakis, Nektarios; Hickman, John A; Geneste, Olivier; Kroemer, Guido

    2007-05-16

    The anti-apoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-X(L) bind and inhibit Beclin-1, an essential mediator of autophagy. Here, we demonstrate that this interaction involves a BH3 domain within Beclin-1 (residues 114-123). The physical interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-X(L) is lost when the BH3 domain of Beclin-1 or the BH3 receptor domain of Bcl-X(L) is mutated. Mutation of the BH3 domain of Beclin-1 or of the BH3 receptor domain of Bcl-X(L) abolishes the Bcl-X(L)-mediated inhibition of autophagy triggered by Beclin-1. The pharmacological BH3 mimetic ABT737 competitively inhibits the interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L), antagonizes autophagy inhibition by Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L) and hence stimulates autophagy. Knockout or knockdown of the BH3-only protein Bad reduces starvation-induced autophagy, whereas Bad overexpression induces autophagy in human cells. Gain-of-function mutation of the sole BH3-only protein from Caenorhabditis elegans, EGL-1, induces autophagy, while deletion of EGL-1 compromises starvation-induced autophagy. These results reveal a novel autophagy-stimulatory function of BH3-only proteins beyond their established role as apoptosis inducers. BH3-only proteins and pharmacological BH3 mimetics induce autophagy by competitively disrupting the interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-2 or Bcl-X(L).

  12. Functional and physical interaction between Bcl-XL and a BH3-like domain in Beclin-1

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    Maiuri, M Chiara; Le Toumelin, Gaëtane; Criollo, Alfredo; Rain, Jean-Christophe; Gautier, Fabien; Juin, Philippe; Tasdemir, Ezgi; Pierron, Gérard; Troulinaki, Kostoula; Tavernarakis, Nektarios; Hickman, John A; Geneste, Olivier; Kroemer, Guido

    2007-01-01

    The anti-apoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-XL bind and inhibit Beclin-1, an essential mediator of autophagy. Here, we demonstrate that this interaction involves a BH3 domain within Beclin-1 (residues 114–123). The physical interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-XL is lost when the BH3 domain of Beclin-1 or the BH3 receptor domain of Bcl-XL is mutated. Mutation of the BH3 domain of Beclin-1 or of the BH3 receptor domain of Bcl-XL abolishes the Bcl-XL-mediated inhibition of autophagy triggered by Beclin-1. The pharmacological BH3 mimetic ABT737 competitively inhibits the interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-2/Bcl-XL, antagonizes autophagy inhibition by Bcl-2/Bcl-XL and hence stimulates autophagy. Knockout or knockdown of the BH3-only protein Bad reduces starvation-induced autophagy, whereas Bad overexpression induces autophagy in human cells. Gain-of-function mutation of the sole BH3-only protein from Caenorhabditis elegans, EGL-1, induces autophagy, while deletion of EGL-1 compromises starvation-induced autophagy. These results reveal a novel autophagy-stimulatory function of BH3-only proteins beyond their established role as apoptosis inducers. BH3-only proteins and pharmacological BH3 mimetics induce autophagy by competitively disrupting the interaction between Beclin-1 and Bcl-2 or Bcl-XL. PMID:17446862

  13. Low $Q^{2}$ low $\\times$ structure function analysis of CCFR data for $F_{2}$

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    Tamminga, B H; Alton, A; Arroyo, C G; Avvakumov, S; Barbaro, L; Barbaro, P D; Bazarko, A O; Bernstein, R H; Bodek, Arie; Bolton, T; Brau, J E; Buchholz, D A; Budd, H S; Bugel, L; Conrad, J; Drucker, R B; Formaggio, J A; Frey, R; Goldman, J; Goncharov, M; Harris, D A; Johnson, R A; Kim, J H; King, B J; Kinnel, T; Koutsoliotas, S; Lamm, M J; Marsh, W; Mason, D; McFarland, K S; McNulty, C; Mishra, S R; Naples, D; Nienaber, P; Romosan, A; Sakumoto, W K; Schellman, H; Sciulli, F J; Seligman, W G; Shaevitz, M H; Smith, W H; Spentzouris, P; Stern, E G; Vakili, M; Vaitaitis, A G; Yang, U K; Zeller, G P; Zimmerman, E D

    2000-01-01

    Analyses of structure functions (SFs) from neutrino and muon deep inelastic scattering data have shown discrepancies in F2 for x < 0.1. A new SF analysis of the CCFR collaboration data examining regions in x down to x=.0015 and 0.4 < Q^2 < 1.0 is presented. Comparison to corrected charged lepton scattering results for F2 from the NMC and E665 experiments are made. Differences between muon and neutrino scattering allow that the behavior of F2 from muon scattering could be different from F2 from neutrino scattering as Q^2 approaches zero. Comparisons between F2 muon and F2 neutrino are made in this limit.

  14. Microstructure and Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films

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    Shouhua Shi(史守华); Zhuoliang Cao(曹卓良); Zhaoqi Sun(孙兆奇)

    2003-01-01

    Ag-MgF2 cermet films with different Ag fractions were prepared by vacuum evaporation. The microstruc-ture of the films was examined by Raman scattering technique. The surface-enhanced Raman spectrumfor MgF2 molecules in the cermet film strongly suggests the existence of Ag nanoparticles dispersed inMgF2 matrix. The intensities of the Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films increase with Ag fraction.The enhancement of Raman scattering disappears when Ag content reaches wt.20%. The analyses withthe transmission electron microscopy showed that Ag-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of amor-phous MgF2 matrix with embedded faced-center-cubic Ag nanoparticles. It suggests that the percolationthreshold should be around wt.20% of Ag content.

  15. Ionospheric foF2 morphology and response of F2 layer height over Jicamarca during different solar epochs and comparison with IRI-2012 model

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    B O Adebesin; B J Adekoya; S O Ikubanni; S J Adebiyi; O A Adebesin; B W Joshua; K O Olonade

    2014-06-01

    Diurnal, seasonal and annual foF2 variability and the response of the F2-layer height over Jicamarca (11.9°S, 76.8°W, 1°N dip) during periods of low (LSA), moderate (MSA) and high (HSA) solar activities was investigated. The relative standard deviation (R) was used for the analysis. The F2-layer critical frequency pre-noon peak increases by a factor of 2 more than the post-noon peak as the solar activity increases. The variability coefficient (R) is lowest during the day (7–16%) for the three solar epochs; increases during nighttime (20–26%, 14–26%, and 10–20%, respectively for the LSA, MSA and HAS years); and attained highest magnitude during sunrise (21–27%, 24–27%, and 19–30%, respectively in similar order). Two major peaks were observed in R – the pre-sunrise peak, which is higher, and the post-sunset peak. Generally, the variability increases as the solar activity decreases. Annually, R peaks within 23–24%, 19–24% and 15–24% for the LSA, MSA, and HSA periods, respectively. The ionospheric F2-layer height rises to the higher level with increasing solar activity. The foF2 comparison results revealed that Jicamarca is well represented on the IRI-2012 model, with an improvement on the URSI option. The importance of vertical plasma drift and photochemistry in the F2-layer was emphasized.

  16. Additive colouring of CaF2:Yb crystals: determination of Yb2+ concentration in CaF2:Yb crystals and ceramics

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    Shcheulin, A. S.; Angervaks, A. E.; Semenova, T. S.; Koryakina, L. F.; Petrova, M. A.; Fedorov, P. P.; Reiterov, V. M.; Garibin, E. A.; Ryskin, A. I.

    2013-06-01

    When growing CaF2 crystal doped with rare-earth ions, most of these ions are present in a trivalent state. However, due to contact with graphite crucible, a small proportion of a number of ions (Eu, Sm, Yb and Tm) are reduced to a bivalent state. A similar situation takes place during fabrication of CaF2 ceramics doped with rare-earth metals. This fact is of particular importance for laser CaF2:Yb crystals (ceramics), a promising material for short-pulse, high-power, high-energy diode-pumped solid state lasers since the presence of bivalent Yb ions can be a source of thermal losses. To date, there has been no technique to determine Yb2+ concentration in as-grown crystals. The proposed technique is based on a total reduction of Yb3+ ions via the heating of as-grown CaF2 crystals with known concentration of Yb in the reducing atmosphere of metal vapour and determining the cross section of absorption bands of Yb2+ ions. The knowledge of these parameters allows estimation of the Yb2+ content in CaF2:Yb crystals or ceramics by analysing their absorption spectra. Examples of using this technique are given. The technology of CdF2 crystals reduction (an "additive colouring") and features of colouring of crystals doped with rare-earth ions are considered.

  17. Experimental Study of Interfacial Friction in NaBH{sub 4} Solution in Microchannel Dehydrogenation Reactor

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    Choi, Seok Hyun; Hwang, Sueng Sik; Lee, Hee Joon [Kookmin Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-15

    Sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) is considered as a secure metal hydride for hydrogen storage and supply. In this study, the interfacial friction of two-phase flow in the dehydrogenation of aqueous NaBH{sub 4} solution in a microchannel with a hydraulic diameter of 461 μm is investigated for designing a dehydrogenation chemical reactor flow passage. Because hydrogen gas is generated by the hydrolysis of NaBH{sub 4} in the presence of a ruthenium catalyst, two different flow phases (aqueous NaBH{sub 4} solution and hydrogen gas) exist in the channel. For experimental studies, a microchannel was fabricated on a silicon wafer substrate, and 100-nm ruthenium catalyst was deposited on three sides of the channel surface. A bubbly flow pattern was observed. The experimental results indicate that the two-phase multiplier increases linearly with the void fraction, which depends on the initial concentration, reaction rate, and flow residence time.

  18. Theoretical and Experimental Study of LiBH4-LiCl Solid Solution

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    Torben R. Jensen

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Anion substitution is at present one of the pathways to destabilize metal borohydrides for solid state hydrogen storage. In this work, a solid solution of LiBH4 and LiCl is studied by density functional theory (DFT calculations, thermodynamic modeling, X-ray diffraction, and infrared spectroscopy. It is shown that Cl substitution has minor effects on thermodynamic stability of either the orthorhombic or the hexagonal phase of LiBH4. The transformation into the orthorhombic phase in LiBH4 shortly after annealing with LiCl is for the first time followed by infrared measurements. Our findings are in a good agreement with an experimental study of the LiBH4-LiCl solid solution structure and dynamics. This demonstrates the validity of the adopted combined theoretical (DFT calculations and experimental (vibrational spectroscopy approach, to investigate the solid solution formation of complex hydrides.

  19. F2-Isoprostanes in HDL are bound to neutral lipids and phospholipids.

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    Proudfoot, Julie M; Barden, Anne E; Croft, Kevin D; Galano, Jean-Marie; Durand, Thierry; Bultel-Poncé, Valérie; Giera, Martin; Mori, Trevor A

    2016-12-01

    Low HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). However, interventions that raise HDL-C have failed to reduce cardiovascular events. We previously reported that HDL is the main carrier of plasma F2-isoprostanes (F2-IsoPs) that are markers of oxidative stress formed upon oxidation of arachidonic acid. F2-IsoPs are predominantly associated with phospholipids. However, there is evidence that F2-IsoPs in the liver of rats treated with carbon tetrachloride associate with the neutral lipids. To date it is not known whether F2-IsoPs are found in the neutral lipids in HDL in humans. Possible candidate neutral lipids include cholesteryl esters, triglycerides, diglycerides, and monoglycerides. This study aimed to identify the lipid classes within native and oxidized HDL that contain F2-IsoPs. We showed that F2-IsoPs in HDL are bound to neutral lipids as well as phospholipids. HDL-3 contained the highest concentration of F2-IsoPs in all lipid classes before and after in vitro oxidation. Using targeted LC/MS and high resolution MS, we were unable to provide conclusive evidence for the presence of the synthesized standards 15(R)-15-F2t-isoP cholesterol and 1-ent-15(RS)-15-F2t-isoprostanoyl-sn-glycerol in the neutral lipids of HDL. Our findings show that oxidized lipids such as F2-IsoPs are found in the core and surface of HDL. However, the exact molecular species remain to be definitively characterized. Future studies are required to determine whether the presence of F2-IsoPs in neutral lipids alters HDL function.

  20. On the tensor rank of multiplication in any extension of $\\F_2$

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    Ballet, Stéphane

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we obtain new bounds for the tensor rank of multiplication in any extension of $\\F_2$. In particular, it also enables us to obtain the best known asymptotic bound. In this aim, we use the generalized algorithm of type Chudnovsky with derivative evaluations on places of degree one, two and four applied on the descent over $\\F_2$ of a Garcia-Stichtenoth tower of algebraic function fields defined over $\\F_{2^4}$.

  1. Ideals in the Roe Algebras of Discrete Metric Spaces with Coefficients in B(H)

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    Yingjie HU; Qin WANG

    2009-01-01

    The notion of an ideal family of weighted subspaces of a discrete metric space X with bounded geometry is introduced.It is shown that,if X has Yu's property A,the ideal structure of the Roe algebra of X with coefficients in B(H) is completely characterized by the ideal families of weighted subspaces of X,where B(H) denotes the C*-algebra of bounded linear operators on a separable Hilbert space H.

  2. Fast carbon dioxide recycling by reaction with γ-Mg(BH4)2.

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    Vitillo, Jenny G; Groppo, Elena; Bardají, Elisa Gil; Baricco, Marcello; Bordiga, Silvia

    2014-11-07

    γ-Mg(BH4)2 was found to be a promising material for CO2 recycling (mainly to formate and alkoxide-like compounds). CO2 conversion occurs with unprecedented fast kinetics at 30 °C and 1 bar. A multi-technique approach allowed to attribute the superior performance of γ-Mg(BH4)2 to its large specific surface area.

  3. Mechanoluminescence and thermoluminesence in γ-irradiated rare earth doped CaF2 crystals

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    Brahme, Nameeta; Bisen, D. P.; Kher, R. S.; Khokhar, M. S. K.

    2009-08-01

    Mechanoluminescence (ML) and Thermoluminescence (TL) in γ-irradiated Dy, Ce, Er and Gd doped CaF2 crystals were studied. The crystals of doped CaF2 were grown by the Bridgman technique. The cleaved crystals were annealed at 450 ∘C for about two hours and cooled very slowly and then irradiated for different time from 60Co source having an exposure rate of 2.8×103 Gy/hr. ML was excited by applying uniaxial pressure on to the samples. Both the ML and TL intensities of CaF2 crystals increase with doping of rare earth impurities. Both the ML and TL intensity of γ-irradiated Dy, Ce, Er and Gd doped CaF2 crystals initially increase with increasing concentration of dopants obtaining an optimum value at 0.1 mole% level then further decreases with increasing dopant concentration. ML and TL intensity of γ-irradiated Dy, Ce, Er and Gd doped CaF2 crystals initially increases with the irradiation dose and then saturates at higher values of γ-doses. The order of ML and TL intensity for dopants were found similar and their order for decreasing intensity is CaF2:Dy>CaF2:Ce>CaF2:Er>CaF2:Gd. The ML spectra are almost similar to the TL spectra, this suggest that the centres emitting TL and ML may be the same although different processes cause their excitations.

  4. Spectroscopic, luminescent and laser properties of nanostructured CaF2:Tm materials

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    Lyapin, A. A.; Fedorov, P. P.; Garibin, E. A.; Malov, A. V.; Osiko, V. V.; Ryabochkina, P. A.; Ushakov, S. N.

    2013-08-01

    The laser quality transparent СаF2:Tm fluoride ceramics has been prepared by hot forming. Comparative study of absorption and emission spectra of СаF2:Tm (4 mol.% TmF3) ceramic and single crystal samples demonstrated that these materials possess almost identical spectroscopic properties. Laser oscillations of СаF2:Tm ceramics were obtained at 1898 nm under diode pumping, with the slope efficiency of 5.5%. Also, the continuous-wave (CW) laser have been obtained for СаF2:Tm single crystal at 1890 nm pumped by a diode laser was demonstrated.

  5. Dairy cow monitoring by RFID

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    Stevan Stankovski

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Dairy cows identification and monitoring on small cattle farms are usually based on the utilization of barcode technology. This kind of identification technology is unsuitable for dairy cows milking and feeding process automation. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID technology is a better solution in this case. This paper describes the research and implementation of the milking cycle´s automated monitoring with the use of RFID tags conducted on a small cattle farm in the Republic of Serbia. This solution is based on RFID system which consists of two parts. First part includes control box, two Ultra High Frequency (UHF RFID readers operating at frequency of 915 MHz and RFID tags glued onto the dairy cow ear labels. Second part includes software modules for acquisition and collecting data from RFID tags to build up an archive due to supervision and analysis of the milking cycle. Reading accuracy of RFID system in the observed period was 99.8 % in average. A group of dairy cows having a settled milking cycle within an interval of 12h ± 5 % had a 1.5 % better yield and a 0.08 better quality in comparison with a group of dairy cows having a milking cycle variance higher than 20 %. RFID system implemented in described way can be easily integrated into a new or existing farm management system in order to have better production results which depend on several factors including settled milking cycles.

  6. Dry period length of dairy cows :

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    Vries, de Ruben

    2017-01-01

    A dry period of dairy cows is historically seen as a period during which the cow can restore its body condition and regenerate its mammary epithelium in order to be high yielding in the successive lactation. Recent work has indicated that high yielding cows generally experience a severe negative ene

  7. Dry period length of dairy cows

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    Vries, de Ruben

    2017-01-01

    A dry period of dairy cows is historically seen as a period during which the cow can restore its body condition and regenerate its mammary epithelium in order to be high yielding in the successive lactation. Recent work has indicated that high yielding cows generally experience a severe negative

  8. An Integrated Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Approach Identifies New BH3-Only Protein Candidates.

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    Hawley, Robert G; Chen, Yuzhong; Riz, Irene; Zeng, Chen

    2012-05-04

    In this study, we utilized an integrated bioinformatics and computational biology approach in search of new BH3-only proteins belonging to the BCL2 family of apoptotic regulators. The BH3 (BCL2 homology 3) domain mediates specific binding interactions among various BCL2 family members. It is composed of an amphipathic α-helical region of approximately 13 residues that has only a few amino acids that are highly conserved across all members. Using a generalized motif, we performed a genome-wide search for novel BH3-containing proteins in the NCBI Consensus Coding Sequence (CCDS) database. In addition to known pro-apoptotic BH3-only proteins, 197 proteins were recovered that satisfied the search criteria. These were categorized according to α-helical content and predictive binding to BCL-xL (encoded by BCL2L1) and MCL-1, two representative anti-apoptotic BCL2 family members, using position-specific scoring matrix models. Notably, the list is enriched for proteins associated with autophagy as well as a broad spectrum of cellular stress responses such as endoplasmic reticulum stress, oxidative stress, antiviral defense, and the DNA damage response. Several potential novel BH3-containing proteins are highlighted. In particular, the analysis strongly suggests that the apoptosis inhibitor and DNA damage response regulator, AVEN, which was originally isolated as a BCL-xL-interacting protein, is a functional BH3-only protein representing a distinct subclass of BCL2 family members.

  9. BH3 Mimetics Reactivate Autophagic Cell Death in Anoxia-Resistant Malignant Glioma Cells

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    Holger Hetschko

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Here, we investigated the specific roles of Bcl-2 family members in anoxia tolerance of malignant glioma. Flow cytometry analysis of cell death in 17 glioma cell lines revealed drastic differences in their sensitivity to oxygen withdrawal (<0.1% O2. Cell death correlated with mitochondrial depolarization, cytochrome C release, and translocation of green fluorescent protein (GFP-tagged light chain 3 to autophagosomes but occurred in the absence of caspase activation or phosphatidylserine exposure. In both sensitive and tolerant glioma cell lines, anoxia caused a significant up-regulation of BH3-only genes previously implicated in mediating anoxic cell death in other cell types (BNIP3, NIX, PUMA, and Noxa. In contrast, we detected a strong correlation between anoxia resistance and high expression levels of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins Bcl-xL, Bcl-2, and Mcl-1 that function to neutralize the proapoptotic activity of BH3-only proteins. Importantly, inhibition of both Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL with the small-molecule BH3 mimetics HA14-1 and BH3I-2′ and by RNA interference reactivated anoxia-induced autophagic cell death in previously resistant glioma cells. Our data suggest that endogenous BH3-only protein induction may not be able to compensate for the high expression of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins in anoxia-resistant astrocytomas. They also support the conjecture that BH3 mimetics may represent an exciting new approach for the treatment of malignant glioma.

  10. Pressure-induced stabilization and insulator-superconductor transition of BH.

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    Hu, Chao-Hao; Oganov, Artem R; Zhu, Qiang; Qian, Guang-Rui; Frapper, Gilles; Lyakhov, Andriy O; Zhou, Huai-Ying

    2013-04-19

    Diborane (B(2)H(6)), a high energy density material, was believed to be stable in a wide P, T interval. A systematic investigation of the B-H system using the ab initio variable-composition evolutionary simulations shows that boron monohydride (BH) is thermodynamically stable and can coexist with solid B, H(2), and B(2)H(6) in a wide pressure range above 50 GPa. B(2)H(6) becomes unstable and decomposes into the Ibam phase of BH and H(2) (C2/c) at 153 GPa. The semiconducting layered Ibam structure of BH at 168 GPa transforms into a metallic phase with space group P6/mmm and a 3D topology with strong B-B and B-H covalent bonds. The Ibam-P6/mmm transformation pathway suggests the possibility of obtaining the metastable Pbcm phase on cold decompression of the P6/mmm phase. The electron-phonon coupling calculations indicate that P6/mmm-BH is a phonon-mediated superconductor with a critical temperature of superconductivity (T(c)) of 14.1-21.4 K at 175 GPa.

  11. Formation of BH3 Adducts with Pyridine-2-Methylaminophosphine ligands: An experimental and computational study

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    Harinath Adimulam; Dwijendra P Kukri; Bhabani S Mallik; Tarun K Panda

    2016-01-01

    The reaction of pyridine-2-methylaminophosphine [C5H4N-CH2NHPPh2] (1) and pyridine-2-methylphosphinoselenoic amide [C5H4N-CH2NHP(Se)Ph2] (2) with BH3·SMe2 yields the corresponding adducts [C5H4N(BH3)-CH2NHP(BH3)Ph2] (1a), and [C5H4N(BH3)-CH2NHP(Se)Ph2] (2a), respectively. The solid state structures of both the compounds were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The phosphorus and the pyridine nitrogen atoms are coordinated to the boron atom in the case of 1a whereas only pyridine nitrogen atom is attached to the BH3 group in the case of 2a. To understand the nature of P-B/ N-B bonds and to compare the basicities of pyridine nitrogen, amino nitrogen and phosphorus atoms, density functional theoretical (DFT) calculations were performed on the BH3 adducts 1a and 2a. The results are consistent with the experimental results.

  12. Improvement of the LiBH{sub 4} hydrogen desorption by confinement in modified carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Y.T.; Wan, C.B.; Meng, X.H.; Ju, X., E-mail: jux@ustb.edu.cn

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • The desorption kinetics for LiBH{sub 4} greatly promoted using melt infiltration method. • The LiBH{sub 4} confined in modified MWCNTs shows the best desorption kinetics. • The crystal structure of MWCNTs and SWCNTs is unchanged after ball milling. • Ball milling introduces a great amount of structural defects in the CNTs. • Nano-confinement is dominant on improving the hydrogen desorption of LiBH{sub 4}. - Abstract: The dehydrogenation kinetics of LiBH{sub 4} incorporated within various carbon nanotubes has been studied. It is demonstrated that the desorption kinetics of LiBH{sub 4} could be greatly promoted using a simple melt infiltration method and LiBH{sub 4} confined in modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) shows the best desorption kinetics. The structural properties of carbon nanotubes and confined samples are demonstrated by means of transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The crystal structure of MWCNTs and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are almost unchanged after ball milling. But high energy ball milling leads to a decrease in the average nanotube length and introduces a great amount of local disorder and structural defects in the CNTs, which may provide a considerable kinetic improvement.

  13. In-situ and Real-time Monitoring of Mechanochemical Preparation of Li2Mg(NH2BH3)4 and Na2Mg(NH2BH3)4 and their Thermal Dehydrogenation.

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    Biliskov, Nikola; Borgschulte, Andreas; Užarević, Krunoslav; Halasz, Ivan; Lukin, Stipe; Milošević, Sanja; Milanović, Igor; Grbović Novaković, Jasmina

    2017-09-13

    For the first time, in-situ monitoring of uninterrupted mechanochemical synthesis of two bimetallic amidoboranes,M2Mg(NH2BH3)4 (M = Li, Na), by means of Raman spectroscopy has been applied. This approach allowed real-time observation of key intermediate phases and a straightforward follow-up of the reaction course. Detailed analysis of time-dependent spectra revealed a two-step mechanism through MNH2BH3.NH3BH3 adducts as key intermediate phases which further reacted with MgH2, giving M2Mg(NH2BH3)4 as final products. The intermediates partially take a competitive pathway toward the oligomeric M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) phases. The crystal structure of the novel bimetallic amidoborane Li2Mg(NH2BH3)4 was solved from high-resolution powder diffraction data and showed an analogous metal coordination as in Na2Mg(NH2BH3)4, but a significantly different crystal packing. Li2Mg(NH2BH3)4 thermally dehydrogenates releasing highly pure H2 in the amount of 7 wt% and at a lower temperature then its sodium analogue making it significantly more viable for practical applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. The challenge of long-term tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 therapy in phenylketonuria: Effects on metabolic control, nutritional habits and nutrient supply

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    Alena G. Thiele

    2015-09-01

    Conclusions: BH4-sensitive PKU patients can achieve good metabolic control under an adjuvant BH4- or a BH4 monotherapy. The liberalized diet under BH4 seems to jeopardize the quality of patients' nutrition, and these patients require close follow-up and special nutrition education to minimize the risk for imbalanced diet and nutrient deficiencies.

  15. Mapping quantitative trait loci for binary trait in the F2:3 design

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    Chengsong Zhu; Yuan-Ming Zhang; Zhigang Guo

    2008-12-01

    In the analysis of inheritance of quantitative traits with low heritability, an F2:3 design that genotypes plants in F2 and phenotypes plants in F2:3 progeny is often used in plant genetics. Although statistical approaches for mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) in the F2:3 design have been well developed, those for binary traits of biological interest and economic importance are seldom addressed. In this study, an attempt was made to map binary trait loci (BTL) in the F2:3 design. The fundamental idea was: the F2 plants were genotyped, all phenotypic values of each F2:3 progeny were measured for binary trait, and these binary trait values and the marker genotype informations were used to detect BTL under the penetrance and liability models. The proposed method was verified by a series of Monte–Carlo simulation experiments. These results showed that maximum likelihood approaches under the penetrance and liability models provide accurate estimates for the effects and the locations of BTL with high statistical power, even under of low heritability. Moreover, the penetrance model is as efficient as the liability model, and the F2:3 design is more efficient than classical F2 design, even though only a single progeny is collected from each F2:3 family. With the maximum likelihood approaches under the penetrance and the liability models developed in this study, we can map binary traits as we can do for quantitative trait in the F2:3 design.

  16. Hindered rotational energy barriers of BH4- tetrahedra in β-Mg(BH4)2 from quasielastic neutron scattering and DFT calculations

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    Blanchard, Didier; Maronsson, Jon Bergmann; Riktor, M.D.;

    2012-01-01

    In this work, hindered rotations of the BH4- tetrahedra in Mg(BH4)2 were studied by quasielastic neutron scattering, using two instruments with different energy resolution, in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Two thermally activated reorientations of the BH4- units......, around the 2-fold (C2) and 3-fold (C3) axes were observed at temperatures from 120 to 440 K. The experimentally obtained activation energies (EaC2 = 39 and 76 meV and EaC3 = 214 meV) and mean residence times between reorientational jumps are comparable with the energy barriers obtained from DFT...... calculations. A linear dependency of the energy barriers for rotations around the C2 axis parallel to the Mg-Mg axis with the distance between these two axes was revealed by the DFT calculations. At the lowest temperature (120 K) only 15% of the BH4- units undergo rotational motion and from comparison with DFT...

  17. Coat and hair color: hair cortisol and serotonin levels in lactating Holstein cows under heat stress conditions.

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    Ghassemi Nejad, Jalil; Kim, Byong-Wan; Lee, Bae-Hun; Sung, Kyung-Il

    2017-01-01

    The deleterious effects of heat stress on animal health are being increasingly recognized. This study aimed to determine hair cortisol (HC) and serotonin levels in lactating Holstein cows under heat stress conditions with different coat and hair-cut color. Forty-five multiparous lactating Holstein cows (days in milk = 130 ± 47, body weight = 753 ± 85 kg) were divided to two main groups of over 80% black coat color (BC) and over 85% white coat color (WC) visually observed based on registry certificates and subdividing to black hair sample (BH) and white hair samples (WH) in 2 × 2 factorial arrangements. Hair samples were taken from the forehead of the individuals. Higher HC levels were observed in BC than WC cows (P  0.05). Serotonin levels showed no difference between BC and WC (P > 0.05). Interaction between coat color and hair color was not significant (P > 0.05). The cortisol levels in hair are not affected by pigmentation. However, pigmentation within the coat alters cortisol levels. In conclusion, white coat color retains less cortisol than the black coat. Therefore, white coats are preferable for dairy cows under heat stress conditions. © 2016 Japanese Society of Animal Science.

  18. Rectal temperatures in postpartum cows

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    Silvia Helena Venturolli Perri; Leslie Cristina Scarpelli; Thais Mioto Martinelli; César Esper; Katia Denise Bresciani; Marion Burkhardt de Koivisto

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate parturition data with the rectal temperature in the early postpartum period of dairy cows. One hundred and eighty cows were randomly selected between September 1999 and July 2000, in seven dairy farms located in the Northwest region of São Paulo, Brazil. For the first ten days postpartum, rectal temperature (RT) was taken between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. using an electronic thermometer (M525 - GLA Agricultural Electronics, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-7500). C...

  19. Measurement of Inclusive $\\rho^{0}, f_{0}(980), f_{2}(1270), K^{*0}_{2}(1430)$ and $f'_{2}(1525)$ Production in $Z^0$ Decays

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    DELPHI results are presented on the inclusive production of the neutral mesons$\\rho^0$, $f_0(980)$, $f_2(1270)$, K$^{*0}_2(1430)$ and $f^{'}_2(1525)$ in hadronic Z$^0$ decays. They are based on about 2 million multihadronic events collected in 1994 and 1995, using the particle identification capabilities of the DELPHI Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors and measured ionization losses in the Time Projection Chamber. The total production rates per hadronic Z$^0$ decay have been determined to be: $1.19 \\pm 0.10$ for $\\rho^0$; $0.164 \\pm 0.021$ for $f_0(980)$;$0.214 \\pm 0.038$ for $f_2(1270)$; 0:073 \\pm 0:023 for $K^{*0}_2 (1430)$; and 0:012 \\pm 0:006 for $f_{2}$(1525). The total production rates for all mesons and differential cross-sections for the $\\rho^{0}$, $f_{0}$(980) and $f_{2}$(1270) are compared with the results of other LEP experiments and with models.

  20. X-ray Excitation Triggers Ytterbium Anomalous Emission in CaF2:Yb but Not in SrF2:Yb.

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    Hughes-Currie, Rosa B; Ivanovskikh, Konstantin V; Wells, Jon-Paul R; Reid, Michael F; Gordon, Robert A; Seijo, Luis; Barandiarán, Zoila

    2017-02-27

    Materials that luminesce after excitation with ionizing radiation are extensively applied in physics, medicine, security, and industry. Lanthanide dopants are known to trigger crystal scintillation through their fast d-f emissions; the same is true for other important applications as lasers or phosphors for lighting. However, this ability can be seriously compromised by unwanted anomalous emissions often found with the most common lanthanide activators. We report high-resolution X-ray-excited optical (IR to UV) luminescence spectra of CaF2:Yb and SrF2:Yb samples excited at 8949 eV and 80 K. Ionizing radiation excites the known anomalous emission of ytterbium in the CaF2 host but not in the SrF2 host. Wave function-based ab initio calculations of host-to-dopant electron transfer and Yb(2+)/Yb(3+) intervalence charge transfer explain the difference. The model also explains the lack of anomalous emission in Yb-doped SrF2 excited by VUV radiation.

  1. Phosphate Capacities of CaF2-MgO and CaF2-CaO-MgO Slags

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    Akbari, F.; Pickles, C. A.

    2015-02-01

    Previously published sulphide capacity data and thermodynamic arguments have been employed to calculate the phosphate capacities and the phosphorus partition ratios between a molten carbon saturated iron alloy and binary CaF2-MgO slags and also ternary CaF2 -CaO-MgO slags at 1450 °C. For the CaF2-MgO binary system, a linear relationship was found between the phosphate and the sulphide capacities as follows: log ? = 1.2 log Cs + 25.2. For the ternary CaF2-CaO-MgO system at 1450 °C, the logarithm of the calculated phosphate capacities ranged from 19.47 to 20.15. With the addition of CaO, the phosphate capacities initially increased, reached a maximum and then decreased slightly. The addition of MgO to the CaF2-CaO system resulted in a decrease in the phosphate capacity. The calculated phosphorus partition ratios increased slightly with increasing mole fraction of CaO in the ternary system.

  2. Implementing an analytical formula for calculating M(3000)F2 in the ionosonde operated in Havana

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    González, Arian Ojeda; Alazo, Katy; Calzadilla, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Determining the factor M(3000)F2 is very important for ionograms analysis obtained of Ionosonde. M(3000)F2 is the result of the maximum usable frequency (MUF), for to 3000 km distance, divided by the critical frequency of the F2 layer (FoF2). Nowadays, the graphic method to determine the M(3000)F2 is used in Havana station in the ionograms analysis. The purpose of this work is to implement an analytic method that allows us the direct obtaining of M(3000)F2, so it could be programmed and incorporated as part of ionograms elaboration process in Havana station. When is used a PC, some points in the ionogram can be determined. This dataset (f; h') are used to calculate analytically the factor M(3000)F2 . Comparison between the analytic method implemented and the old graphic method are shown. The new method is more accurate and the errors are diminished in the factor M(3000)F2.

  3. Maps of Ionospheric F2-Layer Characteristics Derived from GPS Radio Occultation Observations

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    Lung-Chih Tsai

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The Global Positioning System (GPS radio occultation (RO technique has been used to receive multi-channel GPS carrier phase signals from low Earth or biting (LEO satellites and demon strate active limb sounding of the Earth¡¦s ionosphere. Apply ing Abel inversion through compen sated total electron content (TEC values, the GPS RO observations can obtainion o spheric electron density (ne profiles and then scale F2-layer characteristics including foF2 and hmF2, especially, hmF2 that can not be directly deduced from ionosonde observations. From the GPS/MET and FS3/COS MIC mis sions, we can col lect on average two hundred and eighteen hundred vertical neprofiles, respectively, within one day. The retrieved foF2 and hmF2 re sults have been used to produce numerical maps representing complex prop erties on a world-wide scale. This paperpresents aphysically appeal ing represen tation of foF2 and hmF2 medians based on GPS RO data. The derived numerical maps have also been examined by ground-based ionosonde data.

  4. On the oscillator strengths of MgO and F2

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    Main, R.P.; Schadee, A.

    1969-01-01

    In a recent paper (R. P. Main, D. J. Carlson and R. A. DuPuis, JQSRT 7, 805 (1967)), measurements of oscillator strengths of electronic transitions in the MgO-, MgH-, and F2-molecules were reported. We point out that the results reported in that paper for F2 are almost certainly invalid, and that an

  5. Absence of systemic oxidative stress and increased CSF prostaglandin F2α in progressive MS

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    Lam, Magda A; Maghzal, Ghassan J; Khademi, Mohsen

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the role of oxidative stress in the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: We determined by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry nonenzymatic (F2-isoprostanes) and enzymatic oxidation products of arachidonic acid (prostaglandin F2α [PGF2α]) i...

  6. Pilot Milt Thompson and the M2-F2 Lifting Body

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    1966-01-01

    Jay L. King, Joseph D. Huxman and Orion D. Billeter assist NASA research pilot Milt Thompson (on the ladder) into the cockpit of the M2-F2 lifting body research aircraft at the NASA Flight Research Center (now the Dryden Flight Research Center). The M2-F2 is attached to a wing pylon under the wing of NASA's B-52 mothership.

  7. The new readout electronics for the BaF2-calorimeter TAPS

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    Drexler, P; Thoring, U; Bonn, W; van der Duin, HAP; Holzmann, R; van der Kruk, G; Krusche, B; Lohner, H; Metag, [No Value; Nijboer, TW; Novotny, R; Potapov, A; Salz, C; Schadmand, S; Steinacher, M; Thiel, M; Vorenholt, H

    2003-01-01

    A highly compact and fast VME based readout board for BaF2 scintillation detectors has been designed, developed, and finally tested in an in-beam experiment. Adapted to the excellent properties of BaF2, the unit allows to digitize time, energy, and pulse-shape information of four detector channels i

  8. A Theoretical Study of Super-Excited States of F2

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    ZHANG Wei-Hua; HE Chun-long; HAO Yu-Song; MO Yu-Xiang; Li Jia-Ming

    2007-01-01

    In the framework of quantum defect theory, we study super-excited states of F2 molecules which can dissociate into F+(3P2,1,0) and F-(1So) ion-pair. Based on our calculation, we present a vibrational resolved assignment of the high precision photofragment yield spectra for F- from the F2 ion-pair production.

  9. Optical properties of Cr3+ in fluorite-structure hosts and in MgF*2

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Chase, L. L.; Krupke, William F.

    1987-03-01

    We have examined the optical properties of Cr3+ in MgF2 and in the fluorite-structure hosts: CdF2, CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2. The properties of Cr3+ in MgF2 are similar to those observed for other fluoride crystals that have octahedral substitutional metal sites. Interestingly, Cr3+ is also found to be sixfold coordinated in the fluorite hosts, despite the fact that the metal sites of these crystal lattices are eightfold coordinated. The smaller ionic radius of Cr3+ compared to, say, Ca2+, undoubtedly results in considerable relaxation at the metal site. However, the crystal field stabilization energy present in the 4A2(d3) ground state also provides for the energetic preference of sixfold vs eightfold coordination. The similarity of the observed absorption spectra of Cr3+ in MgF2 and in fluorite give evidence that the ground state is octahedrally coordinated in all of these hosts. The reduction of this electronic stabilization energy in the 4T2(d3) excited state is considered to produce a configurational shift relative to the ground state. This shift may be the reason why Cr3+ luminesces effectively in MgF2 whereas it is largely quenched in the fluorite-structure materials.

  10. The new readout electronics for the BaF2-calorimeter TAPS

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    Drexler, P; Thoring, U; Bonn, W; van der Duin, HAP; Holzmann, R; van der Kruk, G; Krusche, B; Lohner, H; Metag, [No Value; Nijboer, TW; Novotny, R; Potapov, A; Salz, C; Schadmand, S; Steinacher, M; Thiel, M; Vorenholt, H

    A highly compact and fast VME based readout board for BaF2 scintillation detectors has been designed, developed, and finally tested in an in-beam experiment. Adapted to the excellent properties of BaF2, the unit allows to digitize time, energy, and pulse-shape information of four detector channels

  11. Effect of timing of artificial insemination after synchronization of ovulation on reproductive performance in Holstein dairy cows.

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    Bayril, Tahir; Yilmaz, Orhan

    2013-02-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effect of timing of artificial insemination on pregnancy rates, calving rates, abortion rates, twinning rates, and calf gender ratio after synchronization of ovulation with Ovsynch protocol in Holstein dairy cows. The ovulation of 219 lactating Holstein dairy cows was synchronized using the Ovsynch protocol. Therefore, cows received an injection of GnRH followed by an injection of prostaglandin F(2α) 7 days later and a second treatment with GnRH 2 days later. Cows were artificially inseminated at 0, 12, or 24 h after the second injection of GnRH. Reproductive performance did not differ between cows inseminated at 0 h (n = 82), 12 h (n = 66), or 24 h (n = 71) after the last injection of GnRH (pregnancy rate: 0 h 48 %, 12 h 47 %, 24 h 52 %; abortion rate: 0 h 5 %, 12 h 0 %, 24 h 11 %; calving rate: 0 h 43 %, 12 h 47 %, 24 h 41 %; twinning rate: 0 h 2 %, 12 h 0 %, 24 h 0 %; calf gender ratio (F/M): 0 h 61:39 %, 12 h 48:52 %, 24 h 39:61 %; P > 0.05). Pregnancy rates for cows inseminated in postpartum times of 50-75, 76-100, and >100 days within the first and ≥ 3 parities were statistically similar (P > 0.05), but pregnancy rates for cows inseminated at different postpartum times of 50-75, 76-100, and >100 days within the second parity were different (P inseminated at different postpartum times (P artificial insemination at different times after synchronization were similar. These results also indicate that the timing of artificial insemination after synchronization did not influence calf gender ratio. Furthermore, pregnancy rates of Holstein dairy cows inseminated after synchronization were significantly influenced by postpartum time and parity number.

  12. Determination of the ionospheric foF2 using a stand-alone GPS receiver

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    Wijaya, Dudy D.; Haralambous, Haris; Oikonomou, Christina; Kuntjoro, Wedyanto

    2017-09-01

    The critical frequency of ionospheric F2 layer (foF2) is a measure of the highest frequency of radio signal that may be reflected back by the F2 layer, and it is associated with ionospheric peak electron density in the F2 layer. Accurate long-term foF2 variations are usually derived from ionosonde observations. In this paper, we propose a new method to observe foF2 using a stand-alone global positioning system (GPS) receiver. The proposed method relies on the mathematical equation that relates foF2 to GPS observations. The equation is then implemented in the Kalman filter algorithm to estimate foF2 at every epoch of the observation (30-s rate). Unlike existing methods, the proposed method does not require any additional information from ionosonde observations and does not require any network of GPS receivers. It only requires as inputs the ionospheric scale height and the modeled plasmaspheric electron content, which practically can be derived from any existing ionospheric/plasmaspheric model. We applied the proposed method to estimate long-term variations of foF2 at three GPS stations located at the northern hemisphere (NICO, Cyprus), the southern hemisphere (STR1, Australia) and the south pole (SYOG, Antarctic). To assess the performance of the proposed method, we then compared the results against those derived by ionosonde observations and the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) 2012 model. We found that, during the period of high solar activity (2011-2012), the values of absolute mean bias between foF2 derived by the proposed method and ionosonde observations are in the range of 0.2-0.5 MHz, while those during the period of low solar activity (2009-2010) are in the range of 0.05-0.15 MHz. Furthermore, the root-mean-square-error (RMSE) values during high and low solar activities are in the range of 0.8-0.9 MHz and of 0.6-0.7 MHz, respectively. We also noticed that the values of absolute mean bias and RMSE between foF2 derived by the proposed method and the

  13. Applying Dairy Cow Behavior in Management Practice

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    YUAN Kai; LIU Zongping; WANG Zongyuan

    2009-01-01

    Applying dairy cow behavior in management practice is an effective way of improving cow health, welfare and performance. This paper first reviewed daily time budget and normal patterns of dairy cow behavior, and then discussed the influence of major management conditions and practices (such as competitive environments, stocking density, grouping strategies) on cow's feeding, lying and social behavior. Finally, new findings of using feeding behavior to predict disorders in transition period were addressed. It was suggested that dairy researchers and farmers should take advantage of related knowledge of dairy cow behavior to improve dairy cow health and welfare. More research is required to further study dairy cow behavior so as to better apply it in practical management and meet the needs of production.

  14. X-ray excited luminescence of polystyrene composites loaded with SrF2 nanoparticles

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    Demkiv, T. M.; Halyatkin, O. O.; Vistovskyy, V. V.; Hevyk, V. B.; Yakibchuk, P. M.; Gektin, A. V.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.

    2017-03-01

    The polystyrene film nanocomposites of 0.3 mm thickness with embedded SrF2 nanoparticles up to 40 wt% have been synthesized. The luminescent and kinetic properties of the polystyrene composites with embedded SrF2 nanoparticles upon the pulse X-ray excitation have been investigated. The luminescence intensity of the pure polystyrene scintillator film significantly increases when it is loaded with the inorganic SrF2 nanoparticles. The film nanocomposites show fast (∼2.8 ns) and slow (∼700 ns) luminescence decay components typical for a luminescence of polystyrene activators (p-Terphenyl and POPOP) and SrF2 nanoparticles, respectively. It is revealed that the fast decay luminescence component of the polystyrene composites is caused by the excitation of polystyrene by the photoelectrons escaped from the nanoparticles due to photoeffect, and the slow component is caused by reabsorption of the self-trapped exciton luminescence of SrF2 nanoparticles by polystyrene.

  15. Effect of subluteal concentrations of progesterone on luteinizing hormone and ovulation in lactating dairy cows.

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    Hatler, T B; Hayes, S H; Ray, D L; Reames, P S; Silvia, W J

    2008-09-01

    Two experiments were conducted to determine if administration of progesterone within a low, subluteal range (0.1-1.0 ng/mL) blocks the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge (experiments 1 and 2) and ovulation (experiment 2) in lactating dairy cows. In experiment 1, progesterone was administered to cycling, lactating dairy cows during the luteal phase of the estrous cycle using a controlled internal drug release (CIDR) device. CIDRs were pre-incubated in other cows for either 0 (CIDR-0), 14 (CIDR-14) or 28 days (CIDR-28). One group of cows received no CIDRs and served as controls. One day after CIDR insertion, luteolysis was induced by two injections of prostaglandin (PG) F(2alpha) (25 mg) at 12 h intervals. Two days after the first injection, estradiol cypionate (ECP; 3 mg) was injected to induce a LH surge. Concentrations of progesterone after luteolysis were 0.11, 0.45, 0.78 and 1.20 ng/mL for cows treated with no CIDR, CIDR-28, CIDR-14, and CIDR-0, respectively. LH surges were detected in 4/4 controls, 4/5 CIDR-28, 2/5 CIDR-14 and 0/5 CIDR-0 cows following ECP. In experiment 2, progesterone was administered to cycling, lactating, Holstein cows during the luteal phase of the estrous cycle as in experiment 1. Luteolysis was induced as in experiment 1. The occurrence of an endogenous LH surge and ovulation were monitored for 7 days. Concentrations of progesterone after luteolysis were 0.13, 0.30, 0.70 and 1.20 ng/mL for cows treated with no CIDR, CIDR-28, CIDR-14 and CIDR-0, respectively. LH surges and ovulation were detected in 5/5 controls, 3/7 CIDR-28, 0/5 CIDR-14 and 0/5 CIDR-0 cows. It was concluded that low concentrations of progesterone can reduce the ability of either endogenous or exogenous estradiol to induce a preovulatory surge of LH and ovulation.

  16. The effect of the intramammary infusion of Escherichia coli endotoxin on ovulation in lactating dairy cows.

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    Nugent, Amelia M; Hatler, Thomas B; Silvia, William J

    2002-11-01

    The purpose of this experiment was to determine if intramammary inflammation during the periovulatory period affects the occurrence of ovulation in lactating dairy cows. Ten lactating, cyclic, Holstein dairy cows received 2 injections of prostaglandin F2alpha at eleven-day intervals, to synchronize luteolysis. The day of the second injection was designated as day 0. Ovulation was anticipated to occur 3-5 days later (on days 3-5). Beginning at the morning milking on day 1, cows received intramammary infusions of either Escherichia coli endotoxin (10 microg; n=5) or infusion vehicle (pyrogen free Hank's balanced salt solution; n=5) into 2 quarters immediately after milking. The same quarters were infused after each milking through day 4. Venous blood samples were collected daily from day -1 through 13 for determination of progesterone to monitor luteolysis and formation of a new corpus luteum. Blood samples were also collected at 4-h intervals (days -1 to 2), then at 2-h intervals (days 2 to 5) to measure concentrations of luteinizing hormone. Ovaries were examined ultrasonographically on days -1 through 5 and on day 12 to monitor follicular growth and formation of the corpus luteum. Collectively, these observations were used to determine if and when ovulation occurred. Intramammary infusion of E. coli endotoxin induced an immediate increase in the concentration of somatic cells in milk from treated quarters. However, this treatment had no effect on the occurrence or timing of ovulation. Based on ultrasonography and concentrations of progesterone, four of five cows in each treatment group appeared to have ovulated. Preovulatory surges of LH were detected within the intensive bleeding periods for three cows in each treatment group. The magnitude of the LH surge was reduced in cows receiving endotoxin.

  17. Mouse Noxa uses only the C-terminal BH3-domain to inactivate Mcl-1.

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    Weber, Arnim; Ausländer, David; Häcker, Georg

    2013-09-01

    Noxa is a member of the pro-apoptotic BH3-only group of Bcl-2 proteins that is known to bind specifically to anti-apoptotic Mcl-1 and A1, antagonizing their function. Mcl-1 has been reported to have a short half-life, and Noxa up-regulation accelerates Mcl-1 degradation by the proteasome. Unlike human Noxa, mouse Noxa has two BH3-domains, which both have affinity for Mcl-1. We here investigate two aspects of the molecular function of Noxa, namely the requirements for the two BH3-domains in mouse Noxa and the role of Noxa in Mcl-1-degradation. We found that only the C-terminal BH3-domain of mouse Noxa is active in neutralizing Mcl-1. This was the result of the targeting of Noxa to the outer mitochondrial membrane through its C-terminal alpha-helix, which allowed Mcl-1-neutralization only when the BH3-domain was immediately N-terminal of the membrane anchor. However, the N-terminal BH3-domain enhanced interaction with Mcl-1 and A1. The Noxa-dependent degradation of Mcl-1 was independent of the kinase GSK3 and the deubiquitinase Usp9x in mouse embryonic fibroblasts. These data show that Noxa is targeted to the mitochondrial membrane where it neutralises Mcl-1 via its C-terminal BH3-domain and suggest that Noxa is co-degraded with Noxa, in a way independent of ubiquitin-modifying enzymes described for Mcl-1.

  18. Core--strategy leading to high reversible hydrogen storage capacity for NaBH4.

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    Christian, Meganne L; Aguey-Zinsou, Kondo-François

    2012-09-25

    Owing to its high storage capacity (10.8 mass %), sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)) is a promising hydrogen storage material. However, the temperature for hydrogen release is high (>500 °C), and reversibility of the release is unachievable under reasonable conditions. Herein, we demonstrate the potential of a novel strategy leading to high and stable hydrogen absorption/desorption cycling for NaBH(4) under mild pressure conditions (4 MPa). By an antisolvent precipitation method, the size of NaBH(4) particles was restricted to a few nanometers (hydrogen at 400 °C. Further encapsulation of these nanoparticles upon reaction of nickel chloride at their surface allowed the synthesis of a core--shell nanostructure, NaBH(4)@Ni, and this provided a route for (a) the effective nanoconfinement of the melted NaBH(4) core and its dehydrogenation products, and (b) reversibility and fast kinetics owing to short diffusion lengths, the unstable nature of nickel borohydride, and possible modification of reaction paths. Hence at 350 °C, a reversible and steady hydrogen capacity of 5 mass % was achieved for NaBH(4)@Ni; 80% of the hydrogen could be desorbed or absorbed in less than 60 min, and full capacity was reached within 5 h. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such performances have been achieved with NaBH(4). This demonstrates the potential of the strategy in leading to major advancements in the design of effective hydrogen storage materials from pristine borohydrides.

  19. Molecular epidemiology, genotype-phenotype correlation and BH4 responsiveness in Spanish patients with phenylketonuria.

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    Aldámiz-Echevarría, Luis; Llarena, Marta; Bueno, María A; Dalmau, Jaime; Vitoria, Isidro; Fernández-Marmiesse, Ana; Andrade, Fernando; Blasco, Javier; Alcalde, Carlos; Gil, David; García, María C; González-Lamuño, Domingo; Ruiz, Mónica; Ruiz, María A; Peña-Quintana, Luis; González, David; Sánchez-Valverde, Felix; Desviat, Lourdes R; Pérez, Belen; Couce, María L

    2016-08-01

    Phenylketonuria (PKU), the most common inborn error of amino acid metabolism, is caused by mutations in the phenylalanine-4-hydroxylase (PAH) gene. This study aimed to assess the genotype-phenotype correlation in the PKU Spanish population and the usefulness in establishing genotype-based predictions of BH4 responsiveness in our population. It involved the molecular characterization of 411 Spanish PKU patients: mild hyperphenylalaninemia non-treated (mild HPA-NT) (34%), mild HPA (8.8%), mild-moderate (20.7%) and classic (36.5%) PKU. BH4 responsiveness was evaluated using a 6R-BH4 loading test. We assessed genotype-phenotype associations and genotype-BH4 responsiveness in our population according to literature and classification of the mutations. The mutational spectrum analysis showed 116 distinct mutations, most missense (70.7%) and located in the catalytic domain (62.9%). The most prevalent mutations were c.1066-11G>A (9.7%), p.Val388Met (6.6%) and p.Arg261Gln (6.3%). Three novel mutations (c.61-13del9, p.Ile283Val and p.Gly148Val) were reported. Although good genotype-phenotype correlation was observed, there was no exact correlation for some genotypes. Among the patients monitored for the 6R-BH4 loading test: 102 were responders (87, carried either one or two BH4-responsive alleles) and 194 non-responders (50, had two non-responsive mutations). More discrepancies were observed in non-responders. Our data reveal a great genetic heterogeneity in our population. Genotype is quite a good predictor of phenotype and BH4 responsiveness, which is relevant for patient management, treatment and follow-up.

  20. The effect of CaF2 on thermodynamics of CaO-CaF2-SiO2(-MgO) slags

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    Choi, Chul-Hwan; Jo, Sung-Koo; Kim, Seon-Hyo; Lee, Kwang-Ro; Kim, Jeong-Tae

    2004-02-01

    To address the role of CaF2 in the CaO-CaF2-SiO2(-MgO) slag system employed for the production of low-pressure rotor steels, the thermodynamic aspects of the slag were investigated by equilibrating it with liquid iron at 1873 K in CaO or MgO crucibles. Presaturation of slag with an oxide block piece of CaO or MgO in a Pt crucible and application of a carbon paste to the outside of an oxide crucible were designed to prevent crucible failure during the slag-metal experiments. The liquidus isotherm and phase boundary of the preceding slag system were investigated using the slag-metal equilibria. Also, the effect of CaF2 on the sulfide capacity and the activity coefficient of Fe t O were of particular interest in controlling the sulfur level and cleanliness of low-pressure rotor steels.

  1. Mad Cows and Cooked Geese

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    Full Text Available Science leads with the results of a recent gloomy assessment of the cause of global climate change. Nature leads off this week with a story about U.S. attempts to prevent the spread of mad cow disease.

  2. Coping strategies in dairy cows.

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    Hopster, H.

    1998-01-01

    The central aim of this thesis is to investigate whether individual dairy cows display different and coherent patterns of physiological and behavioural stress responses. Such responses enable them to successful adapt in a changing environment.In Chapter 1, current concepts of adaptation and stress a

  3. Coping strategies in dairy cows

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    Hopster, H.

    1998-01-01

    The central aim of this thesis is to investigate whether individual dairy cows display different and coherent patterns of physiological and behavioural stress responses. Such responses enable them to successful adapt in a changing environment.

    In Chapter 1, current concept

  4. BH3-only 蛋白的研究进展

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    杨志英; 余平

    2006-01-01

    @@ 细胞凋亡是在一定的生理或病理条件下进行的程序性细胞死亡.在大多数细胞,Bcl-2家族蛋白是凋亡的关键调控者[1].依其结构和功能Bcl-2家族可分为三个亚家族:①抗凋亡Bcl-2亚家族,含4个BH(Bcl-2 homology)结构域(即BH1~4),成员包括:Bcl-2,Bcl-xl,Bcl-w,Mcl-1和A1.②促凋亡Bak亚家族,在结构上类似Bcl-2,有3个BH结构域(BH1~3),成员包括:Bax、Bak和Bok.③促凋亡BH3亚家族,只有一个BH3结构域,称BH3-only蛋白.其成员包括Bim,Bad,Bid,Bik,Bmf,Pu-ma,Noxa和Hrk.最近研究表明BH3-only蛋白是启动以线粒体途径为主的细胞凋亡的必要条件,当细胞受到一些细胞毒信号刺激时,BH3-only蛋白活化,并通过一定的方式活化Bax或Bak[2],使Bax和Bak在线粒体膜上形成寡聚物,使膜通透性增加,释放促凋亡蛋白如细胞色素C,驱使caspase活化介导细胞凋亡[3].许多资料表明[1,4]BH3-only蛋白参与了关键的生物学过程,它们的缺乏,可引起自身免疫病和肿瘤.本文就它们在调节凋亡,稳定内环境,参与肿瘤发生以及在抗癌治疗等研究方面的最新进展进行了综述.

  5. Spike, a novel BH3-only protein, regulates apoptosis at the endoplasmic reticulum.

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    Mund, Thomas; Gewies, Andreas; Schoenfeld, Nicole; Bauer, Manuel K A; Grimm, Stefan

    2003-04-01

    We have isolated Spike, a novel and evolutionary conserved BH3-only protein. BH3-only proteins constitute a family of apoptosis inducers that mediate proapoptotic signals. In contrast to most proteins of this family, Spike was not found to be associated with mitochondria. Furthermore, unlike the known BH3-only proteins, Spike could not interact with all tested Bcl-2 family members, despite its BH3 domain being necessary for cell killing. Our findings indicate that Spike is localized to the endoplasmic reticulum. The endoplasmic reticulum is an organelle that has only recently been implicated in regulation of apoptosis. At this locale, Spike interacts with Bap31, an adaptor protein for pro-caspase-8 and Bcl-XL. In doing so, Spike is able to inhibit the formation of a complex between Bap31 and the antiapoptotic Bcl-XL protein. Furthermore, Spike transmits the signal of specific death receptors. Its down-regulation in certain tumors suggests that Spike may also play a role in tumorigenesis. Our findings add new insight for how BH3-only and antiapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins regulate cell death.

  6. Supermassive black holes and their host spheroids III. The $M_{BH} - n_{sph}$ correlation

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    Savorgnan, Giulia A D

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    The S\\'ersic $R^{1/n}$ model is the best approximation known to date for describing the light distribution of stellar spheroidal and disk components, with the S\\'ersic index $n$ providing a direct measure of the central radial concentration of stars. The S\\'ersic index of a galaxy's spheroidal component, $n_{sph}$, has been shown to tightly correlate with the mass of the central supermassive black hole, $M_{BH}$. The $M_{BH}-n_{sph}$ correlation is also expected from other two well known scaling relations involving the spheroid luminosity, $L_{sph}$: the $L_{sph}-n_{sph}$ and the $M_{BH}-L_{sph}$. Obtaining an accurate estimate of the spheroid S\\'ersic index requires a careful modelling of a galaxy's light distribution and some studies have failed to recover a statistically significant $M_{BH}-n_{sph}$ correlation. With the aim of re-investigating the $M_{BH}-n_{sph}$ and other black hole mass scaling relations, we performed a detailed (i.e.~bulge, disks, bars, spiral arms, rings, halo, nucleus, etc.) decompo...

  7. B-H bond activation using an electrophilic metal complex: insights into the reaction pathway.

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    Kumar, Rahul; Jagirdar, Balaji R

    2013-01-07

    A highly electrophilic ruthenium center in the [RuCl(dppe)(2)][OTf] complex brings about the activation of the B-H bond in ammonia borane (H(3)N·BH(3), AB) and dimethylamine borane (Me(2)HN·BH(3), DMAB). At room temperature, the reaction between [RuCl(dppe)(2)][OTf] and AB or DMAB results in trans-[RuH(η(2)-H(2))(dppe)(2)][OTf], trans-[RuCl(η(2)-H(2))(dppe)(2)][OTf], and trans-[RuH(Cl)(dppe)(2)], as noted in the NMR spectra. Mixing the ruthenium complex and AB or DMAB at low temperature (198/193 K) followed by NMR spectral measurements as the reaction mixture was warmed up to room temperature allowed the observation of various species formed enroute to the final products that were obtained at room temperature. On the basis of the variable-temperature multinuclear NMR spectroscopic studies of these two reactions, the mechanistic insights for B-H bond activation were obtained. In both cases, the reaction proceeds via an η(1)-B-H moiety bound to the metal center. The detailed mechanistic pathways of these two reactions as studied by NMR spectroscopy are described.

  8. An algebraic invariant for Jordan automorphisms on B(H): The set of idempotents

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    CUI Jianlian; HOU Jinchuan

    2005-01-01

    Let H be an infinite dimensional complex Hilbert space. Denote by B(H)the algebra of all bounded linear operators on H, and by I(H) the set of all idempotents in B(H). Suppose that φ is a surjective map from B(H) onto itself. If for everyλ∈ {-1, 1, 2, 3, 1/2, 1/3} and A, B ∈ B(H), A - λB ∈ I(H) (→)φ(A) - λφ(B) ∈ I(H), then φis a Jordan ring automorphism, i.e. there exists a continuous invertible linear or conjugate linear operator T on H such that φ(A) = TAT-1 for all A ∈ B(H), or φ(A) = TA*T-1 for all A ∈ B(H); if, in addition, A - iB ∈ I(H) (→)φ(A) - iφ(B) ∈ I(H), here i is the imaginary unit, then φ is either an automorphism or an anti-automorphism.

  9. Amelioration of behavioral abnormalities in BH(4-deficient mice by dietary supplementation of tyrosine.

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    Sang Su Kwak

    Full Text Available This study reports an amelioration of abnormal motor behaviors in tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4-deficient Spr (-/- mice by the dietary supplementation of tyrosine. Since BH4 is an essential cofactor for the conversion of phenylalanine into tyrosine as well as the synthesis of dopamine neurotransmitter within the central nervous system, the levels of tyrosine and dopamine were severely reduced in brains of BH4-deficient Spr (-/- mice. We found that Spr (-/- mice display variable 'open-field' behaviors, impaired motor functions on the 'rotating rod', and dystonic 'hind-limb clasping'. In this study, we report that these aberrant motor deficits displayed by Spr (-/- mice were ameliorated by the therapeutic tyrosine diet for 10 days. This study also suggests that dopamine deficiency in brains of Spr (-/- mice may not be the biological feature of aberrant motor behaviors associated with BH4 deficiency. Brain levels of dopamine (DA and its metabolites in Spr (-/- mice were not substantially increased by the dietary tyrosine therapy. However, we found that mTORC1 activity severely suppressed in brains of Spr (-/- mice fed a normal diet was restored 10 days after feeding the mice the tyrosine diet. The present study proposes that brain mTORC1 signaling pathway is one of the potential targets in understanding abnormal motor behaviors associated with BH4-deficiency.

  10. Plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations and outcomes after acute intracerebral hemorrhage.

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    Du, Quan; Yu, Wen-Hua; Dong, Xiao-Qiao; Yang, Ding-Bo; Shen, Yong-Feng; Wang, Hao; Jiang, Li; Du, Yuan-Feng; Zhang, Zu-Yong; Zhu, Qiang; Che, Zhi-Hao; Liu, Qun-Jie

    2014-11-01

    Higher plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations have been associated with poor outcome of severe traumatic brain injury. We further investigated the relationships between plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations and clinical outcomes in patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhage. Plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations of 128 consecutive patients and 128 sex- and gender-matched healthy subjects were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We assessed their relationships with disease severity and clinical outcomes including 1-week mortality, 6-month mortality and unfavorable outcome (modified Rankin Scale score>2). Plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations were substantially higher in patients than in healthy controls. Plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations were positively associated with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores and hematoma volume using a multivariate linear regression. It emerged as an independent predictor for clinical outcomes of patients using a forward stepwise logistic regression. ROC curves identified the predictive values of plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations, and found its predictive value was similar to NIHSS scores and hematoma volumes. However, it just numerically added the predictive values of NIHSS score and hematoma volume. Increased plasma 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2α concentrations are associated with disease severity and clinical outcome after acute intracerebral hemorrhage. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Decomposition treatment of SO2F2 using packed bed DBD plasma followed by chemical absorption.

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    Nie, Yong; Zheng, Qifeng; Liang, Xiaojiang; Gu, Dayong; Lu, Meizhen; Min, Min; Ji, Jianbing

    2013-07-16

    The technology of packed bed dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma followed by a chemical absorption has been developed and was found to be an efficient way for decomposition treatment of sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2) in simulated residual fumigant. The effects of energy density, initial SO2F2 concentration, and residence time on the removal efficiency of SO2F2 for the DBD plasma treatment alone were investigated. It was found that the SO2F2 could be removed completely when initial volume concentration, energy density, and residence time were 0.5%, 33.9 kJ/L, and 5.1 s, respectively. The removal mechanism of SO2F2 in the packed bed DBD reactor was discussed. Based on the detailed analysis of SO2F2 molecular stability and its exhaust products in the DBD plasma reactor, it was concluded that the energetic electrons generated in the packed bed DBD reactor played a key role on the removal of SO2F2, and the major decomposition products of SO2F2 detected were SO2, SiF4, and S (Sulfur). Among these products, SiF4 was formed by the F atom reacted with the filler-quartz glass beads (SiO2) in the packed bed DBD reactor. Aqueous NaOH solution was used as the chemical absorbent for the gaseous products of SO2F2 after plasma pretreatment. It was found that the gaseous products in the plasma exhaust could be absorbed and fixed by the subsequent aqueous NaOH solution.

  12. Effect of 1918 PB1-F2 expression on influenza A virus infection kinetics

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    Ribeiro, Ruy [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Perelson, Alan S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Smith, Amber M [UNIV OF UTAH; Adler, Frederick R [UNIV OF UTAH; Mcauley, Julie L [ST. JUDES CHILDREN RESEARCH; Mccullers, Jonathan A [ST. JUDES CHILDREN RESEARCH

    2009-01-01

    Relatively little is known about the viral factors contributing to the lethality of the 1918 pandemic, although its unparalleled virulence was likely due in part to the newly discovered PB1-F2 protein. This protein, while unnecessary for replication, increases apoptosis in monocytes, alters viral polymerase activity in vitro, and produces enhanced inflammation and increased secondary pneumonia in vivo. However, the effects the PB1-F2 protein have in vivo remain unclear. To address the mechanisms involved, we intranasally infected groups of mice with either influenza A virus PR8 or a genetically engineered virus that expresses the 1918 PB1-F2 protein on a PR8 background, PR8-PB1-F2(1918). Mice inoculated with PR8 had viral concentrations peaking at 72 hours, while those infected with PR8-PB1-F2(1918) reached peak concentrations earlier, 48 hours. Mice given PR8-PB1-F2(1918) also showed a faster decline in viral loads. We fit a mathematical model to these data to estimate parameter values and select the best model. This model supports a lower viral clearance rate and higher infected cell death rate with the PR8-PB1-F2(1918) virus, although the viral production rate may also be higher. We hypothesize that the higher PR8-PB1-F2(1918) viral titers early in an infection are due to both an increase in viral production with decreased viral clearance, and that the faster decline in the later stages of infection result from elevated cell death rates. We discuss the implications these mechanisms have during an infection with a virus expressing a virulent PBI-F2 on the possibility of a pandemic and on the importance of antiviral treatments.

  13. Production of the new gauge boson BH via e-γ collision in the littlest Higgs model

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    WANG Xue-Lei; JIN Zhen-Lan; ZENG Qing-Guo

    2008-01-01

    The lightest new gauge boson BH with mass of hundreds GeV is predicted in the littlest Higgs model. BH should be accessible in the planned ILC and the observation of such particle can strongly support the littlest Higgs model. The realization of γγ and e-γ collisions would open a wider window to probe BH. Inthis paper, we study the new gauge boson BH production processes e-γ→ e-γBH and e-γ→e-ZBH at the ILC. Our results show that the production cross section of the process e-γ→ e-ZBH is less than 0.1 fb in most parameter spaces allowed by the electroweak precision data while the cross section of the process e-γ→ e-γBH can be over one fb in the favorable parameter spaces. With the high luminosity, the enough typical signals could be produced via e-γ→ e-γBH. Because the final electron and photon beams can be easily identified and the signal can be easily distinguished from the backgrounds produced by Z and H decaying, e-γ→e-γBH is a promising process to probe BH.

  14. Long-term alteration of follicular steroid concentrations in relation to subclinical endometritis in postpartum dairy cows.

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    Green, M P; Ledgard, A M; Beaumont, S E; Berg, M C; McNatty, K P; Peterson, A J; Back, P J

    2011-11-01

    The focus of this study was to investigate the effect of subclinical endometritis (scEndo) on ovarian follicular steroid concentrations in early postpartum pasture-fed dairy cows. Mixed-age lactating dairy cows (n = 169) were examined to ascertain uterine health status on d 21 postpartum (±3 d). From this herd, a cohort of scEndo and uninfected cows (n = 47) were selected using uterine cytology to determine scEndo. To ensure cows with scEndo were selected for the study, a conservative threshold [>18% polymorphonuclear (PMN) cells among uterine nucleated cells] was chosen as a selection threshold. Ovarian follicular dynamics were assessed by ultrasonography on d 21, 42, and 63 postpartum. On the latter 2 d, all follicles >4 mm in diameter were ablated, and 4 d later, the largest (F1) and second largest (F2) follicles were measured and their follicular fluid aspirated. Hematological variables and plasma metabolites were measured also on these days to further characterize scEndo cows. On d 21, the prevalence of scEndo was approximately 9% in this herd; by d 42 infections had self-resolved in the majority (81%) of those cows classified as having scEndo on d 21. The scEndo cows had a delayed return to cyclicity; however, no effect was evident on ovarian follicle size or growth rate. Weeks after scEndo had self-resolved and cyclicity was restored, decreased (P = 0.07) testosterone and increased (P = 0.07) cortisol concentrations were evident in F1 follicles of scEndo compared with uninfected cows. Progesterone concentrations of F1 increased (P estradiol, androstendione, and dehydroepiandrosterone concentrations were decreased (P < 0.05) in F1 8- to 10-mm diameter follicles of scEndo cows. These 3 steroids also differed (P < 0.05) between F1 follicle size categories of scEndo but not uninfected cows. On d 21, mean plasma albumin concentration was decreased (P = 0.02) in scEndo cows. In summary, early postpartum scEndo had surprisingly long-term influences on the steroid

  15. Nuclear medium effects in $F_{2A}^{EM}(x,Q^2)$ and $F_{2A}^{Weak}(x,Q^2)$ structure functions

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    Haider, H; Athar, M Sajjad; Singh, S K; Simo, I Ruiz

    2016-01-01

    Recent phenomenological analysis of experimental data on DIS processes induced by charged leptons and neutrinos/antineutrinos beams on nuclear targets by CTEQ collaboration has confirmed the observation of CCFR and NuTeV collaborations, that weak structure function $F_{2A}^{Weak} (x,Q^2)$ is different from electromagnetic structure function $F_{2A}^{EM} (x,Q^2)$ in a nucleus like iron, specially in the region of low $x$ and $Q^2$. In view of this observation we have made a study of nuclear medium effects on $F_{2A}^{Weak} (x,Q^2)$ and $F_{2A}^{EM} (x,Q^2)$ for a wide range of $x$ and $Q^2$ using a microscopic nuclear model. We have considered Fermi motion, binding energy, nucleon correlations, mesonic contributions from pion and rho mesons and shadowing effects to incorporate nuclear medium effects. The calculations are performed in a local density approximation using a relativistic nucleon spectral function which includes nucleon correlations. The numerical results in the case of iron nucleus are compared wi...

  16. Atmospheric chemistry of n-CxF2x+1CHO (x = 1, 2, 3, 4)

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    Hurley, M. D.; Ball, J. C.; Wallington, T. J.;

    2006-01-01

    Smog chamber/FTIR techniques were used to study the atmospheric fate of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) (x = 1, 2, 3, 4) radicals in 700 Torr O(2)/N(2) diluent at 298 +/- 3 K. A competition is observed between reaction with O(2) to form n-C(x)()F(2)(x)()(+1)C(O)O(2) radicals and decomposition to form n-C(x...... to the atmospheric chemistry of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) radicals and their possible role in contributing to the formation of perfluorocarboxylic acids in the environment....

  17. Vibrational spectra of (BaF2)n (n=1-6) clusters

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    Pandey, Ratnesh K.; Waters, Kevin; Nigam, Sandeep; Pandey, Ravindra; Pandey, Avinash C.

    2016-05-01

    The vibrational properties of alkaline-earth metal fluoride clusters (BaF2)n (n=1-6) are investigated in the framework of density functional theory. The calculated Raman and Infrared (IR) spectra reveals shift in Raman and IR peak position towards lower frequency region with the increase in the cluster size. Further the calculated spectra have been compared with the experimental vibrational spectra of bulk BaF2 crystal. Even though the smaller size cluster lacks translational symmetry, the structural and vibrational characteristic of (BaF2)5-6 are nearer to bulk counterpart.

  18. Optical Properties of MgF2 / MgF2 / Glass and MgF2 / TiO2 / Glass

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available MgF2 thin films by thickness of 93 nm were deposited on MgF2 / glass and TiO2 / glass thin layers by resistance evaporation method under ultra-high vacuum (UHV conditions, rotating pre layer for sample one and normal deposition for second one. Optical properties were measured via spectrophotometer in spectral range of 300-1100 nm wave length. The optical constants such as, real part of refractive index (n, imaginary part of refractive index (k, real and imaginary parts of dielectric function ε1, ε2 respectively and absorption coefficient (, were obtained from Kramers-Kronig analysis of reflectivity curves. Band-gap energy was also estimated for these films.

  19. Cellular mechanisms by which oxytocin mediates uterine prostaglandin F2 alpha synthesis in bovine endometrium: role of calcium.

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    Burns, P D; Hayes, S H; Silvia, W J

    1998-11-01

    The objective of these experiments was to determine the role of Ca2+ during oxytocin-stimulated prostaglandin (PG) F2 alpha release from bovine endometrial tissue in vitro. Uteri were collected from dairy cows on the day after spontaneous luteal regression. Caruncular endometrial explants were dissected and incubated in vitro to determine phospholipase C activity or PGF2 alpha release. A23,187 (a calcium ionophore) and maitotoxin (an activator of voltage-gated L-type calcium channels) stimulated release of PGF 2 alpha in a concentration-dependent manner (P < 0.05). Thapsigargin (induces accumulation of Ca2+ in the cytoplasm by inhibiting endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+/ATPase pumps) stimulated release of PGF2 alpha in a concentration-dependent manner as well (P < 0.13). Oxytocin (10(-6) M), AIF4- (a nonspecific activator of G-proteins; 10(-5) M), A23,187 (10(-5) M), and melittin (a stimulator of phospholipase A2; 10(-4) M) stimulated PGF2 alpha release when explants were incubated in Ca(2+)-free medium (P < 0.10); however, oxytocin, A23,187, or melittin were unable to stimulate PGF2 alpha release when explants were incubated in Ca(2+)-free medium containing the calcium chelator EGTA (P < 0.10). This treatment did not prevent oxytocin or AIF4- from stimulating phospholipase C activity (P < 0.08). CoCl2 (a nonspecific Ca2+ channel blocker) and methoxyverapamil (a specific voltage-gated L-type Ca2+ channel blocker) prevented oxytocin from stimulating PGF2 alpha release (P < 0.05). Our results suggest that both extracellular and intracellular Ca2+ may be required for oxytocin to stimulate PGF2 alpha secretion in bovine endometrial tissue.

  20. Receptors for gonadotrophin and prostaglandin F2 alpha in bovine corpora lutea of early, mid and late luteal phase.

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    Rao, C V; Estergreen, V L; Carman, F R; Moss, G E

    1979-07-01

    A total of 15 corpora lutea representing early (day 3), mid (day 13) and late luteal phase (day 20 and 21-24) were obtained by ovariectomy on cycling cows. The luteal weights and peripheral plasma progesterone levels just prior to ovariectomy, were consistent with the above luteal phases. The specific binding of [125I]human chorionic gonadotrophin to membranes prepared from corpora lutea was significantly higher (P less than 0.01) for days 13 and 20 than for days 3 and 21-24. The binding in day 21-24 corpora lutea was higher (P less than 0.01) than day 3. Although there was no different either in number or affinity (apparent dissociation constant (Kd) = 0.04 nM) of gonadotrophin receptors in days 13 and 20 corpora lutea, only in the former did the binding correlate well with plasma progesterone levels. The specific binding of [3H]prostaglanding (PG)F2 alpha to the membranes of the same corpora lutea showed a progressive increase (P less than 0.01) from day 3, reached the highest value at a time when corpora lutea were actively regressing (day 20) and the decline (P less than 0.01) by day 21-24. Although a considerable number of PGF2 alpha receptors existed at day 13, the affinity of these same receptors was 203 times lower (Kd = 3458 nM) than the affinity of receptors in day 20 corpora lutea (Kd = 17 nM). In summary, the above results show that gonadotrophin receptors correlate with luteotrophic, whereas PGF2 alpha receptors correlate with luteolytic phases in bovine corpora lutea.

  1. Additive Maps Preserving the Star Partial Order on B(H)

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    Xi Cui; Ji Guo-xing; Ji You-qing

    2015-01-01

    Let B(H) be the C∗-algebra of all bounded linear operators on a complex Hilbert space H. It is proved that an additive surjective map φ on B(H) preserving the star partial order in both directions if and only if one of the following assertions holds. (1) There exist a nonzero complex number α and two unitary operators U and V on H such that φ(X) = αUXV or φ(X) = αUX∗V for all X ∈ B(H). (2) There exist a nonzero α and two anti-unitary operators U and V on H such thatφ(X)=αUXV orφ(X)=αUX∗V for all X∈B(H).

  2. Evaluation of the BH3-only protein Puma as a direct Bak activator.

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    Dai, Haiming; Pang, Yuan-Ping; Ramirez-Alvarado, Marina; Kaufmann, Scott H

    2014-01-03

    Interactions among Bcl-2 family proteins play critical roles in cellular life and death decisions. Previous studies have established the BH3-only proteins Bim, tBid, and Noxa as "direct activators" that are able to directly initiate the oligomerization and activation of Bak and/or Bax. Earlier studies of Puma have yielded equivocal results, with some concluding that it also acts as a direct activator and other studies suggesting that it acts solely as a sensitizer BH3-only protein. In the present study we examined the interaction of Puma BH3 domain or full-length protein with Bak by surface plasmon resonance, assessed Bak oligomerization status by cross-linking followed by immunoblotting, evaluated the ability of the Puma BH3 domain to induce Bak-mediated permeabilization of liposomes and mitochondria, and determined the effect of wild type and mutant Puma on cell viability in a variety of cellular contexts. Results of this analysis demonstrate high affinity (KD = 26 ± 5 nM) binding of the Puma BH3 domain to purified Bak ex vivo, leading to Bak homo-oligomerization and membrane permeabilization. Mutations in Puma that inhibit (L141E/M144E/L148E) or enhance (M144I/A145G) Puma BH3 binding to Bak also produce corresponding alterations in Bak oligomerization, Bak-mediated membrane permeabilization and, in a cellular context, Bak-mediated killing. Collectively, these results provide strong evidence that Puma, like Bim, Noxa, and tBid, is able to act as a direct Bak activator.

  3. Evaluation of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) as a potential therapeutic agent to treat erectile dysfunction

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    Frank Sommer; Theodor Klotz; Dirk Steinritz; Wilhelm Bloch

    2006-01-01

    Aim: Nitric oxide (NO)-mediated smooth muscle relaxation causes penile erections. The endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) coenzyme tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) converts eNOS-mediated catalytic activity from oxygen radical to NO production, improving endothelial function and vascular smooth muscle relaxation. Methods: Using quantitative immunohistochemistry, 8-isoprostane and nitrotyrosine concentrations were compared in cavernosal tissue from 17potent and 7 impotent men, and the effect of single oral doses of BH4 on penile rigidity and tumescence was investigated.The pharmacodynamic effect of single oral doses of BH4 on penile rigidity and tumescence was investigated in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over fashion in 18 patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) while receiving visual sexual stimulation. Results: 8-isoprostane content in endothelium and smooth muscle was significantly higher in impotent patient samples; the level of nitrotyrosine was unchanged in ED patients. Relative to placebo,a single dose of 200 mg BH4 led to a mean increase in duration of > 60% penile rigidity (33.5 min [95% confidence interval (CI): 13.1-49.3] at base and 29.4 min [95% CI: 8.9-42.2] at tip). A 500-mg dose increased the relative duration of>60% penile rigidity by 36.1 min (95% CI: 16.3-51.8) at the base and 33.7 min (95% CI: 11.4-43.9) at the tip. Treatments were well tolerated. Conclusion: BH4 treatment is suggested to switch eNOS catalytic activity from super-oxide to NO formation, leading to a reduced formation of free radical reaction product 8-isoprostane without alteration of nitrotyrosine. The observed results make BH4 a suitable candidate as an ED treatment through reconstitution of altered catalytic activity of the eNOS.

  4. Assessment of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH(4))-responsiveness and spontaneous phenylalanine reduction in a phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency population.

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    Tansek, Mojca Zerjav; Groselj, Urh; Murko, Simona; Kobe, Helena; Lampret, Barbka Repic; Battelino, Tadej

    2012-09-01

    A BH(4) loading test was performed in 36 patients from 34 unrelated families. The patients had 29 different genotypes, and previous data on only eight of them were found in the BIOPKU database. Thirteen patients were classified as classic PKU (35.1%), 14 as mild PKU (37.8%) and 9 as MHP (27.0%). Blood Phe levels were shown to reach a plateau after three full days of increased natural protein ingestion. Measuring the 24-hour blood Phe levels (T(-24), T(-16), T(0)) on the fourth day of increased protein ingestion before BH(4) administration showed that within 24h Phe on average increased by 2.4% in MHP patients, decreased by 2.7% in mild PKU patients and increased by 9.7% in classic PKU patients (NS for all comparisons); Phe only slightly decreased in responders by 0.2% but increased in non-responders by 7.8% (P>0.05). Altogether, 16 of 36 (44.4%) patients represented by 12 of 29 (41.4%) different genotypes were proven to be BH(4) responders, and four (10.8%) were slow-responders. Responders were 6/9 (66.7%) MHP patients, 10/14 (71.4%) mild PKU patients and 0/13 classic PKU patients. Twenty of the 29 (68.9%) genotypes harbored at least one mutation with a known PRA of 10% or more but only 11 (55%) of them were BH(4)-responsive. Spontaneous reduction of blood Phe levels within 24h on the fourth day of natural protein loading was observed only in mild PKU patients and was shown not to be an important part of the BH(4)-response. 73.3% of genotypes containing at least one allele with a PRA of at least 30% were found to be BH(4) responsive; a PRA of at least 15.5% was needed for the responder genotype in our population.

  5. - Endocrinología Reproductiva: Prostaglandina F2a en vacas. Revisión bibliográfica (Reproductive Endocrinology: F2a Prostaglandin in cows. A Review

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    J. Echeverría

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available La regulación de la actividad sexual está representada en el organismo por el sistema hipotálamo-hipófisis-ovárico. El hipotálamo y la hipófisis anterior en conjunto con los órganos reproductivos aseguran el ritmo de reproducción (Hafez, 1987; Cunningham, 1997; Echeverría, 2004a; 2004b; 2005a; 2005b. El advenimiento comercial de muchas hormonas ha abierto un campo a la manipulación del ciclo estral para la transferencia de embriones y la sincronización de celos, pero es fundamental hacer hincapié en que las hormonas no corrigen la infertilidad causada por deficiencias alimentarias, de manejo o por enfermedades sistémicas; el funcionamiento normal del sistema reproductivo depende del estado nutricional, manejo así como propias estructuras. Los prostanoides son metabolitos obtenidos del ácido araquidónico a través de la vía metabólica conocida como ciclooxigenasa. Entre ellos puede mencionarse a la PGF2a, sustancia con actividad marcada sobre el control del ciclo estral. Estructuralmente es un ácido graso insaturado compuesto por 20 átomos de carbono. Contiene un anillo ciclopentano y dos cadenas laterales. Su mecanismo de acción se halla estrechamente relacionado con receptores específicos de membrana que activan una proteína G específica desencadenando la cascada de AMPc y la correspondiente liberación de Ca por medio del fosfatidil inositol (Willis & Smith, 1994; Gether & Kobilka, 1998; Narumiya et al, 1999. Regulation of sexual activity in mammals is carried out by the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian system. The hypothalamus and anterior pituitary gland together with the reproductive organs assure a normal reproductive function (Hafez, 1987; Cunningham, 1997; Echeverría, 2004b; 2004b; 2005a; 2005b. The introduction of hormones into the market has opened a new field on oestrus cycle manipulation for embryo transfer and synchronisation. Although it is important to highlight that hormones do not correct infertility caused by food deficiencies, erroneous husbandry or systemic diseases. It is important to bear in mind that a proper functioning of the reproductive system depends on nutritional status, husbandry as well as a proper functioning of the reproductive and related organs. Prostanoids are products of the metabolism of the araquidonic acid by the cyclooxygenase pathway. Between all of them it can be mentioned PGF2a, with marked activity on oestral cycle. Structurally is an unsaturated fatty acid composed by 20 carbon atoms? It has a ciclopentane ring and two side chains. It mechanism of action is closely related to specific membrane receptors activating a specific G-protein coupled to AMPc cascade and Ca liberation by fosfatidil inositol pathway (Willis & Smith, 1994; Gether & Kobilka, 1998; Narumiya et al, 1999.

  6. Hysterotomy by a colpotomy approach for treatment of foetal mummification in a cow : case report

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    1999-07-01

    Full Text Available A 7-year-old Brahman cow was diagnosed as suffering from chronic foetal mummification of unknown aetiology, concurrent cystic ovarian disease, prolapse of the 2nd cervical ring and chronic cervicitis. Repeated treatment with prostaglandin F2a and oestrogen failed to resolve the mummification. A hysterotomy was performed via an incision in the dorsolateral vaginal wall. Good exposure of the uterine horn was achieved and mild post-operative complications were observed. Colpotomy can be regarded as an alternative surgical approach to the moderately enlarged bovine uterus.

  7. Synthesis, Characterization, and Atomistic Modeling of Stabilized Highly Pyrophoric Al(BH_4)_3 via the Formation of the Hypersalt K[Al(BH_4)_4

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    Knight, Douglas A.; Zidan, Ragaiy; Lascola, Robert; Mohtadi, Rana; Ling, Chen; Sivasubramanian, PremKumar; James A. Kaduk; Hwang, Son-Jong; Samanta, Devleena; Jena, Puru

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    The recent discovery of a new class of negative ions called hyperhalogens allows us to characterize this complex as belonging to a unique class of materials called hypersalts. Hyperhalogen materials are important while serving as the building blocks for the development of new materials having enhanced magnetic or oxidative properties. One prime example of a hydperhalogen is the Al(BH_4)_4^– anion. Aluminum borohydride (17 wt % H) in itself is a volatile, pyrophoric compound that has a tendenc...

  8. A variable transverse stiffness sandwich structure using fluidic flexible matrix composites (F2MC)

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    Li, Suyi; Lotfi, Amir; Shan, Ying; Wang, K. W.; Rahn, Christopher D.; Bakis, Charles E.

    2008-03-01

    Presented in this paper is the development of a novel honeycomb sandwich panel with variable transverse stiffness. In this structure, the traditional sandwich face sheets are replaced by the fluidic flexible matrix composite (F2MC) tube layers developed in recent studies. The F2MC layers, combined with the anisotropic honeycomb core material properties, provide a new sandwich structure with variable stiffness properties for transverse loading. In this research, an analytical model is derived based on Lekhitskii's anisotropic pressurized tube solution and Timoshenko beam theory. Experimental investigations are also conducted to verify the analytical findings. A segmented multiple-F2MC-tube configuration is synthesized to increase the variable stiffness range. The analysis shows that the new honeycomb sandwich structure using F2MC tubes of 10 segments can provide a high/low transverse stiffness ratio of 60. Segmentation and stiffness control can be realized by an embedded valve network, granting a fast response time.

  9. Phenotypic variation of F1 and F2 populations from three species of ...

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    2008-07-18

    Jul 18, 2008 ... Phenotypic variation of F1 and F2 populations from ... Key words: Solanum, genome, phenotype, taxonomy, evolution, interspecific hybridization, pollen viability, ..... This development affirms the views of .... The origins of.

  10. Measurement of the neutron F2 structure function via spectator tagging with CLAS

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    We report on the first measurement of the F2 structure function of the neutron from semi-inclusive scattering of electrons from deuterium, with low-momentum protons detected in the backward hemisphere. Restricting the momentum of the spectator protons to < 100 MeV and their angles to < 100 degrees relative to the momentum transfer allows an interpretation of the process in terms of scattering from nearly on-shell neutrons. The F2n data collected cover the nucleon resonance and deep-inelastic regions over a wide range of x for 0.65 < Q2 < 4.52 GeV2, with uncertainties from nuclear corrections estimated to be less than a few percent. These measurements provide the first determination of the neutron to proton structure function ratio F2n/F2p at 0.2 < x < 0.8, essentially free of nuclear corrections.

  11. QCD analysis of neutrino charged current structure function F2 in deep inelastic scattering

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    Saleem, M.; Aleem, F.

    1985-08-01

    An analytic expression for the neutrino charged current structure function F2 (x, Q2) in deep inelastic scattering, consistent with quantum chromodynamics, is proposed. The calculated results are in good agreement with experiment.

  12. Microstructural and Optical Absorption Properties of Cu-MgF2 Nanoparticle Cermet Film

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    孙兆奇; 孙大明; 阮图南

    2002-01-01

    We examine the microstructural and optical absorption spectra of 10-30 vol% Cu-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films prepared by co-evaporation in vacuum. The results show that the Cu-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Cu nanoparticles of average size 12-24 nm. The results also show that the optical absorption of the films decreases as the wavelength increases in the range of 200-800nm. The surface plasmon resonance absorption peaks of Cu nanoparticles in 10, 20 and 30 vo1% Cu-MgF2 films appear at 578, 588 and 606nm, respectively. The interband transition absorption of Cu starts from 590nm downwards.Based on the Maxwell-Garnett theory, the experimental optical absorption properties of the films have been quantitatively evaluated.

  13. Pyometra in Bitches Induces Elevated Plasma Endotoxin and Prostaglandin F2α Metabolite Levels

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    Hagman, R; Kindahl, H; Lagerstedt, A-S

    2006-01-01

    .... Endotoxin samples were taken on five occasions before, during and after surgery. In addition, urine and uterine bacteriology was performed and hematological, blood biochemical parameters, prostaglandin F2α...

  14. Metal-Borohydride-Modified Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 : Low-Temperature Dehydrogenation Yielding Highly Pure Hydrogen.

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    Huang, Jianmei; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Gu, Qinfen; Yu, Xuebin; Zhu, Min

    2015-10-12

    Due to its high hydrogen density (14.8 wt %) and low dehydrogenation peak temperature (130 °C), Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 is considered to be one of the most promising hydrogen-storage materials. To further decrease its dehydrogenation temperature and suppress its ammonia release, a strategy of introducing LiBH4 and Mg(BH4 )2 was applied to this system. Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 composites showed main dehydrogenation peaks centered at 81 and 106 °C as well as high hydrogen purities of 99.3 and 99.8 mol % H2 , respectively. Isothermal measurements showed that 6.6 wt % (within 60 min) and 5.5 wt % (within 360 min) of hydrogen were released at 100 °C from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , respectively. The lower dehydrogenation temperatures and improved hydrogen purities could be attributed to the formation of the diammoniate of diborane for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 , and the partial transfer of NH3 groups from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 to Mg(BH4 )2 for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , which result in balanced numbers of BH4 and NH3 groups and a more active H(δ+) ⋅⋅⋅(-δ) H interaction. These advanced dehydrogenation properties make these two composites promising candidates as hydrogen-storage materials. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. The Impact of Magnetomechanical Effects on Ferrite B-H Loop Shapes

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    Baguley, C. A.; Madawala, U. K.; Carsten, B.;

    2012-01-01

    Under high dc bias conditions, experimental observations show B-H loops can exhibit a figure-eight shape, as energy is returned from the magnetic core back to the magnetic excitation supply during a portion of the excitation cycle. However, an explanation for this phenomenon is yet to be reported....... In this paper, experimental evidence is presented showing a correlation between the asymmetrical nature of vibration due to magnetostriction and figure-eight B-H loops. Based on this evidence, it is proposed that mechanical energy generated during part of a magnetization cycle can be converted to magnetic...

  16. Nanostructured graphite-induced destabilization of LiBH4 for reversible hydrogen storage

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    Full Text Available stream_source_info Wang_2016.pdf.txt stream_content_type text/plain stream_size 1205 Content-Encoding ISO-8859-1 stream_name Wang_2016.pdf.txt Content-Type text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Journal of Alloys and Compounds..., vol. 685: 242-247 Nanostructured graphite-induced destabilization of LiBH4 for reversible hydrogen storage Wang K Kang X Ren J Wang P ABSTRACT: In this study, nanostructured graphite (nano-G) was added to LiBH(sub4) and examined...

  17. Análisis de Fourier sobre ZN y conjuntos Bh

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    Jhon Jairo Bravo G.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Un conjunto A de enteros positivos se llama un conjunto Bh , si todas las sumas de h elementos de A son diferentes. En este artículo usamos propiedades básicas del análisis de Fourier sobre ZN y seguimos el estilo de Ben Green [4] para deducir, con un método diferente, las cotas superiores obtenidas por Jia [6], Chen [2] y Graham [5] respecto al máximo cardinal que puede tener un conjunto Bh contenido en los primeros N enteros positivos.

  18. Olefin Hydroborations with Diamidocarbene–BH3 Adducts at Room Temperature

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    Full Text Available An isolable N,N’-diamidocarbene (DAC was previously shown to promote the B–H bond activation of various BH3 complexes. The resultant DAC–BH3 adducts facilitated olefin hydroborations under mild conditions and in the absence of exogenous initiators. The substrate scope for such transformations was further explored and is described herein. While organoboranes were obtained in quantitative yields from various terminal and internal olefins, use of the latter substrates resulted in intramolecular ring-expansion of the newly formed DAC–borane adducts.

  19. On the Rise of the Proton Structure Function F_2 Towards Low x

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    2001-01-01

    A measurement of the derivative (d ln F_2 / d lnx)_(Q^2)= -lambda(x,Q^2) of the proton structure function F_2 is presented in the low x domain of deeply inelastic positron-proton scattering. For 5*10^(-5)=1.5 GeV^2, lambda(x,Q^2) is found to be independent of x and to increase linearly with ln(Q^2).

  20. Basal Plane Fluorination of Graphene by XeF2 via a Radical Cation Mechanism.

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    Liu, Yijun; Noffke, Benjamin W; Qiao, Xiaoxiao; Li, Qiqi; Gao, Xinfeng; Raghavachari, Krishnan; Li, Liang-shi

    2015-09-17

    Graphene fluorination with XeF2 is an attractive method to introduce a nonzero bandgap to graphene under mild conditions for potential electro-optical applications. Herein, we use well-defined graphene nanostructures as a model system to study the reaction mechanism of graphene fluorination by XeF2. Our combined experimental and theoretical studies show that the reaction can proceed through a radical cation mechanism, leading to fluorination and sp(3)-hybridized carbon in the basal plane.

  1. Vacuum ultraviolet - photon mediated production of [(18) F]F2.

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    Krzyczmonik, Anna; Keller, Thomas; Kirjavainen, Anna; Forsback, Sarita; Solin, Olof

    2017-01-25

    The chemistry of F2 and its derivatives are amenable to facile aliphatic or aromatic substitution, as well as electrophilic addition. The main limitation in the use of [(18) F]F2 for radiopharmaceutical synthesis is the low specific activity achieved by the traditional methods of production. The highest specific activities, 55 GBq/µmol, for [(18) F]F2 have been achieved so far by using electrical discharge in the post-target production of [(18) F]F2 gas from [(18) F]CH3 F. We demonstrate that [(18) F]F2 is produced by illuminating a gas mixture of neon/F2 /[(18) F]CH3 F with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photons generated by an excimer laser. We tested several illumination chambers and production conditions. The effects of the initial amount of [(18) F]F(-) , amount of carrier F2 and number of 193 nm laser pulses at constant power were evaluated with regard to radiochemical yield and specific activity. The specific activity attained for [(18) F]F2 derived [(18) F]NFSi was 10.3 ± 0.9 GBq/µmol and the average radiochemical yield over a wide range of conditions was 6.7% from [(18) F]F(-) . The production can be improved by optimization of the synthesis device and procedures. The use of a commercially available excimer laser and the simplicity of the process can make this method relatively easy for adaptation in radiochemistry laboratories.

  2. The gluon density of the proton at low x from a QCD analysis of F$_{2}$

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Wittek, C; Wright, A E; Wulff, N; Wünsch, E; Yiou, T P; Zarbock, D; Zhang, Z; Zhokin, A S; Zimmer, M; Zimmermann, W; Zomer, F; Zuber, K; Zácek, J; de Roeck, A; von Schlippe, W

    1995-01-01

    We present a QCD analysis of the proton structure function F_2 measured by the H1 experiment at HERA, combined with data from previous fixed target experiments. The gluon density is extracted from the scaling violations of F_2 in the range 2\\cdot 10^{-4}

  3. A new global model for the ionospheric F2 peak height for radio wave propagation

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    M. M. Hoque

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The F2-layer peak density height hmF2 is one of the most important ionospheric parameters characterizing HF propagation conditions. Therefore, the ability to model and predict the spatial and temporal variations of the peak electron density height is of great use for both ionospheric research and radio frequency planning and operation. For global hmF2 modelling we present a nonlinear model approach with 13 model coefficients and a few empirically fixed parameters. The model approach describes the temporal and spatial dependencies of hmF2 on global scale. For determining the 13 model coefficients, we apply this model approach to a large quantity of global hmF2 observational data obtained from GNSS radio occultation measurements onboard CHAMP, GRACE and COSMIC satellites and data from 69 worldwide ionosonde stations. We have found that the model fits to these input data with the same root mean squared (RMS and standard deviations of 10%. In comparison with the electron density NeQuick model, the proposed Neustrelitz global hmF2 model (Neustrelitz Peak Height Model – NPHM shows percentage RMS deviations of about 13% and 12% from the observational data during high and low solar activity conditions, respectively, whereas the corresponding deviations for the NeQuick model are found 18% and 16%, respectively.

  4. Luminescence and scintillation properties of BaF2sbnd Ce transparent ceramic

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    Luo, Junming; Sahi, Sunil; Groza, Michael; Wang, Zhiqiang; Ma, Lun; Chen, Wei; Burger, Arnold; Kenarangui, Rasool; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Selim, Farida A.

    2016-08-01

    Cerium doped Barium Fluoride (BaF2sbnd Ce) transparent ceramic was fabricated and its luminescence and scintillation properties were studied. The photoluminescence shows the emission peaks at 310 nm and 323 nm and is related to the 5d-4f transitions in Ce3+ ion. Photo peak at 511 keV and 1274 keV were obtained with BaF2sbnd Ce transparent ceramic for Na-22 radioisotopes. Energy resolution of 13.5% at 662 keV is calculated for the BaF2sbnd Ce transparent ceramic. Light yield of 5100 photons/MeV was recorded for BaF2sbnd Ce(0.2%) ceramic and is comparable to its single crystal counterpart. Scintillation decay time measurements shows fast component of 58 ns and a relatively slow component of 434 ns under 662 keV gamma excitation. The slower component in BaF2sbnd Ce(0.2%) ceramic is about 200 ns faster than the STE emission in BaF2 host and is associated with the dipole-dipole energy transfer from the host matrix to Ce3+ luminescence center.

  5. Generation of (F+2)_AH Centres in Sodium Ion Doped KCl:CO^{2-3}

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    Diaf, M.; Chihi, I.; Hamaïdia, A.; Akrmi, El.

    1996-01-01

    We demonstrate that (F+2)AH centres of KCl may be obtained from crystals doped with K{2}CO{3} and NaCl, grown by the Czochralski method in open atmosphere. The optical properties of (F+2)AH centres thus produced are exactly the same as those of (F+2)AH centres prepared by the usual technique, which involves superoxide doping and a controlled atmosphere. Nous montrons que les centres (F+2)AH de KCl peuvent être obtenus à partir de cristaux dopés par K{2}CO{3} et NaCl, fabriqués par la méthode de Czochralski à l'air libre. Les propriétés optiques des centres (F+2)AH ainsi produits sont exactement les mêmes que celles des centres (F+2)AH préparés par la technique habituelle, qui comporte le dopage par un superoxyde et l'emploi d'une atmosphère contrôlée.

  6. Daytime F2-layer positive storm effect at middle and lower latitudes

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    A. V. Mikhailov

    Full Text Available Daytime F2-layer positive storm effects at middle and lower latitudes in the winter thermosphere are analyzed using AE-C, ESRO-4 neutral gas composition data, ground-based ionosonde observations and model calculations. Different longitudinal sectors marked by the storm onset as 'night-time' and 'daytime' demonstrate different F2-layer positive storm mechanisms. Neutral composition changes in the 'night-time' sector with increased [O] and [N2] absolute concentrations, while (N2/Ostorm/(N2/Oquietapprox1 at F2-layer heights, are shown to contribute largely to the background NmF2 increase at lower latitudes lasting during daytime hours. Storm-induced surges of the equatorward wind give rise to an additional NmF2 increase above this background level. The mid-latitude F2-layer positive storm effect in the 'daytime' sector is due to the vertical plasma drift increase, resulting from the interaction of background (poleward and storm-induced (equatorward thermospheric winds, but not to changes of [O] and [N2] concentrations.

  7. LATS refining ladle slag modifying with CaO-CaF2

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    Hongming Wang; Guirong Li; Zhongming Ren; Bo Li; Xuejun Zhang; Guomin Shi

    2007-01-01

    To reduce the slag sticking onto the snorkel of the ladle during the ladle alloying treatment station (LATS) process, CaO-CaF2 (the mass ratio of CaO/CaF2 is 1:1) was employed as the modifier of the LATS refining ladle slag. The effect of CaO-CaF2 on the melting point, viscosity, and desulfurizing capability of the ladle slag was investigated. The melting point of the unmodified ladle slag is 1439°C. When adding 20wt% CaO-CaF2, the melting point is decreased to 1327°C. At 1500°C, the viscosity of the unmodified ladle slag is 6.5 Pa·s, which can be decreased lower than 2 Pa·s by adding more than 10wt% CaO-CaF2. The experimental results of desulfurization of the melts show that the desulfurizing power of the ladle slag can be enhanced by adding CaO-CaF2.

  8. Synthesis and optical characterizations of Nd, Y: CaF2 transparent ceramics

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    Sun, Zaichun; Mei, Bingchu; Li, Weiwei; Liu, Xiaoya; Su, Liangbi

    2017-09-01

    Highly transparent Nd, Y co-doped calcium fluoride (Nd, Y: CaF2) ceramics with different Y3+ ions doped concentrations were fabricated by hot-pressed method using Nd, Y: CaF2 nanopowders synthesized by co-precipitation method. According to the XRD calculations and SEM observations, the average grain size of nanopowders was about 22 nm. From the SEM micrograph of the nanopowders, it clearly shows that the nanoparticles exhibit nearly spherical morphology and agglomerated slightly. For 2 mm thickness sample, the transmittance of the as-fabricated Nd, Y: CaF2 (1 at.% Nd and 2 at.% Y) ceramic at 1400 nm reached up to 87%. The microstructure, absorption spectra and emission spectra of the Nd, Y: CaF2 ceramics were measured and discussed. Compared with the Nd: CaF2 ceramic, the Nd, Y: CaF2 ceramics fluorescent intensity increased drastically with the increase of Y3+ ions doped concentration.

  9. Extended lactation in dairy cows

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    Sorensen, Annette; Muir, D. Donald; Knight, Christopher Harold

    2008-01-01

    Twelve spring-calving and twelve winter-calving cows were managed for extended lactation cycles of 18-months duration, with the former group then completing a second extended lactation. Half of the cows were fed according to standard management practice for the herd; the other half received...... of the lactation, protein and fat percentages increasing and lactose percentage decreasing, irrespective of treatment. The quality of the milk for processing into cheese, fermented products, heat-treated products and cream liqueurs was assessed by calculation of casein number (casein protein as a proportion...... of total protein). Processing quality declined across the course of lactation in those groups that showed poor persistency but not in those that maintained a persistent lactation. Milk hygienic quality (somatic cell counts) showed parallel changes. Body condition score increased during the course...

  10. Necrotizing meningoencephalitis in a cow.

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    Rissi, D R; Barros, C S L

    2013-09-01

    An 18-month-old Charolais cow developed depression and drooling and was submitted for necropsy after euthanasia. The cow was 1 of 50 moved between 2 farms approximately 5 days before the onset of clinical disease. Gross findings included swollen and hemorrhagic areas of malacia in the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes of the cerebral cortex. Microscopically there was a necrotizing meningoencephalitis with intranuclear astrocytic and neuronal eosinophilic viral inclusions in the frontal, temporal, and parietal cerebral cortex as well as in the basal nuclei and thalamus. The gross and microscopic findings were consistent with necrotizing meningoencephalitis caused by bovine herpesvirus (BHV-1 or BHV-5), and the diagnosis was confirmed by detection of bovine herpesviral antigen on fresh samples of brain via fluorescent antibody test using a monoclonal antibody against BHV-1 glycoprotein C.

  11. Cow cleanliness and digital dermatitis

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    Nielsen, Bodil Højlund

    2012-01-01

    cleanliness was explored but no effect was found. In the second study, potential herd and cow level risk factors for poor hind leg cleanliness were evaluated. Data were obtained from a cross sectional study in 42 commercial dairy herds conducted by senior scientist Peter T. Thomsen. Here, no access to pasture......-sociated with a change in the risk hind leg cleanliness with the data available in the pre-sent study. However, a positive effect of the automatic hoof was found by demonstrating that washed feet were affected by DD lesions in fewer weeks in comparison to unwashed feet. Also, the last study demonstrated that the cows......’ risk of DD occurrence and it prospects of cure might depend on lactation stage and age. Furthermore, the study brings forward evidence that challenge the assumptions of DD as a disease with generally slow healing lesions and rare occurrence of spontaneous healing. Further research is needed to find out...

  12. Effect of the ovulatory follicle diameter and progesterone concentration on the pregnancy rate of fixed-time inseminated lactating beef cows

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    Luiz Francisco Machado Pfeifer

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of the ovulatory follicle diameter on the reproductive performance of lactating beef cows subjected to low progesterone fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI protocols. Ninety-three lactating beef cows (60-80 days postpartum at random stages of estrous cycle were given a luteolytic dose of prostaglandin F2α (500 μg cloprostenol; PGF twice, 11 d apart. Ten days after the second PGF treatment, cows were given 1.5 mg of estradiol benzoate im and a progesterone-releasing intravaginal device (Cue-Mate with a single pod containing 0.78 g progesterone (Day 0. Cows received another luteolytic dose of PGF on Day 0. On Day 8, the Cue-Mate was removed. Fifty-four to 56 hours later, cows received 12.5 mg of porcine LH (pLH i.m. and were concurrently artificially inseminated. Ultrasound examinations of the ovaries were performed on Days 10 and 17 to evaluate the diameter of ovulatory follicle and corpus luteum, respectively. Cows which presented ovulatory follicle > 19 mm resulted in larger corpus luteum than cows that had ovulatory follicle <15 mm in diameter. However, cows with ovulatory follicle between 13-15 mm had higher pregnancy rate than other categories of ovulatory follicle. Although larger ovulatory follicles result in larger corpus luteum and consequently higher progesterone production, the optimal size of ovulatory follicles (13-15 mm may result in positive benefits on pregnancy rate for cows subjected to FTAI with low progesterone concentration protocols.

  13. Dynamics of Progesterone, TNF-α, and a Metabolite of PGF2α in Blood Plasma of Beef Cows following Embryo Transfer

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    M. C. Mason

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lactating beef cows previously synchronized for estrus (d 0 were assigned to four treatments to assess their effectiveness in increasing blood progesterone (P4 and its effects on tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α and prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α after the transfer of embryos. At the time of transfer (d 7, cows received no treatment (control; n=16, a controlled internal drug releasing device (CIDR; n=16, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG; n=15, or gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH; n=15. Blood samples were taken on d 7, 14, and 21 for analysis of P4 and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α. Blood was collected (every 15 min for 2 h in half the animals in each treatment group on d 14 and the remaining half on d 21 for analysis of prostaglandin F2α metabolite (PGFM. Retention rates were 56.2, 62.5, 46.7, and 13.3% for cows in the control, CIDR, hCG, and GnRH groups, respectively. Progesterone was greater (P≤0.05 in cows receiving hCG compared to others on d 14. Progesterone in all treatment groups increased from d 7 to d 14 and declined (P≤0.05 from d 14 to d 21. Contrary to pregnant cows, P4 and TNF-α declined from d 7 to d 21 in nonpregnant cows (P≤0.05. Although PGFM increased by d 21, there was no difference between pregnant and nonpregnant cows.

  14. Born to be a Loser Cow?

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    Jørgensen, Hanne Birgitte Hede; Pedersen, Louise Dybdahl; Sørensen, Morten Kargo;

    2010-01-01

    Over the last few years, an increasing awareness has arisen in Denmark of the existence of cows with a generally lowered health and production status, referred to as "loser cows." A previous study has estimated that the overall prevalence of loser cows in Danish Holstein herds is 3.2%. The aim...... of scoring, age at first calving, lactation stage, and parity in addition to additive genetic effects and permanent environmental effects. The heritability of the loser cow score was 0.08 and for the underlying traits the heritability ranged from 0.05 to 0.12. The genetic correlations between various pairs...

  15. Cow cleanliness and digital dermatitis

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    Nielsen, Bodil Højlund

    2012-01-01

    Digital dermatitis (DD) is an infectious cattle disease presumably caused by Treponema spp. It results in painful, ulcerative lesions in the skin of the distal extremities and can be associated with lameness in affected animals. Today, DD is a very prevalent disease in the dairy industry and ther......Digital dermatitis (DD) is an infectious cattle disease presumably caused by Treponema spp. It results in painful, ulcerative lesions in the skin of the distal extremities and can be associated with lameness in affected animals. Today, DD is a very prevalent disease in the dairy industry...... cleanliness. More knowledge on these aspects will increase our understanding of the disease epidemiology and is essential to improve the success of controlling DD at the herd level. Therefore, the objectives of the present PhD thesis were 1) To investigate the relationship between cow leg cleanliness and DD......; 2) To identify potential risk factors for poor cow leg cleanliness; and 3) To gain more knowledge about potential means of controlling DD. Data was obtained from three studies conducted in commercial Danish dairy herds and the results are presented in four scientific papers. In the first study, cow...

  16. Cow cleanliness and digital dermatitis

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    Nielsen, Bodil Højlund

    2012-01-01

    Digital dermatitis (DD) is an infectious cattle disease presumably caused by Treponema spp. It results in painful, ulcerative lesions in the skin of the distal extremities and can be associated with lameness in affected animals. Today, DD is a very prevalent disease in the dairy industry and ther......Digital dermatitis (DD) is an infectious cattle disease presumably caused by Treponema spp. It results in painful, ulcerative lesions in the skin of the distal extremities and can be associated with lameness in affected animals. Today, DD is a very prevalent disease in the dairy industry...... and therefore has a major impact on economics and cow welfare. Moist and unhygienic conditions in the cows’ surroundings are considered as important risk factors for DD partly because this can disturb the skin barrier and make the animals more susceptible to infection and partly because the environment might...... act as an infection reservoir. Measures of cow leg cleanliness can be used as a proxy of the hygienic conditions on the floors. Nonetheless, only few studies have used direct measures of cleanliness in association with the risk of DD. Also, little is known about what factors can influence the cow leg...

  17. Ionospheric weather: cloning missed foF2 observations for derivation of variability index

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    T. L. Gulyaeva

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available A techique for filling the gaps of the missing F2-layer critical frequency is proposed and applied for the derivation of the ionospheric weather index, characterizing the degree of disturbance at each particular station. A daily-hourly analysis of ionosonde observations of foF2 for 16 stations at latitude range 37° to 70° N, longitudes of 10° W to 150° E, is performed during the solar minimum, 2006. Missed ionosonde observations are reconstructed by cloning data of another station. The process of gap filling considers hourly values of the F peak density NmF2 (deduced from foF2, normalized to the respective median, and assumes that this ratio remains the same for the parent and cloned data. It is shown that the correlation coefficient between cloned fcF2 and observed foF2 is greater than 0.75 for the positive and negative ionospheric disturbed days during a year at solar minimum, independent of the distance between the stations in high and middle latitudes. The quiet reference is determined as a running daily-hourly median for 27 days, preceding the day of observation calibrated for a seasonal trend with ITU-R foF2 predictions. The hourly deviation DNmF2 is defined as the logarithm of ratio of NmF2/NmF2med. A segmented logarithmic scale of the ionospheric weather index, W, is introduced, so that W=±1 refers to the quiet state, W=±2 to a moderate disturbance, W=±3 to the ionospheric storm, and W=±4 to the extreme or anomalous conditions. The catalog of the ionospheric disturbances for W exceeding ±2 at least during 3 consecutive hours is produced and presented online at the SRC and IZMIRAN web pages. It is found that the moderate disturbance is a prevailing state of the ionospheric weather for all stations. The stormy conditions comprise 1 to 20% of the times which occur more frequently at high latitudes, by night, during equinox and winter.

  18. Ionospheric weather: cloning missed foF2 observations for derivation of variability index

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    Gulyaeva, T. L.; Stanislwska, I.; Tomasik, M.

    2008-02-01

    A techique for filling the gaps of the missing F2-layer critical frequency is proposed and applied for the derivation of the ionospheric weather index, characterizing the degree of disturbance at each particular station. A daily-hourly analysis of ionosonde observations of foF2 for 16 stations at latitude range 37° to 70° N, longitudes of 10° W to 150° E, is performed during the solar minimum, 2006. Missed ionosonde observations are reconstructed by cloning data of another station. The process of gap filling considers hourly values of the F peak density NmF2 (deduced from foF2), normalized to the respective median, and assumes that this ratio remains the same for the parent and cloned data. It is shown that the correlation coefficient between cloned fcF2 and observed foF2 is greater than 0.75 for the positive and negative ionospheric disturbed days during a year at solar minimum, independent of the distance between the stations in high and middle latitudes. The quiet reference is determined as a running daily-hourly median for 27 days, preceding the day of observation calibrated for a seasonal trend with ITU-R foF2 predictions. The hourly deviation DNmF2 is defined as the logarithm of ratio of NmF2/NmF2med. A segmented logarithmic scale of the ionospheric weather index, W, is introduced, so that W=±1 refers to the quiet state, W=±2 to a moderate disturbance, W=±3 to the ionospheric storm, and W=±4 to the extreme or anomalous conditions. The catalog of the ionospheric disturbances for W exceeding ±2 at least during 3 consecutive hours is produced and presented online at the SRC and IZMIRAN web pages. It is found that the moderate disturbance is a prevailing state of the ionospheric weather for all stations. The stormy conditions comprise 1 to 20% of the times which occur more frequently at high latitudes, by night, during equinox and winter.

  19. Measurement of F_2^ccbar and F_2^bbbar at High Q^2 using the H1 Vertex Detector at HERA

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    2004-01-01

    Measurements are presented of inclusive charm and beauty cross sections in e^+p collisions at HERA for values of photon virtuality Q^2 > 150 GeV^2 and of inelasticity 0.1 < y < 0.7. The charm and beauty fractions are determined using a method based on the impact parameter, in the transverse plane, of tracks to the primary vertex, as measured by the H1 vertex detector. The data are divided into four regions in Q^2 and Bjorken x, and values for the structure functions F_2^{c\\bar{c}} and F_2^{b\\bar{b}} are obtained. The results are found to be compatible with the predictions of perturbative quantum chromodynamics.

  20. Theoretical and experimental study on Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}–Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} mixed borohydrides

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    Albanese, E. [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7-9, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Kalantzopoulos, G.N. [Institute for Energy Technology, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027 Kjeller (Norway); Vitillo, J.G.; Pinatel, E.; Civalleri, B. [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7-9, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Deledda, S. [Institute for Energy Technology, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027 Kjeller (Norway); Bordiga, S. [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7-9, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Hauback, B.C. [Institute for Energy Technology, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027 Kjeller (Norway); Baricco, M., E-mail: marcello.baricco@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7-9, I-10125 Torino (Italy)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •An ideal mixing behavior was predicted for Mg{sub (1−x)}Zn{sub x}(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} solid solutions. •A value of 30kJmol{sub H2}{sup -1} for the enthalpy of decomposition has been calculated for x = 0.2. •Samples have been synthesized ball milling Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} and ZnCl{sub 2} in a molar ratio 1:0.7. •B{sub 2}H{sub 6} is released preventing the reversibility of hydrogen sorption. •Thermodynamic calculations supported experimental data. -- Abstract: After a screening of possible systems prone to give an enthalpy of decomposition close to 30kJmol{sub H2}{sup -1}, i.e. suitable for a dehydrogenation process close to room temperature and pressure, the Zn dissolution into Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} has been investigated. The total energy of pure compounds and solid solutions has been computed by DFT calculations using the CRYSTAL09 code. To generate the Mg{sub (1−x)}Zn{sub x}(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} solid solution, α-phase of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} (space group P6{sub 1}22) has been considered, with a replacement of Mg{sup 2+} with Zn{sup 2+} ions, without lowering the symmetry of the crystalline structure. On the basis of DFT results, the enthalpy of decomposition has been estimated, considering MgH{sub 2}, Zn, α-B and H{sub 2} as products, and a value of 30kJmol{sub H2}{sup -1} has been calculated for x = 0.2. In order to verify the results of calculations, mixtures of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} and ZnCl{sub 2} with 1.0:0.7 ratio have been ball milled, both at room temperature and in cryo-conditions. Samples have been analyzed with a combination of experimental techniques (XRD, DSC, IR–ATR, TGA, TPD, PCI). The phase mixture obtained after the synthesis strongly depends on the milling conditions. For prolonged times, the formation of Zn and MgCl{sub 2} has been observed, suggesting the delivering of B-containing species during the milling. After heating, a hydrogen release, coupled with diborane delivering, has been observed for temperatures close to

  1. Unprecedented reactivity of an aluminium hydride complex with ArNH2BH3 : nucleophilic substitution versus deprotonation

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    Harder, Sjoerd; Spielmann, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Reaction of DIPPnacnacAlH(2) with DIPPNH2BH3 did not give the anticipated deprotonation but nucleophilic substitution at B was observed instead. The product DIPPnacnacAl(BH4)(2) was isolated and structurally characterized. Nucleophilic displacement at B might play a role in mechanistic pathways rela

  2. Unprecedented reactivity of an aluminium hydride complex with ArNH2BH3 : nucleophilic substitution versus deprotonation

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    Harder, Sjoerd; Spielmann, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Reaction of DIPPnacnacAlH(2) with DIPPNH2BH3 did not give the anticipated deprotonation but nucleophilic substitution at B was observed instead. The product DIPPnacnacAl(BH4)(2) was isolated and structurally characterized. Nucleophilic displacement at B might play a role in mechanistic pathways

  3. Theoretical investigation on the chemistry of entrapment of the elusive aminoborane (H2 N=BH2 ) molecule.

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    Malakar, Tanmay; Bhunya, Sourav; Paul, Ankan

    2015-04-20

    Aminoborane (H2 N=BH2 ) is an elusive entity and is thought to be produced during dehydropolymerization of ammonia borane, a molecule of prime interest in the field of chemical hydrogen storage. The entrapment of H2 N=BH2 through hydroboration of exogenous cyclohexene has emerged as a routine technique to infer if free H2 N=BH2 is produced or not during metal-catalyzed ammonia borane dehydrogenation reactions. But to date, the underlying mechanism of this trapping reaction remains unexplored. Herein, by using DFT calculations, we have investigated the mechanism of trapping of H2 N=BH2 by cyclohexene. Contrary to conventional wisdom, our study revealed that the trapping of H2 N=BH2 does not occur through direct hydroboration of H2 N=BH2 on the double bond of cyclohexene. We found that autocatalysis by H2 N=BH2 is crucial for the entrapment of another H2 N=BH2 molecule by cyclohexene. Additionally, nucleophilic assistance from the solvent is also implicated for the entrapment reaction carried out in nucleophilic solvents. In THF, the rate-determining barrier for formation of the trapping product was predicted to be 16.7 kcal mol(-1) at M06 L(CPCM) level of theory.

  4. Compaction of LiBH4-LiAlH4 nanoconfined in activated carbon nanofibers

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    Plerdsranoy, Praphatsorn; Javadian, Payam; Jensen, Nicholai Daugaard

    2017-01-01

    To enhance volumetric hydrogen capacity for on-board fuel cells, compaction of LiAlH4-LiBH4 nanoconfined in activated carbon nanofibers (ACNF) is for the first time proposed. Loose powders of milled and nanoconfined LiAlH4-LiBH4 samples are compacted under 976 MPa to obtain the pellet samples wit...

  5. Broadly Tunable Room-temperature Operation Co∶MgF2 Laser%宽调谐室温Co∶MgF2激光器

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    崔益本; 张伟; 张增明; 姜芸芸; 纪玉峰; 戎春华

    2001-01-01

    用双折射滤光片不同干涉级次和多组谐振腔镜连续调谐室温Co∶MgF2激光器,波长调谐范围达到1700~2550 nm,在2090 nm峰值波长的输出能量及效率分别为115 mJ和16%.

  6. Synthesis, structure and properties of bimetallic sodium rare-earth (RE) borohydrides, NaRE(BH4)4, RE = Ce, Pr, Er or Gd.

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    Payandeh GharibDoust, SeyedHosein; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B; Černý, Radovan; Jensen, Torben R

    2017-09-26

    Formation, stability and properties of new metal borohydrides within RE(BH4)3-NaBH4, RE = Ce, Pr, Er or Gd is investigated. Three new bimetallic sodium rare-earth borohydrides, NaCe(BH4)4, NaPr(BH4)4 and NaEr(BH4)4 are formed based on an addition reaction between NaBH4 and halide free rare-earth metal borohydrides RE(BH4)3, RE = Ce, Pr, Er. All the new compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic crystal system. NaCe(BH4)4 has unit cell parameters of a = 6.8028(5), b = 17.5181(13), c = 7.2841(5) Å and space group Pbcn. NaPr(BH4)4 is isostructural to NaCe(BH4)4 with unit cell parameters of a = 6.7617(2), b = 17.4678(7), c = 7.2522(3) Å. NaEr(BH4)4 crystallizes in space group Cmcm with unit cell parameters of a = 8.5379(2), b = 12.1570(4), c = 9.1652(3) Å. The structural relationships, also to the known RE(BH4)3, are discussed in detail and related to the stability and synthesis conditions. Heat treatment of NaBH4-Gd(BH4)3 mixture forms an unstable amorphous phase, which decomposes after one day at RT. NaCe(BH4)4 and NaPr(BH4)4 show reversible hydrogen storage capacity of 1.65 and 1.04 wt% in the fourth H2 release, whereas that of NaEr(BH4)4 continuously decreases. This is mainly assigned to formation of metal hydrides and possibly slower formation of sodium borohydride. The dehydrogenated state clearly contains rare-earth metal borides, which stabilize boron in the dehydrogenated state.

  7. Performance and plasma concentration of metabolites in transition dairy cows supplemented with vitamin E and fat

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    Rohollah Amirifard; Mohammad Khorvash; Masiholla Forouzmand; Hamid-Reza Rahmani; Ahmad Riasi; Mohammad Malekkhahi; Mojtaba Yari; Morteza Hosseini-Ghaffari

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of vitamin E (VE; 1500 or 3000 international units (IU) d–1) and fat (2% of dry matter calcium salt of soybean oil) supplementation during the transition period on feed intake, milk yield and composition and blood metabolites of dairy cows. 48 multiparous Holstein cows were randomly assigned into one of four treatments in a 2×2 factorial arrangement of vitamin E and supplemental dietary fat during the transition period. Treatments were: 1) 1500 IU d–1 vitamin E without fat supplementation (1500VE–F); 2) 1500 IU d–1 vitamin E with fat supplement (1500VE+F); 3) 3000 IU d–1 vitamin E without fat supplementation (3000VE–F); and 4) 3000 IU d–1 vitamin E with fat supplement (3000VE+F). Dietary treatments were initiated at approximately 28 d before expected calving dates and con-tinued through 28 d postpartum. Dry matter intake (DMI) was unaffected (P>0.05) by prepartum treatment. Regardless of vitamin E supplementation, DMI was greater (P0.05) by treatments. Postpartum diets had no signiifcant effect on milk yield or milk composition. Plasma concentra-tions of non-esteriifed fatty acids, glucose, and insulin were not affected (P>0.05) by treatments. Regardless of vitamin E supplementation, plasma β-hydroxybutyrate concentration was greater (P<0.05) in fat-supplemented cows compared with un-supplemented cows during the postpartum period. These results showed no indication of positive effects on lactation performance associated with vitamin E and dietary fat supplement in transition cows.

  8. Atmospheric histories and global emissions of halons H-1211 (CBrClF2), H-1301 (CBrF3), and H-2402 (CBrF2CBrF2)

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    Vollmer, Martin K.; Mühle, Jens; Trudinger, Cathy M.; Rigby, Matthew; Montzka, Stephen A.; Harth, Christina M.; Miller, Benjamin R.; Henne, Stephan; Krummel, Paul B.; Hall, Bradley D.; Young, Dickon; Kim, Jooil; Arduini, Jgor; Wenger, Angelina; Yao, Bo; Reimann, Stefan; O'Doherty, Simon; Maione, Michela; Etheridge, David M.; Li, Shanlan; Verdonik, Daniel P.; Park, Sunyoung; Dutton, Geoff; Steele, L. Paul; Lunder, Chris R.; Rhee, Tae Siek; Hermansen, Ove; Schmidbauer, Norbert; Wang, Ray H. J.; Hill, Matthias; Salameh, Peter K.; Langenfelds, Ray L.; Zhou, Lingxi; Blunier, Thomas; Schwander, Jakob; Elkins, James W.; Butler, James H.; Simmonds, Peter G.; Weiss, Ray F.; Prinn, Ronald G.; Fraser, Paul J.

    2016-04-01

    We report ground-based atmospheric measurements and emission estimates for the halons H-1211 (CBrClF2), H-1301 (CBrF3), and H-2402 (CBrF2CBrF2) from the AGAGE (Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration global networks. We also include results from archived air samples in canisters and from polar firn in both hemispheres, thereby deriving an atmospheric record of nearly nine decades (1930s to present). All three halons were absent from the atmosphere until ˜1970, when their atmospheric burdens started to increase rapidly. In recent years H-1211 and H-2402 mole fractions have been declining, but H-1301 has continued to grow. High-frequency observations show continuing emissions of H-1211 and H-1301 near most AGAGE sites. For H-2402 the only emissions detected were derived from the region surrounding the Sea of Japan/East Sea. Based on our observations, we derive global emissions using two different inversion approaches. Emissions for H-1211 declined from a peak of 11 kt yr-1 (late 1990s) to 3.9 kt yr-1 at the end of our record (mean of 2013-2015), for H-1301 from 5.4 kt yr-1 (late 1980s) to 1.6 kt yr-1, and for H-2402 from 1.8 kt yr-1 (late 1980s) to 0.38 kt yr-1. Yearly summed halon emissions have decreased substantially; nevertheless, since 2000 they have accounted for ˜30% of the emissions of all major anthropogenic ozone depletion substances, when weighted by ozone depletion potentials.

  9. The effect of porcine luteinizing hormone in the synchronization of ovulation and corpus luteum development in nonlactating cows.

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    Ree, T O; Colazo, M G; Lamont, A G A; Kastelic, J P; Dyck, M K; Mapletoft, R J; Ametaj, B N; Ambrose, D J

    2009-07-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effects of different doses of porcine luteinizing hormone (pLH) versus 100 microg gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) on ovulatory response (during diestrus and proestrus) and corpus luteum (CL) development in nonlactating cows. In Experiment 1, 75 cows received an intravaginal insert containing 1.9 g progesterone (P4) for 10 d to synchronize estrus (Day 0), with prostaglandin F(2 alpha) (PGF) at insert removal. On Day 5, all follicles >or=8mm were ablated, and on Day 12, cows received 8, 12.5, or 25mg pLH or 100 microg GnRH. Mean (+/-SEM) plasma P4 concentrations on Day 12 did not differ among treatments (5.6+/-0.2 ng/mL). Mean plasma LH concentration was greatest (PpLH (4.3+/-0.4 ng/mL). The ovulatory response to 25mg pLH (84%) or 100 microg GnRH (72%) was greater (PpLH (32%), but not different from that of 12.5mg pLH (58%). In Experiment 2, 68 cows were given two injections of PGF 10d apart to synchronize estrus (Day 0). On Day 7, cows received PGF, and, 36 h later, pLH or GnRH (as in Experiment 1). The interval from treatment to ovulation was most variable in cows given 8 mg pLH; only 65% of these cows ovulated during the initial 27 h versus 88% of cows given 25mg pLH (PpLH or 100 microg GnRH had larger CL area and greater plasma P4 concentrations (PpLH. In summary, diestrous cows given 25mg pLH had the greatest plasma luteinizing hormone concentrations, but ovulatory response did not differ from that of those given 100 microg GnRH. Proestrous cows given 25mg pLH or 100 microg GnRH had greater CL area and P4 concentrations than that of those given 8 mg pLH.

  10. Effects of prepartum lipid supplementation on FSH superstimulation and transferable embryo recovery in multiparous beef cows.

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    Bader, J F; Kojima, F N; Wehrman, M E; Lindsey, B R; Kerley, M S; Patterson, D J

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this experiment was to determine the effect of prepartum lipid supplementation on the number and quality of embryos recovered following ovarian super-ovulation in postpartum suckled beef cows. Mature cows (n = 40) were assigned to one of two treatments (lipid versus. no lipid) and supplemented for approximately 40 days prior to calving. Supplements provided to cows were isocaloric and isonitrogenous. The treatment group was fed 1.6 kg hd(-1) per day of whole soybeans (WSB; 19.8% ether extract, and 41.8% crude protein) and the control group received a supplement consisting of 1.8 kg hd(-1) day of a soybean meal and soy-hull combination (SBS; 2.15% EE and 36.81% CP). Cows were synchronized using a GnRH [Cystorelin((R)) 100 microg im]-GnRH-PGF(2alpha) [Lutalyse 25 mg im] protocol. Cows were administered two injections of GnRH seven days apart and PG seven days after the second GnRH injection. Twenty-eight cows (WSB, n = 15; SBS, n = 13) responded to estrus synchronization and were superstimulated. Super-ovulation was initiated on day 8-10 of the synchronized cycle by twice-daily injections of pFSH (Pluset) over four days in decreasing doses using a total of 608.4 IU per cow. Prostaglandin F(2alpha) was administered 96 and 108 h after super-stimulation was initiated with FSH. Days postpartum (WSB = 59 days; SBS = 57 days) at initiation of FSH treatments were similar (P > 0.10) for both treatments. Cows were monitored for estrus activity by the HeatWatch Estrus Detection System. Twenty-seven cows (WSB, n = 15; SBS, n = 12) exhibited estrus after FSH and inseminated at 0, 12, and 24 h after the onset of estrus with 1, 2, and 1 units of semen, respectively. Embryos were recovered and evaluated 7-8 days later. Only cows that responded to FSH and that were inseminated were used for statistical analysis. Data were analyzed using the General Linear Models Procedure of SAS. Body condition scores did not differ (P > 0.10) between treatments when cows were

  11. The HgF2 Ionic Switch: A Triumph of Electrostatics against Relativistic Odds.

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    Donald, Kelling J; Kretz, William J; Omorodion, Oluwarotimi

    2015-11-16

    A remarkable transition in the chemical bonding in (HgF2)n clusters as a function of n is identified and characterized. HgF2 is a fascinating material. Certain significant consequences of relativistic effects on the structure of the HgF2 molecule, dimer, and trimer disappear in the extended solid. Relativistic effects in Hg ensure that HgX2 molecules (X≡F, Cl, Br, and I) are linear, rigid, and form weakly bound dimers and trimers held together by weak electrostatic and van der Waals-type forces (unlike ZnX2 and CdX2 systems in which the intermonomer contacts are strong polar covalent bonds). For HgF2, the location and nature of an apparent transition from weak interactions in the smallest (HgF2)n clusters to ionic bonding in the (fluorite) HgF2 extended solid has remained a mystery. Computational evidence obtained at the M06-2X, B97D3, and MP2 levels of theory and reported herein indicate that polar covalent bonding in (HgF2)n begins as early as n=5. For n=2 through to n=13, the transition or switch from weak (primarily dipole-dipole-type) intermonomer interactions to a preference for polar covalent bonding occurs within the range 5

  12. Knockdown of E2F2 inhibits tumorigenicity, but preserves stemness of human embryonic stem cells.

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    Suzuki, Daniela Emi; Nakahata, Adriana Miti; Okamoto, Oswaldo Keith

    2014-06-01

    Tumorigenicity of human pluripotent stem cells is a major threat limiting their application in cell therapy protocols. It remains unclear, however, whether suppression of tumorigenic potential can be achieved without critically affecting pluripotency. A previous study has identified hyperexpressed genes in cancer stem cells, among which is E2F2, a gene involved in malignant transformation and stem cell self-renewal. Here we tested whether E2F2 knockdown would affect the proliferative capacity and tumorigenicity of human embryonic stem cells (hESC). Transient E2F2 silencing in hESC significantly inhibited expression of the proto-oncogenes BMI1 and HMGA1, in addition to proliferation of hESC, indicated by a higher proportion of cells in G1, fewer cells in G2/M phase, and a reduced capacity to generate hESC colonies in vitro. Nonetheless, E2F2-silenced cells kept expression of typical pluripotency markers and displayed differentiation capacity in vitro. More importantly, E2F2 knockdown in hESC significantly inhibited tumor growth in vivo, which was considerably smaller than tumors generated from control hESC, although displaying typical teratoma traits, a major indicator of pluripotency retention in E2F2-silenced cells. These results suggest that E2F2 knockdown can inhibit hESC proliferation and tumorigenicity without significantly harming stemness, providing a rationale to future protocols aiming at minimizing risks related to therapeutic application of cells and/or products derived from human pluripotent cells.

  13. LiBH{sub 4} heterogeneous nucleation within hierarchically structured carbonaceous foams. Application as host sites for hydrogen storage

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    Brun, Nicolas [Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Pessac (France); Institut des Sciences Moleculaires, Talence (France); Janot, Raphael; Morcrette, Mathieu [Laboratoire de Reactivite et de Chimie des Solides, Amiens (France); Gervais, Christel; Sanchez, Clement [Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee, Paris (France); Deleuze, Herve [Institut des Sciences Moleculaires, Talence (France); Backov, Renal [Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Pessac (France)

    2010-07-01

    Microporous-macroporous monolithic carbons, prepared through a hard template method, using silica foams as exo-templating matrices, have been impregnated by an etheric solution of LiBH{sub 4}, to prepare LiBH{sub 4} rate at Carbons samples. It has been shown that the amorphous character of LiBH{sub 4} is largely favoured when developing the microporosity. As a consequence, the hydrogen desorption of LiBH{sub 4} is strongly enhanced at low temperatures. The onset temperature of hydrogen desorption can be decreased to 200 C and hydrogen capacity, reaching 4.0 wt.% is obtained at 300 with the carbon having the largest microporous volume, whereas the hydrogen release for bulk LiBH{sub 4} is negligible at the same temperature. (orig.)

  14. Reversible hydrogen storage in Mg(BH4)2/carbon nanocomposites

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    Yan, Y.; Au, Y.S.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/328200360; Rentsch, D.; Remhof, A.; de Jongh, P.E.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/186125372; Züttel, A.

    2013-01-01

    Mg(BH4)2 exhibits a high hydrogen content of 14.9 wt% and thermodynamic stability in the overall decomposition reaction that corresponds to hydrogen desorption at around room temperature. However, the potential applications in hydrogen storage are restricted by high kinetic barriers. In this study,

  15. Selective involvement of BH3-only proteins and differential targets of Noxa in diverse apoptotic pathways.

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    Zhang, L; Lopez, H; George, N M; Liu, X; Pang, X; Luo, X

    2011-05-01

    The BH3-only proteins of the Bcl-2 family are known to mediate mitochondrial dysfunction during apoptosis. However, the identity of the critical BH3-only proteins and the mechanism of their action following treatment by diverse apoptotic stimuli remain to be fully resolved. We therefore used RNAi to screen the entire Bcl-2 family for their involvement in three major apoptotic pathways in HeLa cells. We found that Bcl-xL and Mcl-1 are major inhibitors of apoptosis induced by TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and proteasome inhibition. Among the 10 BH3-only proteins, Bid and Noxa were found to be critically involved in TRAIL-induced apoptosis, in which Noxa participates by constitutively binding to Mcl-1. Bim and Noxa were found to be necessary for ER stress-induced apoptosis, in which Noxa assisted Bim function by sequestering Mcl-1 and binding to Bcl-xL. As a critical BH3-only protein, Noxa was strongly upregulated and became associated with both Mcl-1 and Bcl-xL during apoptosis induced by proteasome inhibition. In addition, we found that Noxa became 'Mcl-1 free' following treatment by ER stress and proteasome inhibition, but not after TRAIL treatment. These results defined the critical Bcl-2 network during apoptosis and suggested that Noxa participated in triggering mitochondrial dysfunction in multiple apoptotic pathways through distinct mechanisms.

  16. REVERSIBLE HYDROGEN STORAGE IN A LiBH{sub 4}-C{sub 60} NANOCOMPOSITE

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    Teprovich, J.; Zidan, R.; Peters, B.; Wheeler, J.

    2013-08-06

    Reversible hydrogen storage in a LiBH{sub 4}:C{sub 60} nanocomposite (70:30 wt. %) synthesized by solvent-assisted mixing has been demonstrated. During the solvent-assisted mixing and nanocomposite formation, a chemical reaction occurs in which the C{sub 60} cages are significantly modified by polymerization as well as by hydrogenation (fullerane formation) in the presence of LiBH{sub 4}. We have determined that two distinct hydrogen desorption events are observed upon rehydrogenation of the material, which are attributed to the reversible formation of a fullerane (C{sub 60}H{sub x}) as well as a LiBH4 species. This system is unique in that the carbon species (C{sub 60}) actively participates in the hydrogen storage process which differs from the common practice of melt infiltration of high surface area carbon materials with LiBH{sub 4} (nanoconfinment effect). This nanocomposite demonstrated good reversible hydrogen storage properties as well as the ability to absorb hydrogen under mild conditions (pressures as low as 10 bar H{sub 2} or temperatures as low as 150°C). The nanocomposite was characterized by TGA-RGA, DSC, XRD, LDI-TOF-MS, FTIR, 1H NMR, and APPI MS.

  17. The Fast and Faint SN 2010bh Associated with GRB 100316D

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    Bufano, Filomena; Sollerman, Jesper; Benetti, Stefano; Pignata, Giuliano; Valenti, Stefano; Covino, Stefano; D'Avanzo, Paolo; Malesani, Daniele; Cappellaro, Enrico; Della Valle, Massimo; Fynbo, Johan; Hjorth, Jens; Mazzali, Paolo A; Reichart, Daniel E; Starling, Rhaana L C; Turatto, Massimo; Vergani, Susanna D; Wiersema, Klass; Amati, Lorenzo; Bersier, David; Campana, Sergio; Cano, Zach; Castro-Tirado, Alberto J; Chincarini, Guido; D'Elia, Valerio; Postigo, Antonio de Ugarte; Deng, Jinsong; Ferrero, Patrizia; Filippenko, Alexei V; Goldoni, Paolo; Gorosabel, Javier; Greiner, Jochen; Hammer, Francois; Jakobsson, Pall; Kaper, Lex; Kawabata, Koji S; Klose, Sylvio; Levan, Andrew J; Maeda, Keiichi; Masetti, Nicola; Milvang-Jensen, Bo; Mirabel, Felix I; Moller, Palle; Nomoto, Kenichi; Palazzi, Eliana; Piranomonte, Silvia; Salvaterra, Ruben; Stratta, Giulia; Tagliaferri, Gianpiero; Tanaka, Masaomi; Wijers, Ralph A M J

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    We present the spectroscopic and photometric evolution of the nearby (redshift 0.059) spectroscopically confirmed Type Ic supernova, SN 2010bh, associated with a soft, long-duration gamma-ray burst (X-ray flash) GRB 100316D. Intensive follow-up observations of SN 2010bh were performed at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT), using the X-shooter and FORS2 instruments. Owing to the detailed temporal coverage and the extended wavelength range (300-2500 nm), we obtained an unprecedentedly rich spectral sequence among the hypernovae, making SN 2010bh one of the best studied representatives of this SN class. We find that SN 2010bh has a more rapid rise to maximum brightness (8.0+/-1.0 days) and a fainter absolute peak luminosity (L(bol)~3e42 ergs) than previously observed SN events associated with GRBs. Our estimate of the ejected (56)Ni mass is 0.12+/-0.02 Msun. From the broad spectral features we measure large expansion velocities, higher than those of SNe 1998bw (GRB 980425) and 2006aj (GRB 060218). The light-curv...

  18. Complete Genome Sequence of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens Strain BH072, Isolated from Honey

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    Zhao, Xin; de Jong, Anne; Zhou, Zhijiang; Kuipers, Oscar P

    2015-01-01

    The genome of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain BH072, isolated from a honey sample and showing strong antimicrobial activity against plant pathogens, is 4.07 Mb and harbors 3,785 coding sequences (CDS). Several gene clusters for nonribosomal synthesis of antimicrobial peptides and a complete gene c

  19. Análisis de Fourier sobre ZN y conjuntos Bh

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    Jhon Jairo Bravo G.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Un conjunto A de enteros positivos se llama un conjunto Bh, si todas las sumas de h elementos de A son diferentes. En este artículo usamos propiedades básicas del análisis de Fourier sobre ZN y seguimos el estilo de Ben Green [4] para deducir, con un método diferente, las cotas superiores obtenidas por Jia [6], Chen [2] y Graham [5] respecto al máximo cardinal que puede tener un conjunto Bh contenido en los primeros N enteros positivos. Abstract. A set A of positive integers is called a Bh set, if all sums of h elements of A are different. In this paper we use basic properties of Fourier analysis on ZN and follow the style of Ben Green [4] to conclude with a different method, the upper bounds obtained by Jia [6], Chen [2] and Graham [5] with respect to the maximum cardinal that can have a Bh set contained in the first N positive integers.

  20. Nanoconfined LiBH4 as a Fast Lithium Ion Conductor

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    Blanchard, Didier; Nale, Angeloclaudio|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/339461845; Sveinbjoernsson, Dadi; Eggenhuisen, Tamara M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/313959498; Verkuijlen, Margriet H. W.; Suwarno, Suwarno; Vegge, Tejs; Kentgens, Arno P. M.; de Jongh, Petra E.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/186125372

    2015-01-01

    Designing new functional materials is crucial for the development of efficient energy storage and conversion devices such as all solid-state batteries. LiBH4 is a promising solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries. It displays high lithium mobility, although only above 110 degrees C at which a transit

  1. 2013-2014 Behavioral Health Risk Assessment Data Report (BH-RADR)

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    2016-10-01

    Approved for public release, distribution unlimited General Medicine: 500A, Public Health Data 2013-2014 Behavioral Health Risk Assessment ...blank. 2011 Behavioral Health Risk Assessment Data Report No. S.0008056-14, October 2014 Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Portfolio...Behavioral Health Risk Assessment Data Report (BH-RADR) Jerrica Nichols Eren Youmans Watkins Keri Kateley Kimberly Cevis Christine Lagana

  2. Nanoconfined LiBH4 as a Fast Lithium Ion Conductor

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    Blanchard, Didier; Nale, Angeloclaudio; Sveinbjoernsson, Dadi; Eggenhuisen, Tamara M.; Verkuijlen, Margriet H. W.; Suwarno, Suwarno; Vegge, Tejs; Kentgens, Arno P. M.; de Jongh, Petra E.

    2015-01-01

    Designing new functional materials is crucial for the development of efficient energy storage and conversion devices such as all solid-state batteries. LiBH4 is a promising solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries. It displays high lithium mobility, although only above 110 degrees C at which a transit

  3. The M_bh-sigma diagram, and the offset nature of barred active galaxies

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    Graham, Alister W

    2009-01-01

    From a sample of 50 predominantly inactive galaxies with direct supermassive black hole mass measurements, it has recently been established that barred galaxies tend to reside rightward of the M_bh-sigma relation defined by non-barred galaxies. Either black holes in barred galaxies tend to be anemic or the central velocity dispersions in these galaxies have a tendency to be elevated by the presence of the bar. The latter option is in accord with studies connecting larger velocity dispersions in galaxies with old bars, while the former scenario is at odds with the observation that barred galaxies do not deviate from the M_bh-luminosity relation. Using a sample of 88 galaxies with active galactic nuclei, whose supermassive black hole masses have been estimated from their associated emission lines, we reveal for the first time that they also display this same general behavior in the M_bh-sigma diagram depending on the presence of a bar or not. A new symmetrical and non-symmetrical "barless" M_bh-sigma relation i...

  4. First-principles calculated decomposition pathways for LiBH4 nanoclusters

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    Huang, Zhi-Quan; Chen, Wei-Chih; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Majzoub, Eric H.; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2016-05-01

    We analyze thermodynamic stability and decomposition pathways of LiBH4 nanoclusters using grand-canonical free-energy minimization based on total energies and vibrational frequencies obtained from density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. We consider (LiBH4)n nanoclusters with n = 2 to 12 as reactants, while the possible products include (Li)n, (B)n, (LiB)n, (LiH)n, and Li2BnHn; off-stoichiometric LinBnHm (m ≤ 4n) clusters were considered for n = 2, 3, and 6. Cluster ground-state configurations have been predicted using prototype electrostatic ground-state (PEGS) and genetic algorithm (GA) based structural optimizations. Free-energy calculations show hydrogen release pathways markedly differ from those in bulk LiBH4. While experiments have found that the bulk material decomposes into LiH and B, with Li2B12H12 as a kinetically inhibited intermediate phase, (LiBH4)n nanoclusters with n ≤ 12 are predicted to decompose into mixed LinBn clusters via a series of intermediate clusters of LinBnHm (m ≤ 4n). The calculated pressure-composition isotherms and temperature-pressure isobars exhibit sloping plateaus due to finite size effects on reaction thermodynamics. Generally, decomposition temperatures of free-standing clusters are found to increase with decreasing cluster size due to thermodynamic destabilization of reaction products.

  5. Reversible hydrogen storage in Mg(BH4)2/carbon nanocomposites

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    Yan, Y.; Au, Y.S.; Rentsch, D.; Remhof, A.; de Jongh, P.E.; Züttel, A.

    2013-01-01

    Mg(BH4)2 exhibits a high hydrogen content of 14.9 wt% and thermodynamic stability in the overall decomposition reaction that corresponds to hydrogen desorption at around room temperature. However, the potential applications in hydrogen storage are restricted by high kinetic barriers. In this study,

  6. Halide-stabilized LiBH4, a room-temperature lithium fast-ion conductor.

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    Maekawa, Hideki; Matsuo, Motoaki; Takamura, Hitoshi; Ando, Mariko; Noda, Yasuto; Karahashi, Taiki; Orimo, Shin-ichi

    2009-01-28

    Solid state lithium conductors are attracting much attention for their potential applications to solid-state batteries and supercapacitors of high energy density to overcome safety issues and irreversible capacity loss of the currently commercialized ones. Recently, we discovered a new class of lithium super ionic conductors based on lithium borohydride (LiBH(4)). LiBH(4) was found to have conductivity as high as 10(-2) Scm(-1) accompanied by orthorhombic to hexagonal phase transition above 115 degrees C. Polarization to the lithium metal electrode was shown to be extremely low, providing a versatile anode interface for the battery application. However, the high transition temperature of the superionic phase has limited its applications. Here we show that a chemical modification of LiBH(4) can stabilize the superionic phase even below room temperature. By doping of lithium halides, high conductivity can be obtained at room temperature. Both XRD and NMR confirmed room-temperature stabilization of superionic phase for LiI-doped LiBH(4). The electrochemical measurements showed a great advantage of this material as an extremely lightweight lithium electrolyte for batteries of high energy density. This material will open alternative opportunities for the development of solid ionic conductors other than previously known lithium conductors.

  7. Hydrogen-Storage Properties of Ni and LiBH4-Added MgH2.

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    Lee, Seong Ho; Kwak, Young Jun; Park, Hye Ryoung; Song, Myoung Youp

    2015-11-01

    In this work, MgH2 was employed as a starting material instead of Mg used in our previous work. Ni and LiBH4, which can absorb 18.4 wt% of hydrogen, were added. A sample with a composition of 86 wt% MgH2 + 10 wt% Ni + 4 wt% LiBH4 (named MgH2-10Ni-4LiBH4) was prepared by milling under hydrogen (reaction-involved milling) and its hydrogen-storage properties were examined. In addition, the rate-limiting step for the dehydriding reaction of the sample at the first cycle was analyzed. The activation of MgH2-10Ni-4LiBH4 for hydriding and dehydriding reactions was not required. The as-milled sample absorbed and released nearly 5 wt% H at 623 K for 60 min; it absorbed 4.90 wt% H under 12 bar H2 for 20 min and released 4.94 wt% H under 1.0 bar H2 for 60 min. The hydriding rate exhibited an inverse dependence on temperature. This is due to a decrease in the driving force for the hydriding reaction (the difference between the applied hydrogen pressure and the equilibrium plateau pressure) with the increase in temperature.

  8. Shortening the postpartum anoestrous interval in suckled crossbred dual purpose cows using progestagen intravaginal sponges plus eCG and PGF(2alpha).

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    Gutiérrez, J C; Palomares, R; González, R; Portillo, G; Montero-Urdaneta, M; Rubio-Guillén, J; Hernández-Fonseca, H J; Soto-Belloso, E

    2009-02-01

    One hundred and twenty-six suckled crossbred cows (Bos taurus x Bos indicus), with body condition score >or=3 (1-5 point scale), were employed in the present study to evaluate the effectiveness of intravaginal progestin-releasing sponges (IVS) for shortening anoestrous interval. Fifty-four cows were assigned to control group. Seventy-two cows were treated with IVS impregnated with 250 mg of medroxy-acetate-progesterone (MAP) as follows: day 0, IVS plus 5 mg of 17beta-E and 50 mg of MAP i.m.; day 6, 500 IU of equine chorionic gonadotropin and 25 mg prostaglandin F(2alpha) i.m.; day 8, IVS withdrawal and day 9, 1 mg 17beta-E i.m. Cows were also grouped according to postpartum days (dpp) at treatment: MAP 70 days (n = 47); control >70 days (n = 32). From IVS removal, cows were detected in oestrus and inseminated. Cows not detected in oestrus were timed artificial insemination 72 h after sponge removal. Treatment effect on oestrous rate (ER), conception rate (CR), pregnancy rate (PR) and treatment to conception intervals (TCI) and calving to conception intervals (CCI) were evaluated. The ER, CR and PR were analysed using PROC LOGISTIC, while TCI and CCI with PROC GLM of SAS. The groups MAP 70 days showed higher (p 70 days (84.0% and 76.6% vs 31.8% and 31.3% respectively). The PR was higher (p 70 days vs control cattle.

  9. Loser cows in Danish dairy herds: definition, prevalence and consequences.

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    Thomsen, Peter T; Østergaard, Søren; Sørensen, Jan Tind; Houe, Hans

    2007-05-16

    During the last few years, many Danish dairy farmers have expressed increasing concerns regarding a group of cows, which we have chosen to term 'loser cows'. Until now, a loser cow has not been described scientifically. We defined a loser cow on the basis of a clinical examination of the cow. A total of 15,151 clinical examinations were made on 6,451 individual cows from 39 randomly selected, large Danish dairy herds with loose-housing systems using a clinical protocol. Scores for the clinical signs lameness, body condition, hock lesions, other cutaneous lesions, vaginal discharge, condition of hair coat and general condition were converted into a loser cow score. Cows with a loser cow score of 8 or more were classified as loser cows. The overall prevalence of loser cows was 2.15%, 4.50% and 2.98% during the first, second and third round of herd visits, respectively. The associations between the loser cow state and milk production, mortality, morbidity, culling and workload for the farmer were evaluated using data from herd visits and from the Danish Cattle Database and a number of different statistical techniques. It was concluded that the loser cow state has significant negative consequences for both the farmer and the cow. On average, loser cows yielded 0.61 to 2.24 kg energy corrected milk less per day than non-loser cows depending on parity. Hazard ratio for death or euthanasia was 5.69 for loser cows compared to non-loser cows. Incidence rate ratio for disease treatments was 0.69 for non-loser cows compared to loser cows. Loser cows were often culled in an 'unfavourable' way and generally caused extra workload for the farmer. A simplified version of the loser cow score was evaluated and is recommended for future research and use in practice.

  10. Starch and oil in the donor cow diet and starch in substrate differently affect the in vitro ruminal biohydrogenation of linoleic and linolenic acids.

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    Zened, A; Troegeler-Meynadier, A; Nicot, M C; Combes, S; Cauquil, L; Farizon, Y; Enjalbert, F

    2011-11-01

    Trans isomers of fatty acids exhibit different health properties. Among them, trans-10,cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid has negative effects on milk fat production and can affect human health. A shift from the trans-11 to the trans-10 pathway of biohydrogenation (BH) can occur in the rumen of dairy cows receiving high-concentrate diets, especially when the diet is supplemented with highly unsaturated fat sources. The differences of BH patterns between linoleic acid (LeA) and linolenic acid (LnA) in such ruminal conditions remain unknown; thus, the aim of this work was to investigate in vitro the effects of starch and sunflower oil in the diet of the donor cows and starch level in the incubates on the BH patterns and efficiencies of LeA and LnA. The design was a 4 × 4 Latin square design with 4 cows, 4 periods, and 4 diets with combinations of 21 or 34% starch and 0 or 5% sunflower oil. The rumen content of each cow during each period was incubated with 4 substrates, combining 2 starch levels and either LeA or LnA addition. Capillary electrophoresis single-strand conformation polymorphism of incubates showed that dietary starch decreased the diversity of the bacterial community and the high-starch plus oil diet modified its structure. High-starch diets poorly affected isomerization and first reduction of LeA and LnA, but decreased the efficiencies of trans-11,cis-15-C18:2 and trans C18:1 reduction. Dietary sunflower oil increased the efficiency of LeA isomerization but decreased the efficiency of trans C18:1 reduction. An interaction between dietary starch and dietary oil resulted in the highest trans-10 isomers production in incubates when the donor cow received the high-starch plus oil diet. The partition between trans-10 and trans-11 isomers was also affected by an interaction between starch level and the fatty acid added to the incubates, showing that the trans-10 shift only occurred with LeA, whereas LnA was mainly hydrogenated via the more usual trans-11

  11. Studies of biological effects of fluoride stannous and UV short in Escherichia coli BH110

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    Ferreira da C, R., E-mail: rogercosta1@hotmail.com [Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Goias, Campus Uruacu, Rua Formosa Qd 28 e 29, Loteamento Santana, 76400-000 Uruacu, Goias (Brazil)

    2015-10-15

    Full text: The amount of UV rays on the Earth's surface has increased due to depletion of the ozone layer, and this has worried society, since these radiation although not considered ionizing can cause damage to biological membrane and especially to DNA. The DNA has cell repair mechanisms that can work in lesions caused by electromagnetic radiation such as ultraviolet -short (UV C)and agents causing oxidative stress, such as tin salts. Among the repair mechanisms can highlight the adaptive repair, which consists of smaller doses to cells pre-exposure of an oxidizing agent, and when these cells are exposed to larger doses of the agent even if there is a reduction in mortality rate which leads to complete that repair mechanisms are activated in the pre-exposure reducing cell mortality. Several publications have shown the genotoxic effects of stannous salts such as stannous fluoride (SnF{sub 2}), which shows the importance of the study, since these salts are widely used in industry as components in toothpastes and mouthwashes. So we check whether pretreatment with UV C is able to induce adaptive response reducing the cytotoxic effects caused by exposure of the strains to SnF{sub 2}. We use a strain of Escherichia coli BH110 (BH110 E. coli) deficient in three genes (fpg, nfo and xth) involved in the excision repair bases. To verify the induction of adaptive response to strain BH110 was exposed to various doses of UV C and then treated with SnF{sub 2} a concentration of 110 u M. Our results showed that the LD10 of strain BH110 is 20 J/m{sup 2} and pre-treatment with UV C does not seem to induce adaptive repair in BH110 strains. (Author)

  12. A dental perspective on the taxonomic affinity of the Balanica mandible (BH-1).

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    Skinner, Matthew M; de Vries, Dorien; Gunz, Philipp; Kupczik, Kornelius; Klassen, R Paul; Hublin, Jean-Jacques; Roksandic, Mirjana

    2016-04-01

    The Middle Pleistocene represents a period of critical importance in human evolution, marked by encephalisation and dental reduction, and increasing diversification of temporally and spatially distributed hominin lineages in Africa, Asia and Europe. New specimens, especially from areas less well represented in the fossil record, can inform the debate on morphological changes to the skeleton and teeth and the phylogenetic course of human evolution during this period. The mandible from the cave of Mala Balanica, Serbia has recently been re-dated to at least 400 ka, and its well-preserved dentition presents an excellent opportunity to characterize molar crown morphology at this time period, and re-examine claims for a lack of Neandertal affinities in the specimen. In this study we employ microtomography to image the internal structure of the mandibular molars (focusing on the morphology of the enamel-dentine junction, or EDJ) of the BH-1 specimen and a comparative sample (n = 141) of Homo erectus sensu lato, Homo neanderthalensis, Pleistocene Homo sapiens, and recent H. sapiens. We quantitatively assess EDJ morphology using 3D geometric morphometrics and examine the expression of discrete dental traits at the dentine surface. We also compare third molar enamel thickness in BH-1 to those of H. neanderthalensis and both Pleistocene and recent H. sapiens, and document previously unreported morphology of the BH-1 premolar and molar roots. Our results highlight the reliability of the EDJ surface for classifying hominin taxa, indicate a primitive dental morphology for BH-1 molars, and confirm a general lack of derived Neandertal features for the Balanica individual. The plesiomorphic character of BH-1 is consistent with several competing models of Middle Pleistocene hominin evolution and provides an important regional and temporal example for reconstructing morphological changes in the mandible and teeth during this time period.

  13. Dynamics of the BH3-Only Protein Binding Interface of Bcl-xL.

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    Liu, Xiaorong; Beugelsdijk, Alex; Chen, Jianhan

    2015-09-01

    The balance and interplay between pro-death and pro-survival members of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) family proteins play key roles in regulation of the mitochondrial pathway of programmed cell death. Recent NMR and biochemical studies have revealed that binding of the proapoptotic BH3-only protein PUMA induces significant unfolding of antiapoptotic Bcl-xL at the interface, which in turn disrupts the Bcl-xL/p53 interaction to activate apoptosis. However, the molecular mechanism of such regulated unfolding of Bcl-xL is not fully understood. Analysis of the existing Protein Data Bank structures of Bcl-xL in both bound and unbound states reveal substantial intrinsic heterogeneity at its BH3-only protein binding interface. Large-scale atomistic simulations were performed in explicit solvent for six representative structures to further investigate the intrinsic conformational dynamics of Bcl-xL. The results support that the BH3-only protein binding interface of Bcl-xL is much more dynamic compared to the rest of the protein, both unbound and when bound to various BH3-only proteins. Such intrinsic interfacial conformational dynamics likely provides a physical basis that allows Bcl-xL to respond sensitively to detailed biophysical properties of the ligand. The ability of Bcl-xL to retain or even enhance dynamics at the interface in bound states could further facilitate the regulation of its interactions with various BH3-only proteins such as through posttranslational modifications. Copyright © 2015 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Trends in the critical frequency foF2 after 2009

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    Danilov, A. D.; Konstantinova, A. V.

    2016-05-01

    The problem of how the deep minimum of solar activity of 2008-2009 influenced trends in the critical frequency of the F2 layer and whether the negative trends in foF2 are conserved in the following five years is considered in the paper. The initial data series used in previous publications by the authors are completed by data to 2014 (2015). Methods of searching for trends that were described in the past several times by the authors were applied. It was found that, in the vast majority of cases, the monotonous change in the curves used to derive the foF2 trend was distorted in years close to the anomalously low minimum of solar activity in 2008-2009. That decreased the obtained trend in the critical frequency as compared with the results based on the data to 2009. However, subsequent years again lead to a tendency toward monotonous decrease in foF2. The causes of the anomalies indicated above lie apparently in the inadequacy of the solar activity index F10.7 for the description of changes in the aeronomical parameters determining the foF2 behavior in the period of a very deep minimum of activity that is widely described in some publications.

  15. Rare variants in NR2F2 cause congenital heart defects in humans.

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    Al Turki, Saeed; Manickaraj, Ashok K; Mercer, Catherine L; Gerety, Sebastian S; Hitz, Marc-Phillip; Lindsay, Sarah; D'Alessandro, Lisa C A; Swaminathan, G Jawahar; Bentham, Jamie; Arndt, Anne-Karin; Louw, Jacoba; Low, Jacoba; Breckpot, Jeroen; Gewillig, Marc; Thienpont, Bernard; Abdul-Khaliq, Hashim; Harnack, Christine; Hoff, Kirstin; Kramer, Hans-Heiner; Schubert, Stephan; Siebert, Reiner; Toka, Okan; Cosgrove, Catherine; Watkins, Hugh; Lucassen, Anneke M; O'Kelly, Ita M; Salmon, Anthony P; Bu'lock, Frances A; Granados-Riveron, Javier; Setchfield, Kerry; Thornborough, Chris; Brook, J David; Mulder, Barbara; Klaassen, Sabine; Bhattacharya, Shoumo; Devriendt, Koen; Fitzpatrick, David F; Wilson, David I; Mital, Seema; Hurles, Matthew E

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    Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect worldwide and are a leading cause of neonatal mortality. Nonsyndromic atrioventricular septal defects (AVSDs) are an important subtype of CHDs for which the genetic architecture is poorly understood. We performed exome sequencing in 13 parent-offspring trios and 112 unrelated individuals with nonsyndromic AVSDs and identified five rare missense variants (two of which arose de novo) in the highly conserved gene NR2F2, a very significant enrichment (p = 7.7 × 10(-7)) compared to 5,194 control subjects. We identified three additional CHD-affected families with other variants in NR2F2 including a de novo balanced chromosomal translocation, a de novo substitution disrupting a splice donor site, and a 3 bp duplication that cosegregated in a multiplex family. NR2F2 encodes a pleiotropic developmental transcription factor, and decreased dosage of NR2F2 in mice has been shown to result in abnormal development of atrioventricular septa. Via luciferase assays, we showed that all six coding sequence variants observed in individuals significantly alter the activity of NR2F2 on target promoters.

  16. Calcium intake and cows' milk free diets.

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    Devlin, J; Stanton, R H; David, T J

    1989-01-01

    In children with atopic eczema on elimination diets, the calcium intake was below the estimated requirement in 15 out of 20 who avoided cows' milk and received no milk substitute, and in three out of 26 who avoided cows' milk but were provided with a soya or casein hydrolysate formula.

  17. Solar Cycle variations of ƒoF2 from IGY to 1990

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    M. K. Goel

    Full Text Available Noontime monthly median values of F2-layer critical frequency foF2 (m for some ionospheric stations representing low- and mid-latitudes are examined for their dependence on solar activity for the years 1957 (IGY to 1990. This is the period for which ionospheric data in digital form is available in two CD-ROMs at the World Data Center, Boulder. It is observed that at mid-latitudes, foF2 (m shows nearly a linear relationship with R12 (the 12-month running average of the Zurich sunspot number, though this relation is nonlinear for low-latitudes. These results indicate some departures from the existing information often used in theoretical and applied areas of space research.Key words. Ionosphere (equatorial ionosphere; mid-latitude ionosphere; modelling and forecasting

  18. Sulfide capacities of CaO-CaF2-CaCl2 melts

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    Simeonov, Simeon; Sakai, Toshihiko; Maeda, Masafumi

    1992-06-01

    The sulfide capacityC_{s^{2 - } } = ({text{pct S}}^{{text{2 - }}} )(p_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } /p_{{text{S}}_{text{2}} } )^{1/2} ) of CaO-CaF2-CaCl2 slag was determined at temperatures from 1000 °C to 1300 °C by equilibrating molten slag, molten silver, and CO-CO2-Ar gas mixture. The sulfide capacity increases with replacing CaCl2 by CaF2 in slags of constant CaO contents. The sulfide capacity also increases with increasing temperature as well as with increasing CaO content at a constant ratio of CaF2/CaCl2 of unity. A linear relationship between the sulfide capacity and carbonate capacity in literature was observed on a logarithmic scale.

  19. Role of MgF2 on properties of glass–ceramics

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    M Ghasemzadeh; A Nemati

    2012-10-01

    Formation of machinable glass–ceramic in the system MgO–SiO2–Al2O3–K2O–B2O3–F with and without addition of MgF2 has been investigated. Crystallization of glass sample was done by controlled thermal heat treatment at nucleation and crystallization temperatures. The results showed that MgF2 in high concentration had a synergistic effect and enhanced the formation of interlockedmica crystals. Non-isothermal DTA experiments showed that the crystallization activation energies of base glasses were changed in the range of 235–405 kJ/mol, while the crystallization activation energies of samples with addition of MgF2 were changed in the range of 548–752 kJ/mol.

  20. Behavior of Parameters of Nighttime Electron Density Enhancements of the Ionospheric F2 Layer

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    Yakovets, Artur; Gordienko, Galina

    2017-04-01

    There is known a wide class of disturbances of the F2-layer of the ionosphere, which are superimposed on the regular diurnal variations of the electron density. Different types of disturbances are characterized by different mechanisms of their generation. Traveling ionospheric disturbances appear to be the most characteristic features of the inhomogeneous structure of the ionosphere. Another type of ionospheric disturbances presents the nighttime electron density enhancements in the ionospheric F2- layer maximum (NmF2). This type of irregularities is described in numerous papers. There is a concept that, in spite of the various mechanisms of ionospheric disturbances generation a response of F2-layer parameters exhibits similar features associated with the upward lift and the simultaneous expansion of the layer and then its subsequent downward movement, including layer compression, which results in the formation of the electron density peak in the layer maximum at the moment of greatest compression. The aim of this study is a verification of this concept on the example of disturbances related with the nighttime electron density enhancements, and the definition of precise quantitative relationships between the variations of different F2-layer parameters for such disturbances. By using the data of the ionospheric vertical sounding in Almaty, (76° 55'E, 43°15'N) during 2001-2012, analysis of the behavior the F2-layer parameters during the night electron density enhancements was carried out within framework of a single concept of effects of various types of ionospheric plasma perturbations in variations of height and half-thickness of the F2-layer, accompanied by increasing and decreasing NmF2 at moments of maximum compression and expansion of the layer. For a quantitative analysis of the parameters of nighttime enhancements we have selected 20 nights characterized by low magnetic activity (Dst> - 50 nT) and evident manifestations of the nighttime electron density

  1. Microwave, High-Resolution Infrared, and Quantum Chemical Investigations of CHBrF2

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    Cazzoli, Gabriele; Cludi, Lino; Puzzarini, Cristina

    2011-01-01

    analysis by high-level quantum chemical calculations at the coupled-cluster level. In this context, the importance of relativistic effects, which are of the order of 6.5% and included in the present work using second-order direct perturbation theory, needs to be emphasized for accurate predictions......A combined microwave, infrared, and computational investigation of CHBrF2 is reported. For the vibrational ground state, measurements in the millimeter- and sub-millimeter-wave regions for (CHBrF2)-Br-79 and (CHBrF2)-Br-81 provided rotational and centrifugal-distortion constants up to the sextic...... terms as well as the hyperfine parameters (quadrupole-coupling and spin-rotation interaction constants) of the bromine nucleus. The determination of the latter was made possible by recording of spectra at sub-Doppler resolution, achieved by means of the Lamb-dip technique, and supporting the spectra...

  2. F2∑+-X2∑+ Band System of Cobalt Carbide

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    Jing-ru Guo; Zhao-xia Zhang; Ting-ting Wang; Cong-xiang Chen; Yang Chen

    2008-01-01

    The laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum of CoC was recorded in the spectral region from 13500 cm-1 to 22000 cm-1, in which the CoC molecules were produced by the reaction of sputtered cobalt atoms with methanol under supersonic jet cooled conditions. Much of the visible spectrum was assigned to transitions between the X2∑+ ground state and F2∑+ state. The 11 bands assigned as (v1=3-13, 0) transi-tions of the F2∑+-X2∑+ band system were observed and rotationally analyzed. Equilibrium constants for the F2∑+ state were Te=13628 cm-1,w,e=669 cm-1,weXe=4.3 cm-1, Be=0.546 cm-1, and Re=1.758 A. Some new bands were observed.

  3. Genetic analysis of F2 and transgressive segregants for seed yield in safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.

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    D.Shivani, Ch. Sreelakshmi and C.V. Sameer Kumar

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The wide range of F2 variability for seed yield, number of capitula per plant and number of seeds per capitulum in 24 crosses ofline x tester set indicated potential of the crosses to throw large number of variable segregants. Maximum number of positivetransgressive segregants was found in TSF-1 x SFS 9920, TSF-1 x SSF 658, TSF-2 x ASD-07-10, Sagarmutyalu x SFS 9920andManjira x SSF 698 crosses. F1 per se performance, relative heterosis, D2 and GCA effects of parents were found to be goodindicators for predicting the phenotypic variance and genetic advance for seed yield in F2. Average GCA effects of parents hadmoderate degree of influence on the mean of 10% top yielding plants in F2.

  4. Analysis of laser durability of CaF2 for optical lithography

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    Grabosch, Guenter; Parthier, Lutz; Natura, Ute; Poehl, Karin; Letz, Martin; Muehlig, Christian; Knapp, Konrad

    2005-02-01

    Photolithography is a key technolgoy for the production of semiconductor devices. It supports the continuing trend towards higher integration density of microelectronic devices. The material used in the optics of lithography tools has to be of extremely high quality to ensure the high demand of the imaging. Due to its properties CaF2 is a material of choice for the application in lithography systems. Because of the compexity of the lithography tools single lenses or lens system modules cannot be replaced. Therefore the lens material has to last the full lifetime of the tool without major degradation. According to the roadmap for next generation of optical lithography tools, like immersion lithography, the requirements of CaF2 for radiation hardness are increasing considerably. We will present a detailed analysis of the key factors influencing the laser hardness covering the complete production chain. Some aspects of the evaluation methods for testing CaF2 laser durability will be presented.

  5. Measurement of the electron structure function F2e at LEP energies

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    J. Abdallah

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The hadronic part of the electron structure function F2e has been measured for the first time, using e+e− data collected by the DELPHI experiment at LEP, at centre-of-mass energies of s=91.2–209.5 GeV. The data analysis is simpler than that of the measurement of the photon structure function. The electron structure function F2e data are compared to predictions of phenomenological models based on the photon structure function. It is shown that the contribution of large target photon virtualities is significant. The data presented can serve as a cross-check of the photon structure function F2γ analyses and help in refining existing parameterisations.

  6. A measurement of the proton structure function F$_{2}$(x,Q$^{2}$)

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Wulff, N; Wünsch, E; Yiou, T P; Zarbock, D; Zhang, Z; Zhokin, A S; Zimmer, M; Zimmermann, W; Zomer, F; Zuber, K; Zácek, J; de Roeck, A; von Schlippe, W; Niebergall, Friedrich

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    A measurement of the proton structure function F_{\\!2}(x,Q^2) is reported for momentum transfer squared Q^2 between 4.5 GeV^2 and 1600 GeV^2 and for Bjorken x between 1.8\\cdot10^{-4} and 0.13 using data collected by the HERA experiment H1 in 1993. It is observed that F_{\\!2} increases significantly with decreasing x, confirming our previous measurement made with one tenth of the data available in this analysis. The Q^2 dependence is approximately logarithmic over the full kinematic range covered. The subsample of deep inelastic events with a large pseudo-rapidity gap in the hadronic energy flow close to the proton remnant is used to measure the "diffractive" contribution to F_{\\!2}.

  7. Optical constants and their dispersion of Ag-MgF2 nanoparticle composite films

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    Zhaoqi Sun(孙兆奇); Daming Sun(孙大明)

    2004-01-01

    Ag-MgF2 composite films with different Ag fractions were prepared through a co-evaporation method.Microstructure analysis shows that the films are composed of amorphous MgF2 matrix and embedded fcc-Ag nanoparticles. The optical constants and their dispersion of the films, within the wavelength range of 250 - 650 nm, were measured by reflecting spectroscopic ellipsometry. The maximum of the imaginary part ε" of the complex dielectric permittivity attributing to the surface plasmon resonance polarization of the Ag nanoparticles in an Ag-MgF2 film, and the tangent of the phase-shift angle δ resulting from the dielectric loss of the film, occur at λ = 435 nm and λ = 420 nm, respectively. Based on Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory, the experimentally observed dispersion spectra were reasonably described.

  8. Absence of systemic oxidative stress and increased CSF prostaglandin F2α in progressive MS

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    Lam, Magda A.; Maghzal, Ghassan J.; Khademi, Mohsen

    2016-01-01

    Objective: We aimed to investigate the role of oxidative stress in the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).  Methods: We determined by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry nonenzymatic (F2-isoprostanes) and enzymatic oxidation products of arachidonic acid (prostaglandin F2α [PGF2α......]) in plasma and CSF of 45 controls (other neurologic disease [OND] with no signs of inflammation) and 62 patients with MS. Oxidation products were correlated with disease severity and validated biomarkers of inflammation (chemokine ligand 13; matrix metalloproteinase-9; osteopontin) and axonal damage...... (neurofilament light protein).  Results: Compared with OND controls, plasma concentrations of F2-isoprostanes and PGF2α were significantly lower in patients with progressive disease, and decreased with increasing disability score (Expanded Disability Status Scale). In contrast, CSF concentrations of PGF2α...

  9. Massive vulvar edema in 2 prepartum dairy cows.

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    Cheong, Soon Hon; Gilbert, Robert O

    2014-05-01

    Two late gestation Holstein cows about to begin the third lactation developed massive vulvar edema. These were the only affected animals in the herd of 500 milking cows. The vulvar edema spontaneously regressed postpartum for both cows. Massive vulvar swelling is seldom observed in dairy cows in advanced pregnancy and is not described in the literature.

  10. Investigations on transgenerational epigenetic response down the male line in F2 pigs.

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    Braunschweig, Martin; Jagannathan, Vidhya; Gutzwiller, Andreas; Bee, Giuseppe

    2012-01-01

    We investigated the nutritional effects on carcass traits, gene expression and DNA methylation in a three generation Large White pig feeding experiment. A group of experimental (E) F0 boars were fed a standard diet supplemented with high amounts of methylating micronutrients whereas a control group (C) of F0 boars received a standard diet. These differentially fed F0 boars sired F1 boars which then sired 60 F2 pigs. Carcass traits were compared between 36 F2 descendants of E F0 boars and 24 F2 descendants of C F0 boars. The two F2 offspring groups differed with respect to backfat percentage (P = 0.03) and tended to differ with respect to adipose tissue (P = 0.09), fat thickness at the 10(th) rib (P = 0.08) and at the croup (P = 0.09) as well as percentages of shoulder (P = 0.07). Offspring from the experimental F0 boars had a higher percentage of shoulder and were leaner compared to the control group. Gene expression profiles showed significant twofold differences in mRNA level between 8 C F2 offspring and 8 E F2 offspring for 79, 64 and 53 genes for muscle, liver and kidney RNA, respectively. We found that in liver and muscle respective pathways of lipid metabolism and metabolic pathway were over-represented for the differentially expressed genes between these groups. A DNA methylation analysis in promoters of differentially expressed genes indicated a significant difference in DNA methylation at the IYD gene. If these responses on carcass traits, gene expression and DNA methylation withstand verification and can indeed be attributed to transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, it would open up pioneering application in pork production and would have implications for human health.

  11. Investigations on transgenerational epigenetic response down the male line in F2 pigs.

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    Martin Braunschweig

    Full Text Available We investigated the nutritional effects on carcass traits, gene expression and DNA methylation in a three generation Large White pig feeding experiment. A group of experimental (E F0 boars were fed a standard diet supplemented with high amounts of methylating micronutrients whereas a control group (C of F0 boars received a standard diet. These differentially fed F0 boars sired F1 boars which then sired 60 F2 pigs. Carcass traits were compared between 36 F2 descendants of E F0 boars and 24 F2 descendants of C F0 boars. The two F2 offspring groups differed with respect to backfat percentage (P = 0.03 and tended to differ with respect to adipose tissue (P = 0.09, fat thickness at the 10(th rib (P = 0.08 and at the croup (P = 0.09 as well as percentages of shoulder (P = 0.07. Offspring from the experimental F0 boars had a higher percentage of shoulder and were leaner compared to the control group. Gene expression profiles showed significant twofold differences in mRNA level between 8 C F2 offspring and 8 E F2 offspring for 79, 64 and 53 genes for muscle, liver and kidney RNA, respectively. We found that in liver and muscle respective pathways of lipid metabolism and metabolic pathway were over-represented for the differentially expressed genes between these groups. A DNA methylation analysis in promoters of differentially expressed genes indicated a significant difference in DNA methylation at the IYD gene. If these responses on carcass traits, gene expression and DNA methylation withstand verification and can indeed be attributed to transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, it would open up pioneering application in pork production and would have implications for human health.

  12. Dispersive calculation of complex Regge trajectories for the lightest $f_2$ resonances

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    Carrasco, J A; Pelaez, J R; Szczepaniak, A P

    2015-01-01

    We apply a recently developed dispersive formalism to calculate the Regge trajectories of the $f_2(1270)$ and $f_2'(1525)$ mesons. Trajectories are calculated, not fitted to a family of resonances. Assuming that these spin-2 resonances can be treated in the elastic approximation the only input are the pole position and residue of the resonances. In both cases, the predicted Regge trajectories are almost real and linear, with slopes in agreement with the universal value of order 1 GeV$^{-2}$.

  13. Luminescent and kinetic properties of the polystyrene composites based on BaF2 nanoparticles

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    Demkiv, T. M.; Halyatkin, O. O.; Vistovskyy, V. V.; Gektin, A. V.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.

    2016-02-01

    Luminescence-kinetic properties of polystyrene composites based on BaF2 nanoparticles were studied. The electron emission from the nanoparticles due to the photoelectric effect is the main luminescence excitation mechanism in the case of polystyrene composites loaded with small BaF2 nanoparticles (~20 nm). Scintillation pulse of polystyrene composites possesses only fast decay component with the time constant τ~2 ns, and its emission intensity considerably exceeds the one for pure polystyrene scintillator upon the X-ray excitations.

  14. Low lying baryon spectrum with N{sub f}=2+1+1 dynamical twisted quarks

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    Drach, Vincent; Jansen, Karl [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Carbonell, Jaume; Papinutto, Mauro [UJF, CNRS/IN2P3, INPG (France). Lab. de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie; Alexandrou, Constantia [Cyprus Univ., Nicosia (Cyprus). Dept. of Physics

    2010-12-15

    We present first results on the octet and decuplet strange baryon spectrum with N{sub f}=2+1+1 twisted mass quarks. We use an Osterwalder Seiler valence strange quark with a mass tuned to the kaon and compare the results with those obtained in the unitary setup. This comparison allows to perform a first study of the lattice artefacts introduced by the mixed action approach. We investigate the effect of the strange and charm quarks in the sea by using two lattice spacings and comparing with preceding N{sub f}=2 twisted mass fermion calculations. (orig.)

  15. Crystal structure of bis(fluorosulfato-κOxenon(II, Xe(SO3F2

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Thermally unstable Xe(SO3F2 has been prepared by the reaction of XeF2 with HSO3F. Single crystals were obtained from HSO3F by slow cooling in a sealed tube. The molecular structure is characterized by the Xe atom covalently bonded to two O atoms of two fluorosulfate tetrahedra in an almost linear fashion [O—Xe—O = 179.13 (4°]. The crystal packing is strongly influenced by intermolecular van der Waals forces.

  16. Low lying baryon spectrum with $N_f = 2+1+1$ dynamical twisted quarks

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    Drach, Vincent; Carbonell, Jaume; Papinutto, Mauro; Alexandrou, Constantia

    2010-01-01

    We present first results on the octet and decuplet strange baryon spectrum with $N_f=2+1+1$ twisted mass quarks. We use an Osterwalder Seiler valence strange quark with a mass tuned to the kaon and compare the results with those obtained in the unitary setup. This comparison allows to perform a first study of the lattice artefacts introduced by the mixed action approach. We investigate the effect of the strange and charm quarks in the sea by using two lattice spacings and comparing with preceding $N_f = 2$ twisted mass fermion calculations.

  17. Vertical motions of the midlatitude F2 layer during magnetospheric substorms.

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    Park, C. G.; Meng, C.

    1971-01-01

    Use of ground-based ionosonde records from midlatitude stations during winter nights to study vertical motions of the F2 layer associated with magnetospheric substorms. The results show that during substorms the F2 layer is lifted upward in the premidnight sector and pushed downward in the postmidnight sector. These motions are interpreted in terms of E x B drifts, the electric field being eastward on the eveningside and westward on the morningside. The results emphasize the importance of substorm effects on the midlatitude F region and the potential of ground-based hf sounding techniques in studying magnetospheric substorms.

  18. A Perturbative QCD Analysis of the Nucleon's Pauli Form Factor F_2(Q^2)

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    Belitsky, A V; Yuan, F; Belitsky, Andrei V.; Ji, Xiangdong; Yuan, Feng

    2003-01-01

    We perform a perturbative QCD analysis of the nucleon's Pauli form factor $F_2(Q^2)$ in the asymptotically large $Q^2$ limit. We find that the leading contribution to $F_2(Q^2)$ goes like $1/Q^6$, consistent with the well-known folklore. Its coefficient is expressed in terms of an overlap integral involving the leading and subleading light-cone wave functions of the nucleon, the latter describing the quark state with one unit of orbital angular momentum. We estimate the numerical size of the coefficient and comment on the contribution from the end-point region.

  19. Microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films

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    Sun Zhao-Qi; Cai Qi; Song Xue-Ping

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films with different Au contents are studied.The microstructural analysis shows that the films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Au nanoparticles with a mean size of 9.8-21.4nm.Spectral analysis suggests that the surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption peak of Au particles appears at λ=492-537nm.With increasing Au content,absorption peak intensity increases,profile narrows and location redshifts.Theoretical absorption spectra are calculated based on Maxwell-Garnett theory and compared with experimental spectra.

  20. Semiannual and annual variations in the height of the ionospheric F2-peak

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    Full Text Available Ionosonde data from sixteen stations are used to study the semiannual and annual variations in the height of the ionospheric F2-peak, hmF2. The semiannual variation, which peaks shortly after equinox, has an amplitude of about 8 km at an average level of solar activity (10.7 cm flux = 140 units, both at noon and midnight. The annual variation has an amplitude of about 11 km at northern midlatitudes, peaking in early summer; and is larger at southern stations, where it peaks in late summer. Both annual and semiannual amplitudes increase with increasing solar activity by day, but not at night. The semiannual variation in hmF2 is unrelated to the semiannual variation of the peak electron density NmF2, and is not reproduced by the CTIP and TIME-GCM computational models of the quiet-day thermosphere and ionosphere. The semiannual variation in hmF2 is approximately "isobaric", in that its amplitude corresponds quite well to the semiannual variation in the height of fixed pressure-levels in the thermosphere, as represented by the MSIS empirical model. The annual variation is not "isobaric". The annual mean of hmF2 increases with solar 10.7 cm flux, both by night and by day, on average by about 0.45 km/flux unit, rather smaller than the corresponding increase of height of constant pressure-levels in the MSIS model. The discrepancy may be due to solar-cycle variations of thermospheric winds. Although geomagnetic activity, which affects thermospheric density and temperature and therefore hmF2 also, is greatest at the equinoxes, this seems to account for less than half the semiannual variation of hmF2. The rest may be due to a semiannual variation of tidal and wave energy transmitted to the thermosphere from lower levels in the atmosphere.

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  1. Investigation on LiBH4-CaH2 composite and its potential for thermal energy storage

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    Li, Yang; Li, Ping; Qu, Xuanhui

    2017-01-01

    The LiBH4/CaH2 composite are firstly studied as Concentrating Solar Power Thermal Storage Material. The LiBH4/CaH2 composite according to the stoichiometric ratio are synthesized by high-energy ball milling method. The kinetics, thermodynamics and cycling stability of LiBH4/CaH2 composite are investigated by XRD (X-ray diffraction), DSC (Differential scanning calorimeter) and TEM (Transmission electron microscope). The reaction enthalpy of LiBH4/CaH2 composite is almost 60 kJ/mol H2 and equilibrium pressure is 0.482 MPa at 450 °C. The thermal storage density of LiBH4/CaH2 composite is 3504.6 kJ/kg. XRD results show that the main phase after dehydrogenation is LiH and CaB6. The existence of TiCl3 and NbF5 can effectively enhance the cycling perfomance of LiBH4/CaH2 composite, with 6–7 wt% hydrogen capacity after 10 cycles. The high thermal storage density, high working temperature and low equilibrium pressure make LiBH4/CaH2 composite a potential thermal storage material.

  2. First-principles study of a double-cation alkali metal borohydride LiK(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Xiao Xiaobing; Yu Weiyang; Tang Biyu [Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of the Ministry of Education, Department of Physics, Xiangtan University, Hunan Province, 411105 (China)], E-mail: tangbiyu@gxu.edu.cn

    2008-11-05

    Metal borohydrides have been attracting great interest as potential candidates for use as advanced hydrogen storage materials because of their high gravimetric hydrogen densities. In the present study, first-principles calculations have been performed for the newly reported dual-cation alkali metal borohydride LiK(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}, using density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation and the projected augmented wave method. LiK(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} is found to have an orthorhombic structure in the space group Pnma (No 62) with nearly ideal tetrahedral shape. It is an insulating material having a DFT-calculated wide band gap of 6.08 eV. Analysis of the electronic structure shows an ionic interaction between metal cations and (BH{sub 4}){sup -} and the covalent B-H interaction within the (BH{sub 4}){sup -} tetrahedron. The enthalpy of the formation reaction from primary elements is calculated and found to be -449.8 kJ mol{sup -1}. The decomposition temperature (T{sub dec}) of LiK(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} lies between those of LiBH{sub 4} and KBH{sub 4}, which suggests that the hydrogen decomposition temperature of metal borohydrides can be precisely adjusted by the appropriate combination of cations.

  3. THE HIGHLY ENERGETIC EXPANSION OF SN 2010bh ASSOCIATED WITH GRB 100316D

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    Bufano, Filomena [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Catania, Via Santa Sofia, I-95123, Catania (Italy); Pian, Elena; Turatto, Massimo [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Via G.B. Tiepolo 11, I-34143 Trieste (Italy); Sollerman, Jesper [Oskar Klein Centre, Department of Astronomy, AlbaNova, SE-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Benetti, Stefano; Valenti, Stefano; Cappellaro, Enrico; Mazzali, Paolo A. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell' Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova (Italy); Pignata, Giuliano [Departamento de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Andres Bello, Av. Republica 252, Santiago (Chile); Covino, Stefano; D' Avanzo, Paolo; Vergani, Susanna D. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Via Emilio Bianchi 46, Merate I-23807 (Italy); Malesani, Daniele; Fynbo, Johan; Hjorth, Jens [Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Della Valle, Massimo [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Salita Moiariello, 16, I-8013 Napoli (Italy); Reichart, Daniel E. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campus Box 3255, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255 (United States); Starling, Rhaana L. C.; Wiersema, Klass [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Amati, Lorenzo [INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica cosmica, Via Gobetti 101, I-40129 Bologna (Italy); and others

    2012-07-01

    We present the spectroscopic and photometric evolution of the nearby (z = 0.059) spectroscopically confirmed Type Ic supernova, SN 2010bh, associated with the soft, long-duration gamma-ray burst (X-ray flash) GRB 100316D. Intensive follow-up observations of SN 2010bh were performed at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) using the X-shooter and FORS2 instruments. Thanks to the detailed temporal coverage and the extended wavelength range (3000-24800 A), we obtained an unprecedentedly rich spectral sequence among the hypernovae, making SN 2010bh one of the best studied representatives of this SN class. We find that SN 2010bh has a more rapid rise to maximum brightness (8.0 {+-} 1.0 rest-frame days) and a fainter absolute peak luminosity (L{sub bol} Almost-Equal-To 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 42} erg s{sup -1}) than previously observed SN events associated with GRBs. Our estimate of the ejected {sup 56}Ni mass is 0.12 {+-} 0.02 M{sub Sun }. From the broad spectral features, we measure expansion velocities up to 47,000 km s{sup -1}, higher than those of SNe 1998bw (GRB 980425) and 2006aj (GRB 060218). Helium absorption lines He I {lambda}5876 and He I 1.083 {mu}m, blueshifted by {approx}20,000-30,000 km s{sup -1} and {approx}28,000-38,000 km s{sup -1}, respectively, may be present in the optical spectra. However, the lack of coverage of the He I 2.058 {mu}m line prevents us from confirming such identifications. The nebular spectrum, taken at {approx}186 days after the explosion, shows a broad but faint [O I] emission at 6340 A. The light curve shape and photospheric expansion velocities of SN 2010bh suggest that we witnessed a highly energetic explosion with a small ejected mass (E{sub k} Almost-Equal-To 10{sup 52} erg and M{sub ej} Almost-Equal-To 3 M{sub Sun }). The observed properties of SN 2010bh further extend the heterogeneity of the class of GRB SNe.

  4. 266Bh的α衰变性质研究%Alpha-decay Properties of 266Bh

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    秦芝; 杨维凡; 甘再国; 范红梅; 郭俊盛; 徐瑚珊; 肖国青; 吴晓蕾; 丁华杰; 吴王锁; 黄文学; 雷祥国; 徐岩冰; 袁晓华; 郭斌

    2006-01-01

    报道了利用兰州重离子研究装置提供的26Mg重离子束流轰击243Am靶产生和鉴别已知超重核素266Bh的实验结果.利用转轮收集探测装置依靠母子核遗传关系通过观测Bh同位素与其子核Db和Lr之间的α-α关联事件来鉴别266Bh. 实验中观测到266Bh的α能量为(9.03 ± 0.08) MeV, 与日本理化学研究所在合成113号元素中第一个衰变链中观测到266Bh的α能量为9.07 MeV相近. 266Bh的半衰期为0.66+0.59-0.26 s, 从实验得到的Qα也符合Z=107的Qα随中子数变化的系统性.%The isotope of 266Bh was produced and identified definitely in bombardments of 243Am target with 162 MeV 26Mg ions at HIRFL. Identification was made by observation of correlated α-particle decays between the Bh isotopes and their Db and Lr daughters using a rotating wheel system. The measured α energy for 266Bh is (9.03±0.08) MeV, and this value close to the 9.07 MeV for 266Bh observed in the first chain of element 113 at RIKEN. The half-life of 266Bh is 0.66+0.59 -0.26 s. The Qα value derived from this experiment fits well into the general trend in a "Qα-N systematics" for the isotopes with Z = 107.

  5. Hydrogen-fluorine exchange in NaBH4-NaBF4.

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    Rude, L H; Filsø, U; D'Anna, V; Spyratou, A; Richter, B; Hino, S; Zavorotynska, O; Baricco, M; Sørby, M H; Hauback, B C; Hagemann, H; Besenbacher, F; Skibsted, J; Jensen, T R

    2013-11-07

    Hydrogen-fluorine exchange in the NaBH4-NaBF4 system is investigated using a range of experimental methods combined with DFT calculations and a possible mechanism for the reactions is proposed. Fluorine substitution is observed using in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) as a new Rock salt type compound with idealized composition NaBF2H2 in the temperature range T = 200 to 215 °C. Combined use of solid-state (19)F MAS NMR, FT-IR and DFT calculations supports the formation of a BF2H2(-) complex ion, reproducing the observation of a (19)F chemical shift at -144.2 ppm, which is different from that of NaBF4 at -159.2 ppm, along with the new absorption bands observed in the IR spectra. After further heating, the fluorine substituted compound becomes X-ray amorphous and decomposes to NaF at ~310 °C. This work shows that fluorine-substituted borohydrides tend to decompose to more stable compounds, e.g. NaF and BF3 or amorphous products such as closo-boranes, e.g. Na2B12H12. The NaBH4-NaBF4 composite decomposes at lower temperatures (300 °C) compared to NaBH4 (476 °C), as observed by thermogravimetric analysis. NaBH4-NaBF4 (1:0.5) preserves 30% of the hydrogen storage capacity after three hydrogen release and uptake cycles compared to 8% for NaBH4 as measured using Sievert's method under identical conditions, but more than 50% using prolonged hydrogen absorption time. The reversible hydrogen storage capacity tends to decrease possibly due to the formation of NaF and Na2B12H12. On the other hand, the additive sodium fluoride appears to facilitate hydrogen uptake, prevent foaming, phase segregation and loss of material from the sample container for samples of NaBH4-NaF.

  6. Reversible hydrogen storage in titanium-catalyzed LiAlH{sub 4}-LiBH{sub 4} system

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    Mao, J.F. [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); Guo, Z.P., E-mail: zguo@uow.edu.a [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance, CSIRO Energy Centre, 10 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Steel River Estate, Mayfield West, NSW 2304 (Australia); Liu, H.K. [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance, CSIRO Energy Centre, 10 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Steel River Estate, Mayfield West, NSW 2304 (Australia); Yu, X.B., E-mail: yuxuebin@fudan.edu.c [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); CSIRO National Hydrogen Materials Alliance, CSIRO Energy Centre, 10 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Steel River Estate, Mayfield West, NSW 2304 (Australia); Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2009-11-13

    We have investigated the hydrogen storage properties of the LiAlH{sub 4}-LiBH{sub 4} system, both un-doped and doped with titanium based catalysts. It was found that TiF{sub 3} exhibited the superior catalytic effects in terms of enhancing the hydriding/dehydriding kinetics and reducing the dehydrogenation temperature of the LiAlH{sub 4}-LiBH{sub 4} system. Compared to the un-doped LiAlH{sub 4}-LiBH{sub 4} system, the onset temperatures of the 5 mol% TiF{sub 3}-doped sample for the first and second dehydrogenation steps were decreased by 64 and 150 deg. C, respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns of the dehydrogenated samples revealed that the produced Al from LiAlH{sub 4} could react with B from the decomposition of LiBH{sub 4} to form AlB{sub 2} and LiAl compounds. Pressure-composition-temperature (PCT) and van't Hoff plots made it clear that the decomposition enthalpy of LiBH{sub 4} in the TiF{sub 3}-doped LiAlH{sub 4}-LiBH{sub 4} system is decreased from 74 kJ/(mol of H{sub 2}) for the pure LiBH{sub 4} to 60.4 kJ/(mol of H{sub 2}). The dehydrogenation products of the TiF{sub 3}-doped LiAlH{sub 4}-LiBH{sub 4} sample can absorb 3.76 and 4.78 wt.% of hydrogen in 1 h and 14 h, respectively, at 600 deg. C and under 4 MPa of hydrogen. The formation of LiBH{sub 4} was detected by X-ray diffraction in the rehydrogenated sample.

  7. Biogas Production from Cow Manure

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    Dewi Artanti Putri

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The production of biogas from livestock waste manure in particular is one of the alternative utilization of organic wastes that can be implemented in Indonesia since there is a huge potential of bio-energy in Indonesia. This study utilizes cow manure as the raw material for making biogas and it is coupled with a cow rumen fluid and water. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of manure, rumen, and water composition in biogas production. The research was conducted in anaerobic for 60 days. The composition of manure, water, and the rumen were vary following the variable and ratio; variable A (manure and water; variable B (manure and rumen. The results indicate that the variable A (manure and water with a 1:3 ratio, and the variable B (manure and rumen with a 1:2 ratio produced the highest volume of biogas compared to other ratios. The highest biogas production occurred on average at day 23.

  8. High frequency, high temperature specific core loss and dynamic B-H hysteresis loop characteristics of soft magnetic alloys

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    Wieserman, W. R.; Schwarze, G. E.; Niedra, J. M.

    1990-01-01

    Limited experimental data exists for the specific core loss and dynamic B-H loops for soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high frequency and high temperature. This experimental study investigates the specific core loss and dynamic B-H loop characteristics of Supermalloy and Metglas 2605SC over the frequency range of 1 to 50 kHz and temperature range of 23 to 300 C under sinusoidal voltage excitation. The experimental setup used to conduct the investigation is described. The effects of the maximum magnetic flux density, frequency, and temperature on the specific core loss and on the size and shape of the B-H loops are examined.

  9. COW DUNG- A BOON FOR ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY

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    SUSHMITA SHRIVASTAVA*, ALKA MISHRA ARTI PAL

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available India is an agricultural country having variety of plants and animals. Among the animals, cattle like cow has a prominent place in our country. It is considered as go-mata and worshipped by every hindu of India. The five products of cow called “Panchgavya” is a precious gift of this holy animal to our society, which consist of milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. Among these, cow dung also called cow pad, is a component having crude protein, cellulose, hemicellulose and minerals. It is an efficient organic manure used to increase plant yield in fields. Cow dung slurry is also used by people of our country for plastering the floors and walls of their houses. Considering this custom of our society, a study had been done to evaluate antibacterial and antifungal properties of cow dung extract in distil water, ethanol and n- hexane against Candida, E. coli, Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus aureus and found it highly effective against these microbes. The study revealed that cow dung extract possess antimicrobial properties, which can be used to fight against certain pathogenic diseases and other ailments.

  10. Measurement of the $F_{2}^{n}/F_{2}^{p}$ and d/u Ratios in Deep Inelastic Electron Scattering off $^{3}H$ and $^{3}He$

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    Petratos, G G; Bissey, F; Gómez, J; Katramatou, A T; Melnitchouk, W; Thomas, A W

    2000-01-01

    We discuss a possible measurement of the ratio of the nucleon structure functions, F2n/F2p, and the ratio of the up to down quark distributions, u/d, at large x, by performing deep inelastic electron scattering from the 3H and 3He mirror nuclei with the 11 GeV upgraded beam of Jefferson Lab. The measurement is expected to be almost free of nuclear effects, which introduce a significant uncertainty in the extraction of these two ratios from deep inelastic scattering off the proton and deuteron. The results are expected to test perturbative and non-perturbative mechanisms of spin-flavor symmetry breaking in the nucleon, and constrain the structure function parameterizations needed for the interpretation of high energy e-p, p-p and p-pbar collider data. The precision of the expected data can also allow for testing competing parameterizations of the nuclear EMC effect and provide valuable constraints on models of its dynamical origin.

  11. PREPARATION OF BaF2 POWDERS BY HYDROTHERMAL METHOD%水热法制备BaF2粉体材料

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    李红; 赵星

    2012-01-01

    以销酸钡和氟化铵为原料,以柠檬酸为络合剂,采用水热法合成了BaF2粉体。用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和X射线衍射仪(XRD)对产物的形貌和结构进行了表征,结果表明反应温度及pH值对产物的形状和尺寸有很大影响,可以通过改变温度和pH值调控产物的形貌。%BaF2 powders were synthesized by hydrothermal methods. For this preparation, Ba(NO3)2 and NH4F as the starting materials and citric acid served as chelator. The morphology and the structure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction. The results show that the temperature and pH value of the reaction have significant effects on the particle size and shape. The morphology could be controlled synthesized by the temperature and pH value.

  12. 粉尘螨Der f2变应原的分离纯化及其特征%Purification and Characterization of Der f2 Allergen in Dermatophagoides f arinae

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    张鲁雁; 张剑霞; 江世益; 温廷桓; 项黎

    2001-01-01

    Purpose To purify Der f2 allergen from the spent culture medium extract of Dermatophagoides farinae mite(Dff). Methods We purified Der f2 with the aid of Sephadex G-100 gel filtration, DEAE-ion exchange chromatography and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, detected the molecular weight of Der f2 using SDS-PAGE method,and analysed the thermostability of Der f2 by heating at 100℃ for 15 min. Results The pure Der f2 was obtained from Dff. The molecular weight of Der f2 was 14 000.The heated-treated Der f2 retained 50% ~83.3% of the activity of the native allergen. Conclusions The properties of purified allergen coincided with the characterization of Der f2.%目的用粉尘螨(Dermatophagoides farnae)代谢培养基浸液(Dff)分离纯化粉尘螨2类变应原(Der f2)。方法采用Sephadex G-100层析、DEAE离子交换层析、PAGE等方法分离纯化Der f2,并对Der f2作 SDS-PAGE测定和热稳定性测定。结果从Dff分离纯化得到较纯的Der f2,经SDS-PAGE测定其相对分子质 量为14 000,并经100℃加热15 min后,仍保留50%~83.3%生物学活性。结论从Dff中分离纯化的变应原, 其物化性质符合Der f2特征。

  13. Finding column depedencies in sparse matrices over $ F_ 2 $ by block Wiedemann

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    Penninga, O.

    1998-01-01

    Large systems of linear equations over $mathbb{F_2$ with sparse coefficient matrices have to be solved as a part of integer factorization with sieve-based methods such as in the Number Field Sieve algorithm. In this report, we first discuss the Wiedemann algorithm to solve these systems and investig

  14. Magnon dispersion relation and exchange interactions in MnF2

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    Nikotin, O.; Lindgård, Per-Anker; Dietrich, O. W.

    1969-01-01

    The magnon dispersion relation for MnF2 at 4·2 °K has been measured by means of the triple-axis neutron scattering technique along the symmetry lines in the (010) plane of the Brillouin zone. Using an exact dipole model, the three nearest-neighbour exchange constants were found to be J1 = 0·028 ±...

  15. Brillouin Lasing with a CaF_2 Whispering Gallery Mode Resonator

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    Grudinin, Ivan S; Maleki, Lute

    2008-01-01

    Stimulated Brillouin scattering with both pump and Stokes beams in resonance with whispering gallery modes of an ultra high Q CaF_2 resonator is demonstrated for the first time. The resonator is pumped with 1064 nm light and has a Brillouin lasing threshold of 3.5 microwatt. Potential applications include optical generation of microwaves and sensitive gyros.

  16. 17 CFR 270.10f-2 - Exercise of warrants or rights received on portfolio securities.

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    2010-04-01

    ... securities by a registered investment company pursuant to the exercise of warrants or rights to subscribe to... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Exercise of warrants or rights... AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (CONTINUED) RULES AND REGULATIONS, INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940 § 270.10f-2...

  17. Effect of CaF2 on Interfacial Phenomena of High Alumina Refractories with Al Alloy

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    Koshy, Pramod; Gupta, Sushil; Sahajwalla, Veena; Edwards, Phil

    2008-08-01

    An experimental study was conducted to investigate the interfacial phenomena between Al-alloy and industrial grade high alumina refractories containing varying contents of CaF2 at 1250 °C. Interfacial reaction products and phases formed in the heat-treated refractory samples were characterized using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively, while interfacial phenomena including dynamic wetting behavior were analyzed using the sessile drop technique. Refractories containing less than 5 wt pct CaF2 showed good resistance to reactions with the molten alloy, due to the dominance of corundum, and the presence of anorthite at the interface. However, with a further increase in the additive content, a glassy matrix of anorthite with CaF2 was formed. Formation of this phase significantly increased the intensity of reactions resulting in the buildup of an interfacial layer. The study thus revealed the strong catalytic effect of CaF2 on reactions of high alumina refractories with Al-alloy.

  18. Nucleon Structure Function F2 in the Resonance Region and Quark-Hadron Duality

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    DONG Yu-Bing; LI Ming-Fei

    2003-01-01

    Based on a simple nonrelativistic constituent quark model, the nucleon structure function F2 in theresonance region is estimated by taking the contributions from low-lying nucleon resonances into account. Calculatedresults are employed to study quark-hardon duality in the nucleon electron scattering process by comparing them to thescaling behavior from the data in deep inelastic scattering region.

  19. eta and eta ' mesons from N-f=2+1+1 twisted mass lattice QCD

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    Ottnad, Konstantin; Michael, Chris; Reker, Siebren; Urbach, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    We determine mass and mixing angles of eta and eta' states using N-f = 2 + 1 + 1 Wilson twisted mass lattice QCD. We describe how those flavour singlet states need to be treated in this lattice formulation. Results are presented for three values of the lattice spacing, a = 0.061 fm, a = 0.078 fm and

  20. Clock Distributing for BaF2 Readout Electronics at CSNS-WNS

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    He, Bing; De-Liang-Zhang,; Wang, Qi; Zhang, Ya-Xi; Qi, Xin-Cheng; Qi-An,

    2016-01-01

    aF2 (Barium Fluoride) detector array is designed for the measurement of (n,{\\gamma}) cross section precisely at CSNS-WNS (white neutron source at China Spallation Neutron Source). It is a 4{\\pi}solid angle-shaped detector array consisting of 92 BaF2 crystal elements. To discriminate signals from BaF2 detector, pulse shape discrimination methodology is used, which is supported by waveform digitization technique. There are total 92 channels for digitizing. The precision and synchronization of clock distribution restricts the performance of waveform digitizing. In this paper, the clock prototype for BaF2 readout electronics at CSNS-WNS is introduced. It is based on PXIe platform and has a twin-stage tree topology. In the first stage, clock is distributed from the tree root to each PXIe crate synchronously through coaxial cable over long distance, while in the second stage, clock is further distributed to each electronic module through PXIe dedicated differential star bus. With the help of this topology, each tre...

  1. Response of MEDEA BaF 2 detectors to 20-280 MeV photons

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    Bellia, G.; Alba, R.; Coniglione, R.; Del Zoppo, A.; Finocchiaro, P.; Maiolino, C.; Migneco, E.; Piattelli, P.; Sapienza, P.; Frascaria, N.; Lhenry, I.; Roynette, J. C.; Suomijärvi, T.; Alamanos, N.; Auger, F.; Gillibert, A.; Pierroutsakou, D.; Sida, J. L.; Silveira Gomes, P. R.

    1993-05-01

    The response function of MEDEA BaF 2 crystals to high energy photons, up to 280 MeV, has been studied using monochromatic γ-rays from the in flight annihilation of positron beams. The experimental response functions are compared to the results of Monte Carlo simulations based on the EGS3 code and parametrized over the whole investigated energy range.

  2. Mapping of imprinted quantitative trait loci using immortalized F2 populations.

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    Yongxian Wen

    Full Text Available Mapping of imprinted quantitative trait loci (iQTLs is helpful for understanding the effects of genomic imprinting on complex traits in animals and plants. At present, the experimental designs and corresponding statistical methods having been proposed for iQTL mapping are all based on temporary populations including F2 and BC1, which can be used only once and suffer some other shortcomings respectively. In this paper, we propose a framework for iQTL mapping, including methods of interval mapping (IM and composite interval mapping (CIM based on conventional low-density genetic maps and point mapping (PM and composite point mapping (CPM based on ultrahigh-density genetic maps, using an immortalized F2 (imF2 population generated by random crosses between recombinant inbred lines or doubled haploid lines. We demonstrate by simulations that imF2 populations are very desirable and the proposed statistical methods (especially CIM and CPM are very powerful for iQTL mapping, with which the imprinting effects as well as the additive and dominance effects of iQTLs can be unbiasedly estimated.

  3. Ground state charmed meson spectra for N_f=2+1+1

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    Rae, T D

    2015-01-01

    We present a preliminary study of the charmed meson spectra using the electrically neutral subset of the new Budapest-Marseille-Wuppertal N_f=2+1+1 gauge configurations that utilise the 3-HEX smeared clover action. The analysis is performed with a focus on the hyperfine splitting.

  4. Relationship between Kinematics, F2 Slope and Speech Intelligibility in Dysarthria Due to Cerebral Palsy

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    Rong, Panying; Loucks, Torrey; Kim, Heejin; Hasegawa-Johnson, Mark

    2012-01-01

    A multimodal approach combining acoustics, intelligibility ratings, articulography and surface electromyography was used to examine the characteristics of dysarthria due to cerebral palsy (CP). CV syllables were studied by obtaining the slope of F2 transition during the diphthong, tongue-jaw kinematics during the release of the onset consonant,…

  5. FRAMES-2.0 Software System: Frames 2.0 Pest Integration (F2PEST)

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    Castleton, Karl J.; Meyer, Philip D.

    2009-06-17

    The implementation of the FRAMES 2.0 F2PEST module is described, including requirements, design, and specifications of the software. This module integrates the PEST parameter estimation software within the FRAMES 2.0 environmental modeling framework. A test case is presented.

  6. Extreme 13C depletion of CCl2F2 in firn air samples from NEEM, Greenland

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    Zuiderweg, A.T.; Holzinger, R.; Röckmann, T.

    2012-01-01

    A series of 12 high volume air samples collected from the S2 firn core during the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) 2009 campaign have been measured for mixing ratio and stable carbon isotope composition of the chlorofluorocarbon CFC- 12 (CCl2F2). While the mixing ratio measurements compare

  7. In-Situ Conductivity Measurement of BaF2 under High Pressure and High Temperature

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    HAO Ai-Min; LI Xiao-Dong; LIU Jing; GAO Chun-Xiao; LI Ming; HE Chun-Yuan; HUANG Xiao-Wei; ZHANG Dong-Mei; YU Cui-Ling; ZOU Guang-Tian; LI Yan-Chun

    2006-01-01

    @@ We perform the in-situ conductivity measurement on BaF2 at high pressure using a microcircuit fabricated on a diamond anvil cell. The results show that BaF2 initially exhibits the electrical property of an insulator at pressure below 25 Gpa, it transforms to a wide energy gap semiconductor at pressure from 25 to 30 Gpa, and the conductivity increases gradually with increasing pressure from 30 Gpa. However, the metallization predicted by theoretical calculation at 30-33 Gpa cannot be observed. In addition, we measure the temperature dependence of the conductivity at several pressures and obtain the relationship between the energy gap and pressure. Based on the experimental data, it is predicted that BaF2 would transform to a metal at about 87 Gpa and ambient temperature. The conductivity of BaF2 reaches the order of 10-3Ω-1 cm-1 at 37 Gpa and 2400 K, the superionic conduction is not observed during the experiments, indicating the application of pressure elevates greatly the transition temperature of the superionic conduction.

  8. The Rho Resonance from $N_f=2+1+1$ Twisted Mass Lattice QCD

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    Helmes, C; Knippschild, B; Liu, L; Urbach, C; Werner, M; Wang, Z

    2015-01-01

    We present first results on the $\\rho$ resonance parameters obtained with $N_f=2+1+1$ Wilson twisted mass fermions at maximal twist. Using ensembles of the ETM collaboration, we provide results for two values of the lattice spacing and a range of pion mass values.

  9. Genetic linkage mapping in an F2 perennial ryegrass population using DArT markers

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    Tomaszewski, Céline; Byrne, Stephen; Foito, Alexandra;

    2012-01-01

    T markers, and a DArT array has recently been developed for the Lolium-Festuca complex. In this study, we report the first use of the DArTFest array to generate a genetic linkage map based on 326 markers in a Lolium perenne F2 population, consisting of 325 genotypes. For proof of concept, the map was used...

  10. Measurement of the Proton Structure Function $F_{2}$ at Very Low $Q^{2}$ at HERA

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Dagan, S; Kananov, S; Kreisel, A; Levy, A; Abe, T; Fusayasu, T; Umemori, K; Yamashita, T; Hamatsu, R; Hirose, T; Inuzuka, M; Kitamura, S; Nishimura, T; Arneodo, M; Cartiglia, N; Cirio, R; Costa, M; Ferrero, M I; Maselli, S; Monaco, V; Peroni, C; Ruspa, M; Sacchi, R; Solano, A; Staiano, A; Dardo, M; Bailey, D C; Fagerstroem, C P; Galea, R; Koop, T; Levman, G M; Martin, J F; Orr, R S; Polenz, S; Sabetfakhri, A; Simmons, D; Butterworth, J M; Catterall, C D; Hayes, M E; Heaphy, E A; Jones, T W; Lane, J B; West, B J; Ciborowski, J; Ciesielski, R; Grzelak, G; Nowak, R J; Pawlak, J M; Pawlak, R; Smalska, B; Tymieniecka, T; Wróblewski, A K; Zakrzewski, J A; Zarnecki, A F; Adamus, M; Gadaj, T; Deppe, O; Eisenberg, Y; Hochman, D; Karshon, U; Badgett, W F; Chapin, D; Cross, R; Foudas, C; Mattingly, S E K; Reeder, D D; Smith, W H; Vaiciulis, A W; Wildschek, T; Wodarczyk, M; Deshpande, A A; Dhawan, S K; Hughes, V W; Bhadra, S; Cole, J E; Frisken, W R; Hall-Wilton, R; Khakzad, M; Menary, S R

    2000-01-01

    A measurement of the proton structure function F_2(x,Q^2) is presented in the kinematic range 0.045 GeV^2 < Q^2 < 0.65 GeV^2 and 6*10^{-7} < x < 1*10^{-3}. The results were obtained using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.9pb^-1 in e^+p reactions recorded with the ZEUS detector at HERA. Information from a silicon-strip tracking detector, installed in front of the small electromagnetic calorimeter used to measure the energy of the final-state positron at small scattering angles, together with an enhanced simulation of the hadronic final state, has permitted the extension of the kinematic range beyond that of previous measurements. The uncertainties in F_2 are typically less than 4%. At the low Q^2 values of the present measurement, the rise of F_2 at low x is slower than observed in HERA data at higher Q^2 and can be described by Regge theory with a constant logarithmic slope. The dependence of F_2 on Q^2 is stronger than at higher Q^2 values, approaching, at the lowest Q...

  11. A status report of the QCDSF N{sub f}=2+1 project

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    Goeckeler, Meinulf [Regensburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Horsley, Roger [Edinburgh Univ. (United Kingdom). School of Physics; Nakamura, Yoshifumi [DESY, Zeuthen (DE). John von Neumann Institute NIC] (and others)

    2007-12-20

    We report about on-going simulations of N{sub f}=2+1 lattice QCD. We use a tadpole improved Symanzik gauge action and stout link smeared Wilson fermions with a clover term. We employ the Hasenbusch trick for the degenerate u- and d-quarks, and the RHMC algorithm for the simulation of the strange quark. (orig.)

  12. Adverse effects of cow's milk in infants.

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    Ziegler, Ekhard E

    2007-01-01

    The feeding of cow's milk has adverse effects on iron nutrition in infants and young children. Several different mechanisms have been identified that may act synergistically. Probably most important is the low iron content of cow's milk. It makes it difficult for the infant to obtain the amounts of iron needed for growth. A second mechanism is the occult intestinal blood loss, which occurs in about 40% of normal infants during feeding of cow's milk. Loss of iron in the form of blood diminishes with age and ceases after 1 year of age. A third factor is calcium and casein provided by cow's milk in high amounts. Calcium and casein both inhibit the absorption of dietary nonheme iron. Infants fed cow's milk receive much more protein and minerals than they need. The excess has to be excreted in the urine. The high renal solute load leads to higher urine concentration during the feeding of cow's milk than during the feeding of breast milk or formula. When fluid intakes are low and/or when extrarenal water losses are high, the renal concentrating ability of infants may be insufficient for maintaining water balance in the face of high water use for excretion of the high renal solute. The resulting negative water balance, if prolonged, can lead to serious dehydration. There is strong epidemiological evidence that the feeding of cow's milk or formulas with similarly high potential renal solute load places infants at an increased risk of serious dehydration. The feeding of cow's milk to infants is undesirable because of cow's milk's propensity to lead to iron deficiency and because it unduly increases the risk of severe dehydration.

  13. Protein-protein docking with F(2Dock 2.0 and GB-rerank.

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    Rezaul Chowdhury

    Full Text Available MOTIVATION: Computational simulation of protein-protein docking can expedite the process of molecular modeling and drug discovery. This paper reports on our new F(2 Dock protocol which improves the state of the art in initial stage rigid body exhaustive docking search, scoring and ranking by introducing improvements in the shape-complementarity and electrostatics affinity functions, a new knowledge-based interface propensity term with FFT formulation, a set of novel knowledge-based filters and finally a solvation energy (GBSA based reranking technique. Our algorithms are based on highly efficient data structures including the dynamic packing grids and octrees which significantly speed up the computations and also provide guaranteed bounds on approximation error. RESULTS: The improved affinity functions show superior performance compared to their traditional counterparts in finding correct docking poses at higher ranks. We found that the new filters and the GBSA based reranking individually and in combination significantly improve the accuracy of docking predictions with only minor increase in computation time. We compared F(2 Dock 2.0 with ZDock 3.0.2 and found improvements over it, specifically among 176 complexes in ZLab Benchmark 4.0, F(2 Dock 2.0 finds a near-native solution as the top prediction for 22 complexes; where ZDock 3.0.2 does so for 13 complexes. F(2 Dock 2.0 finds a near-native solution within the top 1000 predictions for 106 complexes as opposed to 104 complexes for ZDock 3.0.2. However, there are 17 and 15 complexes where F(2 Dock 2.0 finds a solution but ZDock 3.0.2 does not and vice versa; which indicates that the two docking protocols can also complement each other. AVAILABILITY: The docking protocol has been implemented as a server with a graphical client (TexMol which allows the user to manage multiple docking jobs, and visualize the docked poses and interfaces. Both the server and client are available for download. Server

  14. Protein-protein docking with F(2)Dock 2.0 and GB-rerank.

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    Chowdhury, Rezaul; Rasheed, Muhibur; Keidel, Donald; Moussalem, Maysam; Olson, Arthur; Sanner, Michel; Bajaj, Chandrajit

    2013-01-01

    Computational simulation of protein-protein docking can expedite the process of molecular modeling and drug discovery. This paper reports on our new F(2) Dock protocol which improves the state of the art in initial stage rigid body exhaustive docking search, scoring and ranking by introducing improvements in the shape-complementarity and electrostatics affinity functions, a new knowledge-based interface propensity term with FFT formulation, a set of novel knowledge-based filters and finally a solvation energy (GBSA) based reranking technique. Our algorithms are based on highly efficient data structures including the dynamic packing grids and octrees which significantly speed up the computations and also provide guaranteed bounds on approximation error. The improved affinity functions show superior performance compared to their traditional counterparts in finding correct docking poses at higher ranks. We found that the new filters and the GBSA based reranking individually and in combination significantly improve the accuracy of docking predictions with only minor increase in computation time. We compared F(2) Dock 2.0 with ZDock 3.0.2 and found improvements over it, specifically among 176 complexes in ZLab Benchmark 4.0, F(2) Dock 2.0 finds a near-native solution as the top prediction for 22 complexes; where ZDock 3.0.2 does so for 13 complexes. F(2) Dock 2.0 finds a near-native solution within the top 1000 predictions for 106 complexes as opposed to 104 complexes for ZDock 3.0.2. However, there are 17 and 15 complexes where F(2) Dock 2.0 finds a solution but ZDock 3.0.2 does not and vice versa; which indicates that the two docking protocols can also complement each other. The docking protocol has been implemented as a server with a graphical client (TexMol) which allows the user to manage multiple docking jobs, and visualize the docked poses and interfaces. Both the server and client are available for download. Server: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~bajaj/cvc/software/f

  15. Protein-Protein Docking with F2Dock 2.0 and GB-Rerank

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    Chowdhury, Rezaul; Rasheed, Muhibur; Keidel, Donald; Moussalem, Maysam; Olson, Arthur; Sanner, Michel; Bajaj, Chandrajit

    2013-01-01

    Motivation Computational simulation of protein-protein docking can expedite the process of molecular modeling and drug discovery. This paper reports on our new F2 Dock protocol which improves the state of the art in initial stage rigid body exhaustive docking search, scoring and ranking by introducing improvements in the shape-complementarity and electrostatics affinity functions, a new knowledge-based interface propensity term with FFT formulation, a set of novel knowledge-based filters and finally a solvation energy (GBSA) based reranking technique. Our algorithms are based on highly efficient data structures including the dynamic packing grids and octrees which significantly speed up the computations and also provide guaranteed bounds on approximation error. Results The improved affinity functions show superior performance compared to their traditional counterparts in finding correct docking poses at higher ranks. We found that the new filters and the GBSA based reranking individually and in combination significantly improve the accuracy of docking predictions with only minor increase in computation time. We compared F2 Dock 2.0 with ZDock 3.0.2 and found improvements over it, specifically among 176 complexes in ZLab Benchmark 4.0, F2 Dock 2.0 finds a near-native solution as the top prediction for 22 complexes; where ZDock 3.0.2 does so for 13 complexes. F2 Dock 2.0 finds a near-native solution within the top 1000 predictions for 106 complexes as opposed to 104 complexes for ZDock 3.0.2. However, there are 17 and 15 complexes where F2 Dock 2.0 finds a solution but ZDock 3.0.2 does not and vice versa; which indicates that the two docking protocols can also complement each other. Availability The docking protocol has been implemented as a server with a graphical client (TexMol) which allows the user to manage multiple docking jobs, and visualize the docked poses and interfaces. Both the server and client are available for download. Server: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~bajaj/cvc/software/f

  16. Multimodal interaction with BCL-2 family proteins underlies the proapoptotic activity of PUMA BH3.

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    Edwards, Amanda L; Gavathiotis, Evripidis; LaBelle, James L; Braun, Craig R; Opoku-Nsiah, Kwadwo A; Bird, Gregory H; Walensky, Loren D

    2013-07-25

    PUMA is a proapoptotic BCL-2 family member that drives the apoptotic response to a diversity of cellular insults. Deciphering the spectrum of PUMA interactions that confer its context-dependent proapoptotic properties remains a high priority goal. Here, we report the synthesis of PUMA SAHBs, structurally stabilized PUMA BH3 helices that, in addition to broadly targeting antiapoptotic proteins, directly bind to proapoptotic BAX. NMR, photocrosslinking, and biochemical analyses revealed that PUMA SAHBs engage an α1/α6 trigger site on BAX to initiate its functional activation. We further demonstrated that a cell-permeable PUMA SAHB analog induces apoptosis in neuroblastoma cells and, like expressed PUMA protein, engages BCL-2, MCL-1, and BAX. Thus, we find that PUMA BH3 is a dual antiapoptotic inhibitor and proapoptotic direct activator, and its mimetics may serve as effective pharmacologic triggers of apoptosis in resistant human cancers.

  17. Vibrational branching ratios and hyperfine structure of BH and its suitability for laser cooling

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    Hendricks, Richard; Holland, Darren; Truppe, Stefan; Sauer, Ben; Tarbutt, Michael

    2014-08-01

    The simple structure of the BH molecule makes it an excellent candidate for direct laser cooling. We measure the branching ratios for the decay of the A^{1}Pi (v'=0) state to vibrational levels of the ground state, X^{1}Sigma^{+}, and find that they are exceedingly favourable for laser cooling. We verify that the branching ratio for the spin-forbidden transition to the intermediate a^{3}Pi state is inconsequentially small. We measure the frequency of the lowest rotational transition of the X state, and the hyperfine structure in the relevant levels of both the X and A states, and determine the nuclear electric quadrupole and magnetic dipole coupling constants. Our results show that, with a relatively simple laser cooling scheme, a Zeeman slower and magneto-optical trap can be used to cool, slow and trap BH molecules.

  18. Vibrational branching ratios and hyperfine structure of $^{11}$BH and its suitability for laser cooling

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    Hendricks, R J; Truppe, S; Sauer, B E; Tarbutt, M R

    2014-01-01

    The simple structure of the BH molecule makes it an excellent candidate for direct laser cooling. We measure the branching ratios for the decay of the ${\\rm A}^{1}\\Pi (v'=0)$ state to vibrational levels of the ground state, ${\\rm X}^{1}\\Sigma^{+}$, and find that they are exceedingly favourable for laser cooling. We verify that the branching ratio for the spin-forbidden transition to the intermediate ${\\rm a}^{3}\\Pi$ state is inconsequentially small. We measure the frequency of the lowest rotational transition of the X state, and the hyperfine structure in the relevant levels of both the X and A states, and determine the nuclear electric quadrupole and magnetic dipole coupling constants. Our results show that, with a relatively simple laser cooling scheme, a Zeeman slower and magneto-optical trap can be used to cool, slow and trap BH molecules.

  19. BH3-Triggered Structural Reorganization Drives the Activation of Pro-apoptotic BAX

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    Gavathiotis, Evripidis; Reyna, Denis E.; Davis, Marguerite L.; Bird, Gregory H.; Walensky, Loren D.

    2010-01-01

    Summary BAX is a pro-apoptotic BCL-2 family member that lies dormant in the cytosol until converted into a killer protein in response to cellular stress. Having recently identified the elusive trigger site for direct BAX activation, we now delineate by NMR and biochemical methods the essential allosteric conformational changes that transform ligand-triggered BAX into a fully activated monomer capable of propagating its own activation. Upon BAX engagement by a triggering BH3 helix, the unstructured loop between α-helices 1 and 2 is displaced, the carboxy terminal helix 9 is mobilized for membrane translocation, and the exposed BAX BH3 domain propagates the death signal through an auto-activating interaction with the trigger site of inactive BAX monomers. Our structure-activity analysis of this seminal apoptotic process reveals new pharmacologic opportunities to modulate cell death by interceding at key steps of the BAX activation pathway. PMID:21070973

  20. A semi-relativistic model for tidal interactions in BH-NS coalescing binaries

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    Ferrari, V; Gualtieri, L; Pannarale, F [Dipartimento di Fisica ' G Marconi' , Sapienza Universita di Roma and Sezione INFN ROMA1, Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, I-00185 Roma (Italy)

    2009-06-21

    We study the tidal effects of a Kerr black hole on a neutron star in black hole-neutron star (BH-NS) binary systems by using a semi-analytical approach which describes the neutron star as a deformable ellipsoid. Relativistic effects on the neutron star self-gravity are taken into account by employing a scalar potential resulting from relativistic stellar structure equations. We calculate quasi-equilibrium sequences of BH-NS binaries and the critical orbital separation at which the star is disrupted by the black hole tidal field: the latter quantity is of particular interest because when it is greater than the radius of the innermost stable circular orbit, a short gamma-ray burst scenario may develop.

  1. An observational study of the eclipsing nova-like variable BH Lyncis (= PG 0818 + 513)

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    Dhillon, V. S.; Jones, D. H. P.; Marsh, T. R.; Smith, R. C.

    1992-09-01

    We present photometric and spectroscopic observations of the novalike variable BH Lyn. The continuum and line light curves exhibit deep eclipses which recur with a period of 3.74 hr. The spectra have single-peaked Balmer and He I emission lines which exhibit a double-peaked structure near the inferior conjunction of the emission-line source. Radial velocity measurements show large phase shifts in all the emission lines. We construct light-center and Doppler maps of the system which suggest that the line emission is largely nondisk in origin. We compare and contrast BH Lyn with a number of other eclipsing novalike variables. The objects show basically the same behavior, and we conclude that the emission lines must be produced by a similar (unknown) mechanism.

  2. Vibrational branching ratios and hyperfine structure of BH and its suitability for laser cooling

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    Richard eHendricks

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The simple structure of the BH molecule makes it an excellent candidate for direct laser cooling. We measure the branching ratios for the decay of the A^{1}Pi (v'=0 state to vibrational levels of the ground state, X^{1}Sigma^{+}, and find that they are exceedingly favourable for laser cooling. We verify that the branching ratio for the spin-forbidden transition to the intermediate a^{3}Pi state is inconsequentially small. We measure the frequency of the lowest rotational transition of the X state, and the hyperfine structure in the relevant levels of both the X and A states, and determine the nuclear electric quadrupole and magnetic dipole coupling constants. Our results show that, with a relatively simple laser cooling scheme, a Zeeman slower and magneto-optical trap can be used to cool, slow and trap BH molecules.

  3. PREOVULATORY FOLLICLE DEVELOPMENT IN HIGH YIELDING COWS

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    Radovan Tomášek

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to examine the development of preovulatory follicles in pregnant and non-pregnant high yielding cows. The treatment by supergestran and oestrophan was used to synchronize the estrous cycle. Ovaries were monitored by transrectal ultrasonography. The linear increase of preovulatory follicles was observed in pregnant (P < 0,001 and non-pregnant (P < 0,001 cows during 8 days before ovulation. In conclusion, preovulatory follicles in pregnant and non-pregnant high yielding cows developed similarly.

  4. Comparison of On-line and F2F Education Methods in Teaching Computer Programming

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    Sevinç Gülseçen

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available lthough online education provides opportunities to people who traditionally do not have access to universities, there is a need for more empirical studies to gain better understanding on how to deliver quality online education, especially when the subject of the course is related with IT. Learning to program is a complicated process. This study aims to find out the difference between students’ performance in online and face-to-face (F2F settings during a computer programming in the fall semester of the year 2010. The study was conducted at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Istanbul University. This online course is one of the required courses for students majoring in Mathematics. It is delivered in a learning management system developed in house through a project funded by Istanbul University. The goal is to introduce students with structured programming using the programming language C. Two topics -“Functions in C Programming” and “Loops in C Programming” - were presented to students online and F2F. The total of 62 students formed two groups: the online and F2F groups. The content analysis statistical technique is used, as well as a questionnaire consisting of open-ended questions, which performed as a data collection tool to find out the views of the students in context to the process. While some results concluded that the performance of online students was satisfactory, but that their aggregate final grade was significantly lower than that of students who took an equivalent F2F class, others arrived at a conclusion reporting that there were no significant differences in overall outcomes. In case of making transition from F2F to online mode of teaching, prepossession about a new way of teaching is always an important barrier in students’ perceptions. One of the further researches is investigation of strategies for incorporating blended learning opportunities in programming courses.

  5. ITO-MgF2 Film Development for PowerSphere Polymer Surface Protection

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    Hambourger, Paul D.; Kerslake, Thomas W.; Waters, Deborah L.

    2004-01-01

    Multi-kilogram class microsatellites with a PowerSphere electric power system are attractive for fulfilling a variety of potential NASA missions. However, PowerSphere polymer surfaces must be coated with a film that has suitable electrical sheet resistivity for electrostatic discharge control, be resistant to atomic oxygen attack, be transparent to ultraviolet light for composite structure curing and resist ultraviolet light induced darkening for efficient photovoltaic cell operation. In addition, the film must be tolerant of polymer layer folding associated with launch stowage of PowerSphere inflatable structures. An excellent film material candidate to meet these requirements is co-sputtered, indium oxide (In2O3) - tin oxide (SnO2), known as 'ITO', and magnesium fluoride (MgF2). While basic ITO-MgF2 film properties have been the subject of research over the last decade, further research is required in the areas of film durability for space-inflatable applications and precise film property control for large scale commercial production. In this paper, the authors present film durability results for a folded polymer substrate and film resistance to vacuum UV darkening. The authors discuss methods and results in the area of film sheet resistivity measurement and active control, particularly dual-channel, plasma emission line measurement of ITO and MgF2 plasma sources. ITO-MgF2 film polymer coupon preparation is described as well as film deposition equipment, procedures and film characterization. Durability testing methods are also described. The pre- and post-test condition of the films is assessed microscopically and electrically. Results show that an approx. 500A ITO-18vol% MgF2 film is a promising candidate to protect PowerSphere polymer surfaces for Earth orbit missions. Preliminary data also indicate that in situ film measurement methods are promising for active film resistivity control in future large scale production. Future film research plans are also

  6. Clock distribution for BaF2 readout electronics at CSNS-WNS

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    He, Bing; Cao, Ping; Zhang, De-Liang; Wang, Qi; Zhang, Ya-Xi; Qi, Xin-Cheng; An, Qi

    2017-01-01

    A BaF2 (Barium Fluoride) detector array is designed to precisely measure the (n, γ) cross section at the CSNS-WNS (white neutron source at China Spallation Neutron Source). It is a 4π solid angle-shaped detector array consisting of 92 BaF2 crystal elements. To discriminate signals from the BaF2 detector, a pulse shape discrimination method is used, supported by a waveform digitization technique. There are 92 channels for digitizing. The precision and synchronization of clock distribution restricts the performance of waveform digitizing. In this paper, a clock prototype for the BaF2 readout electronics at CSNS-WNS is introduced. It is based on the PXIe platform and has a twin-stage tree topology. In the first stage, clock is synchronously distributed from the tree root to each PXIe crate through a coaxial cable over a long distance, while in the second stage, the clock is further distributed to each electronic module through a PXIe dedicated differential star bus. With the help of this topology, each tree node can fan out up to 20 clocks with 3U size. Test results show the clock jitter is less than 20 ps, which meets the requirements of the BaF2 readout electronics. Besides, this clock system has the advantages of high density, simplicity, scalability and cost saving, so it can be useful for other clock distribution applications. Supported by National Research and Development plan (2016 YFA0401602) NSAF (U1530111) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (11005107)

  7. F2 region response to geomagnetic disturbances across Indian latitudes: O(1S) dayglow emission

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    Upadhayaya, A. K.; Gupta, Sumedha; Brahmanandam, P. S.

    2016-03-01

    The morphology of ionospheric storms has been investigated across equatorial and low latitudes of Indian region. The deviation in F2 region characteristic parameters (foF2 and h'F) along with modeled green line dayglow emission intensities is examined at equatorial station Thiruvananthapuram (8.5°N, 76.8°E, 0.63°S geomagnetic latitude) and low-latitude station Delhi (28.6°N, 77.2°E,19.2°N geomagnetic latitude) during five geomagnetic storm events. Both positive and negative phases have been noticed in this study. The positive storm phase over equatorial station is found to be more frequent, while the drop in ionization in most of the cases was observed at low-latitude station. It is concluded that the reaction as seen at different ionospheric stations may be quite different during the same storm depending on both the geographic and geomagnetic coordinates of the station, storm intensity, and the storm onset time. Modulation in the F2 layer critical frequency at low and equatorial stations during geomagnetic disturbance of 20-23 November 2003 was caused by the storm-induced changes in O/N2. It is also found that International Reference Ionosphere 2012 model predicts the F2 layer characteristic (foF2 and h'F) parameters at both the low and equatorial stations during disturbed days quite reasonably. A simulative approach in GLOW model developed by Solomon is further used to estimate the changes in the volume emission rate of green line dayglow emission under quiet and strong geomagnetic conditions. It is found that the O(1S) dayglow thermospheric emission peak responds to varying geomagnetic conditions.

  8. Synthesis of Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} and Gas Absorption and Release Characteristics of Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}, Ni, or Ti-Added MgH{sub 2}–Based Alloys

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    Kwak, Young Jun; Lee, Seong Ho; Kwon, Sung Nam; Park Il Woo; Song, Myoung Youp [Chonbuk National University, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    A sample [named Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl)] was synthesized by milling ZnCl{sub 2} and NaBH{sub 4} at 400 rpm under argon gas for 2 h. And Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl)+MgH{sub 2} sample was prepared by milling MgH{sub 2} in a planetary ball mill and mixing with the Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl) synthesized by milling for 4 h in a mortar with a pestle. Then the gas-release characteristics of the two samples were investrigated. Analyses of XRD patterns and FT-IR spectra, as well as TGA, DTA, and SEM observations, were also performed. After heating the samples to 400 ℃, the weight losses of Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl) and Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl)+MgH{sub 2} were 11.2 and 8.2 wt%, respectively, with respect to the sample weight. The DTA results for the two samples showed a decomposition peak for Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} at about 61 ℃. The DTA result of Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl) + MgH{sub 2} showed a decomposition peak for MgH{sub 2} at about 374 ℃. A sample of Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl)+MgH{sub 2} to which Ni, and Ti were added, with a composition of 90 wt% MgH{sub 2}-5 wt% Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl)-2.5 wt% Ni-2.5 wt% Ti, in which a large amount of MgH2 is contained in order to make a large quantity of hydrogen be absorbed and released reversibly, was also prepared. The experimental results showed that addition of Zn(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}(+NaCl), Ni, or Ti increased the dehydriding rate of MgH{sub 2}, while decreased its initial hydriding rate.

  9. Identification of oligomer proanthocyanidins (F2) isolated from grape seeds as a formyl peptide receptor 1 partial agonist.

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    Yang, Jingyu; Wang, Qing; Zhao, Ruijun; Sun, Baoshan; Wang, Lihui; Hou, Yue; Li, Xiaoqin; Wu, Chunfu

    2013-04-01

    Formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1) plays an important role in the rapid progression of glioblastoma and has been considered as a molecular target for the treatment. Previously, we have shown that oligomer proanthocyanidins (F2, degree of polymerization 2-15), isolated from grape seeds, inhibited FPR1-mediated chemotaxis of U-87 glioblastoma cells. In the present study, we investigated the capacity of F2 to interact with FPR1. The cross attenuation of chemotaxis revealed that F2 shared FPR1 with formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLF), which is a prototype agonist of FPR1. F2 was chemotactic for U-87 cells, and the chemotactic response was abolished when FPR1 gene was silenced or FPR1 was competitively occupied. We further show that F2 specifically blocked the binding of fluorescent agonist to FPR1. Interestingly, F2 exhibited the characteristic of a partial agonist for FPR1, as shown by its capacity to activate FPR1-mediated PI3K-PKC-MAPK pathways. Meanwhile, F2 also attenuated fMLF-triggered MAPK activation, suggesting that F2 could antagonize the effect of an agonist. Furthermore, F2 abolished the invasion of U-87 cells induced by fMLF. Thus, we have identified F2 as a novel, partial agonist for FPR1, which may be useful for glioblastoma therapy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Mg(BH4)2-NaNH2体系的加热放氢性能研究%Dehydrogenation Property of Mg(BH4)2-NaNH2 Composites

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    褚海亮; 张湛; 黄建灵; 邱树君; 邹勇进; 向翠丽; 张焕芝; 徐芬; 孙立贤

    2015-01-01

    采用机械球磨法制备了Mg(BH4) 2-NaNH2复合储氢材料,研究了Mg(BH4)2和NaNH2之间的相互作用及其加热放氢性能.当物质的量比为1:2时,Mg(BH4)2与NaNH2之间发生反应:Mg(BH4)2+2NaNH2→2NaBH4 +Mg(NH2)2.当物质的量比为1:1时,Mg (BH4)2与NaNH2之间发生反应:Mg(BH4)2+NaNH2→NaBH4+MgBNH6.加热到400℃,该样品分两步进行放氢反应,放氢峰温分别在190℃和369℃,可以放出4.7%(质量分数)氢气.第一步放氢反应为MgBNH6分解产生MgH2,即:MgBNH6--MgH2 +BN+ 2H2.第二步放氢反应为MgH2的分解:MgH2→Mg+H2.

  11. Influenza A virus protein PB1-F2 exacerbates IFN-beta expression of human respiratory epithelial cells.

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    Le Goffic, Ronan; Bouguyon, Edwige; Chevalier, Christophe; Vidic, Jasmina; Da Costa, Bruno; Leymarie, Olivier; Bourdieu, Christiane; Decamps, Laure; Dhorne-Pollet, Sophie; Delmas, Bernard

    2010-10-15

    The PB1-F2 protein of the influenza A virus (IAV) contributes to viral pathogenesis by a mechanism that is not well understood. PB1-F2 was shown to modulate apoptosis and to be targeted by the CD8(+) T cell response. In this study, we examined the downstream effects of PB1-F2 protein during IAV infection by measuring expression of the cellular genes in response to infection with wild-type WSN/33 and PB1-F2 knockout viruses in human lung epithelial cells. Wild-type virus infection resulted in a significant induction of genes involved in innate immunity. Knocking out the PB1-F2 gene strongly decreased the magnitude of expression of cellular genes implicated in antiviral response and MHC class I Ag presentation, suggesting that PB1-F2 exacerbates innate immune response. Biological network analysis revealed the IFN pathway as a link between PB1-F2 and deregulated genes. Using quantitative RT-PCR and IFN-β gene reporter assay, we determined that PB1-F2 mediates an upregulation of IFN-β expression that is dependent on NF-κB but not on AP-1 and IFN regulatory factor-3 transcription factors. Recombinant viruses knocked out for the PB1-F2 and/or the nonstructural viral protein 1 (the viral antagonist of the IFN response) genes provide further evidence that PB1-F2 increases IFN-β expression and that nonstructural viral protein 1 strongly antagonizes the effect of PB1-F2 on the innate response. Finally, we compared the effect of PB1-F2 variants taken from several IAV strains on IFN-β expression and found that PB1-F2-mediated IFN-β induction is significantly influenced by its amino acid sequence, demonstrating its importance in the host cell response triggered by IAV infection.

  12. Crystal structure, polymorphism, and thermal properties of yttrium borohydride Y(BH{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Frommen, Christoph, E-mail: christoph.frommen@ife.n [Institute for Energy Technology, Physics Department, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027 Kjeller (Norway); Aliouane, Nadir; Deledda, Stefano; Fonnelop, Jon Erling; Grove, Hilde; Lieutenant, Klaus; Llamas-Jansa, Isabel; Sartori, Sabrina; Sorby, Magnus H.; Hauback, Bjorn C. [Institute for Energy Technology, Physics Department, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027 Kjeller (Norway)

    2010-04-30

    Y(BH{sub 4}){sub 3} was synthesized by cryo-milling mixtures of LiBH{sub 4} and YCl{sub 3} and characterized by powder X-ray and neutron diffraction (PXD, PND), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). The crystal structure was refined in the space group Pa-3 (no. 205) with lattice constant a = 10.8522(7) A from {sup 11}B and D ({sup 2}H) substituted samples using PND. It was found to contain Y{sup 3+} cations in a highly distorted octahedral environment formed by six [BD{sub 4}]{sup -} complex anions. Heat treatment under 10 MPa of deuterium at 475 K led to a phase transformation from the primitive cubic room-temperature phase to a face-centered cubic high-temperature phase with space group Fm-3c (no. 226) and lattice constant a = 11.0086(1) A. This high-temperature phase shows an ideal and undistorted octahedral coordination around the central Y{sup 3+} cation. In situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction experiments (SR-PXD) show the presence of an intermediate phase during the thermal decomposition of Y(BH{sub 4}){sub 3} with presumably orthorhombic symmetry, and lattice constants a = 12.170(14) A, b = 7.670(5) A, and c = 7.478 (6) A, in a narrow temperature region between 473 K and 520 K.

  13. Origin of the large anharmonicity in the phonon modes of LiBH{sub 4}

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    Gremaud, R.; Züttel, A. [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Laboratory 505 (Hydrogen and Energy), Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Borgschulte, A., E-mail: andreas.borgschulte@empa.ch [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Laboratory 505 (Hydrogen and Energy), Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Ramirez-Cuesta, A.J.; Refson, K. [Chemical and Engineering Materials Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, MS 6473 Oak Ridge (United States); Colognesi, D. [Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi – sezione di Firenze, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, via Madonna del piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

    2013-12-12

    Highlights: • IR, Raman, and INS spectroscopy data and corresponding DFT-calculations on LiBH4. • Mismatch between experiment and theory are due to anharmonicity. • Strong anharmonic effects can be expected for vibrations with high H amplitude. - Abstract: The dynamics and bonding of the complex hydride LiBH{sub 4} have been investigated by vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT). The combination of infrared, Raman, and inelastic neutron-scattering (INS) spectroscopies on hydrided and deuterated samples reveals a complete picture of the dynamics of the BH{sub 4}{sup −} ions as well as of the lattice. Particular emphasis is laid on a comparison between experiment and theory, revealing significant discrepancy between the two approaches for vibrations with high anharmonicity, which is related to large vibrational amplitudes. The latter is typical for librational modes in molecular crystals and pseudo-ionic crystals such as complex hydrides. The presented strategy for anharmonic frequency corrections might thus be generally applicable for this kind of materials.

  14. Molecular targeting of drug delivery systems to ovarian cancer by BH3 and LHRH peptides.

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    Dharap, S S; Qiu, B; Williams, G C; Sinko, P; Stein, S; Minko, T

    2003-08-28

    Novel targeted proapoptotic anticancer drug delivery systems were developed and evaluated. Poly(ethyleneglycol) (PEG) conjugates were used as carriers. Camptothecin (CPT) was used as an anticancer agent-apoptosis inductor. Two types of molecular targets were investigated: (1) an extracellular membrane receptor specific to ovarian cancer and (2) intracellular controlling mechanisms of apoptosis. Synthetic peptides similar to luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) and BCL-2 homology 3 (BH3) peptide were used as a targeting moiety and a suppressor of cellular antiapoptotic defense, respectively. Three different conjugates (CPT-PEG, CPT-PEG-BH3 and CPT-PEG-LHRH) were synthesized and examined in A2780 human ovarian cancer cells. Cytotoxicity, expression of genes encoding BCL-2, BCL-XL, SMAC, APAF-1 proteins and caspases 3 and 9, the activity of caspases 3 and 9 and apoptosis induction were studied. Taken together the results indicate much higher cytotoxicity and apoptosis-inducing activity of PEG-CPT conjugates when compared to free CPT. Moreover, the effects of targeted CPT-PEG-BH3 and CPT-PEG-LHRH conjugates were more pronounced than the non-targeted PEG-CPT conjugate. The results confirmed the feasibility of this new two-tier molecular targeting strategy for enhancing the efficacy of cancer chemotherapy.

  15. Photometry of the SW Sex-type nova-like BH Lyncis in high state

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    Stanishev, V; Genkov, V

    2006-01-01

    Aims: We present a photometric study of the deeply eclipsing SW Sex-type nova-like cataclysmic variable star BH Lyn Methods: Time-resolved V-band CCD photometry was obtained for seven nights between 1999 and 2004. Results: We determined 11 new eclipse timings of BH Lyn and derived a refined orbital ephemeris with an orbital period of 0.155875577(14) day. During the observations, BH Lyn was in high-state with V~15.5 mag. The star presents ~1.5 mag deep eclipses with mean full-width at half-flux of 0.0683(+/-0.0054)P_orb. The eclipse shape is highly variable, even changing form cycle to cycle. This is most likely due to accretion disc surface brightness distribution variations, most probably caused by strong flickering. Time-dependent accretion disc self-occultation or variations of the hot spot(s) intensity are also possible explanations. Negative superhumps with period of ~0.145 day are detected in two long runs in 2000. A possible connection between SW Sex and negative superhump phenomena through the presenc...

  16. High-redshift formation and evolution of central massive objects II: The census of BH seeds

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    Devecchi, B; Rossi, E M; Colpi, M; Zwart, S Portegies

    2012-01-01

    We present results of simulations aimed at tracing the formation of nuclear star clusters (NCs) and black hole (BH) seeds, in a cosmological context. We focus on two mechanisms for the formation of BHs at high redshifts: as end-products of (1) Population III stars in metal free halos, and of (2) runaway stellar collisions in metal poor NCs. Our model tracks the chemical, radiative and mechanical feedback of stars on the baryonic component of the evolving halos. This procedure allows us to evaluate when and where the conditions for BH formation are met, and to trace the emergence of BH seeds arising from the dynamical channel, in a cosmological context. BHs start to appear already at z~30 as remnants of Population III stars. The efficiency of this mechanism begins decreasing once feedbacks become increasingly important. Around redshift z~15, BHs mostly form in the centre of mildly metal enriched halos inside dense NCs. The seed BHs that form along the two pathways have at birth a mass around 100-1000M\\odot. Th...

  17. Biofilms from micro/nanocellulose of NaBH$_4$-modified kraft pulp

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    AYHAN TOZLUOGLU; BAYRAM POYRAZ; ZEKI CANDAN; MUSTAFA YAVUZ; RECAI ARSLAN

    2017-08-01

    Industrial applications of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) have been inuse for some time; however, there is a need to improve the production steps and at the same time to obtain better qualityproducts. NFC and MFC were generated from NaBH$_4$-modified kraft pulp, produced from a red gum tree plant (Eucalyptuscamaldulensis). The generated NFC and MFC were characterized by high-performance liquid chromatography, Fouriertransform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and ${}^{13}$C-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).Morphological and viscoelastic properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and rheometry, respectively.The storage moduli of biofilms produced from NFC and MFC were investigated by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis(DMTA). Both exhibited mostly identical FTIR spectra. When the spectra were compared with those of NaBH4-modifiedkraft pulp, minor shifts were observed due to crystallinity. In NMR spectra, disordered cellulose structures were observedfor both NFC and MFC, and these findings were also confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry. Rheology studiesrevealed that the lowest viscosity was observed with MFC. TGA results showed that NFC degraded earlier compared withNaBH$_4$-modified kraft pulp. DMTA exhibited that NFC films had about six times higher storage modulus compared withMFC.

  18. New chemistry from an old reagent: mono- and dinuclear macrocyclic uranium(III) complexes from [U(BH4)3(THF)2].

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    Arnold, Polly L; Stevens, Charlotte J; Farnaby, Joy H; Gardiner, Michael G; Nichol, Gary S; Love, Jason B

    2014-07-23

    A new robust and high-yielding synthesis of the valuable U(III) synthon [U(BH4)3(THF)2] is reported. Reactivity in ligand exchange reactions is found to contrast significantly to that of uranium triiodide. This is exemplified by the synthesis and characterization of azamacrocyclic U(III) complexes, including mononuclear [U(BH4)(L)] and dinuclear [Li(THF)4][{U(BH4)}2(μ-BH4)(L(Me))] and [Na(THF)4][{U(BH4)}2(μ-BH4)(L(A))(THF)2]. The structures of all complexes have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and display two new U(III)2(BH4)3 motifs.

  19. The relation between foF2 and ICF during the solar eclipse%日食期间foF2与ICF的相关性分析

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    张添益

    2001-01-01

    本文初步分析了1995年10月24日日食期间,F2层临界频率(foF2)和高频干扰重心频率(ICF)之间的相关性较差的原因.认为高频干扰重心频率ICF不仅受foF2的影响,还可能受D层吸收等因素影响.在探讨ICF与foF2的关系时,应综合加以考虑.

  20. Lunar Cycle Influences Spontaneous Delivery in Cows

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    Yonezawa, Tomohiro; Uchida, Mona; Tomioka, Michiko; Matsuki, Naoaki

    2016-01-01

    There is a popular belief that the lunar cycle influences spontaneous delivery in both humans and cattle. To assess this relationship, we investigated the synodic distribution of spontaneous deliveries in domestic Holstein cows. We used retrospective data from 428 spontaneous, full-term deliveries within a three-year period derived from the calving records of a private farm in Hokkaido, Japan. Spontaneous birth frequency increased uniformly from the new moon to the full moon phase and decreased until the waning crescent phase. There was a statistically significant peak between the waxing gibbous and full moon phases compared with those between the last quarter and the waning crescent. These changes were clearly observed in deliveries among multiparous cows, whereas they were not evident in deliveries among nulliparous cows. These data suggest the utility of dairy cows as models for bio-meteorological studies, and indicate that monitoring lunar phases may facilitate comprehensive understanding of parturition. PMID:27580019

  1. Lunar Cycle Influences Spontaneous Delivery in Cows.

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    Yonezawa, Tomohiro; Uchida, Mona; Tomioka, Michiko; Matsuki, Naoaki

    2016-01-01

    There is a popular belief that the lunar cycle influences spontaneous delivery in both humans and cattle. To assess this relationship, we investigated the synodic distribution of spontaneous deliveries in domestic Holstein cows. We used retrospective data from 428 spontaneous, full-term deliveries within a three-year period derived from the calving records of a private farm in Hokkaido, Japan. Spontaneous birth frequency increased uniformly from the new moon to the full moon phase and decreased until the waning crescent phase. There was a statistically significant peak between the waxing gibbous and full moon phases compared with those between the last quarter and the waning crescent. These changes were clearly observed in deliveries among multiparous cows, whereas they were not evident in deliveries among nulliparous cows. These data suggest the utility of dairy cows as models for bio-meteorological studies, and indicate that monitoring lunar phases may facilitate comprehensive understanding of parturition.

  2. Cow's Milk Allergy with Severe Eosinophilia.

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    Imamura, Takashi; Watanabe, Masahiro; Kaneko, Mariko; Shibukawa, Yasuko; Fukuda, Yutaka; Nagasawa, Katsutoshi

    2016-02-01

    Because the role of eosinophils in neonates is not well understood, the clinical significance of eosinophilia in neonates is unclear. We encountered a rare case of cow's milk allergy in a premature male infant with severe eosinophilia in the neonatal period. The peripheral blood eosinophil count in this infant was 7,404/μL at birth, and he produced stools with fresh blood immediately after birth and prior to the first feedings with regular cow's milk. Although the patient's eosinophil count normalized without specific treatment within 6 weeks after birth, it is possible that the causes of the eosinophilia in this infant prior to the first feedings with regular cow's milk were different from those after the first feedings. Cow's milk allergy was diagnosed on the basis of the patient's positivity for this allergy in the challenge test and subsequent allergen-specific lymphocyte stimulation test performed at 6 months of age. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Modelling Cow Behaviour Using Stochastic Automata

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    Jónsson, Ragnar Ingi

    This report covers an initial study on the modelling of cow behaviour using stochastic automata with the aim of detecting lameness. Lameness in cows is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with because it results in less profitable production units and in reduced quality of life...... of which describe the cows' activity in the two regarded behavioural scenarios, non-lame and lame. Using the experimental measurement data the different behavioural relations for the two regarded behavioural scenarios are assessed. The three models comprise activity within last hour, activity within last...... for the affected livestock. By featuring training data consisting of measurements of cow activity, three different models are obtained, namely an autonomous stochastic automaton, a stochastic automaton with coinciding state and output and an autonomous stochastic automaton with coinciding state and output, all...

  4. Mechano-chemical reactions in LiBH{sub 4} + VCl{sub n} (n = 2 and 3) mixtures

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    Llamas-Jansa, Isabel, E-mail: isabel.llamas@ife.no [Institute for Energy Technology, Physics Department, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027, Kjeller (Norway); Aliouane, Nadir; Deledda, Stefano; Fonnelop, Jon Erling; Frommen, Christoph; Lieutenant, Klaus; Sartori, Sabrina; Sorby, Magnus H.; Hauback, Bjorn C. [Institute for Energy Technology, Physics Department, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027, Kjeller (Norway)

    2011-09-15

    Research highlights: > Mechano-chemically activated metathesis reactions between LiBH{sub 4} and VCln (n = 2 and 3). > Only crystalline LiCl and unreacted LiBH{sub 4} are observed by X-ray diffraction. > VCl{sub 3} reactions have stronger thermodynamical driving forces. - Abstract: Mechano-chemical routes to the metathesis reaction 4LiBH{sub 4} + VCl{sub n} {yields} Li{sub 4-n}V(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} + nLiCl (n = 2 and 3) are explored at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The produced samples consist of crystalline LiCl and unreacted LiBH{sub 4}. No other crystalline phases are observed directly by powder X-ray diffraction. The highest reactivity was observed when using VCl{sub 3}. Two possible reaction paths are proposed in order to explain this result: (a) 2LiBH{sub 4} + VCl{sub 2} {yields} 2LiCl + VB{sub 2} + 4H{sub 2}, with {Delta}H = -188 kJ/mol and (b) 3LiBH{sub 4} + VCl{sub 3} {yields} 3LiCl + 1/2B{sub 2}H{sub 6} + VB{sub 2} + 9/2H{sub 2}, with {Delta}H = -258 kJ/mol. The calculated enthalpy values show that reactions with VCl{sub 3} have stronger thermodynamical driving forces than with VCl{sub 2}, corroborating the experimental results. Still, the different experimental methods lead to the same final products, with longer milling times being necessary to remove the precursor traces in the case of VCl{sub 2} and cryomilling. The results shed some light on the efficiency of mechano-chemical methods for the synthesis of mixed metal borohydrides based on LiBH{sub 4} and V-chlorides.

  5. A comparison of two strategies for affinity maturation of a BH3 peptide toward pro-survival Bcl-2 proteins.

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    Zhang, Siyan; Long, Angel; Link, A James

    2012-03-16

    The Bcl-2 family of proteins regulates apoptosis at the level of mitochondrial permeabilization. Pro-death members of the family, including Bak and Bax, initiate apoptosis, whereas pro-survival members such as Bcl-x(L) and Mcl-1 antagonize the function of Bak and Bax via heterodimeric interactions. These heterodimeric interactions are primarily mediated by the binding of the helical amphipathic BH3 domain from a pro-death protein to a hydrophobic cleft on the surface of the pro-survival protein. Since high levels of pro-survival Bcl-2 proteins are present in many cancers, peptides corresponding to pro-death BH3 domains hold promise as therapeutics. Here we apply a high-throughput flow cytometry assay to engineer the Bak BH3 domain for improved affinity toward the pro-survival proteins Bcl-x(L) and Mcl-1. Two strategies, engineering the hydrophobic face of the Bak BH3 peptide and increasing its overall helicity, are successful in identifying Bak BH3 variants with improved affinity to Bcl-x(L) and Mcl-1. Hydrophobic face engineering of the Bak BH3 peptide led to variants with up to a 15-fold increase in affinity for Bcl-x(L) and increased specificity toward Bcl-x(L). Engineering of the helicity of Bak BH3 led to modest (3- to 4-fold) improvements in affinity with retention of promiscuous binding to all pro-survival proteins. HeLa cell killing studies demonstrate that the affinity matured Bak BH3 variants retain their expected biological function.

  6. High-Order Elastic Constants and Anharmonic Properties of NaBH4: First-Principles Calculations

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    ZHANG Xiao-Dong; JIANG Zhen-Yi; ZHOU Bo; HOU Zhu-Feng; HOU Yu-Qing

    2011-01-01

    We present theoretical studies for second- and third-order elastic constants in NaBH4 based on ab initio calculations. Our calculated second-order elastic constants agree well with available experimental results. The anharmonic properties of NaBH4,such as pressure derivative of the second-order elastic constants and the Grüneisen constants for long-wavelength acoustic modeγ(q,j),are characterized using the third-order elastic constants.

  7. Refining the M BH-V c Scaling Relation with H I Rotation Curves of Water Megamaser Galaxies

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    Sun, Ai-Lei; Greene, Jenny E.; Impellizzeri, C. M. Violette; Kuo, Cheng-Yu; Braatz, James A.; Tuttle, Sarah

    2013-11-01

    Black-hole-galaxy scaling relations provide information about the coevolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. We compare the black-hole mass-circular-velocity (M BH-V c) relation with the black-hole-mass-bulge-stellar-velocity-dispersion (M BH-σ*) relation to see whether the scaling relations can passively emerge from a large number of mergers or require a physical mechanism, such as feedback from an active nucleus. We present Very Large Array H I observations of five galaxies, including three water megamaser galaxies, to measure the circular velocity. Using 22 galaxies with dynamical M BH measurements and V c measurements extending to large radius, our best-fit M BH-V c relation, log M_{BH}= \\alpha + \\beta log (V_{c}/ 200 \\ km\\ s^{-1}), yields \\alpha = 7.43^{+0.13}_{-0.13}, \\beta = 3.68^{+1.23}_{-1.20}, and an intrinsic scatter \\epsilon _{int}=0.51^{+0.11}_{-0.09}. The intrinsic scatter may well be higher than 0.51, as we take great care to ascribe conservatively large observational errors. We find comparable scatter in the M BH-σ* relations, \\epsilon _{int} =0.48^{+0.10}_{-0.08}, while pure merging scenarios would likely result in a tighter scaling with the dark halo (as traced by V c) properties rather than the baryonic (σ*) properties. Instead, feedback from the active nucleus may act on bulge scales to tighten the M BH-σ* relation with respect to the M BH-V c relation, as observed.

  8. Peripartum heart disease in cows.

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    Yamagishi, N; Okada, H; Koiwa, M; Kudo, K; Matsuo, N; Naito, Y

    1995-11-01

    Thirteen Holstein dairy cows aged 5.1-10.6 years died or were killed as a result of severe illness during the peripartum period, associated with lateral recumbency, moaning, tachycardia and dyspnoea. They were all high milk producers (> 9000 kg/year) and had experienced at least three pregnancies. The average duration of the clinical course was 2.5 +/- 1.7 days. Electro-cardiography revealed marked tachycardia associated with atrial fibrillation or atrioventricular dissociation. Serum clinical chemistry showed severe hypocalcaemia (3.6 +/- 1.3 mg/dl) and at necropsy multifocal myocardial necrosis was invariably found. Myocardial necrosis was accompanied by neutrophilic and mononuclear cellular infiltrates with interstitial fibrosis. The cause of this lesion was not established.

  9. Cows aboveground, protons down below

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    Anaïs Schaeffer

    2011-01-01

    On display at Fort l'Écluse from 19 June to 18 September, the works of Augenblick combine photography, sound and video to create a striking instant parallel between the "real world" and the world of particle physics.   The cows are grazing quietly, blissfully unaware of the mini-Big Bang occurring silently 100 metres beneath them. Curious to compare these two worlds - the visible and the invisible, day-to-day life and particle physics - Laurent Mulot, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work delves into some of the planet's more unusual places, has come up with a unique artistic concept. Called Augenblick (German for "instant"), to emphasise that the images relate to the same point in time, his project uses photography, video and sound to superimpose scenes from everyday life and scenes from science. "The idea came to me in June 2008," says Laurent Mulot, "when Jean-Paul Martin, a research scientist at the Institute of Nuclear...

  10. World production and quality of cow's milk

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    Petar Bosnić

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available World milk production has a great economical effect being in the function of human food production and nutrition. Milk is obtained from cows, buffalos, sheeps, goats, camels and donkey with cow's milk production dominating. The world milk production in 2000 was 568.480 thousands of tons of all types of milk of which 484.895 thousands tons are cow's milk with a total of 85.30 % of the world milk production. Buffalo's milk production is on the second place with 61.913 thousands of tonnes (10.89 % production capacity. On the three continents (Europe, North America and Asia 81.82 % of total cow's milk production is located. Developed countries produce 50 % of total milk production, while higher milk production is forecast for the developing countries. The EU countries participate with 23.72 % in the world milk production and with 55.60 % on the European area. High annual lactation production, under selected cow's milk production, of above 6000 kg is located in developed countries, where annual participation of Israel accounts for over 10000 kg of milk per cow. Commercial milk production of genetics cattle accounts from 80 % to 85 %. Milk quality, with regard to milk fat and proteincontent, in developed countries is above an average value. With the annual milk production of 7000 kg of cow's milk, up to 294 kg of milk fat and 238 kg of protein are produced. Due to milk characteristics as agro-food product, milk and dairy products manufacture and transportation are in details regulated with existing quality standards. 95 % of the EU milk producers fulfil international hygienic rules on milk safety standards (somatic cells, microorganisms. With regard to long term development, until 2030, changes on herd management (outdoor and indoor exposure, between continents, will occur. In 2030, the world milk production is forecast to increase by 64%, with cow's milk production of 765.9 million tonnes.

  11. Hydrogen fermentation properties of undiluted cow dung.

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    Yokoyama, Hiroshi; Waki, Miyoko; Ogino, Akifumi; Ohmori, Hideyuki; Tanaka, Yasuo

    2007-07-01

    Anaerobic treatment of undiluted cow dung (15% total solids), so-called dry fermentation, produced hydrogen (743 ml-H(2)/kg-cow dung) at an optimum temperature of 60 degrees C, with butyrate and acetate formation. The hydrogen production was inhibited by the addition of NH(4)(+) in a dose-dependent manner. A bacterium with similarity to Clostridium cellulosi was detected in the fermented dung by a 16S rDNA analysis.

  12. Cycloheximide Can Induce Bax/Bak Dependent Myeloid Cell Death Independently of Multiple BH3-Only Proteins.

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    Goodall, Katharine J; Finch-Edmondson, Megan L; van Vuuren, Joanne; Yeoh, George C; Gentle, Ian E; Vince, James E; Ekert, Paul G; Vaux, David L; Callus, Bernard A

    2016-01-01

    Apoptosis mediated by Bax or Bak is usually thought to be triggered by BH3-only members of the Bcl-2 protein family. BH3-only proteins can directly bind to and activate Bax or Bak, or indirectly activate them by binding to anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members, thereby relieving their inhibition of Bax and Bak. Here we describe a third way of activation of Bax/Bak dependent apoptosis that does not require triggering by multiple BH3-only proteins. In factor dependent myeloid (FDM) cell lines, cycloheximide induced apoptosis by a Bax/Bak dependent mechanism, because Bax-/-Bak-/- lines were profoundly resistant, whereas FDM lines lacking one or more genes for BH3-only proteins remained highly sensitive. Addition of cycloheximide led to the rapid loss of Mcl-1 but did not affect the expression of other Bcl-2 family proteins. In support of these findings, similar results were observed by treating FDM cells with the CDK inhibitor, roscovitine. Roscovitine reduced Mcl-1 abundance and caused Bax/Bak dependent cell death, yet FDM lines lacking one or more genes for BH3-only proteins remained highly sensitive. Therefore Bax/Bak dependent apoptosis can be regulated by the abundance of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members such as Mcl-1, independently of several known BH3-only proteins.

  13. Reaction between LiBH4 and MgH2 induced by high-energy ball milling

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    Ding, Zhao; Zhao, Xuzhe; Shaw, Leon L.

    2015-10-01

    Previous studies of ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations have predicted that reactions between LiBH4 and MgH2 can take place at temperature near 200 °C. However, such predictions have been shown to be inconsistent with many experiments. Herein, we have designed a novel process termed as ball milling with aerosol spraying (BMAS) to prove, for the first time, that the reaction between LiBH4 and MgH2 can indeed occur during ball milling at room temperature. Through this BMAS process we have demonstrated unambiguously the formation of MgB2 and LiH during ball milling of MgH2 while aerosol spraying of the LiBH4/THF solution. In this BMAS process, aerosol spraying of the LiBH4/THF solution leads to the formation of LiBH4 nanoparticles which decompose to form Li2B12H12. The Li2B12H12 formed then reacts with MgH2 in situ during ball milling to form MgB2 and LiH. The discovery made in this study has significant implications in making LiBH4 + MgH2 as a viable system for reversible hydrogen storage applications near ambient temperature in the future.

  14. Acute phase protein concentrations in serum and milk from healthy cows, cows with clinical mastitis and cows with extramammary inflammatory conditions

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    Nielsen, B.H.; Jacobsen, S.; Andersen, P.H.; Niewold, T.A.; Heegaard, P.M.H.

    2004-01-01

    The concentrations of the two acute phase proteins, serum amyloid A and haptoglobin, in serum and milk were compared in 10 cows with clinical mastitis, 11 cows with extramammary inflammatory conditions and 10 clinically healthy control cows. The concentrations of both acute phase proteins were highe

  15. Recent advances in the synchronization of estrus and ovulation in dairy cows.

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    Macmillan, Keith L

    2010-01-01

    the compliance rate that may sometimes be less than 70%. Almost all programs involve strategically timed injections of prostaglandin F2alpha (PGF) and gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). Injections of an estradiol ester and progesterone supplementation per vaginum may be included in some programs. The basic program is the "Ovsynch" regimen. Numerous variations have been tested and developed. Many involve increasingly complex protocols that increase the risk of non-compliance, none has consistently achieved conception rates that exceed 40% and few have reduced the incidence of embryonic death. These synchronization programs are the best that are currently available. They have not been able to overcome the consequences of lowered fertility associated with high levels of milk yield, forms of nutrition and environmental factors like heat stress that have profound effects on the physiology and metabolism of the high producing dairy cow.

  16. EPR study of concentration dependence in Ce, Ce : La and Ce:Y doped SrF2

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    Dankert, O.; Vainchtein, David; Datema, H.C.; den Hartog, Hendrik

    1995-01-01

    Experimental results of an EPR-study of the concentration dependence of the doubly integrated intensity and linewidth of the signals associated with tetragonal Ce3+-F--dipoles in Sr1-xCexF2+x, Sr-1-0.005-x Ce0.005LaxF2+0.005+x and Sr-1-0.005-x Ce0.005YxF2+0.005+x are presented. Both show a nonlinear

  17. F2 slope as a Perceptual Cue for the Front-Back Contrast in Standard Southern British English.

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    Chládková, Kateřina; Hamann, Silke; Williams, Daniel; Hellmuth, Sam

    2017-09-01

    Acoustic studies of several languages indicate that second-formant (F2) slopes in high vowels have opposing directions (independent of consonantal context): front [iː]-like vowels are produced with a rising F2 slope, whereas back [uː]-like vowels are produced with a falling F2 slope. The present study first reports acoustic measurements that confirm this pattern for the English variety of Standard Southern British English (SSBE), where /uː/ has shifted from the back to the front area of the vowel space and is now realized with higher midpoint F2 values than several decades ago. Subsequently, we test whether the direction of F2 slope also serves as a reliable cue to the /iː/-/uː/ contrast in perception. The findings show that F2 slope direction is used as a cue (additional to midpoint formant values) to distinguish /iː/ from /uː/ by both young and older Standard Southern British English listeners: an otherwise ambiguous token is identified as /iː/ if it has a rising F2 slope and as /uː/ if it has a falling F2 slope. Furthermore, our results indicate that listeners generalize their reliance on F2 slope to other contrasts, namely /ɛ/-/ɒ/ and /æ/-/ɒ/, even though F2 slope is not employed to differentiate these vowels in production. This suggests that in Standard Southern British English, a rising F2 seems to be perceptually associated with an abstract feature such as [+front], whereas a falling F2 with an abstract feature such as [-front].

  18. Long-term trends in the relation between daytime and nighttime values of foF2

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    A. D. Danilov

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available The data from the vertical ionospheric sounding for 12 stations over the world were analyzed to find the relation between the values of foF2 for 02:00 LT and 14:00 LT of the same day. It is found that, in general, there exists a negative correlation between foF2(02 and foF2(14. The value of the correlation coefficient R(foF2 can be in some cases high enough and reach minus 0.7–0.8. The value of R(foF2 demonstrates a well pronounced seasonal variations, the highest negative values being observed at the equinox periods of the year. It is also found that R(foF2 depends on geomagnetic activity: the magnitude of R(foF2 is the highest for the choice of only magnetically quiet days (Ap<6, decreasing with the increase of the limiting value of Ap. For a fixed limitation on Ap, the value of R(foF2 depends also on solar activity. Apparently, the effects found are related to thermospheric winds. Analysis of long series of the vertical sounding data shows that there is a long-term trend in R(foF2 with a statistically significant increase in the R(foF2 magnitude after about 1980. Similar analysis is performed for the foF2(02/foF2(14 ratio itself. The ratio also demonstrates a systematic trend after 1980. Both trends are interpreted in terms of long-term changes in thermospheric circulation.

  19. NMR-based metabolic profiling of rice wines by F(2)-selective total correlation spectra.

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    Koda, Masanori; Furihata, Kazuo; Wei, Feifei; Miyakawa, Takuya; Tanokura, Masaru

    2012-05-16

    In this study, we performed NMR-based metabolic profiling of major rice wines (Japanese sake, Chinese Shaoxing wine, and Korean makgeolli). In the (1)H NMR spectra, the rice wines showed broad resonances in the region of about 7.9-9.0 ppm. These resonances showed many and complex correlations with approximately 0.5-4.5 ppm in the F(2)-selective TOCSY (total correlation spectroscopy) spectra, and these correlations were attributed mainly to peptides. These spectral patterns were characteristic of individual rice wines, and the combination of F(2)-selective TOCSY spectra and principal component analysis enabled us to classify the rice wine species. Furthermore, it also provided information about raw materials, namely, what type of koji (rice koji or wheat koji) was used. These spectra may be useful as a new "fingerprint" for quality control or food authentication.

  20. Cryogenic Ho:CaF2 laser pumped by Tm:fiber laser

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    Jelínek, Michal; Kubeček, Václav; Ma, Weiwei; Zhao, Beibei; Jiang, Dapeng; Su, Liangbi

    2016-06-01

    The laser operation in the pulsed as well as continuous-wave regime of a modified-Bridgeman-grown 0.5 at.% Ho:CaF2 crystal at 83 K pumped by a Tm:fiber laser is reported. The maximum output power was 2.37 W at 2060 nm or 1.3 W at 2110 and 2130 nm. Continuous tuning range over 90 nm from 2030 to 2120 nm was achieved using a birefringent filter. The Ho:CaF2 fundamental spectroscopic properties as absorption and fluorescence spectra at 83 and 293 K are also presented.

  1. 七色炫灯翻盖萌作三星Nori F2

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    2011-01-01

    三星电子去年在韩国市场推出一款以鲜艳色彩和LED炫灯为主打的翻盖手机Nori F。如今.三星又推出了该机的续作Nori F2(型号SHW—A280),该机仍然以年轻用户为目标客户群体.相对于前代产品.F2增加了七彩炫灯功能,用户可对来电和短信定制7种个性化的闪灯.效果也够萌。

  2. Excited state absorption of Sm2+ in SrF2

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Chase, L. L.; Krupke, William F.

    1988-10-01

    The excited state absorption spectrum of Sm2+ in SrF2 has been observed. The absorption peaks associated with the 5D0(4f6) excited state were found to be displaced by approximately 3000 cm-1 from the absorption bands arising from the 7F0(4f6) ground state (after taking the 5D0-7F0 energy separation into account). The observed peak separation is ascribed to the 4f-5d exchange interaction. From the measured peak positions, the exchange energy for the Sm2+ impurity was determined to be about the same order of magnitude as expected for the free ion. The implications of the properties of the excited state absorption bands for the performance of the SrF2:Sm2+ laser are considered.

  3. Proximity effects in superconducting triplet spin-valve F2/F1/S

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    Deminov, R.G., E-mail: Raphael.Deminov@kpfu.ru [Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University, Kazan 420008 (Russian Federation); Tagirov, L.R. [Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University, Kazan 420008 (Russian Federation); Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg, Augsburg D-86159 (Germany); Gaifullin, R.R. [Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University, Kazan 420008 (Russian Federation); Karminskaya, T.Yu.; Kupriyanov, M.Yu. [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Fominov, Ya.V. [Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics RAS, Moscow 119334 (Russian Federation); Golubov, A.A. [Faculty of Science and Technology and MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, Enschede 7500 AE (Netherlands)

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the critical temperature T{sub c} of F2/F1/S trilayers (Fi is a ferromagnetic metal and S is a singlet superconductor), where the long-range triplet superconducting component is generated at noncollinear magnetizations of the F layers. In this paper we demonstrate a possibility of the spin-valve effect mode selection (standard switching effect, the triplet spin-valve effect or reentrant T{sub c}(α) dependence) by the variation of the F2/F1 interface transparency. - Highlights: • T{sub c} of FFS trilayer as a function of angle between magnetizations is calculated. • T{sub c} of FFS structure for arbitrary FF interface transparencies γ{sub B} is calculated. • Possibility of the spin-valve effect mode selection by the variation of γ{sub B} is shown.

  4. Nanostructuring CaF2 surfaces with slow highly charged ions

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    El-Said, A. S.; Wilhelm, R. A.; Heller, R.; Ritter, R.; Wachter, G.; Facsko, S.; Lemell, C.; Burgdörfer, J.; Aumayr, F.

    2014-04-01

    In recent years the potential of slow highly charged ions (HCI) as tools for nanostructuring purposes has received considerable attention and a wide range of material classes, from insulating ionic crystals, polymers and ultrathin films, to semiconducting and conducting substrates have been investigated regarding their response to individual HCI impact. For the majority of investigated materials, however, consistent theoretical modeling to supplement with experimental evidence and to satisfactorily explain the complete physical process from ion approach and impact to the formation of an individual nanostructure is still lacking. CaF2, from both an experimental and theoretical point of view, might be considered the most thoroughly investigated material. Combining results from numerous studies has allowed for the generation of a "phase diagram" for nanostructuring of CaF2 in dependence of ion beam parameters. This paves the way for a first unified picture, as implications from this phase diagram should be applicable to similar materials as well.

  5. The Importance of Magnetic Reflection Condition and Polarization Factor: Case Study of MnF2

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    A. Purwanto

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Neutron diffraction has been widely accepted as a versatile tool to investigate magnetic structure of crystalline materials, which contribute significantly to the scientific and technological advances. Starting from a general formulation of the magnetic structure factor, one can often simplify the formulation depending on the crystallographic structure and the magnetic wave propagation vector of the sample. The simplification allows magnetic moment coupling and polarization deduction without the need of the refinement process. This paper elaborates such simplification for MnF2 to provide the determination of the magnetic moment coupling and polarization direction simply based on the reflection condition and polarization factor. The determination of the magnetic structure excluding its magnitude by the reflection condition and polarization factor is much more conclusive than by any magnetic structure refinement. Furthermore, MnF2 illustrates a rare compound that has antiferromagnetic structure with zero magnetic wave propagation vector, i.e.; it has the same antiferromagnetic and crystallographic unit cell.

  6. Comparison of the ionospheric F2 peak height between ionosonde measurements and IRI2016 predictions over China

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    Zhao, Xiukuan; Ning, Baiqi; Zhang, Man-Lian; Hu, Lianhuan

    2017-10-01

    The International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) is the most frequently used community empirical model. The latest version IRI2016 provides three options for the F2 peak height hmF2: AMTB2013, SHU-2015, and BSE-1979. In this paper, we used the hmF2 data derived by the ionosondes at Mohe, Beijing, Wuhan and Sanya ranging from year 2007 to 2016 to assess the performance of these three options in the model. The results show that the variability of the observed hmF2 versus local time, seasons and levels of solar activity could be reproduced well by the three options. However, the SHU-2015 option performs best at these four stations, followed by BSE-1979, and the AMTB2013 option is worst. Generally, the AMTB2013 and BSE-1979 options overestimate the hmF2 values, while the SHU-2015 option mainly underestimates the hmF2 values. This is the first evaluations of the three IRI2016 hmF2 options by manually scaled ionosonde data over China area to our knowledge. Overall, we recommend the usage of SHU-2015 hmF2 option over China region when using IRI2016 model in terms of hmF2 calculation.

  7. Adsorption behaviour of PuF6 on UO2F2 by the use of 236Pu

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    Sato, Nobuaki; Matsuda, Minoru; Mitsugashira, Toshiaki; Kirishima, Akira

    2010-03-01

    To know the behavior of plutonium in the fluoride volatility process (FLUOREX PROCESS) for the spent nuclear fuel, both UO2 and PuO2 are fluorinated by fluorine forming volatile UF6 and PuF6, respectively. Then PuF6 is separated and recovered from UF6 by using adsorption materials such as uranyl fluoride UO2F2. In this paper, adsorption behavior of PuF6on UO2F2 was examined by the use of 236Pu tracer. First, the stability of UO2F2 in F2atmosphere was analyzed by TG-DTA method showing that uranium volatilized completely over 350 °C by the formation of UF6 and the adsorption of plutonium by UO2F2 should be done at temperatures lower than 250 °C. The behavior of PtF6 as a chemical analogue of PuF6 was also conducted for comparison and it showed that the deposition of PtF4 on UO2F2 at 200 °C. When the 236Pu doped U3O8 was reacted with 10%F2-He gas, the PuF6 vaporized at ca. 600 °C. Then adsorption of 236Pu on UO2F2 was observed by α ray measurement. The adsorption mechanism of Pu on UO2F2 was discussed with experimental data and thermodynamic consideration.

  8. Euthanasia of Danish dairy cows evaluated in two questionnaire surveys

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    Thomsen, Peter; Sørensen, Jan Tind

    2008-01-01

    a random sample of 196 Danish dairy farmers that had reported a dead cow to the Danish Cattle Database in 2002 and 196 dairy farmers that had reported a dead cow in 2006. Our objectives were to evaluate the proportion of euthanized cows, changes in the behaviour of farmers regarding euthanasia of cows over...... the years and possible reasons for these changes. Results It seems that the threshold for euthanasia of cows among farmers has changed. Farmers generally reported a lower threshold for euthanasia compared to 5-10 years ago. Conclusions The threshold for euthanasia of cows has, according to the dairy farmers...

  9. [Induced abortion using prostaglandin E2 and F2alpha gel].

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    Lippert, T H; Modly, T

    1974-01-01

    In this study of 20 patients in the 13th-17th week of pregnancy abortion was induced with intrauterine, extraamniotic application of prostaglandins (PG) E2 or F2 in gel form. The gel composition was as follows: 4% tylose MH 300, 2% glycerine, 1% chlorhexidine digluconate, 83% sterile distilled water and 10% PG stock solution. Both PGE2 and PGF2 gels were used. Final concentration was 2.5 mg E2 or 2.5 mg F2 per g of gel. Gel was applied via transcervical, extraamniotic polyethylene catheter every 2-3 hours. Results: PGE2-gel was used in 14 cases. After 3-4 applications both fetus and placenta were expelled. Average dose used was 4.6 mg E2/patient. First contractions started in 30 minutes; induction to expulsion time was 11 hours 35 minutes. F2-gel given to 6 patients resulted in expulsion of the fetus in all cases but placenta needed removal by curettage in 4 patients. Average dose per patient was 17.7 mg of F2; first contractions in 30 minutes, average expulsion time 17 hours 38 minutes. With both PGs there were painful contractions which were controlled with a combination of pentazocine and Valium. PGE2 caused vomiting in 5 patients. No increased bleeding or postabortion infection occurred. Follow-up curettage was done in all patients to ensure removal of all tissues. Overall evaluation of the PG-gels was considered good. PG stability in gel form is good; during 8 months of preservation in sterile aluminum tubes at -25 degrees Celsius no decline in clinical effectiveness was noted. The gel application is less expensive than the slow-injection pump method.

  10. Joint QTL analysis of three connected F2-crosses in pigs

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    Bennewitz Jörn

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Numerous QTL mapping resource populations are available in livestock species. Usually they are analysed separately, although the same founder breeds are often used. The aim of the present study was to show the strength of analysing F2-crosses jointly in pig breeding when the founder breeds of several F2-crosses are the same. Methods Three porcine F2-crosses were generated from three founder breeds (i.e. Meishan, Pietrain and wild boar. The crosses were analysed jointly, using a flexible genetic model that estimated an additive QTL effect for each founder breed allele and a dominant QTL effect for each combination of alleles derived from different founder breeds. The following traits were analysed: daily gain, back fat and carcass weight. Substantial phenotypic variation was observed within and between crosses. Multiple QTL, multiple QTL alleles and imprinting effects were considered. The results were compared to those obtained when each cross was analysed separately. Results For daily gain, back fat and carcass weight, 13, 15 and 16 QTL were found, respectively. For back fat, daily gain and carcass weight, respectively three, four, and five loci showed significant imprinting effects. The number of QTL mapped was much higher than when each design was analysed individually. Additionally, the test statistic plot along the chromosomes was much sharper leading to smaller QTL confidence intervals. In many cases, three QTL alleles were observed. Conclusions The present study showed the strength of analysing three connected F2-crosses jointly. In this experiment, statistical power was high because of the reduced number of estimated parameters and the large number of individuals. The applied model was flexible and was computationally fast.

  11. Scientific and regulatory standards for assessing product performance using the similarity factor, f2.

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    Stevens, Ruth E; Gray, Vivian; Dorantes, Angelica; Gold, Lynn; Pham, Loan

    2015-03-01

    The similarity factor, f2, measures the sameness of dissolution profiles. The following commentary is an overview of discussions and presentations from a group of industry and US regulatory experts that have integrated the science and regulatory research and practice for assessing product performance, particularly for modified-release (MR) dosage forms, using f2. For a drug development sponsor or applicant with an orally complex dosage formulation, it is critical to understand dissolution methods and the similarity factor and how and/or when to apply it in their NDA, ANDA, or PMA submission. As part of any regulatory submission, it is critical to justify that the product performance has not been impacted by any change in the manufacturing process and/or the delayed and/or prolonged drug release characteristics compared to a similar conventional or another orally complex dosage form. The purposes of this document are (1) to provide a description of appropriate dissolution methods, how is the f2 calculated and how it can be used to justify product performance similarity, or not; (2) to provide an overview of alternative methods available for dissolution profile comparisons, and (3) to illustrate how applying these concepts in a focused way supports approval of submissions and regulatory dossiers and aligns them with on-going science and regulatory initiatives. A case study will be used as an example to demonstrate how dissolution testing and the f2 calculation results can impact regulatory outcomes from an NDA (505(b)(1)), NDA (505(b)(2)), ANDA (505(j)), supplemental NDAs/ANDAs, or PMA perspective.

  12. A BaF2 crystal array for high energy -ray measurements

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    A Ray; S R Banerjee; P Das

    2001-07-01

    We shall discuss about the scientific motivation and construction of a 7 × 7 BaF2 crystal array at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Calcutta. This detector would be used to measure high energy -ray photons from GDR decay and proton–neutron bremsstrahlung reactions at the present 88'' cyclotron and upcoming superconducting cyclotron at VECC, Calcutta. This detector can also be used to measure photons from quark–gluon plasma at the relativistic heavy ion collider (RHIC) in USA.

  13. Comparison of On-line and F2F Education Methods in Teaching Computer Programming

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    2013-01-01

    lthough online education provides opportunities to people who traditionally do not have access to universities, there is a need for more empirical studies to gain better understanding on how to deliver quality online education, especially when the subject of the course is related with IT. Learning to program is a complicated process. This study aims to find out the difference between students’ performance in online and face-to-face (F2F) settings during a computer programming in the fall seme...

  14. Diode-pumped Yb,Y:CaF2 laser mode-locked by monolayer graphene

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    Zhu, Hongtong; Liu, Jie; Jiang, Shouzhen; Xu, Shicai; Su, Liangbi; Jiang, Dapeng; Qian, Xiaobo; Xu, Jun

    2015-12-01

    The large-area and high-quality monolayer graphene saturable absorber with a sandwich structure is prepared by the chemical vapor deposition technique. Using graphene saturable absorber, the mode locking operation of a diode-pumped Yb,Y:CaF2 laser is demonstrated. Without extra negative dispersion elements, 4.8 ps pulses are yielded at 1051 nm. The pulse repetition rate is 60 MHz.

  15. Agraphia and acalculia after a left prefrontal (F1, F2) infarction.

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    Tohgi, H; Saitoh, K.; S. Takahashi(Kobe University, J-657-8501 Kobe, Japan); Takahashi, H; Utsugisawa, K; Yonezawa, H.; Hatano, K.; Sasaki, T.

    1995-01-01

    A patient presented with agraphia and acalculia associated with a left frontal (F1, F2) infarction. He made mainly phonological but also lexical errors in writing (syllabograms), but his ability to write kanji (morphograms) was relatively preserved. Although he could add and subtract numbers, he could neither multiply nor divide them because of a difficulty in retrieving the multiplication tables and calculation procedures. Positron emission tomography showed decreased cerebral blood flow and...

  16. Evolution of dislocation structure and modelling of deformation resistance in CaF2 single crystals

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    Sadrabadi, Peiman

    2007-01-01

    he evolution of dislocation structure during plastic deformation in pure 111}-oriented CaF2 single crystals was investigated at constant strain rate (10−5 s−1) and constant stress (1 < / MPa < 22) in the temperature range of 0.5 < T/Tm < 0.8. The steady state and transient deformation behavior of the material is described by the composite model on the basis of microstructural data. In the following sections the important conclusions are briefly summarized. Microstructure evolution...

  17. Moments of structure functions for $N_f=2$ near the physical point

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    Bali, G S; Gläßle, B; Göckeler, M; Najjar, J; Rödl, R; Schäfer, A; Schiel, R; Sternbeck, A; Söldner, W

    2013-01-01

    We report on our on-going study of the lower moments of iso-vector polarised and unpolarised structure functions, $g_A$ and $\\langle x\\rangle_{u-d}$, respectively, and the iso-vector scalar and tensor charge, for $N_f=2$ non-perturbatively improved clover fermions. With pion masses which go down to about 150 MeV, we investigate finite volume effects and excited state contributions.

  18. On the order of the deconfining transition in N_f=2 QCD

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    D'Elia, M; Pica, C

    2004-01-01

    A careful study is made on the lattice of the phase diagram of QCD with two staggered flavors, to investigate the order of the chiral transition of N_f=2 QCD. The specific heat and the susceptibility of the chiral condensate are determined for different spatial sizes of the system, and a finite size scaling analysis provides a determination of the (pseudo)critical indices. The result is a strong indication that the chiral transition is first order.

  19. $_{3}$F$_{2}$(1) hypergeometric function and quadratic R-matrix algebra

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    Kuznetsov, V B

    1994-01-01

    We construct a class of representations of the quadratic R-matrix algebra, given by the reflection equation with the spectral parameter, in terms of certain ordinary difference operators. These operators turn out to act as parameter shifting operators on the 3_F_2(1) hypergeometric function and its limit cases and on classical orthogonal polynomials. The relationship with the factorization method will be discussed.

  20. $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ Pairing in Dense Neutron Matter The Spectrum of Solutions

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    Zverev, M V; Khodel, V A

    2003-01-01

    The $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ pairing model is generally considered to provide an adequate description of the superfluid states of neutron matter at densities some 2-3 times that of saturated symmetrical nuclear matter. The problem of solving the system of BCS gap equations expressing the $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ model is attacked with the aid of the separation approach. This method, developed originally for quantitative study of S-wave pairing in the presence of strong short-range repulsions, serves effectively to reduce the coupled, singular, nonlinear BCS integral equations to a set of coupled algebraic equations. For the first time, sufficient precision becomes accessible to resolve small energy splittings between the different pairing states. Adopting a perturbative strategy, we are able to identify and characterize the full repertoire of real solutions of the $^3P_2$-$^3F_2$ pairing model, in the limiting regime of small tensor-coupling strength. The P-F channel coupling is seen to lift the striking parametric degeneracie...

  1. Sintering of CaF 2 pellets as nuclear fuel analog for surface stability experiments

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    Godinho, José R. A.; Piazolo, Sandra; Stennett, Martin C.; Hyatt, Neil C.

    2011-12-01

    To enable a detailed study of the influence of microstructure and surface properties on the stability of spent nuclear fuel, it is necessary to produce analogs that closely resemble nuclear fuel in terms of crystallography and microstructure. One such analog can be obtained by sintering CaF 2 powder. This paper reports the microstructures obtained after sintering CaF 2 powders at temperatures up to 1240 °C. Pellets with microstructure, density and pore structure similar to that of UO 2 spent nuclear fuel pellets were obtained in the temperature range between 900 °C and 1000 °C. When CaF 2 was sintered above 1100 °C the formation of CaO at the grain boundaries caused the disintegration of the pellet due to hydration occurring after sintering. First results from a novel set-up of dissolution experiments show that changes in roughness, dissolution rate and etch pit shape of fluorite surfaces are strongly dependent on the crystallographic orientation of the expose surface. Consequently, the differences observed for each orientation will affect the overall dissolution rate and will lead to uncertainties in the estimation of dissolution rates of spent nuclear fuel.

  2. Growth and characterization of epitaxial SrF2 on InP(100)

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    Sinharoy, S.; Hoffman, R. A.; Rieger, J. H.; Warner, J. D.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1986-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of 100-262.5-nm SrF2 films on n-type and p-type (100)InP in a conventional baked UHV system at base pressure about 200 ptorr, temperature 250-350 C, and growth rate from less than 100 to about 200 pm/s. Substrates are chemicomechanically polished, degreased, bombarded with 500-eV Ar ions for 3-4 min at 350 C, and annealed for 23-30 min at 350 C, producing a slightly In-rich (In/P = 1.02) In-island-free surface with a (4 x 1) or (1 x 1) LEED structure. Films grown at 350 C and less than 100 pm/s are found to be smooth and free of cracks in most cases, with a highly faceted (1 x 1) LEED structure. The electrical properties of the SrF2 films are found to be acceptable only when the ohmic contacts are applied prior to the substrate prior to SrF2 growth.

  3. On the diurnal variability in F2-region plasma density above the EISCAT Svalbard radar

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    J. Moen

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Two long runs of EISCAT Svalbard Radar (ESR, in February 2001 and October 2002, have been analysed with respect to variability in the F2 region peak density and altitude. The diurnal variation in the F2 peak density exhibits one maximum around 12:00 MLT and another around 23:00 MLT, consistent with solar wind controlled transport of EUV ionized plasma across the polar cap from day to night. High density plasma patch material is drawn in through the cusp inflow region independent of IMF BY. There is no apparent IMF BY asymmetry on the intake of high density plasma, but the trajectory of its motion is strongly BY dependent. Comparison with the international reference ionosphere model (IRI2001 clearly demonstrates that the model does not take account of the cross-polar transport of F2-region plasma, and hence has limited applicability in polar cap regions.

  4. One-step ahead prediction of foF2 using time series forecasting techniques

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    A. Belehaki

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the problem of one-step ahead prediction of the critical frequency (foF2 of the middle-latitude ionosphere, using time series forecasting methods, is considered. The whole study is based on a sample of about 58000 observations of foF2 with 15-min time resolution, derived from the Athens digisonde ionograms taken from the Digisonde Portable Sounder (DPS4 located at Palaia Penteli (38° N, 23.5° E, for the period from October 2002 to May 2004. First, the embedding dimension of the dynamical system that generates the above sample is estimated using the false nearest neighbor method. This information is then utilized for the training of the predictors employed in this study, which are the linear predictor, the neural network predictor, the persistence predictor and the k-nearest neighbor predictor. The results obtained by the above predictors suggest that, as far as the mean square error is considered as performance criterion, the first two predictors are significantly better than the latter two predictors. In addition, the results obtained by the linear and the neural network predictors are not significantly different from each other. This may be taken as an indication that a linear model suffices for one step ahead prediction of foF2.

  5. Excited state absorption of Sm2+ in SrF2 and SrCl2

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Chase, L. L.; Krupke, William F.; Boatner, L. A.

    1988-06-01

    The excited state absorption spectrum of Sm2+ diluted as an impurity in the single crystal hosts SrF2 and SrCl2 has been observed. The absorption peaks associated with the 5D0(4f6) excited state were found to be displaced by approximately 3000 cm-1 from the absorption bands arising from the 7F0(4f6) ground state when the 5D0-7F0 energy was taken into account. The observed peak separation is ascribed to the 4f-5d exchange interaction. From the measured peak positions and band intensities, the exchange energy for the Sm2+ impurity in the two host crystals was determined to be about the same order of magnitude as that expected for the free ion. The implications of the properties of the excited state absorption bands for the performance of CaF2:Sm2+ and SrF2:Sm2+ lasers are considered.

  6. Psychoacoustical and ear canal cancellation of (2f1-f2)-distortion products.

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    Zwicker, E; Harris, F P

    1990-06-01

    Level and phase of the (2f1-f2)-difference tone were measured as a function of primary-tone level using the psychoacoustical method of cancellation and the objective method of emission cancellation for four frequency separations of f1 = 1620 Hz and f2 in four subjects. Differences between hearing- and emission-cancellation levels ranged from 60-33 dB as delta f = f2-f1 increased from 180 to 432 Hz. For smaller separations of the primaries, phase changes for emission cancellation covered a wide range and had sharp "steps," whereas for hearing cancellation, the phase varied only slightly. With wider separations of the primaries, the phase became more varied for hearing cancellation and more homogeneous for emission cancellation. Both emission- and hearing-cancellation level functions were nonmonotonic as a function of constant SL1 and varied SL2. Remarkable phase shifts always appeared near minima in level at all separations of the primaries for emission cancellation. Four sources may be contributing to the differences in results: (a) the frequency-dependent attenuation of the middle-ear transfer function, (b) the frequency-dependent mismatch of the acoustical impedances at the eardrum, (c) the frequency dependence of the microphone's sensitivity mounted within the probe, and (d) the different reaction of active nonlinear cochlear processes on the hearing- and emission-cancellation tones.

  7. [Cardiovascular effect of 15(S)-15-methyl-prostaglandin F2alpha].

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    Retzke, U; Schwarz, R

    1978-01-01

    The reaction of the cardiovascular system on one intramuscular injection of 250 microgram 15-methyl-prostaglandin F2alpha was examined in 14 normotensive healthy pregnant women between 7th and 11th weeks of gestation with the method of quantitative sphygmometry with unbloody graphic recording of arterial blood pressure and direct electronic determination of velocity of aortic pulse wave. The tests were done in 10 patients in intervals of 5 minutes for one hour and in 4 subjects for 12 hours in intervals of one hour. Systolic blood pressure remains nearly constant, but diastolic blood pressure increases and then decreases significantly. Heart rate decreases significantly. Aortic pulse wave velocity decreases in a characteristic manner. Analogous to the biphasic behaviour of blood pressure cardiac output decreases significantly, but then increases insignificantly. The inverse changes of total peripheral resistance are insignificant. Comparing these reactions with the cardiovascular effects of prostaglandin F2alpha or E2, 15-methyl-prostaglandin F2alpha shows the smallest circulatory alterations.

  8. Effect of CaF2 content on rate of fluoride release from filled resins.

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    Anusavice, K J; Zhang, N-Z; Shen, C

    2005-05-01

    Information on the time-dependent release of fluoride from filled resins containing fluoride particles as a function of particle content and solution pH is limited. This study characterized the fluoride ion release from filled resins containing CaF2 particles as a function of filler content and pH. Urethane dimethacrylate and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate resins were used to make filled-resin disks containing 9.09, 23.08, or 33.33 mass% CaF2 filler. Fluoride ion release for the 9.09 mass% concentration was independent of pH. Increasing the filler content from 9.09 to 33.33 mass% increased the fluoride release rate in pH 4.0 buffer solution, because of greater surface degradation. Fluoride ion release from disks stored in pH 6.0 buffer solutions occurred mainly by diffusion from disk surfaces, while fluoride release from disks in pH 4.0 buffers was controlled by diffusion from disk surfaces and degeneration of the resin matrix, which exposed more CaF2 particle surface area.

  9. Evaluation Software for BaF2 Detector Array Electronics at CSNS-WNS

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    Zhang, Yaxi; Cao, Ping; Wang, Qi; Zhang, Deliang; He, Bing; Qi, Xincheng; An, Qi

    2017-06-01

    The “in programming barium fluoride (BaF2) detector array” is one of the experiment facilities at China Spallation Neutron Source-White Neutron Sources, which is designed for the measurement of neutron capture cross section with high accuracy. It consists of 92 crystal elements with completely 4π solid-angle coverage, which needs 92 analog channels and 92 digitization channels for data acquisition. Accordingly, the readout electronics is comprised with four distributed readout PXIe crates, containing 46 field digitization modules (FDMs). Each FDM supports two valid channels for signal digitizing. In this paper, evaluation software is designed for evaluating the performance of BaF2 readout electronics. It focuses on evaluating the performance of data transmission, waveform digitizing, and working status monitoring. Test results show that the evaluation software can correctly acquire and assemble data from the BaF2 readout system and evaluate the analog digital converter (ADC) performance under ADC test mode. FDMs in the readout system can also be monitored and controlled by this software in real time.

  10. The essential role of charge-shift bonding in hypervalent prototype XeF2

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    Braïda, Benoît; Hiberty, Philippe C.

    2013-05-01

    Hypervalency in XeF2 and isoelectronic complexes is generally understood in terms of the Rundle-Pimentel model (which invokes a three-centre/four-electron molecular system) or its valence bond version as proposed by Coulson, which replaced the old expanded octet model of Pauling. However, the Rundle-Pimentel model is not always successful in describing such complexes and has been shown to be oversimplified. Here using ab initio valence bond theory coupled to quantum Monte Carlo methods, we show that the Rundle-Pimentel model is insufficient by itself in accounting for the great stability of XeF2, and that charge-shift bonding, wherein the large covalent-ionic interaction energy has the dominant role, is a major stabilizing factor. The energetic contribution of the old expanded octet model is also quantified and shown to be marginal. Generalizing to isoelectronic systems such as ClF3, SF4, PCl5 and others, it is suggested that charge-shift bonding is necessary, in association with the Rundle-Pimentel model, for hypervalent analogues of XeF2 to be strongly bonded.

  11. Cow Effects and Estimation of Success of First and Following Inseminations in Dutch Dairy Cows

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    Inchaisri, C.; Jorritsma, R.; Vernooij, J.C.M.; Vos, P.L.A.M.; Weijden, van der G.C.; Hogeveen, H.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this research was to determine the contribution of cow factors to the probability of successful insemination accounting for the serial number of inseminations in analysis. The investigation was performed with 101 297 insemination records in 51 525 lactations of different cows from 1

  12. Cow Effects and Estimation of Success of First and Following Inseminations in Dutch Dairy Cows

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    Inchaisri, C.; Jorritsma, R.; Vernooij, J.C.M.; Vos, P.L.A.M.; Weijden, van der G.C.; Hogeveen, H.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this research was to determine the contribution of cow factors to the probability of successful insemination accounting for the serial number of inseminations in analysis. The investigation was performed with 101 297 insemination records in 51 525 lactations of different cows from

  13. Different types of postpartum luteal activity affected by the exposure of heat stress and subsequent reproductive performance in Holstein lactating cows.

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    Kornmatitsuk, B; Chantaraprateep, P; Kornmatitsuk, S; Kindahl, H

    2008-10-01

    The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of heat stress on postpartum (PP) luteal activity and subsequent reproductive performance in lactating cows. Thirty Holstein-Friesian (HF, >or=75%) cows (hot season, n = 15 and cool season, n = 15) were studied over 60 days after calving. The changes of temperature-humidity index (THI) were monitored within both seasons. Body condition scores (BCS), uterine involution and the ovarian structures were recorded. Plasma samples were obtained three times a week for the analysis of progesterone (P4) and prostaglandin F(2 alpha) metabolite (PG metabolite). Subsequent reproductive performance of the cows, calved within the same period was also evaluated. The means of THI for hot and cool seasons varied between 84-87 and 78-83 respectively. A drop of the mean BCS was recorded at 5 weeks PP in the cows during hot season (p cows with normal PP ovarian cyclicity during hot and cool seasons were 4/15 (26.7%) and 9/15 (60.0%) respectively. A higher percentage of abnormal luteal activity was found in the cows during hot season (p = 0.07) and delayed luteal cyclicity/anovulation was the most pronounced atypical P4 profile. The levels of PG metabolite were not different between groups and the relationship between the levels of PG metabolite and the time of uterine involution was not evident (p > 0.05). The heat detection rates and the pregnancy rates were higher in the cows during cool season (p heat stress conditions had negative effects on BCS and altered a normal process of ovarian resumption PP, consequently resulted in lower reproductive performance in a tropical dairy herd.

  14. Associations of udder-health indicators with cow factors and with intramammary infection in dairy cows

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    Nymann, A K; Persson Waller, K; Bennedsgaard, Torben Werner;

    2014-01-01

    indicators were somatic cell count (SCC), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), N-acetyl-β-d-glucosaminidase (NAGase), and alkaline phosphatase (AP) measured in milk. In this cross-sectional study, approximately 1,000 cows from 25 dairy herds were sampled for bacteriology (quarter milk samples) during 3 consecutive...... days: the day before test milking, at the day of test milking, and at the day after test milking. The whole-udder test milking sample was analyzed for milk composition, SCC, LDH, NAGase, and AP. Cow data (parity, breed, milk yield, percentage of milk fat and protein, milk urea concentration, and days...... associated with all udder-health indicators except AP. Parity and milk urea concentration were the only cow factors associated with all indicators in all models. The significant cow factors explained 23% of the variation in SCC and >30% of the variation in LDH, NAGase, and AP in IMI-negative cows, showing...

  15. High-pressure polymorphism of Pb F2 to 75 GPa

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    Stan, Camelia V.; Dutta, Rajkrishna; White, Claire E.; Prakapenka, Vitali; Duffy, Thomas S.

    2016-07-01

    Lead fluoride, Pb F2 , was investigated experimentally in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell by x-ray diffraction to pressures of 75 GPa at room temperature and to 64.5 GPa and 2430 K, as well as through first-principles density functional theory calculations up to 70 GPa. During room temperature compression, no discontinuous changes in the x-ray diffraction pattern or volume were observed, but the lattice parameters displayed highly anomalous trends between 10-22 GPa with enhanced compressibility along the a direction and reduced or even negative compressibility along b and c . Theoretical calculations of valence electron densities at 22 GPa showed that α -Pb F2 underwent a pressure-induced isosymmetric phase transition to a postcotunnite C o2Si structure and also revealed the detailed atomic rearrangements associated with the development of an extra Pb-F bond in the high-pressure phase. Our x-ray results and theoretical calculations are consistent with an isosymmetric phase transition smoothly occurring over 10-22 GPa rather than abruptly as previously suggested. The characteristic values for the cell constants a /c and (a +c )/b , which are used to distinguish among cotunnite-, C o2Si -, and N i2In -type phases, require modification based on our results. An equation of state fit yields a bulk modulus, K0, of 72(3) GPa for the cotunnite-type, and an ambient-pressure volume, V0, of 182 (2 ) Å3 , and K0=81 (4 ) GPa for the C o2Si -type phase when fixing the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus, K0 '=4 . Upon heating above 1200 K at pressures at or above 25.9 GPa, Pb F2 partially transformed to the hexagonal N i2In -type phase but wholly or partially reverted back to C o2Si -type phase upon temperature quench. From 43-65 GPa, nearly complete transformation to the N i2In -type Pb F2 was observed at high temperature, but the material partially transformed back to the orthorhombic phase upon temperature quench. Our results show that high-pressure behavior of Pb F

  16. The F1-F2 vowel chart for Czech whispered vowels a, e, i, o, u.

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    Grepl, Michal; Furst, Tomas; Pesak, Josef

    2007-12-01

    The aim of this contribution is to present the formant chart of the Czech vowels a, e, i, o, u and show that this can be achieved by means of digital methods of sound processing. A group of 35 Czech students of the Pedagogical Faculty of Palacky University was tested and a record of whispered vowels was taken from each of them. The record was digitalized and processed by the Discrete Fourier Trasform. The result is the power spectrum of the individual vocals - the graphic output consists of a plot of the relative power of individual frequencies in the original sound. The values of the first two maxima which represent the first and the second formants were determined from the graph. The values were plotted on a formant chart. Altogether, 175 spectral analyses of individual vowels were performed. In the resulting power spectrum, the first and the second formant frequencies were identified. The first formant was plotted against the second one and pure vocal formant regions were identified. Frequency bands for the Czech vowel "a" were circumscribed between 850 and 1150 Hz for first formant (F1) and between 1200 and 2000 Hz for second formant (F2). Similarly, borders of frequency band for vowel "e" they were 700 and 950 Hz for F1 and 1700 and 3000 Hz for F2. For vowel "i" 300 and 450 Hz for F1 and 2000 and 3600 Hz for F2, for vowel "o" 600 and 800 Hz for F1 and 600 and 1400 Hz for F2, for vowel "u" 100 and 400 Hz for F1 and 400 and 1200 Hz for F2. At low frequencies it is feasible to invoke the source-filter model of voice production and associate vowel identity with frequencies of the first two formants in the voice spectrum. On the other hand, subject to intonation, singing or other forms of exposed voice (such as emotional speech, focused speech), the formant regions tend to spread. In spectral analysis other frequencies dominate, so specific formant frequency bands are not easily recognizable. Although the resulting formant map is not much different from the formant

  17. Properties of the B+-H2 and B+-D2 complexes: A theoretical and spectroscopic study

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    Poad, B. L. J.; Dryza, V.; Buchachenko, A. A.; Kłos, J.; Bieske, E. J.

    2012-09-01

    The rotationally resolved infrared spectrum of the B+-D2 ion-neutral complex is recorded in the D-D stretch vibration region (2805-2875 cm-1) by detecting B+ photofragments. Analysis of the spectrum confirms a T-shaped equilibrium geometry for the B+-D2 complex with a vibrationally averaged intermolecular bond length of 2.247 Å, around 0.02 Å shorter than for the previously characterised B+-H2 complex [V. Dryza, B. L. J. Poad, and E. J. Bieske, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 12986 (2008), 10.1021/ja8018302]. The D-D stretch band centre occurs at 2839.76 ± 0.10 cm-1, representing a -153.8 cm-1 shift from the Q1(0) transition of the free D2 molecule. A new three dimensional ab initio potential energy surface for the B++H2 interaction is calculated using the coupled cluster RCCSD(T) method and is used in variational calculations for the rovibrational energies of B+-H2 and B+-D2. The calculations predict dissociation energies of 1254 cm-1 for B+-H2 with respect to the B++H2 (j = 0) limit, and 1313 cm-1 for B+-D2 with respect to the B++D2 (j = 0) limit. The theoretical approach reproduces the rotational and centrifugal constants of the B+-H2 and B+-D2 complexes to within 3%, and the magnitude of the contraction of the intermolecular bond accompanying excitation of the H2 or D2 sub-unit, but underestimates the H-H and D-D vibrational band shifts by 7%-8%. Combining the theoretical and experimental results allows a new, more accurate estimation for the B+-H2 band origin (3939.64 ± 0.10 cm-1).

  18. The First Simultaneous X-Ray/Radio Detection of the First Be/BH System MWC 656

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    Ribó, M.; Munar-Adrover, P.; Paredes, J. M.; Marcote, B.; Iwasawa, K.; Moldón, J.; Casares, J.; Migliari, S.; Paredes-Fortuny, X.

    2017-02-01

    MWC 656 is the first known Be/black hole (BH) binary system. Be/BH binaries are important in the context of binary system evolution and sources of detectable gravitational waves because they are possible precursors of coalescing neutron star/BH binaries. X-ray observations conducted in 2013 revealed that MWC 656 is a quiescent high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB), opening the possibility to explore X-ray/radio correlations and the accretion/ejection coupling down to low luminosities for BH HMXBs. Here we report on a deep joint Chandra/VLA observation of MWC 656 (and contemporaneous optical data) conducted in 2015 July that has allowed us to unambiguously identify the X-ray counterpart of the source. The X-ray spectrum can be fitted with a power law with Γ ∼ 2, providing a flux of ≃4 × 10‑15 erg cm‑2 s‑1 in the 0.5–8 keV energy range and a luminosity of LX ≃ 3 × 1030 erg s‑1 at a 2.6 kpc distance. For a 5 M⊙ BH this translates into ≃5 × 10‑9 LEdd. These results imply that MWC 656 is about 7 times fainter in X-rays than it was two years before and reaches the faintest X-ray luminosities ever detected in stellar-mass BHs. The radio data provide a detection with a peak flux density of 3.5 ± 1.1 μJy beam‑1. The obtained X-ray/radio luminosities for this quiescent BH HMXB are fully compatible with those of the X-ray/radio correlations derived from quiescent BH low-mass X-ray binaries. These results show that the accretion/ejection coupling in stellar-mass BHs is independent of the nature of the donor star.

  19. Resummation and matching of b-quark mass effects in b anti bH production

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    Bonvini, Marco [Oxford Univ. (United Kingdom). Rudolf Peierls Center for Theoretical Physics; Papanastasiou, Andrew S.; Tackmann, Frank J. [DESY Hamburg (Germany). Theory Group

    2015-11-15

    We use a systematic effective field theory setup to derive the b anti bH production cross section. Our result combines the merits of both fixed 4-flavor and 5-flavor schemes. It contains the full 4-flavor result, including the exact dependence on the b-quark mass, and improves it with a resummation of collinear logarithms of m{sub b}/m{sub H}. In the massless limit, it corresponds to a reorganized 5-flavor result. While we focus on b anti bH production, our method applies to generic heavy-quark initiated processes at hadron colliders. Our setup resembles the variable flavor number schemes known from heavy-flavor production in deep-inelastic scattering, but also differs in some key aspects. Most importantly, the effective b-quark PDF appears as part of the perturbative expansion of the final result where it effectively counts as an O(α{sub s}) object. The transition between the fixed-order (4-flavor) and resummation (5-flavor) regimes is governed by the low matching scale at which the b-quark is integrated out. Varying this scale provides a systematic way to assess the perturbative uncertainties associated with the resummation and matching procedure and reduces by going to higher orders. We discuss the practical implementation and present numerical results for the b anti bH production cross section at NLO+NLL. We also provide a comparison to the corresponding predictions in the fixed 4-flavor and 5-flavor results and the Santander matching prescription. Compared to the latter, we find a slightly reduced uncertainty and a larger central value, with its central value lying at the lower edge of our uncertainty band.

  20. A computational study on the effect of fluorine substitution in LiBH{sub 4}

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    Corno, Marta, E-mail: marta.corno@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, via Giuria 7/9, 10125 Torino (Italy); Pinatel, Eugenio, E-mail: eugenio.pinatel@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, via Giuria 7/9, 10125 Torino (Italy); Ugliengo, Piero, E-mail: piero.ugliengo@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, via Giuria 7/9, 10125 Torino (Italy); Baricco, Marcello, E-mail: marcello.baricco@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, via Giuria 7/9, 10125 Torino (Italy)

    2011-09-15

    Research highlights: > Combined ab initio and thermodynamical modelling study on the fluorine substitution in LiBH4. > CRYSTAL09 code applied to compute structure, vibrations and thermodynamics of pure hydrides and fluorides and mixed systems. > 'Locality principle' established to select a limited number of configurations for each H/F ratio in the substitution. > Computed enthalpy of mixing positive at room temperature meaning that solid solution formation is disfavoured. - Abstract: Hydrogen substitution by fluorine in the orthorhombic phase of LiBH{sub 4} has been investigated with quantum-mechanics calculations aiming at describing thermodynamic properties of LiB(H,F){sub 4} solid solutions for hydrogen storage applications. Excess enthalpy of the mixed compounds was computed with the periodic ab initio CRYSTAL09 code, within the density functional approach and localised Gaussian basis sets, and used for Calphad thermodynamic modelling. The large number of possible mixed configurations for a given fluorine content were reduced by symmetry equivalence criteria. Deep analysis of the results highlights the relevance of structures in which, for a given H/F ratio, fluorine ions are likely to belong to the same BH{sub 4} tetrahedron, rather than be dispersed over the available tetrahedra. This 'locality principle' dramatically reduced the configurational space to be explored by expensive quantum-mechanical calculations. Our data show that, at room temperature, the formation of solid solutions between lithium borohydride and borofluoride is not thermodynamically favoured, so that the fluorine substitution destabilizes the pure hydride.

  1. Cow's milk protein elimination in autistic children: language ...

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    Cow's milk protein elimination in autistic children: language, cognitive and ... The parents of first group were instructed to eliminate cow milk (CM) from the diet of their ... Autistic patients underwent a Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) test.

  2. Cow Dung Ingestion and Inhalation Dependence: A Case Report

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    Khairkar, Praveen; Tiple, Prashant; Bang, Govind

    2009-01-01

    Although abuse of several unusual inhalants had been documented, addiction to cow dung fumes or their ashes has not been reported in medical literature as yet. We are reporting a case of cow dung dependence in ingestion and inhalational form.

  3. Cow Dung Ingestion and Inhalation Dependence: A Case Report

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    Khairkar, Praveen; Tiple, Prashant; Bang, Govind

    2009-01-01

    Although abuse of several unusual inhalants had been documented, addiction to cow dung fumes or their ashes has not been reported in medical literature as yet. We are reporting a case of cow dung dependence in ingestion and inhalational form.

  4. Gas phase UV and IR absorption spectra of CxF2x+1CHO (x=1-4)

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    Hashikawa, Y; Kawasaki, M; Waterland, RL

    2004-01-01

    The UV and IR spectra of CxF2x+1 CHO (x = 1-4) were investigated using computational and experimental techniques. CxF2x+1CHO (x = 1-4) have broad UV absorption features centered at 300-310 nm. The maximum absorption cross-section increases significantly and shifts slightly to the red with increas...

  5. A Theoretical Framework for Association Studies in F2 Family Pools Using Allele Frequencies from Genotyping-By-Sequencing

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    Janss, Luc L; Ashraf, Bilal H; Greve-Pedersen, Morten

    a sequencing approach to obtain Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) frequencies is considered here. In this work we develop the theoretical framework to perform association studies using allele frequencies from such F2 family pools. We show that expected allele frequencies in the F2 families will have...

  6. Prefrontal and agranular cingulate projections to the dorsal premotor areas F2 and F7 in the macaque monkey.

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    Luppino, Giuseppe; Rozzi, Stefano; Calzavara, Roberta; Matelli, Massimo

    2003-02-01

    The superior sector of Brodmann area 6 (dorsal premotor cortex, PMd) of the macaque monkey consists of a rostral and a caudal architectonic area referred to as F7 and F2, respectively. The aim of this study was to define the origin of prefrontal and agranular cingulate afferents to F7 and F2, in the light of functional and hodological evidence showing that these areas do not appear to be functionally homogeneous. Different sectors of F7 and F2 were injected with neural tracers in seven monkeys and the retrograde labelling was qualitatively and quantitatively analysed. The dorsorostral part of F7 (supplementary eye field, F7-SEF) was found to be a target of strong afferents from the frontal eye field (FEF), from the dorsolateral prefrontal regions located dorsally (DLPFd) and ventrally (DLPFv) to the principal sulcus and from cingulate areas 24a, 24b and 24c. In contrast, the remaining part of F7 (F7-non SEF) is only a target of the strong afferents from DLPFd. Finally, the ventrorostral part of F2 (F2vr), but not the F2 sector located around the superior precentral dimple (F2d), receives a minor, but significant, input from DLPFd and a relatively strong input from the cingulate gyrus (areas 24a and 24b) and area 24d. Present data provide strong hodological support in favour of the idea that areas F7 and F2 are formed by two functionally distinct sectors.

  7. Effect of preionization, fluorine concentration, and current density on the discharge uniformity in F2 excimer laser gas mixtures

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    Mathew, D.; Bastiaens, Hubertus M.J.; Boller, Klaus J.; Peters, P.J.M.

    2007-01-01

    The discharge homogeneity in F2-based excimer laser gas mixtures and its dependence on various key parameters, such as the degree of preionization, preionization delay time, F2 concentration and current density, is investigated in a small x-ray preionized discharge chamber. The spatial and temporal

  8. Hydrogen release of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} under helium and hydrogen backpressure

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    Lohstroh, Wiebke; Hanada, Nobuko; Frommen, Christoph; Fichtner, Maximilian [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Postfach 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} is one of the potential materials to be used in solid state hydrogen storage systems due to its high capacity of 14.9 wt% H{sub 2} and a favourable reaction enthalpy. However, experimentally, hydrogen is only released at temperatures above 300 C. Depending on the surrounding gas atmosphere (helium or hydrogen) and the applied backpressure several decomposition steps are observed. We present thermal analysis and structural investigations at various stages of the decomposition and the hydrogen release mechanism are discussed.

  9. The 4700 aB.P. volcanic signal detected in Vostok BH8 ice core, Antarctica

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    LIU Leibao; KANG Jiancheng; Jean R. Petit; Jefferson C. Sim(o)es; Martine De Angelis

    2005-01-01

    The detailed electrical conductivity measurement (ECM), trace chemical compositions and microparticles concentration analysis are performed for BH8 ice core from the depth of 126.0m to 130.0m at Vostok Station. At depth 128.7m, a volcanic signal 4726 a B.P. is detected. The volcanic sulphate flux is 95.8 kg·km-2, sulphate peak concentration 1352.8 ng·g-1, duration time about 10.1 years, comparable with some well-known volcanic events. The results indicate that it seems to be a relatively large scale, long lasting volcanic signal with farther volcanic origin.

  10. Probing BH mass and accretion through X-ray variability in the CDFS

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    Allevato, V; Paolillo, M; Papadakis, I; Ranalli, P; Comastri, A; Iwasawa, K

    2009-01-01

    Recent work on nearby AGNs has shown that X-ray variability is correlated with the mass and accretion rate onto the central SMBH. Here we present the application of the variability-luminosity relation to high redshift AGNs in the CDFS, making use of XMM-Newton observations. We use Montecarlo simulations in order to properly account for bias and uncertainties introduced by the sparse sampling and the very low statistics. Our preliminary results indicate that BH masses span over the range from 10^5 to 10^9 solar mass while accretion rates range from 10^-3 up to values greater than 1, in unit of Eddington accretion rate.

  11. The Fast Evolution of SN 2010bh associated with XRF 100316D

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    E., Felipe Olivares; Greiner, Jochen; Schady, Patricia; Rau, Arne; Klose, Sylvio; Krühler, Thomas; Afonso, Paulo M. J.; Updike, Adria C.; Nardini, Marco; Filgas, Robert; Guelbenzu, Ana Nicuesa; Clemens, Christian; Elliott, Jonny; Kann, D. Alexander; Rossi, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    (...) Since 1998, only half a dozen spectroscopically confirmed associations have been discovered and XRF 100316D associated with the type-Ic SN 2010bh at z = 0.059 is among the latest. We began observations with GROND 12 hours after the GRB trigger and continued until 80 days after the burst. GROND provided excellent photometric data in six filter bands covering a wavelength range from approx. 350 to 1800 nm, significantly expanding the pre-existing data set for this event. Combining GROND a...

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RM AGNs accretion rates and BH masses (Du+, 2016)

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    Du, P.; Wang, J.-M.; Hu, C.; Ho, L. C.; Li, Y.-R.; Bai, J.-M.

    2016-05-01

    We select all AGNs with reverberation mapping (RM) data (here only broad Hβ line), which yield robust BH mass estimates needed for our analysis. All RM AGNs before 2013 are summarized by Bentz et al. (2013ApJ...767..149B). Our project to search for super-Eddington accreting massive black holes (SEAMBHs) has monitored about 25 candidates and successfully measured Hβ lags ({tau}Hβ) in 14 AGNs to date (Du et al. 2015, J/ApJ/806/22) and other five objects monitored between 2014 and 2015 (to be submitted). See section 2 for further explanations. (2 data files).

  13. Nanoconfined LiBH4 as a Fast Lithium Ion Conductor

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    Blanchard, Didier; Nale, Angeloclaudio; Sveinbjörnsson, Dadi Þorsteinn

    2015-01-01

    is associated with a fraction of the confined borohydride that shows no phase transition, and most likely located close to the interface with the SiO2 pore walls. These results point to a new strategy to design low-temperature ion conducting solids for application in all solid-state lithium ion batteries, which......Designing new functional materials is crucial for the development of efficient energy storage and conversion devices such as all solid-state batteries. LiBH 4 is a promising solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries. It displays high lithium mobility, although only above 110 °C at which a transition...

  14. 用于ArF准分子激光器的CaF2衬底性能的实验表征%Characterization of CaF2 Substrates for ArF Excimer Laser

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    邓文渊; 金春水; 靳京城

    2011-01-01

    Experimental characterizations of the CaF2 substrates for applications of ArF excimer lasers are performed. The measured absorption for an excimer-grade CaF2 substrate with 5 mm thickness is equal to 922 X 10~6. The root-mean-square (RMS) surface ronghness measured by atomic force microscope (AFM) and white light interferometer (WLI) are 0.22 and 1.24 nm, respectively, and the corresponding calculated surface scattering losses areO.005% andO.25%, respectively. The emission of impurity of Ce3+ and Eu3"1" ions in the ultraviolet (UV)-grade CaF2 substrates is detected and ascertained by fluorescence. No water molecular or other contamination on the surface of CaF2 is detected in Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. The experimental results prove that laser calorimeters are suited to precisely measure the weak absorption of excimer-grade CaF2 substrates; the power spectral densities (PSDs) obtained by different measuring methods should be compared with each other and combined with the practical scattering losses to appropriately evaluate the surface roughness of CaF2 substrates; spectroscopy methods, such as fluorescence, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, can effectively detect the trace impurities or defects in the CaF2 crystal and the contaminations on the surface of the polished CaF2 substrates.%对用于ArF准分子激光器的CaF2衬底进行了表征实验研究.采用分光光度计测量了CaF2衬底的透射光谱和反射光谱,利用激光量热法测量了CaF2衬底吸收,分别利用原子力显微镜(AFM)和白光干涉仪(WLI)测量了CaF2衬底的表面粗糙度,并计算了功率谱密度(PSD)和表面散射,最后分别测量了CaF2衬底的荧光光谱、红外光谱和拉曼光谱.激光量热法测量5 mm厚准分子级CaF2衬底的吸收结果为922×10-6.AFM和WLI测得的CaF2衬底表面粗糙度均方根值分别为0.22和1.24 nm,计算表面散射损耗分别为0.005%和0.25%.荧光光谱在紫外(UV)级CaF2

  15. On the mechanism of the post-midnight winter NmF2 enhancements: dependence on solar activity

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    T. Y. Leschinskaya

    Full Text Available The mechanism of the NmF2 peak formation at different levels of solar activity is analyzed using Millstone Hill IS radar observations. The hmF2 nighttime increase due to thermospheric winds and the downward plasmaspheric fluxes are the key processes responsible for the NmF2 peak formation. The electron temperature follows with the opposite sign the electron density variations in this process. This mechanism provides a consistency with the Millstone Hill observations on the set of main parameters. The observed decrease of the nighttime NmF2 peak amplitude with solar activity is due to faster increasing of the recombination efficiency compared to the plasmaspheric flux increase. The E×B plasma drifts are shown to be inefficient for the NmF2 nighttime peak formation at high solar activity.Key words: Ionosphere (ionosphere-atmosphere interactions; mid-latitude ionosphere; plasma temperature and density

  16. Anomalous increase in the foF2 critical frequency prior to the Spanish earthquake of May 11, 2011

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    Hegai, V. V.; Legen'ka, A. D.; Kim, V. P.

    2014-01-01

    A study of variations in the critical frequency of the F2 layer ( foF2) prior to a shallow-focus eartquake with a magnitude M = 5.1 which occurred in Spain on May 11, 2011, is carried out. The obtained results show that a positive disturbance in the foF2 value was observed at the ionospheric Del'ebre station, which is the closest to the earthquake epicenter. At the same time, no disturbances in foF2 are revealed at ionospheric stations located at a greater distance from the epicenter. This fact makes it possible to conclude that the positive disturbance in the F2 layer observed at the Del'ebre station could have a sesmogenic nature.

  17. Automated detection of oestrus and mastitis in dairy cows

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    Mol, de, Rudi

    2000-01-01

    Detection models for oestrus and mastitis in dairy cows were developed, based on sensors for milk yield, milk temperature, electrical conductivity of milk, cow's activity and concentrate intake, and on combined processing of the sensor data. The detection model generated alerts for cows, that need the farmer's attention, because of a possible case of oestrus or mastitis. A first detection model for cows, milked twice a day, was based on time series models for the sensor variables, wh...

  18. Transition cow: interaction with fertility.

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    Formigoni, A; Trevisi, E

    2003-09-01

    In recent years a progressive worsening of fertility indices in dairy cow herds has been observed. Several factors (genetic, dietary and management) seem to be more related to poor fertility than milk yield level. The degree and the length of the energy deficit during the transition period are inversely related to reproductive indices (e.g. conception rate is fertility in several ways. Excess of rumen degradable proteins, apart from negative energy balance, negatively affects reproductive activity. Conversely, some nutrients (i.e. some polyunsaturated fatty acids or some amino acids) seem to show positive effects on fertility. Finally, the relationship between health status, often compromised during the transition period, and fertility efficiency is discussed. The release of cytokines seems to be related directly and indirectly (mainly by the change in usual hepatic metabolism to the malfunction of reproductive apparatus. Quick recovery of reproductive activity requires the adoption of strategies around calving to cover the higher environmental and nutritive requirements and to prevent disorders of any kind.

  19. 结直肠癌BH3-only蛋白的基础研究及其临床意义

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    屠世良; 袁航

    2010-01-01

    @@ BH3-only蛋白是近年来研究比较热门的Bcl-2家族中具有凋亡启动作用的亚家族.BH3-only蛋白亚家族仅含Bcl-2家族4个同源结构域(BH1~4)中的BH3域,而BH3域被认为是细胞凋亡起始的必需因子.BH3-only亚家族主要包括P53正向细胞凋亡调控因子(P53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis,PUMA)、Bcl-2相互作用细胞死亡介导因子(Bcl-2 interacting mediator of cell death,BIM)、Noxa、Bad和Bmf等.

  20. Associated productions of the new gauge boson BH in the Littlest Higgs model with a SM gauge boson via e+e- collision

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    WANG Xue-Lei; ZENG Qing-Guo; JIN Zhen-Lan; LIU Su-Zhen

    2008-01-01

    With the high energy and luminosity, the planned ILC has the considerable capability to probe the new heavy particles predicted by the new physics models. In this paper, we study the potential to discover the lightest new gauge boson BH of the Littlest Higgs model via the processes e+e- →γ(Z)BH at the ILC. The results show that the production rates of these two processes are large enough to detect BH in a wide range of the parameter spaces, specially for the process e+e- →γBH. Furthermore, there exist some decay modes for BH which can provide the typical signal and clean backgrounds. Therefore, the new gauge boson BH should be observable via these production processes with the running of the ILC if it exist.

  1. Treatment of Cow's Milk Protein Allergy

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    De Greef, Elisabeth; Devreker, Thierry

    2014-01-01

    The diagnosis and treatment of cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) is still a challenge. A systematic literature search was performed using Embase, Medline, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Clinical Trials for the diagnosis and treatment of cow's milk allergy (CMA). Since none of the symptoms of CMPA is specific and since there is no sensitive diagnostic test (except a challenge test), the diagnosis of CMPA remains difficult. A "symptom-based score" is useful in children with symptoms involving different organ systems. The recommended dietary treatment is an extensive cow milk based hydrolysate. Amino acid based formula is recommended in the most severe cases. However, soy infant formula and hydrolysates from other protein sources (rice) are gaining popularity, as they taste better and are cheaper than the extensive cow's milk based hydrolysates. Recent meta-analyses confirmed the safety of soy and estimate that not more than 10-15% of CMPA-infants become allergic to soy. An accurate diagnosis of CMA is still difficult. The revival of soy and the development of rice hydrolysates challenge the extensive cow's milk based extensive hydrolysates as first option and amino acid formula. PMID:24749081

  2. Cow's milk proteins in human milk.

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    Coscia, A; Orrù, S; Di Nicola, P; Giuliani, F; Rovelli, I; Peila, C; Martano, C; Chiale, F; Bertino, E

    2012-01-01

    Cow's milk proteins (CMPs) are among the best characterized food allergens. Cow's milk contains more than twenty five different proteins, but only whey proteins alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin (BSA), and lactoferrin, as well as the four caseins, have been identified as allergens. Aim of this study was to investigate by proteomics techniques cow's milk allergens in human colostrum of term and preterm newborns' mothers, not previously detected, in order to understand if such allergens could be cause of sensitization during lactation. Term colostrum samples from 62 healthy mothers and preterm colostrum samples from 11 healthy mothers were collected for this purpose. The most relevant finding was the detection of the intact bovine alpha-S1-casein in both term and preterm colostrum. Using this method, which allows direct proteins identification, beta-lactoglobulin was not detected in any of colostrum samples. According to our results bovine alpha 1 casein that is considered a major cow's milk allergen is readily secreted in human milk: further investigations are needed in order to clarify if alpha-1-casein has a major role in sensitization or tolerance to cow's milk of exclusively breastfed predisposed infants.

  3. Automated detection of oestrus and mastitis in dairy cows

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    Mol, de R.M.

    2000-01-01

    Detection models for oestrus and mastitis in dairy cows were developed, based on sensors for milk yield, milk temperature, electrical conductivity of milk, cow's activity and concentrate intake, and on combined processing of the sensor data. The detection model generated alerts for cows,

  4. Clinical practice. Diagnosis and treatment of cow's milk allergy

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    Kneepkens, C. M. Frank; Meijer, Yolanda

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Cow's milk allergy (CMA) is thought to affect 2-3% of infants. The signs and symptoms are nonspecific and may be difficult to objectify, and as the diagnosis requires cow's milk elimination followed by challenge, often, children are considered cow's milk allergic without proven diagnosi

  5. A genetic study of loser cows in Danish dairy herds

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    Pedersen, Louise Dybdahl; Jørgensen, Hanne Birgitte Hede; Kargo, Morten

    2013-01-01

    Following the recent years' increase in herd size, the awareness of a group of cows with a generally lowered health and production level, the “loser cows,” has arisen in Denmark. The aim of this study was to estimate genetic correlations between the loser cow score, 305d protein yield and realize...

  6. Behaviour of dairy cows under modern housing and management.

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    Wierenga, H.K.

    1991-01-01

    The results of behavioural studies of dairy cows' behaviour under some modern housing and management conditions are presented. Social dominance in dairy cows is studied and methods to describe social dominance are discussed. The lying behaviour of dairy cows is studied under various conditions,

  7. Next Generation Mapping of Enological Traits in an F2 Interspecific Grapevine Hybrid Family

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    Sun, Qi; Manns, David C.; Sacks, Gavin L.; Mansfield, Anna Katharine; Luby, James J.; Londo, Jason P.; Reisch, Bruce I.; Cadle-Davidson, Lance E.; Fennell, Anne Y.

    2016-01-01

    In winegrapes (Vitis spp.), fruit quality traits such as berry color, total soluble solids content (SS), malic acid content (MA), and yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN) affect fermentation or wine quality, and are important traits in selecting new hybrid winegrape cultivars. Given the high genetic diversity and heterozygosity of Vitis species and their tendency to exhibit inbreeding depression, linkage map construction and quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping has relied on F1 families with the use of simple sequence repeat (SSR) and other markers. This study presents the construction of a genetic map by single nucleotide polymorphisms identified through genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technology in an F2 mapping family of 424 progeny derived from a cross between the wild species V. riparia Michx. and the interspecific hybrid winegrape cultivar, ‘Seyval’. The resulting map has 1449 markers spanning 2424 cM in genetic length across 19 linkage groups, covering 95% of the genome with an average distance between markers of 1.67 cM. Compared to an SSR map previously developed for this F2 family, these results represent an improved map covering a greater portion of the genome with higher marker density. The accuracy of the map was validated using the well-studied trait berry color. QTL affecting YAN, MA and SS related traits were detected. A joint MA and SS QTL spans a region with candidate genes involved in the malate metabolism pathway. We present an analytical pipeline for calling intercross GBS markers and a high-density linkage map for a large F2 family of the highly heterozygous Vitis genus. This study serves as a model for further genetic investigations of the molecular basis of additional unique characters of North American hybrid wine cultivars and to enhance the breeding process by marker-assisted selection. The GBS protocols for identifying intercross markers developed in this study can be adapted for other heterozygous species. PMID:26974672

  8. On variations of foF2 and F-spread before strong earthquakes in Japan

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    E. V. Liperovskaya

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The statistical analysis of the variations of the dayly-mean frequency of the maximum ionospheric electron density foF2 is performed in connection with the occurrence of (more than 60 earthquakes with magnitudes M>6.0, depths h<80 km and distances from the vertical sounding station R<1000 km. For the study, data of the Tokyo sounding station are used, which were registered every hour in the years 1957–1990. It is shown that, on the average, foF2 decreases before the earthquakes. One day before the shock the decrease amounts to about 5%. The statistical reliability of this phenomenon is obtained to be better than 0.95. Further, the variations of the occurrence probability of the turbulization of the F-layer (F spread are investigated for (more than 260 earthquakes with M>5.5, h<80 km, R<1000 km. For the analysis, data of the Japanese station Akita from 1969–1990 are used, which were obtained every hour. It is found that before the earthquakes the occurrence probability of F spread decreases. In the week before the event, the decrease has values of more than 10%. The statistical reliability of this phenomenon is also larger than 0.95. Examining the seismo-ionospheric effects, here periods of time with weak heliogeomagnetic disturbances are considered. For the foF2 analysis, the Wolf number is less than 100 and the index ΣKp is smaller than 30, and in case of the F-spread study a Wolf number less than 80 and ΣKp smaller than 17 are chosen.

  9. Next Generation Mapping of Enological Traits in an F2 Interspecific Grapevine Hybrid Family.

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    Shanshan Yang

    Full Text Available In winegrapes (Vitis spp., fruit quality traits such as berry color, total soluble solids content (SS, malic acid content (MA, and yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN affect fermentation or wine quality, and are important traits in selecting new hybrid winegrape cultivars. Given the high genetic diversity and heterozygosity of Vitis species and their tendency to exhibit inbreeding depression, linkage map construction and quantitative trait locus (QTL mapping has relied on F1 families with the use of simple sequence repeat (SSR and other markers. This study presents the construction of a genetic map by single nucleotide polymorphisms identified through genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS technology in an F2 mapping family of 424 progeny derived from a cross between the wild species V. riparia Michx. and the interspecific hybrid winegrape cultivar, 'Seyval'. The resulting map has 1449 markers spanning 2424 cM in genetic length across 19 linkage groups, covering 95% of the genome with an average distance between markers of 1.67 cM. Compared to an SSR map previously developed for this F2 family, these results represent an improved map covering a greater portion of the genome with higher marker density. The accuracy of the map was validated using the well-studied trait berry color. QTL affecting YAN, MA and SS related traits were detected. A joint MA and SS QTL spans a region with candidate genes involved in the malate metabolism pathway. We present an analytical pipeline for calling intercross GBS markers and a high-density linkage map for a large F2 family of the highly heterozygous Vitis genus. This study serves as a model for further genetic investigations of the molecular basis of additional unique characters of North American hybrid wine cultivars and to enhance the breeding process by marker-assisted selection. The GBS protocols for identifying intercross markers developed in this study can be adapted for other heterozygous species.

  10. Identification of genes and networks driving cardiovascular and metabolic phenotypes in a mouse F2 intercross.

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    Jonathan M J Derry

    Full Text Available To identify the genes and pathways that underlie cardiovascular and metabolic phenotypes we performed an integrated analysis of a mouse C57BL/6JxA/J F2 (B6AF2 cross by relating genome-wide gene expression data from adipose, kidney, and liver tissues to physiological endpoints measured in the population. We have identified a large number of trait QTLs including loci driving variation in cardiac function on chromosomes 2 and 6 and a hotspot for adiposity, energy metabolism, and glucose traits on chromosome 8. Integration of adipose gene expression data identified a core set of genes that drive the chromosome 8 adiposity QTL. This chromosome 8 trans eQTL signature contains genes associated with mitochondrial function and oxidative phosphorylation and maps to a subnetwork with conserved function in humans that was previously implicated in human obesity. In addition, human eSNPs corresponding to orthologous genes from the signature show enrichment for association to type II diabetes in the DIAGRAM cohort, supporting the idea that the chromosome 8 locus perturbs a molecular network that in humans senses variations in DNA and in turn affects metabolic disease risk. We functionally validate predictions from this approach by demonstrating metabolic phenotypes in knockout mice for three genes from the trans eQTL signature, Akr1b8, Emr1, and Rgs2. In addition we show that the transcriptional signatures for knockout of two of these genes, Akr1b8 and Rgs2, map to the F2 network modules associated with the chromosome 8 trans eQTL signature and that these modules are in turn very significantly correlated with adiposity in the F2 population. Overall this study demonstrates how integrating gene expression data with QTL analysis in a network-based framework can aid in the elucidation of the molecular drivers of disease that can be translated from mice to humans.

  11. Classifying genotype F of hepatitis B virus into F1 and F2 subtypes

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    Hideaki Kato; Takanobu Kato; Yuzo Miyakawa; Masashi Mizokami; Kei Fujiwara; Robert G. Gish; Hiroshi Sakugawa; Hiroshi Yoshizawa; Fuminaka Sugauchi; Etsuro Orito; Ryuzo Ueda; Yasuhito Tanaka

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To explore the propriety of providing hepatitis B virus(HBV) genotypes F and H with two distinct genotypes.METHODS: Eleven HBV isolates of genotype F (HBV/F)were recovered from patients living in San Francisco,Japan, Panama, and Venezuela, and their full-length sequences were determined. Phylogenetic analysis was carried out among them along with HBV isolates previously reported.RESULTS: Seven of them clustered with reported HBV/F isolates in the phylogenetic tree constructed on the entire genomic sequence. The remaining four flocked on another branch along with three HBV isolates formerly reported as genotype H. These seven HBV isolates, including the four in this study and the three reported, had a sequence divergence of 7.3-9.5% from the other HBV/F isolates,and differed by > 13.7% from HBV isolates of the other six genotypes (A-E and G). Based on a marked genomic divergence, falling just short of >8% separating the seven genotypes, these seven HBV/F isolates were classified into F2 subtype and the former seven into F1 subtype provisionally. In a pairwise comparison of the S-gene sequences among the 7 HBV/F2 isolates and against 47HBV/F1 isolates as well as 136 representing the other six genotypes (A-E and G), two clusters separated by distinct genetic distances emerged.CONCLUSION: Based on these analyses, classifying HBV/F isolates into two subtypes (F1 and F2) would be more appropriate than providing them with two distinct genotypes (F and H).

  12. Chloride substitution induced by mechano-chemical reactions between NaBH{sub 4} and transition metal chlorides

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    Llamas-Jansa, Isabel, E-mail: isabel.llamas@ife.no [Institute for Energy Technology, Physics Department, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027, Kjeller (Norway); Aliouane, Nadir; Deledda, Stefano; Fonnelop, Jon Erling; Frommen, Christoph; Humphries, Terry; Lieutenant, Klaus; Sartori, Sabrina; Sorby, Magnus H.; Hauback, Bjorn C. [Institute for Energy Technology, Physics Department, P.O. Box 40, NO-2027, Kjeller (Norway)

    2012-07-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The metathesis reaction between NaBH{sub 4} and TM-chlorides does not proceed under all experimental conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cl{sup -} to BH{sub 4}{sup -} ion substitution is systematically induced by ball milling in NaBH{sub 4} samples when using a variety of transition metal (TM) chlorides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This leads to Na(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}Cl{sub x} borohydrides, with x ranging from x = 0.69 to 0.92 depending on the TM. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Our experimental work evidences the difficulties encountered for the successful synthesis of mixed metal borohydrides by mechano-chemical methods, which remain a challenge. - Abstract: Cl{sup -} to BH{sub 4}{sup -} ion substitution was induced in NaBH{sub 4} through mechano-chemical reactions with all the first period transition metal chlorides and CdCl{sub 2}. The products were identified by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data to be mainly Na(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}Cl{sub x}. These possess cubic NaCl-type structures, with unit cell parameters between 5.7801(3) and 5.6576(2) Angstrom-Sign , and compositions ranging from x = 0.69 (with Cu) to 0.92 (with Zn). Infrared spectroscopy of selected samples confirms the substitution through a shift of the vibrational modes of the BH{sub 4}{sup -} group towards higher wavenumbers. An observed shape change of the vibrational features from Lorentzian to Gaussian is related to the presence of the transition metal. There is no correlation between x and the thermal behavior of the samples. The lowest decomposition temperature is found for the Zn containing sample (103 Degree-Sign C), while Cd leads to the highest value (521 Degree-Sign C). Their behavior is related to the presence of NaZn(BH{sub 4}){sub 3} and metallic Cd in the samples, respectively.

  13. Nucleon form factors and couplings with $N_\\mathrm{f} = 2 + 1$ Wilson fermions

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    Djukanovic, Dalibor; von Hippel, Georg; Junnarkar, Parikshit; Meyer, Harvey B; Wittig, Hartmut

    2016-01-01

    We present updated results on the nucleon electromagnetic form factors and axial coupling calculated using CLS ensembles with $N_\\mathrm{f}=2+1$ dynamical flavours of Wilson fermions. The measurements are performed on large, fine lattices with a pseudoscalar mass reaching down to 200 MeV. The truncated-solver method is employed to reduce the variance of the measurements. Estimation of the matrix elements is challenging due to large contamination from excited states and further investigation is necessary to bring these effects under control.

  14. The incorporation site of Er in nanosized CaF 2

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    D'Acapito, Francesco; Blanc, Wilfried; Benabdesselam, Mourad; Mady, Franck; Gredin, Patrick; Mortier, Michel

    2016-01-01

    The incorporation site of Er dopants inserted at high and low concentration (respectively 5 and 0.5 mol %) in nanoparticles of CaF 2 is studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) at the Er L III edge. The experimental data are compared with the results of structural modeling based on Density Functional Theory (DFT). DFT-based molecular dynamics is also used to simulate complete theoretical EXAFS spectra of the model structures. The results is that Er substitutes for Ca in the structure and in the low concentration case the dopant ions are isolated. At high concentration the rare earth ions cluster together binding Ca vacancies.

  15. Exploring the chiral regime of $N_f=2$ QCD with mixed actions

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    Bernardoni, Fabio; Garron, Nicolas; Necco, Silvia; Pena, Carlos

    2010-01-01

    We report on our simulations with Neuberger valence fermions on CLS $N_f=2$ configurations with non-perturbatively $O(a)$-improved Wilson sea quarks. We consider the matching of QCD to ChPT in the so called mixed-regime in which the sea quarks are in the $p$-regime while the valence quarks are in the $\\epsilon$-regime. From this matching, we can get information on $\\Sigma$, $L_6$ and the combination $L_8+2L_6+2L_7$.

  16. Baryon axial charges and momentum fractions with N{sub f}=2+1 dynamical fermions

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    Goeckeler, M.; Haegler, P. [Regensburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Horsley, R. [Edinburgh Univ. (GB). School of Physics and Astronomy] (and others)

    2011-02-15

    We report on recent results of the QCDSF/UKQCD Collaboration on investigations of baryon structure using configurations generated with N{sub f}=2+1 dynamical flavours of O(a) improved Wilson fermions. With the strange quark mass as an additional dynamical degree of freedom in our simulations we avoid the need for a partially quenched approximation when investigating the properties of particles containing a strange quark, e.g. the hyperons. In particular, we focus on the nucleon and hyperon axial coupling constants and quark momentum fractions. (orig.)

  17. Strange and charmed baryons using N{sub f}=2 twisted mass QCD

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    Papinutto, Mauro; Carbonell, Jaume [UJF, CNRS/IN2P, INPG (France). Lab. de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie; Drach, Vincent [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Alexandrou, Constantia [Cyprus Univ., Nicosia (Cyprus). Dept. of Physics

    2010-12-15

    We compute the mass spectrum for strange/charmed baryons in the partially quenched approach using N{sub f}=2 twisted mass QCD configurations. We investigate two main issues: the size of lattice artefacts using three values of the lattice spacing (the smallest of which is approximately 0.05 fm) and the dependence of baryon masses on meson (or quark) masses. We thus perform a global fit in order to extrapolate simultaneously to the continuum limit and to the physical point. We estimate the masses of {omega}{sub sss}, {xi}{sub dss}, {lambda}{sub uds}, {omega}{sub ccc}, {xi}{sub dcc}, {lambda}{sub udc}. (orig.)

  18. Measurement of the Low-x Behaviour of the Photon Structure Function $F2-\\gamma$

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    Abbiendi, G.; Ainsley, C.; Akesson, P.F.; Alexander, G.; Allison, John; Anderson, K.J.; Arcelli, S.; Asai, S.; Ashby, S.F.; Axen, D.; Azuelos, G.; Bailey, I.; Ball, A.H.; Barberio, E.; Barlow, Roger J.; Baumann, S.; Bechtluft, J.; Behnke, T.; Bell, Kenneth Watson; Bella, G.; Bellerive, A.; Bentvelsen, S.; Bethke, S.; Biebel, O.; Bloodworth, I.J.; Bock, P.; Bohme, J.; Boeriu, O.; Bonacorsi, D.; Boutemeur, M.; Braibant, S.; Bright-Thomas, P.; Brigliadori, L.; Brown, Robert M.; Burckhart, H.J.; Cammin, J.; Capiluppi, P.; Carnegie, R.K.; Carter, A.A.; Carter, J.R.; Chang, C.Y.; Charlton, David G.; Ciocca, C.; Clarke, P.E.L.; Clay, E.; Cohen, I.; Cooke, O.C.; Couchman, J.; Couyoumtzelis, C.; Coxe, R.L.; Cuffiani, M.; Dado, S.; Dallavalle, G.Marco; Dallison, S.; de Roeck, A.; Dervan, P.; Desch, K.; Dienes, B.; Dixit, M.S.; Donkers, M.; Dubbert, J.; Duchovni, E.; Duckeck, G.; Duerdoth, I.P.; Estabrooks, P.G.; Etzion, E.; Fabbri, F.; Fanti, M.; Feld, L.; Ferrari, P.; Fiedler, F.; Fleck, I.; Ford, M.; Frey, A.; Furtjes, A.; Futyan, D.I.; Gagnon, P.; Gary, J.W.; Gaycken, G.; Geich-Gimbel, C.; Giacomelli, G.; Giacomelli, P.; Glenzinski, D.; Goldberg, J.; Grandi, C.; Graham, K.; Gross, E.; Grunhaus, J.; Gruwe, M.; Gunther, P.O.; Hajdu, C.; Hanson, G.G.; Hansroul, M.; Hapke, M.; Harder, K.; Harel, A.; Hargrove, C.K.; Harin-Dirac, M.; Hauke, A.; Hauschild, M.; Hawkes, C.M.; Hawkings, R.; Hemingway, R.J.; Hensel, C.; Herten, G.; Heuer, R.D.; Hildreth, M.D.; Hill, J.C.; Hocker, James Andrew; Hoffman, Kara Dion; Homer, R.J.; Honma, A.K.; Horvath, D.; Hossain, K.R.; Howard, R.; Huntemeyer, P.; Igo-Kemenes, P.; Ishii, K.; Jacob, F.R.; Jawahery, A.; Jeremie, H.; Jones, C.R.; Jovanovic, P.; Junk, T.R.; Kanaya, N.; Kanzaki, J.; Karapetian, G.; Karlen, D.; Kartvelishvili, V.; Kawagoe, K.; Kawamoto, T.; Keeler, R.K.; Kellogg, R.G.; Kennedy, B.W.; Kim, D.H.; Klein, K.; Klier, A.; Kobayashi, T.; Kobel, M.; Kokott, T.P.; Komamiya, S.; Kowalewski, Robert V.; Kress, T.; Krieger, P.; von Krogh, J.; Kuhl, T.; Kupper, M.; Kyberd, P.; Lafferty, G.D.; Landsman, H.; Lanske, D.; Lauber, J.; Lawson, I.; Layter, J.G.; Leins, A.; Lellouch, D.; Letts, J.; Levinson, L.; Liebisch, R.; Lillich, J.; List, B.; Littlewood, C.; Lloyd, A.W.; Lloyd, S.L.; Loebinger, F.K.; Long, G.D.; Losty, M.J.; Lu, J.; Ludwig, J.; Macchiolo, A.; Macpherson, A.; Mader, W.; Mannelli, M.; Marcellini, S.; Marchant, T.E.; Martin, A.J.; Martin, J.P.; Martinez, G.; Mashimo, T.; Mattig, Peter; McDonald, W.John; McKenna, J.; McMahon, T.J.; McPherson, R.A.; Meijers, F.; Mendez-Lorenzo, P.; Merritt, F.S.; Mes, H.; Michelini, A.; Mihara, S.; Mikenberg, G.; Miller, D.J.; Mohr, W.; Montanari, A.; Mori, T.; Nagai, K.; Nakamura, I.; Neal, H.A.; Nisius, R.; O'Neale, S.W.; Oakham, F.G.; Odorici, F.; Ogren, H.O.; Oh, A.; Okpara, A.; Oreglia, M.J.; Orito, S.; Pasztor, G.; Pater, J.R.; Patrick, G.N.; Patt, J.; Pfeifenschneider, P.; Pilcher, J.E.; Pinfold, J.; Plane, David E.; Poli, B.; Polok, J.; Pooth, O.; Przybycien, M.; Quadt, A.; Rembser, C.; Rick, H.; Robins, S.A.; Rodning, N.; Roney, J.M.; Rosati, S.; Roscoe, K.; Rossi, A.M.; Rozen, Y.; Runge, K.; Runolfsson, O.; Rust, D.R.; Sachs, K.; Saeki, T.; Sahr, O.; Sarkisyan, E.K.G.; Sbarra, C.; Schaile, A.D.; Schaile, O.; Scharff-Hansen, P.; Schmitt, S.; Schroder, Matthias; Schumacher, M.; Schwick, C.; Scott, W.G.; Seuster, R.; Shears, T.G.; Shen, B.C.; Shepherd-Themistocleous, C.H.; Sherwood, P.; Siroli, G.P.; Skuja, A.; Smith, A.M.; Snow, G.A.; Sobie, R.; Soldner-Rembold, S.; Spagnolo, S.; Sproston, M.; Stahl, A.; Stephens, K.; Stoll, K.; Strom, David M.; Strohmer, R.; Surrow, B.; Talbot, S.D.; Tarem, S.; Taylor, R.J.; Teuscher, R.; Thiergen, M.; Thomas, J.; Thomson, M.A.; Torrence, E.; Towers, S.; Trefzger, T.; Trigger, I.; Trocsanyi, Z.; Tsur, E.; Turner-Watson, M.F.; Ueda, I.; Vannerem, P.; Verzocchi, M.; Voss, H.; Vossebeld, J.; Waller, D.; Ward, C.P.; Ward, D.R.; Ward, J.J.; Watkins, P.M.; Watson, A.T.; Watson, N.K.; Wells, P.S.; Wengler, T.; Wermes, N.; Wetterling, D.; White, J.S.; Wilson, G.W.; Wilson, J.A.; Wyatt, T.R.; Yamashita, S.; Zacek, V.; Zer-Zion, D.

    2000-01-01

    The photon structure function F2-gamma(x,Q**2) has been measured using data taken by the OPAL detector at centre-of-mass energies of 91Gev, 183Gev and 189Gev, in Q**2 ranges of 1.5 to 30.0 GeV**2 (LEP1), and 7.0 to 30.0 GeV**2 (LEP2), probing lower values of x than ever before. Since previous OPAL analyses, new Monte Carlo models and new methods, such as multi-variable unfolding, have been introduced, reducing significantly the model dependent systematic errors in the measurement.

  19. Creation of nanohillocks on CaF2 surfaces by single slow highly charged ions.

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    El-Said, A S; Heller, R; Meissl, W; Ritter, R; Facsko, S; Lemell, C; Solleder, B; Gebeshuber, I C; Betz, G; Toulemonde, M; Möller, W; Burgdörfer, J; Aumayr, F

    2008-06-13

    Upon impact on a solid surface, the potential energy stored in slow highly charged ions is primarily deposited into the electronic system of the target. By decelerating the projectile ions to kinetic energies as low as 150 x q eV, we find first unambiguous experimental evidence that potential energy alone is sufficient to cause permanent nanosized hillocks on the (111) surface of a CaF(2) single crystal. Our investigations reveal a surprisingly sharp and well-defined threshold of potential energy for hillock formation which can be linked to a solid-liquid phase transition.

  20. Primjena industrijskog otpada CaF2 u procesu ozelenjivanja odlagališta fosfogipsa

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    Leaković, S.; Lisac, H.; Vukadin, R.

    2012-01-01

    U procesu proizvodnje fosforne kiseline nastaje fosfogips kao sporedni produkt reakcije sirovog fosfata i sumporne kiseline. On se kao neopasni otpad trajno odlaže na posebno uređenom odlagalištu. Prilikom proizvodnje fosforne kiseline nastaje i otpadna voda onečišćena fluoridima i fosforom. Takva otpadna voda se prije ispuštanja u prirodni prijamnik obrađuje neutralizacijom vapnenim hidratom. Nastali produkt neutralizacije je kalcijev fluorid (CaF2), koji se kao neopasni otpad odlaže u po...