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  1. Musical Instrument Identification using Multiscale Mel-frequency Cepstral Coefficients

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    Sturm, Bob L.; Morvidone, Marcela; Daudet, Laurent

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the benefits of evaluating Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) over several time scales in the context of automatic musical instrument identification for signals that are monophonic but derived from real musical settings. We define several sets of features derived from MFCCs...

  2. Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients: An Evaluation of Robustness of MP3 Encoded Music

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    Sigurdsson, Sigurdur; Petersen, Kaare Brandt; Lehn-Schiøler, Tue

    2006-01-01

    the influence of MP3 coding for the Mel frequency cepstral coeficients (MFCCs). The main result is that the widely used subset of the MFCCs is robust at bit rates equal or higher than 128 kbits/s, for the implementations we have investigated. However, for lower bit rates, e.g., 64 kbits/s, the implementation...

  3. Minimum Mean-Square Error Estimation of Mel-Frequency Cepstral Features

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    Jensen, Jesper; Tan, Zheng-Hua

    2015-01-01

    In this work we consider the problem of feature enhancement for noise-robust automatic speech recognition (ASR). We propose a method for minimum mean-square error (MMSE) estimation of mel-frequency cepstral features, which is based on a minimum number of well-established, theoretically consistent...... statistical assumptions. More specifically, the method belongs to the class of methods relying on the statistical framework proposed in Ephraim and Malah’s original work [1]. The method is general in that it allows MMSE estimation of mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC’s), cepstral-mean subtracted (CMS......, as measured by MFCC mean-square error, the proposed method shows performance, which is identical to or better than other state-of-the-art methods. In terms of ASR performance, no statistical difference could be found between the proposed method and the state-of-the-art methods. We conclude that existing state...

  4. Cough Recognition Based on Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients and Dynamic Time Warping

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    Zhu, Chunmei; Liu, Baojun; Li, Ping

    Cough recognition provides important clinical information for the treatment of many respiratory diseases, but the assessment of cough frequency over a long period of time remains unsatisfied for either clinical or research purpose. In this paper, according to the advantage of dynamic time warping (DTW) and the characteristic of cough recognition, an attempt is made to adapt DTW as the recognition algorithm for cough recognition. The process of cough recognition based on mel frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC) and DTW is introduced. Experiment results of testing samples from 3 subjects show that acceptable performances of cough recognition are obtained by DTW with a small training set.

  5. A Theoretically Consistent Method for Minimum Mean-Square Error Estimation of Mel-Frequency Cepstral Features

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    Jensen, Jesper; Tan, Zheng-Hua

    2014-01-01

    We propose a method for minimum mean-square error (MMSE) estimation of mel-frequency cepstral features for noise robust automatic speech recognition (ASR). The method is based on a minimum number of well-established statistical assumptions; no assumptions are made which are inconsistent with others....... The strength of the proposed method is that it allows MMSE estimation of mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC's), cepstral mean-subtracted MFCC's (CMS-MFCC's), velocity, and acceleration coefficients. Furthermore, the method is easily modified to take into account other compressive non-linearities than...... the logarithmic which is usually used for MFCC computation. The proposed method shows estimation performance which is identical to or better than state-of-the-art methods. It further shows comparable ASR performance, where the advantage of being able to use mel-frequency speech features based on a power non...

  6. Voice Disorder Classification Based on Multitaper Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients Features

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    Ömer Eskidere

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs are widely used in order to extract essential information from a voice signal and became a popular feature extractor used in audio processing. However, MFCC features are usually calculated from a single window (taper characterized by large variance. This study shows investigations on reducing variance for the classification of two different voice qualities (normal voice and disordered voice using multitaper MFCC features. We also compare their performance by newly proposed windowing techniques and conventional single-taper technique. The results demonstrate that adapted weighted Thomson multitaper method could distinguish between normal voice and disordered voice better than the results done by the conventional single-taper (Hamming window technique and two newly proposed windowing methods. The multitaper MFCC features may be helpful in identifying voices at risk for a real pathology that has to be proven later.

  7. Support vector machine and mel frequency Cepstral coefficient based algorithm for hand gestures and bidirectional speech to text device

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    Balbin, Jessie R.; Padilla, Dionis A.; Fausto, Janette C.; Vergara, Ernesto M.; Garcia, Ramon G.; Delos Angeles, Bethsedea Joy S.; Dizon, Neil John A.; Mardo, Mark Kevin N.

    2017-02-01

    This research is about translating series of hand gesture to form a word and produce its equivalent sound on how it is read and said in Filipino accent using Support Vector Machine and Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficient analysis. The concept is to detect Filipino speech input and translate the spoken words to their text form in Filipino. This study is trying to help the Filipino deaf community to impart their thoughts through the use of hand gestures and be able to communicate to people who do not know how to read hand gestures. This also helps literate deaf to simply read the spoken words relayed to them using the Filipino speech to text system.

  8. Fusion of Linear and Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients for Automatic Classification of Reptiles

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    Juan J. Noda

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Bioacoustic research of reptile calls and vocalizations has been limited due to the general consideration that they are voiceless. However, several species of geckos, turtles, and crocodiles are abletoproducesimpleandevencomplexvocalizationswhicharespecies-specific.Thisworkpresents a novel approach for the automatic taxonomic identification of reptiles through their bioacoustics by applying pattern recognition techniques. The sound signals are automatically segmented, extracting each call from the background noise. Then, their calls are parametrized using Linear and Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (LFCC and MFCC to serve as features in the classification stage. In this study, 27 reptile species have been successfully identified using two machine learning algorithms: K-Nearest Neighbors (kNN and Support Vector Machine (SVM. Experimental results show an average classification accuracy of 97.78% and 98.51%, respectively.

  9. Metode Mel Frequency Cepstral Coeffisients (MFCC Pada klasifikasi Hidden Markov Model (HMM Untuk Kata Arabic pada Penutur Indonesia

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    Totok Chamidy

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract— Speech recognition is a system to transform the spoken word into text. Human voice signals have a very high of variability. Speech signals in the different pronunciation text, also resulting in distinctive speech patterns. This, furthermore, happens if the text is spoken by a speaker who is not the mother tongue of the speakers. For example, text Arabic words spoken by Indonesian speaker. In this study, Mel Frequency cepstral Coeffisients (MFCC feature extraction techniques explored for voice recognition of the Arabic words for Indonesian speakers with data training using Arabian native speakers. Furthermore, features that have been extracted, classified using Hidden Markov Model (HMM. HMM is one of the sound modeling where the voice signal is analyzed and searched the maximum probability value that can be recognized, from the modeling results will be obtained parameters are then used in the word recognition process. Recognized word is a word that has the maximum suitability. The system produces an accuracy by an average of 83.1% for test data sampling frequency of 8,000 Hz, 82.3% for test data sampling frequency of 22050 Hz, 82.2% for test data sampling frequency of 44100 Hz.

  10. [Application of the computer-based respiratory sound analysis system based on Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient and dynamic time warping in healthy children].

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    Yan, W Y; Li, L; Yang, Y G; Lin, X L; Wu, J Z

    2016-08-01

    We designed a computer-based respiratory sound analysis system to identify pediatric normal lung sound. To verify the validity of the computer-based respiratory sound analysis system. First we downloaded the standard lung sounds from the network database (website: http: //www.easyauscultation.com/lung-sounds-reference-guide) and recorded 3 samples of abnormal loud sound (rhonchi, wheeze and crackles) from three patients of The Department of Pediatrics, the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University. We regarded such lung sounds as"reference lung sounds". The"test lung sounds"were recorded from 29 children form Kindergarten of Xiamen University. we recorded lung sound by portable electronic stethoscope and valid lung sounds were selected by manual identification. We introduced Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC) to extract lung sound features and dynamic time warping (DTW) for signal classification. We had 39 standard lung sounds, recorded 58 test lung sounds. This computer-based respiratory sound analysis system was carried out in 58 lung sound recognition, correct identification of 52 times, error identification 6 times. Accuracy was 89.7%. Based on MFCC and DTW, our computer-based respiratory sound analysis system can effectively identify healthy lung sounds of children (accuracy can reach 89.7%), fully embodies the reliability of the lung sounds analysis system.

  11. [Comparison of cepstral coefficients to other voice evaluation parameters in patients with occupational dysphonia].

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    Niebudek-Bogusz, Ewa; Strumiłło, Paweł; Wiktorowicz, Justyna; Sliwińska-Kowalska, Mariola

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Special consideration has recently been given to cepstral analysis with mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs). The aim of this study was to assess the applicability of MFCCs in acoustic analysis for diagnosing occupational dysphonia in comparison to subjective and objective parameters of voice evaluation. The study comprised 2 groups, one of 55 female teachers (mean age: 45 years) with occupational dysphonia confirmed by videostroboscopy and 40 female controls with normal voice (mean age: 43 years). The acoustic samples involving sustained vowels "a" and four standardized sentences were analyzed by computed analysis of MFCCs. The results were compared to acoustic parameters of jitter and shimmer groups, noise to harmonic ratio, Yanagihara index evaluating the grade of hoarseness, the aerodynamic parameter: maximum phonation time and also subjective parameters: GRBAS perceptual scale and Voice Handicap Index (VHI). The compared results revealed differences between the study and control groups, significant for MFCC2, MFCC3, MFCC5, MFCC6, MFCC8, MFCC10, particularly for MFCC6 (p teachers correlated with all eight objective parameters, also showed the significant relation with perceptual voice feature A (asthenity) of subjective scale GRBAS, characteristic of weak tired voice. The cepstral analysis with mel frequency cepstral coefficients is a promising tool for evaluating occupational voice disorders, capable of reflecting the perceptual voice features better than other methods of acoustic analysis.

  12. Comparison of cepstral coefficients to other voice evaluation parameters in patients with occupational dysphonia

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    Ewa Niebudek-Bogusz

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Special consideration has recently been given to cepstral analysis with mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs. The aim of this study was to assess the applicability of MFCCs in acoustic analysis for diagnosing occupational dysphonia in comparison to subjective and objective parameters of voice evaluation. Materials and Methods: The study comprised 2 groups, one of 55 female teachers (mean age: 45 years with occupational dysphonia confirmed by videostroboscopy and 40 female controls with normal voice (mean age: 43 years. The acoustic samples involving sustained vowels "a" and four standardized sentences were analyzed by computed analysis of MFCCs. The results were compared to acoustic parameters of jitter and shimmer groups, noise to harmonic ratio, Yanagihara index evaluating the grade of hoarseness, the aerodynamic parameter: maximum phonation time and also subjective parameters: GRBAS perceptual scale and Voice Handicap Index (VHI. Results: The compared results revealed differences between the study and control groups, significant for MFCC2, MFCC3, MFCC5, MFCC6, MFCC8, MFCC10, particularly for MFCC6 (p < 0.001 and MFCC8 (p < 0.009, which may suggest their clinical applicability. In the study group, MFCC4, MFCC8 and MFCC10 correlated significantly with the major objective parameters of voice assessment. Moreover, MFCC8 coefficient, which in the female teachers correlated with all eight objective parameters, also showed the significant relation with perceptual voice feature A (asthenity of subjective scale GRBAS, characteristic of weak tired voice. Conclusions: The cepstral analysis with mel frequency cepstral coefficients is a promising tool for evaluating occupational voice disorders, capable of reflecting the perceptual voice features better than other methods of acoustic analysis. Med Pr 2013;64(6:805–816

  13. Further optimisations of constant Q cepstral processing for integrated utterance and text-dependent speaker verification

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    Delgado, Hector; Todisco, Massimiliano; Sahidullah, Md

    2016-01-01

    performance, but also provide an ancillary level of security. This can take the form of explicit utterance verification (UV). An integrated UV + ASV system should then verify access attempts which contain not just the expected speaker, but also the expected text content. This paper presents such a system...... and introduces new features which are used for both UV and ASV tasks. Based upon multi-resolution, spectro-temporal analysis and when fused with more traditional parameterisations, the new features not only generally outperform Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients, but also are shown to be complementary when...

  14. [Study of biometric identification of heart sound base on Mel-Frequency cepstrum coefficient].

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    Chen, Wei; Zhao, Yihua; Lei, Sheng; Zhao, Zikai; Pan, Min

    2012-12-01

    Heart sound is a physiological parameter with individual characteristics generated by heart beat. To do the individual classification and recognition, in this paper, we present our study of using wavelet transform in the signal denoising, with the Mel-Frequency cepstrum coefficients (MFCC) as the feature parameters, and propose a research of reducing the dimensionality through principal components analysis (PCA). We have done the preliminary study to test the feasibility of biometric identification method using heart sound. The results showed that under the selected experimental conditions, the system could reach a 90% recognition rate. This study can provide a reference for further research.

  15. Speech enhancement via Mel-scale Wiener filtering with a frequency-wise voice activity detector

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    Kim, Han Jun; Kim, Hwa Soo; Cho, Young Man

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a speech enhancement system that enables a comfortable communication inside an automobile. A couple of novel concepts are proposed in an effort to improve two major building blocks in the existing speech enhancement systems: a voice activity detector (VAD) and a noise filtering algorithm. The proposed VAD classifies a given data frame as speech or noise at each frequency, enabling the frequency-wise updates of noise statistics and thereby improving the effectiveness of the noise filtering algorithms by providing more up-to-date noise statistics. The celebrated Wiener filter is adopted in this paper as the accompanying noise filtering algorithm, which results in significant noise suppression. Yet, the musical noise present in most Wiener filter-based systems prompts the idea of applying the Wiener filter in the Mel-scale in which the human auditory system responds to the external stimulation. It turns out that the Mel-scale Wiener filter creates some masking effects and thereby reduces musical noise significantly, leading to smooth transition between data frames

  16. Feature Extraction of Underwater Target Signal Using Mel Frequency Cepstrum Coefficients Based on Acoustic Vector Sensor

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    Lanyue Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Feature extraction method using Mel frequency cepstrum coefficients (MFCC based on acoustic vector sensor is researched in the paper. Signals of pressure are simulated as well as particle velocity of underwater target, and the features of underwater target using MFCC are extracted to verify the feasibility of the method. The experiment of feature extraction of two kinds of underwater targets is carried out, and these underwater targets are classified and recognized by Backpropagation (BP neural network using fusion of multi-information. Results of the research show that MFCC, first-order differential MFCC, and second-order differential MFCC features could be used as effective features to recognize those underwater targets and the recognition rate, which using the particle velocity signal is higher than that using the pressure signal, could be improved by using fusion features.

  17. Evaluation of Short-Term Cepstral Based Features for Detection of Parkinson’s Disease Severity Levels through Speech signals

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    Oung, Qi Wei; Nisha Basah, Shafriza; Muthusamy, Hariharan; Vijean, Vikneswaran; Lee, Hoileong

    2018-03-01

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one type of progressive neurodegenerative disease known as motor system syndrome, which is due to the death of dopamine-generating cells, a region of the human midbrain. PD normally affects people over 60 years of age, which at present has influenced a huge part of worldwide population. Lately, many researches have shown interest into the connection between PD and speech disorders. Researches have revealed that speech signals may be a suitable biomarker for distinguishing between people with Parkinson’s (PWP) from healthy subjects. Therefore, early diagnosis of PD through the speech signals can be considered for this aim. In this research, the speech data are acquired based on speech behaviour as the biomarker for differentiating PD severity levels (mild and moderate) from healthy subjects. Feature extraction algorithms applied are Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC), Linear Predictive Coefficients (LPC), Linear Prediction Cepstral Coefficients (LPCC), and Weighted Linear Prediction Cepstral Coefficients (WLPCC). For classification, two types of classifiers are used: k-Nearest Neighbour (KNN) and Probabilistic Neural Network (PNN). The experimental results demonstrated that PNN classifier and KNN classifier achieve the best average classification performance of 92.63% and 88.56% respectively through 10-fold cross-validation measures. Favourably, the suggested techniques have the possibilities of becoming a new choice of promising tools for the PD detection with tremendous performance.

  18. Recognition of normal-abnormal phonocardiographic signals using deep convolutional neural networks and mel-frequency spectral coefficients.

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    Maknickas, Vykintas; Maknickas, Algirdas

    2017-07-31

    Intensive care unit patients are heavily monitored, and several clinically-relevant parameters are routinely extracted from high resolution signals. The goal of the 2016 PhysioNet/CinC Challenge was to encourage the creation of an intelligent system that fused information from different phonocardiographic signals to create a robust set of normal/abnormal signal detections. Deep convolutional neural networks and mel-frequency spectral coefficients were used for recognition of normal-abnormal phonocardiographic signals of the human heart. This technique was developed using the PhysioNet.org Heart Sound database and was submitted for scoring on the challenge test set. The current entry for the proposed approach obtained an overall score of 84.15% in the last phase of the challenge, which provided the sixth official score and differs from the best score of 86.02% by just 1.87%.

  19. Cepstral and pseudo-cepstral analysis of speech spectrum

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    Plšek, Martin

    11/12 (2002), s. - ISSN 1213-161X R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/00/1084; GA ČR GA102/02/0124 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : speech synthesis * cepstral analysis Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering http://www.electronicsletters.com/papers/2002/0031/paper.asp

  20. Pengenalan Suara Burung Menggunakan Mel Frequency Cepstrum Coefficient dan Jaringan Syaraf Tiruan pada Sistem Pengusir Hama Burung

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    Fajar Budiman

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Indonesia is one of the agricultural country that produces crops. Nevertheless, Indonesia still imports rice from other countries because of crop decreasement. One of its factors is caused by bird pests. In the ricefields ecosystem, the variety of bird species can be classified as a pest and as a non-pest. Non-pest birds usually help farmer against insects. Farmers are using traditional methods to repel bird pests. In this research, a software to recognize species of birds has been designed. The system is based on birdchirp types. A mono-microphone is used to capture the sound. Voice Activity Detection (VAD method is used for birdchirp detection. Mel Frequency Cepstrum Coefficient (MFCC and Fast Fourier Transform (FFT are used to extract birdchirp feature. Artificial Neural Network is utilized to recognize the pattern of birdchirp feature. Furthermore, audiosonic bird repeller is used to repel bird pests. In the offline mode testing, success level using MFCC feature extraction is up to 90% for birdchirp variation, while up to 68% using FFT. In the online mode, the average success level using MFCC feature extraction is 70% for finch birds, while 30% using FFT. In addition, a gunshot is a best sound to repel bird pests. The success rate of bird voice recognitions using MFCC feature extraction is higher than that using FFT.

  1. Recognition of phonetic Arabic figures via wavelet based Mel Frequency Cepstrum using HMMs

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    Ibrahim M. El-Henawy

    2014-04-01

    A comparison between different features of speech is given. The features based on the Cepstrum give accuracy of 94% for speech recognition while the features based on the short time energy in time domain give accuracy of 92%. The features based on formant frequencies give accuracy of 95.5%. It is clear that the features based on MFCCs with accuracy of 98% give the best accuracy rate. So the features depend on MFCCs with HMMs may be recommended for recognition of the spoken Arabic digits.

  2. DNN Filter Bank Cepstral Coefficients for Spoofing Detection

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    Yu, Hong; Tan, Zheng-Hua; Zhang, Yiming

    2017-01-01

    With the development of speech synthesis techniques, automatic speaker verification systems face the serious challenge of spoofing attack. In order to improve the reliability of speaker verification systems, we develop a new filter bank-based cepstral feature, deep neural network (DNN) filter bank...... cepstral coefficients, to distinguish between natural and spoofed speech. The DNN filter bank is automatically generated by training a filter bank neural network (FBNN) using natural and synthetic speech. By adding restrictions on the training rules, the learned weight matrix of FBNN is band limited...... and sorted by frequency, similar to the normal filter bank. Unlike the manually designed filter bank, the learned filter bank has different filter shapes in different channels, which can capture the differences between natural and synthetic speech more effectively. The experimental results on the ASVspoof...

  3. Improved transition models for cepstral trajectories

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    Badenhorst, J

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available is ideal for the investigation of contextual effects on cepstral trajectories. We show that modelling improvements, such as continuity constraints on parameter values and more flexible transition models, systematically improve the robustness of our...

  4. Sistem Kontrol Robot Arm 5 DOF Berbasis Pengenalan Pola Suara Menggunakan Mel-Frequency Cepstrum Coefficients (MFCC dan Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS

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    WS Mada Sanjaya

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Telah dilakukan penelitian yang menggambarkan implementasi pengenalan pola suara untuk mengontrol gerak robot arm 5 DoF dalam mengambil dan menyimpan benda. Dalam penelitian ini metode yang digunakan adalah Mel-Frequency Cepstrum Coefficients (MFCC dan Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inferense System (ANFIS. Metode MFCC digunakan untuk ekstraksi ciri sinyal suara, sedangkan ANFIS digunakan sebagai metode pembelajaran untuk pengenalan pola suara. Pada proses pembelajaran ANFIS data latih yang digunakan sebanyak 6 ciri. Data suara terlatih dan data suara tak terlatih digunakan untuk pengujian sistem pengenalan pola suara. Hasil pengujian menunjukkan tingkat keberhasilan, untuk data suara terlatih sebesar 87,77% dan data tak terlatih sebesar 78,53%. Sistem pengenalan pola suara ini telah diaplikasikan dengan baik untuk mengerakan robot arm 5 DoF berbasis mikrokontroler Arduino. Have been implemented of sound pattern recognition to control 5 DoF of Arm Robot to pick and place an object. In this research used Mel-Frequency Cepstrum Coefficients (MFCC and Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Interferense System (ANFIS methods. MFCC method used for features extraction of sound signal, meanwhile ANFIS used to learn sound pattern recognition. On ANFIS method data learning use 6 features. Trained and not trained data used to examine the system of sound pattern identification. The result show the succesfull level, for trained data 87.77% and for not trained data 78.53%. Sound pattern identification system was appliedto controlled 5 DoF arm robot based Arduino microcontroller.

  5. Pseudo cepstral analysis of Czech vowels

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    Vích, Robert

    LNAI 3817: Nonlinear Analyses and Algorithms for Speech Processing, - (2005), s. 161-173 ISSN 0302-9743. [International Conference on Non-Linear Speech Processing, NOLISP' 05 /3./. Barcelona, 19.04.2005-22.04.2005] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC 277.001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : cepstral analysis * speech processing * speech synthesis * spectral analysis Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 0.302, year: 2005

  6. Dimensionality reduction of a pathological voice quality assessment system based on Gaussian mixture models and short-term cepstral parameters.

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    Godino-Llorente, Juan Ignacio; Gómez-Vilda, Pedro; Blanco-Velasco, Manuel

    2006-10-01

    Voice diseases have been increasing dramatically in recent times due mainly to unhealthy social habits and voice abuse. These diseases must be diagnosed and treated at an early stage, especially in the case of larynx cancer. It is widely recognized that vocal and voice diseases do not necessarily cause changes in voice quality as perceived by a listener. Acoustic analysis could be a useful tool to diagnose this type of disease. Preliminary research has shown that the detection of voice alterations can be carried out by means of Gaussian mixture models and short-term mel cepstral parameters complemented by frame energy together with first and second derivatives. This paper, using the F-Ratio and Fisher's discriminant ratio, will demonstrate that the detection of voice impairments can be performed using both mel cesptral vectors and their first derivative, ignoring the second derivative.

  7. Performance Measurement Of Mel Frequency Ceptral Coefficient (MFCC) Method In Learning System Of Al- Qur’an Based In Nagham Pattern Recognition

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    Afrillia, Yesy; Mawengkang, Herman; Ramli, Marwan; Fadlisyah; Putra Fhonna, Rizky

    2017-12-01

    Most of research have used signal and speech processing in order to recognize makhraj pattern and tajwid reading in Al-Quran by exploring the mel frequency ceptral coefficient (MFCC). However, to our knowledge so far there is no research has been conducted to recognize the chanting of Al-Quran verse using MFCC. This term is also well-known as nagham Al-Quran. The characteristics of nagham Al-Quran pattern is much more complex then makhraj and tajwid pattern. In nagham the wave of the sound has more variation which implies the level of noice is much higher and has sound duration longer. The data testing in this research was taken term by real-time recording. The evaluation measurement in the system performance of nagham Al-Quran pattern is based on true and false detection parameter with accuracy 80%. To measure this accuracy it is necessary to modify the MFCC or to give more data learning process with more variation.

  8. Mel Calman on Oil

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    Baker, James

    2011-01-01

    James Baker analyses an apparently simple cartoon by Mel Calman: a man watching a blank TV that weeps oil. Baker describes the context in which Calman tells an economic story, with a few minimalist pencil traces, the artist provides...

  9. Multimodal Physical Activity Recognition by Fusing Temporal and Cepstral Information

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    Li, Ming; Rozgić, Viktor; Thatte, Gautam; Lee, Sangwon; Emken, Adar; Annavaram, Murali; Mitra, Urbashi; Spruijt-Metz, Donna; Narayanan, Shrikanth

    2015-01-01

    A physical activity (PA) recognition algorithm for a wearable wireless sensor network using both ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) and accelerometer signals is proposed. First, in the time domain, the cardiac activity mean and the motion artifact noise of the ECG signal are modeled by a Hermite polynomial expansion and principal component analysis, respectively. A set of time domain accelerometer features is also extracted. A support vector machine (SVM) is employed for supervised classification using these time domain features. Second, motivated by their potential for handling convolutional noise, cepstral features extracted from ECG and accelerometer signals based on a frame level analysis are modeled using Gaussian mixture models (GMMs). Third, to reduce the dimension of the tri-axial accelerometer cepstral features which are concatenated and fused at the feature level, heteroscedastic linear discriminant analysis is performed. Finally, to improve the overall recognition performance, fusion of the multi-modal (ECG and accelerometer) and multidomain (time domain SVM and cepstral domain GMM) subsystems at the score level is performed. The classification accuracy ranges from 79.3% to 97.3% for various testing scenarios and outperforms the state-of-the-art single accelerometer based PA recognition system by over 24% relative error reduction on our nine-category PA database. PMID:20699202

  10. Cepstral analysis of normal and pathological voice in Spanish adults. Smoothed cepstral peak prominence in sustained vowels versus connected speech.

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    Delgado-Hernández, Jonathan; León-Gómez, Nieves M; Izquierdo-Arteaga, Laura M; Llanos-Fumero, Yanira

    2017-08-31

    In recent years, the use of cepstral measures for acoustic evaluation of voice has increased. One of the most investigated parameters is smoothed cepstral peak prominence (CPPs). The objectives of this paper are to establish the usefulness of this acoustic measure in the objective evaluation of alterations of the voice in Spanish and to determine what type of voice sample (sustained vowels or connected speech) is the most sensitive in evaluating the severity of dysphonia. Forty subjects participated in this study 40, 20 controls and 20 with dysphonia. Two voice samples were recorded for each subject (one sustained vowel/a/and four phonetically balanced sentences) and the CPPs was calculated using the Praat programme. Three raters perceptually evaluated the voice sample with the Grade parameter of GRABS scale. Significantly lower values were found in the dysphonic voices, both for/a/(t [38] = 4.85, P<.000) and for phrases (t [38] = 5,75, P<.000). In relation to the type of voice sample most suitable for evaluating the severity of voice alterations, a strong correlation was found with the acoustic-perceptual scale of CPPs calculated from connected speech (r s = -0.73) and moderate correlation with that calculated from the sustained vowel (r s = -0,56). The results of this preliminary study suggest that CPPs is a good measure to detect dysphonia and to objectively assess the severity of alterations in the voice. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello. All rights reserved.

  11. Quantifying the cepstral peak prominence, a measure of dysphonia.

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    Heman-Ackah, Yolanda D; Sataloff, Robert T; Laureyns, Griet; Lurie, Deborah; Michael, Deirdre D; Heuer, Reinhardt; Rubin, Adam; Eller, Robert; Chandran, Swapna; Abaza, Mona; Lyons, Karen; Divi, Venu; Lott, Joanna; Johnson, Jennifer; Hillenbrand, James

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this study is to establish normative values for the smoothed cepstral peak prominence (CPPS) and its sensitivity and specificity as a measure of dysphonia. Prospective cohort study. Voice samples of running speech were obtained from 835 patients and 50 volunteers. Eight laryngologists and four speech-language pathologists performed perceptual ratings of the voice samples on the degree of dysphonia/normality using an analog scale. The mean of their perceptual ratings was used as the gold standard for the detection of the presence or absence of dysphonia. CPPS was measured using the CPPS algorithm of Hillenbrand, and the cut-off value for positivity that has the highest sensitivity and specificity for discriminating between normal and severely dysphonia voices was determined based on ROC-curve analysis. The cut-off value for normal for CPPS was set at 4.0 or higher, which gave a sensitivity of 92.4%, a specificity of 79%, a positive predictive value of 82.5%, and a negative predictive value of 90.8%. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was 0.937 (P dysphonia, with the normal value of CPPS (Hillenbrand algorithm) of a running speech sample being defined as a value of 4.0 or higher. Copyright © 2014 The Voice Foundation. All rights reserved.

  12. An examination of variations in the cepstral spectral index of dysphonia across a single breath group in connected speech.

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    Watts, Christopher R; Awan, Shaheen N

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to use spectral and cepstral analyses of speech to investigate whether underlying physiological changes in voice result in changes in acoustic estimates of dysphonia severity in continuous speech contexts within a single breath group. The effect of dysphonia on acoustic estimates of dysphonia severity, frequency, relative intensity, and vocalization time across initial and terminal segments of a single breath group using a common clinical stimulus was investigated. Prospective quasi-experimental controlled design. Digitized recordings of the Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice sentence "We were away a year ago" were obtained from 20 treatment-seeking dysphonic individuals (females, mean age = 39 years) and 20 normal controls (females, mean age = 39 years). Each recorded sample was separated into the first four syllables ("We were away … ") and second four syllables ("…a year ago.") of the breath group. Cepstral and spectral measures, intensity measures, and temporal analyses were obtained and used in calculations of the Cepstral Spectral Index of Dysphonia (CSID, an acoustic estimate of dysphonia severity), fundamental frequency (F0), vocalization time, and relative vocal intensity (dB SLP). Statistical analyses were applied to calculations of change (delta [Δ]) in these measures from one breath group segment to the next. Results revealed a significant effect of group on measures of CSID and F0, but not relative intensity or vocalization time. Dysphonic speakers exhibited a significant increase in the CSID from the first to second breath group segment and limited variation in F0 compared with controls. These results may support the hypothesis that voice impairment increases in severity toward the termination of a breath group even within a short temporal frame (i.e., 2 seconds or less of connected speech), and that this portion of the breath group may be an important determinant of perceptual impressions. Further

  13. Aural analysis of image texture via cepstral filtering and sonification

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    Rangayyan, Rangaraj M.; Martins, Antonio C. G.; Ruschioni, Ruggero A.

    1996-03-01

    Texture plays an important role in image analysis and understanding, with many applications in medical imaging and computer vision. However, analysis of texture by image processing is a rather difficult issue, with most techniques being oriented towards statistical analysis which may not have readily comprehensible perceptual correlates. We propose new methods for auditory display (AD) and sonification of (quasi-) periodic texture (where a basic texture element or `texton' is repeated over the image field) and random texture (which could be modeled as filtered or `spot' noise). Although the AD designed is not intended to be speech- like or musical, we draw analogies between the two types of texture mentioned above and voiced/unvoiced speech, and design a sonification algorithm which incorporates physical and perceptual concepts of texture and speech. More specifically, we present a method for AD of texture where the projections of the image at various angles (Radon transforms or integrals) are mapped to audible signals and played in sequence. In the case of random texture, the spectral envelopes of the projections are related to the filter spot characteristics, and convey the essential information for texture discrimination. In the case of periodic texture, the AD provides timber and pitch related to the texton and periodicity. In another procedure for sonification of periodic texture, we propose to first deconvolve the image using cepstral analysis to extract information about the texton and horizontal and vertical periodicities. The projections of individual textons at various angles are used to create a voiced-speech-like signal with each projection mapped to a basic wavelet, the horizontal period to pitch, and the vertical period to rhythm on a longer time scale. The sound pattern then consists of a serial, melody-like sonification of the patterns for each projection. We believe that our approaches provide the much-desired `natural' connection between the image

  14. Substâncias voláteis em mel floral e mel de melato

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    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Embora pareça existir um "flavor" característico de mel, a grande variedade de flores disponíveis para a abelha, possibilita uma grande diversidade de flavor e aroma, indicando a presença de vários componentes voláteis. Alguns destes dependem da fisiologia da abelha, dos procedimentos após a colheita e no mel de melato há também a interferência de insetos sugadores e das formigas. Várias substâncias voláteis já foram identificadas, sendo algumas características de determinados méis uniflorais. Com o objetivo de encontrar uma substância volátil característica do mel de melato, seis amostras deste tipo de mel e seis amostras de mel floral foram analisadas usando extração por arraste de gás hidrogênio e cromatografia a gás acoplada a espectrometria de massas. Ácido acético foi encontrado em quatro amostras de mel de melato e em uma amostra de mel floral porém, com menor abundância.

  15. Assessing and Reducing Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs) in Lodging

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    Rauch, Emily M.

    2011-09-01

    Miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) are the loads outside of a building's core functions of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, lighting, and water heating. This report reviews methods to reduce MELs in lodging.

  16. Robust parameterization of time-frequency characteristics for recognition of musical genres of Mexican culture

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    Pérez Rosas, Osvaldo G.; Rivera Martínez, José L.; Maldonado Cano, Luis A.; López Rodríguez, Mario; Amaya Reyes, Laura M.; Cano Martínez, Elizabeth; García Vázquez, Mireya S.; Ramírez Acosta, Alejandro A.

    2017-09-01

    The automatic identification and classification of musical genres based on the sound similarities to form musical textures, it is a very active investigation area. In this context it has been created recognition systems of musical genres, formed by time-frequency characteristics extraction methods and by classification methods. The selection of this methods are important for a good development in the recognition systems. In this article they are proposed the Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) methods as a characteristic extractor and Support Vector Machines (SVM) as a classifier for our system. The stablished parameters of the MFCC method in the system by our time-frequency analysis, represents the gamma of Mexican culture musical genres in this article. For the precision of a classification system of musical genres it is necessary that the descriptors represent the correct spectrum of each gender; to achieve this we must realize a correct parametrization of the MFCC like the one we present in this article. With the system developed we get satisfactory detection results, where the least identification percentage of musical genres was 66.67% and the one with the most precision was 100%.

  17. Using timing information in speaker verification

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    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available ) linear predic- tor coefficients and mel frequency cepstral coefficients. However, it is likely that speakers also differ significantly in the duration assigned to segments they speak. As far as could be determined, such temporal information has..., with mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) as input features. HMMs were generated for all triphones, with Figure 1: Dark areas show acceptable areas where normal variance in temporal information will cause recurring in- stances of the same phoneme...

  18. Mel Ramos ja Roy Lichtenstein Albertinas / Jaan Elken

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    2011-01-01

    Mel Ramose retrospektiivnäitus "Mel Ramos : 50 Years of Pop Art" 29. maini 2011 ja Roy Lichtensreini mustvalgete tööde valik "Black & White 1961-1968" 15. maini 2011 Viini Albertinas. Lühidalt näitusest "Power Up - Female Pop Art" Viini Kunstihalles

  19. Toward validation of the cepstral spectral index of dysphonia (CSID) as an objective treatment outcomes measure.

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    Peterson, Elizabeth A; Roy, Nelson; Awan, Shaheen N; Merrill, Ray M; Banks, Russell; Tanner, Kristine

    2013-07-01

    To examine the validity of the Cepstral Spectral Index of Dysphonia (CSID) as an objective treatment outcomes measure of dysphonia severity. Pre- and posttreatment samples of sustained vowel and connected speech productions were elicited from 112 patients across six diagnostic categories: unilateral vocal fold paralysis, adductor spasmodic dysphonia, primary muscle tension dysphonia, benign vocal fold lesions, presbylaryngis, and mutational falsetto. Listener ratings of severity in connected speech were compared with a three-factor CSID model consisting of the cepstral peak prominence (CPP), the low-to-high spectral energy ratio, and its standard deviation. Two additional variables, the CPP standard deviation and gender, were included in the five-factor CSID model to estimate severity of vowels. CSID-estimated severity for sustained vowels and connected speech was strongly associated with listener ratings pretreatment, posttreatment, and change observed pre- to posttreatment. Spectrum effects were examined, and severity of dysphonia did not influence the relationship between listener perceived severity and CSID-estimated severity. The results confirm a robust relationship between listener perceived and CSID-derived dysphonia severity estimates in sustained vowels and connected speech across diverse diagnoses and severity levels and support the clinical utility of the CSID as an objective treatment outcomes measure. Copyright © 2013 The Voice Foundation. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Assessing and Reducing Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs) in Banks

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    Rauch, Emily M.

    2012-09-01

    Miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) are loads outside of a building's core functions of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, lighting, and water heating. MELs are a large percentage of total building energy loads. This report reviews methods for reducing MELs in Banks. Reducing MELs in a bank setting requires both local and corporate action. Corporate action centers on activities to prioritize and allocate the right resources to correct procurement and central control issues. Local action includes branch assessment or audits to identify specific loads and needs. The worksheet at the end of this guide can help with cataloging needed information and estimating savings potential. The following steps provide a guide to MEL reductions in Bank Branches. The general process has been adapted from a process developed for office buildings the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, 2011).

  1. Mel Gibson contre le boulevard Raspail

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    Boris Jeanne

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Que peuvent faire les historiens et les anthropologues spécialistes de l’Amérique face à la puissance médiatique et commerciale d’Apocalypto, le dernier film de Mel Gibson, produit par Buena Vista (c'est-à-dire Disney et ayant déjà engrangé plus de 50 millions de dollars de recette avant même sa sortie en France ? Le cinéma est un art du présent, et quelle que soit l’exactitude de la reconstitution historique qu’il prétend parfois présenter, il demeure un puissant vecteur d’analyse de la soc...

  2. Analysis of infant cry through weighted linear prediction cepstral coefficients and Probabilistic Neural Network.

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    Hariharan, M; Chee, Lim Sin; Yaacob, Sazali

    2012-06-01

    Acoustic analysis of infant cry signals has been proven to be an excellent tool in the area of automatic detection of pathological status of an infant. This paper investigates the application of parameter weighting for linear prediction cepstral coefficients (LPCCs) to provide the robust representation of infant cry signals. Three classes of infant cry signals were considered such as normal cry signals, cry signals from deaf babies and babies with asphyxia. A Probabilistic Neural Network (PNN) is suggested to classify the infant cry signals into normal and pathological cries. PNN is trained with different spread factor or smoothing parameter to obtain better classification accuracy. The experimental results demonstrate that the suggested features and classification algorithms give very promising classification accuracy of above 98% and it expounds that the suggested method can be used to help medical professionals for diagnosing pathological status of an infant from cry signals.

  3. Effector Overlap between the lac and mel Operons of Escherichia coli: Induction of the mel Operon with β-Galactosides

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    Narang, Atul

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT The lac (lactose) operon (which processes β-galactosides) and the mel (melibiose) operon (which processes α-galactosides) of Escherichia coli have a close historical connection. A number of shared substrates and effectors of the permeases and regulatory proteins have been reported over the years. Until now, β-thiogalactosides like TMG (methyl-β-d-thiogalactopyranoside) and IPTG (isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactopyranoside) have not generally been considered to be inducers of the mel operon. The same is true for β-galactosides such as lactose [β-d-galactopyranosyl-(1→4)-d-glucose], which is a substrate but is not itself an inducer of the lac operon. This report shows that all three sugars can induce the mel operon significantly when they are accumulated in the cell by Lac permease. Strong induction by β-thiogalactosides is observed in the presence of Lac permease, and strong induction by lactose (more than 200-fold) is observed in the absence of β-galactosidase. This finding calls for reevaluation of TMG uptake experiments as assays for Lac permease that were performed with mel+ strains. IMPORTANCE The typical textbook picture of bacterial operons is that of stand-alone units of genetic information that perform, in a regulated manner, well-defined cellular functions. Less attention is given to the extensive interactions that can be found between operons. Well-described examples of such interactions are the effector molecules shared by the lac and mel operons. Here, we show that this set has to be extended to include β-galactosides, which have been, until now, considered not to effect the expression of the mel operon. That they can be inducers of the mel operon as well as the lac operon has not been noted in decades of research because of the Escherichia coli genetic background used in previous studies. PMID:28193904

  4. Effector Overlap between the lac and mel Operons of Escherichia coli: Induction of the mel Operon with β-Galactosides.

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    Narang, Atul; Oehler, Stefan

    2017-05-01

    The lac (lactose) operon (which processes β-galactosides) and the mel (melibiose) operon (which processes α-galactosides) of Escherichia coli have a close historical connection. A number of shared substrates and effectors of the permeases and regulatory proteins have been reported over the years. Until now, β-thiogalactosides like TMG (methyl-β-d-thiogalactopyranoside) and IPTG (isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactopyranoside) have not generally been considered to be inducers of the mel operon. The same is true for β-galactosides such as lactose [β-d-galactopyranosyl-(1→4)-d-glucose], which is a substrate but is not itself an inducer of the lac operon. This report shows that all three sugars can induce the mel operon significantly when they are accumulated in the cell by Lac permease. Strong induction by β-thiogalactosides is observed in the presence of Lac permease, and strong induction by lactose (more than 200-fold) is observed in the absence of β-galactosidase. This finding calls for reevaluation of TMG uptake experiments as assays for Lac permease that were performed with mel + strains. IMPORTANCE The typical textbook picture of bacterial operons is that of stand-alone units of genetic information that perform, in a regulated manner, well-defined cellular functions. Less attention is given to the extensive interactions that can be found between operons. Well-described examples of such interactions are the effector molecules shared by the lac and mel operons. Here, we show that this set has to be extended to include β-galactosides, which have been, until now, considered not to effect the expression of the mel operon. That they can be inducers of the mel operon as well as the lac operon has not been noted in decades of research because of the Escherichia coli genetic background used in previous studies. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  5. Using Public Participation to Improve MELs Energy Data Collection

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    Kloss, Margarita; Cheung, Iris [Hoi; Brown, Richard; Meier, Alan

    2014-08-11

    Miscellaneous and electronic loads (MELs) comprise an increasing share of building energy consumption. Large-scale data collection is needed to inform meaningful energy reduction strategies because of the diversity of MELs and our lack of understanding about how people use them. Traditional methods of data collection, however, usually incur high labor and metering equipment expenses. As an alternative, this paper investigates the feasibility of crowdsourcing data collection to satisfy at least part of the data collection needs with acceptable accuracy. We assessed the reliability and accuracy of crowd-sourced data by recruiting 18 volunteers and testing our crowdsourcing protocol. The protocol asked volunteers to perform measurement tasks for three MELs devices of increasing complexity 1) record power meter and MELs product characteristics, 2) identify and measure all power modes available, and 3) report the measured power. Volunteers performed reasonably well for devices with functionalities with which they were familiar, but many could not correctly identify all available power modes in complex devices. Accuracy may improve when participants measure the power used by familiar devices in their home, or by providing more specific instructions, e.g. videos. Furthermore, crowdsourcing data collection from individual homeowners has the potential to generate valuable information about MELs energy use in homes when integrated with existing programs such as Home Energy Saver and Building America.

  6. Rogue waves in the multicomponent Mel'nikov system and ...

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    Baonan Sun

    2018-01-10

    Jan 10, 2018 ... Homoclinic and rogue wave solutions have been obtained by employing the. Hirota's bilinear method [66,67]. The goal of the present paper is to derive gen- eral rational solutions including rogue waves to the multicomponent Mel'nikov system and the multicom- ponent Schrödinger–Boussinesq equation.

  7. IAEA-MEL's AQCS programme for marine radioactivity measurements

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    Povinec, P.P.; Gastaud, J.; Pham, M.K.

    1999-01-01

    The main objectives of the IAEA-MEL's Analytical Quality Control Services (AQCS) for marine radioactivity measurements are discussed and future plans for the organization of intercomparison exercises and the production of certified reference materials are presented. The new developments should also include implementation of quality assurance programmes in Member States' laboratories, training in quality management and accreditation programmes. (author)

  8. DropConnected neural networks trained on time-frequency and inter-beat features for classifying heart sounds.

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    Kay, Edmund; Agarwal, Anurag

    2017-07-31

    Automatic heart sound analysis has the potential to improve the diagnosis of valvular heart diseases in the primary care phase, as well as in countries where there is neither the expertise nor the equipment to perform echocardiograms. An algorithm has been trained, on the PhysioNet open-access heart sounds database, to classify heart sounds as normal or abnormal. The heart sounds are segmented using an open-source algorithm based on a hidden semi-Markov model. Following this, the time-frequency behaviour of a single heartbeat is characterized by using a novel implementation of the continuous wavelet transform, mel-frequency cepstral coefficients, and certain complexity measures. These features help detect the presence of any murmurs. A number of other features are also extracted to characterise the inter-beat behaviour of the heart sounds, which helps to recognize diseases such as arrhythmia. The extracted features are normalized and their dimensionality is reduced using principal component analysis. They are then used as the input to a fully-connected, two-hidden-layer neural network, trained by error backpropagation, and regularized with DropConnect. This algorithm achieved an accuracy of 85.2% on the test data, which placed third in the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge (first place scored 86.0%). However, this is unrealistic of real-world performance, as the test data contained a dataset (dataset-e) in which normal and abnormal heart sounds were recorded with different stethoscopes. A 10-fold cross-validation study on the training data (excluding dataset-e) gives a mean score of 74.8%, which is a more realistic estimate of accuracy. With dataset-e excluded from training, the algorithm scored only 58.1% on the test data.

  9. Using Public Participation to Improve MELs Energy Data Collection

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    Cheung, Iris (Hoi Ying); Kloss, Margarita; Brown, Rich; Meier, Alan

    2014-03-11

    Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs) have proliferated in the last decade, and comprise an increasing share of building energy consumption. Because of the diversity of MELs and our lack of understanding about how people use them, large-scale data collection is needed to inform meaningful energy reduction strategies. Traditional methods of data collection, however, usually incur high labor and metering equipment expenses. As an alternative, this paper investigates the feasibility of crowdsourcing data collection to satisfy at least part of the data collection needs with acceptable accuracy. This study assessed the reliability and accuracy of crowdsourced data, by recruiting over 20 volunteers (from the 2012 Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Open House event) to test our crowdsourcing protocol. The protocol asked volunteers to perform the following tasks for three test products with increasing complexity - record power meter and product characteristics, identify all power settings available, and report the measured power. Based on our collected data and analysis, we concluded that volunteers performed reasonably well for devices with functionalities with which they are familiar, and might not produce highly accurate field measurements for complex devices. Accuracy will likely improve when participants are measuring the power used by devices in their home which they know how to operate, by providing more specific instructions including instructional videos. When integrated with existing programs such as the Home Energy Saver tool, crowdsourcing data collection from individual homeowners has the potential to generate a substantial amount of information about MELs energy use in homes.

  10. Time-Frequency Feature Representation Using Multi-Resolution Texture Analysis and Acoustic Activity Detector for Real-Life Speech Emotion Recognition

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    Kun-Ching Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The classification of emotional speech is mostly considered in speech-related research on human-computer interaction (HCI. In this paper, the purpose is to present a novel feature extraction based on multi-resolutions texture image information (MRTII. The MRTII feature set is derived from multi-resolution texture analysis for characterization and classification of different emotions in a speech signal. The motivation is that we have to consider emotions have different intensity values in different frequency bands. In terms of human visual perceptual, the texture property on multi-resolution of emotional speech spectrogram should be a good feature set for emotion classification in speech. Furthermore, the multi-resolution analysis on texture can give a clearer discrimination between each emotion than uniform-resolution analysis on texture. In order to provide high accuracy of emotional discrimination especially in real-life, an acoustic activity detection (AAD algorithm must be applied into the MRTII-based feature extraction. Considering the presence of many blended emotions in real life, in this paper make use of two corpora of naturally-occurring dialogs recorded in real-life call centers. Compared with the traditional Mel-scale Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC and the state-of-the-art features, the MRTII features also can improve the correct classification rates of proposed systems among different language databases. Experimental results show that the proposed MRTII-based feature information inspired by human visual perception of the spectrogram image can provide significant classification for real-life emotional recognition in speech.

  11. The Effect of Parkinson Disease Tremor Phenotype on Cepstral Peak Prominence and Transglottal Airflow in Vowels and Speech.

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    Burk, Brittany R; Watts, Christopher R

    2018-02-19

    The physiological manifestations of Parkinson disease are heterogeneous, as evidenced by disease subtypes. Dysphonia has been well documented as an early and progressively significant impairment associated with the disease. The purpose of this study was to investigate how acoustic and aerodynamic measures of vocal function were affected by Parkinson tremor subtype (phenotype) in an effort to better understand the heterogeneity of voice impairment severity in Parkinson disease. This is a prospective case-control study. Thirty-two speakers with Parkinson disease assigned to tremor and nontremor phenotypes and 10 healthy controls were recruited. Sustained vowels and connected speech were recorded from each speaker. Acoustic measures of cepstral peak prominence (CPP) and aerodynamic measures of transglottal airflow (TAF) were calculated from the recorded acoustic and aerodynamic waveforms. Speakers with a nontremor dominant phenotype exhibited significantly (P Parkinson tremor phenotype in mild to moderate stages of the disease. Copyright © 2018 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Non-linear frequency scale mapping for voice conversion in text-to-speech system with cepstral description

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    Přibilová, Anna; Přibil, Jiří

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 48, č. 12 (2006), s. 1691-1703 ISSN 0167-6393 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC 277.001; GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS108040569 Grant - others:MŠk(SK) 102/VTP/2000; MŠk(SK) 1/3107/06 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : signal processing * speech processing * speech synthesis Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 0.678, year: 2006

  13. Selective production of deacetylated mannosylerythritol lipid, MEL-D, by acetyltransferase disruption mutant of Pseudozyma hubeiensis.

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    Konishi, Masaaki; Makino, Motoki

    2018-01-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) are produced by several smut fungi of the Ustilaginaceae family; they are promising microbial biosurfactants and have excellent surface-active and self-assembling properties. Pseudozyma hubeiensis is a candidate for abundant MEL production and produces large amounts of 4-O-[(4'-mono-O-acetyl-2',3'-di-O-alkanoyl)-β-d-mannopyranosyl]-meso-erythritol (MEL-C). An acetyltransferase disruption mutant of P. hubeiensis, SY62-MM36, was obtained to selectively produce deacetylated 4-O-[(2',3'-di-O-alkanoyl)-β-d-mannopyranosyl]-meso-erythritol (MEL-D), and the structures of the products were determined. Lower mobility of major spots of the mutant on silica gel thin-layer chromatography verified its more hydrophilic nature than that of wild-type MEL-A, B, and C. Structural analyses confirmed the product to be MEL-D, which comprises acyl chains of caproic acid (C6:0), capric acid (C10:0), and lauric acid (C12:0). The critical micelle concentration (CMC) and the surface tension (γCMC) of the MEL-D were 2.0 × 10 -5  M and 29.7 mN/m, respectively. SY62-MM36 also produced a minor product that was estimated as triacylated MEL-D. The triacylated MEL-D had a CMC of 3.5 × 10 -5  M and a γCMC of 29.6 mN/m. In water, MEL-D formed a lamella liquid crystal phase over a broad range of concentrations. By fed-batch cultivation, the mutant produced 91.6 ± 6.3 g/L of MEL-D for 7 days. Copyright © 2017 The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Application of wMelPop Wolbachia Strain to Crash Local Populations of Aedes aegypti.

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    Full Text Available The endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia pipientis (wMel strain has been successfully established in several populations of Aedes aegypti, the primary dengue vector. The virulent Wolbachia strain wMelPop is known to cause several pathological impacts (increased egg mortality, life shortening, etc. reducing overall fitness in the mosquito Ae. aegypti. Increased egg mortality could substantially reduce egg banks in areas with a lengthy monsoonal dry season, and be employed to eliminate local populations. We tested this application under semi-field cage conditions. First, we determined that wMelPop infection significantly reduced the survival of desiccation-resistant eggs of the dengue vector Ae. aegypti, with shade and temperature having a significant impact; nearly all wMelPop-infected eggs failed to hatch after 6 and 10 weeks in summer and winter conditions, respectively. In laboratory selection experiments we found that egg desiccation resistance can be increased by selection, and that this effect of wMelPop infection is due to the nuclear background of the host rather than Wolbachia. We then conducted an invasion of wMelPop within a semi-field cage using sustained weekly releases of wMelPop infected mosquitoes, with fixation achieved after 9 weeks. The egg populations wMelPop infected and an uninfected control were then subjected to a simulated prolonged monsoonal dry season (2.5 months before flooding to induce hatching. The wMelPop infected eggs suffered significantly greater mortality than the controls, with only 0.67% and 4.35% of respective infected and uninfected eggs held in 99% shade hatching after 80 days. These studies suggest that wMelPop could be used to locally eliminate populations of Ae. aegypti that are exposed to prolonged dry conditions, particularly if combined with vector control.

  15. Identification of Conserved MEL-28/ELYS Domains with Essential Roles in Nuclear Assembly and Chromosome Segregation.

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    Georgina Gómez-Saldivar

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Nucleoporins are the constituents of nuclear pore complexes (NPCs and are essential regulators of nucleocytoplasmic transport, gene expression and genome stability. The nucleoporin MEL-28/ELYS plays a critical role in post-mitotic NPC reassembly through recruitment of the NUP107-160 subcomplex, and is required for correct segregation of mitotic chromosomes. Here we present a systematic functional and structural analysis of MEL-28 in C. elegans early development and human ELYS in cultured cells. We have identified functional domains responsible for nuclear envelope and kinetochore localization, chromatin binding, mitotic spindle matrix association and chromosome segregation. Surprisingly, we found that perturbations to MEL-28's conserved AT-hook domain do not affect MEL-28 localization although they disrupt MEL-28 function and delay cell cycle progression in a DNA damage checkpoint-dependent manner. Our analyses also uncover a novel meiotic role of MEL-28. Together, these results show that MEL-28 has conserved structural domains that are essential for its fundamental roles in NPC assembly and chromosome segregation.

  16. Single channel planar lipid bilayer recordings of the melittin variant MelP5.

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    Fennouri, Aziz; Mayer, Simon Finn; Schroeder, Thomas B H; Mayer, Michael

    2017-10-01

    MelP5 is a 26 amino acid peptide derived from melittin, the main active constituent of bee venom, with five amino acid replacements. The pore-forming activity of MelP5 in lipid membranes is attracting attention because MelP5 forms larger pores and induces dye leakage through liposome membranes at a lower concentration than melittin. Studies of MelP5 have so far focused on ensemble measurements of membrane leakage and impedance; here we extend this characterization with an electrophysiological comparison between MelP5 and melittin using planar lipid bilayer recordings. These experiments reveal that MelP5 pores in lipid membranes composed of 3:1 phosphatidylcholine:cholesterol consist of an average of 10 to 12 monomers compared to an average of 3 to 9 monomers for melittin. Both peptides form transient pores with dynamically varying conductance values similar to previous findings for melittin, but MelP5 occasionally also forms stable, well-defined pores with single channel conductance values that vary greatly and range from 50 to 3000pS in an electrolyte solution containing 100mM KCl. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Validating tyrosinase homologue MelA as a photoacoustic reporter gene for imaging Escherichia coli

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    Paproski, Robert J.; Li, Yan; Barber, Quinn; Lewis, John D.; Campbell, Robert; Zemp, Roger

    2015-03-01

    Antibiotic drug resistance is a major worldwide issue. Development of new therapies against pathogenic bacteria requires appropriate research tools for replicating and characterizing infections. Previously fluorescence and bioluminescence modalities have been used to image infectious burden in animal models but scattering significantly limits imaging depth and resolution. We hypothesize that photoacoustic imaging, which has improved depth-toresolution ratio, could be useful for visualizing MelA-expressing bacteria since MelA is a bacterial tyrosinase homologue involved in melanin production. Using an inducible expression system, E. coli expressing MelA were visibly black in liquid culture. Phosphate buffered saline (PBS), MelA-expressing bacteria (at different dilutions in PBS), and chicken embryo blood were injected in plastic tubes which were imaged using a VisualSonics Vevo LAZR system. Photoacoustic imaging at 6 different wavelengths (680, 700, 750, 800, 850 and 900nm) enabled spectral de-mixing to distinguish melanin signals from blood. The signal to noise ratio of 9x diluted MelA bacteria was 55, suggesting that ~20 bacteria cells could be detected with our system. When MelA bacteria were injected as a 100 μL bolus into a chicken embryo, photoacoustic signals from deoxy- and oxy- hemoglobin as well as MelA-expressing bacteria could be separated and overlaid on an ultrasound image, allowing visualization of the bacterial location. Photoacoustic imaging may be a useful tool for visualizing bacterial infections and further work incorporating photoacoustic reporters into infectious bacterial strains is warranted.

  18. Validating tyrosinase homologue melA as a photoacoustic reporter gene for imaging Escherichia coli

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    Paproski, Robert J.; Li, Yan; Barber, Quinn; Lewis, John D.; Campbell, Robert E.; Zemp, Roger

    2015-10-01

    To understand the pathogenic processes for infectious bacteria, appropriate research tools are required for replicating and characterizing infections. Fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging have primarily been used to image infections in animal models, but optical scattering in tissue significantly limits imaging depth and resolution. Photoacoustic imaging, which has improved depth-to-resolution ratio compared to conventional optical imaging, could be useful for visualizing melA-expressing bacteria since melA is a bacterial tyrosinase homologue which produces melanin. Escherichia coli-expressing melA was visibly dark in liquid culture. When melA-expressing bacteria in tubes were imaged with a VisualSonics Vevo LAZR system, the signal-to-noise ratio of a 9× dilution sample was 55, suggesting that ˜20 bacteria cells could be detected with our system. Multispectral (680, 700, 750, 800, 850, and 900 nm) analysis of the photoacoustic signal allowed unmixing of melA-expressing bacteria from blood. To compare photoacoustic reporter gene melA (using Vevo system) with luminescent and fluorescent reporter gene Nano-lantern (using Bruker Xtreme In-Vivo system), tubes of bacteria expressing melA or Nano-lantern were submerged 10 mm in 1% Intralipid, spaced between <1 and 20 mm apart from each other, and imaged with the appropriate imaging modality. Photoacoustic imaging could resolve the two tubes of melA-expressing bacteria even when the tubes were less than 1 mm from each other, while bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging could not resolve the two tubes of Nano-lantern-expressing bacteria even when the tubes were spaced 10 mm from each other. After injecting 100-μL of melA-expressing bacteria in the back flank of a chicken embryo, photoacoustic imaging allowed visualization of melA-expressing bacteria up to 10-mm deep into the embryo. Photoacoustic signal from melA could also be separated from deoxy- and oxy-hemoglobin signal observed within the embryo and

  19. NBD-conjugated biosurfactant (MEL-A) shows a new pathway for transfection.

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    Ueno, Yoshinobu; Inoh, Yoshikazu; Furuno, Tadahide; Hirashima, Naohide; Kitamoto, Dai; Nakanishi, Mamoru

    2007-11-20

    Gene transfection is a fundamental technology for molecular and cell biology, and also clinical gene therapy. A variety of non-viral vectors have been investigated for gene transfection, but their gene delivery had remained an inefficient process. Recently, we found that a biosurfactant, mannosylerythritol lipid (MEL)-A, dramatically increased the efficiency in transfection of plasmid DNA mediated by cationic liposomes. However, its mechanism has not been understood yet. Here we examined the mechanism of the transfection mediated by cationic liposomes with NBD-conjugated MEL-A. We found that MEL-A first gradually distributed on the intracellular membranes through the plasma membranes of target cells, while the cationic liposomes with MEL-A fused to the plasma membranes in 20-35 min. Thereafter, the oligonucleotide released from the vesicles was immediately transferred to the nucleus. The present results showed a new role of non-viral vectors in transfection.

  20. Léon Lederman, Mel Schwartz and Jack Steinberger wre awarded the 1988 Nobel Physics Prize.

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    Léon Lederman (left), Mel Schwartz (right) and Jack Steinberger were awarded the 1988 Nobel Physics Prize for their 1962 experiment at Brookhaven which showed that neutrinos come in more than one kind.

  1. CaMELS: In silico prediction of calmodulin binding proteins and their binding sites.

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    Abbasi, Wajid Arshad; Asif, Amina; Andleeb, Saiqa; Minhas, Fayyaz Ul Amir Afsar

    2017-09-01

    Due to Ca 2+ -dependent binding and the sequence diversity of Calmodulin (CaM) binding proteins, identifying CaM interactions and binding sites in the wet-lab is tedious and costly. Therefore, computational methods for this purpose are crucial to the design of such wet-lab experiments. We present an algorithm suite called CaMELS (CalModulin intEraction Learning System) for predicting proteins that interact with CaM as well as their binding sites using sequence information alone. CaMELS offers state of the art accuracy for both CaM interaction and binding site prediction and can aid biologists in studying CaM binding proteins. For CaM interaction prediction, CaMELS uses protein sequence features coupled with a large-margin classifier. CaMELS models the binding site prediction problem using multiple instance machine learning with a custom optimization algorithm which allows more effective learning over imprecisely annotated CaM-binding sites during training. CaMELS has been extensively benchmarked using a variety of data sets, mutagenic studies, proteome-wide Gene Ontology enrichment analyses and protein structures. Our experiments indicate that CaMELS outperforms simple motif-based search and other existing methods for interaction and binding site prediction. We have also found that the whole sequence of a protein, rather than just its binding site, is important for predicting its interaction with CaM. Using the machine learning model in CaMELS, we have identified important features of protein sequences for CaM interaction prediction as well as characteristic amino acid sub-sequences and their relative position for identifying CaM binding sites. Python code for training and evaluating CaMELS together with a webserver implementation is available at the URL: http://faculty.pieas.edu.pk/fayyaz/software.html#camels. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Physiological studies in aerobic batch cultivations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains harboring the MEL1 gene

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    Østergaard, Simon; Roca, Christophe Francois Aime; Ronnow, B.

    2000-01-01

    Physiological studies of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains harboring the MEL1 gene were carried out in aerobic batch cultivations on glucose-galactose mixtures and on the disaccharide melibiose, which is hydrolyzed by the enzyme melibiase (Mel1, EC 3.2.1.22) into a glucose and a galactose moiety....... The strains examined (T200, T256, M24, and TH1) were all derived from the bakers' and distillers' strain of S. cerevisiae, DGI 342. All the strains showed a significant higher ethanol yield when growing on glucose, and half the biomass yield, compared with growth on galactose. The maximum specific uptake...... rates were 2.5-3.3-fold higher on glucose than on galactose for all the strains examined, and hence, ethanol production was pronounced on glucose due to respiro-fermentative metabolism. The T256 strain and the T200 strain having the MEL1 gene inserted in the HXK2 locus and the LEU2 locus, respectively...

  3. INTEGRAÇÃO ESPACIAL DOS MERCADOS EXPORTADORES DE MEL NATURAL NO BRASIL

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    Costa Júnior, Manoel Pedro da; Khan, Ahmad Saeed; Sousa, Eliane Pinheiro de; Lima, Patrícia Verônica Pinheiro Sales

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    RESUMO A análise de integração de mercados reveste-se de importância para o desenvolvimento econômico de um país. Em face dessa relevância e do papel desempenhado pelo mel natural na economia brasileira, torna-se fundamental compreender como ocorre a integração desse produto nos principais estados brasileiros exportadores. Neste sentido, o estudo buscou investigar o processo de integração espacial entre os principais mercados brasileiros exportadores de mel natural: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa C...

  4. Rapid delivery of small interfering RNA by biosurfactant MEL-A-containing liposomes

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    Inoh, Yoshikazu; Furuno, Tadahide; Hirashima, Naohide; Kitamoto, Dai; Nakanishi, Mamoru

    2011-01-01

    Highlights: ► We use MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes for siRNA delivery. ► MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes can efficiently and rapidly deliver siRNA into the cytoplasm. ► Rapid delivery of siRNA is due to the membrane fusion between liposomes and plasma membrane. -- Abstract: The downregulation of gene expression by RNA interference holds great potential for genetic analysis and gene therapy. However, a more efficient delivery system for small interfering RNA (siRNA) into the target cells is required for wide fields such as cell biology, physiology, and clinical application. Non-viral vectors are stronger candidates than viral vectors because they are safer and easier to prepare. We have previously used a new method for gene transfection by combining cationic liposomes with the biosurfactant mannosylerythritol lipid-A (MEL-A). The novel MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes rapidly delivered DNA (plasmids and oligonucleotides) into the cytosol and nucleus through membrane fusion between liposomes and the plasma membrane, and consequently, enhanced the gene transfection efficiency. In this study, we determined the efficiency of MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes for siRNA delivery. We observed that exogenous and endogenous protein expression was suppressed by approximately 60% at 24 h after brief (30 min) incubation of target cells with MEL-A-containing cationic liposome/siRNA complexes. Confocal microscopic analysis showed that suppression of protein expression was caused by rapid siRNA delivery into the cytosol. We found that the MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes directly delivered siRNA into the cytoplasm by the membrane fusion in addition to endocytotic pathway whereas Lipofectamine™ RNAiMax delivered siRNA only by the endocytotic pathway. It seems that the ability to rapidly and directly deliver siRNA into the cytosol using MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes is able to reduce immune responses, cytotoxicity, and other side effects caused by

  5. Rapid delivery of small interfering RNA by biosurfactant MEL-A-containing liposomes

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    Inoh, Yoshikazu; Furuno, Tadahide [School of Pharmacy, Aichi Gakuin University, 1-100 Kusumoto-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8650 (Japan); Hirashima, Naohide [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagoya City University, 3-1 Tanabe-dori, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8603 (Japan); Kitamoto, Dai [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba 305-8565 (Japan); Nakanishi, Mamoru, E-mail: mamoru@dpc.agu.ac.jp [School of Pharmacy, Aichi Gakuin University, 1-100 Kusumoto-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8650 (Japan)

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    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We use MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes for siRNA delivery. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes can efficiently and rapidly deliver siRNA into the cytoplasm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rapid delivery of siRNA is due to the membrane fusion between liposomes and plasma membrane. -- Abstract: The downregulation of gene expression by RNA interference holds great potential for genetic analysis and gene therapy. However, a more efficient delivery system for small interfering RNA (siRNA) into the target cells is required for wide fields such as cell biology, physiology, and clinical application. Non-viral vectors are stronger candidates than viral vectors because they are safer and easier to prepare. We have previously used a new method for gene transfection by combining cationic liposomes with the biosurfactant mannosylerythritol lipid-A (MEL-A). The novel MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes rapidly delivered DNA (plasmids and oligonucleotides) into the cytosol and nucleus through membrane fusion between liposomes and the plasma membrane, and consequently, enhanced the gene transfection efficiency. In this study, we determined the efficiency of MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes for siRNA delivery. We observed that exogenous and endogenous protein expression was suppressed by approximately 60% at 24 h after brief (30 min) incubation of target cells with MEL-A-containing cationic liposome/siRNA complexes. Confocal microscopic analysis showed that suppression of protein expression was caused by rapid siRNA delivery into the cytosol. We found that the MEL-A-containing cationic liposomes directly delivered siRNA into the cytoplasm by the membrane fusion in addition to endocytotic pathway whereas Lipofectamine Trade-Mark-Sign RNAiMax delivered siRNA only by the endocytotic pathway. It seems that the ability to rapidly and directly deliver siRNA into the cytosol using MEL-A-containing cationic

  6. Establishment of the cytoplasmic incompatibility-inducing Wolbachia strain wMel in an important agricultural pest insect.

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    Zhou, Xiao-Fei; Li, Zheng-Xi

    2016-12-16

    The wMel Wolbachia strain was known for cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI)-induction and blocking the transmission of dengue. However, it is unknown whether it can establish and induce CI in a non-dipteran host insect. Here we artificially transferred wMel from Drosophila melanogaster into the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation demonstrated that wMel had successfully transfected the new host. Reciprocal crossing was conducted with wMel-transfected and wild-type isofemale lines, indicating that wMel could induce a strong CI without imposing significant cost on host fecundity. We then determined the maternal transmission efficiency of wMel in the offspring generations, showing a fluctuating trend over a period of 12 generations. We thus detected the titre of wMel during different developmental stages and in different generations by using real-time quantitative PCR, revealing a similar fluctuating mode, but it was not significantly correlated with the dynamics of transmission efficiency. These results suggest that wMel can be established in B.tabaci, a distantly related pest insect of agricultural importance; moreover, it can induce a strong CI phenotype in the recipient host insect, suggesting a potential for its use in biological control of B. tabaci.

  7. wMel limits zika and chikungunya virus infection in a Singapore Wolbachia-introgressed Ae. aegypti strain, wMel-Sg.

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    Cheong Huat Tan

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Zika (ZIKV and Chikungunya (CHIKV viruses are emerging Aedes-borne viruses that are spreading outside their known geographic range and causing wide-scale epidemics. It has been reported that these viruses can be transmitted efficiently by Ae. aegypti. Recent studies have shown that Ae. aegypti when transinfected with certain Wolbachia strains shows a reduced replication and dissemination of dengue (DENV, Chikungunya (CHIKV, and Yellow Fever (YFV viruses. The aim of this study was to determine whether the wMel strain of Wolbachia introgressed onto a Singapore Ae. aegypti genetic background was able to limit ZIKV and CHIKV infection in the mosquito.Five to seven-day old mosquitoes either infected or uninfected with wMel Wolbachia were orally infected with a Ugandan strain of ZIKV and several outbreak strains of CHIKV. The midgut and salivary glands of each mosquito were sampled at days 6, 9 and 13 days post infectious blood meal to determine midgut infection and salivary glands dissemination rates, respectively. In general, all wild type Ae. aegypti were found to have high ZIKV and CHIKV infections in their midguts and salivary glands, across all sampling days, compared to Wolbachia infected counterparts. Median viral titre for all viruses in Wolbachia infected mosquitoes were significantly lower across all time points when compared to wild type mosquitoes. Most significantly, all but two and one of the wMel infected mosquitoes had no detectable ZIKV and CHIKV, respectively, in their salivary glands at 14 days post-infectious blood meal.Our results showed that wMel limits both ZIKV and CHIKV infection when introgressed into a Singapore Ae. aegypti genetic background. These results also strongly suggest that female Aedes aegypti carrying Wolbachia will have a reduced capacity to transmit ZIKV and CHIKV.

  8. Acceptance test procedure for the master equipment list (MEL)database system -- phase I

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    Jech, J.B.

    1997-01-01

    The Waste Remediation System/.../Facilities Configuration Management Integration group has requested development of a system to help resolve many of the difficulties associated with management of master equipment list information. This project has been identified as Master Equipment List (MEL) database system. Further definition is contained in the system requirements specification (SRS), reference 7

  9. Composição e propriedades terapêuticas do mel de abelha.

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    R. A. SILVA

    2008-10-01

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    O mel é uma solução supersaturada de açúcares (principalmente glicose e frutose, mas também possui outros constituintes que mesmo em pequenas concentrações, fazem do mel um produto muito rico em vitaminas, minerais, compostos fenólicos e enzimas. É um produto utilizado em todo o mundo, não só pela sua propriedade adoçante, mas também como promotor de saúde. Os consumidores em geral consideram o mel uma fonte natural de saúde devido às suas qualidades terapêuticas tais como: atividade antimicrobiana, protetor de doenças gastrointestinais, propriedades antioxidantes, propriedades prebióticas, além de ser uma boa fonte de energia. No entanto, vale salientar que a composição e as propriedades do mel variam de acordo com a fonte floral.

  10. Characterization of the Mel1c melatoninergic receptor in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

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    Gautier, Célia; Guenin, Sophie-Penelope; Riest-Fery, Isabelle; Perry, Tahlia Jade; Legros, Céline; Nosjean, Olivier; Simonneaux, Valerie; Grützner, Frank

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    Melatonin is a neurohormone produced in both animals and plants. It binds at least three G-protein-coupled receptors: MT1 and MT2, and Mel1cGPR. Mammalian GPR50 evolved from the reptilian/avian Mel1c and lost its capacity to bind melatonin in all the therian mammal species that have been tested. In order to determine if binding is lost in the oldest surviving mammalian lineage of monotremes we investigated whether the melatonin receptor has the ability to bind melatonin in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), and evaluated its pharmacological profile. Sequence and phylogenetic analysis showed that platypus has in fact retained the ancestral Mel1c and has the capacity to bind melatonin similar to other mammalian melatonin receptors (MT1 and MT2), with an affinity in the 1 nM range. We also investigated the binding of a set of melatoninergic ligands used previously to characterize the molecular pharmacology of the melatonin receptors from sheep, rats, mice, and humans and found that the general profiles of these compounds make Mel1c resemble human MT1 more than MT2. This work shows that the loss of GPR50 binding evolved after the divergence of monotremes less than 190MYA in therian mammals. PMID:29529033

  11. Sementes de melão osmoticamente condicionadas: vale a pena utilizá-las?

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    Nascimento Warley Marcos

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O estabelecimento rápido e uniforme das plântulas no campo é um dos aspectos mais importantes para se alcançar bom estande e se ter garantia da expressão da produtividade máxima das hortaliças. Diversos fatores podem influenciar a germinação das sementes e a emergência de plântulas de várias hortaliças, incluindo o melão. Dentre os diferentes tipos de tratamentos de sementes visando a melhoria do estabelecimento de plântulas de melão, o condicionamento osmótico poderia ser boa opção. Sementes osmoticamente condicionadas de melão apresentam melhor desempenho na germinação, especialmente sob condições de baixas temperaturas. A aderência do tegumento durante a emergência pode ser minimizada com a utilização de sementes osmoticamente condicionadas. Outros aspectos relacionados com essa técnica e seus efeitos na germinação de sementes e estabelecimento da cultura do melão são discutidos nesse artigo.

  12. Acceptance test procedure for the master equipment list (MEL)database system -- phase I

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    Jech, J.B.

    1997-04-10

    The Waste Remediation System/.../Facilities Configuration Management Integration group has requested development of a system to help resolve many of the difficulties associated with management of master equipment list information. This project has been identified as Master Equipment List (MEL) database system. Further definition is contained in the system requirements specification (SRS), reference 7.

  13. Rasgos melódicos de énfasis en español

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    Francisco José Cantero Serena

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available En aquest article presentem els resultats de l’anàlisi melòdica realitzada sobre un corpus de parla espontània en espanyol, amb l’objectiu d’identificar els trets melòdics que es posen en joc per tal de realitzar un ènfasi entonatiu rellevat tant a la caracterització fonològica de l’enunciat /+ enfàtc/ com a la seva descripció melòdica. El corpus analitzat està format per un total de 90 enunciats emesos en situacions comunicatives genuïnes per un conjunt de 37 informants (15 homes i 22 dones, tots ells desconeixedors de l’experiment. Els enunciats van ser analitzats amb el nostre Mètode d’Anàlisi Melòdica (v. Cantero, 1999 i els resultats de l’anàlisi varen ser sotmesos a diveres proves de comprovació: síntesi de veu i proves perceptives.

  14. Heat Sensitivity of wMel Wolbachia during Aedes aegypti Development.

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    Jill N Ulrich

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The wMel strain of Wolbachia bacteria is known to prevent dengue and Zika virus transmission in the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti. Accordingly, the release of wMel-infected A. aegypti in endemic regions has been recommended by the World Health Organization as a potential strategy for controlling dengue and Zika outbreaks. However, the utility of this approach could be limited if high temperatures in the aquatic habitats where A. aegypti develop are detrimental to Wolbachia. We exposed wMel-infected A. aegypti eggs and larvae to fluctuating daily temperatures of 30-40°C for three, five, or seven days during their development. We found that Wolbachia levels in females emerging from heat treatments were significantly lower than in the controls that had developed at 20-30°C. Notably, seven days of high temperatures starting at the egg stage reduced Wolbachia levels in emerging females to less than 0.1% of the wMel control levels. However, after adult females returned to 20-30°C for 4-7 days, they experienced differing degrees of Wolbachia recovery. Our findings suggest that the spread of Wolbachia in wild A. aegypti populations and any consequent protection from dengue and Zika viruses might be limited in ecosystems that experience periods of extreme heat, but Wolbachia levels recover partially after temperatures return to normal.

  15. Qualidade de melão minimamente processado armazenado em atmosfera modificada passiva

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Frutos de melão do tipo, rendilhado cv. Bônus II, foram minimamente processados na forma de cubos e acondicionados em embalagens de diversos materiais sendo, em seguida, armazenados a 3ºC. Nas embalagens foram utilizados os materiais: AFG: filme poliolefínico da DuPont 15µm, HP: filme poliolefínico da DuPont 15µm, PD-900: filme poliolefínico da Cryovac 58µm, PEBD: filme de polietileno de baixa densidade 87µm, PP: filme de polipropileno 52µm, BB-200: filme multicamada da Cryovac 65µm, PET: embalagem rígida de polietereftalato de etileno. Foram determinadas as taxas de permeabilidade ao O2 e ao CO2 de cada uma das embalagens. As composições gasosas do espaço livre das embalagens foram determinadas diariamente durante 8 dias e no 9º dia as características físico-químicas e sensoriais foram avaliadas. A taxa respiratória foi determinada nos melões inteiros e nos melões minimamente processados. Os filmes utilizados não promoveram modificação efetiva da atmosfera, mas a embalagem rígida de PET proporcionou, a partir do 6º dia, uma atmosfera de equilíbrio com 12% O2 e 7% CO2. As características físico-químicas dos melões foram mantidas em todos os tratamentos, enquanto as características sensoriais foram mantidas apenas nos melões acondicionados na embalagem rígida de PET. A modificação passiva da atmosfera, para melão minimamente processado armazenado a 3ºC, não foi verificada na extensão desejada com as embalagens estudadas, provavelmente devido à baixa taxa respiratória observada nesta temperatura, associada à alta relação entre área de permeação da embalagem e massa de melão.

  16. Data supporting the angiotensin II activates MEL18 to deSUMOylate HSF2 for hypertension-related heart failure

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    Full Text Available In association with the published article “Inhibition of HSF2 SUMOylation via MEL18 upregulates IGF-IIR and leads to hypertension-induced cardiac hypertrophy” (Huang et al., 2017 [1], this data article contains information about deSUMOylation of HSF2 on lysine 82 on angiotensin II (ANG II -induced cardiac hypertrophy, which is mediated by MEL18. Isolated adult human whole heart tissue showed MEL18-mediated HSF2-IGF-IIR pathway is upregulated in hypertension human heart, compared to health human heart.

  17. Validation of the Cepstral Spectral Index of Dysphonia (CSID) as a Screening Tool for Voice Disorders: Development of Clinical Cutoff Scores.

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    Awan, Shaheen N; Roy, Nelson; Zhang, Dong; Cohen, Seth M

    2016-03-01

    The purposes of this study were to (1) evaluate the performance of the Cepstral Spectral Index of Dysphonia (CSID--a multivariate estimate of dysphonia severity) as a potential screening tool for voice disorder identification and (2) identify potential clinical cutoff scores to classify voice-disordered cases versus controls. Subjects were 332 men and women (116 men, 216 women) comprised of subjects who presented to a physician with a voice-related complaint and a group of non-voice-related control subjects. Voice-disordered cases versus controls were initially defined via three reference standards: (1) auditory-perceptual judgment (dysphonia +/-); (2) Voice Handicap Index (VHI) score (VHI +/-); and (3) laryngoscopic description (laryngoscopic +/-). Speech samples were analyzed using the Analysis of Dysphonia in Speech and Voice program. Cepstral and spectral measures were combined into a CSID multivariate formula which estimated dysphonia severity for Rainbow Passage samples (i.e., the CSIDR). The ability of the CSIDR to accurately classify cases versus controls in relation to each reference standard was evaluated via a combination of logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses. The ability of the CSIDR to discriminate between cases and controls was represented by the "area under the ROC curve" (AUC). ROC classification of dysphonia-positive cases versus controls resulted in a strong AUC = 0.85. A CSIDR cutoff of ≈24 achieved the best balance between sensitivity and specificity, whereas a more liberal cutoff score of ≈19 resulted in higher sensitivity while maintaining respectable specificity which may be preferred for screening purposes. Weaker but adequate AUCs = 0.75 and 0.73 were observed for the classification of VHI-positive and laryngoscopic-positive cases versus controls, respectively. Logistic regression analyses indicated that subject age may be a significant covariate in the discrimination of dysphonia-positive and VHI

  18. Enrichment for Th1 cells in the Mel-14+ CD4+ T cell fraction in aged mice

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    Dobber, R.; Tielemans, M.; Nagelkerken, L.

    1995-01-01

    CD4+ T cells from young and aged mice were sorted into Mel-14+ cells which are regarded as naive cells and Mel-14- cells which are regarded as memory cells. These subsets were stimulated in short-time cultures with anti-CD3 or anti-CD3/anti-CD28 in order to determine the presence of Th1 and/or Th2

  19. Produção de mel por abelhas africanizadas em plantio de mamoneira

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    Marcelo de Oliveira Milfont

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo investigar se abelhas Apis mellifera L. produzem mel ou não em plantio comercial de mamoneira (Ricinus communis L.. A pesquisa foi realizada no Núcleo de Produção Comunitária Santa Clara, Canto do Buriti, Piauí (PI. Dois apiários, com seis colônias cada, foram instalados em duas áreas de cultivo de mamona. A primeira área era mantida livre de ervas daninhas (área limpa, enquanto a outra não, apresentando estrato herbáceo entre as fileiras de cultivo (área suja. As colônias receberam melgueiras vazias à medida que necessário e eram pesadas a cada sete dias, até o final do experimento, aos 49 dias. Houve produção de mel em todas as colônias, porém a produção não diferiu (P>0,05 entre os apiários a cada pesagem. A área limpa produziu uma média de 18,8±4,0kg de mel/colônia, enquanto que, na área suja, a produtividade foi de 23,5±3,0. Conclui-se que abelhas Apis mellifera L. produzem e armazenam mel quando introduzidas em áreas de cultivo comercial de mamona.

  20. Temperatura de armazenamento e tipo de corte para melão minimamente processado

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    Arruda Maria Cecília de

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo determinar a temperatura de armazenamento e o tipo de corte que proporciona melhor manutenção da qualidade de melões minimamente processados. Melões rendilhados, híbrido Bonus II, foram processados em câmara fria a 12ºC. Os frutos foram cortados manualmente em 8 fatias longitudinais. Em um dos tratamentos, as fatias foram divididas em pedaços de aproximadamente 3 cm de base e, no outro tratamento, foram utilizadas fatias inteiras. O produto minimamente processado foi acondicionado em embalagem rígida de politereftalato de etileno e armazenado a 3; 6 e 9ºC. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial. Foram realizadas análises físico-químicas e sensoriais a cada 3 dias, por um período de 9 dias. A coloração e o teor de sólidos solúveis totais não foram afetados pelos tratamentos. O produto armazenado a 3ºC manteve maiores valores de firmeza, independentemente do tipo de corte. A aparência foi considerada boa até o 9º dia de armazenamento e o aroma, até o 6º dia, para melões a 3ºC. Em todos os tratamentos, houve declínio das notas atribuídas ao sabor durante o armazenamento. Pelos resultados obtidos, conclui-se que a qualidade de melões minimamente processados pode ser mantida por 6 dias a 3ºC, independentemente do tipo de corte.

  1. Optimal control approach for establishing wMelPop Wolbachia infection among wild Aedes aegypti populations.

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    Campo-Duarte, Doris E; Vasilieva, Olga; Cardona-Salgado, Daiver; Svinin, Mikhail

    2018-02-10

    Wolbachia-based biocontrol has recently emerged as a potential method for prevention and control of dengue and other vector-borne diseases. Major vector species, such as Aedes aegypti females, when deliberately infected with Wolbachia become less capable of getting viral infections and transmitting the virus to human hosts. In this paper, we propose an explicit sex-structured population model that describes an interaction of uninfected (wild) male and female mosquitoes and those deliberately infected with wMelPop strain of Wolbachia in the same locality. This particular strain of Wolbachia is regarded as the best blocker of dengue and other arboviral infections. However, wMelPop strain of Wolbachia also causes the loss of individual fitness in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Our model allows for natural introduction of the decision (or control) variable, and we apply the optimal control approach to simulate wMelPop Wolbachia infestation of wild Aedes aegypti populations. The control action consists in continuous periodic releases of mosquitoes previously infected with wMelPop strain of Wolbachia in laboratory conditions. The ultimate purpose of control is to find a tradeoff between reaching the population replacement in minimum time and with minimum cost of the control effort. This approach also allows us to estimate the number of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes to be released in day-by-day control action. The proposed method of biological control is safe to human health, does not contaminate the environment, does not make harm to non-target species, and preserves their interaction with mosquitoes in the ecosystem.

  2. Plasmid Localization and Organization of Melamine Degradation Genes in Rhodococcus sp. Strain Mel

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    Dodge, Anthony G.; Wackett, Lawrence P.

    2012-01-01

    Rhodococcus sp. strain Mel was isolated from soil by enrichment and grew in minimal medium with melamine as the sole N source with a doubling time of 3.5 h. Stoichiometry studies showed that all six nitrogen atoms of melamine were assimilated. The genome was sequenced by Roche 454 pyrosequencing to 13× coverage, and a 22.3-kb DNA region was found to contain a homolog to the melamine deaminase gene trzA. Mutagenesis studies showed that the cyanuric acid hydrolase and biuret hydrolase genes were clustered together on a different 17.9-kb contig. Curing and gene transfer studies indicated that 4 of 6 genes required for the complete degradation of melamine were located on an ∼265-kb self-transmissible linear plasmid (pMel2), but this plasmid was not required for ammeline deamination. The Rhodococcus sp. strain Mel melamine metabolic pathway genes were located in at least three noncontiguous regions of the genome, and the plasmid-borne genes encoding enzymes for melamine metabolism were likely recently acquired. PMID:22210223

  3. Flora asociada a la actividad melífera en apiarios al sur del departamento del Huila, macizo colombiano

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    Gustavo Adolfo Silva Arias

    2006-07-01

    Se determinaron 135 de las especies como melíferas, la mayoría pertenecientes a las familias Asteraceae, Fabaceae s l y Lamiaceae. Se hallaron 87 especies melíferas en La Argentina, 57 en Palestina y 43 en Pitalito. Seis de las especies melíferas encontradas se establecieron como las más importantes por presentar los mayores índices de importancia ecológica (Saurauia aromatica, Cuphea micrantha, Bidens pilosa, Baccharis nitida, Coffea arabica y Cedrela sp.. Adicionalmente se consideran como especies importantes de la flora melífera a Toxicodendron striatum, Viburnum cornifolium, Vismia baccifera, Hyptis pseudosinuata, Austroeupatorium inulaefolium e Inga cocleensis, que a diferencia de las anteriores presentan índices de importancia más bajos pero están presentes en las tres localidades muestreadas y poseen un amplio espectro de hábitats. Se presenta un catálogo digital con fotos de alta resolución de 109 especies, correspondientes a 44 familias, de los cuales 61 especies hacen parte de la flora melífera reconocida. Los resultados obtenidos permitirán escoger especies melíferas de mayor importancia para iniciar trabajos de calendarios florales y ofertas de néctar, además de proponer el manejo de especies poco comunes que además de poseer importancia melífera pueden generar otros beneficios ecológicos y financieros. Este trabajo junto con la caracterización de la vegetación de las mismas zonas, permitirán establecer la capacidad de carga apícola de acuerdo a la oferta ambiental de la zona.

  4. Padrões de diversidade mitocondrial da abelha melífera em Portugal continental

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    Pinto, M. Alice; Henriques, Dora; Neto, Margarida; Guedes, Helena

    2013-01-01

    A distribuição natural da abelha melífera (Apis mellifera L.) abrange a África, a Europa e o Médio Oriente (Figura 1). Esta ampla área geográfica é ocupada por 30 subespécies (raças geográficas) de abelhas (Ruttner 1988; Engel 1999; Sheppard e Meixner 2003; Meixner et al. 2011) que têm sido agrupadas em quatro linhagens (Ruttner 1988), nomeadamente: a linhagem do Médio Oriente (O), a linhagem Africana (A), a linhagem da Europa oriental (C) e a linhagem da Europa ...

  5. Antiproliferative Effect of Rottlerin on Sk-Mel-28 Melanoma Cells

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    Elena Daveri

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    Full Text Available Melanoma is the most aggressive and chemoresistant form of skin cancer. Mutated, constitutively active B-RAF is believed to play a crucial role, although the selective B-RAF inhibition has shown poor clinical success, since phenomena of resistance usually occur, likely arising from additional genetic aberrations, such as loss of function of p53 and PTEN, overexpression of cyclin D1, hyperactivation of NF-κB, and downregulation of p21/Cip1. Since all of them are present in the Sk-Mel-28 melanoma cells, this cell line could be an ideal, albeit hard to study, model to develop new therapeutic strategies. In the current study, we tested the cytostatic action of Rottlerin on Sk-Mel-28 melanoma cells, on the basis of the known Rottlerin effects on the main proliferative signaling pathways. We presented evidence that the drug inhibits cell growth by an Akt- and p21/Cip1-independent mechanism, involving the dual inhibition of ERK and NF-κB and downregulation of cyclin D1. In addition, we found that Rottlerin increases ERK phosphorylation, but, surprisingly, this resulted in decreased ERK activity. Pull-down experiments, using Rottlerin-CNBr-conjugated Sepharose beads, revealed that Rottlerin binds to ERK, independently from its phosphorylation status. This direct interaction could in part explain the paradoxical blockage of ERK downstream signaling and growth arrest.

  6. Mel de abelhas sem ferrão: proposta de regulamentação

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    Ricardo Costa Rodrigues de Camargo

    Full Text Available Resumo Os méis das abelhas sem ferrão são produtos únicos da biodiversidade brasileira, presentes e valorizados pela cultura popular desde os povos originais das Américas. Por ser mais ácido e apresentar maior teor de umidade, seu sabor é peculiar e sua viscosidade é menor quando comparada ao mel proveniente da espécie exótica Apis mellifera. Devido a essas diferenças, esse produto necessita do estabelecimento de parâmetros físico-químicos específicos que sejam referência tanto para controle de qualidade como para sua comercialização. Com base em pesquisas realizadas pela Embrapa, pelo Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos de Campinas e pelo levantamento bibliográfico de diversos estudos científicos realizados por outros institutos de ensino e pesquisa, esta comunicação tem como objetivo esclarecer as peculiaridades deste produto e apresentar uma proposta de Regulamento Técnico de Identidade e Padrão para o Mel das Abelhas Sem Ferrão, visando sua comercialização no Estado de São Paulo, contribuindo assim para a disponibilidade de um produto seguro e de qualidade para o consumidor final.

  7. Estudo Bioquímico de Qualidade do Mel de Abelha Comercializado no Municipio de Caraúbas - RN

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    Lucas de Souza Barbosa

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O mel é uma substância que vem sendo utilizada pelo homem como alimento, é um produto natural elaborado pelas abelhas a partir do néctar das flores, possui propriedades nutritivas e terapêuticas. O mel de abelhas é um produto alimentício muito apreciado, porém pode ser facilmente adulterado com a adição de açúcares ou xaropes. Desta forma, é necessário fiscalizar sua qualidade através de análises físico-químicas com a finalidade de conhecer a composição química do mel de abelha comercializado além de contribuir para a identificação de fraudes e mudanças físico-químicas indesejáveis. Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a qualidade físico-química do mel de abelha comercializado no município de Caraúbas – RN e sua adequação quanto aos padrões de identidade e qualidade estipulados pela legislação brasileira. As amostras de mel foram adquiridas no comércio do município de Caraubas – RN, sendo estas transportadas até o laboratório de Tecnologia de Alimentos, da UFERSA e UFCG, onde foram armazenadas para posteriores análises. Foram analisadas 6 amostras de diferentes produtores e marcas sendo os ensaios conduzidos com um numero mínimo de três repetições. No tocante às análises microscópicas, todas as amostras de mel estavam de acordo à legislação em vigor, não apresentando sujidades, fragmentos ou larvas de insetos, os testes bioquímicos demonstraram resultados de acordo com os índices estipulados pela legislação demonstrando uma boa qualidade dos méis analisados dentro dos Padrões de Identidade e Qualidade do mel de abelha, vigentes e estipulados pela legislação brasileira. Sugeri-se, portanto como forma de assegurar à qualidade do mel de abelha comercializado a adoção dos princípios das Boas Práticas Apícolas nas unidades produtoras.

  8. Avaliação dos Níveis de Contaminação dos Antibióticos no mel Português

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    Correia, Daniela M.; Vilas-Boas, Miguel; Dias, L.G.

    2006-01-01

    A presença residual dos antibióticos no mel é um problema actual com implicações negativas, principalmente comerciais, desde que, de acordo com a legislação europeia, a ocorrência de antibióticos em. amostras do mel é proibida

  9. Voice activity detection using audio-visual information

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    Petsatodis, Theodore; Pnevmatikakis, Aristodemos; Boukis, Christos

    2009-01-01

    -decision scheme. The Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients and the vertical mouth opening are the chosen audio and visual features respectively, both augmented with their first-order derivatives. The proposed system is assessed using far-field recordings from four different speakers and under various levels...... of additive white Gaussian noise, to obtain a performance superior than that which each unimodal component alone can achieve....

  10. Genome Sequence of the Melanin-Producing Extremophile Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. pectinolytica Strain 34melT.

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    Pavan, M Elisa; Pavan, Esteban E; López, Nancy I; Levin, Laura; Pettinari, M Julia

    2013-09-12

    The genome of Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. pectinolytica strain 34mel(T), isolated from a heavily polluted river, contains several genomic islands and putative virulence genes. The identification of genes involved in resistance to different kinds of stress sheds light on the mechanisms used by this strain to thrive in an extreme environment.

  11. Música del Magdalena Grande en el siglo XIX. Eulalio Meléndez

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    Guillermo Henríquez Torres

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    Full Text Available "Los carnavales de Ciénaga son más antiguos que los de Barranquilla; de aquí salieron para allá. Antes la gente bien no bailaba; sólo el pueblo. En esta casa nació la sociedad de Ciénaga; se bailó por primera vez cuando vino Jorge Isaacs. Hicimos un baile y Eulalio Meléndez compuso El caimán. Él vino a esta casa de quince años, papá lo empleó como ayudante de farmacia y aquí aprendió música con el profesor José C. Alarcón, quien venía de Santa Marta a darle clases a mi hermana María"

  12. MEL-IRIS: An Online Tool for Audio Analysis and Music Indexing

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    Dimitrios Margounakis

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Chroma is an important attribute of music and sound, although it has not yet been adequately defined in literature. As such, it can be used for further analysis of sound, resulting in interesting colorful representations that can be used in many tasks: indexing, classification, and retrieval. Especially in Music Information Retrieval (MIR, the visualization of the chromatic analysis can be used for comparison, pattern recognition, melodic sequence prediction, and color-based searching. MEL-IRIS is the tool which has been developed in order to analyze audio files and characterize music based on chroma. The tool implements specially designed algorithms and a unique way of visualization of the results. The tool is network-oriented and can be installed in audio servers, in order to manipulate large music collections. Several samples from world music have been tested and processed, in order to demonstrate the possible uses of such an analysis.

  13. Experimental and Simulation Studies of the Toluene on Pure-Silica MEL Zeolite

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    Sanchez-Gil, Vicente; Noya, Eva G.; Sanz, Alejandro

    2016-01-01

    of roughly 4 molecules per unit cell that shifts to higher pressures at higher temperatures and that coincides with a sudden increase in the isosteric heat of adsorption. Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations reveal that the substep at half load is caused by the adsorption of toluene molecules at different...... of the high load sample. Atomic structural models compatible with the experimental spectra were obtained by performing N-reverse Monte Carlo simulations. Whereas at half load a good fit of the experimental diffraction pattern can be obtained using the rigid zeolite approximation, at high load, this is only......In this work, the adsorption of toluene on pure silica MEL zeolite is investigated using a variety of experimental and simulation methods. First, we measured the volumetric and calorimetric isotherms at 301 K and at 315 K. The volumetric adsorption isotherm presents a substep at a loading...

  14. Laser in situ keratomileusis for hyperopia and hyperopic astigmatism using the Meditec MEL 70 spot scanner.

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    Ditzen, Klaus; Fiedler, Joachim; Pieger, Stefan

    2002-01-01

    To evaluate safety, predictability, efficacy, and stability of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for spherical hyperopia and hyperopia with astigmatism. In this retrospective study we analyzed the results of 23 eyes of 23 patients who had LASIK for spherical hyperopia (preoperative cylinder ring for a 9.5-mm flap diameter; Asclepion-Meditec MEL 70 G-scan flying spot laser with a 1.8-mm Gaussian beam). In Group 1 (spherical hyperopia), mean preoperative spherical equivalent refraction was +4.88 +/- 2.13 D (range +2.13 to +9.63 D); in Group 2 (hyperopic astigmatism), +4.33 +/- 2.15 D (range +0.50 to +9.50 D). One year after LASIK, mean spherical equivalent refraction was +0.30 +/- 0.90 D (range -0.75 to +2.50 D) in Group 1 and +0.29 +/- 1.27 D (range -3.25 to +3.25 D) in Group 2. In Group 1, 78%, and in Group 2, 42% were within +/- 0.50 D. In Group 1, no eyes lost two or more lines, and one eye (6%) lost one line of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity at 1 year. In Group 2, one eye (4%) lost one line and one eye (4%) lost more than two lines at 1 year. Uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better was achieved in 83% (Group 1) vs. 62% (Group 2) at 1 year; these values improved to 100% vs. 71% for corrections up to +6.00 D. LASIK with the Meditec MEL 70 G-Scan flying spot laser seemed to be safe and effective for hyperopia and hyperopia with astigmatism for corrections up to +6.00 D. Large flap diameters are necessary to avoid epithelial ingrowth.

  15. Espectro polínico de amostras de mel de Melipona mandacaia Smith, 1863 (Hymenoptera: Apidae = Pollen spectrum from honey samples of Melipona mandacaia Smith, 1863 stingless bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae

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    Rogério Marcos de Oliveira Alves

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available O espectro polínico de amostras de mel da abelha Melipona mandacaia foi analisado com objetivo de elucidar os recursos alimentares utilizados por essa espécie. A identificação das plantas visitadas foi realizada com base na análise dos tipos polínicos encontrados nas amostras de mel coletadas em 11 colônias localizadas no município de São Gabriel, em área de caatinga do Estado da Bahia, Brasil (11º14’S e 41º52’W. As análises quantitativas e qualitativas foram realizadas com o objetivo de determinar as porcentagens e classes de freqüência dos tipos polínicos presentes nas amostras de mel. Foram encontrados 26 tipos polínicos, sendo o tipo Piptadenia rigida (Mimosaceae considerado dominante. Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae, Mimosa verrucata (Mimosaceae e M. arenosa (Mimosaceae foram considerados pólen isolado importante. As famílias mais representativas no espectro polínico das amostras de mel foram Mimosaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Asteraceae e Anacardiaceae.The pollen spectrum from honey samples of Melipona mandacaia stingless bee was analyzed aiming at elucidating the alimentaryresources used by that species. The identification of the visited plants was based on the analysis of pollen from honey samples collected in 11 hives located in São Gabriel county, in the semiarid area of Bahia State, Brazil (11º14’S and 41º52’W. The quantitative and qualitative analyses of honey samples were conducted in order to determine the pollen types percentages and frequency classes. Twenty-six pollen types were found, being the Piptadenia rigida type (Mimosaceae considered dominant. Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae, Mimosa verrucata (Mimosaceae and M. arenosa (Mimosaceae were considered important isolated pollen. The most representative families found in the pollen spectrum of the honey samples were Mimosaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Asteraceae and Anacardiaceae.

  16. Design and implementation of the 40, 50/51 protections and MEL, OEL and V/HZ limiters in a synchronous generator; Diseno e implementacion de las protecciones 40,50/51 y limitadores MEL, OEL y V/HZ en un generador sincrono

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    Goitia Ochoa, Salvador Hector

    2001-10-15

    The thesis shows the design and implementation of loss of field (40) and overcurrent (50/51) relays, minimum excitation limiter (MEL), over excitation limiter (OEL) and Voltage / Frequency limiter (V/Hz). It is also shown the development of a synchronous machine mathematical model for representing the conditions of open circuit, three phase short-circuit at stator terminals and short/open circuit at the field winding. Finally, a study about the magnetic saturation effect on the protection against loss of excitation is shown. It is studied the effects on the relay settings by using the X{sub d} saturated reactance. All the tests were applied for a salient-pole synchronous machine of 7 kVA, 220 V and 1800 rpm. The machine is at the Propulsion Laboratory of the Instituto Tecnologico de La Laguna. [Spanish] En este trabajo de tesis se realiza el diseno e implementacion de las protecciones contra la perdida de campo (40) y de sobrecorriente (50/51), asi como el de los limitadores de minima excitacion (MEL), maxima excitacion (OEL) y el limitador de Voltaje / Frecuencia (V/Hz). Ademas se muestra el desarrollo de las ecuaciones del modelo matematico del generador sincrono en condiciones de circuito abierto, con una falla trifasica en terminales, con el devanado de campo en corto circuito y en circuito abierto. Por ultimo se realiza un estudio en el cual se incluye el efecto de la saturacion magnetica en la proteccion contra la perdida de campo y las consecuencias que traeria el ajustar la proteccion usando el parametro de X{sub d} saturada. Las pruebas fisicas de las protecciones y limitadores fueron aplicadas a un generador sincrono de polos salientes con una capacidad de 7 kVA, 220 V, 1800 rpm, localizado en el Laboratorio de Propulsion de Instituto Tecnologico de la laguna.

  17. Activity of a melimine derived peptide Mel4 against Stenotrophomonas, Delftia, Elizabethkingia, Burkholderia and biocompatibility as a contact lens coating

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    Dutta, Debarun; Zhao, Timothy; Cheah, Kai Bing

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    investigated for changes in lens parameters. Safety of Mel-4 coated lenses were determined in a rabbit model of daily contralateral wear. A prospective, randomised, double-masked, contralateral, 1week daily wear human clinical trial was used to evaluate subjective responses and ocular physiology. Results Mel4......Purpose To determine the antimicrobial activity of the melimine derived peptide Mel4 against Delftia, Stenotrophomonas, Elizabethkingia, Burkholderia and to investigate biocompatibility of Mel4 as an antimicrobial coating on contact lenses in animals and humans. Methods In vitro antimicrobial...... wear. During human clinical trial, there were no differences between Mel4 coated and uncoated contact lenses in lens performance indicators and ocular signs such as corneal fluorescein staining. Mel4 and control uncoated lenses had no differences in ocular symptoms during lens wear. Conclusion Mel4 has...

  18. Características físico-químicas de amostras de mel de Melipona asilvai (Hymenoptera: Apidae

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    Full Text Available Análises de amostras de mel da abelha Melipona asilvai provenientes dos municípios de Itaberaba e Tucano, região semi-árida do Estado da Bahia, foram realizadas com o objetivo de contribuir para o conhecimento das características físico-químicas desse produto. A maioria dos parâmetros físico-químicos apresentou valores adequados para o consumo humano, o que possibilita a exploração desse produto pelas comunidades rurais da região semi-árida da Bahia. Contudo, o teor de umidade elevado é um aspecto que merece uma maior atenção por parte do produtor, que deverá ter cuidado com a higiene na manipulação do mel durante a coleta e no processo de armazenamento.

  19. Determinação de sulfonamidas no mel por um método de HPLC-fluorescência

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    O mel e um produto natural pelo que a sua comercialização está sujeita a Legislação Europeia, que proíbe s sua comercialização na presença de quaisquer resíduos de antibióticos. O mel é um produto natural e a sua comercialização está sujeita à Legislação Europeia, que proíbe a sua comercialização na presença de quaisquer resíduos de antibióticos. Os antibióticos são usados no tratamento de abelhas com o intuito de combater infecções associadas às doenças da Loque Americana e Loque...

  20. Caracterização físico-química de cervejas elaboradas com mel

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    Luciana Trevisan Brunelli

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi produzir e caracterizar físico-quimicamente cervejas elaboradas com mel. Os ensaios de produção de cerveja foram feitos com nove tratamentos, combinação de três concentrações de extrato original (11, 13 e 15 ºBrix e três porcentagens de mel na formulação do mosto (0%, 20% e 40%. O experimento foi inteiramente casualizado com duas repetições, perfazendo dezoito parcelas experimentais. A mosturação foi realizada pelo processo de infusão, sendo o mel adicionado na etapa de fervura. Depois de clarificado, o mosto teve seu teor de extrato corrigido com água, sendo inoculado com levedura de baixa fermentação. A fermentação ocorreu a 10 ºC. A cerveja foi engarrafada manualmente e armazenada em freezer à temperatura de 0 ºC por 15 dias, para sua maturação. As cervejas foram analisadas quanto ao teor alcoólico, extrato real, extrato aparente, cor, amargor, turbidez, pH, acidez total e gás carbônico, densidade de espuma e total de espuma. Os resultados das análises físico-químicas das cervejas foram submetidos à análise de variância e as médias foram comparadas pelo teste de Tukey, ao nível de 5% de probabilidade. Todas as cervejas foram classificadas como claras. A presença de mel na formulação favoreceu a carbonatação, aumentou a densidade de espuma e total de espuma, mas, em contrapartida, as cervejas ficaram menos amargas e com menor acidez.

  1. Implementation of support vector machine for classification of speech marked hijaiyah letters based on Mel frequency cepstrum coefficient feature extraction

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    Adhi Pradana, Wisnu; Adiwijaya; Novia Wisesty, Untari

    2018-03-01

    Support Vector Machine or commonly called SVM is one method that can be used to process the classification of a data. SVM classifies data from 2 different classes with hyperplane. In this study, the system was built using SVM to develop Arabic Speech Recognition. In the development of the system, there are 2 kinds of speakers that have been tested that is dependent speakers and independent speakers. The results from this system is an accuracy of 85.32% for speaker dependent and 61.16% for independent speakers.

  2. APROPRIAÇÃO INTELECTUAL DA TECNOLOGIA (SOFTWARE E HARDWARE DO CONTROLE DE QUALIDADE DA CADEIA INDUSTRIAL DE MEL

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    Marcus Vinícius Dantas Linhares

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta as propriedades intelectuais resultantes do desenvolvimento do aporte tecnológico, que agrega hardware e software, denomindado BIPP (Bloco Inteligente do Processo de Produção, desenvolvidos com funcionalidades que garantem o registro de dados e características naturais do processo produtivo da cadeia do mel, somado a capacidade de processamento de informações sobre os indicadores que influenciam a sua qualidade, como a cor do mel, umidade relativa do ar, umidade do mel, temperatura ambiente, temperatura de armazenamento e presença de HMF (Hidroximetilfurfural. Portanto, este trabalho documenta as descrições, assim como, os impactos de tais tecnologias, com o objetivo de demonstrar a importância do processamento em Big Data no gerenciamento da cadeia produtiva e, principalmente, prever a iminência dos fatores de risco durante a produção do referido alimento. Os registros de propriedade intelectual foram solicitados juntos ao INPI – Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Intelectual.

  3. Food bike Rosa Mel: viabilidade do empreendimento por meio de Plano de Negócio

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    Danielle de Oliveira Barutti

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo objetiva propor a criação de um comércio itinerante de doces caseiros comercializando pão de mel, nos sabores brigadeiro, doce de leite e coco, trufas tradicionais, alfajor, café e água na modalidade Food Bike, na cidade de São Paulo. A modalidade Food Bike é o tipo de comércio itinerante em que se vendem comidas e bebidas, tendo como suporte uma bicicleta e não havendo necessidade de muito espaço para sua instalação. Utiliza-se como metodologia de análise, plano de negócio e pesquisa qualitativa exploratória para verificar o perfil do comércio itinerante e analisar o consumidor desse serviço. Foi concluído que este tipo de empreendimento é inovador, atraente, de baixo custo inicial, rentável e com taxa de retorno em torno de onze meses.

  4. A Computationally Efficient Mel-Filter Bank VAD Algorithm for Distributed Speech Recognition Systems

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    Vlaj Damjan

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel computationally efficient voice activity detection (VAD algorithm and emphasizes the importance of such algorithms in distributed speech recognition (DSR systems. When using VAD algorithms in telecommunication systems, the required capacity of the speech transmission channel can be reduced if only the speech parts of the signal are transmitted. A similar objective can be adopted in DSR systems, where the nonspeech parameters are not sent over the transmission channel. A novel approach is proposed for VAD decisions based on mel-filter bank (MFB outputs with the so-called Hangover criterion. Comparative tests are presented between the presented MFB VAD algorithm and three VAD algorithms used in the G.729, G.723.1, and DSR (advanced front-end Standards. These tests were made on the Aurora 2 database, with different signal-to-noise (SNRs ratios. In the speech recognition tests, the proposed MFB VAD outperformed all the three VAD algorithms used in the standards by relative (G.723.1 VAD, by relative (G.729 VAD, and by relative (DSR VAD in all SNRs.

  5. A Computationally Efficient Mel-Filter Bank VAD Algorithm for Distributed Speech Recognition Systems

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    Vlaj, Damjan; Kotnik, Bojan; Horvat, Bogomir; Kačič, Zdravko

    2005-12-01

    This paper presents a novel computationally efficient voice activity detection (VAD) algorithm and emphasizes the importance of such algorithms in distributed speech recognition (DSR) systems. When using VAD algorithms in telecommunication systems, the required capacity of the speech transmission channel can be reduced if only the speech parts of the signal are transmitted. A similar objective can be adopted in DSR systems, where the nonspeech parameters are not sent over the transmission channel. A novel approach is proposed for VAD decisions based on mel-filter bank (MFB) outputs with the so-called Hangover criterion. Comparative tests are presented between the presented MFB VAD algorithm and three VAD algorithms used in the G.729, G.723.1, and DSR (advanced front-end) Standards. These tests were made on the Aurora 2 database, with different signal-to-noise (SNRs) ratios. In the speech recognition tests, the proposed MFB VAD outperformed all the three VAD algorithms used in the standards by [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] relative (G.723.1 VAD), by [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] relative (G.729 VAD), and by [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] relative (DSR VAD) in all SNRs.

  6. Activation mechanism of melB tyrosinase from Aspergillus oryzae by acidic treatment.

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    Fujieda, Nobutaka; Murata, Michiaki; Yabuta, Shintaro; Ikeda, Takuya; Shimokawa, Chizu; Nakamura, Yukihiro; Hata, Yoji; Itoh, Shinobu

    2013-01-01

    The pro form of recombinant tyrosinase from Aspergillus oryzae (melB) shows no catalytic activity, but acid treatment (around pH 3.5) of protyrosinase activates it to induce tyrosinase activity. Circular dichroism spectra, gel filtration analysis, and colorimetric assay have indicated that acid treatment around pH 3.5 induced the disruption of the conformation of the C-terminal domain covering the enzyme active site. These structural changes induced by the acid treatment may open the entrance to the enzyme active site for substrate incorporation. To compare the mechanism of hydroxylation by the acid-treated tyrosinase with that by trypsin-treated tyrosinase, a detailed steady-state kinetic analysis of the phenolase activity was performed by monitoring the O(2)-consumption rate using a Clark-type oxygen electrode. The results clearly show that the phenolase activity (phenol hydroxylation) of the activated tyrosinase involves an electrophilic aromatic substitution mechanism as in the case of mushroom tyrosinase (Yamazaki and Itoh in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 125:13034-13035, 2003) and activated hemocyanin with urea (Morioka et al. in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128:6788-6789, 2006).

  7. Transcriptional attenuation controls macrolide inducible efflux and resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and in other Gram-positive bacteria containing mef/mel(msr(D elements.

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    Scott T Chancey

    Full Text Available Macrolide resistance, emerging in Streptococcus pneumoniae and other Gram-positive bacteria, is increasingly due to efflux pumps encoded by mef/mel(msr operons found on discrete mobile genetic elements. The regulation of mef/mel(msr in these elements is not well understood. We identified the mef(E/mel transcriptional start, localized the mef(E/mel promoter, and demonstrated attenuation of transcription as a mechanism of regulation of macrolide-inducible mef-mediated macrolide resistance in S. pneumoniae. The mef(E/mel transcriptional start site was a guanine 327 bp upstream of mef(E. Consensus pneumococcal promoter -10 (5'-TATACT-3' and -35 (5'-TTGAAC-3' boxes separated by 17 bp were identified 7 bp upstream of the start site. Analysis of the predicted secondary structure of the 327 5' region identified four pairs of inverted repeats R1-R8 predicted to fold into stem-loops, a small leader peptide [MTASMRLR, (Mef(EL] required for macrolide induction and a Rho-independent transcription terminator. RNA-seq analyses provided confirmation of transcriptional attenuation. In addition, expression of mef(EL was also influenced by mef(EL-dependent mRNA stability. The regulatory region 5' of mef(E was highly conserved in other mef/mel(msr-containing elements including Tn1207.1 and the 5612IQ complex in pneumococci and Tn1207.3 in Group A streptococci, indicating a regulatory mechanism common to a wide variety of Gram-positive bacteria containing mef/mel(msr elements.

  8. Multi-Modality Therapeutics with Potent Anti-Tumor Effects: Photochemical Internalization Enhances Delivery of the Fusion Toxin scFvMEL/rGel

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    Selbo, Pål K.; Rosenblum, Michael G.; Cheung, Lawrence H.; Zhang, Wendy; Berg, Kristian

    2009-01-01

    Background There is a need for drug delivery systems (DDS) that can enhance cytosolic delivery of anti-cancer drugs trapped in the endo-lysosomal compartments. Exposure of cells to specific photosensitizers followed by light exposure (photochemical internalization, PCI) results in transfer of agents from the endocytic compartment into the cytosol. Methodology and Principal Findings The recombinant single-chain fusion construct scFvMEL/rGel is composed of an antibody targeting the progenitor marker HMW-MAA/NG2/MGP/gp240 and the highly effective toxin gelonin (rGel). Here we demonstrate enhanced tumor cell selectivity, cytosolic delivery and anti-tumor activity by applying PCI of scFvMEL/rGel. PCI performed by light activation of cells co-incubated with scFvMEL/rGel and the endo-lysosomal targeting photosensitizers AlPcS2a or TPPS2a resulted in enhanced cytotoxic effects against antigen-positive cell lines, while no differences in cytotoxicity between the scFvMEL/rGel and rGel were observed in antigen-negative cells. Mice bearing well-developed melanoma (A-375) xenografts (50–100 mm3) were treated with PCI of scFvMEL/rGel. By 30 days after injection, ∼100% of mice in the control groups had tumors>800 mm3. In contrast, by day 40, 50% of mice in the PCI of scFvMEL/rGel combination group had tumorsmodality approach combining a recombinant, targeted therapeutic such as scFvMEL/rGel and PCI act in concert to provide potent in vivo efficacy without sacrificing selectivity or enhancing toxicity. The present DDS warrants further evaluation of its clinical potential. PMID:19690617

  9. Efeito de fertilizantes nitrogenados na produtividade de melão

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    José Monteiro Soares

    1999-07-01

    Full Text Available Em Petrolina, PE, foi realizado um estudo com a cultura do melão (Cucumis melo L., Valenciano Amarelo, num Latossolo, para avaliar o efeito de fontes de fertilizantes nitrogenados e de suas combinações. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados com arranjo em faixa, com quatro repetições e nove tratamentos englobando a testemunha e os fertilizantes nitrogenados na dose de 80 kg/ha de N, aplicados no solo e, ou, via água de irrigação, por um período de 42 dias após a germinação. Esses tratamentos foram: Uréia e Sulfato de Amônio isolados; Uréia (15 dias + Nitrato de Potássio (16-42 dias; Uréia (15 dias + Sulfato de Amônio (16-42 dias; Uréia (30 dias + Nitrato de Potássio (31-42 dias; Uréia (15 dias + Sulfato de Amônio (16-30 dias + Nitrato de Potássio (31-42 dias. A uréia aplicada via fertirrigação até 42 dias proporcionou maior rendimento (31,14 t/ha, embora não estatisticamente diferente dos demais tratamentos. A testemunha e o sulfato de amônio mostraram-se menos produtivos, com rendimentos de 25,06 e 24,65 t/ha, respectivamente. O peso médio do fruto variou de 1,63 a 1,84 kg/fruto, e o teor de sólidos solúveis totais, de 12,1 a 13,1 ºBrix; não se verificaram diferenças estatísticas.

  10. Melão minimamente processado: um controle de qualidade Minimally processed melon: a quality control

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    Karla Suzanne Florentino da Silva Chaves Damasceno

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O processamento mínimo tem sido descrito como a manipulação, preparo, embalagem e distribuição de produtos agrícolas, através de procedimentos como a seleção, limpeza, lavagem, descascamento e corte, que não afetem as suas características organolépticas e agreguem valor aos mesmos, resultando em produtos naturais, práticos, cujo preparo e consumo requerem menos tempo, atendendo às exigências da vida moderna. A finalidade dos alimentos minimamente processados e refrigerados é proporcionar ao consumidor um produto similar ao fresco, garantindo segurança e mantendo a qualidade nutritiva e sensorial. O processo tem despertado interesse para a realização de pesquisas, principalmente, relacionando as alterações microbiológicas, físico-químicas e sensoriais que influenciam a vida de prateleira destes produtos. O objetivo do trabalho foi a avaliação do efeito da temperatura de comercialização (15ºC sobre a qualidade físico-química, microbiológica e sensorial do melão espanhol (Cucumis melo L. var. inodorus minimamente processado. Os frutos acondicionados em bandejas e envolvidos com filme plástico foram adquiridos aleatoriamente em um supermercado local. Os tratamentos foram: temperaturas (4 e 15ºC, períodos de armazenamento (5, 10, 15 e 1, 2 e 3 dias a 4ºC e 15ºC, respectivamente e o tratamento controle (melão minimamente processado no dia zero. As amostras foram analisadas quanto às características físico-químicas, microbiológicas e sensoriais. A qualidade do melão foi afetada, significativamente, durante o armazenamento refrigerado. Na temperatura de comercialização (15ºC o produto apresenta prazo de validade de apenas 24 horas. O armazenamento a 4°C permitiu uma conservação de até 5 dias, sendo necessária a discriminação da temperatura e do período de armazenamento adequado, no rótulo do produto.The minimum processing has been described as the manipulation, preparation, packaging and

  11. Efeitos da aplicação tópica do mel de Melipona subnitida em feridas infectadas de ratos

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    Diego Felipe Sampaio Alves

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar efeitos do uso tópico do mel da abelha silvestre Melipona subnitida na evolução de feridas infectadas de pele. MÉTODO: Ratos Wistar foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em grupos de 6, anestesiados com tiopental sódico 20mg/Kg IP e cetamina 30mg/Kg IM e submetidos a exérese de segmento de 1 cm² de pele total do dorso. Os ratos do grupo C (não infectado foram tratados com solução salina sobre a ferida diariamente e no grupo MEL (não infectado as feridas foram tratadas com mel uma vez por dia. Nos grupos C/I e MEL/I as feridas foram inoculadas com solução polimicrobiana. Culturas foram feitas 24 horas após. Caracterizada a infecção, as feridas foram tratadas com solução salina e mel, respectivamente. No terceiro dia de tratamento foi feita nova cultura. Após epitelização foi contado o tempo de cicatrização e as feridas foram biopsiadas para histopatologia e dosagem de TNF-α, IL-1β e IL-6 no tecido. RESULTADOS: O tempo médio de cicatrização do grupo MEL/I foi menor que nos demais grupos (P<0,05. Verificou-se que a densidade de colágeno, leucócitos, fibroblastos e dosagem de citocinas (especialmente TNF foi maior no grupo infectado e tratado com mel que nos demais grupos. Houve significante redução de bactérias Gram-negativas e positivas nas feridas após o tratamento com mel. CONCLUSÃO: O uso tópico de mel de Melipona subnitida em feridas infectadas da pele de ratos estimulou a resposta imunológica, reduziu a infecção e o tempo de cicatrização.

  12. Mesoporous MEL, BEA, and FAU zeolite crystals obtained by in situ formation of carbon template over metal nanoparticles

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    Abildstrøm, Jacob Oskar; Ali, Zahra Nasrudin; Mentzel, Uffe Vie

    2016-01-01

    Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of hierarchical zeolite materials with MEL, BEA and FAU structures. The synthesis is based on the carbon templating method with an in situ-generated carbon template. Through the decomposition of methane and deposition of coke over nickel...... nanoparticles supported on silica, a carbon–silica composite is obtained and exploited as a combined carbon template/silica source for the zeolite synthesis. The mesoporous zeolite materials were all prepared by hydrothermal crystallization in alkaline media followed by removal of the carbon template...

  13. Qualidade fisiológica e sanitária de sementes de melão (Cucumis melo)

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    Muniz,Marlove Fátima Brião; Gonçalves,Nilton; Garcia,Danton Camacho

    2004-01-01

    O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência de diferentes testes na identificação do nível de vigor e da qualidade sanitária de lotes de sementes de melão (Cucumis melo L.). Foram avaliados quatro lotes de sementes das cultivares Gaúcho e Carvalho, submetidas aos testes de primeira contagem de germinação, emergência em campo, deterioração controlada, envelhecimento acelerado e sanidade. Os resultados indicaram que os testes de deterioração controlada e envelhecimento acelerado apresentam ...

  14. Cristalização de melão pelo processo lento de açucaramento

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    Morita,Ângelo Shigueyuki; Gois,Vilson Alves de; Praça,Everardo Ferreira; Tavares,José Celesmário; Andrade,Jean Carlos de; Costa,Franciscleudo Bezerra da; Barros Júnior,Aurélio Paes; Sousa,Adalberto Hipólito de

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    Este trabalho foi conduzido no laboratório de Tecnologia de Alimentos da Escola Superior de Agricultura de Mossoró (ESAM). Avaliou-se a possibilidade de processar o melão como fruta cristalizada. Foram testadas as variedades Gália, Pele de Sapo e Orange Fresh, utilizando-se o processo lento de açucaramento, retirando-se as polpas em formas de bolas e colocando-as sucessivamente em soluções de sacarose a 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 e 70masculine Brix até abrir a fervura, mantendo-se a polpa em repouso ...

  15. Biological activity and binding of estradiol to SK-Mel 23 human melanoma cells

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    Sarti M.S.M.V.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Patients expressing estradiol receptors in melanoma cells have been reported to have a better prognosis. We therefore decided to investigate the in vitro effects of ß-estradiol and tamoxifen on the growth and tyrosinase activity of SK-Mel 23 human melanoma cells. Twenty-four-hour treatment with 0.4 nM ß-estradiol inhibited cell proliferation in 30% (0.70 ± 0.03 x 10(5 cells and increased tyrosinase activity in 50% (7130.5 ± 376.5 cpm/10(5 cells, as compared to untreated cells (1.0 ± 0.05 x 10(5 cells and 4769 ± 25.5 cpm/10(5 cells, respectively. Both responses were completely (100% blocked by 1 µM tamoxifen. Higher concentrations (up to 1.6 nM or longer treatments (up to 72 h did not result in a larger effect of the hormone on proliferation or tyrosinase activity. Competition binding assays demonstrated the presence of binding sites to [2,4,6,7-³H]-ß-estradiol, and that the tritiated analogue was displaced by the unlabeled hormone (1 nM to 100 µM, Kd = 0.14 µM, maximal displacement of 93% or by 10 µM tamoxifen (displacement of 60%. ß-estradiol also increased the phosphorylated state of two proteins of 16 and 46 kDa, after 4-h treatment, as determined by Western blot. The absorbance of each band was 1.9- and 4-fold the controls, respectively, as determined with Image-Pro Plus software. Shorter incubation periods with ß-estradiol did not enhance phosporylation; after 6-h treatment with the hormone, the two proteins returned to the control phosphorylation levels. The growth inhibition promoted by estradiol may explain the better prognosis of melanoma-bearing women as compared to men, and open new perspectives for drug therapy.

  16. Laser subepithelial keratomileusis for myopia of -6 to -10 diopters with astigmatism with the MEL60 laser.

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    Bilgihan, Kamil; Hondur, Ahmet; Hasanreisoglu, Berati

    2004-01-01

    To evaluate the efficacy, predictability, and safety of laser subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) for treatment of high myopia with astigmatism. LASEK was performed in 61 eyes of 36 consecutive patients with myopic spherical equivalent refraction of -6.00 to -10.00 D using the Aesculap-Meditec MEL60 excimer laser. Data were collected prospectively with a follow-up of 6 to 17 months. Main outcome measures recorded were UCVA, BSCVA, residual refractive error, corneal haze, and complications. Ninety-six percent of eyes achieved 20/40 or better UCVA at 1 month. At 12 months, 64% of eyes achieved 20/20 and 92% achieved 20/40 or better UCVA. Two eyes lost 2 lines of BSCVA at 6 or 12 months. Accuracy of correction was +/- 0.50 D from emmetropia in 82% of eyes, and +/- 1.00 D in 90% at 12 months. No eye showed more than grade 1 haze. Grade 1 haze was observed in three eyes at 12 months. One patient had mild postoperative keratitis, which was successfully treated. LASEK with the Aesculap-Meditec MEL60 excimer laser appeared to be safe, effective, and highly predictable in treating high myopia.

  17. Rogue waves in the multicomponent Mel'nikov system and multicomponent Schrödinger–Boussinesq system

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    Sun, Baonan; Lian, Zhan

    2018-02-01

    By virtue of the bilinear method and the KP hierarchy reduction technique, exact explicit rational solutions of the multicomponent Mel'nikov equation and the multicomponent Schrödinger-Boussinesq equation are constructed, which contain multicomponent short waves and single-component long wave. For the multicomponent Mel'nikov equation, the fundamental rational solutions possess two different behaviours: lump and rogue wave. It is shown that the fundamental (simplest) rogue waves are line localised waves which arise from the constant background with a line profile and then disappear into the constant background again. The fundamental line rogue waves can be classified into three: bright, intermediate and dark line rogue waves. Two subclasses of non-fundamental rogue waves, i.e., multirogue waves and higher-order rogue waves are discussed. The multirogue waves describe interaction of several fundamental line rogue waves, in which interesting wave patterns appear in the intermediate time. Higher-order rogue waves exhibit dynamic behaviours that the wave structures start from lump and then retreat back to it. Moreover, by taking the parameter constraints further, general higher-order rogue wave solutions for the multicomponent Schrödinger-Boussinesq system are generated.

  18. Isolamento e atividade antimicrobiana de actinomicetos Endofíticos e da Rizosfera de melão-de-são caetano (Momordica charantia L.)

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    Teixeira Lima, Vânia

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    As plantas medicinais constituem uma fonte valiosa para o isolamento de microrganismos capazes de produzir diversas moléculas bioativas. Momordica charantia L., conhecida popularmente como Melão-de-São Caetano, pertence à família das Cucurbitáceas e é uma planta muito utilizada na medicina popular para o tratamento de várias afecções de origem microbiana. Folhas e raízes de Melão-de- São Caetano foram coletadas e, após a desinfecção, foram fragmentadas e plaqueadas nos meios...

  19. Perfil sensorial e aceitação de melão amarelo minimamente processado submetido a tratamentos químicos Sensory profile and consumer acceptance of minimally processed melon submitted to chemical treatments

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    Ana Carolina Almeida Miguel

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo traçar o perfil sensorial ao longo do período de armazenamento e determinar a aceitação global de melões amarelos minimamente processados (submetidos a tratamentos químicos e os impactos desse processamento sobre a aceitação do produto pelo consumidor. Frutos selecionados, lavados e sanificados foram minimamente processados em forma de cubos, divididos em quatro lotes que constaram de: testemunha, tratados com solução de cloreto de cálcio (1%, tratados com ácido ascórbico (1% e revestidos com alginato de sódio (1%. Esses cubos foram acondicionados em bandejas de tereftalato de polietileno (PET com tampa e armazenados a 5 ± 1 ºC e 73 ± 5% UR por um período de 8 dias. No 1º, 3º, 5º e 8º dias após o processamento, os melões foram avaliados sensorialmente, utilizando a Análise Descritiva Quantitativa (ADQ, por uma equipe de 8 provadores treinados. O teste de aceitação pelo consumidor foi conduzido em laboratório, com 50 provadores não treinados, utilizando as escalas: hedônica e de intenção de compra; além da frequência de consumo. A ADQ mostrou que os tratamentos testados não apresentaram efeito no prolongamento da vida útil dos melões amarelos minimamente processados. Os descritores que mais traduziram a qualidade do fruto submetido aos tratamentos químicos testados foram: aparência de fresco e brilhante; odor de fresco e característico; sabor ácido, salgado, amargo, fresco, característico, adstringente, aguado e estranho. O teste com os consumidores indicou que os melões tratados com cloreto de cálcio e com ácido ascórbico foram os mais aceitos pelos provadores e revelou que não houve diferença quanto à intenção de compra.The objective of this work was to trace the sensory profile during storage and to determine the global acceptance of minimally processed melon samples submitted to chemical treatments as well as to evaluate the impacts on the acceptance of the

  20. Cinética de produção de bebida mista de mel de abelha e morango

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    Rafaela Teixeira Rodrigues do Vale Costa

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    Full Text Available O morango é um fruto de estrutura frágil e muito perecível. Uma alternativa para agregar valor ao fruto é a produção de um fermentado de morango. O mel de abelha é conhecido como ingrediente versátil e altamente fermentável que apresenta sabor e aroma característico.. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo produzir uma bebida mista de mel de abelha e morango, com teor alcoólico de 10° GL e avaliando a cinética de fermentação alcoólica na produção da bebida. A bebida mista de mel de abelha e morango foi obtida seguindo etapas de seleção, sanitização, preparo do mosto, sulfitação, inoculação, fermentação, trasfega, clarificação, envase, rotulagem e armazenamento. O processo fermentativo foi avaliado em oito tempos de fermentação quanto ao teor de sólidos solúveis totais, produção de etanol, acidez titulável, pH e contagem de células. A bebida produzida apresentou um sabor seco com leve aroma de morango, pH de 3,18, acidez titulável de 0,5% e teor alcoólico de 10,1 °GL estando em conformidade com os padrões exigidos pela legislação brasileira sobre bebidas. O morango e o mel de abelha utilizados na produção da bebida mista apresentou características adequadas para o processamento industrial, a graduação alcoólica da bebida mista de mel de abelha e morango foi de 10,1°GL, estando dentro das especificações exigidas pela legislação brasileira. A produção de bebida mista de mel de abelha e morango é tecnicamente viável em função da qualidade do produto e pode ser considerada como uma forma promissora de aproveitamento do mel nos excedentes da safra.Kinetics of mixed beverage production of honey from bees and strawberriesAbstract: The strawberry is a fruit of fragile and very perishable structure. An alternative to add value to the fruit is the production of a strawberry fermented. Bee honey is known as a versatile and highly fermentable ingredient that has a characteristic flavor and aroma

  1. Aproximación al perfil melódico de la interlengua de anglófonos que hablan español como segunda lengua

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    Arturo José Muñoz Duarte

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo piloto investigamos la interlengua de anglófonos que hablan español como segunda lengua en sus emisiones de enunciados neutros, interrogativos, enfáticos y suspendidos para establecer sus patrones melódicos en habla espontánea. Este análisis realizado fue tanto desde un punto de vista fonético como también fonológico. Pretendemos entonces abrir una línea de investigación de la entonación de interlengua de estos hablantes. Para tal propósito utilizamos como base metodológica el modelo del análisis melódico del habla (amh propuesto por el laboratorio de fonética aplicada de la Universidad de Barcelona. Así pues se pudo observar que los patrones melódicos de nuestros informantes difieren de manera sustancial de los patrones melódicos del español peninsular.

  2. Emotional state and its impact on voice authentication accuracy

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    Voznak, Miroslav; Partila, Pavol; Penhaker, Marek; Peterek, Tomas; Tomala, Karel; Rezac, Filip; Safarik, Jakub

    2013-05-01

    The paper deals with the increasing accuracy of voice authentication methods. The developed algorithm first extracts segmental parameters, such as Zero Crossing Rate, the Fundamental Frequency and Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients from voice. Based on these parameters, the neural network classifier detects the speaker's emotional state. These parameters shape the distribution of neurons in Kohonen maps, forming clusters of neurons on the map characterizing a particular emotional state. Using regression analysis, we can calculate the function of the parameters of individual emotional states. This relationship increases voice authentication accuracy and prevents unjust rejection.

  3. MEL-N16: A Series of Novel Endomorphin Analogs with Good Analgesic Activity and a Favorable Side Effect Profile.

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    Liu, Xin; Zhao, Long; Wang, Yuan; Zhou, Jingjing; Wang, Dan; Zhang, Yixin; Zhang, Xianghui; Wang, Zhaojuan; Yang, Dongxu; Mou, Lingyun; Wang, Rui

    2017-10-18

    Opioid peptides are neuromodulators that bind to opioid receptors and reduce pain sensitivity. Endomorphins are among the most active endogenous opioid peptides, and they have good affinity and selectivity toward the μ opioid receptor. However, their clinical usage is hindered by their inability to cross the blood-brain barrier and their poor in vivo activity after peripheral injection. In order to overcome these defects, we have designed and synthesized a series of novel endomorphin analogs with multiple site modifications. Radioligand binding, cAMP accumulation, and β-arrestin-2 recruitment assays were employed to determine the activity of synthesized endomorphin analogs toward opioid receptors. The blood-brain barrier permeability and antinociceptive effect of these analogs were determined in several rodent models of acute and persistent pain. In addition, the side effects of the analogs were examined. The radioligand binding assay and functional activity examination indicated that the MEL-N16 series of compounds were more active agonists against μ opioid receptor than were the parent peptides. Notably, the analogs displayed biased downstream signaling toward G-protein pathways over β-arrestin-2 recruitment. The analogs showed highly potent antinociceptive effects in the tested nociceptive models. In comparison with endomorphins, the synthesized analogs were better able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and exerted their pain regulatory activity in the central nervous system after peripheral injection. These analogs also have lower tendency to cause side effects than morphine does at similar or equal antinociceptive doses. The MEL-N16 compounds have highly potent and efficacious analgesic effects in various pain models with a favorable side effect profile.

  4. Espectro polínico de amostras de mel de Melipona mandacaia Smith, 1863 (Hymenoptera: Apidae - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v28i1.1061 Pollen spectrum from honey samples of Melipona mandacaia Smith, 1863 stingless bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v28i1.1061

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    Carlos Afredo Lopes de Carvalho

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available O espectro polínico de amostras de mel da abelha Melipona mandacaia foi analisado com objetivo de elucidar os recursos alimentares utilizados por essa espécie. A identificação das plantas visitadas foi realizada com base na análise dos tipos polínicos encontrados nas amostras de mel coletadas em 11 colônias localizadas no município de São Gabriel, em área de caatinga do Estado da Bahia, Brasil (11º14’S e 41º52’W. As análises quantitativas e qualitativas foram realizadas com o objetivo de determinar as porcentagens e classes de freqüência dos tipos polínicos presentes nas amostras de mel. Foram encontrados 26 tipos polínicos, sendo o tipo Piptadenia rigida (Mimosaceae considerado dominante. Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae, Mimosa verrucata (Mimosaceae e M. arenosa (Mimosaceae foram considerados pólen isolado importante. As famílias mais representativas no espectro polínico das amostras de mel foram Mimosaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Asteraceae e AnacardiaceaeThe pollen spectrum from honey samples of Melipona mandacaia stingless bee was analyzed aiming at elucidating the alimentary resources used by that species. The identification of the visited plants was based on the analysis of pollen from honey samples collected in 11 hives located in São Gabriel county, in the semiarid area of Bahia State, Brazil (11º14’S and 41º52’W. The quantitative and qualitative analyses of honey samples were conducted in order to determine the pollen types percentages and frequency classes. Twenty-six pollen types were found, being the Piptadenia rigida type (Mimosaceae considered dominant. Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae, Mimosa verrucata (Mimosaceae and M. arenosa (Mimosaceae were considered important isolated pollen. The most representative families found in the pollen spectrum of the honey samples were Mimosaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Asteraceae and Anacardiaceae

  5. Presentación del Libro: “Los Versos Melánicos”

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    Efraim Otero Ruiz

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    Por allá por el mes de Agosto, una vez salido mi libro de las prensas de Kimpres, pensamos con el Presidente Mendoza Vega –y con la anuencia de nuestro meticuloso Secretario- que quizás mejor sería dejar su presentación para Diciembre, en la sesión final de la Academia, cuando las lluvias y el tráfico decembrinos invitan para recogerse, beber una copa de vino y leer algunos versos. Pero no poemas líricos o sentimentales, ni “melancólicos”, como equivocadamente los califica ‘El Tiempo’ de hoy en su sección “Por las Academias” sino más bien versos jocosos, como lo hicimos hace un año con el Académico Roberto Vergara a propósito del “Tuerto” López. Sólo que este año van a ser los míos, originales, a los cuales, por el poquito de humor negro que tienen y que recuerda la melanina o pigmento negro de la piel, los he denominado “Versos Melánicos”. Quizás para parodiar un poco los “Versos Satánicos” de Salman Rushdie de hace casi dos décadas, que le iban costando a su autor el exilio y la guerra santa por parte de sus correligionarios musulmanes.

    En todo caso un libro –y, en este caso, el sexto que publico- no deja de ser una aventura. Como se lo dije hace 50 años a mi amigo Nicolás del Castillo, cuando publicaba su primera biografía de Rafael Núñez, en las décimas de las páginas 29 y 30 :

    Un libro es una aventura Que pocos emprenden ya: Porque el magín no les da O porque la pluma es dura. En nuestro afán de censura Y sutileza analítica, Frente a una hoja raquítica Pasamos horas y días Y aun con las manos vacías Siempre nos gusta la crítica.

    Y a propósito de la crítica, recordemos a Eduardo Santa, quien hizo mi presentación literaria en la Academia de la Lengua, escritor notabilísimo que ha publicado casi una veintena de libros importantes. Dice Eduardo refiriéndose a los bogotanos –pero creo que puede aplicarse a cualquier ciudad o región del país- que

  6. Influência de centrífuga no processamento do mel de abelha The influence of the centrifuge on honey processing

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    Cleber C. da Costa

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, estudou-se a influência do tipo de centrífuga utilizado no processamento do mel de abelha sobre os parâmetros reológicos, físico-químicos e sensoriais. Para a análise sensorial, trabalhou-se com 58 provadores que constataram mudanças no sabor das amostras. Na análise reológica, foi utilizado um reômetro RS50 conectado a um banho termostático K20-DC5, ambos da HAAKE, com um sensor de geometria cone-placa. Ocorreram diferenças significativas nos valores da viscosidade entre as duas amostras obtidas por meio dos respectivos modelos de centrífugas. O valor da viscosidade do mel obtido da centrífuga radial foi, aproximadamente, o dobro do valor do mel processado na centrífuga facial. Nenhuma alteração foi observada nos níveis de hidroximetilfurfural e umidade de ambas as amostras. No caso do mel obtido da centrífuga radial, obteve-se umidade de 20,6%, enquanto o mel processado na centrífuga facial apresentou umidade de 20,2%. Na análise sensorial, cerca de 69% dos provadores manifestaram preferência pelo mel processado na centrífuga radial, que consideraram o sabor doce menos acentuado e mais viscoso.This work has the objective of studying the influence of the centrifuge type utilized on honey processing by the rheological, the physical-chemical and sensorial characterization. In the sensorial analysis, 58 consumers verified some alteration in the flavour of samples. In the rheological analysis, a RS50 rheometer connected with a K20-DC5 thermostatic bath, both produced by HAAKE, were used to perform the tests. The sensor used in this case was a cone plate sensor. It was observed significative differences at the viscosity value between the two samples processed at each centrifuge. The viscosity value of the honey processed at radial centrifuge was approximately the double of the viscosity value of the honey processed at facial centrifuge. None alteration in the hidroximetilfurfural level and moisture was

  7. Aplikasi Pengenalan Suara Digital Nada Dasar Piano

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    In playing music especially playing the piano, a pianist needs score to play music in the guide. Scores are writing who used by a pianist to store or deliver a song. Many pianists do not have expertise in the making of sheet music, especially in spontaneous music-making. Therefore, we need an application that can help in the making of the music scores. Methods for extracting is Mel - Frequency cepstral coefficient and Learning Vector Quantization matching method is used to create such applica...

  8. An Investigation of Feature Models for Music Genre Classification using the Support Vector Classifier

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    Meng, Anders; Shawe-Taylor, John

    2005-01-01

    In music genre classification the decision time is typically of the order of several seconds however most automatic music genre classification systems focus on short time features derived from 10-50ms. This work investigates two models, the multivariate gaussian model and the multivariate...... probability kernel. In order to examine the different methods an 11 genre music setup was utilized. In this setup the Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) were used as short time features. The accuracy of the best performing model on this data set was 44% as compared to a human performance of 52...

  9. Power Consumption Based Android Malware Detection

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    Hongyu Yang

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    Full Text Available In order to solve the problem that Android platform’s sand-box mechanism prevents security protection software from accessing effective information to detect malware, this paper proposes a malicious software detection method based on power consumption. Firstly, the mobile battery consumption status information was obtained, and the Gaussian mixture model (GMM was built by using Mel frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC. Then, the GMM was used to analyze power consumption; malicious software can be classified and detected through classification processing. Experiment results demonstrate that the function of an application and its power consumption have a close relationship, and our method can detect some typical malicious application software accurately.

  10. Multilingual vocal emotion recognition and classification using back propagation neural network

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    Kayal, Apoorva J.; Nirmal, Jagannath

    2016-03-01

    This work implements classification of different emotions in different languages using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) and Short Term Energy (STE) have been considered for creation of feature set. An emotional speech corpus consisting of 30 acted utterances per emotion has been developed. The emotions portrayed in this work are Anger, Joy and Neutral in each of English, Marathi and Hindi languages. Different configurations of Artificial Neural Networks have been employed for classification purposes. The performance of the classifiers has been evaluated by False Negative Rate (FNR), False Positive Rate (FPR), True Positive Rate (TPR) and True Negative Rate (TNR).

  11. Text-Independent Speaker Identification Using the Histogram Transform Model

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    Ma, Zhanyu; Yu, Hong; Tan, Zheng-Hua

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    In this paper, we propose a novel probabilistic method for the task of text-independent speaker identification (SI). In order to capture the dynamic information during SI, we design a super-MFCCs features by cascading three neighboring Mel-frequency Cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) frames together....... These super-MFCC vectors are utilized for probabilistic model training such that the speaker’s characteristics can be sufficiently captured. The probability density function (PDF) of the aforementioned super-MFCCs features is estimated by the recently proposed histogram transform (HT) method. To recedes...

  12. Audio-Visual Classification of Sports Types

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    Gade, Rikke; Abou-Zleikha, Mohamed; Christensen, Mads Græsbøll

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    In this work we propose a method for classification of sports types from combined audio and visual features ex- tracted from thermal video. From audio Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) are extracted, and PCA are applied to reduce the feature space to 10 dimensions. From the visual modality...... short trajectories are constructed to rep- resent the motion of players. From these, four motion fea- tures are extracted and combined directly with audio fea- tures for classification. A k-nearest neighbour classifier is applied for classification of 180 1-minute video sequences from three sports types...

  13. Spectro-Temporal Analysis of Speech for Spanish Phoneme Recognition

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    Sharifzadeh, Sara; Serrano, Javier; Carrabina, Jordi

    2012-01-01

    are considered. This has improved the recognition performance especially in case of noisy situation and phonemes with time domain modulations such as stops. In this method, the 2D Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) is applied on small overlapped 2D Hamming windowed patches of spectrogram of Spanish phonemes......State of the art speech recognition systems (ASR), mostly use Mel-Frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC), as acoustic features. In this paper, we propose a new discriminative analysis of acoustic features, based on spectrogram analysis. Both spectral and temporal variations of speech signal...

  14. [Reduction of decentration after LASIK using a modified eye tracker ring for the MEL-70 excimer laser].

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    Schulze, S; Nietgen, G; Sekundo, W

    2004-07-01

    The aim of this study was to determine and compare the rate of eccentric laser ablation after LASIK depending on the eye tracker ring used. All LASIK treatments were carried out using the MEL-70 flying spot excimer laser (Zeiss-Meditec, Jena). The flap was produced using a Corneal Shaper trade mark or Hansatome trade mark Microkeratome (B and L Surgical, Heidelberg). Initially we used an 11 mm eye tracker ring without hinge protector. At the end of February 2001 this ring was replaced by a 10 mm and a 9.5 mm ring with built-in hinge protector. An additional modification was introduced by us: at 1 mm separations little teeth-like spikes were engraved into the eyeward side of the ring, thus stabilising the position of the ring on the globe and allowing free liquid to flow through the spaces between each spike. The built-in calibration system of the corneal topography (TMS 3, Tomey, Erlangen) from patients with a follow-up of one month or longer was used to determine the distance between the centre of the ablation zone from the fixation point. In group I patients (old ring) 42 eyes were treated. In 4 eyes ablation was perfect, in 21 eyes the ablation centre was located 0.1 to 0.49 mm from the fixation point, in 11 eyes 0.51 to 0.99 mm and in 5 eyes 1.1 to 1.49 mm whereas one eye showed a decentred ablation of 1.53 mm. In group II (new ring) 42 eyes were investigated also. In 11 eyes ablation was perfect, in 20 eyes the ablation centre was located 0.1 to 0.49 mm from the fixation point, in 10 eyes 0.5 to 0.99 mm and one eye had an eccentric ablation of 1.28 mm from the fixation point. The further development of our eye tracker ring for the MEL-70 laser considerably reduced the rate of decentred ablations. An enhanced grip of the ring onto the globe reduces a slow slide during the laser procedure.

  15. Estudo da oferta e comercialização de melão na CEASA-PI (1991-1996

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    Duarte Rosa Lúcia R.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Utilizando-se dados sobre a situação da oferta e comercialização de melão na CEASA no Piauí, referentes ao período de 1991 a 1996, verificou-se uma quantidade média anual de 5.597 t de frutos de melão comercializados no mercado atacadista de Teresina, correspondendo a um acréscimo de 137,2% em relação ao volume médio de 2.360 t obtidas no período de 1986 a 1991. Frutos de melão procedentes dos estados de Pernambuco, Bahia e Rio Grande do Norte, abastecem a CEASA- PI todos os meses do ano e sua participação é predominante, com média anual de 2.195 t (39%, 2.138 t (19% e 852 t (15%, totalizando uma quantidade média de 5.187 t, com uma participação percentual de 73%. As maiores quantidades de melão ofertadas e comercializadas foram provenientes dos municípios de Petrolina (PE, Juazeiro (BA e Mossoró (RN. A menor oferta foi verificada nos estados de Pernambuco, Bahia e Rio Grande do Norte, nos períodos de julho-novembro, dezembro-janeiro, abril-junho e, abril-setembro, respectivamente. Em relação aos frutos produzidos no estado do Piauí, verificou-se um acréscimo na quantidade média comercializado de 106 t para 218 t, elevando sua participação percentual de 0,36% quando comparado ao período de 1986 a 1991.

  16. A yeast glycolipid biosurfactant, mannosylerythritol lipid, shows potential moisturizing activity toward cultured human skin cells: the recovery effect of MEL-A on the SDS-damaged human skin cells.

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    Morita, Tomotake; Kitagawa, Masaru; Suzuki, Michiko; Yamamoto, Shuhei; Sogabe, Atsushi; Yanagidani, Shusaku; Imura, Tomohiro; Fukuoka, Tokuma; Kitamoto, Dai

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    Mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) are produced in large amounts from renewable vegetable oils by Pseudozyma antarctica, and are the most promising biosurfactants known due to its versatile interfacial and biochemical actions. In order to broaden the application in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, the skin care property of MEL-A, the major component of MELs, was investigated using a three-dimensional cultured human skin model. The skin cells were cultured and treated with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solution of 1 wt%, and the effects of different lipids on the SDS-damaged cells were then evaluated on the basis of the cell viability. The viability of the damaged cells was markedly recovered by the addition of MEL-A in a dose-dependent manner. Compared to the control, MEL-A solutions of 5 wt% and 10 wt% gave the recovery rate of 73% and 91%, respectively, while ceramide solution of 1 wt% gave the rate of over 100%. This revealed that MEL-A shows a ceramide-like moisturizing activity toward the skin cells. Considering the drawbacks of natural ceramides, namely limited amount and high production cost, the yeast biosurfactants should have a great potential as a novel moisturizer for treating the damaged skin.

  17. Métodos de conservação aplicados a melão minimamente processado Conservation methods applied to fresh-cut melon

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    Anaí Peter Batista

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta revisão é apresentar alguns métodos de conservação que podem ser utilizados para prolongar a vida útil do melão minimamente processado. Dentre os métodos, serão abordados revestimento comestível, irradiação, antimicrobianos naturais, antioxidantes, agentes de firmeza, atmosfera modificada, branqueamento, luz ultravioleta e alta pressão. Dependendo do método pode haver redução das alterações associadas ao processo mínimo do melão, como a perda de água, alteração da cor e firmeza, alteração do metabolismo e crescimento de micro-organismos, sendo o resultado muitas vezes dependente da cultivar do melão utilizado.The objective of this review is to present some conservation methods that can be used to prolong the life of fresh-cut melon. Among the methods, edible coating, irradiation, natural antimicrobials, antioxidants, firmness agent, modified atmosphere, whitening, ultraviolet light and high pressure will be discussed. Depending on the method, the changes associated to minimum process of melon, such as water loss, change in color and firmness, change in the metabolism and growth of micro-organisms can be reduced and the result is often dependent on the melon cultivar used.

  18. Produção de mudas de melão cantaloupe em diferentes tipos de substratos

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    Shirlyanne Ferreira Silva

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available O melão é uma cultura muito disseminada no nordeste, muito representativa internacionalmente pela qualidade dos frutos produzidos, com isso busca-se aperfeiçoar formas de produção de mudas de melhor qualidade. Objetivou-se com este trabalho testar tipos de substratos que melhor se adéquem a produção de mudas de meloeiro. O delineamento utilizado foi o inteiramente casualizado com 5 tipos de substrato (S1: Solo; S2: Solo + Húmus; S3: areia lavada; S4: serragem de madeira + solo e S5: palha de arroz + solo em 5 repetições com duas plantas cada, totalizando 50 unidades experimentais representativas. As variáveis analisadas foram: Altura da Plântula, Diâmetro do caule, Número de Folhas, Comprimento da raiz, Peso Seco da parte érea, Peso Seco da Raiz e Peso Seco Total. Os melhores resultados encontrados para todas as variáveis estudadas foram resultantes da composição do substrato composto por proporções equivalentes de húmus de minhoca e solo.

  19. Produtos alimentares tradicionais: hábitos de compra e consumo do mel Traditional alimentary products: purchase habits and honey consumption

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    Maria Ribeiro

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo tem como objectivos conhecer o perfil do consumidor do mel e descrever os seus hábitos de consumo e compra. Foi elaborado um estudo quantitativo que teve como base a construção de um questionário, que foi aplicado a 172 indivíduos do Distrito de Bragança. Através da análise descritiva dos dados faz-se a caracterização da amostra e descrevem-se os hábitos de consumo e compra do mel. Participaram neste estudo 172 indivíduos, dos quais 41,9% são do sexo masculino e 58,1% são do sexo feminino. Verificou-se que a esmagadora maioria é consumidor de mel (94,8%, prefere o mel da região porque está mais disponível, é mais saboroso e tem qualidade (70,9%. A principal forma de utilização do mel é combinado com outros alimentos (60,5%, o local preferido para a sua compra é junto do produtor (51,7% e o factor que mais pesa na decisão de compra é o paladar (52,3%.To determine the honey consumer’s profile and to describe purchase and consume habits are the objectives of this study. A cross-sectional survey was carried out in a probabilistic sample including 172 individuals of the Braganza region population. After, a descriptive analyses is done to characterize the sample and purchase and consume habits of the inquiry. In this study participated 172 individuals, of which 41,9% are male and 58,1% are female. It was verified that the smashing majority is honey consumer (94,8%, they prefer the national honey because it is more available, it is tastier, it is quality and it is trustworthy (70,9%. The main form honey use is mixed with other foods (60,5%, the favorite place for the honey purchase is near the producer (51,7% and the most important factor in the purchase decision is the palate (52,3%.

  20. Estudo Comparativo da Ação Bactericida do Mel sobre Staphylococcus aureus/Comparative Study of the Honey Antimicrobial Activity on Staphylococcus aureus

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    Othon José Ribeiro Pereira

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analisar, a partir da metodologia microbiológica, a ação bactericida dos diferentes tipos de mel, segundo sua florada de origem. Materiais e Métodos: foram adquiridas três amostras de cada tipo de mel, segundo sua florada de origem, sendo eles: Flores de Café, Cipó-Uva, Assa-Peixe, Limão, Laranjeira, Eucalipto e Silvestre. Os discos foram preparados sendo embebidos em mel, e mantidos em estufa para secagem. Estes foram então colocados em contato com placa de Petri, previamente preparadas com Ágar Nutriente, contendo Staphylococcus aureus, e colocados em estufa para secagem. Após 24 horas, observou-se se houve inibição da cepa bacteriana, formando halo ao redor do disco. Resultado: Notou-se, na leitura das 21 placas, que nao houve diferença significativa nos halos de inibição formados pelos diferentes tipos de mel testados. Conclusão: Pelo estudo realizado, pode-se concluir que não há diferença na ação bactericida, sobre cepa de Staphylococcus aureus, entre os diferentes tipos de mel segundo as floradas de origem testadas. Objective: To analyze, according to microbiological methodology, the bactericidal action of different ypes on honey, according to the flowering origin. Materials and Methods: three samples of each types of honey were acquired, according to the flowering of origin, namely: Coffee Flowers, Vine-Grape, Assa-Peixe, Lemon, Orange, Eucalyptus and Sylvan. The disks were prepared by being soaked in honey, and were kept in a kilnfor drying. These were then placed in contact with Petri dish, previously prepared with Nutrient Agar, containing Staphylococcus aureus, and placed in kiln for drying. After 24 hours, it was observed if there was inhibition of bacterial strain, by forming a halo around the disk. Results: It was noted, in the reading of the 21 plates, no significant difference in the inhibition halos formed by different types of honey tested. Conclusion:By the study, it can be concluded that there

  1. Microbiological quality ambience, foods and water, in restaurants of Ilha do Mel, Paraná StateQualidade microbiológica do ambiente, alimentos e água, em restaurantes da Ilha do Mel/PR

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    Ronaldo Tamanini

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    Full Text Available Each year, several outbreaks of foodborne diseases are reported in Parana state, Brazil. Bacteria are responsible for 70% of these outbreaks and 95% of cases of food poisoning. There are reports that kitchen equipment and utensils contaminated have participated of approximately 16% of outbreaks. The aim of this study was to evaluate the microbiological quality of water, fresh foods, frozen foods, ready to eat food and sanitary conditions of three restaurants in Ilha do Mel – Paraná, Brazil, using PetrifilmTM. The results showed that 72.2% surfaces of had unsatisfactory sanitary conditions. Cutting boards, scrub sponge, kitchen sinks and dish towels had the highest average contamination. According to Brazilian law, samples of food outside of the standard were: seafood sauce, with 7,0 x 102 CFU/g of E. Coli, frozen mussels, with 7,0 x 102 CFU/g of E. coli; sample lettuce and grated carrot, considered clean, with 1,0 x 103 e 2,0 x 105 CFU/g of EC, respectively. All samples of food, in general, had high bacterial counts. Vegetables were the main responsible for the contamination of kitchen boards and sinks. The water used in the three restaurants had satisfactory microbiological quality. Better hygienic sanitary conditions were found in the restaurant where the employees had training in good manufacturing practices. Vários surtos de Doenças Transmitidas por Alimentos são notificadas por ano no estado do Paraná, sendo as bactérias responsáveis por 70% destes surtos e 95% dos casos de toxinfecções alimentares. Existem relatos de que utensílios e equipamentos contaminados participam de, aproximadamente, 16% dos surtos. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a qualidade microbiológica da água, dos alimentos in natura, congelados e expostos ao consumo e as condições higiênico-sanitárias de três restaurantes da Ilha do Mel/PR. Para produtos de origem animal, foi determinada a contagem de aeróbios mesófilos, coliformes totais, E. coli e

  2. Emotion Recognition of Speech Signals Based on Filter Methods

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    Narjes Yazdanian

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    Full Text Available Speech is the basic mean of communication among human beings.With the increase of transaction between human and machine, necessity of automatic dialogue and removing human factor has been considered. The aim of this study was to determine a set of affective features the speech signal is based on emotions. In this study system was designs that include three mains sections, features extraction, features selection and classification. After extraction of useful features such as, mel frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC, linear prediction cepstral coefficients (LPC, perceptive linear prediction coefficients (PLP, ferment frequency, zero crossing rate, cepstral coefficients and pitch frequency, Mean, Jitter, Shimmer, Energy, Minimum, Maximum, Amplitude, Standard Deviation, at a later stage with filter methods such as Pearson Correlation Coefficient, t-test, relief and information gain, we came up with a method to rank and select effective features in emotion recognition. Then Result, are given to the classification system as a subset of input. In this classification stage, multi support vector machine are used to classify seven type of emotion. According to the results, that method of relief, together with multi support vector machine, has the most classification accuracy with emotion recognition rate of 93.94%.

  3. Efficient CEPSTRAL Normalization for Robust Speech Recognition

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    CMN curve depends on the duration of the utterance, and is plotted in Figure 2 for the average duration in the DARPA Wall Street Journal task, 7...task consisting of dictation of sentences from the Wall Street Journal . A component of that evaluation involved utterances from a set of unknown... Wall Street Journal domain. 73 The version of SPHINX-II used for this evaluation was con- figured to maximize the robustness of the recognition pro

  4. Two synthesis methods based on cepstral parametrization

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    Přibil, Jiří; Madlová, A.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 11, č. 2 (2002), s. 35-39 ISSN 1210-2512 R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC 258.10; GA ČR GV102/96/K087 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : speech processing * speech synthesis * signal processing Subject RIV: JD - Computer Applications, Robotics

  5. Evaluation of radiation-induced genotoxicity on human melanoma cells (SK-MEL-37) by flow cytometry

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    Bonfim, Leticia; Carvalho, Luma Ramirez de; Vieira, Daniel Perez, E-mail: leticia.bonfim@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    Micronucleus assay is a test used to evaluate genotoxic damage in cells, which can be caused by various factors, like ionizing radiation. Interactions between radiation energies and DNA can cause breakage, leading to use chromosomal mutations or loss of genetic material, important events that could be induced in solid tumors to mitigate its expansion within human body. Melanoma has been described as a tumor with increased radio resistance. This work evaluated micronuclei percentages (%MN) in human melanoma cells (SK-MEL-37), irradiated by gamma radiation, with doses between 0 and 16Gy. Cell suspensions were irradiated in PBS by a {sup 60}Co source in doses between 0 and 16Gy, and incubated by 48h. Then cell membranes were lysed in the presence of SYTOX Green and EMA dyes, preserving nuclear membranes. Using this method, EMA-stained nuclei could be discriminated as those derived from dead cells, and SYTOX nuclei and micronuclei could be quantified. Micronuclei percentages were found to be proportional to dose, (R2 = 0.997). Only the highest dose (16Gy) could induce statistically significant increase of MN (p<0.0001), although cultures irradiated by 4, 8 and 16Gy showed significant increase of dead cell fractions. Calculation of the nuclei-to-beads ratio showed that 8 and 16Gy could reduce melanoma cell proliferation. Results showed that although cell death and loss of proliferative capacity could be observed on cultures irradiated at lower doses, genotoxic damage could be induced only on a higher dose. Resistance to radiation-induced genotoxicity could explain a relatively high radio resistance of melanoma tumors. (author)

  6. El hoyo de la barba femenina, sepulcro del amante: Cervantes, Góngora, Meléndez Valdés y la tradición popular de “El retrato de la dama” / The women's chin hole, tomb of the lover: Cervantes, Góngora, Meléndez Valdés and “El retrato de la dama”

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    José Manuel Pedrosa

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN. Análisis de una fórmula poética (el amante que quiere ser enterrado en la barbilla o en el cuerpo de la amada documentada desde los tiempos de Cervantes, Góngora o Meléndez Valdés hasta la poesía tradicional de España e Hispanoamérica del siglo XXI. Comparación con versiones musicales compuestas por Rückert y Schumann, o Gauthier y Berlioz. ABSTRACT. Analysis of a poetic formula (about a lover who claims for being buried inside his beloved’s chin that we know from the times of Cervantes, Góngora and Meléndez Valdés until Spanish and Latin American oral poetry of the XXIst century. Comparison with some musical versions by Rückert and Schumann, as well as Gauthier and Berlioz.

  7. Single center experience with total body irradiation and melphalan (TBI-MEL) myeloablative conditioning regimen for allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in patients with refractory hematologic malignancies.

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    Bhatnagar, Bhavana; Rapoport, Aaron P; Fang, Hong-Bin; Ilyas, Can; Marangoz, Deniz; Akbulut, Vinil; Ruehle, Kathleen; Badros, Ashraf; Yanovich, Saul; Akpek, Görgün

    2014-04-01

    We retrospectively evaluated the tolerability and efficacy of fractionated total body irradiation (TBI) (1,200 cGy) and melphalan (MEL) (100-110 mg/m(2)) myeloablative conditioning in 48 patients with nonremission AML (n = 14), ALL (n = 10), NHL (n = 18), and other refractory hematologic malignancies (n = 6) who received allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) between 2002 and 2011. Median age was 48 years (22 to 68); 14 out of 26 leukemia patients (54 %) had circulating blasts at transplant, 20 (50 %) evaluable patients had poor-risk cytogenetics, 12 (25 %) had prior SCT, and 10 (21 %) received stem cells from a mismatch donor. All patients received tacrolimus with or without methotrexate for GVHD prophylaxis. At the time of analysis, 13 patients (27 %) were alive and disease free. Engraftment was complete in all patients. The median time to ANC recovery (>500) was 12 days (range, 6-28). The most common grade III and IV toxicities were mucositis and infections. Eighteen patients (43 %) developed grade II-IV acute GVHD, and eight (26 %) had extensive chronic GVHD. Of 44 evaluable patients for response, 28 (64 %) achieved a complete remission (CR), and seven (15 %) had a partial remission after the transplant. With a median follow-up of 30 months (4 to 124 months) for surviving patients, the cumulative incidence of relapse was 45 % at 1 year, and the probability of overall survival (OS) at 5 years was 22.5 %. Multivariate analysis showed that platelet count (500 IU/L) at SCT were associated with relapse. Age less than 53 years and CR after SCT were associated with better OS. Our data suggest that TBI-MEL can result in CR in two thirds, durable remission in one third, and 5-year survival in about one quarter of patients with nonremission hematologic malignancies. Further studies with TBI-MEL in standard risk transplant patients are warranted.

  8. Hierarquia prosódica e hierarquia melódica na canção Gabriela Prosodic hierarchy and melodic hierarchy in Gabriela

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    José Roberto do Carmo Jr

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo propõe uma investigação das relações de interface entre o componente linguístico - prosódico - e o componente musical na palavra cantada. Tomando como objeto a canção Gabriela, de Tom Jobim, investigamos as relações que se estabelecem entre a hierarquia prosódica (Nespor & Vogel, 1986 e a hierarquia melódica (Carmo Jr 2007. Mostramos que no caso de incompatibilidade entre a estrutura prosódica e melódica, os processos fonológicos do português brasileiro de elisão, degeminação, ditongação e retração acentual podem violar seus domínios prosódicos de aplicação, mas ainda assim são organizados de acordo com os domínios melódicos.In this article we investigate the relation between the linguistic (prosodic component and the musical grammar in lyrics. Specifically, by analyzing Gabriela, by Tom Jobim, we discuss the relation between the Prosodic Hierarchy (Nespor & Vogel 1986 and the Melodic Hierarchy (Carmo Jr 2007. We show that when there is a mismatch between these two hierarchies, the phonological processes of elision, degemination, dipthongation and stress retraction in Brazilian Portuguese may not comply with the prosodic domain for their application, while still satisfying the restrictions related to the melodic domains.

  9. Calidad de melón cantaloupe ( Cucumis melo cubierto con una película comestible de alginato - hpmc - parafina

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    Ma Concepción Reyes-Avalos

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    Full Text Available Introducción : El melón es un fruto que tiene un corto periodo de almacenamiento. Una alternativa para extender este periodo es el uso de películas comestibles. En el presente estudio se evaluó el efecto de la aplicación de una película comestible de alginato de sodio - hidroxipropilmetilcelulosa - parafina (ALG - HPMC - PAR, sobre la calidad de melón Cantaloupe durante dos tipos de almacenamiento. Método : Frutos de melón Cantaloupe se cubrieron con una película comestible de alginato - hidroxipropilmetil celulosa - parafina (ALG - HPMC - PAR, y no cubiertos (CONTROL. Los melones se almacenaron por 21 días a 5ºC y 95% de humedad relativa (Hr. Cada siete días, los frutos se sometieron a análisis de índice de daños por frío, pérdida de peso, textura, y concentración de CO 2 y etileno d e la atmósfera interna del fruto. Además, para simular manejo comercial, al término de cada periodo de siete días en refrigeración, una muestra de melones era extraída del frigorífico y expuesta a condiciones ambientales de temperatura y humedad relativa ( 25ºC y 21 - 25% respectivamente durante tres días (almacenamiento combinado, y medidos los parámetros anteriormente mencionados. Resultados : La aplicación de la película comestible provocó que los frutos cubiertos tuvieran una mayor concentración de CO 2 y menor concentración de etileno en la atmósfera interna del fruto, contribuyendo a que los melones cubiertos mantuvieron su calidad por un mayor tiempo de almacenamiento, manteniéndose más firmes, con menor pérdida de peso y sufrir menor índice de daños por frío con respecto los frutos control. Discusión : Los resultados demuestran la factibilidad de la aplicación de películas comestibles para mantener la calidad del melón Cantaloupe almacenado en refrigeración y en almacenamiento combinado.

  10. Características morfofisiológicas de abacaxizeiro 'gomo de mel' enraizado in vitro sob luz natural e substrato vermiculita

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    Francyane Tavares Braga; Moacir Pasqual; Evaristo Mauro de Castro; Gabriel Coimbra Rafael

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    Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito da vermiculita, ágar, da luz artificial e a da natural no enraizamento in vitro de brotos de abacaxizeiro 'Gomo de Mel', bem como caracterizar anatomicamente essas plantas. O trabalho foi realizado no laboratório de Cultura de Tecidos Vegetais, do Departamento de Agricultura - UFLA, Lavras-MG. Foram utilizados brotos com 2 cm de comprimento, cultivados em meio MS acrescido de 30g.L-1 de sacarose. Testaram-se dois suportes físicos: 6g.L-1 de ágar e 15 g.L-1 de ver...

  11. Padrões geográficos de diversidade genética da abelha melífera em Portugal (continente e ilhas)

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    Pinto, M. Alice; Baptista, Paula; Pires, Sância

    2010-01-01

    A Europa alberga três linhagens evolutivas da abelha melífera (Apis mellifera L.), nomeadamente: linhagem M (oeste e norte europeia), linhagem C (sudeste Europeia) e linhagem A (Africana). A linhagem C inclui mais de 6 subespécies destacando-se, pela sua importância na apicultura mundial, a A. m. ligustica (abelha italiana) e A. m. carnica (abelha carniola). Por sua vez, a linhagem M agrupa apenas a A. m. mellifera (abelha preta) e A. im. iberiensis (abelha ibérica). Enquanto a distribuição n...

  12. The floristic compositions of vascular epiphytes of a seasonally inundated forest on the coastal plain of Ilha do Mel Island, Brazil

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    de Andrade Kersten, Rodrigo; Meneses Silva, Sandro

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    A 3 000 m2 area of seasonally inundated forest on the island of Ilha do Mel (25º30” S 48º23” W) in Paraná, Brazil, was sampled by collecting plants from all strata, using climbing equipment when necessary. The area harbors 103 species of epiphytes, in 49 genera and 20 families, of which 28 species are pteridophytes and 75 magnoliophytes (64 Liliopsida, 11 Magnoliopsida). The most common families are Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae, Polypodiaceae and Araceae, and frequent genera are Vriesea, Epidend...

  13. The floristic compositions of vascular epiphytes of a seasonally inundated forest on the coastal plain of Ilha do Mel Island, Brazil

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    Rodrigo de Andrade Kersten; Sandro Menezes Silva

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    A 3 000 m² area of seasonally inundated forest on the island of Ilha do Mel (25º30" S 48º23" W) in Paraná, Brazil, was sampled by collecting plants from all strata, using climbing equipment when necessary. The area harbors 103 species of epiphytes, in 49 genera and 20 families, of which 28 species are pteridophytes and 75 magnoliophytes (64 Liliopsida, 11 Magnoliopsida). The most common families are Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae, Polypodiaceae and Araceae, and frequent genera are Vriesea, Epidend...

  14. Innovaciones tecnológicas en la conservación del melón y tomate procesado en fresco

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    Aguayo Giménez, Encarnación Pilar

    2008-01-01

    Los cambios socioculturales de los últimos años han multiplicado la demanda de alimentos naturales frescos, nutritivos, ya preparados y de consumo fácil y rápido como las frutas y hortalizas mínimamente procesadas en fresco. En este ámbito, las grandes zonas productoras del arco mediterráneo español, donde existe una potente y competitiva agricultura, consideramos que disponen de excelentes oportunidades para elaborar este nuevo tipo de productos. El tomate y el melón, son dos cultiv...

  15. Avaliação da cristalização de mel utilizando parâmetros de cor e atividade de água

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    Kuroishi,Alini Mari; Queiroz,Marise Bonifácio; Almeida,Mareci Mendes de; Quast,Leda Battestin

    2012-01-01

    O mel é um dos edulcorantes mais antigos utilizados pelo homem, sendo composto principalmente de monossacarídeos, como a glicose e a frutose, responsáveis em parte pela sua cristalização. A cristalização varia segundo diversos fatores, como a concentração de açúcares, o teor de água na sua composição natural, a procedência floral do néctar, o manuseio durante seu processamento, bem como as condições de estocagem. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito da temperatura e da inco...

  16. Evaluación agronómica de melón (cucumis melo l bajo condiciones de campo

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    Fernando Borrego

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de determinar las variables más relacionadas con el rendimiento, así como los principales componentes de variación, se establecieron en campo, en Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, 12 genotipos de melón, en un diseño de Bloques Completos al Azar, con cuatro repeticiones. La parcela experimental fue de dos surcos de cinco metros de largo sembrados a doble hilera. Los genotipos en estudio fueron: híbridos: Primo, Pronto, Challenger, Cheyenne, Hi-Line, Cruiser, Durango, Apache, Laguna, Caravelle y Main Pak, y la variedad Top Mark, testigo; las variables evaluadas fueron: rendimiento (11 variables: cuantitativas y cualitativas; fenológicas (tres variables; agroclimáticas (cinco Variables y fisiológicas (cuatro variables. Se encontraron correlaciones significativas (p<0,05 y negativas, entre rendimiento y precocidad, peso promedio de frutos y número de frutos, así como entre número de frutos y longitud de fruto. Las variables fisiológicas más relacionadas fueron fotosíntesis y uso eficiente del agua. En el análisis de componentes principales, se encontró que hasta el componente tres, se explica el 65% de la varianza. En el componente uno, se encuentra un alto valor en las características de rendimiento (producción, peso y tamaño, por lo que se llamaría “Características Cuantitativas del Rendimiento”. En el componente dos, la mayor variación es el de “Componente de Precocidad”. Los componentes tres al seis, explican en proporciones muy similares las otras variables, siendo en el seis donde se encuentra con mayor valor la fotosíntesis. El análisis de regresión lineal múltiple fue significativo (p<0,057 que, por las condiciones del estudio, se considera adecuado. El rendimiento en t/ha, se explica por una ecuación lineal múltiple (r2=0,99 de 10 variables

  17. Expression of scFv-Mel-Gal4 triple fusion protein as a targeted DNA-carrier in Escherichia Coli.

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    Wang, Weiyu; Luo, Jian; Xu, Lining; Zeng, Jianping; Cao, Limin; Dong, Jiahong; Cai, Shouwang

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    Liver-directed gene therapy has become a promising treatment for many liver diseases. In this study, we constructed a multi-functional targeting molecule, which maintains targeting, endosome-escaping, and DNA-binding abilities for gene delivery. Two single oligonucleotide chains of Melittin (M) were synthesized. The full-length cDNA encoding anti-hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptor scFv C1 (C1) was purified from C1/pIT2. The GAL4 (G) gene was amplified from pSW50-Gal4 by polymerase chain reaction. M, C1 and G were inserted into plasmid pGC4C26H to product the recombinant plasmid pGC-C1MG. The fused gene C1MG was subsequently subcloned into plasmid pET32c to product the recombinant plasmid C1MG/pET32c and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21. The scFv-Mel-Gal4 triple fusion protein (C1MG) was purified with a Ni(2+) chelating HiTrap HP column. The fusion protein C1MG of roughly 64 kD was expressed in inclusion bodies; 4.5 mg/ml C1MG was prepared with Ni(2+) column purification. Western blot and immunohistochemistry showed the antigen-binding ability of C1MG to the cell surface of the liver-derived cell line and liver tissue slices. Hemolysis testing showed that C1MG maintained membrane-disrupting activity. DNA-binding capacity was substantiated by luciferase assay, suggesting that C1MG could deliver the DNA into cells efficiently on the basis of C1MG. Successful expression of C1MG was achieved in E. coli, and C1MG recombinant protein confers targeting, endosome-escaping and DNA-binding capacity, which makes it probable to further study its liver-specific DNA delivery efficacy in vivo. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  18. Producción de melón y sandía en la Comarca Lagunera: un estudio de planeación para reducir la volatilidad de precios

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    Brenda Aracely Ramírez-Barraza; José Alberto García-Salazar; José Saturnino Mora-Flores

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    Durante 2013 los productores de melón y sandía enfrentaron el problema de bajos precios en junio, julio y agosto por los excesos de oferta temporales. Para analizar cómo los cambios en la proporción de la producción de melón y sandía, y medidas de control de la oferta, podrían eliminar los excesos se usó un modelo de programación lineal. Bajo una situación óptima, 72% de la producción total de ambos cultivos debería corresponder al melón y 28% a la sandía, generando una ganancia de 5.8% más a...

  19. Deep Learning Methods for Underwater Target Feature Extraction and Recognition

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    Gang Hu

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    Full Text Available The classification and recognition technology of underwater acoustic signal were always an important research content in the field of underwater acoustic signal processing. Currently, wavelet transform, Hilbert-Huang transform, and Mel frequency cepstral coefficients are used as a method of underwater acoustic signal feature extraction. In this paper, a method for feature extraction and identification of underwater noise data based on CNN and ELM is proposed. An automatic feature extraction method of underwater acoustic signals is proposed using depth convolution network. An underwater target recognition classifier is based on extreme learning machine. Although convolution neural networks can execute both feature extraction and classification, their function mainly relies on a full connection layer, which is trained by gradient descent-based; the generalization ability is limited and suboptimal, so an extreme learning machine (ELM was used in classification stage. Firstly, CNN learns deep and robust features, followed by the removing of the fully connected layers. Then ELM fed with the CNN features is used as the classifier to conduct an excellent classification. Experiments on the actual data set of civil ships obtained 93.04% recognition rate; compared to the traditional Mel frequency cepstral coefficients and Hilbert-Huang feature, recognition rate greatly improved.

  20. Experimentation Using Short-Term Spectral Features for Secure Mobile Internet Voting Authentication

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    Surendra Thakur

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We propose a secure mobile Internet voting architecture based on the Sensus reference architecture and report the experiments carried out using short-term spectral features for realizing the voice biometric based authentication module of the architecture being proposed. The short-term spectral features investigated are Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs, Mel-Frequency Discrete Wavelet Coefficients (MFDWC, Linear Predictive Cepstral Coefficients (LPCC, and Spectral Histogram of Oriented Gradients (SHOGs. The MFCC, MFDWC, and LPCC usually have higher dimensions that oftentimes lead to high computational complexity of the pattern matching algorithms in automatic speaker recognition systems. In this study, higher dimensions of each of the short-term features were reduced to an 81-element feature vector per Speaker using Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG algorithm while neural network ensemble was utilized as the pattern matching algorithm. Out of the four short-term spectral features investigated, the LPCC-HOG gave the best statistical results with R statistic of 0.9127 and mean square error of 0.0407. These compact LPCC-HOG features are highly promising for implementing the authentication module of the secure mobile Internet voting architecture we are proposing in this paper.

  1. Mel Meledje Raymond

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    Mais, pour comprendre les dynamiques de la macro-violence, l'on ne peut minorer l'importance des micro-violences, c'est-à-dire des expressions de violence socialement et/ou géographiquement circonscrites. Dans le contexte ivoirien l'analyse des micro-violence s'est surtout polarisée sur les enjeux du conflit foncier.

  2. Aspectos de infraestrutura e serviços como indicadores da turistificação na Vila de Encantadas, Ilha do Mel (Brasil

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    Daniel Hauer Queiroz Telles

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    Full Text Available The isle of Mel represents the reality of some insular touristic destinations in the Brazilian coasts, with very special peculiarities raging from the image of an alternative destination to the fragility of social and environmental issues. It has different characteristics, (lack of automobiles and the predominance of small inns, that began since the touristic exploration almost four decades ago. The purpose of the present article is to analyze the conditions of the infrastructure and the services as a result of the process of touristification in Villa Encantada in the isle of Mel (Brazil, as a way to understand the effects on the conformation of such destination. This project was carried out through bibliographical and documental investigation. In addition, a field investigation was conducted based on interviews with the social actors which were members of the local government. From the main results, some specific aspects are of particular interest in relation with the conditions of the infrastructure and the services for both the tourism and the society. Such disparity testifies that the collapse of the touristic destination reached its maximum point between 2006 as a consequence of an irregular touristification that happened in the middle of 1990 and at the end of century.

  3. Alterações físico-químicas de geleias de melão e acerola durante o armazenamento

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    C. A de Paiva

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available O processamento de polpa e a fabricação de geleias são produtos de interesse para a região nordeste do Brasil. A baixa precipitação e os altos índices de luminosidade anuais, associado ao desenvolvimento da irrigação localizada na região, atraíram grandes empresas nacionais e internacionais para a produção de variados tipos de frutos, incluindo a acerola e o melão. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi avaliar as características físico-químicas de geleia simples e mista (50% de melão e 50% de acerola de melão e acerola, por ocasião do preparo e após o armazenamento por 30 dias. Utilizou-se o delineamento inteiramente casualizado. O tempo de armazenamento aumentou o teor de sólidos solúveis (SS e o pH, mas reduziu a acidez titulável e o teor de ácido ascórbico das geleias. A geleia de melão apresentou o maior teor de SS após o armazenamento. E a geleia de acerola obteve valores superiores de pH, acidez titulável e vitamina C, nas duas épocas de análise. Já a geleia mista apresentou pH igual à geleia de melão, mas quanto às demais características situou-se entre às geleias simples.Physical and chemical characteristics of acerola and melon jellies during storageAbstract: The pulp processing and the manufacture of jellies are products of interest to the northeastern region of Brazil. The low rainfall and high rates of annual luminosity associated with the development of drip irrigation in the region, attracted large national and international companies for the production of various kinds of fruits, including acerola and melon. The objective of this study was to evaluate the physico-chemical characteristics of single and mixed jelly (50% of melon and 50% acerola of melon and acerola, on the occasion of preparation and after storage for 30 days. We used a completely randomized design. The storage time increased the soluble solids (SS and pH, but reduced titratable acidity and ascorbic acid content from jelly. The

  4. Estrategias, alianzas y portafolio de negocios para desarrollar la competitividad del cultivo del melón en la Comarca Lagunera, México

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    José de Jesús Espinoza Arellano

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    Full Text Available La Región Lagunera destaca como la zona melonera más importante de Méx i co con una superficie anual de alrededor de 5,000 hectáreas y una producción de 134,000 t o neladas. La producción de esta región se ve amenazada por las importaciones, pla gas, enfe r medades, problemas de comercialización, altos costos de producción, falta de financiamiento y mayores exigencias de calidad por parte de las cadenas comerciales de tiendas de autoserv i cio. El objetivo de este trabajo fue proponer una serie de est rategias, alianzas y portafolio de negocios para mejorar la competitividad de la cadena productiva de melón en la Comarca Lagunera para evitar que sea desplazada por regiones competidoras del país y del extranjero. Método : En este trabajo se utilizó la me todología conocida como "Focus Group" o grupos de enfoque. Se contó con 27 participantes de los cuales 18 fueron productores de melón de la Comarca Lagunera, cinco técnicos, dos funcionarios de la Secretaría del Desarrollo Rural del gobierno del estado de Coahuila y dos representantes de empresas proveedoras de agro ins u mos. Se trabajó durante dos días en varias dinámicas basadas en formatos previamente elab o rados por los responsables del proyecto. La información obtenida se clasificó habiéndose o b tenido co mo resultado las fuerzas competitivas, las estrategias, las alianzas y el portafolio de negocios. Resultados : Se identificaron seis estrategias para el desarrollo de la competitividad, su a l cance, limitaciones y el tiempo que se estima para que se lleven a cabo. Las estrategias fu e ron: 1 capacitación técnica tendiente a obtener la certificación en inocuidad, 2 transferencia del paquete tecnológico, 3 gestión de recursos para financiar y asegurar la producción, 4 venta directa de melón a las cadenas com erciales de tiendas de autoservicio bajo el esquema de contrato, 5 establecer alianzas con instituciones académicas y de investigación y 6 est a

  5. Caracterización química y sensorial de vino artesanal de melón (Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus Naud., cv. Ovation

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    C. Padín

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available En los últimos años la producción de melón (Cucumis melo L. ha experimentado un notable aumento generando excedentes en el mercado y no siempre se consigue vender a los mejores precios, por lo que los porcentajes de pérdidas poscosecha son altos (Martínez, 2007. El objetivo de esta investigación fue caracterizar química y sensorialmente vino de melón. La intención fue generar una tecnología sencilla para la producción de una bebida alcohólica de alta calidad a partir de este fruto y con ello aportar una alternativa de comercialización en la región Falconiana y otras regiones productoras del país. Los ensayos se condujeron, para las variables químicas, en un diseño completamente aleatorizado con 3 tratamientos. Los vinos se elaboraron a partir de 8 L de jugo puro de melón de concentración inicial de sólidos solubles totales 16, 20 y 25 ºBx, acidez total (5,5 g/L y pH (3,8 ajustados, respectivamente denominados tratamientos V1, V2, V3 (3 repeticiones. Colocados en fermentadores de 9 L de capacidad, estériles. Inoculados con 1 g/L de Saccharomyces cerevisiae, e incubados a 28 ºC por 10 días; seguido de trasiego, embotellado, encorchado y almacenamiento por 2 meses. El jugo de melón mostró, sólidos solubles totales 8,00 ºBx, acidez total titulable 0,15 % y pH 5,20. Los vinos, respectivamente V1, V2 y V3, presentaron las siguientes características: grado alcohólico 7, 8, 10 ºGL; alcohol metílico 0,008; 0,002; 0,004 g/L; acetato de etilo 0,02; 0,04; 0,08 mg/L; azúcares totales 20, 40, 58 g/L; acidez volátil 0,814; 0,854; 0,815 g/L; acidez total 6,26; 6,08; 6,00 g/L; acidez iónica 4,00; 3,91; 3,93. Se evidenciaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas (p ≤ 0,05 entre los tratamientos. Los 3 vinos de melón cumplieron con los requisitos: grado alcohólico, alcohol metílico, acetato de etilo, acidez volátil y acidez total establecidos en la norma venezolana COVENIN 3342-1997. V1 y V2 presentaron caracter

  6. Evaluation of a speaker identification system with and without fusion using three databases in the presence of noise and handset effects

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    S. Al-Kaltakchi, Musab T.; Woo, Wai L.; Dlay, Satnam; Chambers, Jonathon A.

    2017-12-01

    In this study, a speaker identification system is considered consisting of a feature extraction stage which utilizes both power normalized cepstral coefficients (PNCCs) and Mel frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC). Normalization is applied by employing cepstral mean and variance normalization (CMVN) and feature warping (FW), together with acoustic modeling using a Gaussian mixture model-universal background model (GMM-UBM). The main contributions are comprehensive evaluations of the effect of both additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) and non-stationary noise (NSN) (with and without a G.712 type handset) upon identification performance. In particular, three NSN types with varying signal to noise ratios (SNRs) were tested corresponding to street traffic, a bus interior, and a crowded talking environment. The performance evaluation also considered the effect of late fusion techniques based on score fusion, namely, mean, maximum, and linear weighted sum fusion. The databases employed were TIMIT, SITW, and NIST 2008; and 120 speakers were selected from each database to yield 3600 speech utterances. As recommendations from the study, mean fusion is found to yield overall best performance in terms of speaker identification accuracy (SIA) with noisy speech, whereas linear weighted sum fusion is overall best for original database recordings.

  7. Frequency standards

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    Riehle, Fritz

    2006-01-01

    Of all measurement units, frequency is the one that may be determined with the highest degree of accuracy. It equally allows precise measurements of other physical and technical quantities, whenever they can be measured in terms of frequency.This volume covers the central methods and techniques relevant for frequency standards developed in physics, electronics, quantum electronics, and statistics. After a review of the basic principles, the book looks at the realisation of commonly used components. It then continues with the description and characterisation of important frequency standards

  8. Frequency Synthesiser

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    Drago, Salvatore; Sebastiano, Fabio; Leenaerts, Dominicus M.W.; Breems, Lucien J.; Nauta, Bram

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    A low power frequency synthesiser circuit (30) for a radio transceiver, the synthesiser circuit comprising: a digital controlled oscillator configured to generate an output signal having a frequency controlled by an input digital control word (DCW); a feedback loop connected between an output and an

  9. Frequency synthesiser

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    Drago, S.; Sebastiano, Fabio; Leenaerts, Dominicus Martinus Wilhelmus; Breems, Lucien Johannes; Nauta, Bram

    2010-01-01

    A low power frequency synthesiser circuit (30) for a radio transceiver, the synthesiser circuit comprising: a digital controlled oscillator configured to generate an output signal having a frequency controlled by an input digital control word (DCW); a feedback loop connected between an output and an

  10. Avaliação biométrica de caracteres do melão de São Caetano (Momordica charantia L

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    J. P. ASSIS

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    Full Text Available RESUMOO melão de São Caetano, planta trepadeira originaria do leste indiano e sul da Índia, é encontrada no bioma caatinga. Neste trabalho objetivou-se avaliar a biometria dos frutos e o número de sementes por fruto do melão de São Caetano. Os frutos foram coletados em área de vegetação nativa do campus da Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido (UFERSA, situada no município de Mossoró, RN, seguindo para o laboratório de fitotecnia para a determinação das seguintes características: comprimento, diâmetro e peso dos frutos, bem como o número de sementes por fruto. As análises descritivas e gráficas foram realizadas utilizando o pacote estatístico software R-project. As variáveis, comprimento e diâmetro apresentaram baixa amplitude de variação e bons valores de coeficiente de variação. Já o peso do fruto e o número de sementes por fruto mostraram alta amplitude de variação. Verificou-se alto grau de simetria e distribuição mesocúrtica para todas as características avaliadas nesse estudo. Constatou-se também a correlação linear simples positiva significativa entre o comprimento e o diâmetro, e não significativa entre o peso e o número de sementes por fruto, e que os dados referentes a todas as características do fruto do melão de São Caetano avaliadas neste trabalho se ajustaram à distribuição normal de probabilidade, o que permite a realização de inferências com base estatística.

  11. Controle químico de melão-de-são-caetano em área de cana-soca

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    Núbia Maria Correia

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de estudar o efeito de herbicidas aplicados em pré e pós-emergência, isolados e em combinações nas épocas seca e úmida, para o controle de melão-de-são-caetano (Momordica charantia em área de cana-soca, desenvolveu-se um experimento no período de junho de 2007 a julho de 2008, na Fazenda Gabriela, no município de Bebedouro (SP. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições, em esquema de parcela subdividida. Nas parcelas foram estudados quatro tratamentos de herbicidas: imazapic (0,147 kg ha-1 e amicarbazone (1,4 kg ha-1, aplicados uma semana após a colheita da cana; clomazone mais hexazinone (0,8 kg ha-1 + 0,2 kg ha-1 e amicarbazone (1,4 kg ha-1, aplicados em agosto, aos 63 dias após a colheita da cana, pulverizados na época seca, além de tratamento sem aplicação. Nas subparcelas foram testadas as aplicações em pós-emergência de quatro tratamentos de herbicidas: mesotrione (0,192 kg ha-1, amicarbazone (1,4 kg ha-1, mesotrione mais amicarbazone (0,096 kg ha-1+ 0,7 kg ha-1 e 2,4-D (1,005 kg ha-1, na época úmida e a manutenção de tratamento sem herbicida. Para o controle de melão-de-são-caetano a aplicação de herbicidas na época úmida (período de chuvas é obrigatória e desnecessária na época seca. Os herbicidas mesotrione e amicarbazone, isolados ou em mistura, aplicados na época úmida são eficazes no controle em pós-emergência das plantas e na inibição de novos fluxos de emergência de melão-de-são-caetano na época úmida.

  12. Utilização de revestimento comestível à base de quitosana para aumentar a vida útil de melão minimamente processado

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    Raquel Costa Chevalier

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    Full Text Available Revestimentos comestíveis podem contribuir para aumentar a vida útil de frutas minimamente processadas reduzindo a umidade e a migração do soluto, a troca gasosa, respiração e velocidades de reação de oxidação, bem como reduzir distúrbios fisiológicos. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar os efeitos da aplicação de quitosana associada com argila montmorillonita e óleo essencial de cravo, em relação às características físicas, químicas, microbiológicas e atributos sensoriais de melão (Cucumis melo L. minimamente processado quando armazenados a 4°C. Os melões foram lavados, descascados, retiradas as sementes, cortados em cubos, foi aplicado os revestimentos e em seguida os cubos foram armazenados em embalagem PET (politereftalato de etileno, por um período de 7 dias a 4±1°C. Realizaram-se análises de pH, sólidos solúveis totais, acidez titulável, análises microbiológicas (Escherichia coli, Salmonella, bolores e leveduras e análise sensorial (textura, cor, aroma, avaliação global. As análises foram realizadas em triplicata no dia do processamento (dia 0 e após 1, 3, 5 e 7 dias de armazenamento. Pode-se concluir que os revestimentos que continham quitosana juntamente com argila montmorillonita e quitosana juntamente com montmorillonita e óleo essencial de cravo (T3 e T4 foram mais eficientes na conservação das características físico-químicas de melão minimamente processado quando comparados com a amostra controle e o tratamento que continha somente quitosana. O uso de quitosana isoladamente e juntamente com montmorillonita e óleo essencial de cravo foram eficientes para manter as características sensoriais e microbiológicas por mais tempo.

  13. Characterization of CD8+ T-Cell Responses in the Peripheral Blood and Skin Injection Sites of Melanoma Patients Treated with mRNA Electroporated Autologous Dendritic Cells (TriMixDC-MEL

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    Daphné Benteyn

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    Full Text Available Treatment of melanoma patients with mRNA electroporated dendritic cells (TriMixDC-MEL stimulates T-cell responses against the presented tumor-associated antigens (TAAs. In the current clinical trials, melanoma patients with systemic metastases are treated, requiring priming and/or expansion of preexisting TAA-specific T cells that are able to migrate to both the skin and internal organs. We monitored the presence of TAA-specific CD8+ T cells infiltrating the skin at sites of intradermal TriMixDC-MEL injection (SKILs and within the circulation of melanoma patients treated in two clinical trials. In 10 out of fourteen (71% patients screened, CD8+ T cells recognizing any of the four TAA presented by TriMixDC-MEL cellular vaccine were found in both compartments. In total, 30 TAA-specific T-cell responses were detected among the SKILs and 29 among peripheral blood T cells, of which 24 in common. A detailed characterization of the antigen specificity of CD8+ T-cell populations in four patients indicates that the majority of the epitopes detected were only recognized by CD8+ T cells derived from either skin biopsies or peripheral blood, indicating that some compartmentalization occurs after TriMix-DC therapy. To conclude, functional TAA-specific CD8+ T cells distribute both to the skin and peripheral blood of patients after TriMixDC-MEL therapy.

  14. Efeito de quatro tipos de mel na longevidade e reprodução de Catolaccus grandis (Hymenoptera:pteromalidae Effect of four types of honey on longevity and reproduction of Catolaccus grandis (Hymenoptera:Pteromalidae

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    Paulo Alves Wanderley

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    Full Text Available O trabalho teve como objetivo conhecer o melhor tipo de mel em relação à longevidade e fertilidade do parasitóide do bicudo-do-algodoeiro Catolaccus grandis. Adultos recém-emergidos foram transferidos para recipientes plásticos de 500mL, adaptados com tubo para fornecer água e umidade para os insetos. Um casal do parasitóide foi mantido em cada recipiente em câmara climatizada a 25±1°C, UR = 70±10% e fotoperíodo de 14h. O trabalho constou de 4 tratamentos: mel de flor de laranjeira; mel de flores de plantas silvestres; mel de cana-de-açúcar (todos produzidos por Apis mellifera e mel de flores silvestres produzido por abelha Jataí (Tetragonistica angustula, com 15 repetições cada. Adultos recém-emergidos do parasitóide receberam cinco larvas de Euscepes postfasciatus encapsuladas em parafilm. Três gotículas de mel foram colocadas sobre o parafilm. Calculou-se a longevidade de machos e fêmeas, número de ovos dia-1 fêmea-1 e número total de ovos fêmea-1 e construíram-se as tabelas de fertilidade. As melhores dietas para alimentar adultos de C. grandis foram o mel silvestre e o de laranjeira. A melhor fecundidade foi observada na dieta de mel de laranjeira (101,60 ovos fêmea-1 e os melhores resultados para aumento reprodutivo e populacional deste parasitóide foram obtidos com mel de laranja e com mel silvestre.The aim of this work was to investigate the best type of honey in relation to longevity and life fertility of Catolaccus grandis. Recent emerged adults were transferred to 500ml plastic recipients adapted to supply water and moisture to insects. A couple of parasite was kept for each recipient in climatic chamber at 25±1°C, RH = 70±10% and photofase 14h. The work had four treatments: orange, wild plant species honey, Jatai Tetragonistica angustula and sugar cane honey with fifteen replications each. Recent emerged adults received five Euscepes postfasciatus larvae, which were encapsulated in parafilm. Three

  15. The floristic compositions of vascular epiphytes of a seasonally inundated forest on the coastal plain of Ilha do Mel Island, Brazil.

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    Kersten, Rodrigo de Andrade; Silva, Sandro Menezes

    2006-09-01

    A 3,000 m2 area of seasonally inundated forest on the island of Ilha do Mel (25 degrees 30" S 48 degrees 23" W) in Paraná, Brazil, was sampled by collecting plants from all strata, using climbing equipment when necessary. The area harbors 103 species of epiphytes, in 49 genera and 20 families, of which 28 species are pteridophytes and 75 magnoliophytes (64 Liliopsida, 11 Magnoliopsida). The most common families are Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae, Polypodiaceae and Araceae, and frequent genera are Vriesea, Epidendrum, Maxillaria, Pleurothallis and Prosthechea. Eight families were represented by one species each. Most species were classified as obligatory holoepiphytes (62 %), followed by the relatively more rare preferential holoepiphytes (13 %), facultative epiphytes (11 %), hemiepiphytes (9 %) and accidental epiphytes (6 %).

  16. Mel e açúcar mascavo na cicatrização de feridas Honey and brown sugar in wounds healing

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    Ivan Felismino Charas dos Santos

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo teve como objetivo comparar a eficácia do mel e do açúcar mascavo na cicatrização de feridas induzidas cirurgicamente na pele de cobaias, para avaliar o tempo de cicatrização, as variações macroscópicas e microscópicas do tecido cicatricial, a contração das feridas e o grau de contaminação. Quinze cobaias da raça Abissínia, machos inteiros, de seis meses de idade e pesando entre 500 a 850 gramas, foram divididas em três grupos com cinco animais cada, nos quais foram induzidas, cirurgicamente, três feridas em cada animal com dimensão de 1,5cm² e distância entre elas de 1,5cm, na região dorsal. A ferida F1 foi tratada diariamente com mel, a ferida F2 com solução salina 0,9% (controle e a ferida F3 com o açúcar mascavo. A eutanásia foi realizada no Grupo 1 ao sétimo dia após a cirurgia, no Grupo 2 ao décimo quarto dia e no Grupo 3 no vigésimo primeiro dia após a cirurgia, sendo as biópsias encaminhadas para avaliação histopatológica. Foram também realizados swabs das feridas em todos os grupos no terceiro e sétimo dias após a cirurgia e as amostras enviadas para a cultura e isolamento bacteriano. Concluiu-se que as feridas tratadas com o mel cicatrizaram mais rápido em relação às tratadas com o açúcar mascavo, demonstrando a maior propriedade cicatrizante do mel em relação ao açúcar mascavo.The study aimed to compare the effectiveness of honey and brown sugar in wounds healing induced in the skin of guinea pigs, to evaluate the healing time, microscopic and macroscopic healing variations, wound contraction and contamination degree. Fifteen guinea pigs, Abyssinia breed, males, six months of age and weighing between 500 to 850 grams, were divided in three groups with five animals each. Three wounds were promoted in each animal, surgical, with 1.5cm² and 1.5cm between them, in the dorsal region. The F1 was treated, daily, with honey, F2 with saline solution 0,9% (control and F3 with brown

  17. Avaliação de fontes de cálcio na cultura do melão tipo 'Gália' sob cultivo protegido

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    Faria,Eva Cintra D. de; Carrijo,Osmar A.; Moretti,Celso L.

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    Um experimento com a cultura de Melão (Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus), do tipo Gália, híbrido Galileo foi conduzido sob cultivo protegido, em vasos, na Embrapa Hortaliças, em Brasília-DF, de setembro a dezembro de 2001. Foram avaliadas 5 formas de aplicação de cálcio (calagem, calagem mais fertirrigação com nitrato de cálcio, cálcio tamponado, cálcio quelatizado e cloreto de cálcio) além do tratamento controle, sem cálcio. O delineamento experimental foi de blocos ao acaso com seis tratame...

  18. Melão tupã: produtividade, qualidade do fruto e resistência a viroses Tupã melon: agronomic performance, fruit quality and virus resistance

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    Waldelice Oliveira de Paiva

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Progênies de melão (Cucumis melo L. cv. Tupã, um tipo que associa as características favoráveis do fruto do melão Amarelo e do melão Cantaloupe, foram submetidas à inoculação artificial com cinco vírus [Watermerlon mosaic virus (WMV-2, Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV-w, Zucchini yelow mosaic virus (ZYMV, Squash mosaic virus (SqMV e Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV], em casa de vegetação. A produção e a qualidade do fruto foram avaliadas em campo. Progênies de três famílias mostraram resistência ao PRSV-w e ao ZYMV, algumas manifestaram resistência também ao WMV-2. Cerca de 63,15% apresentaram resistência somente ao PRSV-w e 52,63% somente ao ZYMV. A resistência para a combinação do PRSV-w e ZYMV ocorreu em 42,10% das progênies e a resistência tripla a PRSV-w, ZYMV e WMV-2 em 36,84%. Uma progênie foi resistente aos quatro vírus (PRSV-w, ZYMV, WMV-2 e CMV. Para o caráter concentração de colheita o comportamento das progênies foi muito variável, observando-se progênies onde a metade dos frutos foram colhidos até os 80 dias, e outras onde até os 70 dias nenhum fruto havia sido colhido. Em relação ao tipo Amarelo, foram muito tardias para a maturação dos frutos, mas mostraram semelhanças com o fruto para peso médio, formato, diâmetro interno e espessura da polpa. A firmeza da polpa variou de 7,78 N a 35,6 N, sendo que em 20% das progênies a firmeza da polpa foi superior a 20 N, muito semelhante aos melões do tipo Cantaloupe.Progenies of melon (Cucumis melo L. cv. Tupã, that associate the favorable fruit characteristics of yellow casaba cantaloupe types, were submitted to artificial inoculation with five virus: Watermerlon mosaic virus (WMV-2, Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV-W, Zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV, Squash mosaic virus (SqMV and Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV, in greenhouse. Yield and the fruit quality were evaluated in the field. Progenies of three families showed marked resistance to PRSV-W and to ZYMV

  19. Osteossíntese de úmero por xenoenxerto ósseo preservado em mel em pombos domésticos (Columba livia

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    Gaiga Leandro Haczkiewicz

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este experimento teve por objetivo avaliar clínica, histológica e radiograficamente o emprego de fíbula e tíbia canina, preservadas em mel, no tratamento de fratura transversa diafisária de úmero em pombos domésticos (Columba livia. Foram estudados 14 pombos. A indução e a manutenção da anestesia foi feita com halotano e a fratura foi realizada na diáfise do úmero direito com serra oscilatória, e, logo após, estabilizada por xenoenxerto ósseo inserido dentro do canal medular e associado a fio de aço interfragmentar. O tempo médio e o desvio padrão para restabelecimento do vôo foi de 24,81 + 3,65 dias.O tempo médio e o desvio padrão para a consolidação óssea foram de 41 + 4,74 dias. Uma ave não apresentou consolidação óssea. Ocorreu reabsorção do xenoenxerto aos 180 dias. A técnica proposta é eficiente para o tratamento de fratura de úmero em pombos domésticos (Columba livia. Os resultados obtidos nesse experimento demonstram que o mel é adequado como meio de preservação de xenoenxerto ósseo cortical.

  20. The floristic compositions of vascular epiphytes of a seasonally inundated forest on the coastal plain of Ilha do Mel Island, Brazil

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    Rodrigo de Andrade Kersten

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available A 3 000 m² area of seasonally inundated forest on the island of Ilha do Mel (25º30" S 48º23" W in Paraná, Brazil, was sampled by collecting plants from all strata, using climbing equipment when necessary. The area harbors 103 species of epiphytes, in 49 genera and 20 families, of which 28 species are pteridophytes and 75 magnoliophytes (64 Liliopsida, 11 Magnoliopsida. The most common families are Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae, Polypodiaceae and Araceae, and frequent genera are Vriesea, Epidendrum, Maxillaria, Pleurothallis and Prosthechea. Eight families were represented by one species each. Most species were classified as obligatory holoepiphytes (62 %, followed by the relatively more rare preferential holoepiphytes (13 %, facultative epiphytes (11 %, hemiepiphytes (9 % and accidental epiphytes (6 %. Rev. Biol. Trop. 54 (3: 935-942. Epub 2006 Sept. 29.Se muestreó plantas de todos los estratos en una área de 3 000 m² de selva estacionalmente inundada en Ilha do Mel (25º30 "S 48º23’ W, Paraná, Brazil. El área tiene 103 especies de epífitas en 49 géneros y 20 familias, de las cuales 28 especies son pteridófitas y 75 magnoliófitas (64 Liliopsida, 11 Magnoliopsida. Las familias más comunes son Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae, Polypodiaceae y Araceae, y los géneros más frecuentes Vriesea, Epidendrum, Maxillaria, Encyclia y Pleurothallis. Ocho familias solamente están representadas por una especie cada una. La mayoría de las especies son loepífitas obligadas (62 %, seguidas de las relativamente escasas holoepífitas preferenciales (13 %, epífitas facultativas (11 %, hemiepífitas (9 % y epífitas accidentales (6 %.

  1. Metabolic profiling and flux analysis of MEL-2 human embryonic stem cells during exponential growth at physiological and atmospheric oxygen concentrations.

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    Full Text Available As human embryonic stem cells (hESCs steadily progress towards regenerative medicine applications there is an increasing emphasis on the development of bioreactor platforms that enable expansion of these cells to clinically relevant numbers. Surprisingly little is known about the metabolic requirements of hESCs, precluding the rational design and optimisation of such platforms. In this study, we undertook an in-depth characterisation of MEL-2 hESC metabolic behaviour during the exponential growth phase, combining metabolic profiling and flux analysis tools at physiological (hypoxic and atmospheric (normoxic oxygen concentrations. To overcome variability in growth profiles and the problem of closing mass balances in a complex environment, we developed protocols to accurately measure uptake and production rates of metabolites, cell density, growth rate and biomass composition, and designed a metabolic flux analysis model for estimating internal rates. hESCs are commonly considered to be highly glycolytic with inactive or immature mitochondria, however, whilst the results of this study confirmed that glycolysis is indeed highly active, we show that at least in MEL-2 hESC, it is supported by the use of oxidative phosphorylation within the mitochondria utilising carbon sources, such as glutamine to maximise ATP production. Under both conditions, glycolysis was disconnected from the mitochondria with all of the glucose being converted to lactate. No difference in the growth rates of cells cultured under physiological or atmospheric oxygen concentrations was observed nor did this cause differences in fluxes through the majority of the internal metabolic pathways associated with biogenesis. These results suggest that hESCs display the conventional Warburg effect, with high aerobic activity despite high lactate production, challenging the idea of an anaerobic metabolism with low mitochondrial activity. The results of this study provide new insight that

  2. Qualidade fisiológica e sanitária de sementes de melão (Cucumis melo Physiological and health quality of melon (Cucumis melo seeds

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    Marlove Fátima Brião Muniz

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência de diferentes testes na identificação do nível de vigor e da qualidade sanitária de lotes de sementes de melão (Cucumis melo L.. Foram avaliados quatro lotes de sementes das cultivares Gaúcho e Carvalho, submetidas aos testes de primeira contagem de germinação, emergência em campo, deterioração controlada, envelhecimento acelerado e sanidade. Os resultados indicaram que os testes de deterioração controlada e envelhecimento acelerado apresentam sensibilidade suficiente para avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de melão, mas os testes de avaliação de plântulas não mostraram sensibilidade suficiente para realizar uma estratificação dos lotes pelo vigor. Aspergillus spp. e Fusarium oxysporum foram encontrados associados às sementes.The objective of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of different vigour tests in the identification of vigour levels and health quality of melon (Cucumis melo L. seeds. Four seed lots of Gaúcho and Carvalho cultivars were evaluated. Seeds were submitted to the first germination counting, field emergence, controlled deterioration and aging, cold vigour and health tests. Results indicated that controlled deterioration and accelerated aging tests presented enough sensibility for evaluating the physiological potential of melon seeds. Tests of seedling evaluation did not show enough sensibility to identify hiht quality seed lots. Aspergillus ssp. and Fusarium oxysporum were detected associated with seeds.

  3. Crescimento e acúmulo de macronutrientes na cultura do melão em Baraúna - RN e Petrolina - PE

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    Pedro Aguiar Neto

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar o crescimento e o acúmulo de nutrientes por híbridos de melão desenvolveram-se experimentos em área comercial no município de Baraúna-RN, e na estação experimental de Bebedouro (Petrolina-PE da Embrapa Semiárido. Em Baraúna-RN, o experimento foi desenvolvido de setembro a novembro de 2010, e em Petrolina-PE, de agosto a outubro de 2010. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados completos, com quatro repetições, em esquema fatorial 2 x 5. Os tratamentos resultaram da combinação de dois híbridos de melão (Iracema e Gran Prix e cinco épocas de coletas de plantas (15; 25; 35; 45 e 55 dias após o transplante, DAT. Para se fazer um programa de adubação na cultura do meloeiro, tanto do grupo Amarelo como do grupo Pele-de-Sapo, observou-se um crescimento lento no início, maior incremento da parte aérea de 35 a 45 DAT e maior exigência da planta para o estádio de frutificação de 35 a 45 DAT para 'Iracema' e 45 a 55 DAT para 'Gran Prix' Quanto ao acúmulo, para os dois materiais e nos dois locais, observou-se a seguinte ordem: K>N>P>Ca>Mg.

  4. Desempenho de híbridos de melão do grupo inodorus em Mossoró Performance of melon hybrids of inodorus group in Mossoró, Brazil

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    Glauber Henrique de S. Nunes

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Foram conduzidos dois experimentos em Mossoró para avaliar o desempenho de híbridos de melão do grupo inodorus. Em ambos experimentos, foram utilizados delineamentos experimentais em blocos completos casualizados com três repetições. O primeiro experimento foi constituído de dez híbridos Pele de Sapo e o segundo de cinco híbridos de melão do tipo Amarelo e quatro Pele de Sapo. Avaliou-se a produtividade, peso médio do fruto, cavidade interna, espessura da polpa, índice de formato, aparências externa e interna, perda de peso, teor de sólidos solúveis, firmeza da polpa e concentração da produção. No primeiro experimento o híbrido PS RDR destacou-se como o mais promissor, com alta produtividade, alto teor de sólidos solúveis, elevada firmeza de polpa e boa aparência interna e externa. No segundo experimento, os melões do tipo Amarelo diferiram dos melões Pele de Sapo nas características avaliadas. Os híbridos 'Gold Mine' e 'AMR GLDX' tiveram as melhores performances entre os melões tipo Amarelo e o híbrido 'PS 07' entre os melões do tipo Pele de Sapo.Two experiments were carried out in Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte State, Brazil, to evaluate the performance of melon hybrids of the inodorus group. The experimental design was a randomized complete blocks with three replications. In the first experiment ten 'Piel del Sapo" hybrids were evaluated and in the second five hybrids of Valenciano type of melon and four 'Piel del Sapo' hybrids were evaluated. Evaluations of yield, average fruit weight, format index, internal cavity, pulp thickness, external and intern appearance, weight loss, total soluble solids, pulp firmness and yield concentration, were done. In the first experiment, the hybrid 'PS RDR' was the most promising with high fruit yield and total soluble solids content, better pulp firmness besides good appearance. The Valenciano type of melons differed from 'Piel del Sapo' type of melons for the assessed

  5. Primeiro ciclo de seleção massal na população PM3 de melão (Cucumis melo L

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    L. S. Medeiros

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este trabalho realizar o primeiro ciclo de seleção massal na população PM3 de melão. Foi usada a população PM3 de melão, obtida pelo Setor de Melhoramento Genético de Plantas do Centro de Ciências Agrárias da Universidade Federal de Alagoas (SMGP/CECA/UFAL. A colheita foi realizada aos 75 dias após a semeadura. Os frutos foram colhidos totalizaram 1188 frutos, os quais foram analisados a morfologia externa, objetivando a formação de classes fenotípicas em função dos caracteres qualitativos, culminando na obtenção de 40 classes fenotípicas. A classe fenotípica CF 17 foi selecionada por apresentar cor do fruto amarelo, ausência de costelas, ausência de rendilhamento, cor da polpa salmão e formato do fruto arredondado a ovalado. Em seguida foi feita uma seleção dos frutos de melão para os seguintes caracteres quantitativos dentro da classe fenotípica selecionada: peso do fruto acima de 740,0 gramas; diâmetro longitudinal acima de 11,0 cm; diâmetro transversal acima de 10,0 cm, espessura da polpa acima de 1,9 cm; espessura da casca acima de 0,2 cm; diâmetro da cavidade menor que 8,0 cm. A classe fenotípica CF 17 foi à única selecionada.First mass selection cycle in melon PM3 population (Cucumis melo L  Abstract: The objective of this work make the first mass selection cycle in melon PM3 population. It was used to melon PM3 population, obtained by the sector of improvement genetic of plants of center science land the Federal University of Alagoas (SMGP/CECA/UFAL. Plants were harvested at 75 days after sowing. The fruits were harvested totaled 1188 fruits, which were analyzed the external morphology, aiming at the formation of phenotypic classes on the basis of qualitative character, culminating in getting 40 phenotypic classes. Phenotypic class CF 17 has been selected for display color of yellow fruit, no ribs, no rendilhamento, color of salmon flesh and rounded to oval fruit shape. Then a selection

  6. Propriedades físicas e químicas do mel de Apis mellifera L Physical and chemical properties of Apis mellifera L. hone

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    Fernanda Dias Bartolomeu Abadio Finco

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo verificar as propriedades físicas e químicas do mel da região Sul do Estado do Tocantins a partir de 24 amostras provenientes de 13 associações de apicultores. As análises realizadas foram pH, acidez, índice de refração, umidade, peso específico, cinzas, hidroximetilfurfural (Prova qualitativa, índice de formol, reação de Lund e açúcares redutores. Todas as análises foram realizadas em triplicata, o tratamento estatístico compreendeu média, desvio padrão e os resultados foram submetidos à análise fatorial e análise de agrupamento. As amostras apresentaram índice de reprovação de 50% aos padrões estabelecidos pela legislação. A grande variação nos resultados entre as amostras podem ser devido a diferentes origens florais dos méis e a sua inadequação à legislação pode ter origem na exposição do produto a condições de temperatura e umidade inadequadas, nas etapas de manejo, processamento ou armazenamento do mel.This study aimed at verifying the physical and chemical properties of 24 samples of honey produced by 13 beekeeper associations from Southern Tocantins State, Brazil. The following analyses were performed: pH, titatrable acidity, refractive index, moisture, ash, specific weight, hydroxymetilfurfural (qualitative probe, formol index, Lund reaction, and inverted sugar. All analyses were performed in triplicates, and the statistical analysis comprised mean, standard deviation, factor analysis, and cluster analysis. The samples presented a failure index of 50% regarding the legislation standards. The considerable variation of results can be due to the different honey floral origins and the failure to meet the standards established by national legislation may be due to the exposition of the honey to inappropriate conditions of temperature and humidity during the honey beekeeping, processing, or storage.

  7. Efecto de la aplicación foliar de calcio sobre algunos atributos de calidad en frutos de melón

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    BOUZO, C.A.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available La fertilización foliar puede constituir una importante práctica agronómica para incrementar la concentración de calcio de los frutos. El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar el efecto de la utilización de algunos fertilizantes cálcicos en aspersión foliar, en diferentes ambientes, sobre la calidad de frutos de melón. Los experimentos de campo fueron realizados en cinco localidades en la región central de la Argentina (Colón, Coronda, Ángel Gallardo, Esperanza y Media Agua durante el período 2009-2010. Las soluciones cálcicas fueron aplicadas en cinco oportunidades, desde el inicio de la fructificación, con una frecuencia semanal entre aplicaciones.Los tratamientos fueron: i testigo sin fertilizar; ii nitrato de calcio (3 g L-1; iii EDTA Cálcico Amónico (5 cm3 L-1 y calcio orgánico (40 cm3 L-1. Las mediciones realizadas en los frutos luego de la cosecha fueron: Firmeza Interna (IF y Externa (EF (kg, Concentración de Sólidos Solubles (SSC (%, Peso de los Frutos (W (kg y concentración de calcio en la corteza y pulpa (%. Excepto para Media Agua, la aplicación de nitrato de calcio permitió obtener, en promedio, incrementos de la IF y EF de 40% y 60% respectivamente, en comparación con el tratamiento testigo. Los tratamientos con soluciones cálcicas no incrementaron el SSC y W de los frutos.A excepción de Media Agua, en las otras localidades se incrementó el contenido de calcio en la corteza.Estos resultados indicarían que el uso de fertilizantes cálcicos foliares puede mejorar la calidad de los frutosde melón, aunque dependiendo de las condiciones ambientales de la localidad.

  8. Cristalização de melão pelo processo lento de açucaramento Crystallization of melon fruit through slow sugary process

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    Ângelo Shigueyuki Morita

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi conduzido no laboratório de Tecnologia de Alimentos da Escola Superior de Agricultura de Mossoró (ESAM. Avaliou-se a possibilidade de processar o melão como fruta cristalizada. Foram testadas as variedades Gália, Pele de Sapo e Orange Fresh, utilizando-se o processo lento de açucaramento, retirando-se as polpas em formas de bolas e colocando-as sucessivamente em soluções de sacarose a 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 e 70º Brix até abrir a fervura, mantendo-se a polpa em repouso por 24 horas a cada solução de sacarose. Em seguida, os frutos foram colocados em uma estufa a 50ºC durante 6 horas, atingindo-se assim, a umidade final entre 26,16 a 27,53%. Foram determinados teor de umidade, pH, sólidos solúveis totais, e os produtos submetidos a uma análise sensorial. Constatou-se que a cristalização em melão foi tecnicamente viável, que a variedade Pele de Sapo foi a melhor aceita, e que não houve mudança na coloração da polpa das variedades.The experiment was carried out in the Food Technology Laboratory of the Escola Superior de Agricultura de Mossoró (ESAM, Mossoró-RN, Brazil to evaluate the possibility of processing the melon pulp as a crystallized fruit by using the us following melon varieties: Gália, Pele de Sapo, and Orange Flesh, utilizing the slow sugary process. The pulps were withdrawn in little ball form and put successively into sucrose solutions at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70°Brix, until boiling, keeping them in inactivity for 24 hours in each solution. After that, the fruits were placed in a stove at 50°C during 6 hours, reaching final humidity between 26.16 and 27.53%. Evaluations for humidity content, pH and total soluble solids were made. In addition a sensorial analysis was made. It was observed that the melon crystallization was technically feasible. Pele de Sapo melon was the best in comparison to the other types. Changing in the melon pulp colouring was not observed.

  9. Avaliação de diferentes substratos na qualidade fisiológica de sementes de melão de caroá [Sicana odorifera (Vell.) Naudim

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    Lima, J.F; Silva, M.P.L; Teles, S; Silva, F; Martins, G.N

    2010-01-01

    O melão de caroá é da família das curcubitáceas encontrada de forma nativa na região do Recôncavo Baiano, onde é muito utilizada pela medicina popular para diversas enfermidades, porém é espécie muito pouco explorada pela pesquisa. O trabalho teve por objetivo estudar diferentes substratos para avaliar o índice de germinação e vigor de sementes de melão de caroá (Sicana odorifera) na produção de mudas. Utilizaram-se como substratos areia lavada, areia lavada com húmus de minhoca (2:1) e subst...

  10. Características físico-químicas e compostos aromáticos do suco de melão clarificado por microfiltração tangencial

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    Raimundo Marcelino Silva Neto

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Polpa e suco de melão clarificado por microfiltração tangencial foram avaliados com relação as suas características físico-químicas e compostos aromáticos. A polpa do melão (Cucumis melo var inodorus foi extraída, tratada com as enzimas Pectinex Ultra SP-L e Celuclast e clarificada por microfiltração à pressão média de 3,0 bar. O suco clarificado apresentou-se incolor com uma leve tonalidade esverdeada. As características físico-químicas da polpa e do suco clarificado, como pH, brix, acidez titulável, turbidez, glicose, frutose, sacarose, foram identificadas, assim como seu perfil aromático por meio de micro-extração em fase sólida (SPME e cromatografia gasosa acoplada com espectrometria de massa (CG-EM. A microfiltração permitiu obter uma bebida de valor agregado partindo de uma matéria-prima de descarte do mercado externo, preservando suas características físico-químicas iniciais, indicando seu potencial de uso em blends de sucos de frutas tropicais. Adicionalmente, a fração retida poderá ser incorporada na polpa do melão e direcionada ao mercado de bebidas funcionais.

  11. Asteraceae visited by honeybees in Argentina: a record from entomopalynological studies Asteraceae visitadas por abejas melíferas en Argentina: un registro a partir de estudios entomopalinológicos

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    María C. Telleria

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Entomopalynological studies of Asteraceae in Argentina revealed that 64 taxa occurred in food stored by honeybees. The most visited plant tribes were classified according to both the type of reward provided by the different taxa and the intensity that such reward is collected by honeybees. Exotic plant taxa were intensely visited inside the disturbed areas (e.g. Cardueae and Cichorieae tribes, whereas native taxa (e.g. Barnadesioideae, Mutisieae, Astereae and Eupatorieae were intensely visited in less disturbed areas. A large number of identified taxa of Asteraceae and the evaluation of its importance to honeybee nutrition were presented. The present study contributes to the knowledge of relationship between Asteraceae and honeybees.A partir de estudios entomopalinológicos se encontró que 64 taxa pertenecientes a la familia Asteraceae están presentes en los alimentos almacenados por las abejas melíferas. Los representantes exóticos fueron intensamente visitados en las áreas más alteradas (e.g. Cardueae and Cichorieae, mientras que algunos representantes nativos (e.g. Barnadesioideae, Mutisieae, Astereae y Eupatorieae fueron intensamente visitados en áreas menos alteradas. Se presenta un importante número de taxa de Asteraceae relevantes para la nutrición de las abejas melíferas. El presente trabajo contribuye a conocer la relación entre Asteraceae y abejas melíferas.

  12. Efecto de la aplicación de bioactivadores y del raleo manual de frutos sobre el rendimiento y la calidad de melón (Cucumis melo L. bajo cultivo protegido en Costa Rica

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    Tania Alvarado-Sánchez

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó el efecto del raleo manual de frutos y de la aplicación de los bioactivadores Algamix y Engordone sobre el rendimiento y la calidad del melón amarillo var. JMX-902. No se encontraron diferencias significativas con respecto a la firmeza del fruto, concentración de sólidos solubles totales, peso del fruto, rendimiento total, peso del fruto comercializable, rendimiento comercializable, y rendimiento por planta. Se encontraron diferencias significativas entre los tratamientos para el número de frutos por planta; las plantas tratadas con solo Engordone y solo Algamix presentaron mayor número de frutos por planta con respecto a otros tratamientos, pero estos resultados no fueron distintos de los del Testigo. Se encontraron diferencias significativas al distribuir la producción según distintas categorías de peso; el rendimiento de frutos de melón con un peso de entre 601-800 gramos fue superior en plantas tratadas con solo Algamix respecto a los demás tratamientos; el rendimiento de frutos de melón con un peso de entre 801-1000 gramos fue superior en plantas tratadas con solo Engordone respecto a los demás tratamientos.

  13. Producción de melón y sandía en la Comarca Lagunera: un estudio de planeación para reducir la volatilidad de precios

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    Brenda Aracely Ramírez-Barraza

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Durante 2013 los productores de melón y sandía enfrentaron el problema de bajos precios en junio, julio y agosto por los excesos de oferta temporales. Para analizar cómo los cambios en la proporción de la producción de melón y sandía, y medidas de control de la oferta, podrían eliminar los excesos se usó un modelo de programación lineal. Bajo una situación óptima, 72% de la producción total de ambos cultivos debería corresponder al melón y 28% a la sandía, generando una ganancia de 5.8% más alta que la observada durante 2010/2012. La disminución de 30% en la producción de junio, julio y agosto y la planeación de la producción en zonas de bombeo aumentarían la ganancia en 14.0 y 35.9%, respectivamente.

  14. Conversion frequence

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    Sauteret, C.

    1987-03-01

    The experimental evidence of short wavelength for laser inertial confinement has strongly increased the interest in high efficiency harmonic conversion of powerful Nd: glass lasers. This work describes our high power harmonic conversion experiments performed using the same laser apparatus for doubling, tripling the three high power 1064 nm P102, OCTAL and PHEBUS lasers. In addition to the understanding the physics of harmonic conversion, this work includes the basic concepts allows us to improve the technique such as non colinear schemes, to extend this method to other frequencies (fourth generation) and to predict some physical limits [fr

  15. Crescimento de planta, partição de assimilados e produção de frutos de melão amarelo sombreado por diferentes malhas

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    Francisco Hevilásio Freire Pereira

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar variações no crescimento, na partição de assimilados e na produção de frutos de melão, tipo Amarelo 'Gold Mine', sob cultivos sombreados por diferentes malhas. O experimento foi conduzido na Horta de Pesquisas do Departamento de Fitotecnia da Universidade Federal de Viçosa, no período de 24/11/2008 a 11/03/2009. Os tratamentos foram constituídos de quatro ambientes de cultivo: controle (pleno sol e sob as malhas Aluminet(r 30%-O, Cromatinet(r 30%-O e Sombrite(r 30%, com reduções, na radiação solar incidente, de 30,8, 35, e 32,0%, respectivamente. O delineamento experimental foi o inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições. Para as características avaliadas periodicamente, utilizou-se o esquema de parcela subdividida com os ambientes alocados nas parcelas e as avaliações periódicas nas subparcelas. Dentre os ambientes sombreados, o cultivo do meloeiro sob a malha Aluminet(r 30%-O foi o tratamento que mais se destacou em termos de crescimento de planta e produção de frutos

  16. Truncation of Gal4p explains the inactivation of the GAL/MEL regulon in both Saccharomyces bayanus and some Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine strains.

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    Dulermo, Rémi; Legras, Jean-Luc; Brunel, François; Devillers, Hugo; Sarilar, Véronique; Neuvéglise, Cécile; Nguyen, Huu-Vang

    2016-09-01

    In the past, the galactose-negative (Gal(-)) phenotype was a key physiological character used to distinguish Saccharomyces bayanus from S. cerevisiae In this work, we investigated the inactivation of GAL gene networks in S. bayanus, which is an S. uvarum/S. eubayanus hybrid, and in S. cerevisiae wine strains erroneously labelled 'S. bayanus'. We made an inventory of their GAL genes using genomes that were either available publicly, re-sequenced by us, or assembled from public data and completed with targeted sequencing. In the S. eubayanus/S. uvarum CBS 380(T) hybrid, the GAL/MEL network is composed of genes from both parents: from S. uvarum, an otherwise complete set that lacks GAL4, and from S. eubayanus, a truncated version of GAL4 and an additional copy of GAL3 and GAL80 Similarly, two different truncated GAL4 alleles were found in S. cerevisiae wine strains EC1118 and LalvinQA23. The lack of GAL4 activity in these strains was corrected by introducing a full-length copy of S. cerevisiae GAL4 on a CEN4/ARS plasmid. Transformation with this plasmid restored galactose utilisation in Gal(-) strains, and melibiose fermentation in strain CBS 380(T) The melibiose fermentation phenotype, formerly regarded as characteristic of S. uvarum, turned out to be widespread among Saccharomyces species. © FEMS 2016. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  17. Qualidade dos frutos de tipos de melão,produzidos em ambiente protegido Quality of melon fruit type produced under protected system

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    Micheline Tavares Paduan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available O interesse pela cultura do melão no Brasil tem aumentado muito nos últimos anos, pelas crescentes exportações e pelo incremento no consumo do mercado interno. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar as características físicas e químicas, assim como a atividade da pectinametilesterase dos frutos de tipos de melão (Cucumis melo L., produzidos em ambiente protegido, no município de Centenário do Sul-PR. Os tipos estudados foram: Valenciano ('Amarelo-Ouro', Caipira ('Gaúcho Caipira', Net Melon ('Net Galia', Orange ('Orange Melon' e Pele-de-Sapo ('Filipo', com cinco repetições, utilizando seis frutos por repetição em delineamento inteiramente casualizado. Os frutos do Valenciano e Pele-de-Sapo destacaram-se quanto à massa, com valores 2,02 e 2,07 kg, respectivamente, e formatos alongados, enquanto os demais tipos apresentaram formatos arredondados e massa em torno de 1,4 kg. Os melões Pele-de-Sapo apresentaram espessura da polpa de 43,36 mm, estatisticamente superior à dos frutos Valenciano, com 38,98 mm. A menor espessura de polpa, 24,78 cm, e a maior espessura de casca, 9,74 mm, foram encontradas nos frutos do tipo Caipira que diferiu estatisticamente dos outros tipos. Os valores de pH não se apresentaram estatisticamente diferentes e variaram de 6,24 a 6,48. O Net Melon apresentou polpa com 12,3ºBrix e diferiu estatisticamente do Orange, Valenciano e Pele-de-Sapo, com 11;12; 10,34 e 9,94 ºBrix, respectivamente. O Caipira atingiu 5,06ºBrix, e também o menor conteúdo de acidez, 0,10 g de ac. cítrico.100-1 g de suco, o que inviabiliza sua comercialização. A atividade da pectinametilesterase na polpa dos frutos foi muito baixa, inferior a 0,005 PEu x 10(4 mL-1, nos cinco tipos avaliados. Na região norte do Paraná (Vale do Paranapanema, sob condições de cultivo protegido, os melões Pele-de-Sapo, Net Melon, Orange e Valenciano apresentaram boas características físicas e químicas dos frutos, destacando-se o Net Melon

  18. Caracterização físico-química de amostras de mel de abelha africanizada dos municípios de Santa Helena e Terra Roxa (PR

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    F.J. Moraes

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo a caracterização físico-química de amostras de mel de Apis mellifera coletadas nos municípios de Santa Helena e Terra Roxa, localizados na região oeste do Estado do Paraná, Brasil. Foram coletadas 40 amostras de mel, sendo 20 do município de Santa Helena e 20 de Terra Roxa (PR, coletadas diretamente com os apicultores, as quais foram submetidas a análises físico-químicas de umidade, acidez, pH, cinzas, condutividade elétrica e cor, a fim de verificar se as mesmas apresentavam-se em conformidade com a legislação nacional vigente (Instrução Normativa nº 11, além de conhecer o perfil físico-químico do mel das diferentes localidades, na safra 2008/2009. Os dados encontrados foram submetidos à análise de variância e teste F a 5% de significância. Os resultados apresentaram diferença significativa (P<0,05 apenas entre os valores de acidez, tendo o mel oriundo de Terra Roxa apresentado valor mais alto (33,45±7,7meq.kg-1 que o de Santa Helena (24,53±6,3meq.kg-1. Em sua maioria, as amostras analisadas encontraram-se dentro das especificações determinadas pela legislação para as características físico-químicas, com exceção do parâmetro de umidade, que, apesar de não ter apresentado diferença significativa entre os valores encontrados para os dois municípios, estavam acima do limite estabelecido pela legislação (20% em 8 amostras do município de Santa Helena e em 7 de Terra Roxa, totalizando 37,5% das amostras. Essa característica pode ter deixado o produto mais susceptível à fermentação e pode ter sido ocasionada pela colheita imatura do mel.

  19. Influence of binary mask estimation errors on robust speaker identification

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    2017-01-01

    Missing-data strategies have been developed to improve the noise-robustness of automatic speech recognition systems in adverse acoustic conditions. This is achieved by classifying time-frequency (T-F) units into reliable and unreliable components, as indicated by a so-called binary mask. Different...... approaches have been proposed to handle unreliable feature components, each with distinct advantages. The direct masking (DM) approach attenuates unreliable T-F units in the spectral domain, which allows the extraction of conventionally used mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs). Instead of attenuating....... Since each of these approaches utilizes the knowledge about reliable and unreliable feature components in a different way, they will respond differently to estimation errors in the binary mask. The goal of this study was to identify the most effective strategy to exploit knowledge about reliable...

  20. Armazenamento sob condições ambiente e aceitabilidade do melão 'F1 Jangada' produzido em sistema hidropônico Storage under atmosphere conditions and acceptability of the melon 'F1 Jangada' croped in hydroponic system

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    Maria M. Rinaldi

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar o período de armazenamento pós-colheita e a aceitabilidade pelo consumidor de melão híbrido 'F1 Jangada' (Cucumis melo L., produzido em sistema hidropônico, mantido em condições ambiente (22 ± 2 ºC e umidade relativa de 40 ± 5%. O experimento compreendeu o período de 21-6-2005 a 2-8-2005. Foi utilizado o esquema fatorial 5 x 2, em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com cinco períodos de armazenamento (0; 7; 21; 28 e 42 dias e dois tipos de substrato (areia e fibra de coco, com três repetições, em que cada repetição consistiu em cinco frutos de meloeiro. Foram avaliados o pH, a acidez titulável, os sólidos solúveis, a perda de massa fresca, a análise sensorial e a decisão de compra dos melões. Foram verificados efeitos do tipo de substrato e tempo de armazenamento sobre os valores de pH dos melões. A acidez titulável dos melões diminuiu significativamente nos primeiros sete dias de armazenamento, em ambos os substratos. Não foram verificados efeitos do tipo de substrato e tempo de armazenamento nos sólidos solúveis dos melões durante o armazenamento. Não houve diferença de perda de massa fresca dos frutos produzidos nos dois substratos, sendo de 7,1 ± 0,2%, durante os 42 dias de armazenamento. O tipo de substrato não interferiu na aparência geral, cor, textura e sabor dos melões. Aos 42 dias de armazenamento, os melões produzidos nos dois tipos de substrato apresentaram-se aceitáveis pelo consumidor. No entanto, os produzidos no substrato com areia apresentaram melhor aceitabilidade e decisão de compra ao longo do armazenamento.The objective of this work was to evaluate the storage period postharvest and acceptability by consumer of hybrid melon 'F1 Jangada' (Cucumis melo L., produced in hydroponic system, stored in atmosphere conditions (22 ± 2 ºC and 40 ± 5% relative humidity. The research was carried from June 21st to August 2nd, 2005. It was

  1. QUALIDADE DO MEL DE ABELHA PRODUZIDOS PELOS INCUBADOS DA IAGRAM E COMERCIALIZADO NO MUNICIPIO DE MOSSORÓ/RN

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    Edna Maria Mendes Aroucha

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    Full Text Available This experiment had for objective to evaluate some parameters of quality of the bee honey (Apis mellífera L. produced by IAGRAM and commercialized in the city of Mossoró-RN. For this, 19 honey samples had been collected in the local market, these were analyzed, in the Chemistry Laboratory of the Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido (UFERSA, how much to the color, humidity, total acidity, reducing sugars, apparent sucrose and diastase activity. It was utilized districted statistics for analysis of date, with shunting line standard, reliable interval and distribution of frequency. The honeys sample presented the colors clearly extra amber (5,2%, amber (5,2% and dark amber (89,4%. The honey samples presented normal standard established for the Brazilian Legislation as humidity percentage (14,3 18.6% and reducing sugars (66,9 75.0%. About 5,2% and 42% of the analyzed honey samples, not presented, respectively, apparent sucrose content and total acidity, as the standard established for commercialization as floral honey. The diastase activity was remained inside of the quality standard.

  2. Functional characterization of six aspartate (D) recombinant mojastin mutants (r-Moj): A second aspartate amino acid carboxyl to the RGD in r-Moj-D_ peptides is not sufficient to induce apoptosis of SK-Mel-28 cells.

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    Ramos, Carla J; Gutierrez, Daniel A; Aranda, Ana S; Koshlaychuk, Melissa A; Carrillo, David A; Medrano, Rafael; McBride, Terri D; U, Andrew; Medina, Stephanie M; Lombardo, Melissa C; Lucena, Sara E; Sanchez, Elda E; Soto, Julio G

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    Disintegrins are small peptides produced in viper venom that act as integrin antagonists. When bound to integrins, disintegrins induce altered cellular behaviors, such as apoptotic induction. Disintegrins with RGDDL or RGDDM motifs induce apoptosis of normal and cancer cells. We hypothesized that a second aspartate (D) carboxyl to the RGD is sufficient to induce apoptosis. Five recombinant mojastin D mutants were produced by site-directed mutagenesis (r-Moj-DA, r-Moj-DG, r-Moj-DL, r-Moj-DN, and r-Moj-DV). Stable αv integrin knockdown and shRNA scrambled control SK-Mel-28 cell lines were produced to test a second hypothesis: r-Moj-D_ peptides bind to αv integrin. Only r-Moj-DL, r-Moj-DM, and r-Moj-DN induced apoptosis of SK-Mel-28 cells (at 29.4%, 25.6%, and 36.2%, respectively). Apoptotic induction was significantly reduced in SK-Mel-28 cells with a stable αv integrin knockdown (to 2%, 17%, and 2%, respectively), but not in SK-Mel-28 cells with a stable scrambled shRNA. All six r-Moj-D_ peptides inhibited cell proliferation; ranging from 49.56% (r-Moj-DN) to 75.6% (r-Moj-DA). Cell proliferation inhibition by r-Moj-D_ peptides was significantly reduced in SK-Mel-28 cells with a stable αv integrin knockdown. All six r-Moj-D_ peptides inhibited SK-Mel-28 cell migration at high levels (69%-100%). As a consequence, rac-1 mRNA expression levels were significantly reduced as early as 1 h after treatment, suggesting that rac-1 is involved in the cell migration activity of SK-Mel-28. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Conservação de melão rendilhado minimamente processado sob atmosfera modificada ativa Conservation of minimally processed net melon under active modified atmosphere

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    Maria Cecília de Arruda

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Melões rendilhados cv. Bônus II foram minimamente processados manualmente na forma de cubos, acondicionados em diversos materiais de embalagem com injeção da mistura gasosa (5% O2 + 20% CO2 + 75% N2 e armazenados a 3ºC durante 12 dias. Os materiais de embalagem foram: BB-200: filme multicamada da Cryovac 65µm; PBC:filme poliolefínico Probag Conservax 64µm; PP: filme de polipropileno 52µm. Como controle, utilizou-se bandeja de polietileno com tampa perfurada. Realizou-se monitoramento da composição gasosa, análises microbiológicas, sensoriais e físico-químicas a cada 3 dias. Foram determinadas as taxas de permeabilidade ao O2 e CO2 de cada filme. A embalagem BB-200 promoveu acúmulo de CO2 até níveis de 24% e redução de O2 até níveis de 0,4%. Na embalagem PBC a concentração de O2 estabilizou-se ao redor de 8% e a de CO2 ao redor de 4%, enquanto na embalagem de PP os níveis de gases estabilizaram-se ao redor de 13% O2 e 6% CO2. De maneira geral, as características físico-químicas e sensoriais foram pouco influenciadas pelos tratamentos. A alteração da composição gasosa foi eficiente no controle de microrganismos. A partir do 9º dia de armazenamento, os melões controle apresentaram níveis de bactérias mesófilas acima de 10(5 NMP/g, com riscos de apresentarem microrganismos patogênicos e/ou deterioradores.Net melons cv. Bonus II were minimally processed as cubes, wrapped in several packaging materials with injection of the gaseous mixture (5% O2 + 20% CO2 + 75% N2 and stored at 3ºC for 12 days. The packaging materials were: BB-200: Cryovac multlayer film 65mm; PBC: Probag Conservax polyolephinic film 64µm; PP: polypropylene film 52µm. Polystyrene trays were used as control with perforated cover. Gaseous composition inside of the packaging, microbiological, sensorial and physical-chemical characteristics were determined each 3 days. The gas permeability was determined for each film. BB-200 packaging promoted CO

  4. Divergência genética entre linhagens de melão do grupo Inodorus Genetic divergence among lineages of melon of the group Inodorus

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    Glauber Henrique de Sousa Nunes

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo estimar a divergência genética entre linhagens Pele de Sapo e entre linhagens Honey Dew. Foram avaliadas dez linhagens de melão Pele de Sapo e dez linhagens de melão Honey Dew, em experimentos separados, conduzidos em blocos casualizados com três repetições. A divergência genética foi estimada pela distância de Mahalanobis. Foram utilizados os métodos de Tocher e UPGMA para o agrupamento das linhagens. Para as linhagens Pele de Sapo, constatou-se divergência genética com a formação de quatro e cinco grupos conforme os métodos de agrupamento de Tocher e UPGMA, respectivamente. Sugere-se cruzamento das linhagens PS-01, PS-05 e PS-7 entre si ou com as demais linhagens do grupo I. Para as linhagens Honey Dew, verificou-se a formação dos mesmos três grupos nos métodos de agrupamento de Tocher e UPGMA. O grupo II formado pelas linhagens OF-01 e OF-02; o grupo III pela linhagem OF-03 e o primeiro grupo pelas demais linhagens. Com relação às linhagens Honey Dew, recomenda-se os cruzamentos das linhagens OF-01 ou OF-02, com as demais linhagens avaliadas. A linhagem OF-03, com características semelhantes às linhagens OF-01 ou OF-02 pode ser cruzada com as linhagens do grupo I.The objective of this work was to study the genetic divergence among lines of Pele de Sapo melon and among lines of Honey Dew melon. Ten lines of Pele de Sapo melon and ten lines of Honey Dew melon were evaluated, in separate experiments, both carried in a randomized block design with three replications. The divergence was estimated by the Mahalanobis distance. The methods of Tocher and UPGMA were used for the grouping of the lineages. For the lineages Pele de Sapo, genetic divergence was verified with the formation of four five groups according to the methods of grouping of Tocher and UPGMA, respectively. Must be made crosses among lines PS-01, PS-05 and PS-07 or between theses and other lines of group I. For the

  5. Hidrotermia e radiação UV-C no controle de patógenos de manga e melão

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    Fernanda Varela Nascimento

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available As doenças de pós-colheita são, em geral, de difícil controle e são responsáveis por perdas significativas de manga (Mangifera indica L. e melão (Cucumis melo L. no Brasil. Os principais patógenos pós-colheita do melão são Alternaria alternata, Fusarium pallidoroseum e Myrothecium roridum, enquanto que na manga são Colletotrichum gloeosporioides e Lasiodiplodia theobromae. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a sensibilidade dos propágulos destes patógenos aos tratamentos de hidrotermia e de radiação UV-C. Suspensões de conídios e discos de micélio de cada patógeno foram submetidos aos tratamentos de hidrotermia a 50, 55 e 58 ºC por 15 e 30 s e de radiação UV-C nas doses de 0,330 kJ m-2, 0,660 kJ m-2 e 1,320 kJ m-2. Após os tratamentos e incubação por 72 e 48 h, foram avaliados o número de unidades formadoras de colônias (UFCs e o crescimento micelial dos patógenos, respectivamente. Os tratamentos apresentaram eficiência distinta entre os propágulos e os patógenos. O controle de UFCs e do crescimento micelial de C. gloeosporioides e L. theobromae foi superior a 88 % com água aquecida a 55 ºC ou 58 ºC, independente do tempo de tratamento. Para os mesmos patógenos, a maior dose de radiação, 1,320 kJ m-2, controlou acima de 96 % das UFCs. Entretanto, o controle do crescimento micelial destes patógenos com radiação UV-C foi inferior quando comparado ao uso de água aquecida a 55 ºC ou 58 ºC. O controle de UFCs de A. alternata, M. roridum e F. pallidoroseum foi superior com os tratamentos de água aquecida a 55 ºC por 30 s, 58 ºC por 15 s e 30 s e com as doses de radiação de 0,660 kJ m-2 e 1,320 kJ m-2. O controle do crescimento micelial de A. alternata e de M. roridum foi inferior com as doses de radiação e com a temperatura de 50 ºC quando comparados aos demais tratamentos. Na redução do crescimento micelial de F. pallidoroseum, os tratamentos a 58 ºC ou as doses de 0,660 kJ m-2 e 1,320 kJ m-2

  6. Néctar de caju adoçado com mel de abelha: desenvolvimento e estabilidade Honey-sweetened cashew apple juice: development and stability

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    Robson Alves Silva

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Os alimentos e bebidas desenvolvidos atualmente buscam cada vez mais associar sabor agradável com alegações funcionais, oferecendo aos consumidores produtos mais saudáveis. Neste sentido, o objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um néctar de caju adoçado com mel de abelha em substituição à sacarose, estudando também sua estabilidade química, físico-química, sensorial e microbiológica durante 180 dias de armazenamento à temperatura de 28 ± 2 °C. No desenvolvimento do produto avaliaram-se, através de testes afetivos de sabor e aceitação global, quatro formulações (A, B, C e D com diferentes quantidades de suco de caju (15 e 20% associadas a diferentes quantidades de mel em sólidos solúveis (10 e 11 °Brix. A formulação mais aceita foi processada e avaliada após o processamento e a cada 45 dias até o final do período de armazenamento. Dentre as formulações testadas, a preferida pelos provadores foi a formulação D com 20% de suco de caju e 11 °Brix. No estudo de estabilidade o produto manteve boa aceitação sensorial até o final do armazenamento em relação aos atributos: cor, sabor, avaliação global e intenção de compra. O produto manteve padrões microbiológicos satisfatórios de acordo com a legislação durante o armazenamento. As alterações químicas e físico-químicas ocorridas não caracterizaram instabilidade do produto, com exceção da vitamina C que ao final da armazenagem teve um decréscimo acentuado. Trata-se, portanto, de uma alternativa viável ao mercado de bebidas.Food and beverages developed today search the association of pleasant flavor with functional claims, offering consumers healthier products. In this sense, the objective of this work was to develop a ready-to-drink cashew apple juice sweetened with honey in substitution to sucrose and to evaluate its chemical, physicochemical, sensory and microbiological stability during 180 days storage at a temperature of 28 ± 2 °C. In the

  7. La poesía inglesa de la naturaleza en el XVIII y su influencia en Meléndez Valdés

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    García Calderón, Ángeles

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available ‘Nature’ is a key word at the beginning of the 18th c. that appear in all fields of knowledge; the term is frequently repeated by literary critics, and thus Pope would advice poets: «First follow Nature, and your Judgment frame/By her just Standards, which is still the same», Essay on Criticism. Under the influence of Descartes, Newton and Locke, the beauty mean harmony, balance and perfect measure. During the fist quarter of 18th c. the representation of nature wild end up in the Thomson’s poem Winter. Would read the scottish poet in the english original (in his library there is a sample of the 1744 edition, and the poem wild exert considerable influence on the poet from Extremadura, above all in the Odas filosóficas y sagradas.Nature’ es una palabra clave a comienzos del siglo XVIII que aparece en todos los campos del conocimiento; el término es repetido una y otra vez por los críticos literarios, y así Pope aconsejará a los poetas: «First follow Nature, and your Judgment frame/By her just Standards, which is still the same», Essay on Criticism. Bajo la influencia de Descartes, de Newton y de Locke, la belleza viene a significar armonía, equilibrio y orden perfecto. Durante el primer cuarto del XVIII la representación de la naturaleza desembocará en la obra de Thomson, Winter. Meléndez leerá al poeta escocés en el original inglés (en su biblioteca consta un ejemplar de Seasons, edición de 1744, y el poema ejercerá bastante influencia sobre algunas composiciones del extremeño, sobre todo en las Odas filosóficas y sagradas.

  8. Fenologia do florescimento e características do perfume das flores de Passiflora quadrangularis l. (maracujá-melão

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    Daniel Antonio Villamil Montero

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    Full Text Available Passiflora quadrangularis L. é uma espécie originária do neotrópico, conhecida no Brasil como maracujá-melão devido ao tamanho e formato dos seus frutos. Tem sido amplamente disseminada nas regiões tropicais do mundo onde é produzida em pequena escala para comercialização dos frutos, o que ocorre bem próximo às regiões de cultivo, em função da dificuldade de conservação pós-colheita. As plantas são trepadeiras bastante vigorosas, com flores abundantes, grandes e perfumadas, o que amplia o seu valor e a torna particularmente interessante para caramanchões e cercas-vivas. O uso efetivo de passifloras no mercado de plantas ornamentais depende de estudos da fenologia floral. Neste trabalho foram estudadas algumas características da fenologia floral e o perfume das flores de P. quadrangularis, sob cultivo protegido. São apresentados os dados relativos ao período de floração, picos de florescimento e intensidade relativa das flores, bem como algumas características do perfume floral. Conclui-se que a espécie representa uma nova alternativa de cultivo para fins ornamentais, por apresentar múltiplas flores em antese simultânea, abundantes, grandes, fragrantes e coloridas, com longo período de floração no ano, além de frutos comestíveis, folhas exuberantes e medicinais que oferecem amplo sombreamento para áreas externas de lazer e/ou outras plantas cultivadas.

  9. Efecto del nitrógeno y humedad del suelo sobre la concentración foliar de nutrimentos y rendimiento en cultivo de melón

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    M. R. Cigales-Rivero

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    Full Text Available El melón Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo L. es una hortaliza muy importante; sin embargo, aún no se cuenta con una guía para el manejo de la fertilización nitrogenada y la humedad del suelo que permita mantener un estado nutrimental adecuado y se refleje en el rendimiento y calidad de la fruta. El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar el efecto de cuatro dosis de fertilización nitrogenada y tres niveles de humedad del suelo sobre la concentración foliar de ocho nutrimentos y su relación con el rendimiento y calidad del fruto. Los resultados obtenidos mostraron un efecto no significativo (p=0.05 de los tratamientos en la concentración foliar de los nutrimentos estudiados. Con relación a la concentración recomendada en trabajos anteriores para cada nutrimento, se observó que las concentraciones de N, P, K y Cu, se ubicaron en el nivel de suficiencia; Mg, Mn y Fe, en los niveles de alto a excesivo; y Ca, en el nivel de deficiencia. La concentración de K correlacionó positivamente con el rendimiento de fruta de alta calidad. Estos resultados permiten concluir que la concentración foliar de los nutrimentos no es un indicador útil para estimar el rendimiento y la calidad de fruta, pero sí lo es para aplicar un manejo de la nutrición y la humedad del suelo.

  10. TELA EXCLUIDORA DE RAINHA NA PRODUÇÃO DE MEL E NA LONGEVIDADE DAS OPERÁRIAS EM COLMEIAS DE Apis mellifera

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    Rusig Alexandre

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivos verificar as áreas de cria e alimento e a longevidade de operárias em colmeias de Apis mellifera, em apicultura fixa (mata e migratória (laranja e eucalipto, sem (T1 e com (T2 tela excluidora de rainha. Foram utilizadas colmeias modelo Langstroth, com sobrecaixa. Na apicultura fixa, estas colmeias foram analisadas durante 476 dias e mapeadas a cada 30 a 45 dias para obtenção das áreas de cria e alimento. Na migratória, as colmeias foram analisadas antes e após a florada. Foi estudada também a longevidade das operárias, nos dois tratamentos. Os dados mostraram que em fluxo baixo de néctar (apicultura fixa, em mata, o uso de tela excluidora apresentou maior eficiência na separação do mel das crias. Entretanto, quando o fluxo de néctar foi alto (floradas de laranja e eucalipto, a tela excluidora não foi eficiente, pois as abelhas rapidamente preencheram os favos disponíveis no ninho inferior, misturando-o com cria. Observou-se também redução na longevidade das operárias das colmeias com tela excluidora, em dois dos três testes realizados. Este trabalho, desenvolvido em três locais diferentes, com plantas apícolas distintas evidenciou também a variabilidade e a grande influência ambiental no desenvolvimento das colônias de Apis mellifera.

  11. Plantas hospederas de los virus más importantes que infectan el melón, Cucumis melo (Cucurbitaceae en Costa Rica

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    M.V. Sánchez

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    Full Text Available Las especies hospederas naturales de los virus (PRSV, WMV-2, CMV y ZYMV que infectan el cultivo de melón (Cucumis melo L. para la exportación en Costa Rica se identificaron en plantaciones comerciales de dos fincas ubicadas, una en la provincia de Guanacaste, y la otra en la provincia de Puntarenas. En ambas fincas se cultiva el melon con irrigación durante la época seca, pero su manejo cultural es diferente. La finca A con una larga trayectoria en el cultivo de melón en rotación con maíz, sorgo y arroz, y con poco control de malezas; mientras que la finca B con una corta trayectoria en la producción del melón y un mayor control de malezas. La diversidad de especies vegetales fue estudiada en cuadrantes de 100 m2 en cinco diferentes comunidades de plantas previamente seleccionadas en la finca A (cultivo, canal de drenaje, charral, potrero mejorado, y semi-bosque y tres en la finca B (cultivo, charral, pastizal natural, semi-bosque. El número de cuadrantes estudiados dependió del área total cultivada en cada una de las fincas. Todas las especies de plantas representadas en cada cuadrante se recolectaron e identificaron pero solo aquellas especies que presentaron síntomas virales en el campo fueron analizadas por ELISA para determinar la presencia de los cuatro virus estudiados. La diversidad de especies, porcentaje de cobertura y época de aparición de las especies hospederas fue monitoreada durante un año calendario en cinco fechas diferentes. Un total de 86 y 72 especies de plantas fueron identificadas en las fincas A y B respectivamente. Catorce encontradas positivas por lo menos para uno de los cuatro virus. Los cuatro virus fueron encontrados en cada finca en cada fecha de muestreo indicando que la permanencia y abundancia de algunas especies hospederas garantiza la permanencia de los cuatro virus en el campo como fuente de inóculo primario para la próxima siembra. Varias especies de plantas hospederas silvestres previamente

  12. Seleção massal em uma população de melão resultante da hibridação entre dois grupos botânicos

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    Islan Diego Espindula de Carvalho

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    Full Text Available 800x600 Este trabalho teve por objetivo realizar o primeiro ciclo de seleção massal na população PM1 de melão, visando desenvolver uma cultivar de melão que combine as características de resistência ao transporte do melão valenciano com as características de qualidade do melão americano para o Estado de Alagoas. A pesquisa foi desenvolvida, em condições de campo, na Área Experimental do Setor de Melhoramento Genético de Plantas do Centro de Ciências Agrárias da Universidade Federal de Alagoas, nos anos de 2010 e 2011. A semeadura da população PM1 de melão foi realizada no dia 18/11/2010, com o desbaste aos 25 dias após a semeadura e a colheita realizada aos 67 dias. Na seleção foram consideradas plantas que apresentaram frutos de coloração da casca amarela, sem costelas, sem rendilhamento, polpa com a coloração salmão e com pedúnculo que não se desprendesse da planta quando o fruto está maduro. Dos 710 frutos colhidos da população em estudo foram selecionados 12 frutos que apresentavam as características desejadas, sendo submetidos às seguintes avaliações: Peso dos Frutos, em g, Diâmetro Longitudinal, em cm, Diâmetro Transversal, em cm, Espessura da Polpa, em cm e Espessura da Casca, em cm. Foi realizada uma distribuição de frequências absolutas e relativas de classes em relação ao peso dos 710 frutos da população PM1 de melão. Para os frutos selecionados foram estimadas as médias aritméticas, os valores da amplitude total, o coeficiente de variação e o intervalo de confiança (95% para cada variável analisada.  Foi formado um grupo após a seleção que apresenta as características desejadas. Os frutos selecionados encontram-se nas classes de peso dos frutos que compreendem o intervalo de 836 a 1.380 g, apresentando uma Intensidade de Seleção de 1,70 % na população em estudo. Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

  13. Physicochemical analyses indicated to the quality control of royal jelly with honey Análises físico-químicas indicadas para o controle de qualidade mel com geléia real

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    Lucila Coelho Pamplona

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Royal jelly (RJ is used as a revitalizing tonic. In order to avoid rejection to its acid taste, it is added to honey. There are regulations for honey and for royal jelly separately but not for the mixture. The objective of this work is, therefore, to verify if the same methods used for pure honey quality control can be used for honey mixed with royal jelly and also the presence of RJ through 10-HDA determination. The methods used were: moisture, reducing sugars, apparent sucrose, ash, hydroxymethylfurfural, insoluble solids, diastase activity, acidity and 10-HDA. Samples were prepared by adding 0-100% of RJ in honey. The results showed that the ash method was the only suitable one to all the samples. The acidity analysis (direct titration was suitable to 0-30%RJ samples; the reducing sugar analysis was suitable to 0-20% RJ samples. Concerning moisture analysis the refractometric method is suitable to 0-10% RJ and the Infra Red method is suggested to be used for samples with more than 10% RJ. The methods for diastase activity, HMF, apparent sucrose and insoluble solids were inadequate for all samples with RJ. The presence of RJ in the samples was confirmed by the 10-HDA analyses.A geléia real (GR é utilizada como produto revitalizante com sabor ácido e adstringente. Para evitar rejeição a este sabor, existem misturas de mel com GR. Existe legislação específica para o mel e para a GR separadamente, mas não para a mistura. Os objetivos do trabalho são: verificar se os métodos usados para o controle de qualidade do mel puro podem ser utilizados no controle do mel com GR e verificar a presença de GR pela determinação do 10-HDA. As análises incluíram: umidade, açúcares redutores, sacarose aparente, cinzas, hydroxymethylfurfural, sólidos insolúveis, atividade diastásica, acidez e 10-HDA. As amostras foram preparadas com 0-100% de GR no mel. Os resultados obtidos sugerem que dos métodos citados na legislação do mel somente o de

  14. Caracterización Etnobotánica, Agro-morfológica, Sensorial, Físico-química, Nutricional y Molecular de las Variedades Locales de Melón de Villaconejos

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    Escribano Martín, Sandra

    2010-01-01

    El melón (Cucumis melo L.) es un sector estratégico para España ya que nuestro país es el primer exportador mundial y el primer productor de la Unión Europea. En la Comunidad de Madrid se cultiva el 1% de la producción nacional principalmente en Villaconejos. Allí se comenzaron a cultivar melones de secano a finales del siglo XIX, en principio sólo para consumo familiar, pero poco después para el comercio. Los agricultores y sus familias se dedicaron exclusivamente a su cultivo, compitiendo a...

  15. Efeito prebiótico do mel sobre o crescimento e viabilidade de Bifidobacterium spp. e Lactobacillus spp. em leite Prebiotic effect of honey on growth and viability of Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus spp. in milk

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    Lívia Nolasco Macedo

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    Full Text Available Para ser considerado prebiótico, um microrganismo deve atender a uma série de requisitos, sendo a manutenção da viabilidade, um dos principais. Culturas probióticas de Lactobacillus spp. e Bifidobacterium spp. foram cultivadas em leite em pó desnatado reconstituído 12% adicionado de 3% (p/v de mel pasteurizado. Foram preparados controles sem mel. Todos os cultivos mantiveram-se viáveis por 46 dias a 7 °C atendendo o número mínimo exigido pela legislação. O maior número de células viáveis de L. casei-01 e L. casei Shirota (>9,0 log10 UFC.mL-1 foi observado nos cultivos contendo mel. A acidez titulável produzida por estas culturas foi de 1,44%. O número de células viáveis de L. acidophilus Sacco® aos 46 dias em cultivos com mel foi significativamente maior (p To be considered prebiotic, a microorganism must fulfill a series of requirements and the maintenance of viability is a major one. Probiotic cultures of Lactobacillus spp. and Bifidobacterium spp. were cultured in 12% (w/v reconstituted nonfat dry milk containing 3% (w/v of pasteurized honey. Controls without honey were prepared. All cultures remained viable for up 46 days at 7 °C conforming to the regulation requirement. The higher cell number of L. casei-01 and L. casei Shirota (>9.0 log10 CFU.mL-1 were maintained in the presence of honey. The titratable acidity produced by these cultures was of 1.44%. On the 46th day of storage, the number of L. acidophilus Sacco® viable cells in the presence of honey was significantly higher (p < 0.05 compared to the control. Considering the overall storage period, honey exerted significant positive effect (p < 0,05 only on Bifidobacterium cultures. The lowest growth and acidity on the 46th day was observed with Bf. Lactis Bb12, being 7,63 log10 CFU.g-1 and 0,61% of acidity in the presence of honey and 6.11 log CFU.mL-1 and 0,30% of acidity in the control. Differently, Bf. lactis Sacco® cultures reached counts of 9,11 log10 CFU

  16. Avaliação microbiológica de amostras de mel de trigoníneos (Apidae: Trigonini do Estado da Bahia Microbiological evaluation of trigonine bee (Apidae: Trigonini honey samples from the State of Bahia - Brazil

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    Bruno de Almeida Souza

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O mel é um produto que apresenta atividade antimicrobiana atribuída a fatores físicos e químicos. Mesmo assim, ainda é possível encontrar uma série de microrganismos presentes neste produto e que servem como indicadores de qualidade. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a qualidade microbiológica do mel produzido por espécies de abelhas sem ferrão (Trigonini do Estado da Bahia. Quatorze amostras de mel foram avaliadas quanto ao teor de umidade, atividade de água, contagem padrão de bolores e leveduras, e presença de microrganismos do grupo coliforme. Um total de 50,0% das amostras apresentou contagem padrão para bolores e leveduras acima do máximo permitido pela regulamentação brasileira para alimentos. Esta desclassificação de amostras assepticamente colhidas indica a necessidade de identificação desta microbiota e sua possível ocorrência natural no mel produzido por este grupo de abelhas. Nenhuma das amostras foi desclassificada em relação à contagem de microrganismos do grupo coliforme.Honey is a product that presents antimicrobial activity attributed to physical and chemical factors. Even so, it is still possible to find many microorganisms present in this product, which can be used as quality indicators. The objective of this work was to evaluate the microbiologic quality of the honey produced by stingless bee species from the State of Bahia, Brazil. Fourteen samples of honey were evaluated for the moisture content, water activity, standard counting of moulds and yeasts, and presence of microorganisms of coliform group. A total of 50.0% of the samples presented standard counting of moulds and yeasts above the maximum value permmited by the Brazilian food legislation. This disqualification of samples asseptically harvested indicates the need of identification of this microbiota and its possible natural occurrence in the honey produced by this group of bees. None of the samples was disqualified regarding the

  17. Viabilidade da incorporação do mel de abelha em sachê na alimentação escolar de uma instituição de Ensino de São Domingos-PB

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    Walnara Arnaud Moura Formiga

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    Full Text Available A alimentação escolar deve oferecer alimentos naturais e de boa qualidade para garantir o aprendizado e melhorar a qualidade de vida dos alunos na escola. No Brasil o Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar-PNAE precisa ter em sua execução alimentos naturais e com muitos benefícios para seus comensais, dentre os muitos alimentos com a referida qualidade, encontramos o mel de abelha, um alimento natural, que se constitui de uma solução supersaturada de glicose e frutose, além de ser rico em micronutrientes essenciais ao organismo humano, por sua constituição, o referido alimento fornece aos indivíduos que o consomem propriedades antibacterianas, anti-inflamatórias, energéticas, antioxidantes, entre outras. Neste contexto este trabalho objetivou avaliar o nível de aceitabilidade do mel de abelha embalado em sachês introduzido na alimentação escolar do município de São Domingos-PB. O estudo teve um caráter descritivo, exploratório e quantitativo. A pesquisa foi realizada numa escola de ensino fundamental na zona urbana do município de São Domingos-PB e teve uma população de 180 alunos matriculados na referida escola. O plano de amostragem para os alunos foi estabelecido de acordo com o proposto por Barbetta (2001, com a seleção de amostras aleatórias simples entre os mesmos, sendo o número de alunos calculado com um erro amostral tolerável de 4%. Assim, o número de alunos foi igual a 60 crianças com idade variando entre 9 e 13 anos, infligiu-se questionários simples antes e após a introdução do mel na referida escola e as informações foram analisadas utilizando a estatística descritiva, empregando-se o programa estatístico IBM SPSS Statistics, versão 21 de 2012. Analisando os resultados percebeu-se que o mel de abelha em sachê apresentou uma excelente aceitabilidade na merenda escolar sendo viável a sua utilização permanente nos cardápios do Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar.

  18. Producción de melón y sandía en la Comarca Lagunera: un estudio de planeación para reducir la volatilidad de precios.

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    Ramírez Barraza, Brenda Aracely

    2014-01-01

    Actualmente los productores de melón (Cucumis melo L.) y sandía (Citrullus lanatus), productos que compiten por el uso de los recursos en la Comarca Lagunera, enfrentan el problema de bajos precios en los meses de junio, julio y agosto como consecuencia de la existencia de excesos de oferta temporales. Los excesos de oferta se originan por la concentración de la producción en algunos meses, o bien por dedicar una mayor superficie a alguno de los dos cultivos. Para analizar cómo cambios en l...

  19. Estudo comparativo da ação anti-helmíntica da batata de purga (Operculina hamiltonii) e do melão de são caetano (Mormodica charantia) em caprinos (Capra hircus) naturalmente infectados

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    Brito-Junior,Luciano de; Silva,Maria Luana Cristiny Rodrigues; Lima,Francisco Heitor de; Athayde,Ana Célia Rodrigues; Silva,Wilson Wouflan; Rodrigues,Onaldo Guedes

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    As helmintoses gastrintestinais ocupam lugar de destaque na produção de pequenos ruminantes como um fator limitante e o seu controle vem sendo realizado por meio do uso indiscriminado de anti-helmínticos favorecendo o surgimento da resistência a medicamentos. Com o objetivo de comparar a ação anti-helmíntica das plantas Operculina hamiltonii (batata de purga), Marmodica charantia (Melão de São Caetano) e do moxedctin a 0,2% sobre as infecções helminticas naturais de caprinos, foram utilizados...

  20. Composição de amostras de mel de abelha Jataí (Tetragonisca angustula latreille, 1811 Composition of the honey of samples originated from Jataí bees (Tetragonisca angustula latreille, 1811

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    Daniela de Almeida Anacleto

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available As características físico-químicas do mel produzido pelas abelhas sem ferrão ainda são pouco conhecidas, principalmente devido à elevada diversidade da flora apícola e à baixa produção que é inerente a estas espécies. O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar as características físico-químicas de 20 amostras de mel de Jataí (Tetragonisca angustula, do município de Piracicaba, estado de São Paulo, contribuindo para o estabelecimento de um padrão de qualidade do mel das abelhas sem ferrão brasileiras, possibilitando o controle da fraude deste produto. Desta maneira, as seguintes análises foram realizadas: açúcares totais, açúcares redutores, sacarose aparente, umidade, hidroximetilfurfural, proteínas, cinzas, pH, acidez, índice de formol, condutividade elétrica, cor, atividade diastásica e atividade de água. Os resultados demonstram que a legislação atual, referente ao mel de Apis mellifera, não é adequada para todos os caracteres analisados, reforçando a necessidade de um padrão próprio para os méis de meliponíneos.The knowledge regarding the physicochemical characteristics of the honey produced by stingless bees is still limited, mainly due to the high diversity of the floral resources and the low production that is inherent to these species. This research deals with the physicochemical characteristics of 20 samples of Tetragonisca angustula honey, from the municipality of Piracicaba, state of São Paulo, Brazil, contributing to the establishment of a quality standard for the honey produced by Brazilian stingless bees making possible the control of this product. Thus, the following parameters were determined: total sugars, reducing sugars, apparent sucrose, moisture content, hydroxymethylfurfural, proteins, ashes, pH, acidity, formol index, electrical conductivity, color, diastase activity, and water activity. The results indicated that the Brazilian standard rules, referring to the Apis mellifera honey, are

  1. Matrix sentence intelligibility prediction using an automatic speech recognition system.

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    Schädler, Marc René; Warzybok, Anna; Hochmuth, Sabine; Kollmeier, Birger

    2015-01-01

    The feasibility of predicting the outcome of the German matrix sentence test for different types of stationary background noise using an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system was studied. Speech reception thresholds (SRT) of 50% intelligibility were predicted in seven noise conditions. The ASR system used Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients as a front-end and employed whole-word Hidden Markov models on the back-end side. The ASR system was trained and tested with noisy matrix sentences on a broad range of signal-to-noise ratios. The ASR-based predictions were compared to data from the literature ( Hochmuth et al, 2015 ) obtained with 10 native German listeners with normal hearing and predictions of the speech intelligibility index (SII). The ASR-based predictions showed a high and significant correlation (R² = 0.95, p speech and noise signals. Minimum assumptions were made about human speech processing already incorporated in a reference-free ordinary ASR system.

  2. Auditory-model based robust feature selection for speech recognition.

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    Koniaris, Christos; Kuropatwinski, Marcin; Kleijn, W Bastiaan

    2010-02-01

    It is shown that robust dimension-reduction of a feature set for speech recognition can be based on a model of the human auditory system. Whereas conventional methods optimize classification performance, the proposed method exploits knowledge implicit in the auditory periphery, inheriting its robustness. Features are selected to maximize the similarity of the Euclidean geometry of the feature domain and the perceptual domain. Recognition experiments using mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) confirm the effectiveness of the approach, which does not require labeled training data. For noisy data the method outperforms commonly used discriminant-analysis based dimension-reduction methods that rely on labeling. The results indicate that selecting MFCCs in their natural order results in subsets with good performance.

  3. Acoustical User Identification Based on MFCC Analysis of Keystrokes

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    Matus Pleva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a novel approach of person identification using acoustical monitoring of typing the required word on the monitored keyboard. This experiment was motivated by the idea of COST IC1106 (Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age partners to acoustically analyse the captured keystroke dynamics database using widely used time-invariant mathematical models tools. The MFCC (Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients and HMM (Hidden Markov Models was introduced in this experiment, which gives promising results of 99.33% accuracy, when testing 25% of realizations (randomly selected from 100 identifying between 50 users/models. The experiment was repeated for different training/testing configurations and cross-validated, so this first approach could be a good starting point for next research including feature selection algorithms, biometric authentication score normalization, different audio & keyboard setup tests, etc.

  4. LEARNING VECTOR QUANTIZATION FOR ADAPTED GAUSSIAN MIXTURE MODELS IN AUTOMATIC SPEAKER IDENTIFICATION

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    IMEN TRABELSI

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    Full Text Available Speaker Identification (SI aims at automatically identifying an individual by extracting and processing information from his/her voice. Speaker voice is a robust a biometric modality that has a strong impact in several application areas. In this study, a new combination learning scheme has been proposed based on Gaussian mixture model-universal background model (GMM-UBM and Learning vector quantization (LVQ for automatic text-independent speaker identification. Features vectors, constituted by the Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC extracted from the speech signal are used to train the New England subset of the TIMIT database. The best results obtained (90% for gender- independent speaker identification, 97 % for male speakers and 93% for female speakers for test data using 36 MFCC features.

  5. Noise robust automatic speech recognition with adaptive quantile based noise estimation and speech band emphasizing filter bank

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    Bonde, Casper Stork; Graversen, Carina; Gregersen, Andreas Gregers

    2005-01-01

    An important topic in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is to reduce the effect of noise, in particular when mismatch exists between the training and application conditions. Many noise robutness schemes within the feature processing domain use as a prerequisite a noise estimate prior to the appe......An important topic in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is to reduce the effect of noise, in particular when mismatch exists between the training and application conditions. Many noise robutness schemes within the feature processing domain use as a prerequisite a noise estimate prior....... Furthermore the paper investigates an alternative to the standard mel frequency cepstral coefficient filter bank (MFCC), an empirically chosen Speech Band Emphasizing filter bank (SBE), which improves the resolution in the speech band. The combinations of AQBNE and SBE are tested on the Danish SpeechDat-Car...

  6. PCA method for automated detection of mispronounced words

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    Ge, Zhenhao; Sharma, Sudhendu R.; Smith, Mark J. T.

    2011-06-01

    This paper presents a method for detecting mispronunciations with the aim of improving Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) tools used by foreign language learners. The algorithm is based on Principle Component Analysis (PCA). It is hierarchical with each successive step refining the estimate to classify the test word as being either mispronounced or correct. Preprocessing before detection, like normalization and time-scale modification, is implemented to guarantee uniformity of the feature vectors input to the detection system. The performance using various features including spectrograms and Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) are compared and evaluated. Best results were obtained using MFCCs, achieving up to 99% accuracy in word verification and 93% in native/non-native classification. Compared with Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) which are used pervasively in recognition application, this particular approach is computational efficient and effective when training data is limited.

  7. Biologically inspired emotion recognition from speech

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    Buscicchio Cosimo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Emotion recognition has become a fundamental task in human-computer interaction systems. In this article, we propose an emotion recognition approach based on biologically inspired methods. Specifically, emotion classification is performed using a long short-term memory (LSTM recurrent neural network which is able to recognize long-range dependencies between successive temporal patterns. We propose to represent data using features derived from two different models: mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC and the Lyon cochlear model. In the experimental phase, results obtained from the LSTM network and the two different feature sets are compared, showing that features derived from the Lyon cochlear model give better recognition results in comparison with those obtained with the traditional MFCC representation.

  8. A hierarchical approach for speech-instrumental-song classification.

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    Ghosal, Arijit; Chakraborty, Rudrasis; Dhara, Bibhas Chandra; Saha, Sanjoy Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Audio classification acts as the fundamental step for lots of applications like content based audio retrieval and audio indexing. In this work, we have presented a novel scheme for classifying audio signal into three categories namely, speech, music without voice (instrumental) and music with voice (song). A hierarchical approach has been adopted to classify the signals. At the first stage, signals are categorized as speech and music using audio texture derived from simple features like ZCR and STE. Proposed audio texture captures contextual information and summarizes the frame level features. At the second stage, music is further classified as instrumental/song based on Mel frequency cepstral co-efficient (MFCC). A classifier based on Random Sample and Consensus (RANSAC), capable of handling wide variety of data has been utilized. Experimental result indicates the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.

  9. Robot Command Interface Using an Audio-Visual Speech Recognition System

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    Ceballos, Alexánder; Gómez, Juan; Prieto, Flavio; Redarce, Tanneguy

    In recent years audio-visual speech recognition has emerged as an active field of research thanks to advances in pattern recognition, signal processing and machine vision. Its ultimate goal is to allow human-computer communication using voice, taking into account the visual information contained in the audio-visual speech signal. This document presents a command's automatic recognition system using audio-visual information. The system is expected to control the laparoscopic robot da Vinci. The audio signal is treated using the Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients parametrization method. Besides, features based on the points that define the mouth's outer contour according to the MPEG-4 standard are used in order to extract the visual speech information.

  10. Cognitive componets of speech at different time scales

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    Feng, Ling; Hansen, Lars Kai

    2007-01-01

    that are essentially independent in a reasonable ensemble can be efficiently coded using a sparse independent component representation. The representations are indeed shown to be very similar between supervised learning (invoking cognitive activity) and unsupervised learning (statistical regularities), hence lending...... have earlier been revealed at multiple time scales corresponding to: phoneme, gender, height and speaker identity. We here show that the same simple unsupervised learning algorithm can detect these cues. Our basic features are 25-dimensional short time Mel-frequency weighted cepstral coefficients......Cognitive component analysis (COCA) is defined as unsupervised grouping of data leading to a group structure well aligned with that resulting from human cognitive activity. We focus here on speech at different time scales looking for possible hidden ‘cognitive structure’. Statistical regularities...

  11. Estudo de toxicologia clínica de um fitoterápico a base de associações de plantas, mel e própolis

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    Janaina P. Tavares

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou avaliar a segurança clínica do uso de uma formulação fitoterápica composta da associação de Mikania glomerata, Mentha piperita, Eucalyptus globulus e Copaifera multijuga, incorporadas à própolis e mel para tratar doenças respiratórias. O ensaio clínico consistiu de um estudo aberto, com 26 voluntários adultos de ambos os sexos, que receberam quatro doses orais de 15 mL de Saratosse®, durante 28 dias ininterruptos. Os voluntários foram incluídos somente se considerados saudáveis, após exames clínico e complementares que antecederam o estudo. A avaliação laboratorial incluía análises hematológicas, bioquímicas e sorológicas. A mesma avaliação foi repetida após cada semana de tratamento e no pós-estudo, sete dias após a última administração. Os resultados foram submetidos à Análise de Variância (teste de Dunnett, obtendo-se, a menor diferença significante (p < 0,05. O xarope foi bem tolerado. Alguns eventos adversos foram relatados, sendo classificados como possivelmente ou não atribuídos ao fitoterápico. Os índices de hemoglobina, TGO, TGP, creatinina e leucócitos não apresentaram diferenças significativas em relação ao pré-estudo. Todos os parâmetros laboratoriais estiveram dentro das suas respectivas faixas de normalidade. Os exames clínicos, eletrocardiográficos e laboratoriais não evidenciaram sinais de toxicidade nos órgãos e sistemas avaliados.

  12. Características morfofisiológicas de abacaxizeiro 'gomo de mel' enraizado in vitro sob luz natural e substrato vermiculita

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    Francyane Tavares Braga

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito da vermiculita, ágar, da luz artificial e a da natural no enraizamento in vitro de brotos de abacaxizeiro 'Gomo de Mel', bem como caracterizar anatomicamente essas plantas. O trabalho foi realizado no laboratório de Cultura de Tecidos Vegetais, do Departamento de Agricultura - UFLA, Lavras-MG. Foram utilizados brotos com 2 cm de comprimento, cultivados em meio MS acrescido de 30g.L-1 de sacarose. Testaram-se dois suportes físicos: 6g.L-1 de ágar e 15 g.L-1 de vermiculita para o enraizamento dos brotos em dois ambientes: sala de crescimento a 25±1 ºC, 45 W.m-2.s-1 durante 16 horas e casa de vegetação com radiação de 115,08 W.m-2.s-1 e 33 ºC (luz natural. Após 60 dias, avaliaram-se comprimento de parte aérea, massa fresca e seca de parte aérea e raízes, espessuras dos tecidos do limbo foliar, além de número, diâmetro polar e equatorial dos estômatos. O experimento foi instalado em delineamento inteiramente casualizado. Os resultados mostraram-se significativos para interação entre suportes físicos e ambientes para todas as variáveis analisadas. O uso do substrato vermiculita em luz artificial apresentou melhores resultados para todas as variáveis, exceto para número de estômatos. Para as características anatômicas, maiores espessuras dos tecidos do limbo foliar foram verificadas quando se utilizaram vermiculita e luz natural, sendo que, para o uso de ágar, também houve aumento das espessuras somente quando se utilizou o ambiente de luz natural. Quanto ao número de estômatos/mm², não houve diferença significativa para os tratamentos. Maior diâmetro polar e equatorial foi observado em estômatos de folhas cultivadas em luz artificial e vermiculita, e luz natural e vermiculita, respectivamente.

  13. Os impactos da tecnologia de mulching utilizada no cultivo do melão na região de Mossoró

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    G. M. T. Queiroga

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A tecnologia de mulching é uma ferramenta que possibilita a redução de gastos para os produtores no tocante a utilização de agroquímicos, água de irrigação e a utilização de mão-de-obra, além de promover melhoria na qualidade da fruta produzida e o aumento da produção. O presente trabalho objetivou avaliar os impactos provocados pelo uso do mulch no meio ambiental, social e econômico de uma comunidade rural de Mossoró/RN. Fez-se o uso de observações, entrevista semiestruturada e questionário estruturado, o qual foi aplicado a 12,5% dos participantes de um total de 32. Os resultados mostram que essa tecnologia é utilizada por todos os produtores, com o intuito de melhorar a produção do melão em quantidade e qualidade.  Contudo, o uso do mulch de polietileno, utilizado nessa técnica, acarreta preocupações quanto ao seu descarte pós-uso, com a utilização de práticas arcaicas como as queimadas que afetam de forma gradual a saúde do trabalhador e as propriedades biológicas do solo.The impacts of mulching technology used in melon cultivation in Mossoró regionAbstract: The mulching technology is a tool that enables cost reduction for producers regarding the use of agrochemicals, irrigation water and the use of labor force, promoting improvement in the produced fruit quality and increasing production. The present study aimed to evaluate the impacts caused by the use of mulch in the environmental, social and economic environment of a rural community of Mossoró / RN. Observation, semi-structured interview and structured questionnaire were used in the study, and the questionnaire was applied to 12.5% of participants from a total of 32. The results show that this technology is used by all producers, in order to improve the production of melon in quantity and quality. However, the use of polyethylene mulch utilized therein causes concern as to their post-use disposal, with the use of archaic practices, such as burning

  14. Contralateral comparison of wavefront-guided LASIK surgery with iris recognition versus without iris recognition using the MEL80 Excimer laser system.

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    Wu, Fang; Yang, Yabo; Dougherty, Paul J

    2009-05-01

    To compare outcomes in wavefront-guided LASIK performed with iris recognition software versus without iris recognition software in different eyes of the same patient. A randomised, prospective study of 104 myopic eyes of 52 patients undergoing LASIK surgery with the MEL80 excimer laser system was performed. Iris recognition software was used in one eye of each patient (study group) and not used in the other eye (control group). Higher order aberrations (HOAs), contrast sensitivity, uncorrected vision (UCV), visual acuity (VA) and corneal topography were measured and recorded pre-operatively and at one month and three months post-operatively for each eye. The mean post-operative sphere and cylinder between groups was similar, however the post-operative angles of error (AE) by refraction were significantly smaller in the study group compared to the control group both in arithmetic and absolute means (p = 0.03, p = 0.01). The mean logMAR UCV was significantly better in the study group than in the control group at one month (p = 0.01). The mean logMAR VA was significantly better in the study group than in control group at both one and three months (p = 0.01, p = 0.03). In addition, mean trefoil, total third-order aberration, total fourth-order aberration and the total scotopic root-mean-square (RMS) HOAs were significantly less in the study group than those in the control group at the third (p = 0.01, p = 0.05, p = 0.04, p = 0.02). By three months, the contrast sensitivity had recovered in both groups but the study group performed better at 2.6, 4.2 and 6.6 cpd (cycles per degree) than the control group (p = 0.01, p LASIK performed with iris recognition results in better VA, lower mean higher-order aberrations, lower refractive post-operative angles of error and better contrast sensitivity at three months post-operatively than LASIK performed without iris recognition.

  15. Divergência genética entre cinco genótipos de melão rendilhado Genetic divergence among five muskmelon cultivars

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    Adriana Antonieta do Nascimento Rizzo

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Estimou-se a divergência genética entre cinco genótipos de melão rendilhado (Cucumis melo var. reticulatus Naud. (JAB-20, JAB-21, JAB-22, JAB-23 e 'Bônus nº 2' e determinou-se qual a contribuição relativa das 16 características avaliadas [nº médio de flores masculinas, hermafroditas/planta; produção total de frutos/m², peso médio dos frutos comerciáveis; diâmetro médio transversal e longitudinal do fruto (DMTF e DMLF; diâmetro médio transversal da inserção do pedúculo (DMTP; espessura média do mesocarpo e epicarpo (EMM e EME; diâmetro médio longitudinal e transversal do lóculo (DMTL e DMLL; proporção da cavidade (PC; desprendimento de sementes (DS; teor de sólidos solúveis totais (SST, pH e acidez titulável (AT] na divergência gen��tica. Obtiveram-se dois grupos de similaridade: I- JAB-20, JAB-21 e 'Bônus nº2' e II- JAB-22 e JAB-23. As características DMLF, DMTP, DMLL, DS e SST foram as que mais contribuíram para a divergência genética entre os genótipos.The genetic divergence of five cultivars of muskmelon was estimated (Cucumis melo var. reticulatus Naud (JAB-20, JAB-21, JAB-22, JAB-23 and 'Bônus nº2' and the relative contribution of each 16 characteristics were determined (number of male flowers per plant; total production of fruit, weight of fruits; longitudinal and transversal diameters of fruits; thickness and color of flesh and skin; longitudinal and transversal loculos diameter of fruits; seed loosing; netting thickness; and % total solvers solids, pH and total acidity in genetic divergence. Two groups of similarity were formed between the genitors by the values of D², one of then was constituted of the JAB-20 and JAB-21 and 'Bônus nº 2' genotypes, and another of the JAB-22 and JAB-23. The characteristics of longitudinal loculos diameters, longitudinal diameter of fruits, transversal diameter of peduncle insertion, % total solvers solids and seed loosing contributed to for genetic

  16. Detection of Pathological Voice Using Cepstrum Vectors: A Deep Learning Approach.

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    Fang, Shih-Hau; Tsao, Yu; Hsiao, Min-Jing; Chen, Ji-Ying; Lai, Ying-Hui; Lin, Feng-Chuan; Wang, Chi-Te

    2018-03-19

    Computerized detection of voice disorders has attracted considerable academic and clinical interest in the hope of providing an effective screening method for voice diseases before endoscopic confirmation. This study proposes a deep-learning-based approach to detect pathological voice and examines its performance and utility compared with other automatic classification algorithms. This study retrospectively collected 60 normal voice samples and 402 pathological voice samples of 8 common clinical voice disorders in a voice clinic of a tertiary teaching hospital. We extracted Mel frequency cepstral coefficients from 3-second samples of a sustained vowel. The performances of three machine learning algorithms, namely, deep neural network (DNN), support vector machine, and Gaussian mixture model, were evaluated based on a fivefold cross-validation. Collective cases from the voice disorder database of MEEI (Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) were used to verify the performance of the classification mechanisms. The experimental results demonstrated that DNN outperforms Gaussian mixture model and support vector machine. Its accuracy in detecting voice pathologies reached 94.26% and 90.52% in male and female subjects, based on three representative Mel frequency cepstral coefficient features. When applied to the MEEI database for validation, the DNN also achieved a higher accuracy (99.32%) than the other two classification algorithms. By stacking several layers of neurons with optimized weights, the proposed DNN algorithm can fully utilize the acoustic features and efficiently differentiate between normal and pathological voice samples. Based on this pilot study, future research may proceed to explore more application of DNN from laboratory and clinical perspectives. Copyright © 2018 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. EMG burst presence probability: a joint time-frequency representation of muscle activity and its application to onset detection.

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    Liu, Jie; Ying, Dongwen; Rymer, William Zev

    2015-04-13

    The purpose of this study was to quantify muscle activity in the time-frequency domain, therefore providing an alternative tool to measure muscle activity. This paper presents a novel method to measure muscle activity by utilizing EMG burst presence probability (EBPP) in the time-frequency domain. The EMG signal is grouped into several Mel-scale subbands, and the logarithmic power sequence is extracted from each subband. Each log-power sequence can be regarded as a dynamic process that transits between the states of EMG burst and non-burst. The hidden Markov model (HMM) was employed to elaborate this dynamic process since HMM is intrinsically advantageous in modeling the temporal correlation of EMG burst/non-burst presence. The EBPP was eventually yielded by HMM based on the criterion of maximum likelihood. Our approach achieved comparable performance with the Bonato method. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Mel: microbiota e propriedades bioactivas

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    2011-01-01

    Os critérios de qualidade físico-química estão bem especificados na Directiva CE 2001/110 (EU, 2001) e incluem pH, teor de agua, teor de açucares redutores, teor de sacarose, teor de matérias insolúveis na água, teor de minerais, condutividade eléctrica, teor de cinzas, acidez, teor de hidroximetilfurfural (I-IMF) e índice diastasico.

  19. As parroquias do Porriño, Cans e Atios na documentación do mosteiro cisterciense de Santa María de Melón. Séculos XII e XIII

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    Gradín Fernández, Isis

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    Full Text Available After the introduction and criteria of transcription, 31 papers are published from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries belonging to the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria de Melon, specifically those that permit the reconstruction of old possessions, focusing on the current council of O Porriño -which was the monastery of San Miguel de Cans, absorbed by the cistercian monks of Melon. A paleographic and historical approximation of this documentation is done, which is complemented with the corresponding index of names and place names.

    [gl] Trala introducción e criterios de transcripción, edítanse 31 documentos dos séculos XII e XIII pertencentes ó mosteiro cisterciense de Santa María de Melón, concretamente aqueles que permiten reconstruír as antigas posesións –centradas sobre o actual concello de O Porriño- do que foi o mosteiro de San Miguel de Cans, absorvido polos monxes cistercienses de Melón. Faise unha aproximación paleográfica e histórica da documentación, que se complementa cos correspondentes índices onomásticos e toponímicos.

  20. Frequency noise in frequency swept fiber laser

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    Pedersen, Anders Tegtmeier; Rottwitt, Karsten

    2013-01-01

    This Letter presents a measurement of the spectral content of frequency shifted pulses generated by a lightwave synthesized frequency sweeper. We found that each pulse is shifted in frequency with very high accuracy. We also discovered that noise originating from light leaking through the acousto...

  1. Development an Automatic Speech to Facial Animation Conversion for Improve Deaf Lives

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    S. Hamidreza Kasaei

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose design and initial implementation of a robust system which can automatically translates voice into text and text to sign language animations. Sign Language
    Translation Systems could significantly improve deaf lives especially in communications, exchange of information and employment of machine for translation conversations from one language to another has. Therefore, considering these points, it seems necessary to study the speech recognition. Usually, the voice recognition algorithms address three major challenges. The first is extracting feature form speech and the second is when limited sound gallery are available for recognition, and the final challenge is to improve speaker dependent to speaker independent voice recognition. Extracting feature form speech is an important stage in our method. Different procedures are available for extracting feature form speech. One of the commonest of which used in speech
    recognition systems is Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs. The algorithm starts with preprocessing and signal conditioning. Next extracting feature form speech using Cepstral coefficients will be done. Then the result of this process sends to segmentation part. Finally recognition part recognizes the words and then converting word recognized to facial animation. The project is still in progress and some new interesting methods are described in the current report.

  2. On the Use of Complementary Spectral Features for Speaker Recognition

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    Sridhar Krishnan

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The most popular features for speaker recognition are Mel frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs and linear prediction cepstral coefficients (LPCCs. These features are used extensively because they characterize the vocal tract configuration which is known to be highly speaker-dependent. In this work, several features are introduced that can characterize the vocal system in order to complement the traditional features and produce better speaker recognition models. The spectral centroid (SC, spectral bandwidth (SBW, spectral band energy (SBE, spectral crest factor (SCF, spectral flatness measure (SFM, Shannon entropy (SE, and Renyi entropy (RE were utilized for this purpose. This work demonstrates that these features are robust in noisy conditions by simulating some common distortions that are found in the speakers' environment and a typical telephone channel. Babble noise, additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN, and a bandpass channel with 1 dB of ripple were used to simulate these noisy conditions. The results show significant improvements in classification performance for all noise conditions when these features were used to complement the MFCC and ΔMFCC features. In particular, the SC and SCF improved performance in almost all noise conditions within the examined SNR range (10–40 dB. For example, in cases where there was only one source of distortion, classification improvements of up to 8% and 10% were achieved under babble noise and AWGN, respectively, using the SCF feature.

  3. Esporos de Clostridium botulinum em mel comercializado no Estado de São Paulo e em outros Estados brasileiros Clostridium botulinum spores in honey commercialized in São Paulo and other Brazilian states

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    Adriana Valim Ferreira Ragazani

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available O botulismo infantil tem afetado crianças abaixo de um ano de idade em várias regiões do mundo, e o mel tem sido identificado como uma das mais importantes fontes de intoxicação alimentar. Apesar disso, há dados escassos sobre o botulismo entre crianças no Brasil, especialmente no tipo de alimento comercial mais implicado nesta patologia. Este estudo pretendeu investigar a presença de esporos de Clostridium botulinum em mel comercializado no Brasil. Cem amostras de mel comercializado em seis diferentes Estados brasileiros (SP, MG, GO, CE, MT, SC foram pesquisados para a presença de esporos de Clostridium botulinum, usando o choque térmico, seguido pela inoculação em caldo Cooked Meat Medium (Difco® e incubado em condições anaeróbias. As culturas positivas foram analisadas através de esfregaços corados pelo Gram e semeadas em placas de Reinforced Clostrideo Agar (Difco® e placas de Sulfito Polimixina Sulfadiazina -SPS (Difco®, as quais foram incubadas em condições anaeróbicas para obter colônias desta bactéria. As colônias positivas foram submetidas a teste de toxicidade através da inoculação em camundongos susceptíveis e caracterização bioquímica. Foram encontradas colônias de Clostridium botulinum que produzem toxinas ativas em 7% das amostras de mel comercial, realçando a relevância deste microrganismo para a saúde pública devido ao alto risco potencial de o mel comercializado nestas regiões brasileiras causar o botulismo infantil, especialmente em crianças abaixo de um ano de idade.Infant botulism has been affecting children under one year of age in several regions of the world and honey has been identified as one of the most important source of this food borne disease. Despite this, there are scarce data about botulism among children in Brazil, specially the type commercial food most implicated in this pathology. This study aimed at investigating the presence of spores of Clostridium botulinum in honey

  4. Avaliação da cristalização de mel utilizando parâmetros de cor e atividade de água Evaluation of honey crystallization from the colour and water activity parameters

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    Alini Mari Kuroishi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available O mel é um dos edulcorantes mais antigos utilizados pelo homem, sendo composto principalmente de monossacarídeos, como a glicose e a frutose, responsáveis em parte pela sua cristalização. A cristalização varia segundo diversos fatores, como a concentração de açúcares, o teor de água na sua composição natural, a procedência floral do néctar, o manuseio durante seu processamento, bem como as condições de estocagem. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito da temperatura e da incorporação de cristais de mel na cristalização do mel utilizando como parâmetro de acompanhamento a cor, por meio da determinação do Índice de Brancura (IB e variação da luminosidade (∆L*, e a atividade de água. Utilizou-se um delineamento experimental fatorial 2², tendo-se como variáveis o percentual de cristais de mel adicionado e a temperatura de armazenamento. Apenas as amostras armazenadas à temperatura de 11 e 21 °C cristalizaram, sendo mais evidente a cristalização da amostra armazenada em 11 °C, que foi adicionada de 5% de cristais de mel. O aumento da atividade de água e o aumento no Índice de Brancura (IB, assim como o ∆L*, foram correlacionados com a cristalização das amostras. A maior variação obtida para os valores de ∆L* encontram-se na região de temperatura de armazenamento de 11 °C, na qual as amostras cristalizaram mais rapidamente.Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners used by man, composed mainly of monosaccharides such as glucose and fructose, partially responsible for its crystallization. Honey crystallization depends on several factors, such as the sugar concentrations, natural percentage of water, the floral origin of the nectar, handling during processing and the storage conditions. The present work aimed to evaluate the effect of temperature and of the incorporation of honey crystals on honey crystallization, using the colour (as determined by the Whiteness Index - WI and changes in the

  5. Aplicação do método QDF na avaliação do perfil do consumidor de melão amarelo Consumer profile evaluation by quality function development for melon

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    Camila Abrahão

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A busca pela longevidade e a procura por alimentos mais saudáveis fizeram com que os consumidores se tornassem cada vez mais exigentes. Diante disso, procurou-se estabelecer o comportamento de compra dos consumidores de melão no Mercado Municipal de Piracicaba (SP através do método de Desdobramento da Função Qualidade (QFD e, com base nas respostas obtidas nos questionários aplicados, traçou-se o perfil dos consumidores, destacando-se suas preferências, costumes, reclamações e exigências. Verificou-se que é a mulher que realiza as compras do melão, com preferência pelo consumo na forma in natura. Encontrou-se insatisfação de 42,8% dos entrevistados quanto à qualidade do melão, sendo o sabor aguado a principal causa de descontentamento. Logo, a qualidade do melão não correspondia àquela indicada pelos consumidores (casca sem defeitos, coloração amarela característica da variedade, textura firme, suculento, de preço acessível, garantia de qualidade e gosto doce. Diante da insatisfação dos consumidores e considerando-se que o melão é consumido preferencialmente in natura, deve-se atentar para a preservação da sua aparência e qualidade sensorial. A opinião dos consumidores deve ser considerada na tentativa de identificar os pontos que devem ser melhorados dentro da cadeia de comercialização a fim de minimizar as perdas e promover a melhoria e a manutenção da qualidade do produto final.The search for longevity and the demand for healthy food have made consumers more conscious. A study was carried out to evaluate the purchasing habits of melon consumers in the Municipal Market of Piracicaba (São Paulo State, Brazil by the Quality Function Development (QFD Method. With the answers to the questionnaire, it was possible to determine the consumers' preferences, habits, complaints, and demands. It was verified that women are the consumers and that melons are consumed raw. 42.8% of the interviewees complained about

  6. Benzilaminopurina e ácido naftaleno acético na indução e multiplicação in vitro de gemas de abacaxizeiro da cultivar 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' In vitro bud induction and multiplication of cv. 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' pineapple fruit with benzyl amino purine and n aphthalene acetic acid

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    Chrystiane Borges Fráguas

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos de BAP (6-benzilaminopurina e NAA (ácido naftaleno acético na indução, na multiplicação in vitro de gemas, nas brotações de Ananas comosus da cultivar 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' e a correlação desses efeitos com a atividade de peroxidase e o teor de proteína solúvel total. Foram utilizadas gemas axilares retiradas da coroa de frutos sadios, inoculadas em tubo de ensaio contendo meio de cultura MS solidificado com ágar a 5%, pH ajustado para 5,7, contendo os tratamentos que incluíam diferentes concentrações e combinações de BAP (0, 0,5, 1,0 e 1,5mg L-1 e NAA (0, 0,5 e 1,0mg L-1. Nessa fase, aos 65 dias, ocorreu a formação de 2,24 brotações, utilizando-se 1mg L-1 de BAP. Após o desenvolvimento, as gemas foram inoculadas em meio MS líquido associado a dois tratamentos (1,0mg L-1 BAP + 0,5mg L-1 NAA e 1,0mg L-1 BAP + 1,0mg L-1 NAA e, aos 95 dias, o meio de cultura mais adequado foi aquele que continha 1,0mg L-1 BAP + 0,5mg L-1 NAA, proporcionando 7,42 brotações, menor porcentagem de hiper-hidricidade, maior número de brotações e indução de gemas. As proteínas solúveis apresentaram relação negativa com hiper-hidricidade e comprimento de brotações. A atividade da peroxidase foi maior em plantas com maior número de brotos e com maior porcentagem de hiper-hidricidade.The objective of this research was to evaluate the effects of BAP (6-benzyl amino purine and NAA (naphthalene acetic acid on in vitro buds induction and multiplication on Ananas comosus cv. 'IAC Gomo-de-mel' shoots and its correlation with the peroxidase activity and soluble protein content. Axillary buds were excised from the healthy fruits crown and inoculated in MS solidified with agar at 5 % and pH adjusted to 5.7 with the treatments that included different concentrations and combinations of BAP (0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5mg L-1 and NAA (0, 0.5 and 1.0mg L-1. At, 65 days stage, 2.24 shoots were formatted using BAP 1

  7. Alterações morfológicas foliares em abacaxizeiros cv. IAC "Gomo-de-mel" micropropagados e aclimatizados em diferentes condições de luminosidade Morphological alterations in leave of micropropagated pineapple plants cv. IAC "Gomo-de-mel" acclimatizated in different conditions of luminosity

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    Katherine Derlene Batagin

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Plantas micropropagadas geralmente apresentam dificuldades de adaptação ao meio ex vitro, sendo muitas vezes submetidas a processos de rustificação para minimizar os impactos decorrentes da mudança de ambiente. Uma vez que a folha e seus anexos destacam-se como importantes indicativos das estratégias adaptativas das plantas a ambientes adversos, este trabalho teve por objetivo comparar a anatomia foliar de plantas de abacaxi cv. IAC "Gomo-de-mel" cultivadas in vitro com microplantas aclimatizadas em diferentes condições de luminosidade, sob telado com 50% de sombreamento e em pleno sol para verificar a necessidade do processo de rustificação para este cultivar. Avaliações por meio de microscopia de luz e eletrônica de varredura da epiderme foliar, demonstraram aumento na densidade de escamas em ambas as superfícies das folhas, em microplantas dos ambientes ex vitro, principalmente em relação às que foram expostas diretamente ao sol. Observou-se ainda, aumento no espessamento da cutícula, na sinuosidade das células epidérmicas, e na distribuição e quantidade de fibras no mesofilo evidenciando a interferência das condições de luminosidade nas características morfológicas das microplantas. Essas alterações não prejudicaram o desenvolvimento das microplantas, indicando que não são necessárias etapas de rustificação para a aclimatização deste cultivar.Microprapagated plants usually show difficulties to adapt to ex vitro conditions, and many times are submitted to the rustication process to aim the reduction of all the impacts resulting from the environmental changes. Once the leaf and its annexes are important indicators of adaptability strategies of the plants to adverse environmental conditions, the objective of this work was to compare the leaf anatomy of pineapple cv. IAC "Gomo-de-mel" in vitro cultivated plants with microplants acclimatized in different conditions of luminosity, under mesh, with 50 % of

  8. Emotional style conversion in the TTS system with cepstral description

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    Vol. 4775, - (2007), s. 65-73 ISSN 0302-9743. [COST Action 2102 International Workshop. Vietri sul Mare, 29.03.2007-31.03.2007] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1QS108040569 Grant - others:MŠk(SK) 4/0012/07; MŠk(SK) 1/3107/06 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Source of funding: V - iné verejné zdroje ; V - iné verejné zdroje Keywords : speech synthesis * speech processing * speech recognition Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 0.302, year: 2005

  9. Avaliação de parentais e híbridos experimentais de melão rendilhado Performance of parents and experimental hybrids of net melon

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    Pablo Forlan Vargas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, neste trabalho, avaliar o desempenho de 38 genótipos de melão rendilhado, sendo seis parentais, 30 híbridos experimentais (15 híbridos e 15 recíprocos e dois híbridos padrões de mercado (Bônus nº2 e Louis, quanto às características produtivas. O experimento foi conduzido no setor de Olericultura e Plantas Aromático-Medicinais da Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, UNESP-Jaboticabal, em casa de vegetação, em delineamento em blocos casualizados, com três repetições, e 38 tratamentos, contendo uma única fileira de cinco plantas, com espaçamento ente si de 0,5 m e 1 m entrelinhas. A semeadura foi realizada em 01 de agosto de 2007, utilizando bandejas de poliestireno expandido de 128 células, e quando as mudas apresentaram a primeira folha não cotiledonar, realizou-se o transplante. As plantas foram cultivadas em substrato de fibra da casca de coco, sendo a irrigação e adubação realizadas conjuntamente por fertirrigação. A colheita foi realizada durante o mês de dezembro, sendo avaliados: produção total, diâmetro médio transversal e longitudinal do fruto, índice de formato de fruto, diâmetro médio transversal e longitudinal do lóculo, índice de formato do lóculo, diâmetro médio da inserção do pedúnculo dos frutos, precocidade e concentração de colheita. Realizou-se análise de variância para cada característica e comparação entre as médias pelo teste de Scott-Knott, ao nível de 5% de probabilidade. Com base nos resultados obtidos, concluiu-se que os genótipos (híbridos experimentais 4, 23, 24, 26 e 28 obtiveram os melhores desempenhos sendo semelhantes aos híbridos comerciais.The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of 38 net melon genotypes, six parents, 30 experimental hybrids (15 hybrids and 15 reciprocals and two standard hybrid market, on the characteristics productive. The experiment was conducted in the experimental area of the Sector of

  10. Avaliação de linhagens de melão Evaluation of melon inbred lines for plant and fruit characteristics

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    Waldelice Oliveira de Paiva

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de produzir híbridos de melão adaptados à região Nordeste do Brasil, foi avaliado, em Pacajús-CE o comportamento de 29 linhagens, sendo 23 do grupo cantalupensis, cinco do inodorus e uma do grupo momordica. Para efeito de comparação, foram utilizadas cultivares comerciais: o híbrido Hy-mark e a cultivar Eldorado-300. Na avaliação da precocidade a maturação das linhagens do grupo cantalupensis levaram em média 35,1 dias, as do grupo inodorus 30,6 dias e as do grupo momordica 24,4 dias. A concentração da produção, estimada aos 70 dias, foi mais elevada (75,8% numa linhagem que não produz frutos comerciais. A produção das linhagens variou de 16,2 t/ha a 65,1 t/ha, enquanto a média das testemunhas comerciais foi de 28,4 t/ha. Três linhagens do grupo cantalupensis e todas do grupo inodorus mostraram-se mais produtivas que as testemunhas. O teor de sólidos solúveis entre linhagens e testemunhas foi semelhante (8,6%, sendo que uma das linhagens, M46-00 se destacou pelos altos teores (Brix=12,2%. Em geral, os frutos das linhagens tardias mostraram elevado teor de sólidos solúveis.In order to obtain melon hybrids adapted for growing in the Northeast of Brazil, 29 inbred lines (23 belonging to the cantaloupensis group, 5 to the inodorus and 1 to the momordica group were evaluated in Pacajus, in the state of Ceará. Two commercial varieties, the hybrid Hy-mark and the cultivar Eldorado-300, were used as checks. It was observed that the average period for fruit ripening was 35.1 days for the cantalupensis group, 30.6 days for the inodorus group and 24.4 days for the momordica group. The highest yield concentration (75.8%, evaluated 70 days after sowing, was attained in a inbred line that does not produce commercial fruits. The yield of the lines ranged from 16.2 t/ha up to 65.1 t/ha, whereas the two commercial varieties produced 28.0 t/ha. Three of the cantalupensis group and all inbred lines of the inodorus group

  11. Armazenamento de melão 'Orange Flesh' minimamente processado sob atmosfera modificada Storage of 'Orange Flesh' mellons minimally processed and packaged under modified atmosphere

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    Mônica Elisabeth Torres Prado

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available O aumento da demanda por produtos minimamente processados traz um grande desafio para a ciência e tecnologia de alimentos, considerando-se a escassez de informações sobre a manutenção da qualidade desses produtos. O armazenamento desses em condições adequadas é um ponto fundamental para o sucesso dessa tecnologia. Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar o efeito da atmosfera modificada ativa na conservação do melão tipo Orange Flesh minimamente processado. Os frutos, após o processamento, foram embalados sob atmosfera modificada (AM Passiva- Controle, AM Ativa com 5% de CO2 e 5% de O2 e AM Ativa com 10% de CO2 e 2% de O2, armazenados em câmara fria (6 ± 1 ºC e UR 85 ± 5% durante 8 dias e as amostras retiradas para análises de pH, sólidos solúveis totais (SST, acidez total titulável (ATT, açúcares solúveis totais (AST, firmeza, pectina total (PT, pectina solúvel (PS, e as enzimas pectinametilesterase (PME e poligalacturonase (PG a cada 2 dias de armazenamento. A atmosfera modificada ativa pouco influenciou no comportamento das variáveis pH, acidez total titulável (ATT, firmeza e pectina total com relação á atmosfera modificada passiva. No entanto, menor solubilização de pectinas foi detectada nas amostras armazenadas sob atmosfera com 10% de CO2 e 2% de O2. Não foram detectadas atividades das enzimas pectinametilesterase e poligalacturonase nos tratamentos analisados.The increase of the demand for products minimally processed brings a great challenge for the food science and technology, considering the shortage of information about the maintenance of the quality of those products. The storage of those products in appropriate conditions is a fundamental point for the success of such technology. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of the active modified atmosphere on the quality and conservation of the 'Orange Flesh' melons processed minimally. The fruits, after the processing, were wrapped under

  12. Measuring the energy spent by parturient women in fasting and in ingesting caloric replacement (HONEY Mensuración de la energia despendida en el ayuno y en el aporte calórico (MIEL en parturientas Mensuração da energia despendida no jejum e no aporte calórico (MEL em parturientes

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    Célia Regina Maganha e Melo

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to measure the energy spending in parturient women of low gestation risk. Participants were selected randomly and submitted to fasting (n=15; Group I or honey ingestion (n=15; Group II. Data were collected by means of capillary blood values and heart frequency monitoring. The paired t-test with a 5% significance level and Tukey's method were used in statistical analysis. The results showed that honey ingestion did not promote an overload in the mother's glucose; the lactate response demonstrated that the substrate offered was well used; the cardiorespiratory rate demonstrated good performance for both groups; the total energy spent during labor demonstrated that carbohydrate ingestion exerts significant influence, improving maternal anaerobic performance; the group which remained in fasting presented, immediately after labor, higher levels of lactate, showing the organism's efforts to compensate for the energy spent.Este estudio tiene como objetivo mensurar el gasto energético de parturientas de bajo riesgo de gestación. Las participantes han sido seleccionadas en dos grupos de manera aleatoria y sometidas a ayuno (n=15; Grupo I e ingestión de miel (n=15; Grupo II. Los datos han sido colectados a partir de los valores de la sangre capilar y monitor de frecuencia cardíaca. Para el análisis estadística han sido empleados el test t pareado, y el método de Tukey. Los resultados han mostrado que la ingestión de miel no provocó sobrecarga en la glicemia materna; la respuesta del lactato demostró que el substrato ofrecido fue bien utilizado; los índices de capacidad cardiorrespiratoria han demostrado buen desempeño para los dos grupos; el gasto energético total durante el trabajo de parto demuestra que la ingestión de carbohidrato tiene influencia significativa, mejorando el desempeño anaeróbico materno; el grupo que ha permanecido en ayuno presentó, inmediatamente después del parto, niveles de lactato más altos

  13. Efeito do mel e do soro autólogo na cicatrização do epitélio corneano em coelhos Effect of honey and autologous serum on corneal epithelial healing in rabbits

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    Gustavo Ricci Malavazzi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia de substâncias consideradas estimulantes da cicatrização, como o mel puro e o soro autólogo a 20% na cicatrização do epitélio corneal de coelhos. MÉTODOS: Foi realizada a remoção do epitélio corneal de dois grupos de coelhos que receberam a instilação de solução de mel puro (G1 ou soro autólogo (G2 a cada 4 horas. O olho contralateral foi usado como controle e submetido ao mesmo procedimento de remoção do epitélio, recebendo a instilação de BSS®. A área de desepitelização corneal foi avaliada 12, 24 e 48 horas após a indução do defeito epitelial. RESULTADOS: Os grupos estudados foram estatisticamente semelhantes: mel (48 horas e controle (48 horas pPURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of pure honey and 20% autologous serum and BSS® in corneal epithelial healing in rabbits after 48 hours. METHODS: All solutions were applied after an epithelial removal of 13-millimeters diameter area. Areas of epithelial healing were studied at 12, 24 and 48 hours. The eyes were treated every four hours during 2 days. All treated eyes were assigned to a control group (contralateral eye treated with a balanced saline solution. RESULTS: All studied groups were not significantly differents. In group one, the eyes treated with honey and the control were similar (p<0.87. In the second group the eyes treated with autologos serum and the control presented no difference in the mean score (p<0.072. CONCLUSION: Corneal epithelial healing in rabbits did not show improvement after application of either honey or autologous serum. It was possible to stabilish that the autologous serum treated eyes were clinicaly better than the control group but without statistical significance.

  14. Qualidade do melão cantaloupe cv. Hy-Mark minimamente processado e armazenado sob refrigeração Quality of cantaloupe melon cv. Hy-Mark minimally processed and refrigerated

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    Raimundo Wilane de Figueiredo

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available A maioria das pesquisas em melão minimamente processado é concentrada no tipo 'cantaloupe', devido à sua importância no mercado internacional. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a qualidade do melão cantaloupe cv. Hy-Mark minimamente processado. Os frutos foram lavados e sanitizados, sendo em seguida cortados na forma de cubos, imersos em solução de CaCl2, acondicionados em embalagens flexíveis PET (tereftalato de polietileno e armazenados a 4ºC por 9 dias. O delineamento foi conduzido inteiramente casualizado, com três repetições. A intervalos de três dias, amostras foram coletadas e analisadas quanto a coliformes totais e fecais, e contagem de bactérias aeróbias mesófilas e bolores e leveduras, pH, sólidos solúveis totais, acidez, vitamina C, açúcares redutores totais, atividade de água, firmeza e análise sensorial através do atributo de aceitação global. O melão minimamente processado apresentou boa estabilidade física, físico-química, microbiológica e sensorial, estimando-se em 9 dias a vida útil deste produto a 4ºC.Most of the research into minimally processed melon is focused on cantaloupe melon, due to its importance in the international market. The objective of this work was to evaluate the quality of cantaloupe melon cv. Hy-Mark, minimally processed and refrigerated. Fruits were washed, sanitized, cut and imbedded in a calcium chloride solution and packed in PET and stored at 4ºC during 9 days. At three-day intervals samples were collected and analyzed for total and fecal coliforms, counting of aerobic mesophilic bacterias, molds and yeast, SS (soluble solids, TTA (total titrable acidity, firmness, pH, TRS (total reducing sugar, Aw, vitamin C, color and acceptability. The minimally processed melon showed good overall physical, pyisico-chemical, microbiological and sensorial stability during the storage period.

  15. Qualidade de melão rendilhado (Cucumis melo L. em função do sistema de cultivo Quality of net melon (Cucumis melo L. in function of the culture system

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    Pablo Forlan Vargas

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar a qualidade de frutos de cinco cultivares de melão rendilhado (Cucumis melo L., cultivados em casa de vegetação, em função do sistema de produção. O experimento foi instalado em casa de vegetação na UNESP-FCAV, Jaboticabal-SP, no período de novembro de 2005 à fevereiro de 2006. O experimento foi delineado em esquema fatorial 5 X 2, em blocos casualizados com quatro repetições. Os tratamentos resultaram da combinação de cinco híbridos de melão rendilhado: Maxim, Bônus 2, Shinju 200, Fantasy e Louis e dois sistemas de cultivo: no solo e em substrato de fibra da casca de coco. As características avaliadas foram: massa fresca do fruto, espessura de mesocarpo, intensidade de rendilhamento da casca, pH, sólidos solúveis totais, acidez titulável, índice de maturação (RATIO, e vitamina C. Não houve interação significativa entre os sistemas de cultivo e cultivares para nenhuma das características avaliadas. O cultivo de melão em substrato resultou em frutos com qualidade superior ao cultivo em solo. Os híbridos Louis e Fantasy foram os que apresentaram melhor desempenho qualitativo de frutos.The aim of this study was to evaluate the fruit quality of five net melon (Cucumis melo L. cultivars, grown in a greenhouse, in function of production system. The study was carried out in a greenhouse at UNESP-FCAV, Jaboticabal-SP, Brazil, during the period of November, 2005 to February, 2006. The study was carried out using a 5 x 2 factorial scheme, in randomized complete block design with four repetitions. The treatments resulted the combination of five net melon hybrids: Maxim, Bônus 2, Shinju 200, Fantasy and Louis and two cultivations systems: in soil and in coconut fiber substrate. The characters evaluated were: fresh weight of fruit, mesocarp thickness, fruit shape index, pH, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, maturation index (RATIO; and vitamin C. No interactions were observed

  16. Caracterização morfológica e dissimilaridade genética entre variedades crioulas de melão Morphological characterization and genetic dissimilarity in melon landraces

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    Raquel Silviana Neitzke

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Variedades crioulas de melão (Cucumis melo são cultivadas no Sul do Brasil para consumo familiar e também para comercialização dos frutos. No entanto, existe uma carência de trabalhos relativos a sua caracterização. Este trabalho teve por objetivo caracterizar e avaliar a variabilidade genética de variedades crioulas de melão do Sul do Brasil mantidos no Banco Ativo de Germoplasma de Cucurbitáceas da Embrapa Clima Temperado. Foram caracterizados 14 acessos utilizando 26 descritores morfológicos de fruto. Os dados foram analisados pelos métodos de agrupamento de Tocher e hierárquico UPGMA. Os métodos de agrupamento foram parcialmente concordantes. O acesso C88 possui características distintas, ficando isolado dos demais, pois é o único entre todos os avaliados que apresenta formato piriforme e sem gomos, cor de epicarpo creme, cor de polpa branca e ruptura profunda no fruto. Existe grande variabilidade genética, para caracteres de frutos, nas variedades crioulas de melão conservadas nesse Banco Ativo de Germoplasma, com potencial para uso no melhoramento genético, destacando-se o acesso C71 por possuir sabor adocicado e polpa de cor laranja e o C72, por apresentar elevados valores de peso de fruto e espessura de polpa.Melon landraces (Cucumis melo are cultivated in South of Brazil for family consumption and also for marketing fruits. However, there is a lack of works related to characterization of these landraces. The objective of this work was to characterize and evaluate genetic variability of melon landraces from South of Brazil which are maintained in the Cucurbitaceae Genebank at Embrapa Clima Temperado, trough morphological characterization. Fourteen accessions were characterized in 26 morphological fruit descriptors. Data were analyzed by Tocher grouping method and UPGMA hierarchical. The two methods agreed partially. The accession C88 has unique characteristics, being isolated when compared to the other accessions, it

  17. Ação de calcário e gesso sobre características químicas do solo e na produtividade e qualidade do tomate e melão

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    Faria Clementino M.B.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se dois experimentos repetidos no mesmo local, em Argissolo Vermelho-Amarelo, de textura arenosa, do Submédio São Francisco, para avaliar a influência da calagem e da gessagem nas características do solo e na produtividade e qualidade dos frutos do tomateiro e meloeiro. O delineamento foi de blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições e sete tratamentos [testemunha; 0,5 da necessidade de calagem (N.C. com 100% de calcário (Cal.; 1xN.C. com Cal.; 2xN.C. com Cal.; 0,5xN.C. com 2/3 de calcário e 1/3 de gesso (Cal.Ges.; 1,0xN.C. com Cal.Ges. e 2,0xN.C. com Cal.Ges]. O calcário e gesso foram aplicados em novembro de 2000; o cultivo do tomate foi conduzido de maio a agosto e o do melão, de setembro a novembro de 2001. A calagem e a gessagem promoveram incremento do pH e nos níveis de Ca2+e Mg2+, tendo reduzido o teor de Al3+ do solo, com efeito mais pronunciado no aumento dos teores do Ca2+ em até 60% e na redução do Al3+ em até 68,7%. O calcário isolado foi mais eficiente para neutralização do Al3+ em maiores profundidades, tendo resultado em maiores produtividades de melão, em comparação com os tratamentos em que o calcário foi associado ao gesso. Com o uso de 2,0 t ha-1 de calcário, equivalente a 1xN.C, foi suficiente para se obter uma produtividade de 22,5 t ha-1 de melão, significativamente superior à da testemunha (16,8 t ha-1 e reduzir em 80,4% a ocorrência da podridão apical do tomate. Portanto, a gessagem não se mostrou necessária para essas culturas.

  18. Automatic large-scale classification of bird sounds is strongly improved by unsupervised feature learning

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    Dan Stowell

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Automatic species classification of birds from their sound is a computational tool of increasing importance in ecology, conservation monitoring and vocal communication studies. To make classification useful in practice, it is crucial to improve its accuracy while ensuring that it can run at big data scales. Many approaches use acoustic measures based on spectrogram-type data, such as the Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC features which represent a manually-designed summary of spectral information. However, recent work in machine learning has demonstrated that features learnt automatically from data can often outperform manually-designed feature transforms. Feature learning can be performed at large scale and “unsupervised”, meaning it requires no manual data labelling, yet it can improve performance on “supervised” tasks such as classification. In this work we introduce a technique for feature learning from large volumes of bird sound recordings, inspired by techniques that have proven useful in other domains. We experimentally compare twelve different feature representations derived from the Mel spectrum (of which six use this technique, using four large and diverse databases of bird vocalisations, classified using a random forest classifier. We demonstrate that in our classification tasks, MFCCs can often lead to worse performance than the raw Mel spectral data from which they are derived. Conversely, we demonstrate that unsupervised feature learning provides a substantial boost over MFCCs and Mel spectra without adding computational complexity after the model has been trained. The boost is particularly notable for single-label classification tasks at large scale. The spectro-temporal activations learned through our procedure resemble spectro-temporal receptive fields calculated from avian primary auditory forebrain. However, for one of our datasets, which contains substantial audio data but few annotations, increased

  19. Automatic large-scale classification of bird sounds is strongly improved by unsupervised feature learning.

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    Stowell, Dan; Plumbley, Mark D

    2014-01-01

    Automatic species classification of birds from their sound is a computational tool of increasing importance in ecology, conservation monitoring and vocal communication studies. To make classification useful in practice, it is crucial to improve its accuracy while ensuring that it can run at big data scales. Many approaches use acoustic measures based on spectrogram-type data, such as the Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC) features which represent a manually-designed summary of spectral information. However, recent work in machine learning has demonstrated that features learnt automatically from data can often outperform manually-designed feature transforms. Feature learning can be performed at large scale and "unsupervised", meaning it requires no manual data labelling, yet it can improve performance on "supervised" tasks such as classification. In this work we introduce a technique for feature learning from large volumes of bird sound recordings, inspired by techniques that have proven useful in other domains. We experimentally compare twelve different feature representations derived from the Mel spectrum (of which six use this technique), using four large and diverse databases of bird vocalisations, classified using a random forest classifier. We demonstrate that in our classification tasks, MFCCs can often lead to worse performance than the raw Mel spectral data from which they are derived. Conversely, we demonstrate that unsupervised feature learning provides a substantial boost over MFCCs and Mel spectra without adding computational complexity after the model has been trained. The boost is particularly notable for single-label classification tasks at large scale. The spectro-temporal activations learned through our procedure resemble spectro-temporal receptive fields calculated from avian primary auditory forebrain. However, for one of our datasets, which contains substantial audio data but few annotations, increased performance is not discernible. We

  20. Multiple Frequency Parametric Sonar

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    300003 1 MULTIPLE FREQUENCY PARAMETRIC SONAR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0001] The invention described herein may be manufactured and...a method for increasing the bandwidth of a parametric sonar system by using multiple primary frequencies rather than only two primary frequencies...2) Description of Prior Art [0004] Parametric sonar generates narrow beams at low frequencies by projecting sound at two distinct primary

  1. Multi-frequency excitation

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    Younis, Mohammad I.

    2016-03-10

    Embodiments of multi-frequency excitation are described. In various embodiments, a natural frequency of a device may be determined. In turn, a first voltage amplitude and first fixed frequency of a first source of excitation can be selected for the device based on the natural frequency. Additionally, a second voltage amplitude of a second source of excitation can be selected for the device, and the first and second sources of excitation can be applied to the device. After applying the first and second sources of excitation, a frequency of the second source of excitation can be swept. Using the methods of multi- frequency excitation described herein, new operating frequencies, operating frequency ranges, resonance frequencies, resonance frequency ranges, and/or resonance responses can be achieved for devices and systems.

  2. Análise da infra-estrutura existente em unidades de produção agrícola para processamento de mel na região do Vale do Paraíba-SP Analysis of production unit infrastructure of honey processing agricultural in the Paraiba Valley, São Paulo state-Brazil

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    Luiz Eugênio Veneziani Pasin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se neste trabalho analisar a existência de infra-estrutura para processamento de mel, em Unidades de Produção Agrícola-UPAs na região do Vale do Paraíba-SP. Para a realização desse trabalho utilizou-se o método de levantamento dos dados primários através de questionário. No período de janeiro de 2005 a março de 2006 realizou-se o trabalho com a amostra de 116 UPAs, que representam 33,7% do total de unidades onde há atividade apícola. Para avaliar-se a associação e a relação de dependência entre as variáveis equipamentos, casa do mel, escolaridade, tempo na atividade e número de colméias na UPA, utilizou-se o teste do qui-quadrado X² . Os resultados revelaram que a centrífuga está presente em 58,6% das UPAs e a casa do mel em 29,3% das UPAs das unidades da região. O nível de escolaridade, tempo de permanência do apicultor na atividade e o número de colméias são variáveis que estabelecem relações significativas com a existência de centrífuga e de casa do mel na UPA.The aim of this paper is to analyze the infrastructure for honey process in Agricultural Production Units (UPAs located in the Paraíba Valley (São Paulo state, Brazil. For this study to be carried out, the search of primary data method using a questionnaire was applied. From January 2005 to March 2006, 116 UPAs samples, representing 33.7% of all bee-related UPAs were used. For the association and relation of dependence among the equipment variables, "casa do mel", staff education level, time in the activity and number of bee-hives in the UPA, the chi-square (X² statistical tests were applied. The results revealed that centrifuges were present in 58.6% of UPAs, while the type of "casa do mel" occured in 29.3% of UPAs in the region. The staff education level, time in the activity and number of bee-hives are variables which are important when considering the existence of centrifuges and "casa do mel" in the UPA.

  3. Frequency selectivity at very low centre frequencies

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    Orellana, Carlos Andrés Jurado; Pedersen, Christian Sejer; Marquardt, Torsten

    2010-01-01

    measurements based on OAE suppression techniques and notched-noise masking data psychophysically measured for centre frequencies in the range 50-125 Hz, this study examines how individual differences in frequency selectivity, as well as in masking, may occur at very low CFs due to individual differences...

  4. Análise de sulfonamidas no mel: validação e optimização de um método de HPLC-fluorescência

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    Correia, Daniela M.

    2008-01-01

    Os antibióticos são usados no tratamento de abelhas com o intuito de combater infecções associadas às doenças da Loque Americana e Loque Europeia que atacam as larvas das abelhas levando à destruição da colmeia. As sulfonamidas são um dos grupos de antibióticos mais usados pelos apicultores. Como a Legislação Europeia, proíbe a comercialização do mel na presença de quaisquer resíduos de antibióticos, a implementação de métodos analíticos que permitam a detecção e quantificação ...

  5. Precisão dos métodos refratométricos para análise de umidade em mel Precision of the refractometric methods of moisture honey analysis

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    Cristiane Bonaldi Cano

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Para a determinação dos teores de umidade de mel, a legislação brasileira adota o método refratométrico proposto pela AOAC. No entanto, em outro trabalho, os autores observaram que a cristalização interferia na medida do índice de refração quando a amostra de mel se encontrava cristalizada e, portanto, eram obtidos teores de umidade superestimados. A Comissão Européia de Mel (EHC adota outro método refratométrico, que usa um pré-tratamento da amostra quando esta estiver cristalizada. Assim, o objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar a precisão destes métodos refratométricos por diferentes técnicas estatísticas e estabelecer então o procedimento mais adequado para a análise de umidade em mel. Os resultados da análise dos teste t no nível de 95,0% de confiança para os teores médios de umidade das amostras de méis sugeriram que existiam diferenças significativas entre os dois métodos refratométricos (AOAC e EHC somente para as amostras cristalizadas. A análise dos desvios padrão pela aplicação do teste F e construção de intervalos de confiança mostrou que o método da EHC foi mais preciso que o da AOAC para amostras de méis cristalizados. Desta forma, pode-se sugerir a adoção pela legislação brasileira do método refratométrico da EHC, como método oficial por este não apresentar erros sistemáticos.For the determination of the moisture contents of honey, the Brazilian legislation adopts the refractometric method proposed by AOAC. However, in other work, the authors observed that the crystallization interferes in the refractive index measurement when the honey sample if encountered crystallized and, therefore, moisture contents overestimated were obtained. The European Honey Commission (EHC, adopt other refractometric method that use a pre-treatment of sample when this one was crystallized. So, the objective of this work was to compare the precision of these refractometric methods by different statistical

  6. Synthesis, structural characterization, and dehydration analysis of uranyl zinc mellitate, (UO{sub 2})Zn(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}(H{sub 2}mel).2H{sub 2}O

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    Olchowka, Jakub; Volkringer, Christophe; Henry, Natacha; Loiseau, Thierry [Unite de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide (UCCS) - UMR CNRS 8181, Universite de Lille Nord de France, USTL-ENSCL, Villeneuve d' Ascq (France)

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    A new heterometallic uranyl zinc carboxylate, (UO{sub 2})Zn(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}(H{sub 2}mel).2H{sub 2}O, has been hydrothermally prepared (150 C, 24 h) by using 1,2,3,4,5,6-benzenehexacarboxylic acid (mellitic acid) as organic linker in order to form a three-dimensional network. Four of the six carboxylate groups of the mellitate ligand interact with mononuclear uranyl or zinc cations, which are eightfold (hexagonal bipyramid, UO{sub 8}) or sixfold [octahedron, ZnO{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}] coordinated, respectively. The remaining free carboxylate arms of the mellitate species preferentially interact through hydrogen bonds with water molecules trapped within the framework. Thermogravimetric and X-ray thermodiffraction (up to 800 C) analyses and in situ infrared spectroscopy (up to 210 C) indicated that both free and bound water species are evacuated from the structure in one step between 80 and 170 C, followed by its transformation into an unknown, anhydrous, poorly crystalline phase [UO{sub 2}Zn(mel)] up to 320 C. After the formation of an amorphous phase, the re-crystallization of oxides α-ZnU{sub 3}O{sub 10} and ZnO was observed from 460 C. The fluorescence spectrum of the as-synthesized uranyl zinc mellitate shows the six bands that are typical for vibronic couplings of the [O=U=O]{sup 2+} moiety. (Copyright copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Elaboração e avaliação da qualidade de iogurtes de maçã adoçados com sacarose e com mel.

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    Inacia dos Santos Moreira

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a qualidade microbiológica e físico-química de iogurte de maçã adoçado com mel e iogurte de maçã adoçado com sacarose. Os iogurtes foram produzidos no Laboratório de Processamento de Alimentos e caracterizados nos laboratórios de Microbiologia e de Análises físico-química de Alimentos da Faculdade de Tecnologia Centec - Fatec Cariri. As análises microbiológicas foram realizadas para identificar a qualidade dos produtos quanto à presença de Coliformes a 45°C e Salmonella spp. As análises físico-químicas foram determinadas de acordo com as normas analíticas do Instituto Adolfo Lutz. Os resultados obtidos nas análises físico-químicas revelam que a amostra adoçada com mel apresentou um teor mais elevado de minerais, ferro e fósforo, fato este que vem sugerir opção alimentícia para os consumidores com deficiência de minerais. as análises microbiológicas revelaram que as amostras encontravam-se de acordo com o padrão federal vigente, sendo considerados produtos em condições sanitárias satisfatórias. 

  8. Quality of the fresh cut ‘Orange Flesh’ melon stored under modified atmosphere/ Qualidade do melão ‘Orange Flesh’ minimamente processado armazenado sob atmosfera modificada

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    Leandro Camargo Neves

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available This work aimed at evaluate the effect of the fresh cut ‘Orange Flesh’ melon stored under modified atmosphere. The cubes of melons were sanitizationed with 100 mg L-1 of hypoclorite of sodium for one minute, washed, drained and wrapped with different concentrations of O2 and CO2 in plastic bags of polyethylene (Nylon Polished. They were appraised every other day for ten days as regards the firmness, total pectin, soluble pectin and activity of the polifenoloxidase and peroxidase. At the end of the conservation period, it was verified that melons sustained the firmest texture of the vegetable products under modified atmosphere, and the concentration of 5%O2 + 3% CO2 showed smaller content of total pectin and together with the concentration of 100% N2 the smallest content of soluble pectin, the polifenoloxidase activity was not verified as well as of the peroxidase.Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito da atmosfera modificada na qualidade do melão‘Orange Flesh’minimamente processado. Os cubos de melões foram sanificados com 100 mg L-1 de hipoclorito de sódio por um minuto, lavados, drenados e embalados com diferentes concentrações de O2 e CO2 em sacos plásticos de polietileno (Nylon Poli. Foram avaliados a cada dois dias durante dez dias quanto a firmeza, pectina total, pectina solúvel e atividade da polifenoloxidase e peroxidase. Ao final do período de conservação, os produtos vegetais com modificação da atmosfera mantiveram a textura mais firme e a concentração de 5%O2 + 3% CO2 apresentaram menor teor de pectina total e juntamente com a concentração de 100% N2 o menor teor de pectina solúvel e não apresentaram atividades de polifenoloxidase e peroxidase.

  9. Frequency dependence of sonophoresis.

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    Tezel, A; Sens, A; Tuchscherer, J; Mitragotri, S

    2001-12-01

    Application of low-frequency ultrasound has been shown to increase skin permeability, thereby facilitating delivery of macromolecules (low-frequency sonophoresis). In this study, we sought to determine the dependence of low-frequency sonophoresis on ultrasound frequency, intensity and energy density. Pig skin was exposed to low-frequency ultrasound over a range of ultrasound frequency and intensity conditions. The degree of skin permeabilization was measured using its conductivity. Imaging experiments were also carried out to visualize the transport pathways created by ultrasound. The data showed that for each frequency (in the range of 19.6-93.4 kHz), there exists a threshold intensity below which no detectable conductivity enhancement was observed. The threshold intensity increased with frequency. It is feasible to achieve the desired conductivity (permeability) enhancement regardless of the choice of frequency, although the necessary energy density is higher at higher frequencies. Low frequencies (approximately 20 kHz) induced localized transport compared to a more dispersed effect seen with higher frequencies (approximately 58.9 kHz). This study provides a quantitative understanding of the effects of low-frequency ultrasound on skin permeability.

  10. Lunch frequency among adolescents

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    Pedersen, Trine Pagh; Holstein, Bjørn E; Krølner, Rikke

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate: (i) how lunch frequency of adolescents varies between schools and between classes within schools; (ii) the associations between frequency of lunch and individual sociodemographic factors and school characteristics; and (iii) if any observed associations between lunch...

  11. Modeling Frequency Comb Sources

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    Li Feng

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Frequency comb sources have revolutionized metrology and spectroscopy and found applications in many fields. Stable, low-cost, high-quality frequency comb sources are important to these applications. Modeling of the frequency comb sources will help the understanding of the operation mechanism and optimization of the design of such sources. In this paper,we review the theoretical models used and recent progress of the modeling of frequency comb sources.

  12. Frequency reference in VSAT

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    Cheah, Jonathon Y. C.

    1994-02-01

    A low cost technique of frequency reference distribution within a VSAT network is discussed. This technique allows the use of a modestly frequency stable oscillator as the master frequency reference in the hub of a star-connected VSAT network. The need for extremely frequency stable OCXOs in VSATs is completely avoided. This technique was successfully incorporated in the early commercial VSAT networks. It contributes partially to the low cost nature of some of the VSAT networks available today.

  13. Static electromagnetic frequency changers

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    Rozhanskii, L L

    1963-01-01

    Static Electromagnetic Frequency Changers is about the theory, design, construction, and applications of static electromagnetic frequency changers, devices that used for multiplication or division of alternating current frequency. It is originally published in the Russian language. This book is organized into five chapters. The first three chapters introduce the readers to the principles of operation, the construction, and the potential applications of static electromagnetic frequency changers and to the principles of their design. The two concluding chapters use some hitherto unpublished work

  14. Eastern Frequency Response Study

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    Miller, N.W.; Shao, M.; Pajic, S.; D' Aquila, R.

    2013-05-01

    This study was specifically designed to investigate the frequency response of the Eastern Interconnection that results from large loss-of-generation events of the type targeted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Standard BAL-003 Frequency Response and Frequency Bias Setting (NERC 2012a), under possible future system conditions with high levels of wind generation.

  15. Making Sense of Frequency.

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    Larsen-Freeman, Diane

    2002-01-01

    Responds to Ellis (2002), which focuses on frequency in language processing, language use, and language acquisition. Contextualizes the frequency factor in terms of the evolution of second language acquisition (SLA) research. Suggests that although relevant and important, the frequency factor requires greater definition and qualification.…

  16. Muskmelon seed germination and seedling development in response to seed priming Germinação de sementes e desenvolvimento de plântulas de melão em resposta ao condicionamento osmótico

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    Warley Marcos Nascimento

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Important factors affecting seed priming have not been extensively reported in muskmelon (Cucumis melo L. studies. The optimization of the seed priming technique becomes very important at the commercial scale. Little information has been reported on seedling development of muskmelon subsequent to seed priming. Seeds of muskmelon were primed in darkness at 25°C in different solutions and three osmotic potentials. Seeds were also primed with and without aeration during different periods. In relation to osmotic solutions, an osmotic potential around -1.30 MPa is most adequate for muskmelon priming. Salt solutions gave better germination rate but were deleterious for seed germination, especially at higher osmotic potentials. Aeration of the soaking salt solution gave faster germination at 17°C, and because of the early germination, these treatments probably presented a better seedling development. Deleterious effect on total seed germination was observed for long soaking periods with aeration. Fungal growth increased on seeds primed in aerated solutions. Seeds from priming treatments had a better germination rate and seedling development under 17 and 25°C.Importantes fatores afetando o condicionamento osmótico não têm sido extensivamente relatados em sementes de melão (Cucumis melo L.. A otimização do condicionamento osmótico é extremamente importante em uma escala comercial. Poucas informações têm sido relatadas quanto ao desenvolvimento de plântulas em resposta ao condicionamento osmótico de sementes de melão. Sementes de melão foram condicionadas a 25°C, na ausência de luz, em diferentes soluções osmóticas utilizando três potenciais osmóticos para cada solução. Em outro estudo, sementes foram condicionadas com ou sem aeração durante vários períodos. Indiferentemente das soluções osmóticas, o potencial osmótico em torno de - 1,30 MPa foi mais adequado para o condicionamento osmótico. Sementes condicionadas em

  17. Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos e Turismo: O Tratamento Dado por Meios de Hospedagem e Pelo Setor Público na Ilha do Mel, PR.

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    Matias Poli Sperb

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    Full Text Available A Ilha do Mel, reconhecido destino turístico do litoral do Estado do Paraná, Brasil, que enlaça duas áreas de preservação ambiental, passou por consideráveis alterações socioambientais e econômicas a partir da década de 1980, em função do aumento da demanda turística. O desenvolvimento do turismo possibilitou o surgimento de mais de cem hotéis e pousadas em seu território, concentração essa que se tornou um grave problema para a gestão pública dos resíduos sólidos. Neste contexto, o objetivo desta pesquisa é o de analisar a gestão dos resíduos sólidos realizada pelos meios de hospedagem e pelo setor público, bem como verificar a opinião dos empreendedores privados sobre o tratamento dado a esses resíduos, no local. Os dados primários foram coletados através de entrevistas realizadas com empresários de trinta meios de hospedagem e com representantes do setor público local. Os resultados indicam que muitas das ações de tratamento e destinação dos resíduos sólidos acontecem, em geral, pelo livre arbítrio dos proprietários. Por parte do setor público, foi verificada ausência de estruturas físicas adequadas para a gestão dos resíduos sólidos, assim como de critérios claros para o tratamento e destinação destes resíduos e a falta de orientações efetivas aos empresários. Management of Solid Waste and Tourism: The Treatment Given by Lodging Facilities and by the Public Sector in Ilha do Mel, Paraná State, Brazil - Ilha do Mel, a well-known touristic destination in the coast of Paraná, in the South of Brazil, ensnares two preservation areas and has gone through some important environmental and economic changes from the 1980s, due to the increased demand of tourists. Tourism development has caused the emergence of over 100 hotels and inns within the island, which became a serious problem to the public management of the solid waste. Based on that, this research aims to analyze how the solid waste

  18. Radio frequency detection assembly and method for detecting radio frequencies

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    Cown, Steven H.; Derr, Kurt Warren

    2010-03-16

    A radio frequency detection assembly is described and which includes a radio frequency detector which detects a radio frequency emission produced by a radio frequency emitter from a given location which is remote relative to the radio frequency detector; a location assembly electrically coupled with the radio frequency detector and which is operable to estimate the location of the radio frequency emitter from the radio frequency emission which has been received; and a radio frequency transmitter electrically coupled with the radio frequency detector and the location assembly, and which transmits a radio frequency signal which reports the presence of the radio frequency emitter.

  19. Waveform frequency notching

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    Doerry, Armin W.; Andrews, John

    2017-05-09

    The various technologies presented herein relate to incorporating one or more notches into a radar spectrum, whereby the notches relate to one or more frequencies for which no radar transmission is to occur. An instantaneous frequency is monitored and if the frequency is determined to be of a restricted frequency, then a radar signal can be modified. Modification can include replacing the signal with a signal having a different instantaneous amplitude, a different instantaneous phase, etc. The modification can occur in a WFS prior to a DAC, as well as prior to a sin ROM component and/or a cos ROM component. Further, the notch can be dithered to enable formation of a deep notch. The notch can also undergo signal transitioning to enable formation of a deep notch. The restricted frequencies can be stored in a LUT against which an instantaneous frequency can be compared.

  20. LOW FREQUENCY DAMPER

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    Radu BOGATEANU

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The low frequency damper is an autonomous equipment for damping vibrations with the 1-20Hz range.Its autonomy enables the equipment to be located in various mechanical systems, without requiring special hydraulic installations.The low frequency damper was designed for damping the low frequency oscillations occurring in the circuit controls of the upgraded IAR-99 Aircraft.The low frequency damper is a novelty in the aerospace field ,with applicability in several areas as it can be built up in an appropriate range of dimensions meeting the requirements of different beneficiaries. On this line an equipment able to damp an extended frequency range was performed for damping oscillations in the pipes of the nuclear power plants.This damper, tested in INCAS laboratories matched the requirements of the beneficiary.The low frequency damper is patented – the patent no. 114583C1/2000 is held by INCAS.

  1. Frequency Response Analysis Tool

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    Etingov, Pavel V. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kosterev, Dmitry [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Dai, T. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2014-12-01

    Frequency response has received a lot of attention in recent years at the national level, which culminated in the development and approval of North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC) BAL-003-1 Frequency Response and Frequency Bias Setting Reliability Standard. This report is prepared to describe the details of the work conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Joint Synchronized Information Subcommittee (JSIS) to develop a frequency response analysis tool (FRAT). The document provides the details on the methodology and main features of the FRAT. The tool manages the database of under-frequency events and calculates the frequency response baseline. Frequency response calculations are consistent with frequency response measure (FRM) in NERC BAL-003-1 for an interconnection and balancing authority. The FRAT can use both phasor measurement unit (PMU) data, where available, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) data. The tool is also capable of automatically generating NERC Frequency Response Survey (FRS) forms required by BAL-003-1 Standard.

  2. Nonlinear Frequency Compression

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    Scollie, Susan; Glista, Danielle; Seelisch, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    Frequency lowering technologies offer an alternative amplification solution for severe to profound high frequency hearing losses. While frequency lowering technologies may improve audibility of high frequency sounds, the very nature of this processing can affect the perceived sound quality. This article reports the results from two studies that investigated the impact of a nonlinear frequency compression (NFC) algorithm on perceived sound quality. In the first study, the cutoff frequency and compression ratio parameters of the NFC algorithm were varied, and their effect on the speech quality was measured subjectively with 12 normal hearing adults, 12 normal hearing children, 13 hearing impaired adults, and 9 hearing impaired children. In the second study, 12 normal hearing and 8 hearing impaired adult listeners rated the quality of speech in quiet, speech in noise, and music after processing with a different set of NFC parameters. Results showed that the cutoff frequency parameter had more impact on sound quality ratings than the compression ratio, and that the hearing impaired adults were more tolerant to increased frequency compression than normal hearing adults. No statistically significant differences were found in the sound quality ratings of speech-in-noise and music stimuli processed through various NFC settings by hearing impaired listeners. These findings suggest that there may be an acceptable range of NFC settings for hearing impaired individuals where sound quality is not adversely affected. These results may assist an Audiologist in clinical NFC hearing aid fittings for achieving a balance between high frequency audibility and sound quality. PMID:23539261

  3. Frequency Selective Reflector Antenna

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS) are an electromagnetic structure where a relatively thin, periodic, conductive material is designed as a spatial filter of...

  4. Beneficios socioeconómicos al utilizar plástico en el cultivo del melón (Cucumis melo L. en el municipio Miranda del estado Zulia

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    Juan Carlos Nava

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Se condujo un experimento con la finalidad de determinar los beneficios socioeconómicos al utilizar plástico en el cultivo del melón (Cucumis melo L. en la comunidad de Villa Hermosa del Municipio Miranda, estado Zulia en el segundo semestre del año 2008. Se determinaron los costos de producción por hectárea, ingresos, número de aplicaciones de agroquímicos, utilización de mano de obra, días de germinación de las plántulas y masa fresca acumulada. En un área de 2 hectáreas con riego por goteo, se cultivaron plantas de melón híbrido Ovación. Se determinaron dos tratamientos, uno con la utilización del acolchado plástico y el otro sin el uso del plástico. El ensayo se condujo como un experimento de bloques al azar, cada unidad experimental estuvo constituida por 20 plantas seleccionadas al azar. Las evaluaciones se realizaron semanalmente. El análisis estadístico detectó diferencias entre los tratamientos evaluados para la variable masa fresca acumulada, el mayor valor de esta variable se obtuvo con el uso del acolchado plástico (1,67 Kg, cuando no se utilizó plástico fue de 0.80 Kg. Las plántulas germinaron en campo a los tres días para los dos tratamientos, por lo que el plástico no influyó en la germinación. Los productores obtienen mejores ingresos por hectárea (17.704 Bs F en cada ciclo, con menor número de aplicaciones de agroquímicos (10, viéndose menos expuestos al contacto con los productos y utilizando menor cantidad de personal, siendo una alternativa en cuanto al problema existente en el municipio Miranda de escasez de mano de obra.

  5. Producción del manzano (Malus sp. cv Anna en el oriente Antioqueño con la abeja melífera, Apis mellifera L. (hymenoptera: apidae.

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    Botero Garcés Natalia

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available La necesidad de diversificar cultivos ha marcado el comienzo de otras alternativas agronómicas en nuestro país tales como la producción de manzano. Hace unos 6 años se inició en Colombia la plantación de cultivares comerciales mejorados de cuya biología y necesidades poco se sabe. Se planteó un estudio sobre la influencia de la polinización entomófila en la producción de manzana Anna. El trabajo se desarrolló en un cultivo de manzano en el Municipio del Carmen de Viboral (Oriente Antioqueño, correspondiente a la zona de vida bosque húmedo montano bajo (bh-MB, con temperatura promedio anual de 14-24°C, altura de 2200 msnm y precipitación promedio anual de 1800 mm. Se propuso estimar el efecto de los insectos polinizadores en la producción, comparando ésta en ramas enjauladas excluidas de todos los visitantes florales, con la de ramas expuestas a éstos durante la floración, en árboles escogidos al azar. Se encontró que las ramas que habían sido visitadas por insectos producían significativamente más manzanas (t = 2,95, para t0.05 con 18 g.l., con mayor pesos (t=2,21, para t0.05 con 18 g.l. y mayor número de semillas (t=3.75, para t0.05 con 18 g.l., que ramas sin acceso de visitantes florales. Una medición de índices de diversidad mostró que la abeja melífera (Apis mellifera L. constituyó el 76% de los visitantes florales y que la diversidad fue muy baja (λ=0.7439. Se concluyó que el manzano Anna requiere polinización entomófila, que la abeja melífera fue el polinizador más importante y que se incrementó significativamente la producción de frutos bajo la influencia de esta especie de abeja. Se recomienda la introducción al cultivo de Apis mellifera al momento de la floración, para garantizar una producción adecuada.

  6. Avaliação de diferentes substratos na qualidade fisiológica de sementes de melão de caroá [Sicana odorifera (Vell.) Naudim] Evaluation of different substrates in the physiological quality of caroá melon [Sicana odorifera (Vell.) Naudim] seeds

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    2010-01-01

    O melão de caroá é da família das curcubitáceas encontrada de forma nativa na região do Recôncavo Baiano, onde é muito utilizada pela medicina popular para diversas enfermidades, porém é espécie muito pouco explorada pela pesquisa. O trabalho teve por objetivo estudar diferentes substratos para avaliar o índice de germinação e vigor de sementes de melão de caroá (Sicana odorifera) na produção de mudas. Utilizaram-se como substratos areia lavada, areia lavada com húmus de minhoca (2:1) e subst...

  7. Frequency Mapping for the Operational Frequency Manager

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    2008-03-01

    and stationary computers. 1990s Late in the decade, Virtual Private Networks ( VPNs ) based on the Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) and IPSEC ...L2TP – Layer Two Tunnel Protocol LBNL – Lawrence Berkeley National Lab MHZ – Megahertz MIO – Maritime Interdiction Operations NOC – Network...Vehicle UHF – Ultra-High Frequency VPN – Virtual Private Network xvii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS First and foremost, we would like to thank our spouses Fatima

  8. Fast fundamental frequency estimation

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    Nielsen, Jesper Kjær; Jensen, Tobias Lindstrøm; Jensen, Jesper Rindom

    2017-01-01

    Modelling signals as being periodic is common in many applications. Such periodic signals can be represented by a weighted sum of sinusoids with frequencies being an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency. Due to its widespread use, numerous methods have been proposed to estimate the funda...

  9. Electrothermal frequency reference

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    Makinwa, K.A.A.; Kashmiri, S.M.

    2011-01-01

    An electrothermal frequency-locked loop (EFLL) circuit is described. This EFLL circuit includes an oscillator in a feedback loop. A drive circuit in the EFLL circuit generates a first signal having a fundamental frequency, and an electrothermal filter (ETF) in the EFLL circuit provides a second

  10. Single frequency intracavity SRO

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    Abitan, Haim; Buchhave, Preben

    2000-01-01

    Summary form only given. A single resonance optical parametric oscillator (SRO) is inserted intracavity to a CW high power, single frequency, and ring Nd:YVO4 laser. We obtain a stable single frequency CW SRO with output at 1.7-1.9 μm (idler) and a resonating signal at 2.3-2.6 μm. The behavior...

  11. Microfabricated ion frequency standard

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    Schwindt, Peter; Biedermann, Grant; Blain, Matthew G.; Stick, Daniel L.; Serkland, Darwin K.; Olsson, III, Roy H.

    2010-12-28

    A microfabricated ion frequency standard (i.e. an ion clock) is disclosed with a permanently-sealed vacuum package containing a source of ytterbium (Yb) ions and an octupole ion trap. The source of Yb ions is a micro-hotplate which generates Yb atoms which are then ionized by a ultraviolet light-emitting diode or a field-emission electron source. The octupole ion trap, which confines the Yb ions, is formed from suspended electrodes on a number of stacked-up substrates. A microwave source excites a ground-state transition frequency of the Yb ions, with a frequency-doubled vertical-external-cavity laser (VECSEL) then exciting the Yb ions up to an excited state to produce fluorescent light which is used to tune the microwave source to the ground-state transition frequency, with the microwave source providing a precise frequency output for the ion clock.

  12. Breakfast frequency among adolescents

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    Pedersen, Trine Pagh; Holstein, Bjørn E; Damsgaard, Mogens Trab

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate (i) associations between adolescents' frequency of breakfast and family functioning (close relations to parents, quality of family communication and family support) and (ii) if any observed associations between breakfast frequency and family functioning vary by sociodemo......OBJECTIVE: To investigate (i) associations between adolescents' frequency of breakfast and family functioning (close relations to parents, quality of family communication and family support) and (ii) if any observed associations between breakfast frequency and family functioning vary...... by sociodemographic factors. DESIGN: School-based cross-sectional study. Students completed a web-based questionnaire. Associations were estimated by multilevel multivariate logistic regression. SETTING: Danish arm of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study, 2014. SUBJECTS: Adolescents aged 13 and 15 years...... (n 3054) from a random sample of forty-one schools. RESULTS: Nearly one-quarter of the adolescents had low breakfast frequency. Low breakfast frequency was associated with low family functioning measured by three dimensions. The OR (95 % CI) of low breakfast frequency was 1·81 (1·40, 2...

  13. Frequency comb swept lasers.

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    Tsai, Tsung-Han; Zhou, Chao; Adler, Desmond C; Fujimoto, James G

    2009-11-09

    We demonstrate a frequency comb (FC) swept laser and a frequency comb Fourier domain mode locked (FC-FDML) laser for applications in optical coherence tomography (OCT). The fiber-based FC swept lasers operate at a sweep rate of 1kHz and 120kHz, respectively over a 135nm tuning range centered at 1310nm with average output powers of 50mW. A 25GHz free spectral range frequency comb filter in the swept lasers causes the lasers to generate a series of well defined frequency steps. The narrow bandwidth (0.015nm) of the frequency comb filter enables a approximately -1.2dB sensitivity roll off over approximately 3mm range, compared to conventional swept source and FDML lasers which have -10dB and -5dB roll offs, respectively. Measurements at very long ranges are possible with minimal sensitivity loss, however reflections from outside the principal measurement range of 0-3mm appear aliased back into the principal range. In addition, the frequency comb output from the lasers are equally spaced in frequency (linear in k-space). The filtered laser output can be used to self-clock the OCT interference signal sampling, enabling direct fast Fourier transformation of the fringe signals, without the need for fringe recalibration procedures. The design and operation principles of FC swept lasers are discussed and designs for short cavity lasers for OCT and interferometric measurement applications are proposed.

  14. Propriedades físico-químicas de amostras comerciais de mel com própolis do estado de São Paulo Physicochemical properties of commercial samples of honey added with propolis from São Paulo state, Brazil

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    Alexandre Bera

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available O mel contém principalmente açúcares em alta concentração, provenientes do néctar das flores, e a própolis é coletada principalmente das folhas, brotos, exsudatos e resinas das mais variadas espécies botânicas. Tanto a composição química do mel quanto a da própolis podem variar conforme uma série de fatores, que podem estar direta ou indiretamente relacionados com as abelhas e o meio em que vivem. No entanto, esse produto pode sofrer adulterações e/ou problemas relacionados à qualidade ou adição de ingredientes de baixo valor comercial. Na tentativa de detectar esse problema, este trabalho teve como objetivo realizar um estudo de algumas características físico-químicas do mel com própolis, com o intuito de verificar possíveis alterações ou adulterações em amostras comerciais do Estado de São Paulo. Foram adquiridas onze amostras comerciais de mel com própolis e realizadas as análises: umidade, HMF, açúcares redutores, sacarose aparente, proteínas, reações de Fiehe, Lugol e Lund. Os resultados obtidos nas análises das amostras indicaram que todas elas continham mel verdadeiro e que não houve indícios de adulteração do produto com água, amido ou açúcar comercial.Honey mainly consists of sugars at high concentrations from the nectar of flowers and propolis is formed from plant secretions. The chemical composition of honey and propolis can vary according to some factors, which can be directly or indirectly related with bees and the environment. However, this product can experience adulterations and/or problems related to the quality control or addition of ingredients of lower commercial value. In the attempt to detect this problem, the aim of this work is to verify possible alterations or adulterations in eleven commercial samples of honey added with propolis from São Paulo State, using some physicochemical analysis: moisture, HMF, reducing sugars, apparent sucrose, proteins, Fiehe, Lugol and Lund

  15. Single frequency semiconductor lasers

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    Fang, Zujie; Chen, Gaoting; Qu, Ronghui

    2017-01-01

    This book systematically introduces the single frequency semiconductor laser, which is widely used in many vital advanced technologies, such as the laser cooling of atoms and atomic clock, high-precision measurements and spectroscopy, coherent optical communications, and advanced optical sensors. It presents both the fundamentals and characteristics of semiconductor lasers, including basic F-P structure and monolithic integrated structures; interprets laser noises and their measurements; and explains mechanisms and technologies relating to the main aspects of single frequency lasers, including external cavity lasers, frequency stabilization technologies, frequency sweeping, optical phase locked loops, and so on. It paints a clear, physical picture of related technologies and reviews new developments in the field as well. It will be a useful reference to graduate students, researchers, and engineers in the field.

  16. Qualidade final de melão osmoticamente desidratado em soluções de sacarose com adição de ácidos Quality of osmotically dehydrated melon in sucrose solutions with addition of acids

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    Eliana Janet Sanjinez Argandoña

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available A desidratação osmótica associada à adição de ácidos fracos representa uma alternativa de processamento brando, resultando em um produto com características sensoriais praticamente inalteradas e apropriado para o consumo imediato. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a influência dos ácidos cítrico e lático na obtenção de melão osmoticamente desidratado e na qualidade final do produto. Pedaços de melão (Cucumis melo inodorus, cultivar: Gold Mine, de 40x30x15 mm, foram imersos em três tipos de soluções (sacarose + ácido cítrico, sacarose + ácido lático e sacarose com diferentes concentrações de sacarose (50 a 70ºBrix. A desidratação osmótica foi realizada em temperatura controlada (30 a 50ºC por até três horas. A adição de ácidos não influenciou significativamente na variação da cromaticidade. No entanto, a concentração da solução desidratante e a temperatura tiveram efeitos significativos no aumento da luminosidade do produto. A tensão na ruptura foi menor nas amostras processadas em relação à fruta fresca, porém a deformação na ruptura foi significativamente mais alta nas amostras tratadas com ácido lático a 50ºC, fornecendo produtos mais viscoelásticos, porém mais firmes.The combination of osmotic dehydration and weak acids addition is a mild process that results in a final product with organoleptic characteristics very similar to fresh and "ready to eat" fruit, appropriate for immediate consumption. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the influence of citric and lactic acids on the production of osmotically dehydrated melon and on its final quality. Melon (Cucumis melo inodorus, cultivar Gold Mine pieces of 40x30x15 mm were immersed in three types of dehydrating solutions (sucrose + citric acid, sucrose + lactic acid and control of different concentrations (50 to 70ºBrix. Osmotic dehydration was carried out for up to three hours under controlled temperature (30 to 50ºC. The addition

  17. Controle biológico da mancha-aquosa do melão por compostos bioativos produzidos por Bacillus spp. Biocontrol of bacterial fruit blotch of melon by bioactive compounds produced by Bacillus spp.

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    Elizama Roza Santos

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available A mancha-aquosa, causada por Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (Aac causa grandes prejuízos à cultura do melão. O controle dessa doença foi estudado in vivo, com microbiolização de sementes de melão Amarelo infectadas, com líquidos fermentados de Bacillus subtilis R14, B. megaterium pv. cerealis RAB7, B. pumilus C116 e Bacillus sp. MEN2, com e sem células bacterianas. O mecanismo de ação dos isolados foi estudado in vitro pelo método de difusão em ágar e os compostos bioativos parcialmente caracterizados por testes de hemólise e atividade surfactante. Nos testes in vivo, não houve diferença significativa entre os tratamentos com e sem células, indicando que o controle ocorreu devido à presença de compostos bioativos produzidos durante as fermentações. Todos os tratamentos diferiram da testemunha sem diferir entre si (P=0,05%. B. megaterium pv. cerealis RAB7 proporcionou redução da incidência (89,1% e do índice de doença (92,7%, elevou o período de incubação da mancha-aquosa de 9,8 para 11,9 dias e reduziu a AACPD de 3,36 para 0,17. In vitro, todos isolados apresentaram antibiose contra Aac e os compostos bioativos foram parcialmente caracterizados como lipopeptídeos.The bacterial fruit blotch, caused by the bacterium Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (Aac, is responsible for great losses in melon production. The control of this disease was investigated in vivo by treating infected yellow melon seeds with fermented broths of B. subtilis R14, B. megaterium pv. cerealis RAB7, B. pumilus C116 and Bacillus sp. MEN2, with and without bacterial cells. The mechanism of action of the strains was studied in vitro by the agar diffusion technique. The bioactive compounds produced were partially characterized by hemolysis test and surfactant activity. Regarding the tests conducted in vivo there was no statistical difference between the treatments with and without bacterial cells, which indicated that the control was due to the

  18. Avaliação de melão minimamente processado armazenado em diferentes temperaturas e embalagens Evaluation of minimally processed melon stored at different temperatures and packages

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    Cintya Alejandra Castilho Pizarro

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Os produtos minimamente processados oferecem diversos benefícios para o consumidor, entre os quais destacam-se a redução do tempo de preparação dos alimentos, a oferta de produtos saudáveis com excelente qualidade e a necessidade de menor espaço para seu armazenamento. Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar qual embalagem (tereftalato de poliestireno ou bandeja de poliestireno expandido com cobertura de policloreto de vinila seria mais adequada para o armazenamento de melão minimamente processado, armazenado nas temperaturas de 4ºC e 10ºC. Os frutos passaram pelo processo mínimo que consistiu em: recepção, seleção, lavagem com água corrente, lavagem com solução de hipoclorito de sódio (200 mg.L-1/15 min, resfriamento 10ºC/24 h, descasque e corte manual (fatia, banho de imersão em solução de hipoclorito de sódio (40 mg.L-1/30 s, embalagem e armazenamento. Aos 0, 3, 5, 7 e 10 dias de armazenamento foram feitas análises da concentração de O2 e CO2, firmeza, pH, acidez total titulável, sólidos solúveis totais, açúcares totais e redutores e avaliação sensorial com provadores treinados. Os resultados mostraram que houve diferenças significativas ao longo do armazenamento no teor de O2 e CO2, firmeza, pH, açúcares totais e redutores. Quando comparados com os demais tratamentos, as características das frutas armazenadas em embalagens de tereftalato de polietileno a 4ºC mantiveram-se mais estáveis. Na análise sensorial houve diferença significativa entre o primeiro dia de análise e os demais, mostrando que o melão minimamente processado diminui sua qualidade sensorial ao longo do tempo.The minimally processed products offer several benefits for consumers, such as the reduction of the time for food preparation, the purchase of healthy products with excellent quality and smaller space for their storage. The objective of this work was to evaluate which package (polyethylene terephtalate or expanded polyestiren

  19. Produção e qualidade de melão influenciados por matéria orgânica, nitrogênio e micronutrientes Effects of organic matter, nitrogen and micronutrients on yield and quality of melon

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    lementino Marcos Batista de Faria

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a influência de nitrogênio, boro, molibdênio e zinco aplicados por fertirrigação e adição de esterco de gado ao solo sobre a produtividade e qualidade dos frutos de melão (Cucumis melo, em dois solos do Submédio São Francisco. Foram realizados seis experimentos nos anos de 1998, 1999 e 2000, sendo três num Latossolo Vermelho-amarelo, textura arenosa, em Petrolina (PE e três num Vertissolo, em Juazeiro (BA. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições e nove tratamentos, assim constituídos: 1- N1, 2- N2, 3- N3, 4- N1 + EG, 5- N2 + EG, 6- N2 + (B + Mo + Zn, 7- N2 + (B + Mo, 8- N2 + (B + Zn e 9- N2 + (Mo +Zn, em que N1, N2 e N3 representam 0 ou 30, 80 e 160 kg ha-1 de N, respectivamente; EG, 20 m³ ha-1 de esterco de gado; B, 1,1 kg ha-1 de B; Mo, 0,4 kg ha-1 de Mo e Zn, 4 kg/ha de Zn. O N e os micronutrientes foram aplicados via água de irrigação. A produtividade do melão apresentou resposta a nitrogênio no Latossolo em 1998 e 2000 e no Vertissolo em 1999. Foi com 80 kg/ha de N que se obtiveram produtividade significativamente superior (32,0 a 40,2 t ha-1 em maior ocorrência dos experimentos. O EG provocou aumentos significativos apenas na produtividadede frutos, em 1998 e no peso médio dos frutos (PMF em 2000, no Vertissolo. O teor de sólidos solúveis dos frutos aumentou com a aplicação de N no Latossolo, em 2000. Os micronutrientes não exerceram efeito significativo consistente. Em dois anos, o Vertissolo proporcionou PMF superior ao do Latossolo.The effects of nitrogen, boron, molybdenum and zinc applied as fertigation, and cattle manure applied to the soil, were evaluated on the yield and quality of melon (Cucumis melo in two types of soils of the Submedio São Francisco River Valley, Brazil. Six experiments were carried out in 1998, 1999 and 2000, three being in a red yellow Latosoil in Petrolina, and three in a Vertisoil, in Juazeiro, in a randomized complete block design

  20. Caracterização morfoanatômica do melão gália no ponto de colheita Characterization morphoanatomical of the melon gália in the point of harvest

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    Railene Hérica Carlos Rocha

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar morfoanatomicamente o melão 'Gália', com ênfase no exocarpo e mesocarpo, no ponto de colheita. Os frutos foram obtidos em propriedade comercial localizada no município de Mossoró-RN, aos 65 dias de cultivo após a semeadura. Em laboratório, realizou-se a caracterização morfológica através da determinação da massa, espessura da polpa, comprimento longitudinal e transversal, relação de formato e índice de rendilhamento. Análises em tomografia de ressonância magnética nuclear foram realizadas para a determinação da integridade dos tecidos. As análises anatômicas foram realizadas utilizando-se de microscopia de luz e eletrônica de varredura. O melão Gália, híbrido 'Solar King', foi caracterizado como fruto do tipo baga, de formato esférico, com massa média de 1.021 g. As imagens sugerem que, na região do mesocarpo, o metabolismo acentuado e o amadurecimento mais avançado nos tecidos do centro do fruto podem ser responsáveis pelo descolamento da placenta e o amaciamento mais rápido dos tecidos em volta da cavidade interna. As áreas rendilhadas, juntamente com as ceras epicuticulares e a estrutura adensada das primeiras camadas subepidérmicas podem contribuir para o controle da perda de umidade do fruto e a resistência às injúrias mecânicas.The objective of this work characterized the morphoanatomical structure of Galia melon, with emphasis in the exocarpo and mesocarpo, in the point of harvest. Melons were purchased from a commercial farm in the Municipality of Mossoró, RN, to 65 days of cultivation after the sowing. In laboratory, it carried the morphological characterization through the determination of the mass, pulp thickness, longitudinal and cross length, relation of format and reticulation index. Analyses in nuclear magnetic resonance tomography were carried for the determination of the entirety of the tissues. The anatomical analyses were carried using light and

  1. Honey bee contribution to canola pollination in Southern Brazil Abelhas melíferas na polinização de canola no Sul do Brasil

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    Annelise de Souza Rosa

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Although canola, (Brassica napus L., is considered a self-pollinating crop, researchers have indicated that crop productivity increases as a result of honey bee Apis mellifera L. pollination. Given this crop's growing importance in Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, this work evaluated the increase in pod and seed productivity with respect to interactions with anthophilous insects and manual pollination tests. The visiting frequency of A. mellifera was correlated with the crop's blooming progression, and productivity comparisons were made between plants visited by insects, manually pollinated plants (geitonogamy and xenogamy and plants without pollination induction. Pod set and seed production per plant were determined for each treatment. Among the 8,624 recorded flower-visiting insects, Hymenoptera representatives were the most prevalent (92.3%, among which 99.8% were A. mellifera. The correlation between these bees and blooming progression was positive (r = 0.87; p = 0.002. Pollination induction increased seed productivity from 28.4% (autogamy to 50.4% with insect visitations, as well as to 48.7 (geitonogamy and to 55.1% (xenogamy through manual pollination.A canola (Brassica napus L. é considerada autocompatível, embora pesquisadores indiquem aumento na produtividade da cultura resultante da polinização efetuada por Apis mellifera L.. Considerando-se a crescente importância dessa cultura no Rio Grande do Sul, avaliou-se o incremento da produtividade de síliquas e sementes a partir de interações com insetos antófilos e com testes de polinização manual. A freqüência de visitas de A. mellifera foi relacionada com o desenvolvimento da floração da cultura e a produtividade foi comparada entre plantas visitadas por insetos, polinizadas manualmente (geitonogamia e xenogamia e com ausência de indução de polinização. Em cada tratamento avaliou-se a produtividade de síliquas e de sementes formadas por planta. Dentre os 8.624 insetos

  2. Hg(+) Frequency Standards

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    Prestage, John D.; Tjoelker, Robert L.; Maleki, Lute

    2000-01-01

    In this paper we review the development of Hg(+) microwave frequency standards for use in high reliability and continuous operation applications. In recent work we have demonstrated short-term frequency stability of 3 x 10(exp -14)/nu(sub tau) when a cryogenic oscillator of stability 2-3 x 10(exp 15) was used a the local oscillator. The trapped ion frequency standard employs a Hg-202 discharge lamp to optically pump the trapped Hg(+)-199 clock ions and a helium buffer gas to cool the ions to near room temperature. We describe a small Hg(+) ion trap based frequency standard with an extended linear ion trap (LITE) architecture which separates the optical state selection region from the clock resonance region. This separation allows the use of novel trap configurations in the resonance region since no optical pumping is carried out there. A method for measuring the size of an ion cloud inside a linear trap with a 12-rod trap is currently being investigated. At approx. 10(exp -12), the 2nd order Doppler shift for trapped mercury ion frequency standards is one of the largest frequency offsets and its measurement to the 1% level would represent an advance in insuring the very long-term stability of these standards to the 10(exp -14) or better level. Finally, we describe atomic clock comparison experiments that can probe for a time variation of the fine structure constant, alpha = e(exp 2)/2(pi)hc, at the level of 10(exp -20)/year as predicted in some Grand Unified String Theories.

  3. O Estilo indígena de Villa Lobos (Parte I: aspectos melódicos e harmônicos The Indian Style of Villa-Lobos (Part One: melodic and harmonic aspects

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    Gabriel Ferrão Moreira

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    Full Text Available Primeira parte do artigo resultante de minha dissertação de mestrado, que trata da representação musical do índio brasileiro na composição de Heitor Villa-Lobos. Nessa primeira parte, apresento questões sobre aspectos melódicos e harmônicos no que chamo de seu "estilo indígena." Quais os meios musicais objetivos empregados por Villa-Lobos para evocar a figura do índio na memória e na sensibilidade dos ouvintes de seu tempo? Existe um rol de procedimentos composicionais recorrentes nessa construção sonoro-musical do índio em sua obra? Argumento que há um modo de compor particular de Villa-Lobos quando trata da temática indígena/selvagem, um recorte específico de sua obra: seu "estilo indígena".First part of the article resulting from my Master's Thesis, which deals with the musical representation of Brazilian Indians in Villa-Lobos's music. In this first part, I discuss melodic and harmonic aspects of what I call "indian style". What musical means the composer uses to evoke the figure of the Indians on the memory and sensibility of his audience? Is there a specific collection of recurring musical procedures to portray his ideas of savageness? I argue that Villa-Lobos has a particular way of composing when he deals with the indian/savage thematic on his work, a specific set of his oeuvre: his 'indian style".

  4. Frequency control modelling - basics

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    Hansen, Anca Daniela; Sørensen, Poul Ejnar; Zeni, Lorenzo

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to provide an introduction on how the system balance in an island system can be maintained by controlling the frequency. The power balance differential equation, which is fundamental in understanding the effect on the system frequency of the unbalance between...... generation and consumption, is addressed. Basic topics on the main components of a generating unit, such generators, prime movers and governors are presented. A simple dynamic model for an island power system, containing realistic dynamic representations of generators, loads, prime movers, governors...

  5. Low frequency radioastronomy

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    Zarka, Philippe; Cecconi, Baptiste; Tagger, Michel; Torchinsky, Steve; Picard, Philippe; Pezzani, Jacques; Cognard, Ismael; Boone, Frederic; Woan, Graham; Weber, Rodolphe; Gousset, Thierry; Lautridou, Pascal; Dallier, Richard

    2011-07-01

    Low frequency radioastronomy deals with the direct detection (below 100 MHz) and heterodyne detection (up to few GHz) of electromagnetic waves (phase and amplitude) followed by a time or spectral analysis. The 30. Goutelas school covered several aspects of radioastronomy involving various aspects of physics: non-thermal phenomena in plasmas and physics of magnetized plasmas, atomic and molecular physics, and particle physics. These proceedings comprise 17 lectures dealing with: 1 - Low-Frequency Radioastronomy Basics (P. Zarka); 2 - Radioastronomy Historical Highlights (S. A. Torchinsky); 3 - Antennas (P. Picard, J. Pezzani); 4 - Receptors (P. Picard, J. Pezzani); 5 - Pulsars chronometry: metrology in radioastronomy (I. Cognard); 6 - Interferometry as imaging technique (F. Boone); 7 - Radio propagation and scintillation (G. Woan); 8 - Square Kilometer Array (S. A. Torchinsky); 9 - Techniques against radio-electrical interferences in low-frequency radioastronomy (R. Weber); 10 - Introduction to poly-phase filtering (R. Weber); 11 - Three decades of Jupiter's radio-emission studies: from the Nancay deca-meter network to LOFAR (P. Zarka); 12 - Atmospheric showers and their radio counterpart (T. Gousset); 13 - From cosmic rays radio-detection to pulse radioastronomy (P. Lautridou, R. Dallier); 14 - The CODALEMA project (R. Dallier, P. Lautridou); 15 - Space-based radio measurements: Gonio-polarimetry (B. Cecconi); 16 - Radio astronomy from space (G. Woan); 17 - LOFAR: the Low Frequency Array and the French FLOW consortium (M. Tagger, P. Zarka)

  6. Frequency and turmoil

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    level of popular unrest focused on 'service delivery protests', but in recent years the broader conception of ... Drawing on the Centre for Social Change's archive of media reports, the largest database of its kind, and by comparing its data with .... impact on frequencies. The variation evident in the table is not accidental but is ...

  7. Radio Frequency Identification

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    Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been around sinceearly 2000. Its use has currently become commonplace as thecost of RFID tags has rapidly decreased. RFID tags have alsobecome more 'intelligent' with the incorporation of processorsand sensors in them. They are widely used now in manyinnovative ways.

  8. Radio Frequency Identification

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    collection and accounting daily, London commuter system uses the data gathered by the central computer to optimize scheduling of trains and buses. With millions of cards in use, the cost of an oyster card with an RFID tag is amortized by the fare collected. The system is a near-field system using low-frequency tags. 3.

  9. High frequency electromagnetic dosimetry

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    Sánchez-Hernández, David A

    2009-01-01

    Along with the growth of RF and microwave technology applications, there is a mounting concern about the possible adverse effects over human health from electromagnetic radiation. Addressing this issue and putting it into perspective, this groundbreaking resource provides critical details on the latest advances in high frequency electromagnetic dosimetry.

  10. Metamaterial for Radar Frequencies

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    2012-09-01

    capacitive coupling with adjacent patches, as shown in Figure 3. The via provides inductance to ground. Figure 3. (a) Planar LH distributed periodic...After [20]). The capacitance in the structure balances out the inductance present when the cylinder is placed in a square array. The metallic... RADAR FREQUENCIES by Szu Hau Tan September 2012 Thesis Advisor: David C. Jenn Second Reader: James Calusdian

  11. Food frequency questionnaires.

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    Pérez Rodrigo, Carmen; Aranceta, Javier; Salvador, Gemma; Varela-Moreiras, Gregorio

    2015-02-26

    Food Frequency Questionnaires are dietary assessment tools widely used in epidemiological studies investigating the relationship between dietary intake and disease or risk factors since the early '90s. The three main components of these questionnaires are the list of foods, frequency of consumption and the portion size consumed. The food list should reflect the food habits of the study population at the time the data is collected. The frequency of consumption may be asked by open ended questions or by presenting frequency categories. Qualitative Food Frequency Questionnaires do not ask about the consumed portions; semi-quantitative include standard portions and quantitative questionnaires ask respondents to estimate the portion size consumed either in household measures or grams. The latter implies a greater participant burden. Some versions include only close-ended questions in a standardized format, while others add an open section with questions about some specific food habits and practices and admit additions to the food list for foods and beverages consumed which are not included. The method can be self-administered, on paper or web-based, or interview administered either face-to-face or by telephone. Due to the standard format, especially closed-ended versions, and method of administration, FFQs are highly cost-effective thus encouraging its widespread use in large scale epidemiological cohort studies and also in other study designs. Coding and processing data collected is also less costly and requires less nutrition expertise compared to other dietary intake assessment methods. However, the main limitations are systematic errors and biases in estimates. Important efforts are being developed to improve the quality of the information. It has been recommended the use of FFQs with other methods thus enabling the adjustments required. Copyright AULA MEDICA EDICIONES 2015. Published by AULA MEDICA. All rights reserved.

  12. Fresh cut yellow melon (CAC submitted to different type cuts and concentrations of calcion chloride stored under modified passive atmosphereMelão amarelo (CAC minimamente processado submetido a diferentes cortes e concentrações de cloreto de cálcio armazenado em atmosfera modificada passiva

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    Rogério Lopes Vieites

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to evaluate the quality of yellow melon inodorus Valenciano Amarelo (CAC fresh cut submitted to two cut types and with application postharvest of calcium chloride. After preparation cubes and slices melon were immersed in solution with different calcium chloride (CaCl2 concentrations for two minutes, afterwards they were conditioned in trays of expanded polystyrene (EPS, covered by plastic film of low density polyethylene (PEBD, stored in cold camera to 5°C ±1 and analyzed for 8 days. They were evaluated pH, firmness, tritable acidity (AT, soluble solids (SS sugar reducer and ratio. The pH values varied from 5.27 to 5.68. The sugars reducers content and the ratio were superior in the slices compared to the cubes. The melon slices maintained larger firmness values compared to the cubes and in general there was reduction in the values of this parameter along the storage period for all treatments. Concentrations of 1.0 and 1.5% of CaCl2, result in larger values of firmness. The storage temperature and modified passive atmosphere they contributed to quality maintenance of MP melon. Concentrations of up to 1.0% of CaCl2 they could be recommended to maintain the melon quality MP melon yellow inodorus (CAC.Objetivou-se neste trabalho avaliar a qualidade de melão amarelo inodorus (cultivar Valenciano Amarelo CAC minimamente processado (MP submetido a dois tipos de corte e com aplicação pós-colheita de cloreto de cálcio. Após preparo cubos e fatias de melão foram imersos em solução com diferentes concentrações de cloreto de cálcio (CaCl2 por dois minutos, sendo em seguida acondicionados em bandejas de poliestireno expandido (EPS, revestidas por filme plástico de polietileno de baixa densidade (PEBD, armazenados em câmara fria a 5°C ±1 e analisadas durante 8 dias. Foram avaliados pH, firmeza, acidez titulável (AT, sólidos solúveis (SS, açúcar redutor e ratio. Os valores de pH variaram de 5,27 a 5,68. O teor

  13. Radio frequency ion source

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    Shen Guan Ren; Gao Fu; LiuNaiYi

    2001-01-01

    The study on Radio Frequency Ion Source is mainly introduced, which is used for CIAE 600kV ns Pulse Neutron Generator; and obtained result is also presented. The RF ion source consists of a diameter phi 25 mm, length 200 mm, coefficient of expansion =3.5 mA, beam current on target >=1.5 mA, beam spot =100 h.

  14. Spoken language identification based on the enhanced self-adjusting extreme learning machine approach.

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    Albadr, Musatafa Abbas Abbood; Tiun, Sabrina; Al-Dhief, Fahad Taha; Sammour, Mahmoud A M

    2018-01-01

    Spoken Language Identification (LID) is the process of determining and classifying natural language from a given content and dataset. Typically, data must be processed to extract useful features to perform LID. The extracting features for LID, based on literature, is a mature process where the standard features for LID have already been developed using Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC), Shifted Delta Cepstral (SDC), the Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) and ending with the i-vector based framework. However, the process of learning based on extract features remains to be improved (i.e. optimised) to capture all embedded knowledge on the extracted features. The Extreme Learning Machine (ELM) is an effective learning model used to perform classification and regression analysis and is extremely useful to train a single hidden layer neural network. Nevertheless, the learning process of this model is not entirely effective (i.e. optimised) due to the random selection of weights within the input hidden layer. In this study, the ELM is selected as a learning model for LID based on standard feature extraction. One of the optimisation approaches of ELM, the Self-Adjusting Extreme Learning Machine (SA-ELM) is selected as the benchmark and improved by altering the selection phase of the optimisation process. The selection process is performed incorporating both the Split-Ratio and K-Tournament methods, the improved SA-ELM is named Enhanced Self-Adjusting Extreme Learning Machine (ESA-ELM). The results are generated based on LID with the datasets created from eight different languages. The results of the study showed excellent superiority relating to the performance of the Enhanced Self-Adjusting Extreme Learning Machine LID (ESA-ELM LID) compared with the SA-ELM LID, with ESA-ELM LID achieving an accuracy of 96.25%, as compared to the accuracy of SA-ELM LID of only 95.00%.

  15. Intra- and Inter-database Study for Arabic, English, and German Databases: Do Conventional Speech Features Detect Voice Pathology?

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    Ali, Zulfiqar; Alsulaiman, Mansour; Muhammad, Ghulam; Elamvazuthi, Irraivan; Al-Nasheri, Ahmed; Mesallam, Tamer A; Farahat, Mohamed; Malki, Khalid H

    2017-05-01

    A large population around the world has voice complications. Various approaches for subjective and objective evaluations have been suggested in the literature. The subjective approach strongly depends on the experience and area of expertise of a clinician, and human error cannot be neglected. On the other hand, the objective or automatic approach is noninvasive. Automatic developed systems can provide complementary information that may be helpful for a clinician in the early screening of a voice disorder. At the same time, automatic systems can be deployed in remote areas where a general practitioner can use them and may refer the patient to a specialist to avoid complications that may be life threatening. Many automatic systems for disorder detection have been developed by applying different types of conventional speech features such as the linear prediction coefficients, linear prediction cepstral coefficients, and Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs). This study aims to ascertain whether conventional speech features detect voice pathology reliably, and whether they can be correlated with voice quality. To investigate this, an automatic detection system based on MFCC was developed, and three different voice disorder databases were used in this study. The experimental results suggest that the accuracy of the MFCC-based system varies from database to database. The detection rate for the intra-database ranges from 72% to 95%, and that for the inter-database is from 47% to 82%. The results conclude that conventional speech features are not correlated with voice, and hence are not reliable in pathology detection. Copyright © 2017 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Adjuvant therapy with high dose vitamin D following primary treatment of melanoma at high risk of recurrence: a placebo controlled randomised phase II trial (ANZMTG 02.09 Mel-D).

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    Saw, Robyn P M; Armstrong, Bruce K; Mason, Rebecca S; Morton, Rachael L; Shannon, Kerwin F; Spillane, Andrew J; Stretch, Jonathan R; Thompson, John F

    2014-10-24

    Patients with primary cutaneous melanomas that are ulcerated and >2 mm in thickness, >4 mm in thickness and those with nodal micrometastases at diagnosis, have few options for adjuvant treatment. Recent studies have suggested a role for vitamin D to delay melanoma recurrence and improve overall prognosis. This is a pilot placebo-controlled randomised phase II trial to assess the feasibility, safety and toxicity of an oral loading dose of Vitamin D (500,000 IU) followed by an oral dose of 50,000 IU of Vitamin D monthly for 2 years in patients who have been treated for cutaneous melanoma by wide excision of the primary. Patients aged 18-79 years who have completed primary surgical treatment and have Stage IIb, IIc, IIIa (N1a, N2a) or IIIb (N1a, N2a) disease are eligible for randomisation 2:1 to active treatment or placebo. The primary endpoints are sufficiency of dose, adherence to study medication and safety of the drug. The secondary endpoints are participation and progression free survival. The study has been approved by the Ethics Review Committee (RPAH Zone) of the Sydney Local Health District, protocol number X09-0138. Effective, non-toxic adjuvant therapy for high risk primary melanoma is not currently available. Favorable outcomes of this phase II study will form the basis for a multi-centre phase III study to assess whether the addition of oral high-dose vitamin D therapy in patients who have completed primary treatment for melanoma and are at high risk of recurrence will: 1. prolong time to recurrence within 5 years 2. improve overall survival at 5 years and 3. be both safe and tolerable. 62 patients have been randomised since the study commenced in December 2010. Target accrual for the study has been met with 75 patients randomised between December 2010 and August 2014.The Mel-D trial is conducted by the Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG 02.09) TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) ACTRN

  17. Espectro polínico de amostras de mel de Apis mellifera L., coletadas na Bahia Pollen spectrum of samples of Apis mellifera L., honey collected in Bahia State, Brazil

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    AUGUSTA CAROLINA DE CAMARGO CARMELLO MORETI

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available O espectro polínico encontrado em amostras de mel provenientes de seis municípios do Estado da Bahia foi analisado com o objetivo de contribuir para o conhecimento da flora visitada por Apis mellifera L. 1758 (Hymenoptera: ApidaeA identificação dos tipos polínicos foi feita por meio de literatura especializada e de informações de campo. Foram encontrados 43 tipos de pólen, sendo consideradas como dominantes as espécies Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae, Mimosa verrucosa Benth. (Mimosaceae, M. scabrella Benth. (Mimosaceae e Bauhinia sp. (Caesalpiniaceae. Os tipos acessórios foram Alternanthera ficoidea R.Br. (Amaranthaceae, tipo Compositae (Asteraceae e Cecropia sp. (Moraceae. Destacou-se a participação de Mimosa sp. (Mimosaceae e de outras espécies silvestres na composição dos méis nos municípios considerados, registrando-se ainda a espécie Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae como uma das principais fontes de alimento das abelhas dessa região.Pollen spectrum found in honey samples from six localities of Bahia State, Brazil, was analyzed with the objective to contribute for the knowledge of the plants used by Apis mellifera L., 1758 (Hymenoptera: Apidae. The identification of the pollen types was made by specialized literature and by field information. Two hundred pollen grains were studied in order to determine the percentage and the occurrence of each type. Forty three pollen types were identified, being considered as the predominant types Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae, Mimosa verrucosa Benth. (Mimosaceae, M. scabrella Benth. (Mimosaceae and Bauhinia sp. (Caesalpiniaceae. The accessory pollen types were Alternanthera ficoidea R.Br. (Amaranthaceae, Compositae type (Asteraceae and Cecropia sp. (Moraceae. It is intense the participation of Mimosa sp. (Mimosaceae and other wild species in the honey composition of the six localities considered. Eucalyptus sp. (Myrtaceae is one of the dominant sources of bee food in some regions of Bahia State.

  18. Potencial de vida útil pós-colheita de quatro genótipos de melão tipo Galia Potential of postharvest shelf life of four genotypes of Galia type melons

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    Patrícia Lígia Dantas de Morais

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o potencial de vida útil pós-colheita de melões (Cucumis melo L. tipo Galia (genótipos Primal, Solarking, Total e Vicar. Utilizou-se o delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 4 (genótipos x 4 (tempos de armazenamento: 0, 3, 6 e 9 dias, com três repetições. Os frutos foram colhidos no estádio de maturação IV (predominantemente amarelo e armazenados à temperatura de 20 ± 1ºC e umidade relativa de 50 ± 2%. O genótipo Solarking apresentou uma firmeza média de polpa superior aos demais, do inicio ao final do período de armazenamento. Em todos os genótipos, os valores de sólidos solúveis no início do armazenamento encontraram-se dentro da faixa aceitável para comercialização no mercado externo, havendo pouca variação com o decorrer do período de armazenamento. A aparência interna limitou o tempo de vida útil pós-colheita do genótipo Total em apenas seis dias. Os genótipos Solarking, Vicar e Primal apresentaram maior potencial na conservação pós-colheita, principalmente o híbrido Solarking, que chegou aos nove dias de armazenamento com boa aparência interna.The postharvest life span of Galia (genotypes Primal, Solarking, Total, and Vicar melons (Cucumis melo L. was evaluated by a four (genotypes x four (storage periods: 0, 3, 6, and 9 days factorial experiment, in a completely randomized design with three replications. The fruits were harvested at maturation stage IV (yellow color predominance, and stored under 20 ± 1ºC and HR 50 ± 2%. Solarking's average firmness was better than that of the other genotypes during the experimental period. At the beginning of the experiment all genotypes had soluble solids contents at the level (eight to ten percent required for exportation, with these levels varying slightly during storage. The internal aspect limited to six days the postharvest life span of genotype Total. Solarking, Vicar, and Primal showed great postharvest conservation potential

  19. Net melon performance as affected by the drip irrigation depth and mulching Desempenho do melão rendilhado em função da profundidade de gotejo e utilização de mulching

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    Rodrigo OC Monteiro

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The modern techniques of water supply through irrigation can substantially reduce water waste, which contributes to attend the enlarging water demand. The objective of this work was to study the influence of subsurface drip irrigation and mulching over melon yield and quality characteristics, in a sandy soil (Typic Hapludox. The experimental design was blocks at random, with four replications. Treatments were displayed in a 2 x 3 factorial (with and without mulching x surface and 0.20 and 0.40 depth subsurface drip irrigation. Mulching using double-sided silver/black film increased fruit average mass, plant production, yield, daily growth rate for plant height and crown diameter, fruit distal diameter, and pulp thickness. The subsurface drip irrigation at 0.20 m depth resulted in larger fruit average mass, plant production, and yield than surface and 0.40 m depth drip irrigation.As atuais técnicas de aplicação de água pelos sistemas de irrigação podem reduzir substancialmente os desperdícios de água, o que contribui para atender a crescente demanda por esse recurso natural. O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar aspectos produtivos e de qualidade de frutos de melão rendilhado em sistema de gotejo subterrâneo e cobertura plástica (mulching, em solo arenoso (Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo. O delineamento adotado foi em blocos casualizados, com quatro blocos, com o arranjo dos tratamentos em fatorial 2 x 3 (com e sem mulching x gotejo superficial e subsuperficial, a 0,20 e 0,40 m de profundidade. O mulching utilizando filme dupla-face prateado/preto incrementou a massa média de fruto, a produção por planta, a produtividade, a taxa de crescimento diário da altura de planta e do diâmetro do colo da planta, o diâmetro longitudinal do fruto e a espessura de polpa. A profundidade de gotejo a 0,20 m resultou em maior massa média de fruto, produção por planta e produtividade quando comparado ao gotejo superficial ou em subsuperfície, a 0

  20. Resonance frequency analysis

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    Rajiv K Gupta

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Initial stability at the placement and development of osseointegration are two major issues for implant survival. Implant stability is a mechanical phenomenon which is related to the local bone quality and quantity, type of implant, and placement technique used. The application of a simple, clinically applicable, non-invasive test to assess implant stability and osseointegration is considered highly desirable. Resonance frequency analysis (RFA is one of such techniques which is most frequently used now days. The aim of this paper was to review and analyze critically the current available literature in the field of RFA, and to also discuss based on scientific evidence, the prognostic value of RFA to detect implants at risk of failure. A search was made using the PubMed database to find all the literature published on "Resonance frequency analysis for implant stability" till date. Articles discussed in vivo or in vitro studies comparing RFA with other methods of implant stability measurement and articles discussing its reliability were thoroughly reviewed and discussed. A limited number of clinical reports were found. Various studies have demonstrated the feasibility and predictability of the technique. However, most of these articles are based on retrospective data or uncontrolled cases. Randomized, prospective, parallel-armed longitudinal human trials are based on short-term results and long-term follow up are still scarce in this field. Nonetheless, from available literature, it may be concluded that RFA technique evaluates implant stability as a function of stiffness of the implant bone interface and is influenced by factors such as bone type, exposed implant height above the alveolar crest. Resonance frequency analysis could serve as a non-invasive diagnostic tool for detecting the implant stability of dental implants during the healing stages and in subsequent routine follow up care after treatment. Future studies, preferably randomized

  1. Radio frequency pulse compression

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    Farkas, Z.D.

    1988-12-01

    High gradients require peak powers. One possible way to generate high peak powers is to generate a relatively long pulse at a relatively low power and compress it into a shorter pulse with higher peak power. It is possible to compress before dc to rf conversion as is done for the relativistic klystron or after dc to rf conversion as is done with SLED. In this note only radio frequency pulse compression (RFPC) is considered. Three methods of RFPC will be discussed: SLED, BEC, and REC. 3 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab

  2. Behavioral estimates of human frequency selectivity at low frequencies

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    Orellana, Carlos Andrés Jurado

    on physical sound measurements. In this PhD thesis a detailed description of frequency selectivity at low frequencies is given. Different experiments have been performed to determine the properties of human auditory filters. Besides, loudness perception of low-frequency sinusoidal signals has been evaluated...

  3. Risco sanitário do mel no Brasil em relação a novas ameaças: resíduos e contaminantes químicos emergentes | Honey health risk in Brazil related to new threats: emerging chemical residues and contaminants

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    Thiago Bousquet Bandini

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Esta revisão de literatura narrativa trata do mel, sua contextualização como produto de variadas utilizações e com significativa relevância socioeconômica, tendo como objetivo descrever alguns resíduos e contaminantes químicos emergentes e seus aspectos relacionados à Vigilância Sanitária. O mel é uma substância que, além de ser utilizada como alimento desde o início da civilização humana, possui aplicações terapêuticas e farmacotécnicas. O Brasil está entre os grandes produtores e exportadores mundiais de mel, cuja produção tem relevante papel socioeconômico no país. Como outros produtos de origem animal, o mel está sujeito à presença de resíduos de substâncias utilizadas na proteção dos enxames e de contaminantes provenientes do meio ambiente. Apesar da presença de substâncias no mel com potencial impacto na saúde ser esperada pelas agências sanitárias, é necessária a atualização quanto a quais substâncias devem ou não ser monitoradas. Essa revisão relaciona exemplos de classes de substâncias que atualmente não são monitoradas, tidas como “emergentes” por ainda não serem regulamentadas adequadamente no Brasil e em diversas partes do mundo. Para os contaminantes emergentes aqui tratados, publicações científicas com dados nacionais são escassas ou inexistentes quando se trata de mel, demostrando que há necessidade de produção de conhecimento científico nessa área. Recomenda-se mais estudos acerca da ocorrência de quinolonas, alcaloides pirrolizidínicos, graianotoxinas e de substâncias utilizadas na produção de polímeros em mel no Brasil, para que riscos sanitários provenientes do consumo de mel contendo essas substâncias possam ser conhecidos e minimizados ou eliminados. ================================================ This narrative literature review deals with the honey, its context as a product of varied uses and with significant socio-economic relevance, aiming to

  4. Physicochemical and microbiological characterization of cassava flower honey samples produced by africanized honeybees Caracterização físico-química e microbiológica de amostras de mel de flores de mandioca produzido por abelhas africanizadas

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    Lucimar Peres de Moura Pontara

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Cassava producers in the region of Marília-São Paulo are integrating their farming activity with beekeeping to diversify their income. The aim of this study was to evaluate the physicochemical and microbiological quality of honey samples produced by Africanized honeybees Apis mellifera from cassava flower in 2008. Analysis were carried out for pH, total soluble solids (TSS, acidity, moisture, reducing and total sugars, apparent sucrose, hydroxymethylfurfural, color, ash, proteins, water insoluble solids, diastasic activity, mineral content, microbiological evaluations, and mineral and hydrocyanic acid (HCN content. The honey samples showed physicochemical and microbiological characteristics favorable to commercialization, with the exception of apparent sucrose and acidity, which show the need for a narrow focus of attention to the honey maturation degree at the harvest time and more careful monitoring during production and processing. The commercialization of Brazilian cassava honey, still little explored, can be widely spread in the market since the levels of hydrocyanic acid (HCN showed no consumption risk; in addition the simultaneous production of honey and cassava provides an alternative to family income increase.Produtores de mandioca da região de Marília, Estado de São Paulo, estão consorciando a atividade da apicultura em meio à cultura visando diversificar a renda obtida pela propriedade rural. Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a qualidade físico-química e microbiológica do mel produzido por abelhas Apis mellifera africanizadas, elaborado a partir de flores de mandioca, no ano de 2008. Foram realizadas análises de pH, sólidos solúveis totais (SST, acidez, umidade, açúcares redutores e totais, sacarose aparente, hidroximetilfurfural, cor, cinzas, proteínas, sólidos insolúveis em água, atividade diastásica, teor de minerais e monitoramento dos teores de ácido cianídrico (HCN, além de avaliações microbiol

  5. Frequency agile solar radiotelescope

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    Bastian, Tim S.

    2003-02-01

    The Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope (FASR) is a solar-dedicated, ground based, interferometric array optimized to perform broadband imaging spectroscopy from ~ 0.1-30+ GHz. It will do so with the angular, spectral, and temporal resolution required to exploit radio emission from the Sun as a diagnostic of the wide variety of astrophysical processes that occur there. FASR represents a major advance over existing radioheliographs, and is expected to remain the world's premier solar radio instrument for two decades or more after completion. FASR will be a versatile and powerful instrument, providing unique data to a broad users community. Solar, solar-terrestrial, and space physicists will exploit FASR to attack a broad science program, including problems of fundamental interest: coronal magnetography, solar flares and particle acceleration, drivers of space weather, and the thermal structure and dynamics of the solar atmosphere. A design study and implementation planning are underway. Recent progress is reviewed here.

  6. Frequency scanning microstrip antennas

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    Danielsen, Magnus; Jørgensen, Rolf

    1979-01-01

    The principles of using radiating microstrip resonators as elements in a frequency scanning antenna array are described. The resonators are cascade-coupled. This gives a scan of the main lobe due to the phase-shift in the resonator in addition to that created by the transmission line phase......-shift. Experimental results inX-band, in good agreement with the theory, show that it is possible to scan the main lobe an angle ofpm30degby a variation of the frequencypm300MHz, and where the 3 dB beamwidth is less than10deg. The directivity was 14.7 dB, while the gain was 8.1 dB. The efficiency might be improved...

  7. High frequency nanotube oscillator

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    Peng, Haibing [Houston, TX; Zettl, Alexander K [Kensington, TX

    2012-02-21

    A tunable nanostructure such as a nanotube is used to make an electromechanical oscillator. The mechanically oscillating nanotube can be provided with inertial clamps in the form of metal beads. The metal beads serve to clamp the nanotube so that the fundamental resonance frequency is in the microwave range, i.e., greater than at least 1 GHz, and up to 4 GHz and beyond. An electric current can be run through the nanotube to cause the metal beads to move along the nanotube and changing the length of the intervening nanotube segments. The oscillator can operate at ambient temperature and in air without significant loss of resonance quality. The nanotube is can be fabricated in a semiconductor style process and the device can be provided with source, drain, and gate electrodes, which may be connected to appropriate circuitry for driving and measuring the oscillation. Novel driving and measuring circuits are also disclosed.

  8. High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation

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    AC Bryan

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available High frequency oscillatory (HFO ventilation using low tidal volume and peak airway pressures is extremely efficient at eliminating carbon dioxide and raising pH in the newborn infant with acute respiratory failure. Improvement in oxygenation requires a strategy of sustained or repetitive inflations to 25 to 30 cm H2O in order to place the lung on the deflation limb of the pressure-volume curve. This strategy has also been shown to decrease the amount of secondary lung injury in animal models. Experience of the use of HFO ventilation as a rescue therapy as well as several published controlled trials have shown improved outcomes and a decrease in the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation when it has been used in newborns.

  9. Frequency doubling crystals

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    Wang, Francis; Velsko, Stephan P.

    1989-01-01

    A systematic approach to the production of frequency conversion crystals is described in which a chiral molecule has attached to it a "harmonic generating unit" which contributes to the noncentrosymmetry of the molecule. Certain preferred embodiments of such harmonic generating units include carboxylate, guanadyly and imidazolyl units. Certain preferred crystals include L-arginine fluoride, deuterated L-arginine fluoride, L-arginine chloride monohydrate, L-arginine acetate, dithallium tartrate, ammonium N-acetyl valine, N-acetyl tyrosine and N-acetyl hydroxyproline. Chemical modifications of the chiral molecule, such as deuteration, halogenation and controlled counterion substitution are available to adapt the dispersive properties of a crystal in a particular wavelength region.

  10. Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation

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    An, T.; Chen, X.; Mohan, P.; Lao, B. Q.

    2017-09-01

    The observational facilities of radio astronomy keep constant upgrades and developments to achieve better capabilities including increasing the time of the data recording and frequency resolutions, and increasing the receiving and recording bandwidth. However in contrast, only a limited spectrum resource has been allocated to radio astronomy by the International Telecommunication Union, resulting in that the radio observational instrumentations are inevitably exposed to undesirable radio frequency interference (RFI) signals which originate mainly from the terrestrial human activity and are becoming stronger with time. RFIs degrade the quality of data and even lead to invalid data. The impact of RFIs on scientific outcome becomes more and more serious. In this article, the requirement for RFI mitigation is motivated, and the RFI characteristics, mitigation techniques, and strategies are reviewed. The mitigation strategies adopted at some representative observatories, telescopes, and arrays are also introduced. The advantages and shortcomings of the four classes of RFI mitigation strategies are discussed and presented, applicable at the connected causal stages: preventive, pre-detection, pre-correlation, and post-correlation. The proper identification and flagging of RFI is the key to the reduction of data loss and improvement in data quality, and is also the ultimate goal of developing RFI mitigation technique. This can be achieved through a strategy involving a combination of the discussed techniques in stages. The recent advances in the high speed digital signal processing and high performance computing allow for performing RFI excision of the large data volumes generated from large telescopes or arrays in both real time and offline modes, aiding the proposed strategy.

  11. Robust power system frequency control

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    Bevrani, Hassan

    2014-01-01

    This updated edition of the industry standard reference on power system frequency control provides practical, systematic and flexible algorithms for regulating load frequency, offering new solutions to the technical challenges introduced by the escalating role of distributed generation and renewable energy sources in smart electric grids. The author emphasizes the physical constraints and practical engineering issues related to frequency in a deregulated environment, while fostering a conceptual understanding of frequency regulation and robust control techniques. The resulting control strategi

  12. Frequency effects in compound production

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    Bien, H.; Levelt, W.J.M.; Baayen, R.H.

    2005-01-01

    Four experiments investigated the role of frequency information in compound production by independently varying the frequencies of the first and second constituent as well as the frequency of the compound itself. Pairs of Dutch noun-noun compounds were selected such that there was a maximal contrast

  13. Cultivo de melão rendilhado com dois e três frutos por planta Evaluation of net melon cultivars conducted with two and three fruits per plant

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    Hamilton César de O Charlo

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar cultivares de melão rendilhado produzidas em plantas sob raleio dos frutos. Foram estudadas as cultivares Maxim, Louis, Fantasy, Shinju 200, e Bônus nº2, com as plantas conduzidas com dois e três frutos. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos ao acaso, em esquema fatorial 5x2, com quatro repetições e com as plantas dispostas no espaçamento de 1,0 m entre linhas e 0,5 m entre plantas. O experimento foi realizado em casa de vegetação, utilizando-se fertirrigação e vasos plásticos de 13 L, preenchidos com fibra da casca de coco Golden Mix® Misto 98. As mudas foram produzidas em bandejas de poliestireno expandido de 128 células e quando estavam com a primeira folha definitiva completamente desenvolvida foram transplantadas aos vasos. Foram avaliados o rendilhamento da casca, os diâmetros longitudinal e transversal do fruto, o índice de formato do fruto, os diâmetros longitudinal e transversal do lóculo, o índice de formato do lóculo, a espessura do mesocarpo, a massa média dos frutos e a produção por planta. Não houve interação entre os fatores estudados. Nas condições deste experimento, a condução de dois frutos por planta resultou em maior rendilhamento da casca, maior diâmetro transversal do fruto, maior diâmetro longitudinal do lóculo e maior massa média dos frutos. Porém, as maiores produções por planta foram observadas quando conduzidas com três frutos. Os híbridos Fantasy e Shinju 200 apresentaram as melhores características de frutos e maiores produções.The pruning of fruits of net melon cultivars was evaluated in this study. The cultivars Maxim, Louis, Fantasy, Shinju 200 and Bônus nº2 were evaluated in plants bearing two and three fruits. The experimental design was of randomized blocks in factorial scheme 5 x 2, with four replications and the plants arranged in the spacing of 1.0 m between lines and 0.5 m between plants. The experiment was conducted in

  14. Modificações dos componentes de parede celular do melão tipo Galia durante a maturação Cell wall components changes in 'Galia' melons during maturation

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    Josivan B. MENEZES

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo caracterizou quantitativa e qualitativamente as mudanças nos componentes de parede celular do melão tipo Galia, híbrido Nun 1380, associadas ao processo de maturação. Os frutos foram avaliados em cinco estádios de maturação (I-V. O material de parede celular e suas frações foram determinados por gravimetria. Determinou-se o conteúdo de açúcares neutros na fração hemicelulósica e no resíduo celulósico, o teor de ácidos urônicos e o grau de esterificação na fração de substâncias pécticas, e o teor de cálcio total e ligado. A fração de substâncias pécticas foi submetida à cromatografia de filtração em gel e os açúcares neutros da fração hemicelulósica foram analisados por cromatografia a gás. O conteúdo do material de parede celular (MPC mostrou pouca variação durante a maturação. O conteúdo de ácidos urônicos da fração péctica e o conteúdo de açúcares neutros na fração hemicelulósica (ramnose, arabinose e glicose apresentaram tendência de redução com o avanço da maturação do fruto. Praticamente não houve variação para o grau de esterificação (% de esterificação da fração de substâncias pécticas e para o teor de cálcio ligado. Houve redução no teor de celulose durante a maturação. A cromatografia em gel não revelou tendência de despolimerização das substâncias pécticas.This research characterized changes in the cell wall components in ‘Galia’, hybrid Nun 1380 melons during maturation. Fruits were evaluated at five maturation stages (I-V. Cell wall material and their fractions were determined by gravimetry method. Neutral sugars in hemicellulosic fraction and cellulosic residue, uronics acids content in pectic fraction, degree of esterification, total calcium and bound calcium were analyzed. The pectic fraction was analyzed by gel chromatography and neutral-sugars in hemicellulosic fraction were analyzed by gas chromatography. Minimum variation

  15. Efeito da atmosfera modificada ativa na qualidade do melão 'orange flesh' minimamente processado Effect of the active modified atmosphere in the quality of the melon tipo orange flesh processed minimally

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    Francisca Marta Machado Casado de Araújo

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available O aumento da demanda por produtos minimamente processados traz um grande desafio para a ciência e tecnologia de alimentos, considerando-se a escassez de informações sobre a manutenção da qualidade desses produtos. O armazenamento destes em condições adequadas é um ponto fundamental para o sucesso dessa tecnologia. Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar o efeito da atmosfera modificada ativa na qualidade e conservação do melão 'Orange Flesh' minimamente processado. Os frutos, após o processamento, foram embalados sob atmosfera modificada (AM passiva - controle, AM ativa com 5% de CO2 e 5% de O2 e AM ativa com 10% de CO2 e 2% de O2 , armazenados em câmara fria (6ºC ± 1ºC e UR 85% ± 5% durante 8 dias e as amostras retiradas para análises físicas, físico-químicas, químicas e sensoriais, a cada 2 dias de armazenamento. A atmosfera modificada ativa pouco influenciou no comportamento das variáveis pH, acidez total titulável, firmeza, pectina total e sabor com relação à atmosfera modificada passiva. Menor solubilização de pectinas foi detectada nas amostras armazenadas sob atmosfera com 10% de CO2 e 2% de O2. Os atributos de qualidade, sabor e textura não sofreram deteriorações durante os 8 dias de armazenamento, em todos os tratamentos, de acordo com a análise sensorial.The increase of the demand for products processed minimally brings a great challenge for the food science and technology, being considered the shortage of information about the maintenance of the quality of those products. The storage of these products in appropriate conditions is a fundamental point for the success of this technology. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of the active modified atmosphere in the quality and conservation of the melon 'Orange Flesh' processed minimally. The fruits, after the processing were wrapped under modified atmosphere (passive AM control; active AM with 5% of CO2 and 5% of O2 and activate AM with 10

  16. Reaction of melon genotypes to the gummy stem blight and the downy mildew Reação de genótipos de melão ao crestamento gomoso e ao míldio

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    Gil R dos Santos

    2009-06-01

    ótipos comerciais de melão a essas doenças. A partir da seleção de um isolado mais agressivo, foi estudada, em condições de casa de vegetação, a resistência de 86 genótipos de meloeiro à infecção por D. bryoniae no caule. Posteriormente, em condições de campo, foi avaliada a resistência conjunta de 28 genótipos ao crestamento gomoso e ao míldio. Em casa de vegetação, todos os 86 genótipos de meloeiro avaliados foram infectados e mostraram sintomas de crestamento no caule, quatro dias após a inoculação. Houve variação significativa nos níveis de resistência entre os genótipos avaliados. No campo, sob inóculo natural, os genótipos Taslaki e Sary Juliabi mostraram-se mais suscetíveis à infecção por D. bryoniae nas folhas, diferindo significativamente dos demais genótipos. Os menores níveis de suscetibilidade foram verificados nos genótipos Perlita Busle S1, Valenciano Elíptico, Glaver, MR1 e 2526. Na avaliação da resistência ao míldio, todos os genótipos foram considerados suscetíveis, embora tenham sido encontradas diferenças nos níveis de suscetibilidade.

  17. Fontes e métodos de aplicação de fósforo na cultura do melão Sources and application methods of phosphorus on the melon crop

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    Luiza Teixeira de Lima Brito

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available Em Petrolina, PE, foi realizado um estudo com a cultura do melão (Cucumis melo L., cultivar Valenciano Amarelo, num Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo, com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito de fontes de fósforo aplicadas convencionalmente (em fundação e via água de irrigação. O experimento consistiu de cinco tratamentos: 1. superfosfato simples; 2. MAP (fosfato monoamônico, aplicados pelo método convencional (em fundação; 3. MAP aplicado até 15 dias após a germinação; 4. MAP aplicado até 30 dias após a germinação e 5. MAP aplicado até 42 dias após a germinação. Nos tratamentos 3, 4 e 5 o MAP foi aplicado via água de irrigação. Os tratamentos receberam a mesma dosagem de fósforo (120 kg/ha de P2O5, conforme recomendado pela análise do solo. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. Constatou-se que as maiores produtividades de frutos comerciais foram obtidas com MAP (27,42 t/ha e com superfosfato simples (25,96 t/ha aplicados pelo método convencional, não diferindo do MAP aplicado via água de irrigação até 30 e 42 dias após a germinação, mas superando a produtividade de 19,47 t/ha obtida com o MAP aplicado via água de irrigação até 15 dias após a germinação. Verificou-se que as fontes de fósforo e os modos de aplicação não influenciaram no peso médio dos frutos (1,86 kg/fruto -- 89,40% dos frutos obtidos enquadraram-se nos tipos 6 e 8 -- e no teor de sólidos solúveis nos frutos por ocasião da colheita, cujos valores oscilaram entre 12,75 e 13,17º Brix.This study was carried out at Petrolina, PE, Brazil, with the objective of evaluating the effect of two sources of phosphorus applied conventionally and through trickle water irrigation on melon (Cucumis melo L., cv. Valenciano Amarelo. The experiment was run in a randomized complete blocks design, with four replications and five treatments: 1. simple superphosphate; 2. monoammonium phosphate (MAP applied

  18. Modificações dos componentes de parede celular do melão tipo Galia durante o armazenamento sob refrigeração Cell wall components changes in 'Galia' melons during refrigerated storage

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    Josivan B. MENEZES

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa avaliou as modificações dos componentes estruturais de parede celular do melão tipo Galia (Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus durante o armazenamento refrigerado (7°C±1, UR: 88% ±3. O material de parede celular e suas frações foram determinados por gravimetria. Determinou-se o conteúdo de açúcares neutros na fração hemicelulósica e no resíduo celulósico, o teor de ácidos urônicos e o grau de esterificação na fração de substâncias pécticas, e o teor de cálcio total e ligado. A fração de substâncias pécticas foi submetida à cromatografia de filtração em gel e os açúcares neutros da fração hemicelulósica foram analisados por cromatografia a gás. O conteúdo de material de parede celular mostrou pouca variação durante o armazenamento. As variações mais expressivas foram registradas nas frações isoladas da parede celular (fração de substâncias pécticas, fração hemicelulósica e fração celulósica, sendo que para as duas primeiras verificou-se redução durante o armazenamento e para a última observou-se elevação. O conteúdo de açúcares neutros não celulósicos mostrou tendência de redução apenas durante as duas semanas iniciais de armazenamento. Praticamente, não houve alteração no grau de esterificação e nos conteúdos de cálcio total e cálcio ligado. A principal característica foi a manutenção dos níveis de xilose e glicose na parede celular, o que indicou constância do polímero xiloglucana.This research evaluated changes in the cell wall components in ‘Galia’ melons (Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus during refrigerated storage (7°C±1, RH: 88% ±3. Cell wall material and their fractions were determined by gravimetry method. Neutral sugars in hemicellulosic fraction and cellulosic residue, uronic acids content and degree of esterification in pectic fraction, , total calcium and bound calcium were analyzed. The pectic fraction was analyzed by gel

  19. Curva crítica de diluição do nitrogênio para a cultura do melão Nitrogen critical dilution curve for the muskmelon crop

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    Marco Aurélio de Freitas Fogaça

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi ajustar a curva crítica de diluição do nitrogênio da cultura do melão. O experimento foi conduzido em ambiente protegido na Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM, entre agosto de 2004 e janeiro de 2005. As mudas do híbrido Magellan foram plantadas em sacolas de polietileno contendo 4,5dm-3 de substrato comercial (Plantmax PXT®, na densidade de 3,3 plantas m-2 e fertirrigadas com solução nutritiva completa. As plantas foram conduzidas verticalmente com uma haste, deixando-se no máximo dois frutos por planta e foram podadas ao atingir a altura de 2m. Os tratamentos foram constituídos por concentrações de nitrogênio na solução nutritiva de 8; 11, 14; 17 e 20mmol L-1. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o inteiramente casualizado com quatro repetições. Quatro plantas de cada tratamento foram coletadas semanalmente entre os 33 e 99 dias após o plantio para determinar o acúmulo de matéria seca (MS e o teor de N nas folhas, haste e frutos. Foi constatada a diluição da concentração de N na matéria seca em todos os tratamentos e os dados ajustaram-se ao modelo potencial %N = aMS-b descrito na literatura. A curva crítica de diluição do N foi ajustada, com coeficientes a e b iguais a 5,16 e 0,63, respectivamente. Esse modelo poderá ser usado para estimar a quantidade de N extraída no decorrer do ciclo de crescimento e desenvolvimento dessa cultura, com base na análise do teor desse nutriente nas folhas.The research was carried out to adjust the nitrogen critical dilution curve for the muskmelon crop, to be used in fertilization practices for this crop. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, from August to January, 2005. Plantlets of the hybrid Magellan was grown in polyethylene bags with 4.5dm3 of the commercial substrate Plantmax PXT®, in a plant density of 3.3plants m-2, and fertigated with a complete nutrient solution. Plants were

  20. Acoustic signal classification of breathing movements to virtually aid breath regulation.

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    Abushakra, Ahmad; Faezipour, Miad

    2013-03-01

    Monitoring breath and identifying breathing movements have settled importance in many biomedical research areas, especially in the treatment of those with breathing disorders, e.g., lung cancer patients. Moreover, virtual reality (VR) revolution and their implementations on ubiquitous hand-held devices have a lot of implications, which could be used as a simulation technology for healing purposes. In this paper, a novel method is proposed to detect and classify breathing movements. The overall VR framework is intended to encourage the subjects regulate their breath by classifying the breathing movements in real time. This paper focuses on a portion of the overall VR framework that deals with classifying the acoustic signal of respiration movements. We employ Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) along with speech segmentation techniques using voice activity detection and linear thresholding to the acoustic signal of breath captured using a microphone to depict the differences between inhale and exhale in frequency domain. For every subject, 13 MFCCs of all voiced segments are computed and plotted. The inhale and exhale phases are differentiated using the sixth MFCC order, which carries important classification information. Experimental results on a number of individuals verify our proposed classification methodology.

  1. Avaliação de diferentes substratos na qualidade fisiológica de sementes de melão de caroá [Sicana odorifera (Vell. Naudim] Evaluation of different substrates in the physiological quality of caroá melon [Sicana odorifera (Vell. Naudim] seeds

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    J.F Lima

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available O melão de caroá é da família das curcubitáceas encontrada de forma nativa na região do Recôncavo Baiano, onde é muito utilizada pela medicina popular para diversas enfermidades, porém é espécie muito pouco explorada pela pesquisa. O trabalho teve por objetivo estudar diferentes substratos para avaliar o índice de germinação e vigor de sementes de melão de caroá (Sicana odorifera na produção de mudas. Utilizaram-se como substratos areia lavada, areia lavada com húmus de minhoca (2:1 e substrato comercial Plantmax®. Foram realizadas as seguintes avaliações: teste de germinação, índice de velocidade de emergência (IVE, diâmetro de haste, altura de planta, comprimento da raiz, massa seca da raiz, haste e folhas. O substrato comercial Plantmax®promoveu melhor desempenho das sementes em relação aos demais, porém, o mais adequado e de baixo custo para produção de mudas através de sementes de melão de caroá (Sicana odorifera foi a mistura de areia lavada e húmus de minhoca na proporção 2:1.Caroá melon is a curcubitaceae found in its native form in the Recôncavo Region of Bahia, where it is used by popular medicine for many diseases. However, this species is little explored in research. The objective of the present work was to study different substrates in order to evaluate the germination index and seed vigor in caroá melon (Sicana odorifera during seedling production. The following substrates were used: washed sand, sand washed with worm humus (2:1 and commercial substrate, Plantmax®.The following evaluations were carried out: germination test, speed of germination index (SGI, stem diameter, plant height, root length and root, stem and leaf dry matter. The commercial substrate Plantmax® presented the best performance compared to the others; however, the most adequate and least costly in seedling production using caroá melon (Sicana odorífera seeds, was the mixture of washed sand and worm humus in the 2

  2. Effective switching frequency multiplier inverter

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    Su, Gui-Jia; Peng, Fang Z.

    2007-08-07

    A switching frequency multiplier inverter for low inductance machines that uses parallel connection of switches and each switch is independently controlled according to a pulse width modulation scheme. The effective switching frequency is multiplied by the number of switches connected in parallel while each individual switch operates within its limit of switching frequency. This technique can also be used for other power converters such as DC/DC, AC/DC converters.

  3. Binaural beats at high frequencies.

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    McFadden, D; Pasanen, E G

    1975-10-24

    Binaural beats have long been believed to be audible only at low frequencies, but an interaction reminiscent of a binaural beat can sometimes be heard when different two-tone complexes of high frequency are presented to the two ears. The primary requirement is that the frequency separation in the complex at one ear be slightly different from that in the other--that is, that there be a small interaural difference in the envelope periodicities. This finding is in accord with other recent demonstrations that the auditory system is not deaf to interaural time differences at high frequencies.

  4. Radio Frequency Anechoic Chamber Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Supports the design, manufacture, and test of antenna systems. The facility is also used as an electromagnetic compatibility/radio frequency interference...

  5. A graphene based frequency quadrupler

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    Cheng, Chuantong; Huang, Beiju; Mao, Xurui; Zhang, Zanyun; Zhang, Zan; Geng, Zhaoxin; Xue, Ping; Chen, Hongda

    2017-04-01

    Benefit from exceptional electrical transport properties, graphene receives worldwide attentions, especially in the domain of high frequency electronics. Due to absence of effective bandgap causing off-state the device, graphene material is extraordinarily suitable for analog circuits rather than digital applications. With this unique ambipolar behavior, graphene can be exploited and utilized to achieve high performance for frequency multipliers. Here, dual-gated graphene field-effect transistors have been firstly used to achieve frequency quadrupling. Two Dirac points in the transfer curves of the designed GFETs can be observed by tuning top-gate voltages, which is essential to generate the fourth harmonic. By applying 200 kHz sinusoid input, arround 50% of the output signal radio frequency power is concentrated at the desired frequency of 800 kHz. Additionally, in suitable operation areas, our devices can work as high performance frequency doublers and frequency triplers. Considered both simple device structure and potential superhigh carrier mobility of graphene material, graphene-based frequency quadruplers may have lots of superiorities in regards to ultrahigh frequency electronic applications in near future. Moreover, versatility of carbon material system is far-reaching for realization of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor compatible electrically active devices.

  6. Composição centesimal e análise sensorial da carne de ovinos Morada Nova alimentados com dietas contendo melão em substituição ao milho Centesimal composition and sensorial analysis of Morada Nova lambs fed diets containing melon fruit in substitution of corn grain

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    Roberto Germano Costa

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a influência da adição de melão em substituição ao milho moído em dietas sobre a composição centesimal e análise sensorial da carne de ovinos da raça Morada Nova. Foram utilizados 20 animais da raça Morada Nova, machos não-castrados, com peso vivo médio inicial de 15 kg, distribuídos em delineamento inteiramente ao acaso para avaliação de quatro níveis (0, 30, 60 e 100% de inclusão de melão em substituição ao milho moído, cada um avaliado com cinco repetições. Para determinar a composição centesimal da carne, utilizou-se o músculo semimembranosus. Com o músculo longissimus dorsi, procedeu-se à análise sensorial quantificando, por intermédio de notas, os atributos de sabor, odor, suculência, maciez e aparência global. As análises dos dados não apresentaram diferenças significativas para a composição centesimal (umidade, proteína, lipídio e matéria mineral. Na análise sensorial, a suculência apresentou comportamento quadrático, com ponto de máximo de 5,18, e as demais qualidades organolépticas (odor, sabor, maciez e aparência global não foram influenciadas pela inclusão de melão em substituição ao milho nas dietas. A utilização de melão em substituição ao milho em dietas para ovinos Morada Nova não afeta as principais qualidades organolépticas da carne.The objective of this trial was to evaluate the influence of the addition of melon fruit replacing ground corn in diets on the centesimal composition and sensory analysis of meat from Morada Nova lambs. Twenty Morada Nova males with average weight of 15 kg were distributed in a completely randomized design with four increasing levels (0, 30, 60 and 100% of melon in substitution of ground corn, each one with five replications. To determine the chemical composition of meat, the semimembranosus muscle was used. With the muscle longissimus dorsi sensory analysis, the attributes of taste, odor, juiciness, softness and

  7. Discrete frequency slice wavelet transform

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    Yan, Zhonghong; Tao, Ting; Jiang, Zhongwei; Wang, Haibin

    2017-11-01

    This paper introduces a new kind of Time-Frequency Representation (TFR) method called Discrete Frequency Slice Wavelet Transform (DFSWT). It is an improved version of Frequency Slice Wavelet Transform (FSWT). The previous researches on FSWT show that it is a new efficient TFR in an easy way without strict limitation as traditional wavelet theory. DFSWT as well as FSWT are defined directly in frequency domain, and still keep its properties in time-frequency domain as FSWT decomposition, reconstruction and filter design, etc. However, the original signal is decomposed and reconstructed on a Chosen Frequency Domains (CFD) as need of application. CFD means that the decomposition and reconstruction are not completed on all frequency components. At first, it is important to discuss the necessary condition of CFD to reconstruct the original signal. And then based on norm l2, an optimization algorithm is introduced to reconstruct the original signal even accurately. Finally, for a test example, the TFR analysis of a real life signal is shown. Some conclusions are drawn that the concept of CFD is very useful to application, and the DFSWT can become a simple and easy tool of TFR method, and also provide a new idea of low speed sampling of high frequency signal in applications.

  8. Low-frequency-noise complaints

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    Pedersen, Christian Sejer; Møller, Henrik; Persson-Waye, Kerstin

    2008-01-01

    From 203 cases of low-frequency complaints a random selection of twenty-one cases were investigated. The main aim of the investigation was to answer the question whether the annoyance is caused by an external physical sound or by a physically non-existing sound, i.e. low-frequency tinnitus. Noise...... of the complainants are annoyed by a physical sound (20-180 Hz), while others suffer from low-frequency tinnitus (perceived frequency 40-100 Hz). Physical sound at frequencies below 20 Hz (infrasound) is not responsible for the annoyance - or at all audible - in any of the investigated cases, and none...... of the complainants has extraordinary hearing sensitivity at low frequencies. For comparable cases of low-frequency noise complaints in general, it is anticipated that physical sound is responsible in a substantial part of the cases, while low-frequency tinnitus is responsible in another substantial part of the cases....

  9. Low frequency electromagnetic field sensor

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    Zhu Min; Zhou Yan; He Yicheng; Zheng Zhenxing; Liu Sunkun

    2000-01-01

    The measurement technique of low frequency electromagnetic field is reported. According to this principle, the authors have designed a sensor, which is used to measure the natural electromagnetic field, SLEMP and electromagnetic signals generated by some explosions. The frequency band of this sensor is from 0.08 Hz to 2 MHz

  10. Lexical Frequency in Sign Languages

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    Johnston, Trevor

    2012-01-01

    Measures of lexical frequency presuppose the existence of corpora, but true machine-readable corpora of sign languages (SLs) are only now being created. Lexical frequency ratings for SLs are needed because there has been a heavy reliance on the interpretation of results of psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic experiments in the SL research…

  11. Gaming Frequency and Academic Performance

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    Ip, Barry; Jacobs, Gabriel; Watkins, Alan

    2008-01-01

    There are numerous claims that playing computer and video games may be educationally beneficial, but there has been little formal investigation into whether or not the frequency of exposure to such games actually affects academic performance. This paper explores the issue by analysing the relationships between gaming frequency--measured as the…

  12. Micronuclei Frequency in Radiation Worker

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    Sudprasert, Wanwisa; Jungtanasombut, Amornrat; Pakkong, Pannee

    2009-07-01

    Full text: The purpose of this study is to determine the micronuclei (MN) frequency in peripheral blood lymphocytes of 31 individuals occupationally exposed to radiation compared to 24 controls. The effect of donor gender, age, alcoholic consumption, tea/coffee consumption and radiation burden on MN frequency was studied. The results showed that MN frequencies observed for exposed employees were significantly higher than in controls (p = 0.000). The average MN frequency in control was 39.1 ± 3.7 MN/1000 BN while those of exposed group were 60.9 ± 12.3, 61.6 ± 13.0 and 62.6 ± 11.8 MN/1000 BN for the range of accumulative doses at 0.01-3.00, 3.01-6.00 and 6.01-9.00 mSv, respectively. Moreover, MN frequency showed a positive trend with increased accumulative doses as a linear-quadratic relation (R 2 = 0.4754). No correlation of MN frequency with gender, age and alcoholic consumption could be observed in both exposed and control groups. However, the effect of tea/coffee consumption on MN frequency was clearly observed in the exposed individuals (t-test = -2.018, sig. (2-tailed) = 0.030). These results indicate that the increased MN frequency, an indicator of chromosomal aberration, is associated with occupational exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation

  13. Sistema de ayuda visual para apoyar aprendizaje de fonemas españoles

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    Enrique San Juan Urrutia

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo  tiene como propósito  mostrar un sistema computacional con la capacidad de apoyar el aprendizaje de la  pronunciación de un conjunto determinado de fonemas españoles, dirigido a personas sordas o con dificultades auditivas, que tienen como consecuencia trastornos del habla. La posibilidad de “ver lo que se dice”, puede resultar  muy útil como método para la implantación y rehabilitación del Habla. Visualizar de forma inmediata, mediante una gráfica, los perfiles acústicos de los principales parámetros de la señal de voz y asociarlos con imágenes que representan lo dicho, ha resultado una alternativa adicional muy estimulante en el campo de la Foniatría. Dicho sistema basa su  funcionamiento en la extracción y comparación de parámetros fundamentales de las señales de voz, entre los cuales se puede mencionar los LPC (Linear Predictive Coding, Formantes y  coeficientes Ceptrales en la escala de frecuencias de Mel (Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients, MFCCs.  Se espera que el sistema constituya una  herramienta  de apoyo a la rehabilitación de trastornos del habla, reemplazando el canal de realimentación auditivo por un canal de realimentación visual. Es decir, mediante gráficas de los perfiles acústicos y principales parámetros característicos de la señal de voz, con imágenes e indicadores de  avance, se estructura en conjunto una importante herramienta alternativa adicional para la rehabilitación en trastornos del habla.

  14. Avaliação de fontes de cálcio na cultura do melão tipo 'Gália' sob cultivo protegido Comparative analysis of calcium sources in greenhouse 'Galia' muskmelon

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    Eva Cintra D. de Faria

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Um experimento com a cultura de Melão (Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus, do tipo Gália, híbrido Galileo foi conduzido sob cultivo protegido, em vasos, na Embrapa Hortaliças, em Brasília-DF, de setembro a dezembro de 2001. Foram avaliadas 5 formas de aplicação de cálcio (calagem, calagem mais fertirrigação com nitrato de cálcio, cálcio tamponado, cálcio quelatizado e cloreto de cálcio além do tratamento controle, sem cálcio. O delineamento experimental foi de blocos ao acaso com seis tratamentos e seis repetições e parcelas com seis plantas. Não houve diferença estatística entre os tratamentos. No entanto, uma análise de contrastes mostrou um aumento de 26% em peso (kg m-2 e 21% em número de frutos comerciais resultante da aplicação de cálcio, indicando a importância da aplicação do nutriente em pré-plantio e/ou fertirrigação para solos com saturação de bases (V% abaixo de 70%. Constatou-se aumento de 30% na produtividade e de 27% no número de frutos comerciais com o uso da fertirrigação. Houve aumento de 23% no número de frutos comerciais nos tratamentos com cálcio e com calagem (3,52 frutos m-2, em relação ao tratamento onde utilizou-se apenas calagem (2,87 frutos m-2. Não houve efeito dos tratamentos sobre os pesos médios dos frutos. Os tratamentos fertirrigados com nitrato de cálcio e cloreto de cálcio apresentaram maior eficiência econômica. Não houve efeito significativo dos tratamentos sobre a espessura, teores de sólidos solúveis totais (Brix, acidez total titulável (ATT e relação Brix/ATT. Conclui-se que há a necessidade de aplicação de cálcio no meloeiro sob cultivo protegido para solos com saturação de base abaixo de 70% e que a calagem mais fertirrigação com cálcio foi mais efetiva do que só a calagem. O uso do nitrato ou do cloreto de cálcio em fertirrigação apresentou maior rentabilidade do que a calagem ou calagem mais fertirrigação com cálcio tamponado ou c

  15. Níveis de nitrogênio por fertirrigação e densidade de plantio na cultura do melão em um Vertissolo Nitrogen levels through fertirrigation and plant density on melon crop in a Vertisol

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    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho constou de um experimento com melão (Cucumis melo L., conduzido em um Vertissolo, em Juazeiro, BA, em 1995, com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito de níveis de N por fertirrigação e de densidades de plantio na produtividade e qualidade de fruto. Os níveis de N foram 0, 80, 130 e 180 kg/ha, combinados com os espaçamentos 2,00 e 1,80 m entre linhas e 0,20 m entre plantas, com uma ou duas plantas por cova. A fonte de N foi a uréia, aplicada diariamente até 42 dias após a germinação, por meio da irrigação por gotejamento. Todos os tratamentos receberam uma adubação uniforme de 120 kg/ha de P2O5 e 120 kg/ha de K2O. Os espaçamentos entre linhas não causaram diferenças significativas em nenhuma variável estudada. O nível de 80 kg/ha de N combinado com uma planta por cova proporcionou uma produtividade de 34,07 t/ha, com 55,7% de frutos próprios para o mercado interno, não-significativamente (P £ 0,05 inferior à produtividade obtida com os níveis mais elevados de N em qualquer combinação. Com este mesmo nível, obtiveram-se frutos com 10,22º Brix significativamente (P£ 0,05 superior ao do tratamento sem N e não-significativamente inferior ao dos outros níveis. Para se obter uma maior parte de frutos próprios para o mercado externo, foi necessário elevar a densidade para duas plantas por cova e o nível de N para 130 ou 180 kg/ha. O peso médio dos frutos aumentou de 1,008 para 1,705 kg, à medida que foram aumentados os níveis de N ou se diminuiu a densidade de plantio de duas para uma planta por cova.This study consisted of one experiment with melon (Cucumis melo L., carried out in a Vertisol in Juazeiro, BA, Brazil, in 1995, with the objective of evaluating the effects of nitrogen levels through fertirrigation and plant density on fruit yield and quality. The N levels were 0, 80, 130 and 180 kg/ha, combined with row spacings of 2.0 and 1.8 m and 0.20 m between plants within the row, with one or two plants

  16. Speech-To-Text Conversion STT System Using Hidden Markov Model HMM

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    Full Text Available Abstract Speech is an easiest way to communicate with each other. Speech processing is widely used in many applications like security devices household appliances cellular phones ATM machines and computers. The human computer interface has been developed to communicate or interact conveniently for one who is suffering from some kind of disabilities. Speech-to-Text Conversion STT systems have a lot of benefits for the deaf or dumb people and find their applications in our daily lives. In the same way the aim of the system is to convert the input speech signals into the text output for the deaf or dumb students in the educational fields. This paper presents an approach to extract features by using Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients MFCC from the speech signals of isolated spoken words. And Hidden Markov Model HMM method is applied to train and test the audio files to get the recognized spoken word. The speech database is created by using MATLAB.Then the original speech signals are preprocessed and these speech samples are extracted to the feature vectors which are used as the observation sequences of the Hidden Markov Model HMM recognizer. The feature vectors are analyzed in the HMM depending on the number of states.

  17. Electronic Control System Of Home Appliances Using Speech Command Words

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    Aye Min Soe

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    Full Text Available Abstract The main idea of this paper is to develop a speech recognition system. By using this system smart home appliances are controlled by spoken words. The spoken words chosen for recognition are Fan On Fan Off Light On Light Off TV On and TV Off. The input of the system takes speech signals to control home appliances. The proposed system has two main parts speech recognition and smart home appliances electronic control system. Speech recognition is implemented in MATLAB environment. In this process it contains two main modules feature extraction and feature matching. Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients MFCC is used for feature extraction. Vector Quantization VQ approach using clustering algorithm is applied for feature matching. In electrical home appliances control system RF module is used to carry command signal from PC to microcontroller wirelessly. Microcontroller is connected to driver circuit for relay and motor. The input commands are recognized very well. The system is a good performance to control home appliances by spoken words.

  18. Cry-Based Classification of Healthy and Sick Infants Using Adapted Boosting Mixture Learning Method for Gaussian Mixture Models

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    Hesam Farsaie Alaie

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We make use of information inside infant’s cry signal in order to identify the infant’s psychological condition. Gaussian mixture models (GMMs are applied to distinguish between healthy full-term and premature infants, and those with specific medical problems available in our cry database. Cry pattern for each pathological condition is created by using adapted boosting mixture learning (BML method to estimate mixture model parameters. In the first experiment, test results demonstrate that the introduced adapted BML method for learning of GMMs has a better performance than conventional EM-based reestimation algorithm as a reference system in multipathological classification task. This newborn cry-based diagnostic system (NCDS extracted Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs as a feature vector for cry patterns of newborn infants. In binary classification experiment, the system discriminated a test infant’s cry signal into one of two groups, namely, healthy and pathological based on MFCCs. The binary classifier achieved a true positive rate of 80.77% and a true negative rate of 86.96% which show the ability of the system to correctly identify healthy and diseased infants, respectively.

  19. Dominant distortion classification for pre-processing of vowels in remote biomedical voice analysis

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    Alavijeh, Amir Hossein Poorjam; Jensen, Jesper Rindom; Little, Max A

    2017-01-01

    Advances in speech signal analysis facilitate the development of techniques for remote biomedical voice assessment. However, the performance of these techniques is affected by noise and distortion in signals. In this paper, we focus on the vowel /a/ as the most widely-used voice signal for pathol......Advances in speech signal analysis facilitate the development of techniques for remote biomedical voice assessment. However, the performance of these techniques is affected by noise and distortion in signals. In this paper, we focus on the vowel /a/ as the most widely-used voice signal...... for pathological voice assessments and investigate the impact of four major types of distortion that are commonly present during recording or transmission in voice analysis, namely: background noise, reverberation, clipping and compression, on Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCCs) – the most widely......-used features in biomedical voice analysis. Then, we propose a new distortion classification approach to detect the most dominant distortion in such voice signals. The proposed method involves MFCCs as frame-level features and a support vector machine as classifier to detect the presence and type of distortion...

  20. An Analysis of Audio Features to Develop a Human Activity Recognition Model Using Genetic Algorithms, Random Forests, and Neural Networks

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    Carlos E. Galván-Tejada

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a human activity recognition (HAR model based on audio features. The use of sound as an information source for HAR models represents a challenge because sound wave analyses generate very large amounts of data. However, feature selection techniques may reduce the amount of data required to represent an audio signal sample. Some of the audio features that were analyzed include Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC. Although MFCC are commonly used in voice and instrument recognition, their utility within HAR models is yet to be confirmed, and this work validates their usefulness. Additionally, statistical features were extracted from the audio samples to generate the proposed HAR model. The size of the information is necessary to conform a HAR model impact directly on the accuracy of the model. This problem also was tackled in the present work; our results indicate that we are capable of recognizing a human activity with an accuracy of 85% using the HAR model proposed. This means that minimum computational costs are needed, thus allowing portable devices to identify human activities using audio as an information source.

  1. Optimization of multilayer neural network parameters for speaker recognition

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    Tovarek, Jaromir; Partila, Pavol; Rozhon, Jan; Voznak, Miroslav; Skapa, Jan; Uhrin, Dominik; Chmelikova, Zdenka

    2016-05-01

    This article discusses the impact of multilayer neural network parameters for speaker identification. The main task of speaker identification is to find a specific person in the known set of speakers. It means that the voice of an unknown speaker (wanted person) belongs to a group of reference speakers from the voice database. One of the requests was to develop the text-independent system, which means to classify wanted person regardless of content and language. Multilayer neural network has been used for speaker identification in this research. Artificial neural network (ANN) needs to set parameters like activation function of neurons, steepness of activation functions, learning rate, the maximum number of iterations and a number of neurons in the hidden and output layers. ANN accuracy and validation time are directly influenced by the parameter settings. Different roles require different settings. Identification accuracy and ANN validation time were evaluated with the same input data but different parameter settings. The goal was to find parameters for the neural network with the highest precision and shortest validation time. Input data of neural networks are a Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC). These parameters describe the properties of the vocal tract. Audio samples were recorded for all speakers in a laboratory environment. Training, testing and validation data set were split into 70, 15 and 15 %. The result of the research described in this article is different parameter setting for the multilayer neural network for four speakers.

  2. Self-organizing map classifier for stressed speech recognition

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    Partila, Pavol; Tovarek, Jaromir; Voznak, Miroslav

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents a method for detecting speech under stress using Self-Organizing Maps. Most people who are exposed to stressful situations can not adequately respond to stimuli. Army, police, and fire department occupy the largest part of the environment that are typical of an increased number of stressful situations. The role of men in action is controlled by the control center. Control commands should be adapted to the psychological state of a man in action. It is known that the psychological changes of the human body are also reflected physiologically, which consequently means the stress effected speech. Therefore, it is clear that the speech stress recognizing system is required in the security forces. One of the possible classifiers, which are popular for its flexibility, is a self-organizing map. It is one type of the artificial neural networks. Flexibility means independence classifier on the character of the input data. This feature is suitable for speech processing. Human Stress can be seen as a kind of emotional state. Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients, LPC coefficients, and prosody features were selected for input data. These coefficients were selected for their sensitivity to emotional changes. The calculation of the parameters was performed on speech recordings, which can be divided into two classes, namely the stress state recordings and normal state recordings. The benefit of the experiment is a method using SOM classifier for stress speech detection. Results showed the advantage of this method, which is input data flexibility.

  3. Impact of human emotions on physiological characteristics

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    Partila, P.; Voznak, M.; Peterek, T.; Penhaker, M.; Novak, V.; Tovarek, J.; Mehic, Miralem; Vojtech, L.

    2014-05-01

    Emotional states of humans and their impact on physiological and neurological characteristics are discussed in this paper. This problem is the goal of many teams who have dealt with this topic. Nowadays, it is necessary to increase the accuracy of methods for obtaining information about correlations between emotional state and physiological changes. To be able to record these changes, we focused on two majority emotional states. Studied subjects were psychologically stimulated to neutral - calm and then to the stress state. Electrocardiography, Electroencephalography and blood pressure represented neurological and physiological samples that were collected during patient's stimulated conditions. Speech activity was recording during the patient was reading selected text. Feature extraction was calculated by speech processing operations. Classifier based on Gaussian Mixture Model was trained and tested using Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients extracted from the patient's speech. All measurements were performed in a chamber with electromagnetic compatibility. The article discusses a method for determining the influence of stress emotional state on the human and his physiological and neurological changes.

  4. Learning speaker-specific characteristics with a deep neural architecture.

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    Chen, Ke; Salman, Ahmad

    2011-11-01

    Speech signals convey various yet mixed information ranging from linguistic to speaker-specific information. However, most of acoustic representations characterize all different kinds of information as whole, which could hinder either a speech or a speaker recognition (SR) system from producing a better performance. In this paper, we propose a novel deep neural architecture (DNA) especially for learning speaker-specific characteristics from mel-frequency cepstral coefficients, an acoustic representation commonly used in both speech recognition and SR, which results in a speaker-specific overcomplete representation. In order to learn intrinsic speaker-specific characteristics, we come up with an objective function consisting of contrastive losses in terms of speaker similarity/dissimilarity and data reconstruction losses used as regularization to normalize the interference of non-speaker-related information. Moreover, we employ a hybrid learning strategy for learning parameters of the deep neural networks: i.e., local yet greedy layerwise unsupervised pretraining for initialization and global supervised learning for the ultimate discriminative goal. With four Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) benchmarks and two non-English corpora, we demonstrate that our overcomplete representation is robust in characterizing various speakers, no matter whether their utterances have been used in training our DNA, and highly insensitive to text and languages spoken. Extensive comparative studies suggest that our approach yields favorite results in speaker verification and segmentation. Finally, we discuss several issues concerning our proposed approach.

  5. FAULT DETECTION AND LOCALIZATION IN MOTORCYCLES BASED ON THE CHAIN CODE OF PSEUDOSPECTRA AND ACOUSTIC SIGNALS

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    B. S. Anami

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Vehicles produce sound signals with varying temporal and spectral properties under different working conditions. These sounds are indicative of the condition of the engine. Fault diagnosis is a significantly difficult task in geographically remote places where expertise is scarce. Automated fault diagnosis can assist riders to assess the health condition of their vehicles. This paper presents a method for fault detection and location in motorcycles based on the chain code of the pseudospectra and Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC features of acoustic signals. The work comprises two stages: fault detection and fault location. The fault detection stage uses the chain code of the pseudospectrum as a feature vector. If the motorcycle is identified as faulty, the MFCCs of the same sample are computed and used as features for fault location. Both stages employ dynamic time warping for the classification of faults. Five types of faults in motorcycles are considered in this work. Observed classification rates are over 90% for the fault detection stage and over 94% for the fault location stage. The work identifies other interesting applications in the development of acoustic fingerprints for fault diagnosis of machinery, tuning of musical instruments, medical diagnosis, etc.

  6. Modulation Spectra Morphological Parameters: A New Method to Assess Voice Pathologies according to the GRBAS Scale

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    Laureano Moro-Velázquez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Disordered voices are frequently assessed by speech pathologists using perceptual evaluations. This might lead to problems caused by the subjective nature of the process and due to the influence of external factors which compromise the quality of the assessment. In order to increase the reliability of the evaluations, the design of automatic evaluation systems is desirable. With that in mind, this paper presents an automatic system which assesses the Grade and Roughness level of the speech according to the GRBAS perceptual scale. Two parameterization methods are used: one based on the classic Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients, which has already been used successfully in previous works, and other derived from modulation spectra. For the latter, a new group of parameters has been proposed, named Modulation Spectra Morphological Parameters: MSC, DRB, LMR, MSH, MSW, CIL, PALA, and RALA. In methodology, PCA and LDA are employed to reduce the dimensionality of feature space, and GMM classifiers to evaluate the ability of the proposed features on distinguishing the different levels. Efficiencies of 81.6% and 84.7% are obtained for Grade and Roughness, respectively, using modulation spectra parameters, while MFCCs performed 80.5% and 77.7%. The obtained results suggest the usefulness of the proposed Modulation Spectra Morphological Parameters for automatic evaluation of Grade and Roughness in the speech.

  7. Enhancing Speech Recognition Using Improved Particle Swarm Optimization Based Hidden Markov Model

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    Lokesh Selvaraj

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Enhancing speech recognition is the primary intention of this work. In this paper a novel speech recognition method based on vector quantization and improved particle swarm optimization (IPSO is suggested. The suggested methodology contains four stages, namely, (i denoising, (ii feature mining (iii, vector quantization, and (iv IPSO based hidden Markov model (HMM technique (IP-HMM. At first, the speech signals are denoised using median filter. Next, characteristics such as peak, pitch spectrum, Mel frequency Cepstral coefficients (MFCC, mean, standard deviation, and minimum and maximum of the signal are extorted from the denoised signal. Following that, to accomplish the training process, the extracted characteristics are given to genetic algorithm based codebook generation in vector quantization. The initial populations are created by selecting random code vectors from the training set for the codebooks for the genetic algorithm process and IP-HMM helps in doing the recognition. At this point the creativeness will be done in terms of one of the genetic operation crossovers. The proposed speech recognition technique offers 97.14% accuracy.

  8. Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system for acoustic analysis of 4-channel phonocardiograms using empirical mode decomposition.

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    Becerra, Miguel A; Orrego, Diana A; Delgado-Trejos, Edilson

    2013-01-01

    The heart's mechanical activity can be appraised by auscultation recordings, taken from the 4-Standard Auscultation Areas (4-SAA), one for each cardiac valve, as there are invisible murmurs when a single area is examined. This paper presents an effective approach for cardiac murmur detection based on adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems (ANFIS) over acoustic representations derived from Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) and Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) of 4-channel phonocardiograms (4-PCG). The 4-PCG database belongs to the National University of Colombia. Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) and statistical moments of HHT were estimated on the combination of different intrinsic mode functions (IMFs). A fuzzy-rough feature selection (FRFS) was applied in order to reduce complexity. An ANFIS network was implemented on the feature space, randomly initialized, adjusted using heuristic rules and trained using a hybrid learning algorithm made up by least squares and gradient descent. Global classification for 4-SAA was around 98.9% with satisfactory sensitivity and specificity, using a 50-fold cross-validation procedure (70/30 split). The representation capability of the EMD technique applied to 4-PCG and the neuro-fuzzy inference of acoustic features offered a high performance to detect cardiac murmurs.

  9. EigenScape: A Database of Spatial Acoustic Scene Recordings

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    Marc Ciufo Green

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The classification of acoustic scenes and events is an emerging area of research in the field of machine listening. Most of the research conducted so far uses spectral features extracted from monaural or stereophonic audio rather than spatial features extracted from multichannel recordings. This is partly due to the lack thus far of a substantial body of spatial recordings of acoustic scenes. This paper formally introduces EigenScape, a new database of fourth-order Ambisonic recordings of eight different acoustic scene classes. The potential applications of a spatial machine listening system are discussed before detailed information on the recording process and dataset are provided. A baseline spatial classification system using directional audio coding (DirAC techniques is detailed and results from this classifier are presented. The classifier is shown to give good overall scene classification accuracy across the dataset, with 7 of 8 scenes being classified with an accuracy of greater than 60% with an 11% improvement in overall accuracy compared to use of Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC features. Further analysis of the results shows potential improvements to the classifier. It is concluded that the results validate the new database and show that spatial features can characterise acoustic scenes and as such are worthy of further investigation.

  10. Music emotion recognition: The combined evidence of MFCC and residual phase

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    N.J. Nalini

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The proposed work combines the evidence from mel frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC and residual phase (RP features for emotion recognition in music. Emotion recognition in music considers the emotions namely anger, fear, happy, neutral and sad. Residual phase feature is an excitation source feature and it is used to exploit emotion specific information present in music signal. The residual phase is defined as the cosine of the phase function of the analytic signal derived from the linear prediction (LP residual and also it is demonstrated that the residual phase signal contains emotion specific information that is complementary to the MFCC features. MFCC and residual phase features are used to create separate models for each emotion. The evidence from the models is combined at the score level for each emotion and it is used to recognize the emotion. The proposed method is evaluated using music files recorded from various websites and the method achieves a performance of 96.0%, 99.0%, 95.0% using AANN, SVM, RBFNN, respectively.

  11. Fuzzy Relational Compression Applied on Feature Vectors for Infant Cry Recognition

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    Reyes-Galaviz, Orion Fausto; Reyes-García, Carlos Alberto

    Data compression is always advisable when it comes to handling and processing information quickly and efficiently. There are two main problems that need to be solved when it comes to handling data; store information in smaller spaces and processes it in the shortest possible time. When it comes to infant cry analysis (ICA), there is always the need to construct large sound repositories from crying babies. Samples that have to be analyzed and be used to train and test pattern recognition algorithms; making this a time consuming task when working with uncompressed feature vectors. In this work, we show a simple, but efficient, method that uses Fuzzy Relational Product (FRP) to compresses the information inside a feature vector, building with this a compressed matrix that will help us recognize two kinds of pathologies in infants; Asphyxia and Deafness. We describe the sound analysis, which consists on the extraction of Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients that generate vectors which will later be compressed by using FRP. There is also a description of the infant cry database used in this work, along with the training and testing of a Time Delay Neural Network with the compressed features, which shows a performance of 96.44% with our proposed feature vector compression.

  12. FPGA Implementation for GMM-Based Speaker Identification

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    Phaklen EhKan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In today's society, highly accurate personal identification systems are required. Passwords or pin numbers can be forgotten or forged and are no longer considered to offer a high level of security. The use of biological features, biometrics, is becoming widely accepted as the next level for security systems. Biometric-based speaker identification is a method of identifying persons from their voice. Speaker-specific characteristics exist in speech signals due to different speakers having different resonances of the vocal tract. These differences can be exploited by extracting feature vectors such as Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs from the speech signal. A well-known statistical modelling process, the Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM, then models the distribution of each speaker's MFCCs in a multidimensional acoustic space. The GMM-based speaker identification system has features that make it promising for hardware acceleration. This paper describes the hardware implementation for classification of a text-independent GMM-based speaker identification system. The aim was to produce a system that can perform simultaneous identification of large numbers of voice streams in real time. This has important potential applications in security and in automated call centre applications. A speedup factor of ninety was achieved compared to a software implementation on a standard PC.

  13. Speaker Recognition from Emotional Speech Using I-vector Approach

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    MACKOVÁ Lenka

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In recent years the concept of i-vectors become very popular and successful in the field of the speaker verification. The basic principle of i-vectors is that each utterance is represented by fixed-length feature vector of low-dimension. In the literature for purpose of speaker verification various recordings obtained from telephones or microphones were used. The aim of this experiment was to perform speaker verification using speaker model trained with emotional recordings on i-vector basis. The Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC, log energy, their deltas and acceleration coefficients were used in process of features extraction. As the classification methods of the verification system Mahalanobis distance metric in combination with Eigen Factor Radial normalization was used and in the second approach Cosine Distance Scoring (CSS metric with Within-class Covariance Normalization as a channel compensation was employed. This verification system used emotional recordings of male subjects from freely available German emotional database (Emo-DB.

  14. Design and Implementation of Sound Searching Robots in Wireless Sensor Networks.

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    Han, Lianfu; Shen, Zhengguang; Fu, Changfeng; Liu, Chao

    2016-09-21

    A sound target-searching robot system which includes a 4-channel microphone array for sound collection, magneto-resistive sensor for declination measurement, and a wireless sensor networks (WSN) for exchanging information is described. It has an embedded sound signal enhancement, recognition and location method, and a sound searching strategy based on a digital signal processor (DSP). As the wireless network nodes, three robots comprise the WSN a personal computer (PC) in order to search the three different sound targets in task-oriented collaboration. The improved spectral subtraction method is used for noise reduction. As the feature of audio signal, Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC) is extracted. Based on the K-nearest neighbor classification method, we match the trained feature template to recognize sound signal type. This paper utilizes the improved generalized cross correlation method to estimate time delay of arrival (TDOA), and then employs spherical-interpolation for sound location according to the TDOA and the geometrical position of the microphone array. A new mapping has been proposed to direct the motor to search sound targets flexibly. As the sink node, the PC receives and displays the result processed in the WSN, and it also has the ultimate power to make decision on the received results in order to improve their accuracy. The experiment results show that the designed three-robot system implements sound target searching function without collisions and performs well.

  15. Design and Implementation of Sound Searching Robots in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Lianfu Han

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A sound target-searching robot system which includes a 4-channel microphone array for sound collection, magneto-resistive sensor for declination measurement, and a wireless sensor networks (WSN for exchanging information is described. It has an embedded sound signal enhancement, recognition and location method, and a sound searching strategy based on a digital signal processor (DSP. As the wireless network nodes, three robots comprise the WSN a personal computer (PC in order to search the three different sound targets in task-oriented collaboration. The improved spectral subtraction method is used for noise reduction. As the feature of audio signal, Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC is extracted. Based on the K-nearest neighbor classification method, we match the trained feature template to recognize sound signal type. This paper utilizes the improved generalized cross correlation method to estimate time delay of arrival (TDOA, and then employs spherical-interpolation for sound location according to the TDOA and the geometrical position of the microphone array. A new mapping has been proposed to direct the motor to search sound targets flexibly. As the sink node, the PC receives and displays the result processed in the WSN, and it also has the ultimate power to make decision on the received results in order to improve their accuracy. The experiment results show that the designed three-robot system implements sound target searching function without collisions and performs well.

  16. High Frequency Electronic Packaging Technology

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    Herman, M.; Lowry, L.; Lee, K.; Kolawa, E.; Tulintseff, A.; Shalkhauser, K.; Whitaker, J.; Piket-May, M.

    1994-01-01

    Commercial and government communication, radar, and information systems face the challenge of cost and mass reduction via the application of advanced packaging technology. A majority of both government and industry support has been focused on low frequency digital electronics.

  17. Global Multihazard Frequency and Distribution

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Global Multihazard Frequency and Distribution is a 2.5 minute grid presenting a simple multihazard index based solely on summated single-hazard decile values. The...

  18. Geographies of High Frequency Trading

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    Grindsted, Thomas Skou

    2016-01-01

    This paper investigates the geographies of high frequency trading. Today shares shift hands within micro seconds, giving rise to a form of financial geographies termed algorithmic capitalism. This notion refers to the different spatio-temporalities produced by high frequency trading, under...... the valuation of time. As high frequency trading accelerates financial markets, the paper examines the spatio-temporalities of automated trading by the ways in which the speed of knowledge exploitation in financial markets is not only of interest, but also the expansion between different temporalities....... The paper demonstrates how the intensification of time-space compression produces radical new dynamics in the financial market and develops information rent in HFT as convertible to a time rent and a spatio-temporal rent. The final section discusses whether high frequency trading only responds to crises...

  19. Radio Frequency Signal Propagation Study

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    2014-02-01

    and software solutions UNCLASSIFIED 5 UNCLASSIFIED DSTO-TR-2868 number of variables to select including the waveform used and whether the platform...the road. Transmission licences for the following five frequencies were obtained, 1216, 1270, 1399, 1525 and 1650 MHz. These frequencies were...Institution of Electrical Engineers, 2000 7. Matlab Software Package QPEM, Written by Richard Hawkes, APNT Group, CEWD, DSTO 8. Parsons, JD

  20. Lossless equalization of frequency combs

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    Torres Company, Víctor; Lancis Sáez, Jesús; Andrés, Pedro

    2008-01-01

    Frequency combs obtained by sinusoidal phase modulation of narrow-band continuous-wave lasers are widely used in the field of optical communications. However, the resulting spectral envelope of the comb is not at. In this Letter, we propose a general and eficient approach to achieve at frequency combs with tunable bandwidth. The idea is based on a two-step process. First, eficient generation of a train with temporal at-top-pulse profile is required. Second, we use larg...

  1. Gaming frequency and academic performance

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    Ip, Barry; Jacobs, Gabriel; Watkins, Alan

    2008-01-01

    There are numerous claims that playing computer and video games may be educationally beneficial, but there has been little formal investigation into whether or not the frequency of exposure to such games actually affects academic performance. This paper explores the issue by analysing the relationships between gaming frequency –measured as the amount of time undergraduate students spend playing games in their free time – and their academic performance as measured by their examination marks. U...

  2. Iodine frequency references for space

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    Schuldt, Thilo; Braxmaier, Claus; Döringshoff, Klaus; Peters, Achim; Oswald, Markus; Johann, Ulrich

    2017-01-01

    Optical frequency references are a key element for the realization of future space missions. They are needed for missions related to tests of fundamental physics, gravitational wave detection, Earth observation and navigation and ranging. In missions such as GRACE follow-on or LISA the optical frequency reference is used as light source for high-sensitivity inter-satellite distance metrology. While cavity-based systems are current baseline e.g. for LISA, frequency stabilization on a hyperfine transition in molecular iodine near 532 nm is a promising alternative. Due to its absolute frequency, iodine standards crucially simplify the initial spacecraft acquisition procedures. Current setups fulfill the GRACE-FO and LISA frequency stability requirements and are realized near Engineering Model level. We present the current status of our developments on Elegant Breadboard (EBB) and Engineering Model (EM) level taking into account specific design criteria for space compatibility such as compactness (size iodine spectroscopy EM: 38 × 18 × 10 cm 3 ) and robustness. Both setups achieved similar frequency stabilities of ∼ 1 · 10 −14 at an integration time of 1 s and below 5 · 10 −15 at integration times between 10 s and 1000 s. Furthermore, we present an even more compact design currently developed for a sounding rocket mission with launch in 2017. (paper)

  3. Iodine frequency references for space

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    Schuldt, Thilo; Döringshoff, Klaus; Oswald, Markus; Johann, Ulrich; Peters, Achim; Braxmaier, Claus

    2017-05-01

    Optical frequency references are a key element for the realization of future space missions. They are needed for missions related to tests of fundamental physics, gravitational wave detection, Earth observation and navigation and ranging. In missions such as GRACE follow-on or LISA the optical frequency reference is used as light source for high-sensitivity inter-satellite distance metrology. While cavity-based systems are current baseline e.g. for LISA, frequency stabilization on a hyperfine transition in molecular iodine near 532 nm is a promising alternative. Due to its absolute frequency, iodine standards crucially simplify the initial spacecraft acquisition procedures. Current setups fulfill the GRACE-FO and LISA frequency stability requirements and are realized near Engineering Model level. We present the current status of our developments on Elegant Breadboard (EBB) and Engineering Model (EM) level taking into account specific design criteria for space compatibility such as compactness (size iodine spectroscopy EM: 38 × 18 × 10 cm3) and robustness. Both setups achieved similar frequency stabilities of ˜ 1 · 10-14 at an integration time of 1 s and below 5 · 10-15 at integration times between 10 s and 1000 s. Furthermore, we present an even more compact design currently developed for a sounding rocket mission with launch in 2017.

  4. Estudo comparativo da ação anti-helmíntica da batata de purga (Operculina hamiltonii) e do melão de são caetano (Mormodica charantia) em caprinos (Capra hircus) naturalmente infectados Comparative study of the anti-helminthic action of the potato of purges (Operculina hamiltonii) and the cantaloups of São Caetano (Mormodica charatia) in naturally infected goats (Capra hircus)

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    Luciano de Brito-Junior; Maria Luana Cristiny Rodrigues Silva; Francisco Heitor de Lima; Ana Célia Rodrigues Athayde; Wilson Wouflan Silva; Onaldo Guedes Rodrigues

    2011-01-01

    As helmintoses gastrintestinais ocupam lugar de destaque na produção de pequenos ruminantes como um fator limitante e o seu controle vem sendo realizado por meio do uso indiscriminado de anti-helmínticos favorecendo o surgimento da resistência a medicamentos. Com o objetivo de comparar a ação anti-helmíntica das plantas Operculina hamiltonii (batata de purga), Marmodica charantia (Melão de São Caetano) e do moxedctin a 0,2% sobre as infecções helminticas naturais de caprinos, foram utilizados...

  5. Demand as frequency controlled reserve

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    Xu, Z.; Togeby, M.; OEstergaard, J.

    2008-09-15

    Using demand as frequency controlled reserve (DFR) is an emerging technology which allow demand to participate actively in maintaining the system operation without reducing the energy service delivered to the customer and without need of user interaction. The basic premise is that traditional frequency controlled reserves from power plants and interconnections with neighbouring systems can be costly, slow and not fulfil the need for future power grids with a high share of wind power and fewer central power plants, and an intention to perform flexible operation such as is landing. Electricity demands, on the other hand, have advantages as frequency reserve including fast activation speed, smooth linear activation, low expected costs, and well-dispersed in the distribution grid. The main challenge of DFR is new methods for monitoring the available capacity. This project has investigated the technology of using electricity demands for providing frequency reserve to power systems. Within the project the potential and economy of DFR compatible loads in Denmark has been investigated, control logic has been designed, power system impact has been investigated, potential business models has been evaluated and an implementation strategy has been suggested. The tasks and goals of the project have been successfully accomplished based on which the conclusion and future recommendation are made. This project has developed the DFR technology that enables electricity demands to autonomously disconnect or reconnect to the grid in response to system frequency variations. The developed DFR technology is proved to be a promising technology from several perspectives. Technically, using DFR is feasible to provide reserves and enhance power system frequency control, while fulfilling technical requirements such as linear activation (or reconnection) according to frequency (or time). Environmentally, the DFR technology is pollution free in contrast to traditional reserves from generation

  6. Frequency dependent polarization in blazars

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    Bjoernsson, C.I.

    1984-10-01

    It is argued that the intrinsic frequency dependent polarization in blazars finds its most straightforward explanations in terms of a single rather than a multicomponent sourcemodel. In order to reproduce the observations, under the assumption that the emission mechanism is optically thin synchrotron radiation, both a well ordered magnetic field and an electron distribution with a sharp break or cuttoff are necessary. Non-uniform pitch angle distribution and/or environments where synchrotron losses are important are both conducive to producing strong frequency dependent polarization. Reasons are put forth as to why such conditions ar expected to occur in blazars. Two specific models are discussed in detail and it is shown that they are both able to produce strong frequency dependent polarization, even when the spectral index changes by a small amount only. (orig.)

  7. The instantaneous frequency rate spectrogram

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    Czarnecki, Krzysztof

    2016-01-01

    An accelerogram of the instantaneous phase of signal components referred to as an instantaneous frequency rate spectrogram (IFRS) is presented as a joint time-frequency distribution. The distribution is directly obtained by processing the short-time Fourier transform (STFT) locally. A novel approach to amplitude demodulation based upon the reassignment method is introduced as a useful by-product. Additionally, an estimator of energy density versus the instantaneous frequency rate (IFR) is proposed and referred to as the IFR profile. The energy density is estimated based upon both the classical energy spectrogram and the IFRS smoothened by the median filter. Moreover, the impact of an analyzing window width, additive white Gaussian noise and observation time is tested. Finally, the introduced method is used for the analysis of the acoustic emission of an automotive engine. The recording of the engine of a Lamborghini Gallardo is analyzed as an example.

  8. radio frequency emf radio frequency emf exposure due to gsm

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    which is 9mW/m2 for the public and 22.5mW/m2 for those professionals invo for those professionals involved in telecommunication industry. lved in telecommunication industry. lved in telecommunication industry. Keywords: Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation, Base Station Antenna, Power density, international.

  9. Application of expressive speech in the TTS system with cepstral description

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    Přibil, Jiří; Přibilová, Anna

    -, č. 5042 (2008), s. 200-212 ISSN 0302-9743 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1QS108040569 Grant - others:MŠk(SK) 1/3107/06 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : speech synthesis * speech processing Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  10. Radio frequency modulation made easy

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    Faruque, Saleh

    2017-01-01

    This book introduces Radio Frequency Modulation to a broad audience. The author blends theory and practice to bring readers up-to-date in key concepts, underlying principles and practical applications of wireless communications. The presentation is designed to be easily accessible, minimizing mathematics and maximizing visuals.

  11. Low-frequency noise complaints

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    Pedersen, Christian Sejer; Møller, Henrik; Persson-Waye, Kerstin

    2006-01-01

    is only heard by a single person in the household. This raises the fundamental question whether the complainants are annoyed by an external physical sound, or if other explanations such as low-frequency tinnitus must be sought. The main aim of this study is to answer this fundamental question...

  12. LOFAR- The Low Frequency Array

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    Falcke, H.D.E.

    2006-01-01

    LOFAR is an innovative radio telescope in the frequency range of 10-240 MHz, realized as a phased array. It will become the largest radio telescope in the world in the time frame 2006-2010, located in Northern Europe. LOFAR is being implemented as a Wide Area Sensor Network which connects thousands

  13. High-frequency Trader Subjectivity

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    Borch, Christian; Lange, Ann-Christina

    2017-01-01

    that although HFT does not render humans irrelevant, it is leading to a reconfiguration of both the ideal trading subject and the human–machine relations. Drawing on interviews with and ethnographic observations of high-frequency traders, as well as HFT ‘how to’ books, we analyze the subjectivity and self...

  14. Demand as Frequency Controlled Reserve

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    Xu, Zhao; Togeby, Mikael; Østergaard, Jacob

    This report summaries the research outcomes of the project ‘Demand as Frequency Controlled Reserve (DFR)’, which has received the support from Energinet.dk’s PSO program, Grant no. 2005-2-6380. The objective of this project is to investigate the technology of using electricity demands for providing...

  15. Utilização de filmes plásticos e comestíveis na conservação pós-colheita de melão amarelo Utilization of PVC film and edible films to extend the postharvest conservation of yellow melons

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    Patrício F Batista

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo prolongar a vida pós-colheita de melões do tipo amarelo cv. AF-682, por meio da atmosfera modificada obtida com filme plástico de PVC e filmes comestíveis à base de cera de carnaúba (50% e fécula de mandioca (1, 2 e 3%. Para o revestimento dos frutos com embalagem plástica utilizou-se filme de PVC com 10 mm de espessura, aderente e esticável, colocado em camada única, na superfície de cada fruto. Após serem revestidos pelos filmes os frutos foram armazenados em temperatura ambiente de 29± 2ºC e 64±1% UR por 20 dias, sendo em intervalos de cinco dias submetidos às avaliações: massa individual, firmeza da polpa, teor de sólidos solúveis totais, acidez titulável e pH. Utilizou-se delineamento inteiramente casualizado com seis repetições em esquema fatorial 6x4, sendo 6 tratamentos de conservação e 4 períodos de armazenamento. Nenhum dos tratamentos avaliados é recomendável para aumentar a conservação pós-colheita de melão amarelo. Os frutos revestidos com fécula de mandioca a 3% e filme de PVC apresentaram processo iniciais característicos de fermentação e podridão a partir de 15 dias de armazenamento em temperatura ambiente.This work aimed to extend the postharvest life of yellow melons cv. AF-682 through modified atmosphere techniques obtained with PVC film and edible films such as carnauba wax (50% and cassava starch (1, 2 and 3%. Fruits were wrapped with one layer of adherent and stretchable PVC film with 10 mm width. After covering, fruits were stored at 29± 2ºC and 64±1% UR for 20 days. At a 5-day interval, fruits were evaluated for individual weight, pulp firmness, total soluble solids content, titratable acidity and pH. The trial was carried out in a complete randomized design, with six replications in a factorial scheme 6x4, with six treatments and four storage periods. The use of PVC film and edible films are not recommended to extend postharvest conservation of

  16. Efeito do tipo de corte nas características físico-químicas e microbiológicas do melão 'cantaloupe' (Cucumis melo L. Híbrido hy-Mark minimamente processado Effect of type of cutting on the physical chemical and microbiological characteristics of 'Cantaloupe' melon (Cucumis melo L. Hybrid hy-Mark minimally processed

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    Ariane Cordeiro de Oliveira

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de dois tipos de cortes (manual e mecânico nas características físico-químicas e microbiológicas do melão 'Cantaloupe' minimamente processado e refrigerado. Frutos com grau de maturação adequado foram selecionados, lavados, sanificados (200 ppm de cloro ativo/2 minutos e processados de acordo com o tipo de corte. Os frutos utilizados para o corte mecânico foram descascados em máquina descascadora e após a retirada das sementes, submetidos ao corte com auxílio de máquina de corte. Os destinados ao corte manual foram descascados e cortados com auxílio facas, colocados em imersão em solução de hipoclorito de sódio (20 ppm de cloro ativo por 30 segundos e acondicionados em embalagens flexíveis PET, armazenados a 4°C ± 1°C e avaliados a cada três dias por um período de 15 dias. Ao final dos experimentos, concluiu-se que para o processamento mínimo de melão 'Cantaloupe', o corte manual foi o mais indicado, por apresentar melhor estabilidade das características de cor, textura, pH, umidade e contagens microbiológicas durante o armazenamento.The purpose of this work was to evaluate the effect of two types of cutting (manual and mechanic on the physical-chemical and microbiological characteristics of processed and refrigerated 'Cantaloupe' melon. The fruits in the appropriate stage of ripening were selected, washed, sanitized (200ppm of active chlorine/2 minutes and processed in agreement with types of cutting. The fruits used for the mechanical cutting were cutting in peeling machine and after at retreat of the seeds, submitted to the cutting with aid of cutting machine. The fruits destined at manual cutting were peeled and cut with aid of knives, immerged in chlorinated water (20 mg.L-1 of active chlorine for 30 seconds and conditioned in PET flexible packing, stored at 4°C ± 1°C and were carried out each three days during 15 days. At the end of the experiments it was

  17. Produtividade e qualidade de frutos de melão em resposta à cobertura do solo com plástico preto e ao preparo do solo Yield and quality of melon fruits in response to plastic mulch and soil tillage

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    Neyton O. Miranda

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Determinou-se o efeito da intensidade do preparo e da cobertura do solo com plástico preto sobre a produção e qualidade de frutos de melão irrigado por gotejamento. O experimento foi conduzido em Mossoró, no delineamento blocos ao acaso em esquema fatorial com parcela subdividida, com três repetições. Foram avaliados o tipo de preparo do solo (área total ou em faixas e profundidade de preparo (20; 30; 40 e 50 cm, com parcelas divididas em com ou sem cobertura do solo. Os frutos foram classificados em tipo exportação, mercado interno e refugo para determinar peso de frutos de cada tipo, número total de frutos e seu peso médio. Foram determinados a firmeza de polpa, o teor de sólidos solúveis totais (SST, espessura da polpa e formato do fruto. A qualidade dos frutos de melão foi reduzida pela cobertura do solo apenas em termos de firmeza de polpa. O preparo do solo em faixas não influenciou as características estudadas. Maiores profundidades de preparo aumentaram a produção de frutos tipo exportação, entretanto diminuíram a produção para o mercado interno.The effect of black polyethylene mulch and soil tillage intensity was determined on yield and quality of drip irrigated melon. The field trial was carried out in Mossoró, Brazil. The experimental design was randomized complete block in a factorial scheme with three replications. Two soil tillage methods were evaluated (strip tillage or tillage of the entire area and tillage depth (20; 30; 40 and 50 cm, with split plots with or without mulch. Fruits were classified in export type, internal market type and rejected, to determine total yield and the yield of each type, number of fruits and fruit mean weight. Pulp firmness, total soluble solids, pulp thickness and fruit shape were determined. Results showed a decrease in pulp firmness with black plastic mulch. Strip tillage did not influence any studied characteristic. Yield of both export type and internal market melons was

  18. Potencialidades fitoquímicas do melão (Cucumis melo L. na região Noroeste do Rio Grande do Sul - Brasil Phytochemical potentialities of melon (Cucumis melo L. in the northwest region of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil

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    N.G. Muller

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    Full Text Available O melão (Cucumis melo L. é uma fruta muito apreciada por suas qualidades e sua produção vem crescendo e ganhando espaço no mercado nacional e internacional. Em regiões como o Noroeste do Rio Grande do Sul, destaca-se como uma nova alternativa de renda para vários agricultores. Neste contexto, o presente trabalho teve como objetivo analisar o potencial fitoquímico de alguns cultivares de melão da região Noroeste do Rio Grande do Sul. A análise fitoquímica utilizando como farmacógeno as folhas, foi realizada para a verificação da presença de metabólitos secundários, tais como: saponinas, cumarinas, cardiotônicos, cianogenéticos, alcalóides, taninos, antraquinonas, flavonoides, e óleos voláteis. Também foi avaliado o teor de suco a partir dos frutos. Dentre os cinco cultivares analisados, Gaúcho, Imperial, Hy Mark, Magelan, e Cantaloupe, o cultivar Gaucho apresentou a maior variedade em metabólitos secundários. Na avaliação do teor de suco a cultivar Magelan se destacou em comparação às demais cultivares testadas.The melon (Cucumis melo L. is a fruit highly appreciated for its qualities and its production has been growing and gaining space in the national and in the international market. In regions like the northwest of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil, it stands out as a new income alternative for farmers. In this context, this study aimed to analyze the phytochemical potential of some melon cultivars in the northwest region of Rio Grande do Sul. The phytochemical analysis, using the leaves as pharmacogen, was performed to verify the presence of secondary metabolites such as saponins, coumarins, cardiac glycosides, cyanogenetic glicosides, alkaloids, tannins, anthraquinones, flavonoids and volatile oils. The juice content from the fruits was also evaluated. Among the five analyzed cultivars, Gaucho, Imperial, Hy Mark, Magelan and Cantaloupe, cultivar Gaucho had the greatest variety of secondary metabolites. In the

  19. Variation in female morph frequencies and mating frequencies : random, frequency-dependent harassment or male mimicry?

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    Hammers, Martijn; Van Gossum, Hans

    2008-01-01

    Female-limited colour polymorphisms occur in a variety of species, where often one female morph (androchrome) resembles the body coloration of the conspecific male, whereas the other (gynochrome) does not. We tested predictions of two frequency-dependent hypotheses that are commonly invoked to

  20. High-Frequency Seafloor Acoustics

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    Jackson, Darrell R

    2007-01-01

    High-Frequency Seafloor Acoustics is the first book in a new series sponsored by the Office of Naval Research on the latest research in underwater acoustics. This exciting new title provides ready access to experimental data, theory, and models relevant to high-frequency seafloor acoustics and will be of interest to sonar engineers and researchers working in underwater acoustics. The physical characteristics of the seafloor affecting acoustic propagation and scattering are covered, including physical and geoacoustic properties and surface roughness. Current theories for acoustic propagation in sediments are presented along with corresponding models for reflection, scattering, and seafloor penetration. The main text is backed up by an extensive bibliography and technical appendices.

  1. Parsimonious nonstationary flood frequency analysis

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    Serago, Jake M.; Vogel, Richard M.

    2018-02-01

    There is now widespread awareness of the impact of anthropogenic influences on extreme floods (and droughts) and thus an increasing need for methods to account for such influences when estimating a frequency distribution. We introduce a parsimonious approach to nonstationary flood frequency analysis (NFFA) based on a bivariate regression equation which describes the relationship between annual maximum floods, x, and an exogenous variable which may explain the nonstationary behavior of x. The conditional mean, variance and skewness of both x and y = ln (x) are derived, and combined with numerous common probability distributions including the lognormal, generalized extreme value and log Pearson type III models, resulting in a very simple and general approach to NFFA. Our approach offers several advantages over existing approaches including: parsimony, ease of use, graphical display, prediction intervals, and opportunities for uncertainty analysis. We introduce nonstationary probability plots and document how such plots can be used to assess the improved goodness of fit associated with a NFFA.

  2. The radio-frequency quadrupole

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    Vretenar, Maurizio

    2013-01-01

    Radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) linear accelerators appeared on the accelerator scene in the late 1970s and have since revolutionized the domain of low-energy proton and ion acceleration. The RFQ makes the reliable production of unprecedented ion beam intensities possible within a compact radio-frequency (RF) resonator which concentrates the three main functions of the low-energy linac section: focusing, bunching and accelerating. Its sophisticated electrode structure and strict beam dynamics and RF requirements, however, impose severe constraints on the mechanical and RF layout, making the construction of RFQs particularly challenging. This lecture will introduce the main beam optics, RF and mechanical features of a RFQ emphasizing how these three aspects are interrelated and how they contribute to the final performance of the RFQ.

  3. Lossless equalization of frequency combs.

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    Torres-Company, Víctor; Lancis, Jesús; Andrés, Pedro

    2008-08-15

    Frequency combs obtained by sinusoidal phase modulation of narrowband cw lasers are widely used in the field of optical communications. However, the resulting spectral envelope of the comb is not flat. We propose a general and efficient approach to achieve flat frequency combs with tunable bandwidth. The idea is based on a two-step process. First, efficient generation of a train with a temporal flat-top-pulse profile is required. Second, we use large parabolic phase modulation in every train period to map the temporal intensity shape into the spectral domain. In this way the resulting spectral envelope is flat, and the size is tunable with the chirping rate. Two different schemes are proposed and verified through numerical simulations.

  4. High frequency power distribution system

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    Patel, Mikund R.

    1986-01-01

    The objective of this project was to provide the technology of high frequency, high power transmission lines to the 100 kW power range at 20 kHz frequency. In addition to the necessary design studies, a 150 m long, 600 V, 60 A transmission line was built, tested and delivered for full vacuum tests. The configuration analysis on five alternative configurations resulted in the final selection of the three parallel Litz straps configuration, which gave a virtually concentric design in the electromagnetic sense. Low inductance, low EMI and flexibility in handling are the key features of this configuration. The final design was made after a parametric study to minimize the losses, weight and inductance. The construction of the cable was completed with no major difficulties. The R,L,C parameters measured on the cable agreed well with the calculated values. The corona tests on insulation samples showed a safety factor of 3.

  5. Frequency scaling for angle gathers

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    Zuberi, M. A H

    2014-01-01

    Angle gathers provide an extra dimension to analyze the velocity after migration. Space-shift and time shift-imaging conditions are two methods used to obtain angle gathers, but both are reasonably expensive. By scaling the time-lag axis of the time-shifted images, the computational cost of the time shift imaging condition can be considerably reduced. In imaging and more so Full waveform inversion, frequencydomain Helmholtz solvers are used more often to solve for the wavefields than conventional time domain extrapolators. In such cases, we do not need to extend the image, instead we scale the frequency axis of the frequency domain image to obtain the angle gathers more efficiently. Application on synthetic data demonstrate such features.

  6. Meal frequency and childhood obesity.

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    Toschke, André M; Küchenhoff, Helmut; Koletzko, Berthold; von Kries, Rüdiger

    2005-11-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated an inverse association between meal frequency and the prevalence of obesity in adulthood. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between meal frequency and childhood obesity. Stature and weight of 4,370 German children ages 5 to 6 years were determined in six Bavarian (Germany) public health offices during the obligatory school entry health examination in 2001/2002. An extensive questionnaire on risk factors for obesity was answered by their parents. Obesity was defined according to sex- and age-specific BMI cut-off points proposed by the International Obesity Task Force. The main exposure was daily meal frequency. The prevalence of obesity decreased by number of daily meals: three or fewer meals, 4.2% [95% confidence interval (CI), 2.8 to 6.1]; four meals, 2.8% (95% CI, 2.1 to 3.7); and 5 or more meals, 1.7% (95% CI, 1.2 to 2.4). These effects could not be explained by confounding due to a wide range of constitutional, sociodemographic, and lifestyle factors. The adjusted odds ratios for obesity were 0.73 (95% CI, 0.44 to 1.21) for four meals and 0.51 (95% CI, 0.29 to 0.89) for five or more meals. Additional analyses pointed to a higher energy intake in nibblers compared with gorgers. A protective effect of an increased daily meal frequency on obesity in children was observed and appeared to be independent of other risk factors for childhood obesity. A modulation of the response of hormones such as insulin might be instrumental.

  7. Frequency Diverse Array Receiver Architectures

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    currently valid OMB control number. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY) 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES...flexible enough to include other frequency progressions or waveform types although not investigated in this thesis. Lastly, we present a technique...in Conjunction with MIMO Radar The FDA configuration discussed in the literature involves both the co-located and multi-static aper - ture arrangement

  8. LEP Radio Frequency Copper Cavity

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    The pulse of a particle accelerator. 128 of these radio frequency cavities were positioned around CERN's 27-kilometre LEP ring to accelerate electrons and positrons. The acceleration was produced by microwave electric oscillations at 352 MHz. The electrons and positrons were grouped into bunches, like beads on a string, and the copper sphere at the top stored the microwave energy between the passage of individual bunches. This made for valuable energy savings as it reduced the heat generated in the cavity.

  9. Tracking frequency laser distance gauge

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    Phillips, J.D.; Reasenberg, R.D.

    2005-01-01

    Advanced astronomical missions with greatly enhanced resolution and physics missions of unprecedented accuracy will require laser distance gauges of substantially improved performance. We describe a laser gauge, based on Pound-Drever-Hall locking, in which the optical frequency is adjusted to maintain an interferometer's null condition. This technique has been demonstrated with pm performance. Automatic fringe hopping allows it to track arbitrary distance changes. The instrument is intrinsically free of the nm-scale cyclic bias present in traditional (heterodyne) high-precision laser gauges. The output is a radio frequency, readily measured to sufficient accuracy. The laser gauge has operated in a resonant cavity, which improves precision, can suppress the effects of misalignments, and makes possible precise automatic alignment. The measurement of absolute distance requires little or no additional hardware, and has also been demonstrated. The proof-of-concept version, based on a stabilized HeNe laser and operating on a 0.5 m path, has achieved 10 pm precision with 0.1 s integration time, and 0.1 mm absolute distance accuracy. This version has also followed substantial distance changes as fast as 16 mm/s. We show that, if the precision in optical frequency is a fixed fraction of the linewidth, both incremental and absolute distance precision are independent of the distance measured. We discuss systematic error sources, and present plans for a new version of the gauge based on semiconductor lasers and fiber-coupled components

  10. Hyperbolic equations and frequency interactions

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    Caffarelli, Luis

    1998-01-01

    The research topic for this IAS/PCMI Summer Session was nonlinear wave phenomena. Mathematicians from the more theoretical areas of PDEs were brought together with those involved in applications. The goal was to share ideas, knowledge, and perspectives. How waves, or "frequencies", interact in nonlinear phenomena has been a central issue in many of the recent developments in pure and applied analysis. It is believed that wavelet theory-with its simultaneous localization in both physical and frequency space and its lacunarity-is and will be a fundamental new tool in the treatment of the phenomena. Included in this volume are write-ups of the "general methods and tools" courses held by Jeff Rauch and Ingrid Daubechies. Rauch's article discusses geometric optics as an asymptotic limit of high-frequency phenomena. He shows how nonlinear effects are reflected in the asymptotic theory. In the article "Harmonic Analysis, Wavelets and Applications" by Daubechies and Gilbert the main structure of the wavelet theory is...

  11. LOFAR, the low frequency array

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    Vermeulen, R. C.

    2012-09-01

    LOFAR, the Low Frequency Array, is a next-generation radio telescope designed by ASTRON, with antenna stations concentrated in the north of the Netherlands and currently spread into Germany, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom; plans for more LOFAR stations exist in several other countries. Utilizing a novel, phased-array design, LOFAR is optimized for the largely unexplored low frequency range between 30 and 240 MHz. Digital beam-forming techniques make the LOFAR system agile and allow for rapid re-pointing of the telescopes as well as the potential for multiple simultaneous observations. Processing (e.g. cross-correlation) takes place in the LOFAR BlueGene/P supercomputer, and associated post-processing facilities. With its dense core (inner few km) array and long (more than 1000 km) interferometric baselines, LOFAR reaches unparalleled sensitivity and resolution in the low frequency radio regime. The International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) is now issuing its first call for observing projects that will be peer reviewed and selected for observing starting in December. Part of the allocations will be made on the basis of a fully Open Skies policy; there are also reserved fractions assigned by national consortia in return for contributions from their country to the ILT. In this invited talk, the gradually expanding complement of operationally verified observing modes and capabilities are reviewed, and some of the exciting first astronomical results are presented.

  12. Melissopalynology in Brazil: a review of pollen analysis of honeys, propolis and pollen loads of bees Melissopalinologia no Brasil: uma revisão sobre análises palinológicas de mel, própolis e bolotas de pólen de abelhas

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    Ortrud Monika Barth

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews current knowledge on the occurrence of several types of pollen grains in the sediments of honey samples, propolis and bee loads of Apiinae and Meliponinae in Brazil. After a short historical introduction about research activities in Melissopalynology using Brazilian samples, bee products were analyzed in respect to the greater Brazilian regions (South, Southeast, Northeast and North, emphasizing monofloral honeys and the green propolis. Numerous bibliographic references and a short glossary of the technical terms used is presented.Foram apresentados os conhecimentos atuais existentes sobre a ocorrência de tipos polínicos em sedimentos de amostras de mel e de própolis, bem como constantes de cargas corbiculares de abelhas Apiinae e Meliponinae no Brasil. Introduzidas por um breve histórico sobre pesquisas em Melissopalinologia realizadas com amostras brasileiras, foram analisadas amostras destes produtos apícolas segundo as grandes regiões brasileiras (Sul, Sudeste, Nordeste e Norte, salientando-se méis monoflorais e a própolis verde. Extensa bibliografia acompanha o levantamento de dados, bem como um glossário sobre termos técnicos usados.

  13. Fast frequency divider circuit using combinational logic

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    Helinski, Ryan

    2017-05-30

    The various technologies presented herein relate to performing on-chip frequency division of an operating frequency of a ring oscillator (RO). Per the various embodiments herein, a conflict between RO size versus operational frequency can be addressed by dividing the output frequency of the RO to a frequency that can be measured on-chip. A frequency divider circuit (comprising NOR gates and latches, for example) can be utilized in conjunction with the RO on the chip. In an embodiment, the frequency divider circuit can include a pair of latches coupled to the RO to facilitate dividing the oscillating frequency of the RO by 2. In another embodiment, the frequency divider circuit can include four latches (operating in pairs) coupled to the RO to facilitate dividing the oscillating frequency of the RO by 4. A plurality of ROs can be MUXed to the plurality of ROs by a single oscillation-counting circuit.

  14. CAMAC programmable-control frequency synthesizer

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    Yumaguzin, T.Kh.; Vyazovkin, D.E.; Nazirov, Eh.P.; Tuktarov, R.F.

    1989-01-01

    Synthesizer allows to set frequency with 0.015% accuracy and to scan it with variable step. Frequency controlled divider with further summing-up of divided frequency with fundamental one is used in synthesizer, and it has allowed to use digit of the input code and to obtain 3-4 MHz frequency range. Variation of operation flowsheet in the other frequency range is possible. K-155 and K-531 series microcircuits were used during development

  15. Frequency Modulation of Spin-Transfer Oscillators

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    Pufall, M. R.; Rippard, W. H.; Kaka, S.; Silva, T. J.; Russek, S. E.

    2004-01-01

    Spin-polarized dc electric current flowing into a magnetic layer can induce precession of the magnetization at a frequency that depends on current. We show that addition of an ac current to this dc bias current results in a frequency modulated (FM) spectral output, generating sidebands spaced at the modulation frequency. The sideband amplitudes and shift of the center frequency with drive amplitude are in good agreement with a nonlinear FM model that takes into account the nonlinear frequency...

  16. High-frequency magnetic components

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    Kazimierczuk, Marian K

    2013-01-01

    A unique text on the theory and design fundaments of inductors and transformers, updated with more coverage on the optimization of magnetic devices and many new design examples The first edition is popular among a very broad audience of readers in different areas of engineering and science. This book covers the theory and design techniques of the major types of high-frequency power inductors and transformers for a variety of applications, including switching-mode power supplies (SMPS) and resonant dc-to-ac power inverters and dc-to-dc power converters. It describes eddy-current phenomena (su

  17. Frequency Dependent Attenuation in Rocks

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    1990-01-20

    WORK UNIT ELEMENT NO NO NO ACCESSION NO 62714E 7A10 DA DA 1𔃻 T. ,E (Incude Security Clasification ) Frequency Dependent Attenuation in Rocks Ŗ 0E;SO’.A_...P., and L. Peselnick, Investigation of internal friction in fused quartz, steel , plexiglass, and Westerly granite from 0.01 to 1.00 Hertz at 10- to 10...P., and L. Peselnick, Investigation of internal friction in fused quartz, steel , plexiglas, and Westerly granite from 0.01 to 1.00 Hertz at 10-8 to 10

  18. Demand as Frequency Controlled Reserve

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    Xu, Zhao; Østergaard, Jacob; Togeby, Mikael

    2011-01-01

    Relying on generation side alone is deemed insufficient to fulfill the system balancing needs for future Danish power system, where a 50% wind penetration is outlined by the government for year 2025. This paper investigates using the electricity demand as frequency controlled reserve (DFR) as a new...... balancing measure, which has a high potential and can provide many advantages. Firstly, the background of the research is reviewed, including conventional power system reserves and the electricity demand side potentials. Subsequently, the control logics and corresponding design considerations for the DFR...

  19. Optical transducers with frequency output

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    Osadchuk, Oleksandr V.; Osadchuk, Volodymyr S.; Osadchuk, Iaroslav O.; Kolimoldayev, Maksat; Komada, Paweł; Mussabekov, Kanat

    2017-08-01

    In this work the characteristics research of microelectronic transducers of optical radiation with a frequency output signal on the basis of a hybrid integrated circuit consisting of a bipolar and a field-effect transistor with a Schottky barrier is presented. The connection of an external inductance to electrodes a collector - drain allows to implement the auto generating device. The frequency of the device generation depends on power of optical radiation falling on photosensing elements as a photoresistor, photodiode and photosensing transistors switched on in a circuit of the self-excited oscillator. The impedance on electrodes the collector - drain of bipolar and field transistors has capacitive reactive part and negative active resistance, which compensates power losses in a tuning circuit of the device. On the base of a nonlinear equivalent circuit of the transducer on an alternating current the analytical expressions of function of transformation and equation of sensitivity are obtained. The sensitivity of optical transducers lays in a range from 25 kHz/μWt/cm2 up to 150 kHz/μWt/cm2.

  20. Robust laser frequency stabilization by serrodyne modulation.

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    Kohlhaas, Ralf; Vanderbruggen, Thomas; Bernon, Simon; Bertoldi, Andrea; Landragin, Arnaud; Bouyer, Philippe

    2012-03-15

    We report the relative frequency stabilization of a distributed feedback erbium-doped fiber laser on an optical cavity by serrodyne frequency shifting. A correction bandwidth of 2.3 MHz and a dynamic range of 220 MHz are achieved, which leads to a strong robustness against large disturbances up to high frequencies. We demonstrate that serrodyne frequency shifting reaches a higher correction bandwidth and lower relative frequency noise level compared to a standard acousto-optical modulator based scheme. Our results allow us to consider promising applications in the absolute frequency stabilization of lasers on optical cavities.

  1. Broadcast Communication by System Frequency Modulation

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    Douglass, Philip James; You, Shi; Heussen, Kai

    2012-01-01

    Load controllers available today can measure AC system frequency and react to frequency deviations. A system operator can communicate to frequency sensitive loads by changing the set-points of the system’s dispatchable frequency regulation resources. Explicitly signaling system state by generating...... off-nominal system frequency values is a novel narrowband broadcast communications channel between system operators and frequency sensitive distributed energy resources (FS-DER). The feasibility of the proposed system is evaluated on an existing island power system in Denmark. This study shows...... that within standard frequency quality constraints, 4 distinct symbols are feasible on the island. However, the overarching imperative of system stability prevents the symbols from having arbitrary meanings. Higher frequency values must translate into greater consumption from loads, and vice versa. Within...

  2. Binaural beats and frequency-coding.

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    Fritze, W; Köhler, W

    1986-01-01

    Binaural beats were studied before and during a situation of temporary threshold shift, and no frequency shift could be found. In contrast, subjective binaural frequency comparison revealed a distinct shift. These findings demonstrate the two known modes of perception.

  3. Auditory adaptation improves tactile frequency perception

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    Crommett, L.E.; Pérez Bellido, A.; Yau, J.M.

    2017-01-01

    Our ability to process temporal frequency information by touch underlies our capacity to perceive and discriminate surface textures. Auditory signals, which also provide extensive temporal frequency information, can systematically alter the perception of vibrations on the hand. How auditory signals

  4. Econometrics of financial high-frequency data

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    Hautsch, Nikolaus

    2011-01-01

    This book covers major approaches in high-frequency econometrics. It discusses implementation details, provides insights into properties of high-frequency data as well as institutional settings and presents applications.

  5. Lightweight, high-frequency transformers

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    Schwarze, G. E.

    1983-01-01

    The 25-kVA space transformer was developed under contract by Thermal Technology Laboratory, Buffalo, N. Y. The NASA Lewis transformer technology program attempted to develop the baseline technology. For the 25-kVA transformer the input voltage was chosen as 200 V, the output voltage as 1500 V, the input voltage waveform as square wave, the duty cycle as continuous, the frequency range (within certain constraints) as 10 to 40 kHz, the operating temperatures as 85 deg. and 130 C, the baseplate temperature as 50 C, the equivalent leakage inductance as less than 10 micro-h, the operating environment as space, and the life expectancy as 10 years. Such a transformer can also be used for aircraft, ship and terrestrial applications.

  6. Frequency domain optical parametric amplification.

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    Schmidt, Bruno E; Thiré, Nicolas; Boivin, Maxime; Laramée, Antoine; Poitras, François; Lebrun, Guy; Ozaki, Tsuneyuki; Ibrahim, Heide; Légaré, François

    2014-05-07

    Today's ultrafast lasers operate at the physical limits of optical materials to reach extreme performances. Amplification of single-cycle laser pulses with their corresponding octave-spanning spectra still remains a formidable challenge since the universal dilemma of gain narrowing sets limits for both real level pumped amplifiers as well as parametric amplifiers. We demonstrate that employing parametric amplification in the frequency domain rather than in time domain opens up new design opportunities for ultrafast laser science, with the potential to generate single-cycle multi-terawatt pulses. Fundamental restrictions arising from phase mismatch and damage threshold of nonlinear laser crystals are not only circumvented but also exploited to produce a synergy between increased seed spectrum and increased pump energy. This concept was successfully demonstrated by generating carrier envelope phase stable, 1.43 mJ two-cycle pulses at 1.8 μm wavelength.

  7. LOFAR- The Low Frequency Array

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    Falcke, H. D. E.

    2006-08-01

    LOFAR is an innovative radio telescope in the frequency range of 10-240 MHz, realized as a phased array. It will become the largest radio telescope in the world in the time frame 2006-2010, located in Northern Europe. LOFAR is being implemented as a Wide Area Sensor Network which connects thousands of cheap sensors spread throughout the country to a central super computer using an ultra-broadband, synchronized data network. As the central processor IBM has provided its Blue Gene/L supercomputer. It will process streaming data with about 0.5 Terabit per second. Many simple radio antennas connected to the network turn it into a huge radio telescope for cosmological studies. In addition, geophones will turn LOFAR into an earthquake monitoring system and infrasound and meteorology sensors will turn LOFAR into a real-time weather monitoring array for agricultural applications. LOFAR is the first radio telescopes that can listen to radio signals from the entire sky overhead, on all time scales, at a large range of frequencies, and even look back in time for a couple of seconds. The main strength of LOFAR are surveys. One goal is to detect the first generation of black holes and galaxies in the universe during the epoch of reionization and study hydrogen formed after the big bang. LOFAR is also an ideal system to discover transient and sporadic radio signals. Likely transient sources to be discovered with LOFAR are bursting stars and Jupiter-like planets, gamma-ray bursts, radio outbursts from black holes, but also lightning on Earth and even radio flashes from ultra-high energy cosmic particles hitting the Earth atmosphere. Some LOFAR prototypes have recently been built. They have produced the first instantaneous all-sky maps and discovered the radio emission from cosmic particle air showers.

  8. Coping with Radio Frequency Interference

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    Lewis, B. M.

    2009-01-01

    The radio spectrum is a finite resource, on which humanity makes many demands. And pressure on it is ever increasing with the development of new technology and ideas for radio services. After all, we all benefit from wifi and cell phones. Radio astronomers have a small percentage of the spectrum allocated to them at octave intervals in the metre-centimetre bands, and at important frequencies, such as that of the 21cm line of HI. Signals from other services, as well as from our own poorly-engineered equipment, sometimes contaminate our bands: these signals constitute RFI. These may totally obliterate the astronomical signal, or, in the case of CLOUDSAT, may be capable of completely destroying a receiver, which introduces us to the new possibility of 'destructive interference'. A geo-stationary satellite can block access to a piece of sky from one site. Good equipment design eliminates self-inflicted interference, while physical separation often provides adequate practical mitigation at many frequencies. However, new observatories end up being located in the West Australian desert or Antarctica. In future they may be on the back side of the Moon. But there is no Earth-bound protection via physical separation against satellite signals. Some mitigation can be achieved by frequent data dumps and the excision of RFI, or by real-time detection and blanking of the receiver, or by more sophisticated algoriths. Astronomers of necessity aim to achieve mitigation via coordination, at the local level, and by participating in spectrum management at the national and international levels. This involves them spending a lot of time in Geneva at the International Telegraphic Union protecting their access to spectrum, and access to clean spectrum from the L3 point and the far side of the Moon.

  9. Características de carcaça de cordeiros Morada Nova alimentados com diferentes níveis do fruto-refugo de melão em substituição ao milho moído na dieta Carcass traits of Morada Nova lambs fed different levels of melon fruit-refuse in substitution of ground corn in the diet

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    R.G. Costa

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Foram avaliados as características de carcaça e os rendimentos dos cortes comerciais e realizada avaliação tecidual de 20 cordeiros Morada Nova alimentados com dietas contendo fruto-refugo de melão em substituição a 0, 30, 60 ou 100% do milho moído. Os animais, com peso médio inicial de 15 kg e 6 meses de idade, foram mantidos confinados em baias individuais e abatidos com peso médio de 26 kg. Utilizou-se um delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com quatro tratamentos (níveis de substituição do milho por fruto-refugo de melão e cinco repetições. Não foram observadas diferenças significativas no peso de corpo vazio, no peso de carcaça quente e fria, nos rendimentos de carcaça quente e fria nem no rendimento biológico. Também não foi verificado efeito significativo da inclusão de fruto-refugo de melão nas dietas sobre os rendimentos dos cortes comerciais (pescoço, costela, paleta, lombo e a perna e as concentrações de músculo, osso e gordura. A substituição do milho moído por fruto-refugo do melão nas dietas não prejudica as características quantitativas de carcaça de cordeiros Morada Nova e consiste numa boa alternativa na alimentação de ovinos de corte em terminação.This experiment evaluated carcass traits and yields of comercial cuts and tissue evaluation of 20 Morada Nova lambs fed diets with fruit-refuse of melon replacing 0, 30, 60 or 100% of ground corn. The animals with 15 kg of initial body weight and at 6 six months of age were kept confined in individual pens and slaughtered with 26 kg of weight. It was used a completely randomized experimental design, with four treatments (levels of ground corn replaced by melon fruit-refuse and five replicates. It was not observed any significant differences for empty body weight, hot and cold carcass weight, yields of hot and cold carcass, and biological yield. Neither it was noted significant effect of inclusion of melon fruit-refuse in the diets

  10. New pulse modulator with low switching frequency

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    Golub V. S.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The author presents an integrating pulse modulator (analog signal converter with the pulse frequency and duration modulation similar to sigma-delta modulation (with low switching frequency, without quantization. The modulator is characterized by the absence of the quantization noise inherent in sigma-delta modulator, and a low switching frequency, unlike the pulse-frequency modulator. The modulator is recommended, in particular, to convert signals at the input of the class D power amplifier.

  11. Produção e qualidade de melão amarelo influenciado por coberturas do solo e lâminas de irrigação no período chuvoso Yield and quality of yellow melon influenced by soil coverages and irrigation depth during rainfall period

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    Maria José Tôrres Câmara

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available O plantio de melão no período chuvoso tem sido um dos grandes desafios para os produtores da região do Nordeste brasileiro devido a problemas fitossanitários. Objetivou-se, neste trabalho, avaliar os efeitos de cobertura do solo e de lâminas de irrigação na produção e na qualidade do melão amarelo híbrido "Goldex", no período chuvoso. O experimento foi desenvolvido na Fazenda Santa Júlia Agrocomercial Exportadora de Frutos Tropicais Ltda, no município de Mossoró-RN, no período de abril a julho de 2003. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o de blocos completos casualizados, com quatro repetições. Os tratamentos resultaram da combinação de cinco tipos de coberturas do solo (solo descoberto e coberturas do solo com plástico preto, prateado, amarelo e marrom com três lâminas de irrigação (100%, 86% e 72% da lâmina padrão, esta equivalente a 238,4mm por ciclo. As características avaliadas foram número, massa média e produtividade de frutos comercializáveis (mercados interno e externo, refugos e totais, firmeza e espessura de polpa, relação de formato e teor de sólidos solúveis totais. Houve interação significativa entre os tipos de coberturas do solo e as lâminas de irrigação para a produtividade total. A maior produtividade de frutos comercializáveis e de conteúdo de sólidos solúveis totais foi registrada nas coberturas do solo com plástico. Os números de frutos comercializáveis, refugos e totais, bem como a produtividade de frutos comercializáveis e refugos, não foram afetados significativamente pelas lâminas de irrigação.Growing a melon crop during the rainfall period has been a great challenge for producers from the north eastern Brazil due to crop sanitary problems. This work was aimed at evaluating the effects of soil coverages and irrigation depth on yield and quality of yellow melon (hybrid Goldex during the rainfall period. The experiment was carried out at Fazenda Santa Júlia Agro

  12. Conservação pós-colheita de melão Charentais tratado com 1-MCP e armazenado sob refrigeração e atmosfera modificada Postharvest conservation of charentais melons treated with 1-MCP and stored under refrigeration and modified atmosphere

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    Pahlevi A de Souza

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivando avaliar a vida útil pós-colheita de melão tipo Charentais (Cucumis melo L. sob refrigeração, tratados com 1-MCP e associado ou não a atmosfera modificada (AM, foram conduzidos dois experimentos em laboratório da Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical, Fortaleza-CE. Os frutos foram provenientes da Agroindústria Nolem Comercial Importadora e Exportadora Ltda, localizada no Agropólo Mossoró Açu-RN. Os frutos foram tratados com 300 e 600 ppb de 1-MCP, em seguida, metade desses frutos foram embalados em filmes plásticos, mantendo-se frutos embalados sem aplicação de 1-MCP nas mesmas condições de armazenamento dos demais. Os melões foram armazenados por 21 dias sendo 14 dias (9±1ºC e 87±5% UR + 7 dias (22±2ºC e 70±5% UR. Em função da aparência externa, a vida útil pós-colheita dos frutos armazenados sob atmosfera modificada, com ou sem tratamento inicial de 1-MCP foi de 21 dias, enquanto que dos frutos tratados inicialmente apenas com 1-MCP foi de 19 dias. A aplicação do 1-MCP proporcionou redução na atividade respiratória e na produção de etileno, e maior retenção da firmeza da polpa, menor perda de massa e melhor aparência externa quando associado a atmosfera modificada. A atmosfera modificada, isoladamente, foi eficiente em reduzir a perda de massa e manter melhor aparência externa.Aiming to evaluate the postharvest shelf life of Charentais melon (Cucumis melo L. stored under refrigeration, the fruits were treated with 1-MCP, associated or not with modified atmosphere (MAP. Two experiments were carried out at the laboratory of Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical in Fortaleza, Brazil, analyzing the chemical and physic quality characteristics. The fruits were obtained at the Agroindústria Nolem Comercial Importadora e Exportadora Ltda, located in Mossoró Açu, Brazil. The fruits were treated with 300 and 600 nL L-1 of 1-MCP, half of those were wrapped in plastic films, which were wrapped without the use of 1

  13. Qualidade de frutos de cinco híbridos de melão rendilhado em função do número de frutos por planta Quality of fruits of five musk melon cultivars in function of the number of fruits per plant

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    Renata Castoldi

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar a qualidade de cinco híbridos de melão rendilhado, com dois e três frutos por planta, utilizando fibra da casca de coco e fertirrigação. Para tanto, foi instalado um experimento em casa de vegetação na UNESP-FCAV, Câmpus de Jaboticabal, com delineamento experimental em blocos ao acaso, em esquema fatorial 5 x 2, com quatro repetições. Os fatores avaliados foram cinco híbridos de melão rendilhado (Maxim, Bônus nº 2, Shinju 200, Fantasy e Louis e número de frutos por planta (2 ou 3 frutos. Os frutos foram colhidos quando atingiram o máximo do desenvolvimento. Foram avaliados: sólidos solúveis, acidez titulável, pH, vitamina C e massa média dos frutos. Para todas as características avaliadas, não houve interação entre híbridos e o número de frutos por planta. Com base nos resultados obtidos, conclui-se que o híbrido Bônus nº 2 apresentou o maior número de características qualitativas desejáveis quando cultivada sob ambiente protegido, utilizando fibra da casca de coco e fertirrigação. O número de frutos por planta não afetou as características qualitativas avaliadas, exceto o teor de sólidos solúveis e massa média dos frutos, sendo maior quando deixados dois frutos por planta.The aim of this work was to evaluate the quality of five cultivars muskmelon, conducted with two or three fruits per plant, using coconut fiber and fertirrigation. This research was carried in green house conditions in UNESP-FCAV, Campus of Jaboticabal, with experimental design of randomized blocks in factorial scheme 5 x 2, with four replications. The studied factors were five cultivars muskmelon (Maxim, Bônus 2, Shinju 200, Fantasy e Louis and number of fruits per plant (2 or 3 fruits. Fruits were harvested after they have achieved the maximum growth. The following parameters were studied: soluble solids; total tritritable acidity; vitamine C and average mass of the fruit. There wasn

  14. Avaliação do processo de impregnação a vácuo em melão, utilizando diferentes substâncias Evaluation of the process of vacuum impregnation in melon using different substances

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    Marciu José Reno

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Cortes cilíndricos de melões (Cucumis melo var. inodorus Naudin tipo amarelo foram submetidos à impregnação com soluções de cloreto de cálcio (0,5 g.100 mL-1 de solução, adicionadas de amido gelatinizado (0, 5 e 10 g.100 mL-1 de solução e glicose (0, 10 e 20 g.100 mL-1 de solução, com pressão de vácuo (84,4; 50,5 e 16,6 kPa controlada. Foram feitas medidas do teor de sólidos solúveis totais, perda ou incorporação de componentes e textura de pedaços dos melões antes e após impregnação a vácuo. As variações desses parâmetros foram calculadas em relação aos do fruto original. Alterações na viscosidade das soluções devido aos processamentos também foram quantificadas. A existência de processos sinergísticos entre os fluxos de solutos do fruto e da solução pode ser constatada e analisada através de superfícies de resposta para as diferentes pressões, em função das concentrações de amido gelatinizado e de glicose nas soluções. A mobilidade molecular dos componentes do fruto e da solução em relação à viscosidade foi discutida.Cylindrical cuts of melon (Cucumis melo var inodorus Naudin, yellow type were submitted to impregnation with calcium chloride solutions (0.5 g.100 mL-1 of solution added with gelatinized starch (0. 5 and 10 g.100 mL-1 of solution and glucose (0. 10 and 20 g.100 mL-1 of solution with controlled vacuum pressure (84.4; 50.5 and 16.6 kPa. Measurements of the total soluble solids, incorporation or loss components (turgidity and texture of melon slices were made before and after vacuum impregnation. Quality parameter variations were calculated in relation to the original fruit. Alterations in the viscosity of the solutions during the processing had been also quantified. The existence of synergistic processes between the solute flows from the fruit and from the solution was evident and could be analyzed using response surfaces for the different pressures as a function of the glucose

  15. Qualidade de melões (Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis Naud., híbrido Torreon, produzidos em hidroponia e armazenados em embalagens de polietileno Quality of Torreon hybrid melon fruits (Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis Naud. grown in hydroponic system and stored in polyethylene packaging

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    Auri Brackmann

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Este experimento teve por objetivos avaliar a permeabilidade de filmes de polietileno de diferentes espessuras e densidades ao O2 e ao CO2, a composição gasosa (O2, CO2 e etileno formada no interior das embalagens e a qualidade físico-química de melões (Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis Naud., híbrido Torreon, produzidos no sistema hidropônico "Nutrient Film Technique" (NFT e armazenados em embalagens de polietileno. Os tratamentos avaliados foram: (1 armazenamento refrigerado (sem uso de filme; (2 polietileno de baixa densidade (PEBD de 40µm; (3 PEBD de 60µm; (4 PEBD de 90µm; (5 polietileno de média densidade (PEMD de 40µm; (6 PEMD de 60µm. Os frutos permaneceram armazenados durante 25 dias a 3,8±0,2°C e por mais dois dias a 20°C. Os filmes de PEBD de 60 e 90µm e o PEMD de 60µm apresentaram menor permeabilidade ao CO2, mantendo as maiores concentrações de CO2 nas embalagens. O filme de PEBD de 90µm apresentou menor permeabilidade ao O2. A menor concentração de etileno foi obtida com o uso de PEBD de 40µm. O uso de filmes reduziu drasticamente a perda de massa dos frutos, quando comparados aos frutos não embalados. Os frutos acondicionados na embalagem de PEBD de 40µm mantiveram uma maior firmeza da polpa após o período de armazenamento, não diferindo estatisticamente dos frutos armazenados em PEMD de 40µm. Já a incidência de podridões foi significativamente menor nos frutos armazenados em PEMD de 60µm. De modo geral, os filmes avaliados mantêm semelhante a qualidade físico-química de melões híbrido Torreon produzidos hidroponicamente no sistema NFT.This study was carried out to evaluate the permeability to O2 and CO2, and gas composition (O2, CO2 and ethylene inside packages of different thickness and density polyethylene films. Moreover, the physical and chemical quality of Torreon hybrid melon fruit (Cucumis melo L. var. cantalupensis Naud. grown in a Nutrient Film Technique hydroponic system and stored

  16. 47 CFR 18.301 - Operating frequencies.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Standards § 18.301 Operating frequencies. ISM equipment may be operated on any frequency above 9 kHz except... allocated for use by ISM equipment: ISM frequency Tolerance 6.78 MHz ±15.0 kHz 13.56 MHz ±7.0 kHz 27.12 MHz...

  17. [Statistical analysis on andrological patients. I. Frequencies].

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    Nebe, K H; Schirren, C

    1980-01-01

    According a collective of 1619 andrological patients of the year 1975 some statistical data were given: age distribution, frequencies, frequency of sexual intercourse, anticonception and relation to age, coitus frequency and relation to age, impotence and relation to age, previous andrological treatment.

  18. Avaliação da segurança clínica de um fitoterápico contendo Mikania glomerata, Grindelia robusta, Copaifera officinalis, Myroxylon toluifera, Nasturtium officinale, própolis e mel em voluntários saudáveis

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    Aline K.A. Soares

    Full Text Available O fitoterápico Calmatoss® é um xarope composto por tinturas de guaco (Mikania glomerata, grindélia (Grindelia robusta, copaíba (Copaifera officinalis, bálsamo de Tolú (Myroxylon toluifera, álcoolatura de agrião (Nasturtium officinale, própolis e mel. Sua principal indicação é para o tratamento de afecções do trato respiratório por suas ações antimicrobianas, antitussígenas, expectorantes e broncodilatadora. O objetivo desse estudo foi avaliar a toxicologia clínica dessa preparação em voluntários saudáveis. Para isso realizou-se um ensaio clínico, não controlado com 24 voluntários de ambos os sexos, que receberam ambulatorialmente 15 mL do xarope quatro vezes ao dia, durante 21 dias ininterruptos. Os voluntários foram incluídos no estudo somente quando considerados saudáveis após avaliação clínica, exame físico e exames laboratoriais que antecederam o estudo. O xarope Calmatoss® foi bem tolerado pelos 24 voluntários não apresentando eventos adversos graves. Os exames clínicos, eletrocardiográficos e laboratoriais efetuados antes, durante e após o ensaio não evidenciaram sinais de toxicidade nos diversos órgãos e sistemas avaliados, confirmando a segurança da preparação para utilização em ensaios de eficácia terapêutica.

  19. Percepción, conocimiento y valoración del ambiente físico y social de la universidad del valle sede meléndez en un grupo de estudiantes y su influencia en el comportamiento ecológico responsable

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    Larisa Rizo López

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    Full Text Available El propósito de este trabajo fue dar respuesta a la pregunta sobre la percepción, el conocimiento y la valoración ambiental en una población estudiantil de la sede Meléndez de la Universidad del Valle (Cali - Colombia y su influencia en el comportamiento ecológico responsable. Se realizó un estudio exploratorio que combinó estrategias metodológicas cuantitativas (encuesta y cualitativas (observaciones, entrevistas situacionales, grupos focales y graficación de mapas cognitivos: se encontró que la biblioteca central se constituye en un hito importante; es el sitio más conocido, percibido como mejor cuidado y más valorado por los estudiantes. Bajos de Ciencias es igualmente un sitio muy conocido por los estudiantes, percibido como el segundo sitio peor cuidado del campus, sin embargo, es más valorado positiva que negativamente por la población investigada. Los aspectos a los cuales les atribuyen su condición de cuidados o no son principalmente el sentido de pertenencia y el mantenimiento realizado, relacionados con las razones aludidas para valorar o no los sitios del campus, que son principalmente las condiciones generales del sitio, que sin embargo no superan las razones relacionadas con la satisfacción de necesidades cognitivas, socioafectivas por las cuales la Universidad del Valle es considerada como contexto de desarrollo. Se concluye para este caso que no son las características físicas de los espacios las que facilitan la adaptación que propone Holahan; son las características sociales las que facilitan la adaptación a las características físicas de los espacios

  20. Improved binary dragonfly optimization algorithm and wavelet packet based non-linear features for infant cry classification.

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    Hariharan, M; Sindhu, R; Vijean, Vikneswaran; Yazid, Haniza; Nadarajaw, Thiyagar; Yaacob, Sazali; Polat, Kemal

    2018-03-01

    Infant cry signal carries several levels of information about the reason for crying (hunger, pain, sleepiness and discomfort) or the pathological status (asphyxia, deaf, jaundice, premature condition and autism, etc.) of an infant and therefore suited for early diagnosis. In this work, combination of wavelet packet based features and Improved Binary Dragonfly Optimization based feature selection method was proposed to classify the different types of infant cry signals. Cry signals from 2 different databases were utilized. First database contains 507 cry samples of normal (N), 340 cry samples of asphyxia (A), 879 cry samples of deaf (D), 350 cry samples of hungry (H) and 192 cry samples of pain (P). Second database contains 513 cry samples of jaundice (J), 531 samples of premature (Prem) and 45 samples of normal (N). Wavelet packet transform based energy and non-linear entropies (496 features), Linear Predictive Coding (LPC) based cepstral features (56 features), Mel-frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) were extracted (16 features). The combined feature set consists of 568 features. To overcome the curse of dimensionality issue, improved binary dragonfly optimization algorithm (IBDFO) was proposed to select the most salient attributes or features. Finally, Extreme Learning Machine (ELM) kernel classifier was used to classify the different types of infant cry signals using all the features and highly informative features as well. Several experiments of two-class and multi-class classification of cry signals were conducted. In binary or two-class experiments, maximum accuracy of 90.18% for H Vs P, 100% for A Vs N, 100% for D Vs N and 97.61% J Vs Prem was achieved using the features selected (only 204 features out of 568) by IBDFO. For the classification of multiple cry signals (multi-class problem), the selected features could differentiate between three classes (N, A & D) with the accuracy of 100% and seven classes with the accuracy of 97.62%. The experimental

  1. Atributos químicos de um argissolo e rendimento de melão mediante o uso de adubos verdes, calagem e adubação Chemical attributes of an argisol and melon yield as affected by green fertilizers, liming and fertilization

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    Clementino Marcos Batista de Faria

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Este experimento foi realizado no Campo Experimental de Bebedouro, da Embrapa Semi-Árido, em Petrolina-PE, de janeiro de 1999 a dezembro de 2001, num Argissolo Amarelo eutrófico textura arenosa, com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito de adubos verdes associados à calagem e adubação mineral e orgânica nos atributos químicos do solo e na produtividade e qualidade do melão (Cucumis melo irrigado. O delineamento experimental foi de blocos casualizados, em esquema de parcelas subdivididas, com quatro repetições. Os tratamentos alocados nas parcelas constituíram-se dos adubos verdes: (1 milho (Zea mays com retirada da palhada do local, como testemunha (MI; (2 mucuna-preta (Mucuna aterrima (MP; (3 milho + caupi (Vigna unguiculata (MC; e (4 adubos verdes diferentes em cada ano: dois cultivos sucessivos de crotalária (Crotalaria juncea no primeiro ano, milheto (Pennisetum glaucum + caupi no segundo e crotalária + caupi no terceiro (RA. Nas subparcelas, os tratamentos corresponderam a: dose completa de calagem e adubação mineral e orgânica conforme a análise do solo (DC; e metade da dose do tratamento anterior (MD. Os cultivos dos adubos verdes foram realizados no primeiro semestre, seguidos do cultivo do melão no segundo. Todos os adubos verdes proporcionaram aumentos nos valores de Ca e da CTC do solo nas camadas de 0-10 cm e 10-20 cm em relação à testemunha (MI, com exceção da MP para CTC na primeira profundidade. Na camada de 0-10 cm, houve aumento também nos teores de K e matéria orgânica do solo, exceto nos teores de K do MC. Em 2001, ano em que o meloeiro atingiu a maior produtividade, o adubo verde RA proporcionou maior rendimento de melão que o adubo MP e a testemunha. Da mesma forma, o tratamento DC promoveu maior produtividade que o MD. Nesse mesmo ano, os teores de sólidos solúveis totais dos frutos foram mais elevados no tratamento com MP que na testemunha.An experiment was carried out at the Bebedouro Experimental

  2. On Frequency Combs in Monolithic Resonators

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    Savchenkov A. A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical frequency combs have become indispensable in astronomical measurements, biological fingerprinting, optical metrology, and radio frequency photonic signal generation. Recently demonstrated microring resonator-based Kerr frequency combs point the way towards chip scale optical frequency comb generator retaining major properties of the lab scale devices. This technique is promising for integrated miniature radiofrequency and microwave sources, atomic clocks, optical references and femtosecond pulse generators. Here we present Kerr frequency comb development in a historical perspective emphasizing its similarities and differences with other physical phenomena. We elucidate fundamental principles and describe practical implementations of Kerr comb oscillators, highlighting associated solved and unsolved problems.

  3. Exponential Frequency Spectrum in Magnetized Plasmas

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    Pace, D. C.; Shi, M.; Maggs, J. E.; Morales, G. J.; Carter, T. A.

    2008-01-01

    Measurements of a magnetized plasma with a controlled electron temperature gradient show the development of a broadband spectrum of density and temperature fluctuations having an exponential frequency dependence at frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency. The origin of the exponential frequency behavior is traced to temporal pulses of Lorentzian shape. Similar exponential frequency spectra are also found in limiter-edge plasma turbulence associated with blob transport. This finding suggests a universal feature of magnetized plasma turbulence leading to nondiffusive, cross-field transport, namely, the presence of Lorentzian shaped pulses

  4. Radio Frequency Power Load and Associated Method

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    Srinivasan, V. Karthik (Inventor); Freestone, Todd M. (Inventor); Sims, William Herbert, III (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A radio frequency power load and associated method. A radio frequency power load apparatus may include a container with an ionized fluid therein. The apparatus may include one conductor immersed in a fluid and another conductor electrically connected to the container. A radio frequency transmission system may include a radio frequency transmitter, a radio frequency amplifier connected to the transmitter and a radio frequency power load apparatus connected to the amplifier. The apparatus may include a fluid having an ion source therein, one conductor immersed in a fluid, and another conductor electrically connected to the container. A method of dissipating power generated by a radio frequency transmission system may include constructing a waveguide with ionized fluid in a container and connecting the waveguide to an amplifier of the transmission system.

  5. Primary Frequency Response with Aggregated DERs: Preprint

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    Guggilam, Swaroop S.; Dhople, Sairaj V.; Zhao, Changhong; Dall' Anese, Emiliano; Chen, Yu Christine

    2017-03-03

    Power networks have to withstand a variety of disturbances that affect system frequency, and the problem is compounded with the increasing integration of intermittent renewable generation. Following a large-signal generation or load disturbance, system frequency is arrested leveraging primary frequency control provided by governor action in synchronous generators. In this work, we propose a framework for distributed energy resources (DERs) deployed in distribution networks to provide (supplemental) primary frequency response. Particularly, we demonstrate how power-frequency droop slopes for individual DERs can be designed so that the distribution feeder presents a guaranteed frequency-regulation characteristic at the feeder head. Furthermore, the droop slopes are engineered such that injections of individual DERs conform to a well-defined fairness objective that does not penalize them for their location on the distribution feeder. Time-domain simulations for an illustrative network composed of a combined transmission network and distribution network with frequency-responsive DERs are provided to validate the approach.

  6. Liver calcifications: frequency and significance

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    Bezerra, Alexandre Sergio de Araujo; D'Ippolito, Giuseppe; Martelli, Pierpaolo; Pinto, Gustavo Alfredo Duarte Henrique; Szejnfeld, Jacob; Galvao Filho, Mario Melo

    2003-01-01

    The purpose was to determine the frequency and etiology of intrahepatic calcifications diagnosed on abdominal computed tomography (CT) studies. A retrospective study of 1,362 consecutive CT scans of the abdomen was carried out to determine the presence of intrahepatic calcifications. The clinical and laboratorial data of all patients with liver calcifications were reviewed in order to establish the etiology of the lesions. The results showed that intrahepatic calcifications were found in 3.6% (49/1,362) of the patients, and were predominantly seen in women (57.2%) than in men (42.8%). The population age ranged from 18 to 92 years (mean 59.4 years; median 63.5 years). Calcifications were considered residual and without clinical repercussion in most cases (39/49; 79.5%) whereas in 14.4% (7/49) of the patients calcifications were associated with metastatic disease and in 6.1% (3/49) with cystic lesions. The primary tumors in the seven patients with calcified liver metastases were colon carcinoma (five patients), sarcoma (one patient) and malignant ovarian teratoma (one patient). Two of these patients presented calcifications only after chemotherapy. Conclusion: Intrahepatic calcifications are infrequent findings on routine abdominal CT scans (< 5%) and are mostly related to previous inflammatory and/or infectious diseases. (author)

  7. Visible-frequency hyperbolic metasurface

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    High, Alexander A.; Devlin, Robert C.; Dibos, Alan; Polking, Mark; Wild, Dominik S.; Perczel, Janos; de Leon, Nathalie P.; Lukin, Mikhail D.; Park, Hongkun

    2015-06-01

    Metamaterials are artificial optical media composed of sub-wavelength metallic and dielectric building blocks that feature optical phenomena not present in naturally occurring materials. Although they can serve as the basis for unique optical devices that mould the flow of light in unconventional ways, three-dimensional metamaterials suffer from extreme propagation losses. Two-dimensional metamaterials (metasurfaces) such as hyperbolic metasurfaces for propagating surface plasmon polaritons have the potential to alleviate this problem. Because the surface plasmon polaritons are guided at a metal-dielectric interface (rather than passing through metallic components), these hyperbolic metasurfaces have been predicted to suffer much lower propagation loss while still exhibiting optical phenomena akin to those in three-dimensional metamaterials. Moreover, because of their planar nature, these devices enable the construction of integrated metamaterial circuits as well as easy coupling with other optoelectronic elements. Here we report the experimental realization of a visible-frequency hyperbolic metasurface using single-crystal silver nanostructures defined by lithographic and etching techniques. The resulting devices display the characteristic properties of metamaterials, such as negative refraction and diffraction-free propagation, with device performance greatly exceeding those of previous demonstrations. Moreover, hyperbolic metasurfaces exhibit strong, dispersion-dependent spin-orbit coupling, enabling polarization- and wavelength-dependent routeing of surface plasmon polaritons and two-dimensional chiral optical components. These results open the door to realizing integrated optical meta-circuits, with wide-ranging applications in areas from imaging and sensing to quantum optics and quantum information science.

  8. High Temperature Radio Frequency Loads

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    Federmann, S; Grudiev, A; Montesinos, E; Syratchev, I

    2011-01-01

    In the context of energy saving and recovery requirements the design of reliable and robust RF power loads which permit a high outlet temperature and high pressure of the cooling water is desirable. Cooling water arriving at the outlet withmore than 150 ◦C and high pressure has a higher value than water with 50 ◦C under low pressure. Conventional RF power loads containing dielectric and magnetic materials as well as sensitive ceramic windows usually do not permit going much higher than 90 ◦C. Here we present and discuss several design concepts for "metal only" RF high power loads. One concept is the application of magnetic steel corrugated waveguides near cutoff – this concept could find practical use above several GHz. Another solution are resonant structures made of steel to be installed in large waveguides for frequencies of 500 MHz or lower. Similar resonant structures above 100 MHz taking advantage of the rather high losses of normal steel may also be used in coaxial line geometries with large di...

  9. Single-phase frequency converter

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    Baciu, I.; Cunţan, C. D.

    2017-01-01

    The paper presents a continuous voltage inverter - AC (12V / 230V) made with IGBT and two-stage voltage transformer. The sequence control transistors is achieved using a ring counter whose clock signal is obtained with a monostable circuit LM 555. The frequency of the clock signal can be adjustment with a potentiometer that modifies the charging current of the capacitor which causes constant monostable circuit time. Command sequence consists of 8 intervals of which 6 are assigned to command four transistors and two for the period break at the beginning and end of the sequence control. To obtain an alternation consisting of two different voltage level, two transistors will be comanded, connected to different windings of the transformer and the one connected to the winding providing lower voltage must be comanded twice. The output of the numerator goes through an inverter type MOS and a current amplifier with bipolar transistor.To achieve galvanic separation, an optocoupler will be used for each IGBT transistor, while protection is achieved with resistance and diode circuit. At the end there is connected an LC filter for smoothing voltage variations.

  10. Effect of high-frequency excitation on natural frequencies of spinning discs

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    Hansen, Morten Hartvig

    2000-01-01

    The effect of high-frequency, non-resonant parametric excitation on the low-frequency response of spinning discs is considered. The parametric excitation is obtained through a non-constant rotation speed, where the frequency of the pulsating overlay is much higher than the lowest natural frequenc......The effect of high-frequency, non-resonant parametric excitation on the low-frequency response of spinning discs is considered. The parametric excitation is obtained through a non-constant rotation speed, where the frequency of the pulsating overlay is much higher than the lowest natural...

  11. Electron heating mode transition induced by mixing radio frequency and ultrahigh frequency dual frequency powers in capacitive discharges

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    Sahu, B. B.; Han, Jeon G.

    2016-01-01

    Electron heating mode transitions induced by mixing the low- and high-frequency power in dual-frequency nitrogen discharges at 400 mTorr pressure are presented. As the low-frequency (13.56 MHz) power decreases and high-frequency (320 MHz) power increases for the fixed power of 200 W, there is a transition of electron energy distribution function (EEDF) from Druyvesteyn to bi-Maxwellian type characterized by a distinguished warm electron population. It is shown that this EEDF evolution is attributed to the transition from collisional to collisionless stochastic heating of the low-energy electrons.

  12. Speaker identification for the improvement of the security communication between law enforcement units

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    Tovarek, Jaromir; Partila, Pavol

    2017-05-01

    This article discusses the speaker identification for the improvement of the security communication between law enforcement units. The main task of this research was to develop the text-independent speaker identification system which can be used for real-time recognition. This system is designed for identification in the open set. It means that the unknown speaker can be anyone. Communication itself is secured, but we have to check the authorization of the communication parties. We have to decide if the unknown speaker is the authorized for the given action. The calls are recorded by IP telephony server and then these recordings are evaluate using classification If the system evaluates that the speaker is not authorized, it sends a warning message to the administrator. This message can detect, for example a stolen phone or other unusual situation. The administrator then performs the appropriate actions. Our novel proposal system uses multilayer neural network for classification and it consists of three layers (input layer, hidden layer, and output layer). A number of neurons in input layer corresponds with the length of speech features. Output layer then represents classified speakers. Artificial Neural Network classifies speech signal frame by frame, but the final decision is done over the complete record. This rule substantially increases accuracy of the classification. Input data for the neural network are a thirteen Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients, which describe the behavior of the vocal tract. These parameters are the most used for speaker recognition. Parameters for training, testing and validation were extracted from recordings of authorized users. Recording conditions for training data correspond with the real traffic of the system (sampling frequency, bit rate). The main benefit of the research is the system developed for text-independent speaker identification which is applied to secure communication between law enforcement units.

  13. Development of Feature Set, Classification Implementation and Applications for Vowel Migration/Modification in Sung Filipino (Tagalog Texts and Perceived Intelligibility

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available With the emergence of research on real-time visual feedback to supplement vocal pedagogy, the utilization of technology in the world of music is now seen to accelerate skills learning and enhance cognitive development. The researchers of this project aim to further analyze vowel intelligibility and develop software applications intended to be used not only by professional singers but also by individuals who wish to improve their singing capability. Data in the form of sung vowels and song pieces were obtained from 46 singers. A Listening Test was then conducted on these samples to obtain the ground truth for vowel classification based on human perception. Simulation of the human auditory perception of sung Filipino vowels was performed using formant frequencies and Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients as feature vector inputs to a two-stage Discriminant Analysis classifier. The setup resulted in an over-all Training Set accuracy of 89.4% and an over-all Test Set accuracy of 90.9%. The accuracy of the classifier, measured in terms of the correspondence of vowel classifications obtained from the classifier with the results of the Listening Test, reached 92.3%. Using information obtained from the classifier, offline and online/real-time software applications were developed. The main application features include the display of the spectral envelope and spectrogram, pitch and vibrato analysis and direct feedback on the classification of the sung vowel. These features were recommended by singers who were surveyed and were incorporated in the applications to aid singers to adjust formant locations, directly determine listener’s perception of sung vowels, perform modeling effectively and carry out vowel migration.

  14. Auditory filters at low-frequencies

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    Orellana, Carlos Andrés Jurado; Pedersen, Christian Sejer; Møller, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    Hz. The notched-noise method was used, with the noise masker at 40 dB spectral density. A rounded exponential auditory filter model (roex(p,r)) was used to fit the masking data. Preliminary data on 1 subject is discussed. Considering the system as a whole (e.g. without removing the assumed middle......Prediction and assessment of low-frequency noise problems requires information about the auditory filter characteristics at low-frequencies. Unfortunately, data at low-frequencies is scarce and practically no results have been published for frequencies below 100 Hz. Extrapolation of ERB results...... was found to steadily decrease with decreasing center frequency. Although the observed decrease in filter bandwidth with decreasing center frequency was only approximately monotonic, the preliminary data indicates the filter bandwidth does not stabilize around 100 Hz, e.g. it still decreases below...

  15. Explaining the gender difference in nightmare frequency.

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    Schredl, Michael

    2014-01-01

    A recent meta-analysis showed a robust gender difference in nightmare frequency of medium effect size in adolescents and young adults: Women tend to report nightmares more frequently than men. The present study, carried out in an unselected student sample, indicates that 2 factors mediate the gender difference in nightmare frequency: neuroticism and overall dream recall frequency. The effect of neuroticism on the gender difference and the finding that the gender difference in nightmare frequency emerges at an age of about 10 years suggest that gender-specific socialization processes may play an important role in explaining the gender differences in nightmare frequency in adolescents and young to middle-aged adults. This idea is supported by the previous finding that nightmare frequency is related to sex role orientation. However, longitudinal studies are necessary to validate these hypotheses.

  16. Cluster analysis of word frequency dynamics

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    Maslennikova, Yu S.; Bochkarev, V. V.; Belashova, I. A.

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the analysis and modelling of word usage frequency time series. During one of previous studies, an assumption was put forward that all word usage frequencies have uniform dynamics approaching the shape of a Gaussian function. This assumption can be checked using the frequency dictionaries of the Google Books Ngram database. This database includes 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008. The corpus contains over 500 billion words in American English, British English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, and Chinese. We clustered time series of word usage frequencies using a Kohonen neural network. The similarity between input vectors was estimated using several algorithms. As a result of the neural network training procedure, more than ten different forms of time series were found. They describe the dynamics of word usage frequencies from birth to death of individual words. Different groups of word forms were found to have different dynamics of word usage frequency variations.

  17. Cluster analysis of word frequency dynamics

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    Maslennikova, Yu S; Bochkarev, V V; Belashova, I A

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the analysis and modelling of word usage frequency time series. During one of previous studies, an assumption was put forward that all word usage frequencies have uniform dynamics approaching the shape of a Gaussian function. This assumption can be checked using the frequency dictionaries of the Google Books Ngram database. This database includes 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008. The corpus contains over 500 billion words in American English, British English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, and Chinese. We clustered time series of word usage frequencies using a Kohonen neural network. The similarity between input vectors was estimated using several algorithms. As a result of the neural network training procedure, more than ten different forms of time series were found. They describe the dynamics of word usage frequencies from birth to death of individual words. Different groups of word forms were found to have different dynamics of word usage frequency variations

  18. High Frequency Components Recovery in Music Signals

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    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available A new technique is presented which improves the subjective quality of band-limited music by recovery of high frequency components. Sequences of harmonics are found in the band-limited signal and these sequences are expanded to the high frequency band to estimate the lost part of spectrum. High frequency signal is generated to match this estimation and is added to the band-limited signal.

  19. String Stretching, Frequency Modulation, and Banjo Clang

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    Politzer, David

    2014-01-01

    The banjo’s floating bridge, string break angle, and flexible drumhead all contribute to substantial audio range frequency modulation. From the world of electronic music synthesis, it is known that modulating higher frequency sounds with lower acoustic frequencies leads to metallic and bell-like tone. The mechanics of the banjo does just that quite naturally, modulating fundamentals and harmonics with the motion of the bridge. In technical terms, with a floating bridge, string stretching is f...

  20. REVIEW OF IMPROVEMENTS IN RADIO FREQUENCY PHOTONICS

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    2017-09-01

    AFRL-RY-WP-TR-2017-0156 REVIEW OF IMPROVEMENTS IN RADIO FREQUENCY PHOTONICS Preetpaul S. Devgan RF/EO Subsystems Branch Aerospace Components...TITLE AND SUBTITLE REVIEW OF IMPROVEMENTS IN RADIO FREQUENCY PHOTONICS 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER N/A 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER N/A...number 88ABW-2017-4071, Clearance Date 23 August 2017. Report contains color. 14. ABSTRACT Radio Frequency (RF) photonics can be used for multiple

  1. Design of Metamaterials for Microwave Frequencies

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    2008-10-09

    dispersion of permeability in zero external magnetic field can be seen above 2 GHz. This result indicates that this substituted barium ferrite is a good...mainly contributes to permeability in the high frequency range is smaller in permalloy composites than that in spinel ferrite composites. In addition...the spin resonance frequency of permalloy composites is higher than that in spinel ferrite composites. Thus, the resonance-type frequency dispersion

  2. Low-frequency sonophoresis: a review.

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    Mitragotri, Samir; Kost, Joseph

    2004-03-27

    Application of ultrasound enhances skin permeability to a variety of molecules (sonophoresis). The enhancement induced by ultrasound is particularly significant at low-frequencies (fsonophoresis). This review summarizes mechanisms and applications of low-frequency sonophoresis. In vitro, in vivo, as well as clinical studies demonstrating the effect of low-frequency ultrasound on transdermal drug delivery and glucose extraction are summarized. Mechanistic insights gained through a number of investigations are also reviewed. Finally, reports on the synergistic effect of low-frequency ultrasound with other enhancers including chemicals and iontophoresis are summarized.

  3. Loads as a Resource: Frequency Responsive Demand

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    Kalsi, Karanjit [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Lian, Jianming [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Marinovici, Laurentiu D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Elizondo, Marcelo A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Zhang, Wei [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Moya, Christian [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2014-10-08

    Frequency control plays an important role in preserving the power balance of a multi-machine power system. Generators modify their power output when a non-zero frequency deviation is presented in order to restore power balance across the network. However, with plans for large-scale penetration of renewable energy resources, performing primary frequency control using only supply-side resources becomes not only prohibitively expensive, but also technically difficult. Frequency control from the demand side or load control presents a novel and viable way for providing the desired frequency response. Loads can measure frequency locally and change their power consumption after a non-zero frequency deviation is presented in order to achieve power balance between generation and consumption. The specific objectives of this project are to: •Provide a framework to facilitate large-scale deployment of frequency responsive end-use devices •Systematically design decentralized frequency-based load control strategies for enhanced stability performance •Ensure applicability over wide range of operating conditions while accounting for unpredictable end-use behavior and physical device constraints •Test and validate control strategy using large-scale simulations and field demonstrations •Create a level-playing field for smart grid assets with conventional generators

  4. Clock frequency estimation under spontaneous emission

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    Qin, Xi-Zhou; Huang, Jia-Hao; Zhong, Hong-Hua; Lee, Chaohong

    2018-02-01

    We investigate the quantum dynamics of a driven two-level system under spontaneous emission and its application in clock frequency estimation. By using the Lindblad equation to describe the system, we analytically obtain its exact solutions, which show three different regimes: Rabi oscillation, damped oscillation, and overdamped decay. From the analytical solutions, we explore how the spontaneous emission affects the clock frequency estimation. We find that under a moderate spontaneous emission rate, the transition frequency can still be inferred from the Rabi oscillation. Our results enable potential practical applications in frequency measurement and quantum control under decoherence.

  5. Rod Driven Frequency Entrainment and Resonance Phenomena

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    Christina Salchow

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available A controversy exists on photic driving in the human visual cortex evoked by intermittent photic stimulation. Frequency entrainment and resonance phenomena are reported for frequencies higher than 12 Hz in some studies while missing in others. We hypothesized that this might be due to different experimental conditions, since both high and low intensity light stimulation were used. However, most studies do not report radiometric measurements, which makes it impossible to categorize the stimulation according to photopic, mesopic, and scotopic vision. Low intensity light stimulation might lead to scotopic vision, where rod perception dominates. In this study, we investigated photic driving for rod-dominated visual input under scotopic conditions. Twelve healthy volunteers were stimulated with low intensity light flashes at 20 stimulation frequencies, leading to rod activation only. The frequencies were multiples of the individual alpha frequency (α of each volunteer in the range from 0.40–2.30*α. 306-channel whole head magnetoencephalography recordings were analyzed in time, frequency, and spatiotemporal domains with the Topographic Matching Pursuit algorithm. We found resonance phenomena and frequency entrainment for stimulations at or close to the individual alpha frequency (0.90–1.10*α and half of the alpha frequency (0.40–0.55*α. No signs of resonance and frequency entrainment phenomena were revealed around 2.00*α. Instead, on-responses at the beginning and off-responses at the end of each stimulation train were observed for the first time in a photic driving experiment at frequencies of 1.30–2.30*α, indicating that the flicker fusion threshold was reached. All results, the resonance and entrainment as well as the fusion effects, provide evidence for rod-dominated photic driving in the visual cortex.

  6. Generation of optical frequencies out of the frequency comb of a femtosecond laser for DWDM telecommunication

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    Kim, Y-J; Chun, B J; Kim, Y; Hyun, S; Kim, S-W

    2010-01-01

    We exploit the frequency comb of a fs laser as the frequency ruler to generate reference optical frequencies for multi-channel DWDM (dense wavelength-division-multiplexing) telecommunication. Our fiber-based scheme of single-mode extraction enables on-demand generation of optical frequencies within the telecommunication band with an absolute frequency uncertainty of 9.1×10 -13 . The linewidth of extracted optical modes is less than 1 Hz, and the instability is measured 2.3×10 -15 at 10 s averaging. This outstanding performance of optical frequency generation would lead to a drastic improvement of the spectral efficiency for the next-generation DWDM telecommunication

  7. Linearly frequency-modulated pulsed single-frequency fiber laser at 1083 nm.

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    Zhang, Yuanfei; Yang, Changsheng; Li, Can; Feng, Zhouming; Xu, Shanhui; Deng, Huaqiu; Yang, Zhongmin

    2016-02-22

    A linearly frequency-modulated, actively Q-switched, single-frequency ring fiber laser based on injection seeding from an ultra-short cavity is demonstrated at 1083 nm. A piezoelectric transducer is employed to obtain linearly frequency-modulating performance and over 1.05 GHz frequency-tuning range is achieved with a modulating frequency reaching tens of kilohertz. A maximum peak power of the stable output pulse is over 3.83 W during frequency-modulating process. This type of pulsed fiber laser provides a promising candidate for coherent LIDAR in the measurement of thermosphere.

  8. Crescimento e desenvolvimento da cultura do melão sob diferentes lâminas de irrigação e salinidade da água Growth and development of the melon crop under different irrigation depths and water salinity

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    Carlos H. de A. Farias

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliar o crescimento, o desenvolvimento foliar e o acúmulo de matéria seca da cultura de melão ‘Gold mine’, submetido a diferentes lâminas de irrigação, utilizando-se água com dois níveis de salinidade, foi o objetivo deste trabalho. O experimento foi conduzido em condições de campo, na Fazenda São João, município de Mossoró, RN, cujo delineamento experimental adotado foi o de blocos casualizados, em esquema fatorial 6 x 2. Os tratamentos consistiram na introdução de seis lâminas de irrigação (0,55; 0,70; 0,85; 1,00; 1,15 e 1,30 da evapotranspiração máxima da cultura e dois níveis de salinidade da água de irrigação 0,55 e 2,65 dS m-1. A falta de água no período crítico afetou significativamente o restante do ciclo da cultura, causando decréscimo, no peso da fitomassa seca, para lâminas abaixo do tratamento da lâmina padrão (266 mm. O acúmulo de fitomassa foi afetado pela água de maior salinidade (2,65 dS m-1 ao longo de todo ciclo.The aim of this study was to evaluate the growth, vegetative development and accumulation of dry matter of the "Gold mine" melon submitted to different depths of irrigation using two levels of salinity. The experiment was conducted under field conditions at Fazenda São João, Mossoró, RN, in random blocks and 6 x 2 factorial experimental design. The treatments consisted of 6 depths of irrigation (0.55; 0.70; 0.85; 1.00; 1.15; 1.3 of the maximum crop evapotranspiration and two levels of salinity of the irrigation water (0.55 and 2.65 dS m-1. The absence of water in the critical period significantly affected the rest of the cycle, causing decrease in the dry weight in the treatment of irrigation depth considered as of the most appropriate depth (266 mm. The water of higher salinity (2.65 dS m-1 affected the accumulation of dry matter in the cycle.

  9. Recent developments in time-frequency analysis

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    Loughlin, Patrick

    1998-01-01

    Recent Developments in Time-Frequency Analysis brings together in one place important contributions and up-to-date research results in this fast moving area. Recent Developments in Time-Frequency Analysis serves as an excellent reference, providing insight into some of the most challenging research issues in the field.

  10. Silicon-Chip-Based Optical Frequency Combs

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    2015-10-26

    microresonator,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 063901 (2011). [54] H. Jung, et al., “Optical frequency comb generation from aluminum nitride microring resonator...supercontinuum generation in silicon nitride waveguides. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Nonlinear optics, parametric mixing, nanophotonics, optical frequency combs 16...Finally, we investigated comb generation via coherent supercontinuum generation in silicon nitride waveguides. Our research effort illustrates that the

  11. Audio Classification from Time-Frequency Texture

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    Yu, Guoshen; Slotine, Jean-Jacques

    2008-01-01

    Time-frequency representations of audio signals often resemble texture images. This paper derives a simple audio classification algorithm based on treating sound spectrograms as texture images. The algorithm is inspired by an earlier visual classification scheme particularly efficient at classifying textures. While solely based on time-frequency texture features, the algorithm achieves surprisingly good performance in musical instrument classification experiments.

  12. Direct Load Control by AC Frequency Modulation

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    Douglass, Philip James; You, Shi

    2012-01-01

    Fine-grained under frequency load shedding called “demand as a frequency controlled reserve“ (DFCR) has been shown to be a promising method of providingfrequency regulation service from distributed loads [1]. Micro-grids with a large portion of intermittent renewable generation will benefit greatly...

  13. 47 CFR 80.1077 - Frequencies.

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    2010-10-01

    ... MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) General Provisions § 80.1077 Frequencies. The following table describes the frequencies used in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety... 9200-9500 MHz. Maritime safety information (MSI): International NAVTEX 518 kHz. 7 Warnings 490 kHz...

  14. An Approximate Bayesian Fundamental Frequency Estimator

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    Nielsen, Jesper Kjær; Christensen, Mads Græsbøll; Jensen, Søren Holdt

    2012-01-01

    Joint fundamental frequency and model order estimation is an important problem in several applications such as speech and music processing. In this paper, we develop an approximate estimation algorithm of these quantities using Bayesian inference. The inference about the fundamental frequency...

  15. Instantaneous frequencies of a chaotic system

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    Time–frequency analysis; wavelets; Hamiltonian systems. PACS Nos 05.45.-a; 32.80.Rm. 1. Introduction ... Aix-Marseille II et du Sud Toulon-Var. Laboratoire affilié `a la FRUMAM (FR 2291). ... time–frequency analysis of signals, of which the wavelet transform is but one exam- ple [2], form the corner-stone of our method.

  16. Smart Demand for Frequency Regulation: Experimental Results

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    Douglass, Philip James; Garcia-Valle, Rodrigo; Nyeng, Preben

    2013-01-01

    , industrial pump loads and relay-controlled loads were tested as DFCR. The tests show that a population of refrigerators was able to deliver frequency reserves approximately equal to their average power consumption. Electric space heaters were able to provide frequency reserves of over 90% their maximum power...

  17. Determination of mating frequency by radiotracer technique

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    Hamid Miah, M.A.

    1978-01-01

    Radioisotope ( 32 P) was used to study the frequency of mating of an insect. The radioactivity counts correlated positively with the number of matings. Radioactivity was also detected from the eggs and excised embryos. This work suggests that radioisotope like ( 32 P) may be conveninently used to detect virginity and mating frequency of female insects without killing them. (author)

  18. Dependence of synchronization frequency of Kuramoto oscillators ...

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    journal of. December 2014 physics pp. 945–953. Dependence of synchronization frequency of Kuramoto oscillators on symmetry of intrinsic frequency in ring ... In this article, we study the difference between networks with sym- ... The dynamics of a general ith oscillator in a system of N Kuramoto oscillators is given as.

  19. Hydra A at Low Radio Frequencies

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    Lane, W. M; Clarke, T. E; Taylor, G. B; Perley, R. A; Kassim, N. E

    2004-01-01

    We present new, low-frequency images of the powerful FR I radio galaxy Hydra A (3C 218). Images were made with the Very Large Array at frequencies of 1415, 330, and 74 MHz, with resolutions on the order of 20...

  20. Hippocampal theta frequency shifts and operant behaviour

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    Lopes da Silva, F.H.; Kamp, A.

    1. 1. A shift of hippocampal dominant theta frequency to 6 c/sec has been demonstrated in the post-reward period in two dogs, which occurs consistently related in time to a well defined behavioural pattern in the course of an operant conditioning paradigm. 2. 2. The frequency shift was detected and

  1. Local frequency dependence in transcranial ultrasound transmission

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    White, P J; Clement, G T; Hynynen, K [Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)

    2006-05-07

    The development of large-aperture multiple-source transducer arrays for ultrasound transmission through the human skull has demonstrated the possibility of controlled and substantial acoustic energy delivery into the brain parenchyma without the necessitation of a craniotomy. The individual control of acoustic parameters from each ultrasound source allows for the correction of distortions arising from transmission through the skull bone and also opens up the possibility for electronic steering of the acoustic focus within the brain. In addition, the capability to adjust the frequency of insonation at different locations on the skull can have an effect on ultrasound transmission. To determine the efficacy and applicability of a multiple-frequency approach with such a device, this study examined the frequency dependence of ultrasound transmission in the range of 0.6-1.4 MHz through a series of 17 points on four ex vivo human skulls. Effects beyond those that are characteristic of frequency-dependent attenuation were examined. Using broadband pulses, it was shown that the reflected spectra from the skull revealed information regarding ultrasound transmission at specific frequencies. A multiple-frequency insonation with optimized frequencies over the entirety of five skull specimens was found to yield on average a temporally brief 230% increase in the transmitted intensity with an 88% decrease in time-averaged intensity transmission within the focal volume. This finding demonstrates a potential applicability of a multiple-frequency approach in transcranial ultrasound transmission.

  2. Y-STR frequency surveying method

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    Willuweit, Sascha; Caliebe, Amke; Andersen, Mikkel Meyer

    2011-01-01

    Reasonable formalized methods to estimate the frequencies of DNA profiles generated from lineage markers have been proposed in the past years and were discussed in the forensic community. Recently, collections of population data on the frequencies of variations in Y chromosomal STR profiles have ...

  3. Instantaneous frequencies of a chaotic system

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    fined as ridges of the time–frequency landscape. Using the wavelet transform of a single trajectory, it can characterize key dynamical properties like the extent of chaos, resonance transitions and trappings. Keywords. Time–frequency analysis; wavelets; Hamiltonian systems. PACS Nos 05.45.-a; 32.80.Rm. 1. Introduction.

  4. Fast Hopping Frequency Generation in Digital CMOS

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    Farazian, Mohammad; Gudem, Prasad S

    2013-01-01

    Overcoming the agility limitations of conventional frequency synthesizers in multi-band OFDM ultra wideband is a key research goal in digital technology. This volume outlines a frequency plan that can generate all the required frequencies from a single fixed frequency, able to implement center frequencies with no more than two levels of SSB mixing. It recognizes the need for future synthesizers to bypass on-chip inductors and operate at low voltages to enable the increased integration and efficiency of networked appliances. The author examines in depth the architecture of the dividers that generate the necessary frequencies from a single base frequency and are capable of establishing a fractional division ratio.   Presenting the first CMOS inductorless single PLL 14-band frequency synthesizer for MB-OFDMUWB makes this volume a key addition to the literature, and with the synthesizer capable of arbitrary band-hopping in less than two nanoseconds, it operates well within the desired range on a 1.2-volt power s...

  5. Analytic clock frequency selection for global DVFS

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    Gerards, Marco Egbertus Theodorus; Hurink, Johann L.; Holzenspies, P.K.F.; Kuper, Jan; Smit, Gerardus Johannes Maria

    2014-01-01

    Computers can reduce their power consumption by decreasing their speed using Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS). A form of DVFS for multicore processors is global DVFS, where the voltage and clock frequency is shared among all processor cores. Because global DVFS is efficient and cheap to

  6. Realization of Thermal Inertia in Frequency Domain

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    Boe-Shong Hong

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available To realize the lagging behavior in heat conduction observed in these two decades, this paper firstly theoretically excludes the possibility that the underlying thermal inertia is a result of the time delay in heat diffusion. Instead, we verify in experiments the electro-thermal analogy, wherein the thermal inertial is parameterized by thermal inductance that formulates hyperbolic heat-conduction. The thermal hyperbolicity exhibits a special frequency response in Bode plot, wherein the amplitude ratios is kept flat after crossing some certain frequency, as opposed to Fourier heat-conduction. We apply this specialty to design an instrument that reliably identifies thermal inductances of some materials in frequency domain. The instrument is embedded with a DSP-based frequency synthesizer capable of modulating frequencies in utmost high-resolution. Thermal inertia implies a new possibility for energy storage in analogy to inductive energy storage in electricity or mechanics.

  7. Observation of Frequency Locked Coherent Transition Radiation

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    Marsh, Roark A; Temkin, Richard J

    2005-01-01

    Measurements of frequency locked, coherent transition radiation (CTR) were performed at the 17 GHz high-gradient accelerator facility built by Haimson Research Corporation at MIT PSFC. CTR produced from a metallic foil placed in the beam path was extracted through a window, and measured with a variety of detectors, including: diode, Helium cooled Si Bolometer, and double heterodyne receiver system. The angular energy distribution measured by the diode and bolometer are in agreement and consistent with calculations for a 15 MeV 200 mA 110 ns beam of 1 ps bunches. Heterodyne receiver measurements were able to show frequency locking, namely inter-bunch coherence at integer multiples of the accelerator RF frequency of 17.14 GHz. At the locked frequencies the power levels are enhanced by the number of bunches in a single beam pulse. The CTR was measured as a comb of locked frequencies up to 240 GHz, with a bandwidth of 50 MHz.

  8. Slot Machine Response Frequency Predicts Pathological Gambling

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    Linnet, Jakob; Rømer Thomsen, Kristine; Møller, Arne

    2013-01-01

    ) on slot machines compared with non-problem gamblers, which may suggest increased reinforcement of the gambling behavior in pathological gambling. However, to date it is unknown whether or not the increased response frequency in pathological gambling is associated with symptom severity of the disorder....... This study tested the hypothesis that response frequency is associated with symptom severity in pathological gambling. We tested response frequency among twenty-two pathological gambling sufferers and twenty-one non-problem gamblers on a commercially available slot machine, and screened for pathological...... gambling symptom severity using the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). The results showed that pathological gambling sufferers had significantly higher response frequency than non-problem gamblers, and that response frequency was significantly correlated with SOGS symptom severity among pathological...

  9. Y-STR frequency surveying method

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    Willuweit, Sascha; Caliebe, Amke; Andersen, Mikkel Meyer

    2011-01-01

    reached a new quality with the establishment of the comprehensive neatly quality-controlled reference database YHRD. Grounded on such unrivalled empirical material from hundreds of populations studies the core assumption of the Haplotype Frequency Surveying Method originally described 10 years ago can...... be tested and improved. Here we provide new approaches to calculate the parameters used in the frequency surveying method: a maximum likelihood estimation of the regression parameters (r1, r2, s1 and s2) and a revised Frequency Surveying framework with variable binning and a database preprocessing to take......Reasonable formalized methods to estimate the frequencies of DNA profiles generated from lineage markers have been proposed in the past years and were discussed in the forensic community. Recently, collections of population data on the frequencies of variations in Y chromosomal STR profiles have...

  10. High frequency oscillations in brain hemodynamic response

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    Akin, Ata; Bolay, Hayrunnisa

    2007-07-01

    Tight autoregulation of vessel tone guarantees proper delivery of nutrients to the tissues. This regulation is maintained at a more delicate level in the brain since any decrease in the supply of glucose and oxygen to neuronal tissues might lead to unrecoverable injury. Functional near infrared spectroscopy has been proposed as a new tool to monitor the cerebrovascular response during cognitive activity. We have observed that during a Stroop task three distinct oscillatory patterns govern the control of the cerebrovascular reactivity: very low frequency (0.02-0.05 Hz), low frequency (0.08-0.12 Hz) and high frequency (0.12-0.18 Hz). High frequency oscillations have been shown to be related to stress level of the subjects. Our findings indicate that as the stress level is increased so does the energy of the high frequency component indicating a higher stimulation from the autonomic nervous system.

  11. Frequency interactions in human epileptic brain.

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    Cotic, Marija; Zalay, Osbert; Valiante, Taufik; Carlen, Peter L; Bardakjian, Berj L

    2011-01-01

    We have used two algorithms, wavelet phase coherence (WPC) and modulation index (MI) analysis to study frequency interactions in the human epileptic brain. Quantitative analyses were performed on intracranial electroencephalographic (iEEG) segments from three patients with neocortical epilepsy. Interelectrode coherence was measured using WPC and intraelectrode frequency interactions were analyzed using MI. WPC was performed on electrode pairings and the temporal evolution of phase couplings in the following frequency ranges: 1-4 Hz, 4-8 Hz, 8-13 Hz, 13-30 Hz and 30-100 Hz was studied. WPC was strongest in the 1-4 Hz frequency range during both seizure and non-seizure activities; however, WPC values varied minimally between electrode pairings. The 13-30 Hz band showed the lowest WPC values during seizure activity. MI analysis yielded two prominent patterns of frequency-specific activity, during seizure and non-seizure activities, which were present across all patients.

  12. Effective masking bandwidths at low frequencies.

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    Fidell, S; Horonjeff, R; Teffeteller, S; Green, D M

    1983-02-01

    Masking of low-frequency sinusoids of varying durations by Gaussian noise of varying spectral shape was measured in three different studies. Common solutions to technical problems associated with control and specification of low-frequency signals were used in the three studies. If interpreted in terms of Fletcher's critical ratio assumptions, data from the first study lead to the inference that the masking bandwidth is inversely related to signal frequency below about 200 Hz. Data from the second study rule out the likelihood that the apparent increase in masking bandwidth is attributable to changes in auditory integration times at low frequencies. The data of the third study suggest that the apparent increase in auditory filter bandwidth at low frequencies is more adequately explained by a decrease in observers' detection efficiency than by broadening of the filter bandpass.

  13. Time-Frequency, Bi-Frequency Detection Analysis of Noise Technology Radar

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    Heuschel, Eugene R

    2006-01-01

    .... This thesis examines the use of time-frequency, bi-frequency signal detection techniques to identify the parameters of the four types of continuous waveform noise radar recently reported. These include: (a) random noise, (b...

  14. Frequency-Locked Single-Frequency Fiber Laser at 2 Micron, Phase II

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Frequency-locked single-frequency 2 micron fiber laser is proposed to be used for airborne/spaceborne coherent lidar measurements, i.e., Active Sensing of CO2...

  15. A New Frequency Partitioning and Allocation of Subcarriers for Fractional Frequency Reuse in Mobile Communication Systems

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    Han, Seung Su; Park, Jongho; Lee, Tae-Jin; Ahn, Hyun Gi; Jang, Kyunghun

    Some OFDMA-based wireless commuication systems, e. g., Wireless Broadband Internet (WiBro) or Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), support frequency reuse of 1 to maximize spectral efficiency. One of the efficient methods to reduce co-channel interference (CCI) caused by frequency reuse is fractional frequency reuse (FFR). In this paper, we propose and validate a novel frequency partitioning method and subcarrier assignment mechanism to improve system and individual capacity of mobile systems using FFR.

  16. Rogue waves in the multicomponent Mel'nikov system and ...

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    ... for Regional Oceanography and Numerical Modeling, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao 266000, People's Republic of China; Key Laboratory of Marine Science and Numerical Modeling, The First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Qingdao 266061, People's ...

  17. Glicídios no mel Sugars in the honey

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    Ricardo Felipe Alves Moreira

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available A review about composition, origin and importance of carbohydrates in honey is presented. Fructose and glucose are the major carbohydrates, ranging from 65-85 % of the total soluble solids. Other minor carbohydrates, chiefly di- and trisaccharides, have been also identified. Fructose, glucose and sucrose are mainly originated from nectar. Oligosaccharides are mainly formed by trans-alpha-D-glucosylation reactions catalysed by honeybee alpha-D-glucosidase. The profile of carbohydrates can be useful for the identification of the brazilian region in which honey was produced and may also be useful for testing brazilian honey authenticity.

  18. AS ANÁLISES DE MEL: REVISÃO

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    Carolina de Gouveia Mendes

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available That revision article has for purpose to contain works regarding the of the you analyze physiochemical and microbiológicas of bee honey. They are related some of the most important goods published on the subject, to explain the main ones you analyze that the honey of bees should be submitted since it is a product in natura broadly consumed. The knowledge of the characteristics organoléptica, sensorial and microbiológicas of the honey has been aiding a lot in the characterization and quality control of that food.

  19. Rogue waves in the multicomponent Mel'nikov system and ...

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    Baonan Sun

    2018-01-10

    Jan 10, 2018 ... and ZHAN LIAN2,3. 1College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, People's Republic of China ... and Technology, Qingdao 266000, People's Republic of China. 3Key Laboratory of .... we consider a dependent variable transformation χ(l) = ρle i(klx+k2 l t) g. (l).

  20. Meal frequencies in early adolescence predict meal frequencies in late adolescence and early adulthood

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    Pedersen, Trine Pagh; Holstein, Bjørn E; Flachs, Esben Meulengracht

    2013-01-01

    Health and risk behaviours tend to be maintained from adolescence into adulthood. There is little knowledge on whether meal frequencies in adolescence are maintained into adulthood. We investigated whether breakfast, lunch and evening meal frequencies in early adolescence predicted meal frequencies...... in late adolescence and in early adulthood. Further, the modifying effect of gender and adolescent family structure were investigated....