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  1. Europe's Integration Process is Floundering

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    Ding Yuanhong

    2011-01-01

    The post-WWII situation in Europe is closely related to Europe's integration process. Right now, one of the special features regarding the current European situation is that Europe's integration process has nearly become enmeshed in stagnation. The European Union is disintegrating, with various kinds of contradictions cropping up and its cohesion sharply reduced. The EU rotating chair-state Hungarian premier said, "Europe is like a bicycle without a chain, unable to move forward."

  2. Asynchronous stream processing with S-Net

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    Grelck, C.; Scholz, S.-B.; Shafarenko, A.

    2010-01-01

    We present the rationale and design of S-Net, a coordination language for asynchronous stream processing. The language achieves a near-complete separation between the application code, written in any conventional programming language, and the coordination/communication code written in S-Net. Our app

  3. Fabricating an S&OP Process

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    Lichen, Alex Yu

    Inspired by Latour’s (2005a) notion of matters of concern and M.C. Escher’s Circle Limit III as a representation of the Poincaré Disk, this study follows how an S&OP process was fabricated in a large Swedish manufacturing company. The study claims that when actors are fabricating the S&OP process......, local actors create emergent, ongoing and multiple matters of concern around it. The group demand chain, the actor who is responsible for guiding the implementation of the process, delegates the attempts to close these matters of concern to local actors located in separate times and spaces. As a result......, constituents of the S&OP process are dispersed in diverse local times and spaces rather than being coordinated in a single time and space by the group demand chain. Accounting is a set of matters of concern. The S&OP process and its purpose of integration come from an “absolute nothingness” – its minimal...

  4. 640 Gbit/s optical signal processing

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen;

    2009-01-01

    Techniques for 640 Gbit/s generation, demultiplexing, clock recovery, add/drop multiplexing, wavelength conversion, transmission, channel identification and timing jitter tolerant switching is described. Various switching materials are explored, such as HNLF, SOA, chalcogenide, and PPLN.......Techniques for 640 Gbit/s generation, demultiplexing, clock recovery, add/drop multiplexing, wavelength conversion, transmission, channel identification and timing jitter tolerant switching is described. Various switching materials are explored, such as HNLF, SOA, chalcogenide, and PPLN....

  5. Bistatic sAR data processing algorithms

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    Qiu, Xiaolan; Hu, Donghui

    2013-01-01

    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is critical for remote sensing. It works day and night, in good weather or bad. Bistatic SAR is a new kind of SAR system, where the transmitter and receiver are placed on two separate platforms. Bistatic SAR is one of the most important trends in SAR development, as the technology renders SAR more flexible and safer when used in military environments. Imaging is one of the most difficult and important aspects of bistatic SAR data processing. Although traditional SAR signal processing is fully developed, bistatic SAR has a more complex system structure, so sign

  6. Ulam’s Problem And Hammersley’s Process

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    Groeneboom, P.

    2001-01-01

    Let $L_n$ be the length of the longest increasing subsequence of a random permutation of the numbers $1,\\ldots, n$, for the uniform distribution on the set of permutations. Hammersley's interacting particle process, implicit in Hammersley (1972), has been used in Aldous and Diaconis (1995) to

  7. Inflammatory Process in Alzheimer’s Disease

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    MARCO ANTONIO eMERAZ RIOS

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Alzheimer Disease (AD is a neurodegenerative disorder and the most common form of dementia. Histopathologically is characterized by the presence of two major hallmarks, the intracellular neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs and extracellular neuritic plaques (NPs surrounded by activated astrocytes and microglia. NFTs consist of paired helical filaments of truncated tau protein that is abnormally hyperphosphorylated. The main component in the NP is the amyloid-β peptide (Aβ, a small fragment of 40-42 amino acids with a molecular weight of 4kD. It has been proposed that the amyloid aggregates and microglia activation are able to favor the neurodegenerative process observed in AD patients. However, the role of inflammation in AD is controversial, because in early stages the inflammation could have a beneficial role in the pathology, since it has been thought that the microglia and astrocytes activated could be involved in Aβ clearance. Nevertheless the chronic activation of the microglia has been related with an increase of Aβ and possibly with tau phosphorylation. Studies in AD brains have shown an upregulation of complement molecules, pro-inflammatory cytokines, acute phase reactants and other inflammatory mediators that could contribute with the neurodegenerative process. Clinical trials and animal models with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs indicate that these drugs may decrease the risk of developing AD and apparently reduce Aβ deposition. Finally, further studies are needed to determine whether treatment with anti-inflammatory strategies, may decrease the neurodegenerative process that affects these patients.

  8. Sensitivity study for s process nucleosynthesis in AGB stars

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    Koloczek, A.; Thomas, B.; Glorius, J.; Plag, R.; Pignatari, M.; Reifarth, R.; Ritter, C.; Schmidt, S.; Sonnabend, K.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we present a large-scale sensitivity study of reaction rates in the main component of the s process. The aim of this study is to identify all rates, which have a global effect on the s process abundance distribution and the three most important rates for the production of each isotope. We have performed a sensitivity study on the radiative 13C-pocket and on the convective thermal pulse, sites of the s process in AGB stars. We identified 22 rates, which have the highest impact on the s-process abundances in AGB stars.

  9. Sensitivity study for s process nucleosynthesis in AGB stars

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    Koloczek, A; Glorius, J; Plag, R; Pignatari, M; Reifarth, R; Ritter, C; Schmidt, S; Sonnabend, K

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present a large-scale sensitivity study of reaction rates in the main component of the $s$ process. The aim of this study is to identify all rates, which have a global effect on the $s$ process abundance distribution and the three most important rates for the production of each isotope. We have performed a sensitivity study on the radiative $^{13}$C-pocket and on the convective thermal pulse, sites of the $s$ process in AGB stars. We identified 22 rates, which have the highest impact on the $s$-process abundances in AGB stars.

  10. Stellar neutron capture rates and the s process

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    Käppeler F.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Neutron reactions are responsible for the formation of the elements heavier than iron. The corresponding scenarios relate to helium burning in Red Giant stars (s process and to supernova explosions (r and p processes. The s process, which operates in or near the valley of β-stability, has produced about half of the elemental abundances between Fe and Bi. Accurate (n, γ cross sections are the essential input for s process studies, because they determine the abundances produced by that process. Following a brief summary of the neutron capture processes, the focus will be set on the s process in massive stars, where the role of reliable cross section information is particularly important. Eventually, the intriguing aspects of the origin of 60Fe will be addressed. Attempts to determine the stellar cross section of that isotope are pushing experimental possibilities to their limits and present a pertinent challenge for future facilities.

  11. Kinetics and mechanism of synthetic CoS oxidation process

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    Štrbac N.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of investigation of kinetics and mechanism for synthetic a-CoS oxidation process are presented in this paper. Based on experimental data obtained using DTA and XRD analysis and constructed PSD diagrams for Co-S-O system, mechanism of synthetic a-CoS oxidation process is suggested. Characteristic kinetic parameters were obtained for experimental isothermal investigations of desulfurization degree using Sharp method.

  12. Sensitivity study for s process nucleosynthesis in AGB stars

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    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present a large-scale sensitivity study of reaction rates in the main component of the $s$ process. The aim of this study is to identify all rates, which have a global effect on the $s$ process abundance distribution and the three most important rates for the production of each isotope. We have performed a sensitivity study on the radiative $^{13}$C-pocket and on the convective thermal pulse, sites of the $s$ process in AGB stars. We identified 22 rates, which have the highes...

  13. The s Process: Nuclear Physics, Stellar Models, Observations

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    Kaeppeler, Franz; Bisterzo, Sara; Aoki, Wako

    2010-01-01

    Nucleosynthesis in the s process takes place in the He burning layers of low mass AGB stars and during the He and C burning phases of massive stars. The s process contributes about half of the element abundances between Cu and Bi in solar system material. Depending on stellar mass and metallicity the resulting s-abundance patterns exhibit characteristic features, which provide comprehensive information for our understanding of the stellar life cycle and for the chemical evolution of galaxies. The rapidly growing body of detailed abundance observations, in particular for AGB and post-AGB stars, for objects in binary systems, and for the very faint metal-poor population represents exciting challenges and constraints for stellar model calculations. Based on updated and improved nuclear physics data for the s-process reaction network, current models are aiming at ab initio solution for the stellar physics related to convection and mixing processes. Progress in the intimately related areas of observations, nuclear...

  14. China’s First Multilingual Information Processing Base Launched

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    2009-01-01

    Wuhan China Multilingual Information Processing Base officially opened recently at the Wuhan Eastlake Hi-Tech Innovation Center. In accordance with the country’s strategy on service outsourcing and the international translation service industry, Wuhan began to put its development plan for a multilingual data processing base into practice.

  15. U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Processing Industries.

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    Buckley, Katharine C.; And Others

    Because of shifts in consumer tastes and preferences, demographics, technology, government regulation, and the expanding interdependence of world markets, the United States fruit and vegetable processing industries must operate in a constantly changing and uncertain economic environment. U.S. per capita use of processed fruits and vegetables is…

  16. Dynamic modelling and process control of ZnS precipitation

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    König, J.; Keesman, K.J.; Veeken, A.H.M.; Lens, P.N.L.

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents the dynamic modelling and design of a control strategy for the ZnS precipitation process. During lab¿scale experiments, the sulfide concentration in a precipitator was controlled at a prespecified pS value by manipulating the flow from a buffer vessel. Batch tests showed that the

  17. A Strategic Planning Process for NATO for the 1990s

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    1992-06-01

    This thesis deals with the possible shifts in NATO’s strategy for the rest of the 1990s. It uses a strategic planning model to explore these possible...shift’s in strategy. Strategic planning is a systematic process of defining the mission and the objectives and creating action plans, policies and...resource allocations to achieve them. Every organization should initiate strategic planning in order to address the evolving needs of its stakeholders

  18. On the (S-1,S) model for renewal demand processes: Poisson's poison

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    M.A.J. Smith; R. Dekker (Rommert)

    1997-01-01

    textabstractIn the standard (S - 1,S) stock model, demand follows a Poisson process. It has appeared to many stock analysts that this model causes an abundance of stock in reality. In case demand is caused by failure or is derived from another process, demand typically does not follow a Poisson proc

  19. NuGrid: s process in massive stars

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    Hirschi, Raphael; Thielemann, F -K; Pignatari, Marco; Bennett, Michael; Diehl, Steven; Fryer, Christopher L; Herwig, Falk; Hungerford, Aimee; Magkotsios, Georgios; Rockefeller, Gabriel; Timmes, Francis X; Young, Patrick

    2008-01-01

    The s-process production in massive stars at very low metallicities is expected to be negligible due to the low abundance of the neutron source 22Ne, to primary neutron poisons and decreasing iron seed abundances. However, recent models of massive stars including the effects of rotation show that a strong production of 22Ne is possible in the helium core, as a consequence of the primary nitrogen production (observed in halo metal poor stars). Using the PPN post-processing code, we studied the impact of this primary 22Ne on the s process. We find a large production of s elements between strontium and barium, starting with the amount of primary 22Ne predicted by stellar models. There are several key reaction rate uncertainties influencing the s-process efficiency. Among them, 17O(alpha,gamma) may play a crucial role strongly influencing the s process efficiency, or it may play a negligible role, according to the rate used in the calculations. We also report on the development of a new parallel (MPI) post-proces...

  20. s-process Enrichment in the Planetary Nebula NGC 3918

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    García-Rojas, J; Luridiana, V; Sterling, N C; Morisset, C

    2014-01-01

    We present deep, high-resolution (R~40000) UVES at VLT spectrophotometric data of the planetary nebula NGC 3918. This is one of the deepest spectra ever taken of a planetary nebula. We have identified and measured more than 700 emission lines and, in particular, we have detected very faint lines of several neutron-capture elements (s-process elements: Kr, Xe and Rb) that enable us to compute their chemical abundances with unprecedented accuracy, thus constraining the efficiency of the s-process and convective dredge-up.

  1. Opportunities and Challenges Confronting China’s Copper Processing Industry

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    2015-01-01

    Against the macro background of gradually recovering global economy,China’s copper processing industry is facing good opportunities:External environment continues to optimize,key enterprises show improvement in profit earning condition.In 2013 the output of copper processing products was 14.987 million tonnes,up by25.20%on Y-o-Y basis.In 2014,the output of

  2. s-Process in Low Metallicity Stars. I. Theoretical Predictions

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    Bisterzo, S; Straniero, O; Cristallo, S; Kaeppeler, F

    2010-01-01

    A large sample of carbon enhanced metal-poor stars enriched in s-process elements (CEMP-s) have been observed in the Galactic halo. These stars of low mass (M ~ 0.9 Msun) are located on the main-sequence or the red giant phase, and do not undergo third dredge-up (TDU) episodes. The s-process enhancement is most plausibly due to accretion in a binary system from a more massive companion when on the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase (now a white dwarf). In order to interpret the spectroscopic observations, updated AGB models are needed to follow in detail the s-process nucleosynthesis. We present nucleosynthesis calculations based on AGB stellar models obtained with FRANEC (Frascati Raphson-Newton Evolutionary Code) for low initial stellar masses and low metallicities. For a given metallicity, a wide spread in the abundances of the s-process elements is obtained by varying the amount of 13C and its profile in the pocket, where the 13C(a, n)16O reaction is the major neutron source, releasing neutrons in radiat...

  3. Gyarmati’s Variational Principle of Dissipative Processes

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    József Verhás

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Like in mechanics and electrodynamics, the fundamental laws of the thermodynamics of dissipative processes can be compressed into Gyarmati’s variational principle. This variational principle both in its differential (local and in integral (global forms was formulated by Gyarmati in 1965. The consistent application of both the local and the global forms of Gyarmati’s principle provides all the advantages throughout explicating the theory of irreversible thermodynamics that are provided in the study of mechanics and electrodynamics by the corresponding classical variational principles, e.g., Gauss’ differential principle of least constraint or Hamilton’s integral principle.

  4. THE HISTORY OF THE S PROCESS AND ITS PRESENT STATE

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    Giora Shaviv

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available We review the history and the present status of the s-process and point to problems in need of clarification. In some cases it has to do with lack of experimental data and in other the theory is missing.

  5. Process for demethylating S-methyl-mercapto compounds

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    Hansen, Theo; Jansen, Michael; van der Maarel, Marc

    1998-01-01

    PCT No. PCT/EP95/02883 Sec. 371 Date Jan. 8, 1997 Sec. 102(e) Date Jan. 8, 1997 PCT Filed Jul. 19, 1995 PCT Pub. No. WO96/03518 PCT Pub. Date Feb. 8, 1996The invention concerns a process for preparing mercapto compounds comprising the step of demethylating an S-methyl-mercapto compound of Formula I

  6. Nonlinear Optical Signal Processing for Tbit/s Ethernet Applications

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen;

    2012-01-01

    We review recent experimental demonstrations of Tbaud optical signal processing. In particular, we describe a successful 1.28 Tbit/s serial data generation based on single polarization 1.28 Tbaud symbol rate pulses with binary data modulation (OOK) and subsequent all-optical demultiplexing. We also...

  7. Process for demethylating S-methyl-mercapto compounds

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    Hansen, Theo; Jansen, Michael; van der Maarel, Marc

    1998-01-01

    PCT No. PCT/EP95/02883 Sec. 371 Date Jan. 8, 1997 Sec. 102(e) Date Jan. 8, 1997 PCT Filed Jul. 19, 1995 PCT Pub. No. WO96/03518 PCT Pub. Date Feb. 8, 1996The invention concerns a process for preparing mercapto compounds comprising the step of demethylating an S-methyl-mercapto compound of Formula I

  8. s-Process Os isotope enrichment in ureilites by planetary processing

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    Goderis, S.; Brandon, A. D.; Mayer, B.; Humayun, M.

    2015-12-01

    Ubiquitous nucleosynthetic isotope anomalies relative to the terrestrial isotopic composition in Mo, Ru, and other elements are known from both bulk chondrites and differentiated meteorites, but Os isotope ratios reported from such meteorites have been found to be indistinguishable from the terrestrial value. The carriers of s- and r-process Os must thus have been homogeneously distributed in the solar nebula. As large Os isotope anomalies are known from acid leachates and residues of primitive chondrites, the constant relative proportions of presolar s- and r-process carriers in such chondrites must have been maintained during nebular processes. It has long been assumed that partial melting of primitive chondrites would homogenize the isotopic heterogeneity carried by presolar grains. Here, ureilites, carbon-rich ultramafic achondrites dominantly composed of olivine and low-Ca pyroxene, are shown to be the first differentiated bulk Solar System materials for which nucleosynthetic Os isotope anomalies have been identified. These anomalies consist of enrichment in s-process Os heterogeneously distributed in different ureilites. Given the observed homogeneity of Os isotopes in all types of primitive chondrites, this Os isotope variability among ureilites must have been caused by selective removal of s-process-poor Os host phases, probably metal, during rapid localized melting on the ureilite parent body. While Mo and Ru isotope anomalies for all meteorites measured so far exhibit s-process deficits relative to the Earth, the opposite holds for the Os isotope anomalies in ureilites reported here. This might indicate that the Earth preferentially accreted olivine-rich restites and inherited a s-process excess relative to smaller meteorite bodies, consistent with Earth's high Mg/Si ratio and enrichment of s-process nuclides in Mo, Ru, and Nd isotopes. Our new Os isotope results imply that caution must be used when applying nucleosynthetic isotope anomalies as provenance

  9. Lepton flavour violating processes in an S_3-symmetric model

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    Mondragón, A; Peinado, E

    2008-01-01

    A variety of lepton flavour violating effects related to the recent discovery of neutrino oscillations and mixings is here systematically discussed in terms of an S_3-flavour permutational symmetry. After presenting some relevant results on lepton masses and mixings, previously derived in a minimal S_3-invariant extension of the Standard Model, we compute the branching ratios of some selected flavour-changing neutral current processes (FCNC) as well as the contribution of the exchange of neutral flavour-changing scalar to the anomaly of the magnetic moment of the muon. We found that the minimal S_3-invariant extension of the Standard Model describes successfully masses and mixings, as well as, all flavour changing neutral current processes in excellent agreement with experiment.

  10. The gambler’s fallacy: A basic inhibitory process?

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    James eLyons

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Two studies were conducted to examine the relation between the gambler’s fallacy and attentional processes associated with inhibition of return (IOR. In Study 1, participants completed rapid aiming movements to equally probable targets presented to the left and right. They also completed a gambling protocol in which they bet on the illumination of either target. Consistent with the inhibition of return phenomenon, participants were slower to initate their movements on trial N + 1 when the target was the same as trial N. Participants with more pronounced IOR were more likely to switch betting behavior after a win than participants with a smaller index. This betting behavior was also related to a gambler’s fallacy index measured by a questionnaire. In Study 2, participants performed both the aiming task and the betting task with a partner. Each participant performed two trials before ceding to the partner. Thus we were able to examine IOR and betting behavior as a function of the participant’s own previous trial and their partner’s previous trial. The IOR effect was robust both within and between-participants. Participants were more likely to maintain their bet following an unsuccesful outcome regardless of whether it was their own outcome or their partner’s outcome. This type of betting behavior is consistent with the gambler’s fallacy. Individual IOR scores were a reliable predictor of betting behavior and the questionnaire was also succesful in predicting behavior. In addition, the within-person IOR indices covaried with the gambler’s fallacy index deprived from the questionnaire. In summary, there appears to be a relation between inhibition of return and the gambler’s fallacy. We suggest that early humans developed specialized attentional systems to deal with non-random environmental contingencies, and that the automatic processes associated with these systems are sometimes maladaptive in artifical environments in which the

  11. Mixing and the s-process in rotating AGB stars

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    Herwig, F; Lugaro, M; Herwig, Falk; Langer, Norbert; Lugaro, Maria

    2003-01-01

    We model the nucleosynthesis during a radiative interpulse phase of a rotating 3Msun Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) star. We find an enhanced production of the neutron source species C13 compared to non-rotating models due to shear mixing of protons and C12 at the core-envelope interface. We estimate that the resulting total production of heavy elements by slow neutron capture s-process is too low to account for most observations. This due to the fact that rotationally induced mixing during the interpulse phase causes a pollution of the C13 pocket layer with the neutron poison N14. As a result we find a maximum neutron exposure of tau_max=0.04mbarn^{-1} in the s-process layer of our solar metallicity model with rotation. This is about a factor of 5 to 10 less than required to reproduce the observed stellar s-process abundance patterns. We compare our results with models that include hydrodynamic overshooting mixing, and with simple parametric models including the combined effects of overshooting and mixing in ...

  12. Neutron Capture Cross Sections for the Weak s Process

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    Heil, M; Kaeppeler, F; Gallino, R; Pignatari, M; Uberseder, E

    2009-01-01

    In past decades a lot of progress has been made towards understanding the main s-process component that takes place in thermally pulsing Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars. During this process about half of the heavy elements, mainly between 90=8Msolar) and is much less understood. A better characterization of the weak s component would help disentangle the various contributions to element production in this region. For this purpose, a series of measurements of neutron-capture cross sections have been performed on medium-mass nuclei at the 3.7-MV Van de Graaff accelerator at FZK using the activation method. Also, neutron captures on abundant light elements with A<56 play an important role for s-process nucleosynthesis, since they act as neutron poisons and affect the stellar neutron balance. New results are presented for the (n,g) cross sections of 41K and 45Sc, and revisions are reported for a number of cross sections based on improved spectroscopic information.

  13. Explosive nucleosynthesis, p-process and s-process in massive stars

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    Hashimoto, M. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan); Nomoto, K.; Prantzos, N.; Rayet, M.; Arnould, M.

    1994-06-01

    Explosive nucleosynthesis, p-process and s-process in massive stars for the main-sequence star masses from 13 (solar mass) to 70 (solar mass) are reviewed. We examine the dependence of the supernova yields on the stellar mass and {sup 12}C({alpha},{gamma}){sup 16}O rate. The supernova yields and overproduction factors integrated over the initial mass function are compared with the solar system abundances. The good agreement or enough overproductions compared with the solar abundances suggest that our present model represents a good indicator to develop the present study to the chemical evolution of elements from the early universe. On the other hand, some isotopes cannot be produced enough in the present models. Another model would be necessary to get whole reasonable agreement between the relevant solar system abundances of explosive, s, and p-process classification and those by a model calculation. (author).

  14. Defects in 18 S or 28 S rRNA processing activate the p53 pathway.

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    Hölzel, Michael; Orban, Mathias; Hochstatter, Julia; Rohrmoser, Michaela; Harasim, Thomas; Malamoussi, Anastassia; Kremmer, Elisabeth; Längst, Gernot; Eick, Dirk

    2010-02-26

    The p53 tumor suppressor pathway is activated by defective ribosome synthesis. Ribosomal proteins are released from the nucleolus and block human double minute-2 (Hdm2) that targets p53 for degradation. However, it remained elusive how abrogation of individual rRNA processing pathways contributes to p53 stabilization. Here, we show that selective inhibition of 18 S rRNA processing provokes accumulation of p53 as efficiently as abrogated 28 S rRNA maturation. We describe hUTP18 as a novel mammalian rRNA processing factor that is specifically involved in 18 S rRNA production. hUTP18 was essential for the cleavage of the 5'-external transcribed spacer leader sequence from the primary polymerase I transcript, but was dispensable for rRNA transcription. Because maturation of the 28 S rRNA was unaffected in hUTP18-depleted cells, our results suggest that the integrity of both the 18 S and 28 S rRNA synthesis pathways can be monitored independently by the p53 pathway. Interestingly, accumulation of p53 after hUTP18 knock down required the ribosomal protein L11. Therefore, cells survey the maturation of the small and large ribosomal subunits by separate molecular routes, which may merge in an L11-dependent signaling pathway for p53 stabilization.

  15. Accounting information system and management’s decision making process

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    Farhad Hanifi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we address the management’s decision making process and examine the effect of accounting information system (AIS in PARS GARMA holding organization in making sound and effective decisions and inform the reader on how AIS influences on the management decisions in 6 major perspectives including quality, accuracy, economic, validity, speed and on time concepts. The major source of data to this research is primary data through the administration of questionnaires. Regression and correlation analysis was used for the data analysis. The findings show that accounting information system had a significant and positive role in PARS GARMA holding management decisions process in several perspectives but AIS had no significant impact on speed of decision making.

  16. sUAS and their application in observing geomorphological processes

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    Gallik, Jozef; Bolešová, Lenka

    2016-07-01

    Methodologies and procedures in processing gained data vary based on possibilities and needs of scientific projects. This paper should help to get a general overview in the choice of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS - commonly known as drones) for scientific purposes, namely remote sensing of geomorphologic processes such as soil degradation in high mountainous areas that are hard to access and have unfavourable weather conditions. All high mountain areas in European countries are legislatively protected, and so various permissions and observation of strict procedures are needed in order to not have a negative influence on the environment. Nowadays, several types of UAS exist that could effectively help us in such protection, as well as in full-fledged utilization when answering scientific questions about the alpine lake genesis. We demonstrate it here with selected examples of our photo documentation.

  17. CNPC'S Ambitious Efforts for Refining and Crude Processing

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    2012-01-01

    China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) announced in early May that its Guangdong-based mega joint refinery with Venezuelan partner Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) have started construction and is set to open by the end of 2014. The 58.6-billion-yuan (US$9.3 billion) project, in which CNPC will hold a 60 percent stake and the PDVSA will hold the remaining 40 percent, has a designed annual processing capacity of 20 million metric tons, or 400,000 barrels a day, making it the country's biggest integrated refining complex ever built at once.

  18. The AdS/QCD Correspondence and Exclusive Processes

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    Brodsky, Stanley J.; /SLAC /Southern Denmark U., CP3-Origins; de Teramond, Guy F.; /Costa Rica U.; Deur, Alexandre; /Jefferson Lab

    2010-08-25

    The AdS/CFT correspondence between theories in AdS space and conformal field theories in physical space-time provides an analytic, semi-classical, color-confining model for strongly-coupled QCD. The soft-wall AdS/QCD model modified by a positive-sign dilaton metric leads to a remarkable one-parameter description of nonperturbative hadron dynamics at zero quark mass, including a zero-mass pion and a Regge spectrum of linear trajectories with the same slope in orbital angular momentum L and radial quantum number n for both mesons and baryons. One also predicts the form of the non-perturbative effective coupling {alpha}{sub s}{sup AdS}(q) and its {beta}-function which agrees with the effective coupling {alpha}{sub ga} extracted from the Bjorken sum rule. Light-front holography, which connects the fifth-dimensional coordinate of AdS space z to an invariant impact separation variable {zeta}, allows one to compute the analytic form of the frame-independent light-front wavefunctions, the fundamental entities which encode hadron properties as well as decay constants, form factors, deeply virtual Compton scattering, exclusive heavy hadron decays and other exclusive scattering amplitudes. One thus obtains a relativistic description of hadrons in QCD at the amplitude level with dimensional counting for hard exclusive reactions at high momentum transfer. As specific examples we discuss the behavior of the pion and nucleon form factors in the space-like and time-like regions. We also review the phenomenology of exclusive processes including some anomalous empirical results.

  19. Amyloid Precursor Protein Processing in Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Adwait BHADBHADE

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available How to Cite this Article: Bhadbhade A, Cheng DW. Amyloid Precursor Protein Processing in Alzheimer’s Disease. Iranian Journal of Child Neurology2012;6(1:1-5.Alzheimer’s disease (AD is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and a leading cause of dementia. The AD is characterized by presence of intraneuronal tangles and extracellular plaques in the brain. The plaques are composed of dense and mostly insoluble deposits of amyloid beta peptide (Aβ, formed by sequential cleavage of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP, by two pathways amyloidogenic and non-amyloidogenic. Tangles are composed of paired helical fragments, which aggregate to form, microtubular protein tau. Although Aβ plaques are established to be the cause of the disease, there exist genetic factors and other pathological identifications in addition to these which are an integral part of the disease. This article gives an overview into the mechanism of APP action, genetic factors and other pathological identifications contributing to Alzheimer’s disease formation.References Brookmeyer R, Gray S, Kawas C. Projections of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States and the public health impact of delaying disease onset. American Journal of Public Health 1998;88(9:1337. Hebert LE, Scherr PA, Bienias JL, Bennett DA, Evans DA. Alzheimer disease in the US population. Arch Neurol 2003;60(8:1119-22. Möller HJ, Graeber M. The case described by Alois Alzheimer in 1911. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience 1998:248(3:111-122. Selkoe D J. (2002. Deciphering the genesis and fate of amyloid beta-protein yields novel therapies for Alzheimer disease. J Clinic Investigat 2002;110(10: 1375-82. Wolfe MS. Tau mutations in neurodegenerative diseases. J Biolog Chem 2009;284(10:6021. Selkoe DJ. Alzheimer’s disease: genes, proteins, and therapy. Physiological reviews 2001;81(2:741. Selkoe DJ. The cell biology of [beta]-amyloid precursor protein and presenilin in Alzheimer’s

  20. A Mechanism of crystallization process of hemoglobin S

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been studied as the qualitative consequence of a proposed mechanism of reaction for the formation of HbS molecular aggregations, as well as the mathematical model associated with it, for the particular case that the process of crystallization takes place at partial pressure and constant temperature. It is showed that the results mentioned in the study can be used to explain experimental existing data, although this data are small to decide between various options that are compatible with existing experimental models and experimental data. Also, qualitative consequences of to mechanism of reaction suggested for the formation of HbS molecular aggregations, as well as the mathematical model associated, are studied for a particular case in which to process of crystallization under constant oxygen, partial pressure and constant tem- peratures. The results of such study, which are able to explain the existing experi- mental data, are shown. However, this is latter very scarce for being able to decide among various existing choices compatible with the model and experimental data.

  1. New experimental developments for s- and p-process research

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    Reifarth, R.; Ershova, O.; Glorius, J.; Göbel, K.; Langer, C.; Meusel, O.; Plag, R.; Schmidt, S.; Sonnabend, K.; Heil, M.

    2012-12-01

    Almost all of the heavy elements are produced via neutron-induced processes in a multitude of stellar production sites. The remaining minor part is produced via photon- and proton-induced reactions. The predictive power of the underlying stellar models is currently limited because they contain poorly constrained physics components such as convection, rotation or magnetic fields. An important tool to determine such components is the comparison of observed with modeled abundance distributions based on improved nuclear physics input. The FRANZ facility at the Goethe University Frankfurt, which is currently under construction will provide unprecedented neutron fluxes and proton currents available for nuclear astrophysics. It will be possible to investigate important branchpoint nuclei of the s-process nucleosynthesis path and proton-induced reactions important for p-process modeling. At the GSI close to Darmstadt radioactive isotopes can be investigated in inverse kinematics. This allows experiments such as proton-induced cross section measurements using a heavy-ion storage ring or measurements of gamma-induced reactions using the Coulomb dissociation method. The future FAIR facility will allow similar experiments on very exotic nuclei, since orders of magnitude higher radioactive ions beams will be possible.

  2. News from the p-process is the s-process a troublemaker?

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    Rayet, M; Arnould, M

    2000-01-01

    The most detailed calculations of the p-process call for its development in the O/Ne layers of Type II supernovae. In spite of their overall success in reproducing the solar system content of p-nuclides, they suggest a significant underproduction of the light Mo and Ru isotopes. On grounds of a model for the explosion of a 25 solar mass star with solar metallicity, we demonstrate that this failure might just be related to the uncertainties left in the rate of the 22Ne(alpha,n)25Mg neutron producing reaction. The latter indeed has a direct impact on the distribution of the s-process seeds for the p-process.

  3. News from the p-process: is the s-process a troublemaker?

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    Rayet, M.; Costa, V.; Arnould, M.

    2001-05-01

    The most detailed calculations of the p-process call for its development in the O/Ne layers of Type II supernovae. In spite of their overall success in reproducing the solar system content of p-nuclides, they suggest a significant underproduction of the light Mo and Ru isotopes. On grounds of a model for the explosion of a 25 solar mass star with solar metallicity, we demonstrate that this failure might just be related to the uncertainties left in the rate of the 22Ne(alpha,n)25Mg neutron producing reaction. The latter indeed has a direct impact on the distribution of the s-process seeds for the p-process.

  4. Creativity, Psychoanalysis and Eugene O’Neill’s Creative Process

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O’Neill is undisputedly one of the most autobiographical artists in modern literature. His creativity consistently moves around subjective exploration and autobiographical representation in his art. Therefore drama for him involves primarily dramatization of self and close relations such as mother, father and brother, and this association between life and art goes back to early amateur plays. This factor has exposed the artist to discreet psychoanalytic explorations and analysis. Clearly a depressive and predominantly oedipal pattern emerges in his writings that could be traced in the whole range of his plays. However, preoccupation with the self and pervasive obsession to dramatize peculiar relationships and psychic conditions create its own archeology of limitations in his art that have remained unaddressed so far. The study debates on creativity, psychoanalytic traditions of creativity, O’Neill’s creative process and highlights some of the limitations that pertain to representative and intellectual aspects of his art

  5. Report on the Fermilab pilot N&S closure process

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    1995-08-01

    This document outlines the plans and protocols for conducting a pilot of the Department of Energy`s Necessary & Sufficient Closure Process (Attachment A) at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) in Batavia, Illinois. The result of this pilot will be a set of standards which will serve as the agreed upon basis for providing FNAL with adequate Environment, Safety and Health Protection at the lowest possible cost. This pilot will seek out and emulate compatible industry practices which have been proven successful both in terms of safety performance and cost-effectiveness. This charter has been developed as a partnership effort by the parties to this agreement (see ``Responsibilities`` below), and is considered to be a living document.

  6. Rosen’s (M,R) system in process algebra

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    Background Robert Rosen’s Metabolism-Replacement, or (M,R), system can be represented as a compact network structure with a single source and three products derived from that source in three consecutive reactions. (M,R) has been claimed to be non-reducible to its components and algorithmically non-computable, in the sense of not being evaluable as a function by a Turing machine. If (M,R)-like structures are present in real biological networks, this suggests that many biological networks will be non-computable, with implications for those branches of systems biology that rely on in silico modelling for predictive purposes. Results We instantiate (M,R) using the process algebra Bio-PEPA, and discuss the extent to which our model represents a true realization of (M,R). We observe that under some starting conditions and parameter values, stable states can be achieved. Although formal demonstration of algorithmic computability remains elusive for (M,R), we discuss the extent to which our Bio-PEPA representation of (M,R) allows us to sidestep Rosen’s fundamental objections to computational systems biology. Conclusions We argue that the behaviour of (M,R) in Bio-PEPA shows life-like properties. PMID:24237684

  7. Abundance analysis of s-process enhanced barium stars

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    Mahanta, Upakul; Goswami, Aruna; Duorah, Kalpana

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    Detailed chemical composition studies of stars with enhanced abundances of neutron-capture elements can provide observational constraints for neutron-capture nucleosynthesis studies and clues for understanding their contribution to the Galactic chemical enrichment. We present abundance results from high-resolution spectral analyses of a sample of four chemically peculiar stars characterized by s-process enhancement. High-Resolution spectra (R ~ 42000) of these objects spanning a wavelength range from 4000 to 6800 A, are taken from the ELODIE archive. We have estimated the stellar atmospheric parameters, the effective temperature T_eff, the surface gravity log g, and metallicity [Fe/H] from local thermodynamic equilibrium analysis using model atmospheres. We report estimates of elemental abundances for several neutron-capture elements, Sr, Y, Zr, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu and Dy. While HD 49641 and HD 58368 show [Ba/Fe] > 1.16 the other two objects HD 119650 and HD 191010 are found to be mild barium stars wit...

  8. The s-Process in Rotating Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars

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    Herwig, F; Lugaro, M

    2003-01-01

    (abridged) We model the nucleosynthesis during the thermal pulse phase of a rotating, solar metallicity AGB star of 3M_sun. Rotationally induced mixing during the thermal pulses produces a layer (~2E-5M_sun) on top of the CO-core where large amounts of protons and C12 co-exist. We follow the abundance evolution in this layer, in particular that of the neutron source C13 and of the neutron poison N14. In our AGB model mixing persists during the entire interpulse phase due to the steep angular velocity gradient at the core-envelope interface. We follow the neutron production during the interpulse phase, and find a resulting maximum neutron exposure of tau_max =0.04 mbarn^-1, which is too small to produce any significant s-process. In parametric models, we then investigate the combined effects of diffusive overshooting from the convective envelope and rotationally induced mixing. Models with overshoot and weaker interpulse mixing - as perhaps expected from more slowly rotating stars - yield larger neutron exposu...

  9. S.H.A.S.T. and Tele-bio-sphere: Investigative Processes as Artistic Practices

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    Full Text Available The subjects herein addressed make part of a series of lectures and workshops developed by me along with the team of the New Organisms Art Nucleus (NANO during the last two years (2013-2015. So, examples of methodological processes applied in the various activities we have developed with undergraduate and graduate students will be presented. The importance I attach to these issues is directly related to the academic practice as well as to the artistic production derived from creation processes, aiming at systematizing and expanding knowledge in the realm of arts and technology, being all of it addressed from a cross-cultural approach. Thus I intend to bring some viewpoints that may feed the discussion between arts and sciences, from an experimental and trans-disciplinary approach, proposing the concepts of hybridity and bio-telematics, so as to illustrate the methodological procedures applied in the artistic projects S.H.A.S.T. and Tele-bio-sphere. http://nano.eba.ufrj.br

  10. A U.S. view of silicon production processes

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    1981-01-01

    One of the objectives of the Low-Cost Solar Array Project is the demonstration of the practicality of processes for producing silicon, suitable for fabricating solar cells for terrestrial applications, at prices less than $14/kg. Approaches being investigated are related to a metallurgical silicon/silane/silicon process, a metallurgical silicon/dichlorosilane/Siemens-type process, and a silicon tetrachloride-zinc reduction process. There is a great probability that the first process will yield semiconductor grade Si at a price less than $14/kg. The second process appears to be capable of providing polysilicon with a purity equivalent to the present commercial semiconductor grade silicon at a price of about $20/kg. An important part of the program is the investigation of the effects of impurities on the performance of solar cells.

  11. Compressed Aeronautical Chart Processing Operator’s Manual

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    2007-11-02

    the processing thread A4A denotes a CAC ODI build for an (A) aeronautical chart at the (4) operational navigation chart (ONC) (1:1M) scale with...builds when both charts are at the same scale. For example, the processing thread A4A denotes a CAC ODI build for an (A) aeronautical chart at the (4

  12. The Analytic Solution of the s-Process for Heavy Element

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    In this paper, we investigate the net-work equation of s-process. After divide the s-process into twostandard forms, we get the analytic solution of the net-work equation. With our analytic solution, we

  13. Operation Just Cause and the U.S. Policy Process

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    by making the Guarda Nacional (or GN, direct predecessor of the Panama Defense Forces, or PDF) the nation’s most important institution. The GN...power. First, Paredes resigned to run for President, in keeping with the threesome’s plan. Noriega became head of the Guarda Nacional in August 1983

  14. Luminescent Processes Elucidated by Simple Experiments on ZnS.

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    Schwankner, R.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Describes some impurity-related optical properties of semiconductors, with special emphasis on the luminescence of zinc sulfide (ZnS). Presents and interprets five experiments using a ZnS screen, ultraviolet lamp, transparent Dewar liquid nitrogen, and a helium/neon gas base. Includes application of luminescence measurements to archaeology. (SK)

  15. Tongling’s Ambition for Copper Processing Industrial Leadership

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    2010-01-01

    <正>Known as the "Copper Capital of Ancient China", Tongling’s copper industry posted sub-stantial growth as the domestic copper price rose. According to Wang Yijun, the Director of Tongling DPC, the local government was

  16. Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress.

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    Ray, Bruce A.

    1981-01-01

    Describes a college course which studies the U.S. House of Representatives. The course examines the origins of the House, life on the hill, rules, committee assignments, leadership, legislators, and the bureaucracy. (RM)

  17. The AdS/QCD Correspondence and Exclusive Processes

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    Brodsky, Stanley J; Deur, Alexandre

    2010-01-01

    The AdS/CFT correspondence between theories in AdS space and conformal field theories in physical space-time provides an analytic, semi-classical, color-confining model for strongly-coupled QCD. The soft-wall AdS/QCD model modified by a positive-sign dilaton metric leads to a remarkable one-parameter description of nonperturbative hadron dynamics at zero quark mass, including a zero-mass pion and a Regge spectrum of linear trajectories with the same slope in orbital angular momentum $L$ and radial quantum number $n$ for both mesons and baryons. One also predicts the form of the non-perturbative effective coupling $\\alpha_s^{AdS}(Q)$ and its $\\beta$-function which agrees with the effective coupling $\\alpha_{g_1}$ extracted from the Bjorken sum rule. Light-front holography, which connects the fifth-dimensional coordinate of AdS space $z$ to an invariant impact separation variable $\\zeta$, allows one to compute the analytic form of the frame-independent light-front wavefunctions, the fundamental entities which e...

  18. FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer

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    to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE 23 JAN 2009 2. REPORT TYPE...Elizabeth B. Bazan . 25 42 U.S.C. §5191. The importance of

  19. Analysis of China’s Aluminum Processing Market in 2014

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    China’s aluminum product manufacturers are mainly concentrated in southeast coastal regions and hinterland regions,provinces with leading output ranking include Shandong,Henan,Guangdong,Jiangsu and Zhejiang etc.In recent years,with industrial upgrading and transition in regional economic structure,the ranking of output from different provinces and areas also experienced some changes each year,

  20. Smart Screening System (S3) In Taconite Processing

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    Daryoush Allaei; Angus Morison; David Tarnowski; Asim Syed Mohammed

    2005-09-01

    The conventional screening machines used in processing plants have had undesirable high noise and vibration levels. They also have had unsatisfactorily low screening efficiency, high energy consumption, high maintenance cost, low productivity, and poor worker safety. These conventional vibrating machines have been used in almost every processing plant. Most of the current material separation technology uses heavy and inefficient electric motors with an unbalanced rotating mass to generate the shaking. In addition to being excessively noisy, inefficient, and high-maintenance, these vibrating machines are often the bottleneck in the entire process. Furthermore, these motors, along with the vibrating machines and supporting structure, shake other machines and structures in the vicinity. The latter increases maintenance costs while reducing worker health and safety. The conventional vibrating fine screens at taconite processing plants have had the same problems as those listed above. This has resulted in lower screening efficiency, higher energy and maintenance cost, and lower productivity and workers safety concerns. The focus of this work is on the design of a high performance screening machine suitable for taconite processing plants. SmartScreens{trademark} technology uses miniaturized motors, based on smart materials, to generate the shaking. The underlying technologies are Energy Flow Control{trademark} and Vibration Control by Confinement{trademark}. These concepts are used to direct energy flow and confine energy efficiently and effectively to the screen function. The SmartScreens{trademark} technology addresses problems related to noise and vibration, screening efficiency, productivity, and maintenance cost and worker safety. Successful development of SmartScreens{trademark} technology will bring drastic changes to the screening and physical separation industry. The final designs for key components of the SmartScreens{trademark} have been developed. The key

  1. The European Union’s Reform Process: The Libson Treaty

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    uncertainty that followed the rejection of the constitutional treaty. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made reviving the stalled reform process one of her...actor. The Convention began work in March 2002 under the leadership of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and finalized a 240-page...key priorities, seeking a new treaty deal that would institute crucial reforms. Analysts say that Merkel received a key assist with the May 2007

  2. Individualization of Educational Process in Today’s Secondary School

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This article discusses the organizational model of individualization of the educational process in educational institutions, established on the basis of intra-profiling. The model is based on the principles of planning and implementation of individual learning strategies, it takes into account the individual characteristics and educational needs of students, as well as social and economic conditions that exist in the field of education.

  3. Cotranscription and processing of 23S, 4.5S and 5S rRNA in chloroplasts from Zea mays.

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    Strittmatter, G; Kössel, H

    1984-01-01

    The termini of rRNA processing intermediates and of mature rRNA species encoded by the 3' terminal region of 23S rDNA, by 4.5S rDNA, by the 5' terminal region of 5S rDNA and by the 23S/4.5S/5S intergenic regions from Zea mays chloroplast DNA were determined by using total RNA isolated from maize chloroplasts and 32P-labelled rDNA restriction fragments of these regions for nuclease S1 and primer extension mapping. Several processing sites detectable by both 3' and 5' terminally labelled probes...

  4. Cotranscription and processing of 23S, 4.5S and 5S rRNA in chloroplasts from Zea mays.

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    Strittmatter, G; Kössel, H.

    1984-01-01

    The termini of rRNA processing intermediates and of mature rRNA species encoded by the 3' terminal region of 23S rDNA, by 4.5S rDNA, by the 5' terminal region of 5S rDNA and by the 23S/4.5S/5S intergenic regions from Zea mays chloroplast DNA were determined by using total RNA isolated from maize chloroplasts and 32P-labelled rDNA restriction fragments of these regions for nuclease S1 and primer extension mapping. Several processing sites detectable by both 3' and 5' terminally labelled probes...

  5. S4-3: Spatial Processing of Visual Motion

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Local motion signals are extracted in parallel by a bank of motion detectors, and their spatiotemporal interactions are processed in subsequent stages. In this talk, I will review our recent studies on spatial interactions in visual motion processing. First, we found two types of spatial pooling of local motion signals. Directionally ambiguous 1D local motion signals are pooled across orientation and space for solution of the aperture problem, while 2D local motion signals are pooled for estimation of global vector average (e.g., Amano et al., 2009 Journal of Vision 9(3:4 1–25. Second, when stimulus presentation is brief, coherent motion detection of dynamic random-dot kinematogram is not efficient. Nevertheless, it is significantly improved by transient and synchronous presentation of a stationary surround pattern. This suggests that centre-surround spatial interaction may help rapid perception of motion (Linares et al., submitted. Third, to know how the visual system encodes pairwise relationships between remote motion signals, we measured the temporal rate limit for perceiving the relationship of two motion directions presented at the same time at different spatial locations. Compared with similar tasks with luminance or orientation signals, motion comparison was more rapid and hence efficient. This high performance was affected little by inter-element separation even when it was increased up to 100 deg. These findings indicate the existence of specialized processes to encode long-range relationships between motion signals for quick appreciation of global dynamic scene structure (Maruya et al., in preparation.

  6. TEACHER’S ROLE IN THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROCESS

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Although characterised by a range of specific features, from the point of view of the teacher’s activities and behaviour, physical education should not be observed as separate from other pedagogical and educational areas. In order for teachers to fully understand their own importance in physical education within their overall pedagogical and educational work, it is necessary that they have a full grasp of what the subject teacher (physical education teacher really means and take the complete personality into consideration. Based on such knowledge, the teachers will develop their partly specific behaviour in the communication with students during the physical education lessons

  7. A Historical Approach to Myanmar’s Democratic Process

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    Mohamad Faisol Keling

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Myanmar or ‘Burma’ is a country which has a long history ofcolonialism by foreign powers. Before Myanmar achieved itsindependence in 1948, it was ruled by two prominent foreign powers that are Britain and Japan. Both countries had created the political scene of Myanmar. After achieving independence from Britain in 1948, Myanmar became an independent country that practiced the democracy ideology under the ruled of General Aung Sann. However, its democracy system faced problems when a coup d’état happened in 1962. Since that year, the efforts to regain the democracy system in Myanmar faced a lot of obstacles. Thus, this paper will explain the process of democracy development since 1948 until the present days of Myanmar.

  8. Defense Health Care: Acquisition Process for TRICARE’s Third Generation of Managed Care Support Contracts

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    Selection Team Roles and Responsibilities for TRICARE’s Contract Award Process 11 Figure 3: Timeline of Bid Protest Events for TRICARE’s North Region...14-195 TRICARE Managed Care Support Contracts Figure 2: Source Selection Team Roles and Responsibilities for TRICARE’s Contract Award Process

  9. The analysis of CdS thin film at the processes of manufacturing CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Chun, S.; Jung, Y.; Kim, J.; Kim, D.

    2011-07-01

    In sequence, the deposited CdS thin film had undergone physical and optical changes by the processes of manufacturing CdS/CdTe solar cells. CdS thin film was manufactured by the Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD) method. The aqueous solution was based on ammonia solution. The temperature of bath system was 75 °C and deposition time was 50 min. The thickness of deposited CdS thin film was about 200 nm. The substrate was the glass coated with SnO 2:F thin film. The following process was the deposition of CdTe thin film by the Closed-Space-Sublimation (CSS) method. The final process was the CdCl 2 heat treatment at N 2+O 2 atmosphere, and the contrast experiment progressed for CdCl 2-CdS thin film after CSS process at N 2 atmosphere. The phase transition of CdS thin film, stress relaxation and optical band gap narrowing were developed by each process. And so, the formation of cadmium oxide was detected after the CdCl 2 heat treatment. It influenced to increase the optical band gap of CdS thin film. The variation in the structure properties, optical properties and residual stresses of CdS thin film was analyzed by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and ultraviolet (UV)-visible (VIS) spectroscopy.

  10. The Teacher’s Body Language in Educational Process

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    Rüştü YEŞİL

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Having the ability of communicating with different creatures, man utilizes various means to realize his aim. One of the means he uses is the body language. Teaching profession requires the effective use of communicative skills, particularly the use of body language. The ability of using the body language is crucial for the successfuloutcome of the education, which is itself a process of communication.The aim of this study is to determine the basic tendency of the teachers and point out some erroneous attitudes with related to the use of the body language and suggest appropriate measures by attracting their attention to this issue. An institutional study was carried out to realize this aim.At the end of the study, considerable data was obtained with related to the quality of the body language use in terms of professional achievement, the rules of effective use of the body language and common errors made by the teachers. Suggestions were made on the ways to use the body language effectively.

  11. Transcriptional repressor NIR functions in the ribosome RNA processing of both 40S and 60S subunits.

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    Wu, Jianguo; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Yingshuang; Kong, Ruirui; Hu, Lelin; Schuele, Roland; Du, Xiaojuan; Ke, Yang

    2012-01-01

    NIR was identified as an inhibitor of histone acetyltransferase and it represses transcriptional activation of p53. NIR is predominantly localized in the nucleolus and known as Noc2p, which is involved in the maturation of the 60S ribosomal subunit. However, how NIR functions in the nucleolus remains undetermined. In the nucleolus, a 47S ribosomal RNA precursor (pre-rRNA) is transcribed and processed to produce 18S, 5.8S and 28S rRNAs. The 18S rRNA is incorporated into the 40S ribosomal subunit, whereas the 28S and 5.8S rRNAs are incorporated into the 60S subunit. U3 small nucleolar RNA (snoRNA) directs 18S rRNA processing and U8 snoRNA mediates processing of 28S and 5.8 S rRNAs. Functional disruption of nucleolus often causes p53 activation to inhibit cell proliferation. Western blotting showed that NIR is ubiquitously expressed in different human cell lines. Knock-down of NIR by siRNA led to inhibition of the 18S, 28S and 5.8S rRNAs evaluated by pulse-chase experiment. Pre-rRNA particles (pre-rRNPs) were fractionated from the nucleus by sucrose gradient centrifugation and analysis of the pre-RNPs components showed that NIR existed in the pre-RNPs of both the 60S and 40S subunits and co-fractionated with 32S and 12S pre-rRNAs in the 60S pre-rRNP. Protein-RNA binding experiments demonstrated that NIR is associated with the 32S pre-rRNA and U8 snoRNA. In addition, NIR bound U3 snoRNA. It is a novel finding that depletion of NIR did not affect p53 protein level but de-repressed acetylation of p53 and activated p21. We provide the first evidence for a transcriptional repressor to function in the rRNA biogenesis of both the 40S and 60S subunits. Our findings also suggested that a nucleolar protein may alternatively signal to p53 by affecting the p53 modification rather than affecting p53 protein level.

  12. Transcriptional repressor NIR functions in the ribosome RNA processing of both 40S and 60S subunits.

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    Jianguo Wu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: NIR was identified as an inhibitor of histone acetyltransferase and it represses transcriptional activation of p53. NIR is predominantly localized in the nucleolus and known as Noc2p, which is involved in the maturation of the 60S ribosomal subunit. However, how NIR functions in the nucleolus remains undetermined. In the nucleolus, a 47S ribosomal RNA precursor (pre-rRNA is transcribed and processed to produce 18S, 5.8S and 28S rRNAs. The 18S rRNA is incorporated into the 40S ribosomal subunit, whereas the 28S and 5.8S rRNAs are incorporated into the 60S subunit. U3 small nucleolar RNA (snoRNA directs 18S rRNA processing and U8 snoRNA mediates processing of 28S and 5.8 S rRNAs. Functional disruption of nucleolus often causes p53 activation to inhibit cell proliferation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Western blotting showed that NIR is ubiquitously expressed in different human cell lines. Knock-down of NIR by siRNA led to inhibition of the 18S, 28S and 5.8S rRNAs evaluated by pulse-chase experiment. Pre-rRNA particles (pre-rRNPs were fractionated from the nucleus by sucrose gradient centrifugation and analysis of the pre-RNPs components showed that NIR existed in the pre-RNPs of both the 60S and 40S subunits and co-fractionated with 32S and 12S pre-rRNAs in the 60S pre-rRNP. Protein-RNA binding experiments demonstrated that NIR is associated with the 32S pre-rRNA and U8 snoRNA. In addition, NIR bound U3 snoRNA. It is a novel finding that depletion of NIR did not affect p53 protein level but de-repressed acetylation of p53 and activated p21. CONCLUSIONS: We provide the first evidence for a transcriptional repressor to function in the rRNA biogenesis of both the 40S and 60S subunits. Our findings also suggested that a nucleolar protein may alternatively signal to p53 by affecting the p53 modification rather than affecting p53 protein level.

  13. Methodology and findings of the NRC`s materials licensing process redesign

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    Rathbun, P.A.; Brown, K.D.; Madera, J.R.; Moriarty, M.; Pelchat, J.M.; Usilton, W.K.; Whitten, J.E.; Vacca, P.C.

    1996-04-01

    This report describes the work and vision of the team chartered to redesign the process for licensing users of nuclear materials. The Business Process Redesign team was chartered to improve the speed of the existing licensing process while maintaining or improving public safety and to achieve required resource levels. The report describes the team`s methods for acquiring and analyzing information about the existing materials licensing process and the steps necessary to radically change this process to the envisioned future process.

  14. The 13C(α, n)16O Neutron Source of the s-Process

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    2002-01-01

    Slow neutron capture processs-process) is a important mode for nucleosynthesis of heavy element(elements whose isotopes have nuclear mass A≥56). The s-process takes place in the helium burning shellof asymptotic giant branch(AGB) star The primary problem of the s-process is the neutron source and themain neutron source of low- and/or intermediate- mass AGB stars is 13C(α,n)16O. With the condition of

  15. China’s Hongqi Group Invests 500 Million Yuan in Guixi Copper Processing Project

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    2008-01-01

    <正>China’s Hongqi Group recently signed an agreement with Guixi municipality to invest 500 million yuan in developing the copper processing project in Guixi.It is reported that this is the seveth copper processing project with

  16. Asymptotic behaviour of the S-stopped branching processes with countable state space

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    Kyrychynska, Iryna; Yeleyko, Yaroslav

    2011-01-01

    he starting process with countable number of types \\mu(t) generates a stopped branching process \\xi(t). The starting process stops, by falling into the nonempty set S. It is assumed, that the starting process is subcritical, indecomposable and noncyclic. It is proved, that the extinction probability converges to the cyclic function with period 1.

  17. Measurement of Work Processes Using Statistical Process Control: Instructor’s Manual

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    1987-03-01

    Iron Age, 22. (29), 59, 61, 63. Box, G. E. P., & Draper, N. R. (1969). Evolutionary operation. New York: John Wiley. Box, G. E. P., Hunter, W. G...Hunter, 3. S. (1978). Statistics for experimenters. New York: John Wiley. tv Brittanica Films (Producers). Management’s five deadly diseases (videotape...Fundamentals of statistical quality control seminar. Beaverton, OR: Author. Terninko , J. (1983). Statistical aplications in automotive urethane

  18. Dosimetry in radiation processing in the U.S.S.R.

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    Generalova, V. V.; Gurskii, M. N.; Pikaev, A. K.

    The paper is devoted to the methods of dosimetry used in radiation processing in the USSR. The information on film, solid state and liquid dosimeters is presented. The special attention is paid to the dosimeters that are lot produced. The examples of the application of dosimeters in different radiation technological processes are described. The aspects of standartization of dosimetric measurements are discussed.

  19. A note on optimal (s,S) and (R,nQ) policies under a stuttering Poisson demand process

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    Larsen, Christian

    2015-01-01

    In this note, a new efficient algorithm is proposed to find an optimal (s, S) replenishment policy for inventory systems with continuous reviews and where the demand follows a stuttering Poisson process (the compound element is geometrically distributed). We also derive three upper bounds...

  20. Impact and Process Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America Initiative

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    This report presents an evaluation of the impacts and processes of the former Wind Powering America(WPA) initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). WPA has an underlying goal of dramatically increasing the use of wind energy in the U.S.

  1. A note on optimal (s,S) and (R,nQ) policies under a stuttering Poisson demand process

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    Larsen, Christian

    2015-01-01

    In this note, a new efficient algorithm is proposed to find an optimal (s, S) replenishment policy for inventory systems with continuous reviews and where the demand follows a stuttering Poisson process (the compound element is geometrically distributed). We also derive three upper bounds for the...

  2. Effects of a New Triple-{\\alpha} Reaction on the S-process in Massive Stars

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    Kikuchi, Yukihiro; Matsuo, Yasuhide; Hashimoto, Masa-aki; Fujimoto, Shin-ichiro

    2011-01-01

    Effects of a new triple-{\\alpha} reaction rate on the s-process during the evolution of a massive star of 25 M\\odot are investigated for the first time. Although the s-process in massive stars has been believed to be established with only minor change, we find that the s-process with use of the new rate during the core He-burning is very inefficient compared to the case with the previous triple-{\\alpha} rate. However, the difference of the overproduction is found to be largely compensated by the subsequent C-burning. Since the s-process in massive stars has been attributed so far to the neutron irradiation during core He-burning, our finding reveals the importance of C-burning for the s-process during the evolution of massive stars.

  3. Axel Honneth's Idea of a Drawn-Out Process of Education

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    Hanhela, Teemu

    2014-01-01

    This article examines Axel Honneth's interpretation of Hegel's "ethical life" as a conception of a "drawn-out" process of education. Honneth's formulations of ethical life, namely "personal relationships", "market economy" and "the democratic will-formation", are an interesting…

  4. Axel Honneth's Idea of a Drawn-Out Process of Education

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    Hanhela, Teemu

    2014-01-01

    This article examines Axel Honneth's interpretation of Hegel's "ethical life" as a conception of a "drawn-out" process of education. Honneth's formulations of ethical life, namely "personal relationships", "market economy" and "the democratic will-formation", are an interesting…

  5. Understanding Craftsman’s Creativity in a Framework of Person, Process, Product and Press (4Ps)

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    Zhang, Hui; Zhou, Chunfang; Tanggaard, Lene

    2016-01-01

    , Process, Product, and Press (4Ps) This research question drives to develop a theoretical study bridging two areas of creativity and craftsman’s work. This will further indicate craftsman’s working practice is full of complexity that stimulates creative behavior and that also requires a systematic view...... to understand craftsman’s creativity as involving interaction between 4Ps....

  6. Optical signal processing up to 1.28 Tbits/s

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    Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael;

    2009-01-01

    Techniques for 640 Gbit/s optical signal processing are described, including demultiplexing, clock recovery, transmission, wavelength conversion, add-drop multiplexing, and timing-jitter tolerance. Demultiplexing at 1.28 Tbit/s is presented, with preliminary results for 1.28 Tbit/s transmission....

  7. Identifying Potential Sexual Deviants during the U.S. Navy’s Recruiting Process

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    2014-05-02

    Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington...Officer in March of 2011, LT Wilson began her pursuit of a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, finishing her degree at Catholic University of America in May of 2014. ...consistent correlation between sexual offenders and “marital status, level of education, age, family-of- origin , income level, and race/ethnicity”

  8. s-Process in Low Metallicity Stars. III. Individual analysis of CEMP-s and CEMP-s/r with AGB models

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    Bisterzo, S; Straniero, O; Cristallo, S; Kaeppeler, F

    2012-01-01

    We provide an individual analysis of 94 carbon enhanced metal-poor stars showing an s-process enrichment (CEMP-s) collected from the literature. The s-process enhancement observed in these stars is ascribed to mass transfer by stellar winds in a binary system from a more massive companion evolving faster toward the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase. The theoretical AGB nucleosynthesis models have been presented in Paper I. Several CEMP-s stars show an enhancement in both s and r-process elements (CEMP-s/r). In order to explain the peculiar abundances observed in CEMP-s/r stars, we assume that the molecular cloud from which CEMP-s formed was previously enriched in r-elements by Supernovae pollution. A general discussion and the method adopted in order to interpret the observations have been provided in Paper II. We present in this paper a detailed study of spectroscopic observations of individual stars. We consider all elements from carbon to bismuth, with particular attention to the three s-process peaks, l...

  9. H/sub 2/S-removal processes for low-Btu coal gas

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    Edwards, M. S.

    1979-01-01

    Process descriptions are provided for seven methods of removing H/sub 2/S from a low-Btu coal-derived gas. The processes include MDEA, Benfield, Selexol, Sulfinol, Stretford, MERC Iron Oxide, and Molecular Sieve. Each of these processes was selected as representing a particular category of gas treating (e.g., physical solvent systems). The open literature contains over 50 processes for H/sub 2/S removal, of which 35 were briefly characterized in the literature survey. Using a technical evaluation of these 35 processes, 21 were eliminated as unsuitable for the required application. The remaining 14 processes represent six categories of gas treating. A seventh category, low-temperature solid sorption, was subsequently added. The processes were qualitatively compared within their respective categories to select a representative process in each of the seven categories.

  10. Ultrafast charge carrier relaxation and charge transfer processes in CdS/CdTe thin films.

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    Pandit, Bill; Dharmadasa, Ruvini; Dharmadasa, I M; Druffel, Thad; Liu, Jinjun

    2015-07-14

    Ultrafast transient absorption pump-probe spectroscopy (TAPPS) has been employed to investigate charge carrier relaxation in cadmium sulfide/cadmium telluride (CdS/CdTe) nanoparticle (NP)-based thin films and electron transfer (ET) processes between CdTe and CdS. Effects of post-growth annealing treatments to ET processes have been investigated by carrying out TAPPS experiments on three CdS/CdTe samples: as deposited, heat treated, and CdCl2 treated. Clear evidence of ET process in the treated thin films has been observed by comparing transient absorption (TA) spectra of CdS/CdTe thin films to those of CdS and CdTe. Quantitative comparison between ultrafast kinetics at different probe wavelengths unravels the ET processes and enables determination of its rate constants. Implication of the photoinduced dynamics to photovoltaic devices is discussed.

  11. Search for missing $\\psi(4S)$ in the $e^+e^-\\to \\pi^+\\pi^-\\psi(2S)$ process

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    Chen, Dian-Yong; Matsuki, Takayuki

    2015-01-01

    A detailed analysis to find a missing $\\psi(4S)$ is made by utilizing the recent precise mesurements of the cross section for the process $e^+e^-\\to \\psi(2S)\\pi^+\\pi^-$ by Belle. Assuming three resonances $Y(4360)$, $Y(4660)$, and $\\psi(4S)$ to fit the data, we obtain the resonance parameters for $\\psi(4S)$ as $m=4243$ MeV and $\\Gamma=16 \\pm 31$ MeV showing a narrow state as predicted before. A combined fit to the data $e^+ e^- \\to \\psi(2S) \\pi^+ \\pi^-, \\ h_c \\pi^+ \\pi^-$, and $\\chi_{c0} \\omega$ is also performed to obtain the similar resonance parameters of $\\psi(4S)$. The upper limit of the branching ratio is fitted to be $\\mathcal{B}(\\psi(4S)\\to\\psi(2S)\\pi^+\\pi^-) < 3\\times 10^{-3}$, which can be understood by hadronic loop contributions in reasonable parameters range. In addition, the ratios of the branching ratios of the $\\psi(4S)$ dipion transition to the one of $\\psi(4S)\\to\\chi_{c0}\\omega$ are fitted, which can be further measured by BESIII and forthcoming BelleII to confirm the existence of $\\psi(4...

  12. A sensitivity study of s-process: the impact of uncertainties from nuclear reaction rates

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    Vinyoles, N.; Serenelli, A.

    2016-01-01

    The slow neutron capture process (s-process) is responsible for the production of about half the elements beyond the Fe-peak. The production sites and the conditions under which the different components of s-process occur are relatively well established. A detailed quantitative understanding of s-process nucleosynthesis may yield light in physical processes, e.g. convection and mixing, taking place in the production sites. For this, it is important that the impact of uncertainties in the nuclear physics is well understood. In this work we perform a study of the sensitivity of s-process nucleosynthesis, with particular emphasis in the main component, on the nuclear reaction rates. Our aims are: to quantify the current uncertainties in the production factors of s-process elements originating from nuclear physics and, to identify key nuclear reactions that require more precise experimental determinations. In this work we studied two different production sites in which s-process occurs with very different neutron exposures: 1) a low-mass extremely metal-poor star during the He-core flash (nn reaching up to values of ∼ 1014cm-3); 2) the TP-AGB phase of a M⊙, Z=0.01 model, the typical site of the main s-process component (nn up to 108 — 109cm-3). In the first case, the main variation in the production of s-process elements comes from the neutron poisons and with relative variations around 30%-50%. In the second, the neutron poison are not as important because of the higher metallicity of the star that actually acts as a seed and therefore, the final error of the abundances are much lower around 10%-25%.

  13. The s-process enrichment of the globular clusters M4 and M22

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    Shingles, Luke J.; Karakas, Amanda I.; Fishlock, Cherie K.; Yong, David; Da Costa, Gary S.; Marino, Anna F. [Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2611 (Australia); Hirschi, Raphael, E-mail: luke.shingles@anu.edu.au [Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, 277-8583 Kashiwa (Japan)

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the enrichment in elements produced by the slow neutron-capture process (s-process) in the globular clusters M4 (NGC 6121) and M22 (NGC 6656). Stars in M4 have homogeneous abundances of Fe and neutron-capture elements, but the entire cluster is enhanced in s-process elements (Sr, Y, Ba, Pb) relative to other clusters with a similar metallicity. In M22, two stellar groups exhibit different abundances of Fe and s-process elements. By subtracting the mean abundances of s-poor from s-rich stars, we derive s-process residuals or empirical s-process distributions for M4 and M22. We find that the s-process distribution in M22 is more weighted toward the heavy s-peak (Ba, La, Ce) and Pb than M4, which has been enriched mostly with light s-peak elements (Sr, Y, Zr). We construct simple chemical evolution models using yields from massive star models that include rotation, which dramatically increases s-process production at low metallicity. We show that our massive star models with rotation rates of up to 50% of the critical (break-up) velocity and changes to the preferred {sup 17}O(α, γ){sup 21}Ne rate produce insufficient heavy s-elements and Pb to match the empirical distributions. For models that incorporate asymptotic giant branch yields, we find that intermediate-mass yields (with a {sup 22}Ne neutron source) alone do not reproduce the light-to-heavy s-element ratios for M4 and M22, and that a small contribution from models with a {sup 13}C pocket is required. With our assumption that {sup 13}C pockets form for initial masses below a transition range between 3.0 and 3.5 M {sub ☉}, we match the light-to-heavy s-element ratio in the s-process residual of M22 and predict a minimum enrichment timescale of between 240 and 360 Myr. Our predicted value is consistent with the 300 Myr upper limit age difference between the two groups derived from isochrone fitting.

  14. TRW’s Ada Process Model for Incremental Development of Large Software Systems

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    1990-01-01

    TRW’s Ada Process Model has proven to be key to the Command Center Processing and Display System-Replacement (CCPDS-R) project’s success to data in...developing over 3000,000 lines of Ada source code executing in a distributed VAX VMS environment. The Ada Process Model is, in simplest terms, a...software progress metrics. This paper provides an overview of the techniques and benefits of the Ada Process Model and describes some of the experience and

  15. (n,{gamma}) and (p,{gamma}) rates for s- and p-process nucleosynthesis

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    Kaeppeler, F. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    1998-06-01

    The late stages of stellar evolution are characterized by a series of nucleosynthesis events. With respect to the heavy elements, these are the s process associated with the helium burning layers in Red Giant stars as well as the r and p processes which occur in supernova explosions. In contrast to the explosive scenarios, the nuclear physics data for s-process studies can be determined in laboratory experiments as illustrated at few recent examples. The application of these techniques to measurements of relevance for the p process are also discussed. (orig.)

  16. Synthesis, optical properties and growth process of In2S3 nanoparticles.

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    Ning, Jiajia; Men, Kangkang; Xiao, Guanjun; Zhao, Liyan; Wang, Li; Liu, Bingbing; Zou, Bo

    2010-07-15

    Cubic beta-In(2)S(3) nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized by a simple and facile way, which is 6 nm in size. Absorption and emission spectra of In(2)S(3) NPs show obvious blue peak shift compared to band gap of bulk In(2)S(3), indicating the strong quantum size confinement effect. The fluorescence quantum yield of In(2)S(3) NPs is found to be 10%. During the synthesis process, the absorption spectra have no peak shift, which is responding to transition from valence band to the conduction band levels. This absorption spectra show that the nucleation and growth process of In(2)S(3) NPs is very quick. The PL lifetime spectra and time resolved spectra give two emission processes in In(2)S(3) NPs, which would be excitonic recombination and electron-hole recombination via defects levels. The blue shift of emission peaks show the emission process in In(2)S(3) NPs is from mainly electron-holes recombination via defects levels to excitonic recombination. The Stokes shift becomes smaller which is mainly contributed by blue shift of emission and smaller contribution from the UV-Vis absorption. The absorption and emission spectra show the size and crystallinity of In(2)S(3) NPs have no changes (HRTEM images provide enough proofs); however the surface-related defects changed greatly in the reaction process.

  17. Energy-Intensive Processes Portfolio: Addressing Key Energy Challenges Across U.S. Industry

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    2011-03-07

    AMO is developing advanced technologies that cut energy use and carbon emissions in some of the most energy-intensive processes within U.S. manufacturing. The brochure describes the AMO R&D projects that address these challenges.

  18. Silicon Photonics for Signal Processing of Tbit/s Serial Data Signals

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Ji, Hua; Galili, Michael

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we describe our recent work on signal processing of terabit per second optical serial data signals using pure silicon waveguides. We employ nonlinear optical signal processing in nanoengineered silicon waveguides to perform demultiplexing and optical waveform sampling of 1.28-Tbit....../s data signals as well as wavelength conversion of up to 320-Gbit/s data signals. We demonstrate that the silicon waveguides are equally useful for amplitude and phase-modulated data signals....

  19. Serial optical communications and ultra-fast optical signal processing of Tbit/s data signals

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael; Hu, Hao;

    2010-01-01

    This paper reviews our recent advances in ultra-high speed serial optical communications. It describes Tbit/s optical signal processing and various materials allowing for this, as well as network scenarios embracing this technology......This paper reviews our recent advances in ultra-high speed serial optical communications. It describes Tbit/s optical signal processing and various materials allowing for this, as well as network scenarios embracing this technology...

  20. Specialty fibers for 160, 320 and 640 Gb/s signal processing

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Berg, Kim Skaalum; Clausen, Anders;

    2004-01-01

    Specialty highly non-linear fibers are experimentally characterized as signal processing components in ultra high-speed OTDM systems. Pulse compression to 359 fs and demultiplexing of 160, 320 and 640 Gb/s signals are demonstrated.......Specialty highly non-linear fibers are experimentally characterized as signal processing components in ultra high-speed OTDM systems. Pulse compression to 359 fs and demultiplexing of 160, 320 and 640 Gb/s signals are demonstrated....

  1. Abundances of s-process elements in planetary nebulae: Br, Kr & Xe

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    Zhang, Y; Pellegrini, E; Cavagnolo, K; Baldwin, J A; Sharpee, B; Phillips, M; Liu, X W

    2006-01-01

    We identify emission lines of post-iron peak elements in very high signal-to-noise spectra of a sample of planetary nebulae. Analysis of lines from ions of Kr and Xe reveals enhancements in most of the PNe, in agreement with the theories of s-process in AGB star. Surprisingly, we did not detect lines from Br even though s-process calculations indicate that it should be produced with Kr at detectable levels.

  2. Uncertainties in s-process nucleosynthesis in massive stars determined by Monte Carlo variations

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    Nishimura (西村信哉), N.; Hirschi, R.; Rauscher, T.; Murphy, A. St. J.; Cescutti, G.

    2017-08-01

    The s-process in massive stars produces the weak component of the s-process (nuclei up to A ∼ 90), in amounts that match solar abundances. For heavier isotopes, such as barium, production through neutron capture is significantly enhanced in very metal-poor stars with fast rotation. However, detailed theoretical predictions for the resulting final s-process abundances have important uncertainties caused both by the underlying uncertainties in the nuclear physics (principally neutron-capture reaction and β-decay rates) as well as by the stellar evolution modelling. In this work, we investigated the impact of nuclear-physics uncertainties relevant to the s-process in massive stars. Using a Monte Carlo based approach, we performed extensive nuclear reaction network calculations that include newly evaluated upper and lower limits for the individual temperature-dependent reaction rates. We found that most of the uncertainty in the final abundances is caused by uncertainties in the neutron-capture rates, while β-decay rate uncertainties affect only a few nuclei near s-process branchings. The s-process in rotating metal-poor stars shows quantitatively different uncertainties and key reactions, although the qualitative characteristics are similar. We confirmed that our results do not significantly change at different metallicities for fast rotating massive stars in the very low metallicity regime. We highlight which of the identified key reactions are realistic candidates for improved measurement by future experiments.

  3. Introduction to technology roadmapping: The semiconductor industry association`s technology roadmapping process

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    Garcia, M.L.

    1997-04-01

    A technology roadmap is the result of a strategic technology planning process that cooperatively identifies (1) a particular industry`s common product and process performance targets, (2) the technology alternatives and milestones for meeting these targets, and (3) a common technology path for research and development activities. The author describes a successful major roadmapping experience - the Semiconductor Industry Association`s Technology Roadmapping Process, which culminated in a workshop held in 1992. The report explains the committee structure and processes that were used both before and after the workshop and presents principles and practices that can aid future technology roadmappers. Appendix 1 summarizes the process from a committee-structure viewpoint. Appendix 2 summarizes the process from a functional view-point. Appendix 3 answers some frequently asked questions about technology roadmapping.

  4. Can Rural Employment Benefit from Changing Labor Skills in U.S. Processed Food Trade?

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    Schluter, Gerald; Lee, Chinkook

    2002-01-01

    The 1990s saw a gain in rural food-processing employment, particularly meat packing and poultry processing, as the industry's demand for low-skilled workers increased. Analysis links the change in worker skills to international trade. While increased rural employment may seem beneficial, the jobs often do not appeal to rural domestic workers, and…

  5. All-Optical Signal Processing for 640 Gbit/s Applications

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    Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen

    2008-01-01

    This thesis concerns all-optical signal processing technologies for ultra-high serial data rates up to 640 Gbit/s. Firstly, time-division add-drop multiplexing at 640 Gbit/s is demonstrated for the first time using two different fibre-based switching techniques. Secondly, a novel principle...

  6. Investigation of Kinetics of crystallization Processes of S15-Se85, S15-Se81-Cu4 Chalcogenide glasses

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    Samudrala, Kavitha; Babu Devarasetty, Suresh

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, S15-Se85, S15-Se81-Cu4 chalcogenide glasses are prepared by using conventional melt quenching technique. The as-prepared samples are studied by experimental techniques like X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). XRD studies have confirmed that the as-prepared samples are amorphous in nature. It is clear from DSC studies that the as-prepared samples are glassy in nature. Kinetic analysis of the crystallization process of as-prepared glasses is carried using DSC curves. Activation energy for glass transition and Activation energy for crystallization are determined using Kissinger method. Activation energy for glass transition of S15-Se85 and S15-Se81-Cu4 glasses is found to be 84.5076 and 275.801 KJ/Mole respectively. Activation energy for crystallization of S15-Se85 glass is found to be 106.2622 KJ/Mole for 1st peak while Activation energy for crystallization of S15-Se81-Cu4 glasses is found to be 97.93 KJ/Mole for 1st peak and 84.20 KJ/Mole for 2nd peak. Kauzmann temperature (Tk) is determined from the heating rate dependent glass transition and crystallization temperatures. Tk value for S15-Se85 glass sample is 236.680K (1st peak) and for S15-Se81-Cu4 is 283.530K (1st peak) and 286.330K (2n peak). Avrami Index (n) is also determined for as-prepared glasses. Avrami Index (n) value for S15-Se85 glass sample is 1.8 (1st peak) and for S15-Se81-Cu4 is 2.9 (1st peak) and 1.4 (2nd peak). The crystalline phases by thermal treatment of as-prepared glasses are identified using XRD patterns.

  7. Recovery process of the mineral sphalerite of Chaabet El Hamra’s deposit (Algeria

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    Djeghlal M.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study rests on the treatment’s process optimization by flotation of the Chaabet El Hamra’s zinc ore (Algeria, for the optimization parameters relating to the production. The choice of parameter to optimize for flotation, and the arrangements and the scheme’s initial flotation, while considering the studies already undertaken, all this has enabled us to better focus our work, while minimizing the consumption of reagents in different tests, This has resulted in successful outcomes.

  8. Vietnam’s Developing Markets: How Do Perceptions And Strategies In The Negotiation Process Differ From The U.S.?

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    Kathryn J. Ready

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Growth in international trade has had a profound effect on executives and managers in their need to better understand differences in effective cross-cultural negotiation skills.  The recent opening up of trade with Vietnam points to a need to better understand how the Vietnamese negotiating style differs from the U.S. style as managers are called upon to recruit the best and brightest in an increasingly competitive labor market.  In this paper, survey data, taken separately from university students in the U.S. and Vietnam, are used to examine differences in the negotiation process. The results confirmed that cultural differences lead to differences in perceptions and strategies employed in the negotiation process. Theoretical and practical implications for managers involved in negotiations with the Vietnamese as well as directions for future research are discussed.

  9. Reaction rates for the s-process neutron source 22Ne+{\\alpha}

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    Longland, Richard; Karakas, Amanda I

    2012-01-01

    The 22Ne({\\alpha},n)25Mg reaction is an important source of neutrons for the s-process. In massive stars responsible for the weak component of the s-process, 22Ne({\\alpha},n)25Mg is the dominant source of neutrons, both during core helium burning and in shell carbon burning. For the main s-process component produced in Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars, the 13C({\\alpha},n)16O reaction is the dominant source of neutrons operating during the interpulse period, with the 22Ne+{\\alpha} source affecting mainly the s-process branchings during a thermal pulse. Rate uncertainties in the competing 22Ne({\\alpha},n)25Mg and 22Ne({\\alpha},{\\gamma})26Mg reactions result in large variations of s-process nucleosynthesis. Here, we present up-to-date and statistically rigorous 22Ne+{\\alpha} reaction rates using recent experimental results and Monte Carlo sampling. Our new rates are used in post-processing nucleosynthesis calculations both for massive stars and AGB stars. We demonstrate that the nucleosynthesis uncertainties ...

  10. The importance of $^{22}$Ne($\\alpha$, n)$^{25}$Mg as s-process neutron source and the s-process thermometer $^{151}$Sm

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    Leal, L C; Kitis, G; Guber, K H; Cox, J; Quaranta, A; Koehler, P E

    2002-01-01

    Neutron capture nucleosynthesis provides a sensitive tool for testing He burning scenarios in massive stars as well as in low mass AGB stars. During this phase of stellar evolution nuclei in the mass region between Fe and Bi are producted by the slow neutron capture process ($\\emph{s}$-process). Because of the relatively low neutron densities, neutron capture times are long compared to typical $\\beta$-half-lives. This implies that the reaction path follows the stability valley and that the resulting abundances are essentially determined by the respective neutron capture cross sections. Hence, these data represent the most important nuclear physics input for $\\emph{s}$-process studies. In general, laboratory measurements are required in the energy range 0.1 < E$_{n}$ < 300 keV in order to obtain reliable averages over the stellar Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for thermal energies between kT=5 keV and 30 keV. The extremely high neutron flux, the energy resolution and the excellent duty factor make the nT...

  11. Stellar neutron capture rates – key data for the s process

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    Käppeler F.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Neutron reactions are responsible for the formation of the elements heavier than iron. The corresponding scenarios relate to the He- and C- burning phases of stellar evolution (s process and to supernova explosions (r and p processes. The s process, which is characterized by low neutron densities, operates in or near the valley of β stability and has produced about half of the elemental abundances between Fe and Bi in the solar system and in the Universe. Because the s abundances are essentially determined by the (n, γ cross sections along the reaction path, accurate neutron data constitute the key input for s process studies. Important constraints for the physical conditions at the stellar sites can be inferred by comparison of the abundance patterns from current s-process models with solar system material or presolar grains. The experimental methods for the determination of stellar (n, γ rates are outlined at the example of recent cross section measurements and remaining quests will be discussed with respect to existing laboratory neutron sources and new developments.

  12. Novel essential gene Involved in 16S rRNA processing in Escherichia coli.

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    Kurata, Tatsuaki; Nakanishi, Shinobu; Hashimoto, Masayuki; Taoka, Masato; Yamazaki, Yukiko; Isobe, Toshiaki; Kato, Jun-ichi

    2015-02-27

    Biogenesis of ribosomes is a complex process mediated by many factors. While its transcription proceeds, ribosomal RNA (rRNA) folds itself into a characteristic three-dimensional structure through interaction with ribosomal proteins, during which its ends are processed. Here, we show that the essential protein YqgF, a RuvC family protein with an RNase-H-like motif, is involved in the processing of pre-16S rRNA during ribosome maturation. Indeed, pre-16S rRNA accumulated in cells of a temperature-sensitive yqgF mutant (yqgF(ts)) cultured at a non-permissive temperature. In addition, purified YqgF was shown to process the 5' end of pre-16S rRNA within 70S ribosomes in vitro. Mass spectrometry analysis of the total proteins in the yqgF(ts) mutant cells showed that the expression of genes containing multiple Shine-Dalgarno-like sequences was observed to be lower than in wild type. These results are interpreted to indicate that YqgF is involved in a novel enzymic activity necessary for the processing of pre-16S rRNA, thereby affecting elongation of translation.

  13. EVELOPMENT OF EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST’S CREATIVITY IN THE PROCESS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

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    Darya N. Sergeeva

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    Full Text Available The aim of the article is to present creativity in the process of pedagogical conflict resolution. The results of psychological research conducted among secondary school teachers are given. The article summarizes the results of the study of personality and creativity highlighted its main components. Methods. The methods involve theoretical analysis of the problem and the subject of investigation, philosophical, psychological, pedagogical, sociological literature research; empirical methods (school teacher’s psychological testing by means of hand-picked procedures; methods stimulating educational specialists to take initiative in the process of conflict situations› constructive resolution (training methods group discussion, role-playing and business games, specific situations analysis; quantitative and qualitative analysis of empirical results (computer data processing, data design in the form of tables, schemes, illustrations, diagrams, bar charts, methods of mathematical statistics (The Spearman's Rank Correlation Coefficient, φ-Fisher. Data processing procedure is actualized by means of MS Excel package and statistical manipulation program «Statistica 8.0». Results and scientific novelty. The scientific belief of the following concepts content is concretized: «educational specialist’s creativity in the process of conflict resolution», «pedagogical conflict»; psycho-pedagogical conditions of creativity development in the process of conflict resolution are determined. Personal and behavioral features of various creativity level pedagogues are elicited. The correlation of educational specialist’s creativity with peculiarities of their behavior in conflict situations is revealed. It is stated that creativity appears to be one of the determinant of individual’s action, which is oriented on constructive conflict resolution. The program schemed by us promoted the extension of the teachers creative potential, which, in return

  14. ZnS thin film deposited with chemical bath deposition process directed by different stirring speeds

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    Zhang, Y.; Dang, X. Y.; Jin, J.; Yu, T.; Li, B. Z.; He, Q.; Li, F. Y.; Sun, Y.

    2010-09-01

    In this combined film thickness, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction and optical properties study, we explore the effects of different stirring speeds on the growth and optical properties of ZnS film deposited by CBD method. From the disclosed changes of thickness of ZnS film, we conclude that film thickness is independent of the stirring speeds in the heterogeneous process (deposition time less than 40 min), but increases with the stirring speeds and/or deposition time increasing in the homogeneous process. Grazing incident X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and the study of optical properties disclosed that the ZnS films grown with different stirring speeds show partially crystallized film and exhibit good transmittance (70-88% in the visible region), but the stirring speeds cannot give much effects on the structure and optical properties in the homogeneous process.

  15. Signal generation and processing at 100 Gb/s based on optical time division multiplexing

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    Li HUO; Qiang WANG; Yanfei XING; Caiyun LOU

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we review our recent works in 100 Gb/s signal generation and processing. A high-speed 100 Gb/s system with on-off keying (0OK) modulation format is implemented by using optical time division multiplexing (OTDM) method. As modifications of this system, simultaneous multicolor optical signal generation and 100Gb/s return-to-zero (RZ)-to-non-return-to-zero (NRZ) format conversion are presented. We also demonstrate basic all-optical signal processing functions of 100 GHz clock recovery and 100 Gb/s all-optical 2R generation based on semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs).

  16. Significance of librarian’s self-concept in the communication process

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    Darja Kobal-Grum

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    Full Text Available The article deals with the significance of the librarian’s self-concept in the communication process. First, it underlines the meaning of reference interviews, and second, it focuses on other micro and macro aspects of communication. The analysis shows that the librarian’s self-concept is hierarchically organised, structured, and therefore it consists of different areas. Each area equally contributes to the development and preservation of the appropriate librarian’s self-concept; although some areas have more direct influence than others. To attain a high self-concept, it is of fundamental importance, that the librarian develops all self-concept areas, from individual ones to social ones. It was found that a structured and positive specialist’s self-concept is highly significant for the contribution of effective reference interviews, and finally, the article offers some directions for a successful development of the communication process.

  17. S2I techniques for analog sampled-data signal processing

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    Machado, Gerson A. S.; Toumazou, Chris; Saether, Geir E.

    1996-01-01

    Some recent developments in Analog-Sampled-Data Signal Processing (ASD SP) are reviewed. Following a brief review of the state-of-the-art in switched capacitor (SC) signal processing, the "current mode" switched-current (SI/S2I) technique is presented. New techniques for exploring niches in low...... voltage, low current, tuneable systems or very high speed BiCMOS and GaAs circuits are introduced with reference to current work, and some design suggestions are given for further circuit implementations. The S2I technique is maturing quickly, offering a potential cost/performance advantage for single...

  18. S-process in low-mass extremely metal-poor stars

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    Cruz, Monique A; Weiss, Achim

    2013-01-01

    Extremely metal-poor low-mass stars experience an ingestion of protons into the helium-rich layer during the core He-flash, resulting in the production of neutrons through the reactions ^{12}C(p,\\gamma)^{13}N(\\beta)^{13}C(\\alpha,n)^{16}O. This is a potential site for the production of s-process elements in extremely metal-poor stars not occurring in more metal-rich counterparts. Observationally, the signatures of s-process elements in the two most iron deficient stars observed to date, HE1327-2326 & HE0107-5240, still await for an explanation. We investigate the possibility that low-mass EMP stars could be the source of s-process elements observed in extremely iron deficient stars, either as a result of self-enrichment or in a binary scenario as the consequence of a mass transfer episode. We present evolutionary and post-processing s-process calculations of a 1Msun stellar model with metallicities Z=0, 10^{-8} and 10^{-7}. We assess the sensitivity of nucleosynthesis results to uncertainties in the input ...

  19. S2I techniques for analog sampled-data signal processing

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    Machado, Gerson A. S.; Toumazou, Chris; Saether, Geir E.;

    1996-01-01

    Some recent developments in Analog-Sampled-Data Signal Processing (ASD SP) are reviewed. Following a brief review of the state-of-the-art in switched capacitor (SC) signal processing, the "current mode" switched-current (SI/S2I) technique is presented. New techniques for exploring niches in low v......-chip mixed mode systems implemented in standard digital ULSI/VLSI technologies....

  20. Suffering and the struggle for recognition : lived experiences of the U.S. political asylum process

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    2012-01-01

    This dissertation is an ethnographic study of seeking political asylum in the United States. With the implementation of restrictive immigration measures, particularly following September 11, 2001, seeking asylum in the U.S. has become increasingly onerous and protracted. From an institutional standpoint, the goal of the asylum process is to discern 'deserving' migrants ('authentic' refugees) from 'undeserving' migrants ('bogus' asylum seekers, economic migrants), and the process is undergirde...

  1. Learning from Each Other: Comparative Analysis of the Acquisition Process of Lithuania and U.S.

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    2006-06-01

    steps in the process are sometimes inconsistent. Interviewed personnel also complain that the market research and analysis of alternatives is often...and analyses of alternatives are conducted. In the U.S., market research and analysis of alternatives is a more in-depth and structured process...defined. Additionally, emphasis should be placed on two key steps: market research and analysis of alternatives. • Technical specifications: The most

  2. The s-process weak component: uncertainties due to convection theory

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    Costa, V; Bonanno, A; Zappalà, R A; Costa, Vincenzo; Pumo, Maria Letizia; Bonanno, Alfio; Zappala', Rosario Aldo

    2005-01-01

    Using a new s-nucleosynthesis code coupled with the stellar evolution code Star2003, simulations have been performed to study the impact of convection treatment on the s-process during core He-burning of a 25 Msun star (ZAMS mass) with initial solar metallicity. A diffusive approach, with the diffusion constant proportional to the convective velocity obtained from the mixing length theory, has been used to model mixing. Particular attention has been devoted to the role played by convective overshooting, to analyse how the s-process efficiency is influenced by the particular choice of the overshooting parameter value. The results show enhancements of about a factor 2 - 3 in s-process efficiency (measured as the average overproduction factor of the 6 s-only nuclear species with $60\\lesssim A\\lesssim 90$) with overshooting parameter values in the range 0.01 - 0.04, compared to results obtained with the same model but without overshooting. The impact of these results on the p-process model based on type II supern...

  3. General Thermal Texturization Process of MoS2 for Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Kiriya, Daisuke; Lobaccaro, Peter; Nyein, Hnin Yin Yin; Taheri, Peyman; Hettick, Mark; Shiraki, Hiroshi; Sutter-Fella, Carolin M; Zhao, Peida; Gao, Wei; Maboudian, Roya; Ager, Joel W; Javey, Ali

    2016-07-13

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has been widely examined as a catalyst containing no precious metals for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER); however, these examinations have utilized synthesized MoS2 because the pristine MoS2 mineral is known to be a poor catalyst. The fundamental challenge with pristine MoS2 is the inert HER activity of the predominant (0001) basal surface plane. In order to achieve high HER performance with pristine MoS2, it is essential to activate the basal plane. Here, we report a general thermal process in which the basal plane is texturized to increase the density of HER-active edge sites. This texturization is achieved through a simple thermal annealing procedure in a hydrogen environment, removing sulfur from the MoS2 surface to form edge sites. As a result, the process generates high HER catalytic performance in pristine MoS2 across various morphologies such as the bulk mineral, films composed of micron-scale flakes, and even films of a commercially available spray of nanoflake MoS2. The lowest overpotential (η) observed for these samples was η = 170 mV to obtain 10 mA/cm(2) of HER current density.

  4. Software Graphics Processing Unit (sGPU) for Deep Space Applications

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    McCabe, Mary; Salazar, George; Steele, Glen

    2015-01-01

    A graphics processing capability will be required for deep space missions and must include a range of applications, from safety-critical vehicle health status to telemedicine for crew health. However, preliminary radiation testing of commercial graphics processing cards suggest they cannot operate in the deep space radiation environment. Investigation into an Software Graphics Processing Unit (sGPU)comprised of commercial-equivalent radiation hardened/tolerant single board computers, field programmable gate arrays, and safety-critical display software shows promising results. Preliminary performance of approximately 30 frames per second (FPS) has been achieved. Use of multi-core processors may provide a significant increase in performance.

  5. FEM SIMULATION OF THE TUBE ROLLING PROCESS IN DIESCHER’S MILL

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    Zbigniew Pater

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the issue of numerical modelling of the piercing process of a thick–walled bush in a two-rolled skew rolling mill, equipped with guiding devices of Diescher’s type. After a short characteristic of the subject matter, the developed geometric model of the process was discussed, with taking kinematics of tools movement and thermal phenomena present in metal during forming into consideration. Next, the results of calculations were presented in a form of fields of strain, damage criterion and temperature. Distributions of force parameters acting on particular tools during the process of bush rolling were also given.

  6. Improving the Services at the Outlets of McDonald’s Malaysia through Process Innovation

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    Chummar George, Pudussery

    2014-01-01

    In 2010, the food processing industry contributed about 10% of the Malaysian manufacturing output attracted a total of RM1.972 billion in 69 projects. Employment in the processed food and beverages industry decreased in 2009 by 5.1% to 43,080 compared with 45,418 in 2008. Small and medium sized enterprises represent more than 80% of the total number of establishments in the processed food segment. In Malaysia, McDonald’s is leading the food franchisor at second place to KFC, and is planning o...

  7. Modelling phosphorus (P), sulphur (S) and iron (Fe) interactions during the simulation of anaerobic digestion processes

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    Flores-Alsina, Xavier; Solon, Kimberly; Kazadi-Mbamba, Christian

    2015-01-01

    production of sulfide (SH2S) by means of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria (XSRB). This approach also considers potential SH2S inhibition effect on biomass and mass transfer phenomena (aqueous-gas). The third evaluated model (A3) considers chemical iron (III) (SFe+3) reduction to iron (II) (SFe+2) using hydrogen (SH......This paper examines the effects of different model formulations when describing sludge stabilization processes in wastewater treatment plants by the Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1). The proposed model extensions describe the interactions amongst phosphorus (P), sulfur (S), iron (Fe...

  8. Leap-Forward Development of China’s Copper Processing Industry

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    2011-01-01

    <正>In 2011, China’s copper processing industry bid farewell to the 11th Five-Year Plan Period and came to the 12th Five-Year Plan Period. The past 5 years was a short period for development of an industry, however, it was in this

  9. Analysis of Production and Distribution Logistics Processes in Verana, s.r.o.

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    Musial, Hubert

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this thesis is to analyze logistics processes of company Verana, s.r.o. both from the cost and feasibility perspective and using this analysis, the thesis investigates the possibility of outsourcing logistics by using a third party, that is a logistics company. Both advantages and disadvantages are addressed and compared to the current state of logistics system in the company.

  10. Experimental Designs in Sentence Processing Research: A Methodological Review and User's Guide

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    Keating, Gregory D.; Jegerski, Jill

    2015-01-01

    Since the publication of Clahsen and Felser's (2006) keynote article on grammatical processing in language learners, the online study of sentence comprehension in adult second language (L2) learners has quickly grown into a vibrant and prolific subfield of SLA. As online methods begin to establish a foothold in SLA research, it is important…

  11. Process Evaluation of a Positive Youth Development Program: Project P.A.T.H.S

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    Law, Ben M. F.; Shek, Daniel T. L.

    2011-01-01

    There are only a few process evaluation studies on positive youth development programs, particularly in the Chinese context. Objectives: This study aims to examine the quality of implementation of a positive youth development program (Project Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs [P.A.T.H.S.]) and investigate the…

  12. $s$-process production in rotating massive stars at solar and low metallicities

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    Frischknecht, Urs; Pignatari, Marco; Maeder, André; Meynet, George; Chiappini, Cristina; Thielemann, Friedrich-Karl; Rauscher, Thomas; Georgy, Cyril; Ekström, Sylvia

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    Rotation was shown to have a strong impact on the structure and light element nucleosynthesis in massive stars. In particular, models including rotation can reproduce the primary nitrogen observed in halo extremely metal-poor (EMP) stars. Additional exploratory models showed that rotation may enhance $s$-process production at low metallicity. Here we present a large grid of massive star models including rotation and a full $s$-process network to study the impact of rotation on the weak $s$-process. We explore the possibility of producing significant amounts of elements beyond the strontium peak, which is where the weak $s$-process usually stops. We used the Geneva stellar evolution code coupled to an enlarged reaction network with 737 nuclear species up to bismuth to calculate $15-40\\,\\text{M}_\\odot$ models at four metallicities ($Z = 0.014,10^{-3}$, $10^{-5}$, and $10^{-7}$) from the main sequence up to the end of oxygen burning. We confirm that rotation-induced mixing between the convective H-shell and He-c...

  13. Energy efficiency opportunities in the U.S. dairy processing industry

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    Masanet, Eric; Brush, Adrian; Worrell, Ernst

    2014-01-01

    The U.S. dairy processing industry consumes around 1.5 billion worth of purchased fuels and electricity per year. Energy efficiency improvements are a critical way for plants to reduce these costs, lower emissions of energy-related pollutants, and reduce susceptibility to volatile energy prices.

  14. Experimental Designs in Sentence Processing Research: A Methodological Review and User's Guide

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    Keating, Gregory D.; Jegerski, Jill

    2015-01-01

    Since the publication of Clahsen and Felser's (2006) keynote article on grammatical processing in language learners, the online study of sentence comprehension in adult second language (L2) learners has quickly grown into a vibrant and prolific subfield of SLA. As online methods begin to establish a foothold in SLA research, it is important…

  15. Energy efficiency opportunities in the U.S. dairy processing industry

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    Masanet, Eric; Brush, Adrian; Worrell, Ernst

    2014-01-01

    The U.S. dairy processing industry consumes around 1.5 billion worth of purchased fuels and electricity per year. Energy efficiency improvements are a critical way for plants to reduce these costs, lower emissions of energy-related pollutants, and reduce susceptibility to volatile energy prices. Thi

  16. Developmental Changes in Children’s Processing of Redundant Modifiers in Definite Object Descriptions

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    Koolen, Ruud; Krahmer, Emiel; Swerts, Marc

    2016-01-01

    This paper investigates developmental changes in children’s processing of redundant information in definite object descriptions. In two experiments, children of two age groups (6 or 7, and 9 or 10 years old) were presented with pictures of sweets. In the first experiment (pairwise comparison), two i

  17. Advanced Precursor Reaction Processing for Cu(InGa)(SeS)2 Solar Cells

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    Shafarman, William N. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States)

    2015-10-12

    This project “Advanced Precursor Reaction Processing for Cu(InGa)(SeS)2 Solar Cells”, completed by the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) at the University of Delaware in collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, developed the fundamental understanding and technology to increase module efficiency and improve the manufacturability of Cu(InGa)(SeS)2 films using the precursor reaction approach currently being developed by a number of companies. Key results included: (1) development of a three-step H2Se/Ar/H2S reaction process to control Ga distribution through the film and minimizes back contact MoSe2 formation; (2) Ag-alloying to improve precursor homogeneity by avoiding In phase agglomeration, faster reaction and improved adhesion to allow wider reaction process window; (3) addition of Sb, Bi, and Te interlayers at the Mo/precursor junction to produce more uniform precursor morphology and improve adhesion with reduced void formation in reacted films; (4) a precursor structure containing Se and a reaction process to reduce processing time to 5 minutes and eliminate H2Se usage, thereby increasing throughput and reducing costs. All these results were supported by detailed characterization of the film growth, reaction pathways, thermodynamic assessment and device behavior.

  18. THE EFFECTS OF ROTATION ON s-PROCESS NUCLEOSYNTHESIS IN ASYMPTOTIC GIANT BRANCH STARS

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    Piersanti, L.; Cristallo, S.; Straniero, O., E-mail: piersanti@oa-teramo.inaf.it [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, via Maggini snc, I-64100 Teramo (Italy)

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    In this paper, we analyze the effects induced by rotation on low-mass asymptotic giant branch stars. We compute two sets of models, M = 2.0 M{sub Sun} at [Fe/H] = 0 and M = 1.5 M{sub Sun} at [Fe/H] = -1.7, by adopting main-sequence rotation velocities in the range 0-120 km s{sup -1}. At high metallicity, we find that the Goldreich-Schubert-Fricke instability, active at the interface between the convective envelope and the rapid rotating core, contaminates the {sup 13}C-pocket (the major neutron source) with {sup 14}N (the major neutron poison), thus reducing the neutron flux available for the synthesis of heavy elements. As a consequence, the yields of heavy-s elements (Ba, La, Nd, Sm) and, to a lesser extent, those of light-s elements (Sr, Y, Zr) decrease with increasing rotation velocities up to 60 km s{sup -1}. However, for larger initial rotation velocities, the production of light-s and, to a lesser extent, that of heavy-s, begins again to increase, due to mixing induced by meridional circulations. At low metallicity, the effects of meridional circulations are important even at rather low rotation velocity. The combined effect of the Goldreich-Schubert-Fricke instability and meridional circulations determines an increase of light-s and, to a lesser extent, heavy-s elements, while lead is strongly reduced. For both metallicities, the rotation-induced instabilities active during the interpulse phase reduce the neutron-to-seed ratio, so that the spectroscopic indexes [hs/ls] and [Pb/hs] decrease by increasing the initial rotation velocity. Our analysis suggests that rotation could explain the spread in the s-process indexes, as observed in s-process enriched stars at different metallicities.

  19. Energy conservation and circular economy in China's process industries

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    Li, Huiquan; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Hongbin [National Engineering Laboratory for Clean Production Technology of Hydrometallurgy, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 353, Beijing 100080 (China); Bao, Weijun; Xiu, Caihong [National Engineering Laboratory for Clean Production Technology of Hydrometallurgy, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 353, Beijing 100080 (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2010-11-15

    Since energy consumption in process industries accounts for a great proportion of China's total energy consumption, energy conservation becomes the practical choice to reduce the conflict between energy demand and energy supply in China, and therefore, promoting energy conservation is the long-term solution to China's energy and environment problems from the source. In this paper, based on the introduction of the concept of energy consumption status in China's key energy-consuming process industries, the main technical bottlenecks and resource-environment problems were analyzed with special emphasis on energy utilization efficiency, energy consumption mode, and waste emission. As for the measures to resolve these problems, at the policy level, policies and programs of Chinese government related to energy conservation were introduced in combination with China's circular economy structure. At the technical level, the key technologies and research progress to improve energy utilization efficiency, reducing energy consumption, as well as utilizing the resource of discharged wastes were reviewed. Finally, three typical cases of the development of circular economy at three levels, namely the chemical industry, metallurgical industry, and electric power industry, were studied for the enforcement of circular economy and energy conservation in China's process industries. (author)

  20. The existence of a double S-shaped process curve during reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Schelfhout, R.; Strijckmans, K.; Depla, D.

    2016-09-01

    The four dimensional parameter space (discharge voltage and current and reactive gas flow and pressure) related to a reactive Ar/O2 DC magnetron discharge with an aluminum target and constant pumping speed was acquired by measuring current-voltage characteristics at different oxygen flows. The projection onto the pressure-flow plane allows us to study the well-known S-shaped process curve. This experimental procedure guarantees no time dependent effects on the result. The obtained process curve appears not to be unique but rather two significantly different S-shaped curves are noticed which depend on the history of the steady state target condition. As such, this result has not only an important impact on the fundamental description of the reactive sputtering process but it can also have its consequences on typical feedback control systems for the operation in the transition regime of the hysteresis during reactive magnetron sputtering.

  1. Health Reform in Ceará: the process of decentralisation in the 1990s

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    Medeiros, Regianne Leila Rolim; Atkinson, Sarah

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this article is to offer an overview of the health reform in Ceará focusing on the decentralisation process in the 1990s. The driving factor behind the Brazilian health reform movement was the necessity to reorganise the national health system and overcome inequalities. For the reformists, decentralisation, and together with it the idea of popular participation, is seen as essential to guarantee the fulfilment of the people’s needs and to incorporate their voice in the decision-making processes of the health system. In the state of Ceará, after the 1986 elections, health reform movement members took control over the management of the state Health Secretariat. This is the main cause of the acceleration of the decentralisation process with the transference of responsibility over the management of health care delivery to municipalities. PMID:25729333

  2. s- and r-process elements in two very metal-poor stars

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    Ryan, S G; Blake, L A J; Norris, J E; Beers, T C; Gallino, R; Busso, M; Ando, H; Ryan, Sean G.; Aoki, Wako; Blake, Lisa A. J.; Norris, John E.; Beers, Timothy C.; Gallino, Roberto; Busso, Maurizio; Ando, Hiroyasu

    2000-01-01

    New measurements of neutron-capture elements are presented for two very metal-poor stars ([Fe/H] ~ -3). One (LP 625-44) has an s-process signature believed to be due to mass transfer from a now-extinct metal-poor AGB companion, and the second (CS 22897-008) is one of a number of very metal-poor stars having high [Sr/Ba] ratios which is not expected from the r-process. In the s-process star, many elements including lead have been detected, providing strong constraints on the 13C pocket in the now-extinct AGB star. In the Sr-rich star, Zn, Y, and Zr are also seen to be overabundant, and several possible nucleosynthesis mechanisms are discussed.

  3. Rolling Stock Planning at DSB S-tog - Processes, Cost Structures and Requirements

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    Thorlacius, Per

    A central issue for operators of suburban passenger train transport systems is providing sufficient number of seats for the passengers while at the same time minimising operating costs. The process of providing this is called rolling stock planning. This technical report documents the terminology......, the processes, the cost structures and the requirements for rolling stock planning at DSB S-tog, the suburban passenger train operator of the City of Copenhagen. The focus of the technical report is directed at practical train operator oriented issues. The technical report is thought to serve as a basis...... for investigating better methods to perform the rolling stock planning (to be the topic of later papers). This technical report is produced as a part of the current industrial Ph. D. project to improve the rolling stock planning process of DSB S-tog....

  4. Cognitive processes affect the gait of subjects with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in dual tasks

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    Gustavo Christofoletti

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the relation between gait parameters and cognitive impairments in subjects with Parkinson’s disease (PD and Alzheimer’s disease (AD during the performance of dual tasks. Methods This was a cross-sectional study involving 126 subjects divided into three groups: Parkinson group (n = 43, Alzheimer group (n = 38, and control group (n = 45. The subjects were evaluated using the Timed Up and Go test administered with motor and cognitive distracters. Gait analyses consisted of cadence and speed measurements, with cognitive functions being assessed by the Brief Cognitive Screening Battery and the Clock Drawing Test. Statistical procedures included mixed-design analyses of variance to observe the gait patterns between groups and tasks and the linear regression model to investigate the influence of cognitive functions in this process. A 5% significant level was adopted. Results Regarding the subjects’ speed, the data show a significant difference between group vs task interaction (p = 0.009, with worse performance of subjects with PD in motor dual task and of subjects with AD in cognitive dual task. With respect to cadence, no statistical differences was seen between group vs task interaction (p = 0.105, showing low interference of the clinical conditions on such parameter. The linear regression model showed that up to 45.79%, of the variance in gait can be explained by the interference of cognitive processes. Conclusion Dual task activities affect gait pattern in subjects with PD and AD. Differences between groups reflect peculiarities of each disease and show a direct interference of cognitive processes on complex tasks.

  5. Pri sORF peptides induce selective proteasome-mediated protein processing.

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    Zanet, J; Benrabah, E; Li, T; Pélissier-Monier, A; Chanut-Delalande, H; Ronsin, B; Bellen, H J; Payre, F; Plaza, S

    2015-09-18

    A wide variety of RNAs encode small open-reading-frame (smORF/sORF) peptides, but their functions are largely unknown. Here, we show that Drosophila polished-rice (pri) sORF peptides trigger proteasome-mediated protein processing, converting the Shavenbaby (Svb) transcription repressor into a shorter activator. A genome-wide RNA interference screen identifies an E2-E3 ubiquitin-conjugating complex, UbcD6-Ubr3, which targets Svb to the proteasome in a pri-dependent manner. Upon interaction with Ubr3, Pri peptides promote the binding of Ubr3 to Svb. Ubr3 can then ubiquitinate the Svb N terminus, which is degraded by the proteasome. The C-terminal domains protect Svb from complete degradation and ensure appropriate processing. Our data show that Pri peptides control selectivity of Ubr3 binding, which suggests that the family of sORF peptides may contain an extended repertoire of protein regulators.

  6. Kinetics of oxygen adsorption on ZnS nanoparticles synthesized by precipitation process

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    Ahmadi Reza

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized through a one-step precipitation process. Effect of time and temperature on the formation reaction was investigated. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, ultraviolet (UV visible absorption and photoluminescence (PL spectrophotometry. Based on XRD and UV-Vis data, the particles produced at 70 °C had a mean particle size of about 5 nm. Increasing time and temperature of the synthesis reaction resulted in photoluminescence intensification. PL spectroscopy helped understanding the adsorption kinetics of oxygen on ZnS nanoparticles during the precipitation synthesis process. Fabrication of ZnS structures with appropriate oxygen adsorption capacity was suggested as a means of PL emission intensity control.

  7. Solution-processed In2S3 buffer layer for chalcopyrite thin film solar cells

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    Wang Lan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a route to deposit In2S3 thin films from air-stable, low-cost molecular precursor inks for Cd-free buffer layers in chalcopyrite-based thin film solar cells. Different precursor compositions and processing conditions were studied to define a reproducible and robust process. By adjusting the ink properties, this method can be applied in different printing and coating techniques. Here we report on two techniques, namely spin-coating and inkjet printing. Active area efficiencies of 12.8% and 12.2% have been achieved for In2S3-buffered solar cells respectively, matching the performance of CdS-buffered cells prepared with the same batch of absorbers.

  8. Solution-processed In2S3 buffer layer for chalcopyrite thin film solar cells

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    Wang, Lan; Lin, Xianzhong; Ennaoui, Ahmed; Wolf, Christian; Lux-Steiner, Martha Ch.; Klenk, Reiner

    2016-02-01

    We report a route to deposit In2S3 thin films from air-stable, low-cost molecular precursor inks for Cd-free buffer layers in chalcopyrite-based thin film solar cells. Different precursor compositions and processing conditions were studied to define a reproducible and robust process. By adjusting the ink properties, this method can be applied in different printing and coating techniques. Here we report on two techniques, namely spin-coating and inkjet printing. Active area efficiencies of 12.8% and 12.2% have been achieved for In2S3-buffered solar cells respectively, matching the performance of CdS-buffered cells prepared with the same batch of absorbers.

  9. Children’s and Adults’ On-Line Processing of Syntactically Ambiguous Sentences during Reading

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    Joseph, Holly S. S. L.; Liversedge, Simon P.

    2013-01-01

    While there has been a fair amount of research investigating children’s syntactic processing during spoken language comprehension, and a wealth of research examining adults’ syntactic processing during reading, as yet very little research has focused on syntactic processing during text reading in children. In two experiments, children and adults read sentences containing a temporary syntactic ambiguity while their eye movements were monitored. In Experiment 1, participants read sentences such as, ‘The boy poked the elephant with the long stick/trunk from outside the cage’ in which the attachment of a prepositional phrase was manipulated. In Experiment 2, participants read sentences such as, ‘I think I’ll wear the new skirt I bought tomorrow/yesterday. It’s really nice’ in which the attachment of an adverbial phrase was manipulated. Results showed that adults and children exhibited similar processing preferences, but that children were delayed relative to adults in their detection of initial syntactic misanalysis. It is concluded that children and adults have the same sentence-parsing mechanism in place, but that it operates with a slightly different time course. In addition, the data support the hypothesis that the visual processing system develops at a different rate than the linguistic processing system in children. PMID:23349807

  10. Development of a Transition Process Scale for High-risk Infant’s Caregiver

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    Mi YU

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Transition into parenthood is a major developmental life event and is very significant because development in infanthood is affected by the transition process of mothers parenting an infant. This study aimed to develop the assessment tool for transition process of high risk infant’s caregiver in Korea.Methods: The participants were 246 mothers of premature infant born with gestational age (< 37 weeks or low birth weight (< 2500 gm, of less than 24 months of age. Preliminary items were derived from transition process scale for parent of children with autism. Factor analysis was performed to test construct validity of the scale, the correlation between transition processes and parenting efficacy was used for testing predictive validity.Results: The final scale was composed of 23 items divided into 5 factors: wandering (7 items, devotion (5 items, acceptance (4 items, denial (4 items, frustration (3 items. The total variance for validity described by the 5 factors was 60.8% and the reliability of the scale was total Cronbach’s α 0.90 and wandering 0.85, devotion 0.78, acceptance 0.72, denial 0.72, and frustration 0.71. Correlation between transition process and parenting efficacy was statistically significant; wandering(r=-0.61, P <.001, devotion (r=-0.60, P<.001, acceptance (r=0.30, P <.001, denial (r=-0.31, P <.001 and frustration (r= -0.27, P <.001.Conclusion: This final assessment scale will be used to investigate high-risk infant caregiver’s transition process and provide basic data for program development to provide differentiated support and care at each process. Keywords: Caregiver, High risk, Infant, Scale, Transition

  11. Summary of LLNL`s accomplishments for the FY93 Waste Processing Operations Program

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    Grasz, E.; Domning, E.; Heggins, D.; Huber, L.; Hurd, R.; Martz, H.; Roberson, P.; Wilhelmsen, K.

    1994-04-01

    Under the US Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Office of Technology Development (OTD)-Robotic Technology Development Program (RTDP), the Waste Processing Operations (WPO) Program was initiated in FY92 to address the development of automated material handling and automated chemical and physical processing systems for mixed wastes. The Program`s mission was to develop a strategy for the treatment of all DOE mixed, low-level, and transuranic wastes. As part of this mission, DOE`s Mixed Waste Integrated Program (MWIP) was charged with the development of innovative waste treatment technologies to surmount shortcomings of existing baseline systems. Current technology advancements and applications results from cooperation of private industry, educational institutions, and several national laboratories operated for DOE. This summary document presents the LLNL Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (ER and WM) Automation and Robotics Section`s contributions in support of DOE`s FY93 WPO Program. This document further describes the technological developments that were integrated in the 1993 Mixed Waste Operations (MWO) Demonstration held at SRTC in November 1993.

  12. Chemically deposited CdS by an ammonia-free process for solar cells window layers

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    Ochoa-Landin, R. [Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Queretaro, Apdo. Postal 1-798, 76001 Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, Apdo. Postal 88, 83190 Hermosillo, Son. (Mexico); Sastre-Hernandez, J.; Vigil-Galan, O. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Instituto Politecnico Nacional UP Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Edif. 9, 07738 Mexico, DF (Mexico); Ramirez-Bon, R. [Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Queretaro, Apdo. Postal 1-798, 76001 Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico)

    2010-02-15

    Chemically deposited CdS window layers were studied on two different transparent conductive substrates, namely indium tin oxide (ITO) and fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO), to determine the influence of their properties on CdS/CdTe solar cells performance. Three types of CdS films obtained from different chemical bath deposition (CBD) processes were studied. The three CBD processes employed sodium citrate as the complexing agent in partial or full substitution of ammonia. The CdS films were studied by X-ray diffraction, optical transmission spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. CdS/CdTe devices were completed by depositing 3 {mu}m thick CdTe absorbent layers by means of the close-spaced vapor transport technique (CSVT). Evaporated Cu-Au was used as the back contact in all the solar cells. Dark and under illumination J-V characteristic and quantum efficiency measurements were done on the CdS/CdTe devices to determine their conversion efficiency and spectral response. The efficiency of the cells depended on the window layer and on the transparent contact with values between 5.7% and 8.7%. (author)

  13. Electric utility engineer`s FGD manual -- Volume 1: FGD process design. Final report

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    1996-03-04

    Part 1 of the Electric Utility Engineer`s Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Manual emphasizes the chemical and physical processes that form the basis for design and operation of lime- and limestone-based FGD systems applied to coal- or oil-fired steam electric generating stations. The objectives of Part 1 are: to provide a description of the chemical and physical design basis for lime- and limestone-based wet FGD systems; to identify and discuss the various process design parameters and process options that must be considered in developing a specification for a new FGD system; and to provide utility engineers with process knowledge useful for operating and optimizing a lime- or limestone-based wet FGD system.

  14. A Comparative Study of Two 47 Tuc Giant Stars with Different s-process Enrichment

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    Cordero, M. J.; Hansen, C. J.; Johnson, C. I.; Pilachowski, C. A.

    2015-07-01

    Here we aim to understand the origin of 47 Tuc’s La-rich star Lee 4710. We report abundances for O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Co, Ni, Zn, Y, Zr, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, and Eu and present a detailed abundance analysis of two 47 Tuc stars with similar stellar parameters but different slow neutron-capture (s-)process enrichment. Star Lee 4710 has the highest known La abundance ratio in this cluster ([La/Fe] = 1.14), and star Lee 4626 is known to have normal s-process abundances (e.g., [Ba/Eu] < 0). The nucleosynthetic pattern of elements with Z ≳ 56 for star Lee 4710 agrees with the predicted yields of a 1.3{M}⊙ asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star. Therefore, Lee 4710 may have been enriched by mass transfer from a more massive AGB companion, which is compatible with its location far away from the center of this relatively metal-rich ([Fe/H] ˜ -0.7) globular cluster. A further analysis comparing the abundance pattern of Lee 4710 with data available in the literature reveals that nine out of the ˜200 47 Tuc stars previously studied show strong s-process enhancements that point toward later enrichment by more massive AGB stars.

  15. The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Controls Over the Contract Management Process for U.S. Direct Assistance Need Improvement

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    2015-02-25

    original contract amount, $61 million, on a letter of credit (essentially an advance to the central bank that the vendor could draw on). MoF executed...No. DODIG-2015-082 The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Controls Over the Contract Management Process for U.S. Direct Assistance...to 00-00-2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Controls Over the Contract Management Process for U.S

  16. Discourse accessibility constraints in childrenʼs processing of object relative clauses

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    Yair eHaendler

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Childrenʼs poor performance on object relative clauses has been explained in terms of intervention locality. This approach predicts that object relatives with a full DP head and an embedded pronominal subject are easier than object relatives in which both the head noun and the embedded subject are full DPs. This prediction is shared by other accounts formulated to explain processing mechanisms. We conducted a visual-world study designed to test the off-line comprehension and on-line processing of object relatives in German-speaking 5-year-olds. Children were tested on three types of object relatives, all having a full DP head noun and differing with respect to the type of nominal phrase that appeared in the embedded subject position: another full DP, a 1st- or a 3rd-person pronoun. Grammatical skills and memory capacity were also assessed in order to see whether and how they affect childrenʼs performance. Most accurately processed were object relatives with 1st-person pronoun, independently of childrenʼs language and memory skills. Performance on object relatives with two full DPs was overall more accurate than on object relatives with 3rd-person pronoun. In the former condition, children with stronger grammatical skills accurately processed the structure and their memory abilities determined how fast they were; in the latter condition, children only processed accurately the structure if they were strong both in their grammatical skills and in their memory capacity. The results are discussed in the light of accounts that predict different pronoun effects like the ones we find, which depend on the referential properties of the pronouns. We then discuss which role language and memory abilities might have in processing object relatives with various embedded nominal phrases.

  17. The Role of Fe and Ni for S-process Nucleosynthesis and Innovative Nuclear Technologies

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    Giubrone, G; Perkowski, J; Andriamonje, S; Carrapico, C; Wallner, A; Vannini, G; Quesada, J M; Lederer, C; Tarrio, D; Berthier, B; Lozano, M; Krticka, M; Domingo-Pardo, C; Chiaveri, E; Jericha, E; Ferrari, A; Massimi, C; Avrigeanu, V; Martinez, T; Guerrero, C; Andrzejewski, J; Karadimos, D; Mendoza, E; Ganesan, S; Vlachoudis, V; Milazzo, P M; Cortes, G; Becares, V; Tain, J L; Variale, V; Quinones, J; Calvino, F; Kappeler, F; Gunsing, F; Gramegna, F; Colonna, N; Marrone, S; Lebbos, E; Paradela, C; Mastinu, P F; Vaz, P; Tassan-Got, L; Kadi, Y; Dillman, I; Cano-Ott, D; Brugger, M; Audouin, L; Fernandez-Ordonez, M; Sarmento, R; Becvar, F; Goncalves, I F; Martin-Fuertes, F; Cerutti, F; Pina, G; Mosconi, M; Tagliente, G; Duran, I; Berthoumieux, E; Praena, J; Ioannides, K; Weiss, C; Mirea, M; Gomez-Hornillos, M B; Vlastou, R; Calviani, M; Nolte, R; Mengoni, A; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Marganiec, J; Leeb, H; Heil, M; Meaze, M H; Pavlik, A; Belloni, F; Harrispopulos S

    2011-01-01

    The accurate measurement of neutron capture cross sections of all Fe and Ni isotopes is important for disentangling the contribution of the s-process and the r-process to the stellar nucleosynthesis of elements in the mass range 60 < A < 120. At the same time, Fe and Ni are important components of structural materials and improved neutron cross section data is relevant in the design of new nuclear systems. With the aim of obtaining improved capture data on all stable iron and nickel isotopes, a program of measurements has been launched at the CERN Neutron Time of Flight Facility n_TOF.

  18. Cognitive Simulation of an Anti-Submarine Warfare Commander’s Tactical Decision Process

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    1984-02-01

    R.M. Shiffrin , "The Control of Short-Term Memory ," in Atkinson , R.L. and R.C. Atkinson (Eds.), Readings from Scientific American: Mind and Behavior, W.H...Term Memory At the heart of information processing, learning, and storing of informa- tion is the human’s short-term memory (STM) system ( Atkinson and... Shiffrin , *- 1980). STM processes are under the immediate control of the individual and govern the flow of information in the memory system. Moreover

  19. Radiative levitation in carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars with s-process enrichment

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    Matrozis, E

    2016-01-01

    A significant fraction of all metal-poor stars are carbon-rich. Most of these carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) stars also show enhancement in elements produced mainly by the s-process (CEMP-s stars) and evidence suggests that the origin of these non-standard abundances can be traced to mass transfer from a binary asymptotic giant branch (AGB) companion. Thus, observations of CEMP-s stars are commonly used to infer the nucleosynthesis output of low-metallicity AGB stars. A crucial step in this exercise is understanding what happens to the accreted material after mass transfer ceases. Here we present models of the post-mass-transfer evolution of CEMP-s stars considering the physics of thermohaline mixing and atomic diffusion, including radiative levitation. We find that stars with typical CEMP-s star masses (M ~ 0.85 Msun) have very shallow convective envelopes (Menv +4). We are therefore unable to reproduce the spread in the observed abundances with these models and conclude that some other physical process m...

  20. Spain’s Mediterranean Policy: between the Barcelona Process and the European Neighbourhood Policy

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    Esther Barbé Izuel

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses the evolution of Spain’s position with respect to the two main cooperation initiatives in the Mediterranean space: the Barcelona Process and the European Neighbourhood Policy. Firstly, it shows Spain’s role as a driving force, both in the launchingof the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in 1995 and in the impetus provided 10 years later by the holding of the extraordinary Euro-Mediterranean Summit. Secondly, the article examines the progressive adaptation of Spain’s discourse towards the European Neighbourhood Policy, trying to maximise Spain’s preferences with respect to its neighbours without this endangering the survival of the Barcelona Process. Finally, the authors identify some of the proposals recently set forth for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, such as the Advanced Statute for Morocco and the French proposal of the Mediterranean Union. In the light of these possible future scenarios,Spanish diplomacy must guarantee its influence within the EU’s Mediterranean policy.

  1. High performance MoS2 TFT using graphene contact first process

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    Chih-Shiang Chang Chien

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available An ohmic contact of graphene/MoS2 heterostructure is determined by using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS. Since graphene shows a great potential to replace metal contact, a direct comparison of Cr/Au contact and graphene contact on the MoS2 thin film transistor (TFT is made. Different from metal contacts, the work function of graphene can be modulated. As a result, the subthreshold swing can be improved. And when VgS2 TFT, a new method using graphene contact first and MoS2 layer last process that can avoid PMMA residue and high processing temperature is applied. MoS2 TFT using this method shows on/off current ratio up to 6×106 order of magnitude, high mobility of 116 cm2/V-sec, and subthreshold swing of only 0.515 V/dec.

  2. KADoNiS-p: The Astrophysical p-Process Database

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    Szücs, T., E-mail: szucs.tamas@atomki.mta.hu [Institute for Nuclear Research (MTA Atomki), Debrecen-H-4001, PO Box 51 (Hungary); Dillmann, I. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); II. Physikalisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen (Germany); Plag, R. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Institut für Angewandte Physik, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Fülöp, Zs. [Institute for Nuclear Research (MTA Atomki), Debrecen-H-4001, PO Box 51 (Hungary)

    2014-06-15

    The KADoNiS-p project is an online database for cross sections relevant to the p-process. All existing experimental data was collected and reviewed. With this contribution a user-friendly database using the KADoNiS (Karlsruhe Astrophysical Database of Nucleosynthesis in Stars) framework is launched, including all available experimental data from (p,γ), (p,n), (p,α), (α,γ), (α,n) and (α,p) reactions in or close to the respective Gamow window with cut-off date of August 2012 ( (http://www.kadonis.org/pprocess))

  3. KADoNiS-$p$: The astrophysical $p$-process database

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    Szücs, T; Plag, R; Fülöp, Zs

    2015-01-01

    The KADoNiS-$p$ project is an online database for cross sections relevant to the $p$-process. All existing experimental data was collected and reviewed. With this contribution a user-friendly database using the KADoNiS (Karlsruhe Astrophysical Database of Nucleosynthesis in Stars) framework is launched, including all available experimental data from (p,$\\gamma$), (p,n), (p,$\\alpha$), ($\\alpha$,$\\gamma$), ($\\alpha$,n) and ($\\alpha$,p) reactions in or close to the respective Gamow window with cut-off date of August 2012 (www.kadonis.org/pprocess).

  4. Star formation in the filament of S254-S258 OB complex: a cluster in the process of making

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    Samal, M R; Jose, J; Zavagno, A; Takahashi, S; Neichel, B; Kim, J S; Chauhan, N; Pandey, A K; Zinchenko, I; Tamura, M; Ghosh, S K

    2015-01-01

    Infrared Dark Clouds are ideal laboratories to study the initial processes of high-mass star and star cluster formation. We investigated star formation activity of an unexplored filamentary dark cloud (~5.7pc x 1.9pc), which itself is part of a large filament (~20pc) located in the S254-S258 OB complex at a distance of 2.5kpc. Using MIPS Spitzer 24 micron data, we uncover 49 sources with SNR greater than 5. We identified 45 sources as candidate YSOs of Class I, Flat-spectrum & Class II nature. Additional 17 candidate YSOs (9 Class I & 8 Class II) are also identified using JHK and WISE photometry. We find that the protostar to Class II sources ratio (~2) and the protostar fraction (~70%) of the region are high. When the protostar fraction compared to other young clusters, it suggests that the star formation in the dark cloud was possibly started only 1 Myr ago. Combining the NIR photometry of the YSO candidates with the theoretical evolutionary models, we infer that most of the candidate YSOs formed in...

  5. Prospects for direct neutron capture measurements on s-process branching point isotopes

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    Guerrero, C.; Lerendegui-Marco, J.; Quesada, J.M. [Universidad de Sevilla, Dept. de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Sevilla (Spain); Domingo-Pardo, C. [CSIC-Universidad de Valencia, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, Valencia (Spain); Kaeppeler, F. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Karlsruhe (Germany); Palomo, F.R. [Universidad de Sevilla, Dept. de Ingenieria Electronica, Sevilla (Spain); Reifarth, R. [Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    2017-05-15

    The neutron capture cross sections of several unstable key isotopes acting as branching points in the s-process are crucial for stellar nucleosynthesis studies, but they are very challenging to measure directly due to the difficult production of sufficient sample material, the high activity of the resulting samples, and the actual (n, γ) measurement, where high neutron fluxes and effective background rejection capabilities are required. At present there are about 21 relevant s-process branching point isotopes whose cross section could not be measured yet over the neutron energy range of interest for astrophysics. However, the situation is changing with some very recent developments and upcoming technologies. This work introduces three techniques that will change the current paradigm in the field: the use of γ-ray imaging techniques in (n, γ) experiments, the production of moderated neutron beams using high-power lasers, and double capture experiments in Maxwellian neutron beams. (orig.)

  6. Psychoeducation in Quebec: An Overview of the Subject’s Adaptive and Therapeutic Process

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    Jonathan Bluteau

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This is the last in a series of three articles on Quebec psychoeducation. While the first article introduced the historical and theoretical foundations of psychoeducation as a university discipline in Quebec, the second presented the Psychoeducative Intervention Method. This final article broaches the concept of psycho-social adaptation, with reference to the subject’s adaptive process as a result of having learned skills within the context of a shared psychoeducational experience. This third article also further examines the Utilizing of experiences for therapeutic purposes, a fundamental professional process in the field of psychoeducation. The aim herein is to consolidate the many concepts presented in the previous articles and facilitate the reader’s understanding of how they all come together and are activated by the psychoeducator in a treatment context by means of a highly-specialized therapeutic activity.

  7. Influence of A Hyperons ^1S0 Superfluidity on the Direct Urca Processes with Hyperons

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    许妍; 刘广洲; 吴姚睿; 王红岩; 张峰

    2011-01-01

    In the framework of the relativistic mean field theory (RMFT), the relativistic energy losses of the direct Urea processes with hyperons (Y-DURCA ) for reactions A → p + e + υe and ≡^-→ A+e+υe are studied in neutron stars. We calculate the energy gap of A hyperons and investigate the effects of the ^1S0 superfluidity (SF) of A hyperons on the Y-DURCA processes. The calculated results are in line with the recent experimental data △ BAA ~ 1.01 ±0.20-0.11^+0.18 MeV. The results indicate that the ^1S0 SF of A hyperons exists in most density ranges of happening the two reactions. The theoretical cooling curves are in agreement with observation data.

  8. The costs of seasonality and expansion in Ireland’s milk production and processing

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    Heinschink K.; Shalloo L.; Wallace M

    2016-01-01

    Ireland’s milk production sector relies on grass-based spring-calving systems, which facilitates cost advantages in milk production but entails a high degree of supply seasonality. Among other implications, this supply seasonality involves extra costs in the processing sector including elevated plant capacities and varying levels of resource utilisation throughout the year. If both the national raw milk production increased substantially (e.g. post-milk quota) and a high degree of seasonality...

  9. HD 187885 and s-process elements in high galactic latitude supergiants

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    VanWinckel, H; Waelkens, C; Waters, LBFM

    1996-01-01

    We present an accurate LTE chemical analysis of HD 187885 on the basis of high-resolution, high signal-to-noise spectra. The low iron abundance of [Fe/H] = -0.5 confirms the old, low-mass nature of the supergiant. With [C/Fe] = +0.9, [N/Fe] = +0.7, [O/Fe] = +0.6 and above all the high s-process elem

  10. The Recovery Process Utilizing Erikson’s Stages of Human Development

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    2009-01-01

    Of current interest to the field are clinical frameworks that foster recovery. The authors offer a psycho-developmental model that parallels Erik Erikson’s theory of human development, and theorize that the process of psychiatric recovery involves a psychic reworking of these fundamental steps. Understanding recovery in this context allows the client and the practitioner of psychiatric rehabilitation to design and implement a coherent treatment strategy.

  11. HD 187885 and s-process elements in high galactic latitude supergiants

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    VanWinckel, H; Waelkens, C; Waters, LBFM

    We present an accurate LTE chemical analysis of HD 187885 on the basis of high-resolution, high signal-to-noise spectra. The low iron abundance of [Fe/H] = -0.5 confirms the old, low-mass nature of the supergiant. With [C/Fe] = +0.9, [N/Fe] = +0.7, [O/Fe] = +0.6 and above all the high s-process

  12. Formation of CuInS{sub 2}-carbon multilayers in the spray ILGAR process

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    Camus, Christian; Abou-Ras, Daniel; Allsop, Nicholas A.; Gledhill, Sophie E.; Koehler, Tristan; Lauermann, Iver; Lux-Steiner, Martha C.; Fischer, Christian-Herbert [Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, Glienicker Str. 100, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Rappich, Joerg [Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, Kekulestr. 5, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2010-01-15

    In this paper, the incorporation of carbon into CuInS{sub 2} (CIS) thin films is described as observed in spray ion layer gas reaction (ILGAR) deposition of such thin films. It is shown that this carbon incorporation leads to the formation of a CIS-carbon multilayer stack. Its growth mechanism is explained by the interaction of the copper and indium precursor compounds used in the deposition process. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  13. Inspection of the Department`s export licensing process for dual-use and munitions commodities

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    1993-08-10

    The purpose of our inspection was to review the Department of Energy`s (Energy) export licensing process for dual-use and military (munitions) commodities subject to nuclear nonproliferation controls. Specifically, we reviewed Energy`s authorities, procedures, and policies pertaining to the export licensing process and examined procedures for safeguarding data transmitted between Energy and other agencies involved in the export licensing process. We also reviewed Energy`s role as a member of the Subgroup on Nuclear Export Coordination. Our review of the sample of 60 export cases did not find evidence to lead us to believe that Energy`s recommendations for these cases were inappropriate or incorrect. We identified, however, problems regarding management systems associated with the export license review process. We found that without documentation supporting export licensing decisions by the Export Control Operations Division (ECOD), we could not determine whether ECOD analysts considered all required criteria in their review of export cases referred to Energy. For example, we found that the ECOD did not retain records documenting the bases for its advice, recommendations, or decisions regarding its reviews of export license cases or revisions to lists of controlled commodities and, therefore, was not in compliance with certain provisions of the Export Administration Act, as amended, and Energy records management directives. Additionally, we found that the degree of compliance by Energy with the export licensing review criteria contained in the Export Administration Regulations and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978 could not be determined because ECOD did not retain records documenting the bases for its advice and recommendations on export cases.

  14. The Establishment of China’s New Type Rural Social Insurance Pension: A Process Perspective

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    Matthias Stepan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study explores the processes and outcomes of the public policy reforms from 2002 to 2014, targeting income security among the elderly for a segment of the Chinese population that was increasingly marginalised throughout the 1990s: the rural population. The authors reconstruct the policy process from 2002 until 2014 that led to the establishment of the New Type Rural Social Insurance Pension and assess its impact on providing adequate and sustainable old-age income. One particular focus is the study of the influence of international actors. Yet, as key to the success of the initiative, the authors identify the decisive support of the central level leadership, which facilitated the process by announcing a new development model and providing earmarked transfers from the central government. Despite the improvements in the income security of elderly rural Chinese, questions remain about the Chinese pension system’s long-term sustainability and the influence of the system’s fragmentation on social mobility and equality.

  15. S-process enrichment in the planetary nebula NGC 3918. Results from deep echelle spectrophotometry

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    García-Rojas, J; Luridiana, V; Sterling, N C; Morisset, C; Delgado-Inglada, G; Cipriano, L Toribio San

    2015-01-01

    (Abridged) The chemical content of the planetary nebula NGC 3918 is investigated through deep, high-resolution UVES at VLT spectrophotometric data. We identify and measure more than 750 emission lines, making ours one of the deepest spectra ever taken for a planetary nebula. Among these lines we detect very faint lines of several neutron-capture elements (Se, Kr, Rb, and Xe), which enable us to compute their chemical abundances with unprecedented accuracy, thus constraining the efficiency of the s-process and convective dredge-up in the progenitor star of NGC 3918. We find that Kr is strongly enriched in NGC 3918 and that Se is less enriched than Kr, in agreement with the results of previous papers and with predicted s-process nucleosynthesis. We also find that Xe is not as enriched by the s-process in NGC 3918 as is Kr and, therefore, that neutron exposure is typical of modestly sub-solar metallicity AGB stars. A clear correlation is found when representing [Kr/O] vs. log(C/O) for NGC 3918 and other objects ...

  16. Non-standard s process in low metallicity massive rotating stars

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    Frischknecht, U; Thielemann, F -K

    2011-01-01

    Context. Rotation is known to affect the nucleosynthesis of light elements in massive stars, mainly by rotation-induced mixing. In particular, rotation boosts the primary nitrogen production. Models of rotating stars are able to reproduce the nitrogen observed in low-Z halo stars. Aims. Here we present the first grid of stellar models for rotating massive stars at low Z, where a full s-process network is used to study the impact of rotation-induced mixing on the nucleosynthesis of heavy elements. Methods. We used the Geneva stellar evolution code that includes an enlarged reaction network with nuclear species up to bismuth to calculate 25 M$_\\odot$ models at three different Z and with different initial rotation rates. Results. First, we confirm that rotation-induced mixing leads to a production of primary $^{22}$Ne, which is the main neutron source for the s process in massive stars. Therefore rotation boosts the s process in massive stars at all Z. Second, the neutron-to-seed ratio increases with decreasing ...

  17. Interface charge transfer process in ZnO:Mn/ZnS nanocomposites

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    Stefan, M.; Toloman, D.; Popa, A.; Mesaros, A.; Vasile, O. R.; Leostean, C.; Pana, O.

    2016-03-01

    ZnO:Mn/ZnS nanocomposites were prepared by seed-mediated growth of ZnS QDs onto the preformed ZnO:Mn nanoparticles. The formation of the nanocomposite structure has been evidenced by XRD, HRTEM, and XPS. The architecture of the nanocomposite with outer ZnS QDs around ZnO:Mn cores is sustained by the sulfur and oxygen depth profiles resulted from XPS. When the two components are brought together, the band gap of ZnS component decreases while that of ZnO:Mn increases. It is the result of interface charge transfer from ZnO:Mn to ZnS QDs. Here ZnO:Mn valence states are extended through the interface into unoccupied gap states of ZnS. The energy band setup is modified from a type II into a type I band alignment. The process is accompanied by enhancement of composite UV emission of PL spectra as compared to its counterparts. The charge transfer from valence band also determines the increase of the core-polarization effect of s shell electrons at Mn2+ nucleus, thus determining the increase of the hyperfine field through the reduction of the covalency degree of Zn(Mn)-O bonds. The quantum confinement in ZnS QDs promotes the ferromagnetic coupling of singly occupied states due to Zn vacancies determining a superparamagnetic behavior of the ensemble. When the nanocomposites are formed, due to interface charge transfer effects, an increased number of filled cation vacancies in ZnS QDs develop, thus disrupting the pre-existing ferromagnetic coupling between spins resulting in a significant reduction of the overall saturation magnetization. The possibility to modulate nanocomposite properties by controlling the interface interactions may be foreseen in these types of materials.

  18. [Monitoring the physical processes of sterilization in hospitals in the state of Goiás].

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    Tipple, Anaclara Ferreira Veiga; Pires, Francine Vieira; Guadagnin, Simone Vieira Toledo; Melo, Dulcelene de Sousa

    2011-06-01

    The objective of this descriptive study was to identify the physical, chemical and biological controls of the sterilization process by saturated steam in Pasteur autoclaves at Material and Sterilization Centers (MSC). The data was obtained by interviewing the worker responsible for the MSC of the largest hospital in every city in the interior of Goiás that had population of at least 20,000, in the period from August 2005 to June 2006. A total 44 municipalities participated. The analysis was performed using SPSS software. In 31 (94.0%) hospitals there were no nurses exclusive to the MSC, the workers responsible for the center were nursing aides and technicians. Most did not perform any physical, chemical and biological control of the sterilization process, and, in one case only these controls were performed simultaneously. Failing to monitor the sterilization cycles, and thus not ensuring the quality of the processes, is a risk to the population being assisted.

  19. Health Reform in Ceará: the process of decentralisation in the 1990s.

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    Medeiros, Regianne Leila Rolim; Atkinson, Sarah

    2009-06-30

    The objective of this article is to offer an overview of the health reform in Ceará focusing on the decentralisation process in the 1990s. The driving factor behind the Brazilian health reform movement was the necessity to reorganise the national health system and overcome inequalities. For the reformists, decentralisation, and together with it the idea of popular participation, is seen as essential to guarantee the fulfilment of the people's needs and to incorporate their voice in the decision-making processes of the health system. In the state of Ceará, after the 1986 elections, health reform movement members took control over the management of the state Health Secretariat. This is the main cause of the acceleration of the decentralisation process with the transference of responsibility over the management of health care delivery to municipalities.

  20. Different stages of Cd’s transporting process in waters in Jiaozhou Bay

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    Yang, Dongfang; Miao, Zhenqing; Li, Haixia; Zhang, Longlei; Wang, Qi

    2017-08-01

    Cd pollution in marine bays is one of the critical environmental issues, and understanding the stages of transporting process of Cd in marine bays is essential to pollution control. This paper analyzed the stages of Cd’s transporting process in waters in Jiaozhou Bay during 1979-1983. Results showed that the transporting process in waters in Jiaozhou Bay included seven different stages of 1) the sedimentation of Cd content was beginning, 2) the sedimentation of Cd content was increasing, 3) the sedimentation of Cd content was increasing greatly, 4) the sedimentation of Cd content was beginning to decrease, 5) the sedimentation of Cd content was decreasing stably, 6) the sedimentation of Cd content was beginning to stop, and 7) the sedimentation of Cd content was beginning to fully stop. In according to the different stages of Cd’s transporting process in waters, the changing trends of Cd contents in surface and bottom waters and their relationships could be defined and predicted.

  1. Geothermal energy potential for district and process heating applications in the U. S. : an economic analysis

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    Bloomster, C.H.; Fassbender, L.L.; McDonald, C.L.

    1977-08-01

    Geothermal energy is competitive for space and process heating applications over significant distances when employed on a large scale to serve concentrated markets. Under these conditions geothermal energy from 90 to 150/sup 0/C hydrothermal resources should be economically competitive for high-density urban district heating out to distances of 50 miles from the wellhead. Supply curves (price-quantity relationships) were developed for both process heating and district heating applications for distances out to 50 miles. The 90 to 150/sup 0/C hydrothermal resources, which were identified in the assessment of geothermal resources by the U.S. Geological Survey, contain usable energy for space and process heat equivalent to 50 billion barrels of oil. The potential demand for space and process heat near these hydrothermal resources is large; over 10% of the U.S. population resides within 40 miles of the resources. The sensitivity of production costs to the important factors of production was determined. The most important factors are well costs, well flow rate, resource temperature, distance separating demand and supply, population density, size of demand, and the system load factor. Technological advances are needed to reduce costs and increase the distances over which geothermal energy can be competitive. Institutional deterrents to widespread nonelectric applications of geothermal energy will probably be significant. Among these will be the acquisition of rights-of-way, the need to organize concentrated markets, and price competition from the conventional fuels based on average cost rather than marginal cost.

  2. The Godfather: A Translator’s and Writer’s Subconscious and Conscious Skills in the Process of Evoking Reader’s Emotions

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    Dziurawiec Dominika

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The article is an unyielding argument supporting the thesis that not only a writer, but also a translator is expected to use their creativity so that nothing is lost in translation. Amongst various factors that influence the process of translating a novel the article focuses on two of them: a translator should stick to the original text with taking the semantic fields differences into account while s/he should keep the atmosphere of the source language, making as little changes in the target language as possible. Marking a translator’s existence in a text is strongly connected with a perlocutionary act. A great example of the translation that covers both principles is The Godfather, written by Mario Puzo and translated from English into Polish by Bronisław Zieliński. He translated only English words into Polish, leaving the target Italian words with no metamorphosis. The article presents the effect obtained by such an action.

  3. Development of need for cognition in the process of schoolchildren’s learning

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    Ermakov S.S.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The article analyzes the theoretical approaches to need for cognition, its dynamics and age-related characteristics in the process of schoolchildren’s learning. The article regards the link between the intensity of display of need for cognition in the process of schoolchildren’s learning and the level of current and potential intellectual development of theirs. The focus of the review is the place and role of cognitive need in the system of developing education by D. Elkonin and V. Davydov. The data discussed in the article demonstrate the impact of need for cognition (manifesting itself as a pupil’s striving for in-depth study on the development of his/her ability for theoretical thinking. The review also provides the analysis of the structure and the content of the notion “epistemic curiosity” in D. E. Berlyne’s theory. The article discusses empirical studies of associations between need for cognition and various personality characteristics.

  4. Criticality safety evaluation report for the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility`s process water handling system

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    Roblyer, S.D.

    1998-02-12

    This report addresses the criticality concerns associated with process water handling in the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility (CVDF). The controls and limitations on equipment design and operations to control potential criticality occurrences are identified. The effectiveness of equipment design and operation controls in preventing criticality occurrences during normal and abnormal conditions is evaluated and documented in this report. Spent nuclear fuel (SNF) is removed from existing canisters in both the K East and K West Basins and loaded into a multicanister overpack (MCO) in the K Basin pool. The MCO is housed in a shipping cask surrounded by clean water in the annulus between the exterior of the MCO and the interior of the shipping cask. The fuel consists of spent N Reactor and some single pass reactor fuel. The MCO is transported to the CVDF near the K Basins to remove process water from the MCO interior and from the shipping cask annulus. After the bulk water is removed from the MCO, any remaining free liquid is removed by drawing a vacuum on the MCO`s interior. After cold vacuum drying is completed, the MCO is filled with an inert cover gas, the lid is replaced on the shipping cask, and the MCO is transported to the Canister Storage Building. The process water removed from the MCO contains fissionable materials from metallic uranium corrosion. The process water from the MCO is first collected in a geometrically safe process water conditioning receiver tank. The process water in the process water conditioning receiver tank is tested, then filtered, demineralized, and collected in the storage tank. The process water is finally removed from the storage tank and transported from the CVDF by truck.

  5. Synergic effects of 10°/s constant rotation and rotating background on visual cognitive processing

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    He, Siyang; Cao, Yi; Zhao, Qi; Tan, Cheng; Niu, Dongbin

    In previous studies we have found that constant low-speed rotation facilitated the auditory cognitive process and constant velocity rotation background sped up the perception, recognition and assessment process of visual stimuli. In the condition of constant low-speed rotation body is exposed into a new physical state. In this study the variations of human brain's cognitive process under the complex condition of constant low-speed rotation and visual rotation backgrounds with different speed were explored. 14 university students participated in the ex-periment. EEG signals were recorded when they were performing three different cognitive tasks with increasing mental load, that is no response task, selective switch responses task and selec-tive mental arithmetic task. Rotary chair was used to create constant low-speed10/srotation. Four kinds of background were used in this experiment, they were normal black background and constant 30o /s, 45o /s or 60o /s rotating simulated star background. The P1 and N1 compo-nents of brain event-related potentials (ERP) were analyzed to detect the early visual cognitive processing changes. It was found that compared with task performed under other backgrounds, the posterior P1 and N1 latencies were shortened under 45o /s rotating background in all kinds of cognitive tasks. In the no response task, compared with task performed under black back-ground, the posterior N1 latencies were delayed under 30o /s rotating background. In the selec-tive switch responses task and selective mental arithmetic task, compared with task performed under other background, the P1 latencies were lengthened under 60o /s rotating background, but the average amplitudes of the posterior P1 and N1 were increased. It was suggested that under constant 10/s rotation, the facilitated effect of rotating visual background were changed to an inhibited one in 30o /s rotating background. Under vestibular new environment, not all of the rotating backgrounds

  6. Radiative levitation in carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars with s-process enrichment

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    Matrozis, E.; Stancliffe, R. J.

    2016-07-01

    A significant fraction of all metal-poor stars are carbon-rich. Most of these carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) stars also show enhancement in elements produced mainly by the s-process (CEMP-s stars), and evidence suggests that the origin of these non-standard abundances can be traced to mass transfer from a binary asymptotic giant branch (AGB) companion. Thus, observations of CEMP-s stars are commonly used to infer the nucleosynthesis output of low-metallicity AGB stars. A crucial step in this exercise is understanding what happens to the accreted material after mass transfer ceases. Here we present models of the post-mass-transfer evolution of CEMP-s stars considering the physics of thermohaline mixing and atomic diffusion, including radiative levitation. We find that stars with typical CEMP-s star masses, M ≈ 0.85 M⊙, have very shallow convective envelopes (Menv ≲ 10-7 M⊙). Hence, the surface abundance variations arising from the competition between gravitational settling and radiative levitation should be orders of magnitude larger than observed (e.g. [C/Fe] +4). Lower-mass stars (M ≈ 0.80 M⊙) retain thicker convective envelopes and thus show variations more in line with observations, but are generally too unevolved (log g > 4) when they reach the age of the Universe. We are therefore unable to reproduce the spread in the observed abundances with these models and conclude that some other physical process must largely suppress atomic diffusion in the outer layers of CEMP-s stars. We demonstrate that this could be achieved by some additional (turbulent) mixing process operating at the base of the convective envelope, as found by other authors. Alternatively, mass-loss rates around 10-13 M⊙yr-1 could also negate most of the abundance variations by eroding the surface layers and forcing the base of the convective envelope to move inwards in mass. Since atomic diffusion cannot have a substantial effect on the surface abundances of CEMP-s stars, the

  7. Developing and enforcing internal information systems standards: InduMaker’s Standards Management Process

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    Claudia Loebbecke

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available It is widely agreed that standards provide numerous benefits when available and enforced. Company-internal Information Systems (IS management procedures and solutions, in the following coined IS ‘standards’, allow for harmonizing operations between company units, locations and even different service providers. However, many companies lack an organized process for defining and managing internal IS standards, which causes uncertainties and delays in decision making, planning, and design processes. In this case study of the globally operating InduMaker (anonymized company name, an established manufacturing supplier, we look into the company-internal management of IS standards. Theoretically grounded in the organizational and IS-focused literature on business process modelling and business process commoditization, we describe and investigate InduMaker’s newly developed Standard Management Process (SMP for defining and managing company-internal business and IS standards, with which the multinational pursues offering clear answers to business and IT departments about existing IS standards, their degree of obligation, applicability, and scope at any time.

  8. Processing of self versus non-self in Alzheimer’s disease

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    Rebecca Louise Bond

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Despite considerable evidence for abnormalities of self-awareness in Alzheimer’s disease (AD, the cognitive mechanisms of altered self-processing in AD have not been fully defined. Here we addressed this issue in a detailed analysis of self/non-self-processing in three patients with AD. We designed a novel neuropsychological battery comprising tests of tactile body schema coding, attribution of tactile events to self versus external agents, and memory for self- versus non-self-generated vocal information, administered in conjunction with a daily life measure of self/non-self-processing (the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. Three male AD patients (aged 54 to 68 years; one with a pathogenic mutation in the Presenilin 1 gene, one with a pathogenic mutation in the Amyloid Precursor Protein gene, and one with a CSF protein profile supporting underlying AD pathology were studied in relation to a group of eight healthy older male individuals (aged 58 to 74 years. Compared to healthy controls, all patients had relatively intact tactile body schema processing. In contrast, all patients showed impaired memory for words previously presented using the patient’s own voice whereas memory for words presented in other voices was less consistently affected. Two patients showed increased levels of emotional contagion and reduced perspective taking on the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. Our findings suggest that AD may be associated with deficient self /non-self differentiation over time despite a relatively intact body image: this profile of altered self-processing contrasts with the deficit of tactile body schema previously described in frontotemporal dementia associated with C9orf72 mutations. We present these findings as a preliminary rationale to direct future systematic study in larger patient cohorts.

  9. s-Process Nucleosynthesis in AGB Stars A Test for Stellar Evolution

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    Lugaro, M; Lattanzio, J C; Gallino, R; Straniero, O; Lugaro, Maria; Herwig, Falk; Lattanzio, John C.; Gallino, Roberto; Straniero, Oscar

    2003-01-01

    [abridged] We study the s-process in AGB stars using three different stellar evolutionary models computed for a 3Msun and solar metallicity star. First we investigate the formation and the efficiency of the main neutron source. We parametrically vary the number of protons mixed from the envelope into the C12 rich core. For p/C12 > 0.3, mainly N14 is produced, which represent a major neutron poison. The amount of C12 in the He intershell and the maximum value of the time-integrated neutron flux are proportional. Then we generate detailed s-process calculations on the basis of stellar evolutionary models constructed with three different codes. One code considers convective hydrodynamic overshoot that depends on a free parameter f, and results in partial mixing beyond convective boundaries, the most efficient third dredge up and the formation of the C13 pocket. For the other two codes an identical C13 pocket is introduced in the post-processing nucleosynthesis calculations. The models generally reproduce the spe...

  10. Use of laser(s) in the process of superplastic forming and diffusion bonding

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    Jocelyn, A.; Jonik, M.; Keevil, A.; Ackerman, M.; Way, J.; Flower, T. [Aerospace Mfg. Research Centre, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol (United Kingdom); Kar, A. [Univ. of Central Florida, School Optics/CREOL, Orlando, FL (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Superplastic forming and diffusion bonding (SPF/DB) has permitted the manufacture of some of the lightest, strongest, corrosion resistant, complex, and yet often elegant structures ever to be produced. For the last 30 years, all such components have been made by some form of high thermal-mass, isothermal method of production using conventional equipment, such as hot platen presses or furnaces. However, if laser(s) could be used just to heat the material to be superplastically formed, this could provide a novel, low thermal-mass, means of production which could, relatively easily, be integrated into a laser based manufacturing centre. In this paper, a concept is described of how a laser based manufacturing centre, comprised of a number of individual process cells, together with integrated pre and post SPF/DB operations, would work and the benefits that would result. The concept is based on four considerations. Firstly, that it is essential to heat the material directly and quickly. Secondly, the environment must be completely inert so that there is no contamination of components. Thirdly, the complete process of diffusion bonding must only entail the use of laser(s). Lastly, established laser activities such as cutting, welding, hole drilling or trepanning and the removal of surplus material, must be integrated into the process. In addition, the envisaged cells need to be modular in concept so industry can acquire capital plant progressively, thereby spreading the cost over time. (orig.)

  11. Tackling the s-process stellar neutron density via the 147Pm(n,?) reaction

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    Branching points along the reaction path of the slow nucleosynthesis process are very special isotopes for which there is competition between neutron capture and β-decay. The accurate knowledge of the decay properties and capture cross sections in the vicinity of these branching points are of key importance for determining the stellar conditions, namely the neutron density and temperature during the main s-process component in low-mass AGB stars. However, accurate values of these quantities, in particular capture cross sections at the corresponding stellar temperatures, are difficult to measure; thus data are very scarce and, when existing, very limited. For the particular and important case of the branching at A=147/148, the main branching point is $^{147}$Pm; for which there was a very challenging and successful activation measurement in 2003 at the stellar neutron energy of kT=25 keV using just 28 ng of material. In the main s-process, however, 95% of the neutron exposure takes place during H-burning epis...

  12. The neutron capture cross section of the ${s}$-process branch point isotope $^{63}$Ni

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    Neutron capture nucleosynthesis in massive stars plays an important role in Galactic chemical evolution as well as for the analysis of abundance patterns in very old metal-poor halo stars. The so-called weak ${s}$-process component, which is responsible for most of the ${s}$ abundances between Fe and Sr, turned out to be very sensitive to the stellar neutron capture cross sections in this mass region and, in particular, of isotopes near the seed distribution around Fe. In this context, the unstable isotope $^{63}$Ni is of particular interest because it represents the first branching point in the reaction path of the ${s}$-process. We propose to measure this cross section at n_TOF from thermal energies up to 500 keV, covering the entire range of astrophysical interest. These data are needed to replace uncertain theoretical predicitons by first experimental information to understand the consequences of the $^{63}$Ni branching for the abundance pattern of the subsequent isotopes, especially for $^{63}$Cu and $^{...

  13. The final step in 5.8S rRNA processing is cytoplasmic in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Thomson, Emma; Tollervey, David

    2010-02-01

    The 18S rRNA component of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) 40S ribosomes undergoes cytoplasmic 3' cleavage following nuclear export, whereas exported pre-60S subunits were believed to contain only mature 5.8S and 25S rRNAs. However, in situ hybridization detected 3'-extended forms of 5.8S rRNA in the cytoplasm, which were lost when Crm1-dependent preribosome export was blocked by treatment with leptomycin B (LMB). LMB treatment rapidly blocked processing of 6S pre-rRNA to 5.8S rRNA, leading to TRAMP-dependent pre-rRNA degradation. The 6S pre-rRNA was coprecipitated with the 60S export adapter Nmd3 and cytoplasmic 60S synthesis factor Lsg1. The longer 5.8S+30 pre-rRNA (a form of 5.8S rRNA 3' extended by approximately 30 nucleotides) is processed to 6S by the nuclear exonuclease Rrp6, and nuclear pre-rRNA accumulated in the absence of Rrp6. In contrast, 6S to 5.8S processing requires the cytoplasmic exonuclease Ngl2, and cytoplasmic pre-rRNA accumulated in strains lacking Ngl2. We conclude that nuclear pre-60S particles containing the 6S pre-rRNA bind Nmd3 and Crm1 and are exported to the cytoplasm prior to final maturation by Ngl2.

  14. The Final Step in 5.8S rRNA Processing Is Cytoplasmic in Saccharomyces cerevisiae▿ †

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    Thomson, Emma; Tollervey, David

    2010-01-01

    The 18S rRNA component of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) 40S ribosomes undergoes cytoplasmic 3′ cleavage following nuclear export, whereas exported pre-60S subunits were believed to contain only mature 5.8S and 25S rRNAs. However, in situ hybridization detected 3′-extended forms of 5.8S rRNA in the cytoplasm, which were lost when Crm1-dependent preribosome export was blocked by treatment with leptomycin B (LMB). LMB treatment rapidly blocked processing of 6S pre-rRNA to 5.8S rRNA, leading to TRAMP-dependent pre-rRNA degradation. The 6S pre-rRNA was coprecipitated with the 60S export adapter Nmd3 and cytoplasmic 60S synthesis factor Lsg1. The longer 5.8S+30 pre-rRNA (a form of 5.8S rRNA 3′ extended by ∼30 nucleotides) is processed to 6S by the nuclear exonuclease Rrp6, and nuclear pre-rRNA accumulated in the absence of Rrp6. In contrast, 6S to 5.8S processing requires the cytoplasmic exonuclease Ngl2, and cytoplasmic pre-rRNA accumulated in strains lacking Ngl2. We conclude that nuclear pre-60S particles containing the 6S pre-rRNA bind Nmd3 and Crm1 and are exported to the cytoplasm prior to final maturation by Ngl2. PMID:20008552

  15. Astrophysical site(s of r-process elements in galactic chemodynamical evolution model

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    Hirai Yutaka

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Astrophysical site(s of rapid neutron-capture process (r-process is (are not identified yet. Although core-collapse supernovae have been regarded as one of the possible candidates of the astrophysical site of r-process, nucleosynthesis studies suggest that serious difficulties in core-collapse supernovae to produce heavy elements with mass number of ≳110. Recent studies show that neutron star mergers (NSMs can synthesize these elements due to their neutron rich environment. Some chemical evolution studies of the Milky Way halo, however, hardly reproduce the observed star-to-star scatters of the abundance ratios of r-process elements (e.g., Eu in extremely metal-poor stars. This is because of their low rate (∼ 10−4 yr−1 for a Milky Way size galaxy and long merger time (≳ 100 Myr. This problem might be solved if the stars in the Galactic halo are consisted of the stars formed in dwarf galaxies where the star formation efficiencies were very low. In this study, we carry out numerical simulations of galactic chemo-dynamical evolution using an N-body/smoothed particle hydrodynamics code. We construct detailed chemo-dynamical evolution model for the Local Group dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSphs assuming that the NSMs are the major source of r-process elements. Our models successfully reproduce the observed dispersion in [Eu/Fe] as a function of [Fe/H] if we set merger time of NSMs, ≲ 300 Myr with the Galactic NSM rate of ∼ 10−4 yr−1. In addition, our results are consistent with the observed metallicity distribution of dSphs. In the early phase (≲1 Gyr of galaxy evolution is constant due to low star formation efficiency of dSphs. This study supports the idea that NSMs are the major site of r-process nucleosynthesis.

  16. Toward High-Efficiency Solution-Processed Planar Heterojunction Sb2S3 Solar Cells.

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    Zimmermann, Eugen; Pfadler, Thomas; Kalb, Julian; Dorman, James A; Sommer, Daniel; Hahn, Giso; Weickert, Jonas; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas

    2015-05-01

    Low-cost hybrid solar cells have made tremendous steps forward during the past decade owing to the implementation of extremely thin inorganic coatings as absorber layers, typically in combination with organic hole transporters. Using only extremely thin films of these absorbers reduces the requirement of single crystalline high-quality materials and paves the way for low-cost solution processing compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication processes. To date, the most efficient absorber material, except for the recently introduced organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites, has been Sb2S3, which can be implemented in hybrid photovoltaics using a simple chemical bath deposition. Current high-efficiency Sb2S3 devices utilize absorber coatings on nanostructured TiO2 electrodes in combination with polymeric hole transporters. This geometry has so far been the state of the art, even though flat junction devices would be conceptually simpler with the additional potential of higher open circuit voltages due to reduced charge carrier recombination. Besides, the role of the hole transporter is not completely clarified yet. In particular, additional photocurrent contribution from the polymers has not been directly shown, which points toward detrimental parasitic light absorption in the polymers. This study presents a fine-tuned chemical bath deposition method that allows fabricating solution-processed low-cost flat junction Sb2S3 solar cells with the highest open circuit voltage reported so far for chemical bath devices and efficiencies exceeding 4%. Characterization of back-illuminated solar cells in combination with transfer matrix-based simulations further allows to address the issue of absorption losses in the hole transport material and outline a pathway toward more efficient future devices.

  17. The costs of seasonality and expansion in Ireland’s milk production and processing

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    Heinschink K.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Ireland’s milk production sector relies on grass-based spring-calving systems, which facilitates cost advantages in milk production but entails a high degree of supply seasonality. Among other implications, this supply seasonality involves extra costs in the processing sector including elevated plant capacities and varying levels of resource utilisation throughout the year. If both the national raw milk production increased substantially (e.g. post-milk quota and a high degree of seasonality persisted, extra processing capacities would be required to cope with peak supplies. Alternatively, existing capacities could be used more efficiently by distributing the milk volume more evenly during the year. In this analysis, an optimisation model was applied to analyse the costs and economies arising to an average Irish milk-processing business due to changes to the monthly distribution of milk deliveries and/or the total annual milk pool. Of the situations examined, changing from a seasonal supply prior to expansion to a smoother pattern combined with an increased milk pool emerged as the most beneficial option to the processor because both the processor’s gross surplus and the marginal producer milk price increased. In practice, it may however be the case that the extra costs arising to the producer from smoothing the milk intake distribution exceed the processor’s benefit. The interlinkages between the stages of the dairy supply chain mean that nationally, the seasonality trade-offs are complex and equivocal. Moreover, the prospective financial implications of such strategies will be dependent on the evolving and uncertain nature of international dairy markets in the post-quota environment.

  18. Constraints on the Nature of the s- and r-processes

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    Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J.; Gallino, Roberto

    2010-03-01

    Neutron-capture (Z > 30) elements are detected in many very metal-poor halo stars, and so they must have been manufactured by some of the earliest element donors in our Galaxy's history. The bulk amounts of neutron-capture elements with respect to the iron group vary by several orders of magnitude from star to star at low metallicities. Additionally, abundance distributions among these elements are often strikingly different from that of the solar system. Some stars exhibit abundances that must have been made purely in “rapid” neutron-capture events (the r-process), some in “slow” events (the s-process), and some have hybrid mixes. Here we summarize the major observed categories of the neutron-capture abundances in metal-poor stars, and discuss their implications for early Galactic nucleosynthesis.

  19. Urbanization processes and practices of smart city as factors influencing youth’s social values

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    Vlasenko Larisa

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    Full Text Available In the article, the co-authors analyze the formation of social values in young people in major cities, because their environments produce a direct impact on the choice of moral benchmarks and behavioral models. Personalities develop in the context of communication contacts, and the latter have specific features in megalopolises. The co-authors provide the findings of the phased opinion poll, conducted in 2011 – 2016, among the students of several Moscow universities. The mission of the poll was to identify the extent of the young people’s satisfaction with the urbanization processes and the outspread of Smart City practices. The analysis has proven that the system of values, maintained by young people, is heavily influenced by the urban environment and the processes underway in it.

  20. The process of institutionalising the EU’s anti-terrorist policy

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    Javier Argomaniz

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available This article applies the perspective of historical institutionalism to the empirical analysis of the motors and characteristics of the institutionalisation process of the European Union’s anti-terrorist policies. Based on a theoretical model developed by Stone Sweet, Sandholtz and Fligstein, this contribution critically analyses the impact of external crises in the form of a series of terrorist attacks on the emergence of antiterrorism as an sphere of European governance. The article also examines political developments and key institutions, studies the role of policy entrepreneurs during this period and compares the importance of “revolutionary” and “evolutionist” perspectives to our understanding of the process of institutional change in this field.

  1. Sequential Processing of Lexical, Grammatical, and Phonological Information within Broca’s Area

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    Sahin, Ned T.; Pinker, Steven; Cash, Sydney S.; Schomer, Donald; Halgren, Eric

    2011-01-01

    Words, grammar, and phonology are linguistically distinct, yet their neural substrates are difficult to distinguish in macroscopic brain regions. We investigated whether they can be separated in time and space at the circuit level using intra-cranial electrophysiology (ICE), namely by recording local field potentials (LFP) from populations of neurons using depth electrodes implanted in language-related brain regions while people read words verbatim or grammatically inflected them (present/past, singular/plural). Neighboring probes within Broca’s area revealed distinct neuronal activity for lexical (~200 ms), grammatical (~320 ms), and phonological (~450 ms) processing, identically for nouns and verbs, in a region activated in the same patients and task in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This suggests that a linguistic processing sequence predicted on computational grounds is implemented in the brain in fine-grained spatiotemporally patterned activity. PMID:19833971

  2. Training processes in under 6s football competition: The transition from ingenuity to institutionalization

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    Abel Merino Orozco

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Under 6s football competition is a school sport that has inherent educational implications. Moreover, it is a booming non-formal socio-educational framework where families and children lay training expectations and dreams. The aim is to comprehend the emerging learning processes promoted in this environment for 6 years-old children, when the child starts the institutionalization process in the ruled sport. The research uses a case study design, the ethnographic mode, through participant observation. It uses the narrative and image data to understand the scenario from the perspective of its builder. The results show that the institutionalization process starts from the ingenuity and lack of understanding of the child, who develops training processes in a prescriptive environment, where the competitive performance of the team is pursued. Promoting certain types of learning which the participant himself consciously considers inappropriate undertakes the presence of different kinds of behaviour, which go against the positive values usually attributed to football. The study claims for the necessity of taking advantage of the training opportunities which football offers to children such as the enhancing of creativity, self-efficacy and self-esteem.

  3. The (n, α) Reaction in the s-process Branching Point 59Ni

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    Weiß, C; Griesmayer, E.; Andrzejewski, J.; Badurek, G.; Chiaveri, E.; Dressler, R.; Ganesan, S.; Jericha, E.; Käppeler, F.; Koehler, P.; Lederer, C.; Leeb, H.; Marganiec, J.; Pavlik, A.; Perkowski, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Schumann, D.; Tagliente, G.; Vlachoudis, V.; Altstadt, S.; Audouin, L.; Barbagallo, M.; Bécares, V.; Bečvář, F.; Belloni, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Billowes, J.; Boccone, V.; Bosnar, D.; Brugger, M.; Calviani, M.; Calviño, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Carrapiço, C.; Cerutti, F.; Chin, M.; Colonna, N.; Cortés, G.; Cortés-Giraldo, M.A.; Diakaki, M.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Duran, I.; Dzysiuk, N.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Ferrari, A.; Fraval, K.; García, A.R.; Giubrone, G.; Gómez-Hornillos, M.B.; Gonçalves, I.F.; González-Romero, E.; Gunsing, F.; Gurusamy, P.; Hernández-Prieto, A.; Jenkins, D.G.; Kadi, Y.; Karadimos, D.; Kivel, N.; Kokkoris, M.; Krtička, M.; Kroll, J.; Lampoudis, C.; Langer, C.; Leal-Cidoncha, E.; Leong, L.S.; Losito, R.; Mallick, A.; Manousos, A.; Martínez, T.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.F.; Mastromarco, M.; Meaze, M.; Mendoza, E.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P.M.; Mingrone, F.; Mirea, M.; Mondalaers, W.; Paradela, C.; Plompen, A.; Praena, J.; Quesada, J.M.; Riego, A.; Robles, M.S.; Roman, F.; Rubbia, C.; Sabaté-Gilarte, M.; Sarmento, R.; Saxena, A.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Schmidt, S.; Tain, J.L.; Tarrío, D.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tsinganis, A.; Valenta, S.; Vannini, G.; Variale, V.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Versaci, R.; Vermeulen, M.J.; Vlastou, R.; Wallner, A.; Ware, T.; Weigand, M.; Wright, T.; Žugec, P.

    The (n, α) reaction in the radioactive 59Ni is of relevance in nuclear astrophysics as 59Ni can be considered as the first branching point in the astrophysical s-process. Its relevance in nuclear technology is especially related to material embrittlement in stainless steel. However, there is a discrepancy between available experimental data and the evaluated nuclear data files for this reaction. At the n_TOF facility at CERN, a dedicated system based on sCVD diamond diodes was set up to measure the 59Ni(n, α)56Fe cross section. The results of this measurement, with special emphasis on the dominant resonance at 203 eV, are presented here.

  4. Detection and processing of phase modulated optical signals at 40 Gbit/s and beyond

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    Geng, Yan

    This thesis addresses demodulation in direct detection systems and signal processing of high speed phase modulated signals in future all-optical wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) communication systems where differential phase shift keying (DPSK) or differential quadrature phase shift keying...... labeling has been proposed as an efficient way to implement packet routing and forwarding functionalities in future IP-over-WDM networks. An in-band subcarrier multiplexing (SCM) labeled signal using 40 Gbit/s DSPK payload and 25 Mbit/s non return-to-zero(NRZ) SCM label, is successfully transmitted over 80...... noise, and consequently degrade the performance of systems making use of RZ-DPSK format. All-optical signal regeneration avoiding O-E-O conversion is desired to improve signal quality in ultra long-haul transmission systems. Proof-of-principle numerical simulation results are provided, that suggest...

  5. Membrane process for separating H{sub 2}S from natural gas

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    Baker, R.W.

    1995-07-01

    Objective was to develop a membrane process for separating hydrogen sulfide and other impurities (CO{sub 2}, water vapor) from low-quality natural gas. A membrane material was identified with very high H{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} selectivity in the range of 40--60; membrane production was scaled up to commercial size rolls; high-pressure membrane and module development and optimization were completed; and a membrane permeation flux of 4{times}10{sub {minus}6} cm{sup 3}/s{center_dot}cm{sup 2}cmHg, twice as high state-of-the-art cellulose acetate membranes, was achieved.

  6. S-process nucleosynthesis in AGB stars with the full spectrum of turbulence scheme for convection.

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    Yagüe, A.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Ventura, P.; Lugaro, M.

    2016-07-01

    The chemical evolution of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars models depends greatly on the input physics (e.g. convective model, mass loss recipe). Variations of hot bottom burning (HBB) strength, or third dredge-up (TDU) efficiency are among the main consequences of adopting different input physics in the AGB models. The ATON evolutionary code stands apart from others in that it uses the Full Spectrum of Turbulence convective model. Here we present the first results of a newly developed s-process nucleosynthesis module for ATON AGB models. Our results are compared also with observations and theoretical predictions of present AGB nucleosynthesis models using different input physics.

  7. Charged Higgs mass bound from the b --> s$\\gamma$ process in the minimal supergravity model

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    Goto, T; Goto, Toru; Okada, Yasuhiro

    1994-01-01

    We study the constraint on the mass of the charged Higgs boson in the minimal supergravity model based on the recent measurement of the inclusive b\\rightarrow s\\gamma decay. It is shown that the lower bound for the charged Higgs mass crucially depends on the sign of the higgsino mass parameter (\\mu). For \\mu0 due to cancellations between charged Higgs and supersymmetric particle contributions. For 3\\lsim\\tan\\beta\\lsim5, a charged Higgs lighter than 180 GeV is excluded by this process irrespective of the sign of \\mu.

  8. Development of Embodied Word Meanings: Sensorimotor Effects in Children’s Lexical Processing

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    Inkster, Michelle; Wellsby, Michele; Lloyd, Ellen; Pexman, Penny M.

    2016-01-01

    Previous research showed an effect of words’ rated body–object interaction (BOI) in children’s visual word naming performance, but only in children 8 years of age or older (Wellsby and Pexman, 2014a). In that study, however, BOI was established using adult ratings. Here we collected ratings from a group of parents for children’s BOI experience (child-BOI). We examined effects of words’ child-BOI and also words’ imageability on children’s responses in an auditory word naming task, which is suited to the lexical processing skills of younger children. We tested a group of 54 children aged 6–7 years and a comparison group of 25 adults. Results showed significant effects of both imageability and child-BOI on children’s auditory naming latencies. These results provide evidence that children younger than 8 years of age have richer semantic representations for high imageability and high child-BOI words, consistent with an embodied account of word meaning. PMID:27014129

  9. Neurophysiological Correlates of Children’s Processing of Interparental Conflict Cues.

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    Schermerhorn, Alice C; Bates, John E; Puce, Aina; Molfese, Dennis L

    2015-08-01

    This study builds on the literature on child exposure to marital conflict by testing whether mother-reported marital conflict exposure predicts a child’s P3 event-related potential (ERP) components generated in response to viewing quasi–marital conflict photos. We collected ERP data from 23 children (9–11 years of age) while presenting photos of actors pretending to be a couple depicting interpersonal anger, happiness, and neutrality. To elicit the P3 ERP, stimuli were presented using an oddball paradigm, with angry and happy photos presented on 20% of trials each and neutral photos presented on the remaining 60% of trials. Angry photos were the target in 1 block, and happy photos were the target in the other block. In the angry block, children from high-conflict homes had shorter reaction times (RTs) on happy trials than on neutral trials, and children from low-conflict homes had shorter RTs on angry trials than on happy trials. Also within the angry block, children generated larger P3s on angry trials than on happy trials, regardless of exposure to conflict. Further, children from high-conflict homes generated larger P3s on angry trials and on happy trials compared with neutral trials, but children from low-conflict homes did not. Results are discussed in terms of implications for children’s processing of displays of interpersonal emotion.

  10. Wear Evaluation on Ni3Al/MnS Composite Related to Metallurgical Processes

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    Karin Gong; LUO He-li; ZHOU Zhi-feng; TIAN Zhi-ling; Lars Nyborg; LI Chang-hai

    2012-01-01

    Iron alloyed Ni3Al with composition of Ni-18. 8Ab10. 7Fe-0. 5Mn-0. 5Ti-0. 2B in atom percent (NAC alloy) showed attractive tribological properties under unlubrication condition at room temperature. The alloy was prepared by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) process. The wear properties were associated with its intrinsic deformation mechanism. Unfortunately, the single phase NAC-alloy worked inadequately with its counterpart disk, and also showed a poor machinability. In the present work, NAC-alloy matrix composite with 6 % (volume percent) MnS particle addi- tion was studied to improve its wear behaviors and performance on machining. Two metallurgical processes of HIP and vacuum casting were applied to produce the testing materials. Pin-on-disk (POD) measurements were carried out at room temperature. A commercial vermicular graphite cast iron was selected as a reference material. The counter- part disk was made of a grey cast iron as liner material in ship engines. The contact pressures of 2.83 MPa and 5.66 MPa were normally applied in the tests. The investigation indicated that MnS particle addition in the NAC-alloy composites functions as an effective solid lubricant, and improved wear properties and machinability of the materials. Obvi- ously, as-cast NAC-alloy with in-situ formed MnS-phase was working more effectively with the counterpart, compa- ring to the HIPed NAC-alloy composite with MnS particles. At the high contact pressure of 5.66 MPa, the specific wear rate of the as-cast NAC-alloy composite was high. The phenomenon of the negative effect is mostly due to the brittle second NiAl phase as evidenced in the microstructure analysis.

  11. The Final Step in 5.8S rRNA Processing Is Cytoplasmic in Saccharomyces cerevisiae▿ †

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    Thomson, Emma; TOLLERVEY, DAVID

    2009-01-01

    The 18S rRNA component of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) 40S ribosomes undergoes cytoplasmic 3' cleavage following nuclear export, whereas exported pre-60S subunits were believed to contain only mature 5.8S and 25S rRNAs. However, in situ hybridization detected 3'-extended forms of 5.8S rRNA in the cytoplasm, which were lost when Crm1-dependent preribosome export was blocked by treatment with leptomycin B (LMB). LMB treatment rapidly blocked processing of 6S pre-rRNA to 5.8S rRNA, leading t...

  12. Neutron capture at the s-process branching points $^{171}$Tm and $^{204}$Tl

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    Branching points in the s-process are very special isotopes for which there is a competition between the neutron capture and the subsequent b-decay chain producing the heavy elements beyond Fe. Typically, the knowledge on the associated capture cross sections is very poor due to the difficulty in obtaining enough material of these radioactive isotopes and to measure the cross section of a sample with an intrinsic activity; indeed only 2 out o the 21 ${s}$-process branching points have ever been measured by using the time-of-flight method. In this experiment we aim at measuring for the first time the capture cross sections of $^{171}$Tm and $^{204}$Tl, both of crucial importance for understanding the nucleosynthesis of heavy elements in AGB stars. The combination of both (n,$\\gamma$) measurements on $^{171}$Tm and $^{204}$Tl will allow one to accurately constrain neutron density and the strength of the 13C(α,n) source in low mass AGB stars. Additionally, the cross section of $^{204}$Tl is also of cosmo-chrono...

  13. Change rules of a stratospheric airship’s envelope shape during ascent process

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    Shuai Zhao

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Stratospheric airship is a special near-space air vehicle, and has more advantages than other air vehicles, such as long endurance, strong survival ability, excellent resolution, low cost, and so on, which make it an ideal stratospheric platform. It is of great significance to choose a reasonable and effective way to launch a stratospheric airship to the space for both academic research and engineering applications. In this paper, the non-forming launch way is studied and the method of differential pressure gradient is used to study the change rules of the airship’s envelope shape during the ascent process. Numerical simulation results show that the head of the envelope will maintain the inflatable shape and the envelope under the zero-pressure level will be compressed into a wide range of wrinkles during the ascent process. The airship’s envelope will expand with the ascent of the airship and the position of the zero-pressure level will move downward constantly. At the same time, the envelope will gradually form a certain degree of stiffness under the action of the inner and external differential pressure. The experimental results agree well with the analytical results, which shows that the non-forming launch way is effective and reliable, and the analytical method has exactness and feasibility.

  14. Effects of the impurity-host interactions on the nonradiative processes in ZnS:Cr

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    Tablero, C.

    2010-11-01

    There is a great deal of controversy about whether the behavior of an intermediate band in the gap of semiconductors is similar or not to the deep-gap levels. It can have significant consequences, for example, on the nonradiative recombination. In order to analyze the behavior of an intermediate band, we have considered the effect of the inward and outward displacements corresponding to breathing and longitudinal modes of Cr-doped ZnS and on the charge density for different processes involved in the nonradiative recombination using first-principles. This metal-doped zinc chalcogenide has a partially filled band within the host semiconductor gap. In contrast to the properties exhibited by deep-gap levels in other systems, we find small variations in the equilibrium configurations, forces, and electronic density around the Cr when the nonradiative recombination mechanisms modify the intermediate band charge. The charge density around the impurity is equilibrated in response to the perturbations in the equilibrium nuclear configuration and the charge of the intermediate band. The equilibration follows a Le Chatelier principle through the modification of the contribution from the impurity to the intermediate band and to the valence band. The intermediate band introduced by Cr in ZnS for the concentrations analyzed makes the electronic capture difficult and later multiphonon emission in the charge-transfer processes, in accordance with experimental results.

  15. Neutron Capture Elements in s-Process-Rich, Very Metal-Poor Stars

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    Aoki, W; Norris, J E; Beers, T C; Ando, H; Iwamoto, N; Kajino, T; Mathews, G J; Fujimoto, M; Aoki, Wako; Ryan, Sean G.; Norris, John E.; Beers, Timothy C.; Ando, Hiroyasu; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Kajino, Toshitaka; Mathews, Grant J.; Fujimoto, Masayuki

    2001-01-01

    We report abundance estimates for neutron-capture elements, including lead (Pb), and nucleosynthesis models for their origin, in two carbon-rich, very metal-poor stars, LP625-44 and LP706-7. These stars are subgiants whose surface abundances are likely to have been strongly affected by mass transfer from companion AGB stars that have since evolved to white dwarfs. The detections of Pb, which forms the final abundance peak of the s-process, enable a comparison of the abundance patterns from Sr (Z=38) to Pb (Z=82) with predictions of AGB models. The derived chemical compositions provide strong constraints on the AGB stellar models, as well as on s-process nucleosynthesis at low metallicity. The present paper reports details of the abundance analysis for 16 neutron-capture elements in LP 625-44, including the effects of hyperfine splitting and isotope shifts of spectral lines for some elements. A Pb abundance is also derived for LP706-7 by a re-analysis of a previously observed spectrum. We investigate the chara...

  16. A Preliminary Analysis of Precipitation Properties and Processes during NASA GPM IFloodS

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    Carey, Lawrence; Gatlin, Patrick; Petersen, Walt; Wingo, Matt; Lang, Timothy; Wolff, Dave

    2014-01-01

    The Iowa Flood Studies (IFloodS) is a NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) ground measurement campaign, which took place in eastern Iowa from May 1 to June 15, 2013. The goals of the field campaign were to collect detailed measurements of surface precipitation using ground instruments and advanced weather radars while simultaneously collecting data from satellites passing overhead. Data collected by the radars and other ground instruments, such as disdrometers and rain gauges, will be used to characterize precipitation properties throughout the vertical column, including the precipitation type (e.g., rain, graupel, hail, aggregates, ice crystals), precipitation amounts (e.g., rain rate), and the size and shape of raindrops. The impact of physical processes, such as aggregation, melting, breakup and coalescence on the measured liquid and ice precipitation properties will be investigated. These ground observations will ultimately be used to improve rainfall estimates from satellites and in particular the algorithms that interpret raw data for the upcoming GPM mission's Core Observatory satellite, which launches in 2014. The various precipitation data collected will eventually be used as input to flood forecasting models in an effort to improve capabilities and test the utility and limitations of satellite precipitation data for flood forecasting. In this preliminary study, the focus will be on analysis of NASA NPOL (S-band, polarimetric) radar (e.g., radar reflectivity, differential reflectivity, differential phase, correlation coefficient) and NASA 2D Video Disdrometers (2DVDs) measurements. Quality control and processing of the radar and disdrometer data sets will be outlined. In analyzing preliminary cases, particular emphasis will be placed on 1) documenting the evolution of the rain drop size distribution (DSD) as a function of column melting processes and 2) assessing the impact of range on ground-based polarimetric radar estimates of DSD properties.

  17. The Peer-Review Process for Articles in Iran’s Scientific Journals

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    Mohammad Abooyee Ardakan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This research with purpose of study the peer-review process in articles and its necessity for controlling of published scientific works quality, considered the types of refereeing currently practiced, the decision-making methods and criteria for acceptance of articles, the major decision makers, editor in chief problems, and the current norms in the peer-review process. The method used was a survey, and the data-collecting tool was a questionnaire. The statistical population of this research included 245 scientific journals. The results of the study show that, currently, the predominant type of refereeing for articles submitted to these journals is ‘double blind’ and the prevailing method of informing authors about the results of manuscript evaluation is ‘commenting on the manuscript after refereeing it and after consideration in an editorial board meeting.’ The findings also indicate that two criteria— ‘Originality and creativity of the research’ and ‘Being within the journal’s scope’—play the most important role in article acceptance. Of the five main parties cooperating in the peer-review process for these journals, the editorial board plays the most fundamental role. About the editor in chief problems, they have exposed with three problems "prolonged peer review time", "articles weak quality" and "financial problems".

  18. Putting Broca’s region into context – fMRI evidence for a role in predictive language processing

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    Kristensen, Line Burholt; Wallentin, Mikkel

    2015-01-01

    Broca’s region is known to play a key role in speech production as well as in the processing of language input. Still, the exact function (or functions) of Broca’s region remains highly disputed. Within the generativist framework it has been argued that part of Broca’s region is dedicated...

  19. Development of the NRC`s Human Performance Investigation Process (HPIP). Volume 2, Investigators`s Manual

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    Paradies, M.; Unger, L. [System Improvements, Inc., Knoxville, TN (United States); Haas, P.; Terranova, M. [Concord Associates, Inc., Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1993-10-01

    The three volumes of this report detail a standard investigation process for use by US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) personnel when investigating human performance related events at nuclear power plants. The process, called the Human Performance Investigation Process (HPIP), was developed to meet the special needs of NRC personnel, especially NRC resident and regional inspectors. HPIP is a systematic investigation process combining current procedures and field practices, expert experience, NRC human performance research, and applicable investigation techniques. The process is easy to learn and helps NRC personnel perform better field investigations of the root causes of human performance problems. The human performance data gathered through such investigations provides a better understanding of the human performance issues that cause event at nuclear power plants. This document, Volume II, is a field manual for use by investigators when performing event investigations. Volume II includes the HPIP Procedure, the HPIP Modules, and Appendices that provide extensive documentation of each investigation technique.

  20. Business process modeling applied to oil pipeline and terminal processes: a proposal for TRANSPETRO's oil pipelines and terminals in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais

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    Santiago, Adilson da Silva [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Caulliraux, Heitor Mansur [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ/GPI), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia. Grupo de Producao Integrada; Almeida, Maria Fatima Ludovico de [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio/ITUC), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Instituto Tecnologico; Felippe, Adriana Vieira de Oliveira [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    Business process modeling (BPM) using event driven process chain diagrams (EPCs) to lay out business process work flows is now widely adopted around the world. The EPC method was developed within the framework of the ARIS Toolset developed by Prof. Wilhelm-August Scheer at the Institut fur Wirtschaftsinformatik at the Universitat des Saarlandes, in the early 1990s. It is used by many companies to model, analyze and redesign business processes. As such it forms the core technique for modeling in ARIS, which serves to link the different aspects of the so-called control view, which is discussed in the section on ARIS business process modeling. This paper describes a proposal made to TRANSPETRO's Oil Pipelines and Terminals Division in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, which will be jointly developed by specialists and managers from TRANSPETRO and from COPPETEC, the collaborative research arm of Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). The proposal is based on ARIS business process modeling and is presented here according to its seven phases, as follows: information survey and definition of the project structure; mapping and analysis of Campos Eliseos Terminal (TECAM) processes; validation of TECAM process maps; mapping and analysis of the remaining organizational units' processes; validation of the remaining organizational units' process maps; proposal of a business process model for all organizational units of TRANSPETRO's Oil Pipelines and Terminals Division in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais; critical analysis of the process itself and the results and potential benefits of BPM. (author)

  1. US Army Public Health Command’s (Prov) (Formly USACHPPM) Process to Screen Chemicals in Support of DoD’s CMRM Emerging Contaminants Program

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    2010-06-01

    US Army Public Health Command’s (Prov) (Formly USACHPPM) Process to Screen Chemicals in Support of DoD’s CMRM Emerging Contaminants Program...CMRM Emerging Contaminants Program 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER...Occupational Health • DoD Instruction 5000.2 Operation of the Defense Acquisition System • DoD Instruction 4715.18 Emerging Contaminants (EC

  2. The (n, $\\gamma$) reaction in the s-process branching point $^{59}$Ni

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    We propose to measure the $^{59}$Ni(n,$\\gamma$)$^{56}$Fe cross section at the neutron time of flight (n TOF) facility with a dedicated chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond detector. The (n, ) reaction in the radioactive $^{59}$Ni is of relevance in nuclear astrophysics as it can be seen as a rst branching point in the astrophysical s-process. Its relevance in nuclear technology is especially related to material embrittlement in stainless steel. There is a strong discrepancy between available experimental data and the evaluated nuclear data les for this isotope. The aim of the measurement is to clarify this disagreement. The clear energy separation of the reaction products of neutron induced reactions in $^{59}$Ni makes it a very suitable candidate for a rst cross section measurement with the CVD diamond detector, which should serve in the future for similar measurements at n_TOF.

  3. Simon`s Puzzle: Heuristics in the Process of Making Political Choices

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    Mateusz Wajzer

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this article we analyse one of the most fascinating paradoxes of mass politics. Based on the data from the studies of neurobiologists, neurologists, social psychology, cognitive and evolution studies we answer the question specified in literature as the Simon’s puzzle: How is it possible that citizens have their opinions about politics, if they know so little about it? We began our analysis from the criticism of the economic rationality approach. To do this, we referred to the Allais paradox, cognitive dissonance theory, Ellsberg paradox, the concept of bounded rationality, conjunction fallacy and prospect theory. Next, we described the evolutionary processes shaping the minds of Homo sapiens and characterised cognitive mechanisms, thanks to which people can make political choices, especially in view of the shortage of time and information. The following heuristics are referred to herein: affect, recognition, judgment and imitation.

  4. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Climate Resiliency Planning Process and Lessons Learned

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    Fowler, Kimberly M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Judd, Kathleen S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Brandenberger, Jill M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-02-22

    In 2015, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed its first Climate Resilience Plan for its Richland Campus. PNNL has performed Climate Resilience Planning for the Department of Defense, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Energy (DOE) over the past 5 years. The assessment team included climate scientists, social scientists, engineers, and operations managers. A multi-disciplinary team was needed to understand the potential exposures to future changes at the site, the state of the science on future impacts, and the best process for “mainstreaming” new actions into existing activities. The team uncovered that the site’s greatest vulnerabilities, and therefore priorities for climate resilience planning, are high temperature due to degraded infrastructure, increased wildfire frequency, and intense precipitation impacts on stormwater conveyance systems.

  5. Role of Material Processing on the Dynamic Strength & Damage Behavior of S200F Beryllium

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    Adams, Chris; Anderson, William; Blumenthal, William; Gray, George

    2011-06-01

    We have performed a number of plate impact experiments on both vacuum hot-pressed (VHP) and roll-textured S200F Be to gain insight into the role of initial material processing on the strength and damage behavior of this technologically important material. These experiments extend and supplement results reported earlier. Variations in Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL), HEL decay with shock run distance, spall strength, and deformation response observed in VISAR traces will be discussed with respect to the relative roles of twinning and dislocation mediated slip in the overall material mechanical response. We will also discuss the influence of strain rate on spall behavior and compare our plate impact results with those of explosively driven (Taylor-wave) loading experiments presented by L. H. Hull in Session Y2-6 of the 2009 APS-SCCM Conference. C. D. Adams, et. al., ``Shock Compression of Condensed Matter - 2009, AIP Conference Proceedings 1195, 1, 509-512, (2009).

  6. Tritium Facilities Modernization and Consolidation Project Process Waste Assessment (Project S-7726)

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    Hsu, R.H. [Westinghouse Savannah River Company, AIKEN, SC (United States); Oji, L.N.

    1997-11-14

    Under the Tritium Facility Modernization {ampersand} Consolidation (TFM{ampersand}C) Project (S-7726) at the Savannah River Site (SS), all tritium processing operations in Building 232-H, with the exception of extraction and obsolete/abandoned systems, will be reestablished in Building 233-H. These operations include hydrogen isotopic separation, loading and unloading of tritium shipping and storage containers, tritium recovery from zeolite beds, and stripping of nitrogen flush gas to remove tritium prior to stack discharge. The scope of the TFM{ampersand}C Project also provides for a new replacement R&D tritium test manifold in 233-H, upgrading of the 233- H Purge Stripper and 233-H/234-H building HVAC, a new 234-H motor control center equipment building and relocating 232-H Materials Test Facility metallurgical laboratories (met labs), flow tester and life storage program environment chambers to 234-H.

  7. The policy process in a petro-state. An analysis of PDVSA's (Petroleos de Venezuela SA's) internationalisation strategy

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    Baena, C.E. [Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion, Caracas (Venezuela)

    1999-07-01

    Venezuela offers a unique case and fertile ground for the study of oil policy-making processes. In the specialised literature very little attention has been paid to the nature and operations of multinationals from developing countries. By analysing Petroleos de Venezuela SA's (PDVSA's) internationalisation policy, this unique book explores the difficulties encountered by a major state oil enterprise in its efforts to grow beyond national borders. This informative study focuses on the impact of democratic bargaining on the process of oil policy-making in Venezuela, stressing the constraints posed by politics on PDVSA's efforts to expand its foreign operations. (author)

  8. CdS and CdS/CdSe sensitized ZnO nanorod array solar cells prepared by a solution ions exchange process

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    Chen, Ling; Gong, Haibo; Zheng, Xiaopeng; Zhu, Min; Zhang, Jun [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials in Universities of Shandong, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, Shandong (China); Yang, Shikuan [Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-6812 (United States); Cao, Bingqiang, E-mail: mse_caobq@ujn.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials in Universities of Shandong, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, Shandong (China)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CdS and CdS/CdSe quantum dots are assembled on ZnO nanorods by ion exchange process. • The CdS/CdSe sensitization of ZnO effectively extends the absorption spectrum. • The performance of ZnO/CdS/CdSe cell is improved by extending absorption spectrum. - Abstract: In this paper, cadmium sulfide (CdS) and cadmium sulfide/cadmium selenide (CdS/CdSe) quantum dots (QDs) are assembled onto ZnO nanorod arrays by a solution ion exchange process for QD-sensitized solar cell application. The morphology, composition and absorption properties of different photoanodes were characterized with scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum and Raman spectrum in detail. It is shown that conformal and uniform CdS and CdS/CdSe shells can grow on ZnO nanorod cores. Quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on ZnO/CdS and ZnO/CdS/CdSe nanocable arrays were assembled with gold counter electrode and polysulfide electrolyte solution. The CdS/CdSe sensitization of ZnO can effectively extend the absorption spectrum up to 650 nm, which has a remarkable impact on the performance of a photovoltaic device by extending the absorption spectrum. Preliminary results show one fourth improvement in solar cell efficiency.

  9. The effects of context processing on social cognition impairments in adults with Asperger’s syndrome

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    Sandra eBaez

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Social cognition –the basis of all communicative and otherwise interpersonal relationships– is embedded in specific contextual circumstances which shape intrinsic meanings. This domain is compromised in the autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome (AS (DSM-V. However, the few available reports of social cognition skills in adults with AS have largely neglected the effects of contextual factors. Moreover, previous studies on this population have also failed to simultaneously (a assess multiple social cognition domains, (b examine executive functions, (c follow strict sample selection criteria, and (d acknowledge the cognitive heterogeneity typical of the disorder. The study presently reviewed (Baez et al., 2012 addressed all these aspects in order to establish the basis of social cognition deficits in adult AS patients. Specifically, we assessed the performance of AS adults in multiple social cognition tasks with different context-processing requirements. The results suggest that social cognition deficits in AS imply a reduced ability to implicitly encode and integrate contextual cues needed to access social meaning. Nevertheless, the patients’ performance was normal when explicit social information was presented or when the situation could be navigated with abstract rules. Here, we review the results of our study and other relevant data, and discuss their implications for the diagnosis and treatment of AS and other neuropsychiatric conditions (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, frontotemporal dementia. Finally, we analyze previous results in the light of a current neurocognitive model of social-context processing.

  10. Social Information Processing in Anger Expression and Partner Violence in Returning U.S. Veterans.

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    Taft, Casey T; Weatherill, Robin P; Scott, Jillian Panuzio; Thomas, Sarah A; Kang, Han K; Eckhardt, Christopher I

    2015-08-01

    We examined social information processing factors that could represent pathways through which posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms relate to anger expression and intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration in returning U.S. veterans. The sample included 92 male Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, primarily Caucasian (77.4%), with smaller numbers of African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and other minority participants (9.7%, 2.2%, 2.2%, 3.2%, and 5.3% respectively). The average age was 40.37 (SD = 9.63) years. Data were collected through self-report questionnaires (PTSD Checklist, State-Trait Anger Expression Scale, Revised Conflict Tactics Scales) and the Articulated Thoughts in Simulated Situations experimental protocol. Laboratory-based assessment of cognitive biases and hostile attributions were tested as mediators of associations between PTSD symptoms and anger expression and IPV. Among the PTSD symptom clusters, hyperarousal symptoms were most strongly associated with anger expression (r = .50) and IPV perpetration (r = .27). Cognitive biases mediated associations between PTSD total scores and 3 of 4 PTSD cluster scores as well as anger expression. Hostile attribution biases were also associated with IPV perpetration (r = .23). We discuss the implications of these findings for understanding social information processing mechanisms for the relationship between PTSD symptoms and aggression.

  11. The weak measurement process and the weak value of spin for metastable helium 23S1

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    Monachello, Vincenzo; Barker, Peter; Flack, Robert; Hiley, Basil

    2016-05-01

    An experiment is being designed and constructed in order to measure the weak value of spin for an atomic system. The principle of the ``weak measurement'' process was first proposed by Aharonov, Albert and Vaidman, and describes a scenario in which a system is weakly coupled to a pointer between well-defined pre- and post-selected states. This experiment will utilise a pulsed supersonic beam of spin-1 metastable Helium (He*) atoms in the 23S1 state. The spin of the pre-selected He* atoms will be weakly coupled to its centre-of-mass. During its flight, the atomic beam will be prepared in a desired quantum state and travel through two inhomogeneous magnets (weak and strong) which both comprise the ``weak measurement'' process. The deviation of the post-selected ms = + 1 state as measured using a micro-channel plate, phosphor screen and CCD camera setup will allow for the determination of the weak value of spin. This poster will report on the methods used and the experimental realisation.

  12. Effect of advanced oxidation processes (AOP's) on the toxicity of municipal landfill leachates

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    Slomczynska, B.; Slomczynski, T. [Inst. of Environmental Engineering Systems, Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Wasowski, J. [Inst. of Water Supply and Hydraulic Construction, Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Warsaw (Poland)

    2003-07-01

    The aim of present study was to assess the effect of AOP's (oxidation ozone and peroxide/ozone) on the toxicity of leachates from municipal landfill for Warsaw, Poland, using battery of tests. Advanced oxidation processes used to pre-treat leachates were carried out in laboratory conditions after their coagulation with the use of FeCl{sub 3}. The effects of the pre-treatment of leachates using the method of coagulation with FeCl{sub 3} depended on the concentration of organic compounds and with optimal conditions of the process ranged from 40 to 70%. Further pre-treatment of the leachates after coagulation, involving the use of oxidation with O{sub 3} and H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/O{sub 3}, did not caused significant decrease of leachate toxicity. The data of this study demonstrated the usefulness of the battery of tests using Daphnia magna, Artemia franciscana, Scenedesmus quadricauda and Vibrio fischeri for the toxicity evaluation of raw and pre-treated leachates. (orig.)

  13. Statistical Review of Data from DWPF's Process Samples for Batches 19 Through 30

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    Edwards, T.B.

    1999-04-06

    The measurements derived from samples taken during the processing of batches 19 through 30 at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) affords an opportunity for review and comparisons. This report has looked at some of the statistics from these data. Only the data reported by the DWPF lab (that is, the data provided by the lab as representative of the samples taken) are available for this analysis. In some cases, the sample results reported may be a subset of the sample results generated by the analytical procedures. A thorough assessment of the DWPF lab's analytical procedures would require the complete set of data. Thus, the statistics reported here, specifically, as they relate to analytical uncertainties, are limited to the reported data for these samples, A fell for the consistency of the incoming slurry is the estimation of the components of variation for the Sludge Receipt and Adjustment Tank (SRAT) receipts. In general, for all of the vessels, the data from batches after 21 show smaller batch-to-batch variation than the data from all the batches. The relative contributions of batch-to-batch versus residual, which includes analytical, are presented in these analyses.

  14. Solution-processed PbS quantum dot infrared photodetectors and photovoltaics.

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    McDonald, Steven A; Konstantatos, Gerasimos; Zhang, Shiguo; Cyr, Paul W; Klem, Ethan J D; Levina, Larissa; Sargent, Edward H

    2005-02-01

    In contrast to traditional semiconductors, conjugated polymers provide ease of processing, low cost, physical flexibility and large area coverage. These active optoelectronic materials produce and harvest light efficiently in the visible spectrum. The same functions are required in the infrared for telecommunications (1,300-1,600 nm), thermal imaging (1,500 nm and beyond), biological imaging (transparent tissue windows at 800 nm and 1,100 nm), thermal photovoltaics (>1,900 nm), and solar cells (800-2,000 nm). Photoconductive polymer devices have yet to demonstrate sensitivity beyond approximately 800 nm (refs 2,3). Sensitizing conjugated polymers with infrared-active nanocrystal quantum dots provides a spectrally tunable means of accessing the infrared while maintaining the advantageous properties of polymers. Here we use such a nanocomposite approach in which PbS nanocrystals tuned by the quantum size effect sensitize the conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy-p-phenylenevinylene)] (MEH-PPV) into the infrared. We achieve, in a solution-processed device and with sensitivity far beyond 800 nm, harvesting of infrared-photogenerated carriers and the demonstration of an infrared photovoltaic effect. We also make use of the wavelength tunability afforded by the nanocrystals to show photocurrent spectra tailored to three different regions of the infrared spectrum.

  15. Political Parties and Popular Representation in Myanmar’s Democratisation Process

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    Kristian Stokke

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article examines the role of political parties in Myanmar’s democratisation process. We argue that the substance of democratisation depends on popular representation through political parties but question their capacity to provide such representation. Examining capacity through the concept of party institutionalisation, we find that most parties have not been able to build effective organisational structures. However, we also find a degree of party institutionalisation in the form of rootedness in society. Political cleavages between those favouring authoritarian rule over democratic rule and Burman nationhood over ethnic notions of nationhood have produced divisions between state-centred parties associated with Myanmar’s authoritarian legacy and society-centred pro-democracy and ethnic parties. Although being less dichotomous than in the past, we argue that these cleavages continue to provide a basis for party identity and rootedness in society. We conclude that further development of political parties and popular representation will be shaped by the relations between parties, the state, and society – where individual parties are shaped according to their tendencies towards state-centred cartel parties or society-centred mass parties.

  16. Measurements of conversion electrons in the s-process branching point nucleus {sup 176}Lu

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    Battaglia, A.; Tan, W.; Avetisyan, R.; Casarella, C.; Gyurijinyan, A.; Manukyan, K.V.; Marley, S.T.; Nystrom, A.; Paul, N.; Siegl, K.; Smith, K.; Smith, M.K.; Strauss, S.Y.; Aprahamian, A. [University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics, Notre Dame, IN (United States)

    2016-05-15

    Conversion coefficients, gamma-gamma and gamma-electron coincidences were measured in the s-process branching point nucleus {sup 176}Lu. Our goal was to determine the multipolarities of the γ-ray transitions that connect the high and low K states of {sup 176}Lu. This {sup 176}Lu nucleus has a long-lived ground state (K=7{sup -}) of 37.6 Gy, a short-lived isomeric state (K=0{sup -}) at 122.8 keV with half-life of 3.6 h, as well as a 58 μs isomer at 1588 keV (K=14{sup +}). The excitation structure of this nucleus contains bands of intermediate spins of both positive and negative parities. The intermediate states can under certain stellar temperatures completely change the equilibrium between the isomer and ground state of {sup 176}Lu and change the abundance of this nucleus. We populated 37 previously known levels in this nucleus via the {sup 176}Yb(p,n) reaction and measured 42 conversion coefficients for γ-ray transitions including 17 of them for the first time. (orig.)

  17. Think-aloud process superior to thought-listing in increasing children’s critical processing of advertising

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    E. Rozendaal; M. Buijzen; P.M. Valkenburg

    2012-01-01

    This study develops and tests a model of children's critical processing of advertising. Within this model, 2 paths to reduced advertising susceptibility (i.e., attitude toward the advertised brand) were hypothesized: a cognitive path and an affective path. The secondary aim was to compare these path

  18. Salinity inhibits post transcriptional processing of chloroplast 16S rRNA in shoot cultures of jojoba (Simmondsia chinesis).

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    Mizrahi-Aviv, Ela; Mills, David; Benzioni, Aliza; Bar-Zvi, Dudy

    2005-03-01

    Chloroplast metabolism is rapidly affected by salt stress. Photosynthesis is one of the first processes known to be affected by salinity. Here, we report that salinity inhibits chloroplast post-transcriptional RNA processing. A differentially expressed 680-bp cDNA, containing the 3' sequence of 16S rRNA, transcribed intergenic spacer, exon 1 and intron of tRNA(Ile), was isolated by differential display reverse transcriptase PCR from salt-grown jojoba (Simmondsia chinesis) shoot cultures. Northern blot analysis indicated that although most rRNA appears to be fully processed, partially processed chloroplast 16S rRNA accumulates in salt-grown cultures. Thus, salinity appears to decrease the processing of the rrn transcript. The possible effect of this decreased processing on physiological processes is, as yet, unknown.

  19. Large-scale fabrication of In2S3 porous films via one-step hydrothermal process.

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    Chen, Fei; Deng, Dan; Lei, Yinlin

    2013-10-01

    Large-scale indium sulfide (In2S3) porous films were fabricated via a facile one-step and non-template hydrothermal process using L-cysteine as a capping agent. The impact of reaction conditions such as reaction time, temperatures, and capping agents on the synthesis of the In2S3 porous films were studied. The morphology, structure, and phase composition of In2S3 porous films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The formation process and the optical property of the In2S3 porous films were also evaluated.

  20. CdS nanowires decorated with Cu{sub 2}O nanospheres: Synthesis, formation process and enhanced photoactivity and stability

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    Liu, Yang; Dong, Hailiang; Jia, Husheng; Xu, Bingshe; Yu, Chunyan; Zhang, Zhuxia, E-mail: zhangzhuxia@tyut.edu.cn

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Novel CdS/Cu{sub 2}O heterostructural composites were synthesized by a two-step chemical method. • A formation process of CdS/Cu{sub 2}O heterostructural composites. • The CdS/Cu{sub 2}O heterostructural composites were found to have superior photocatalytic performance and stability. - Abstract: CdS/Cu{sub 2}O heterostructural materials were successfully synthesized by a solvent-thermal process followed by a chemical bath deposition process. Structures and morphologies of the obtained CdS/Cu{sub 2}O composites were characterized by XRD, SEM, and TEM; the experimental results indicate that the surface of CdS nanowires (NWs) is decorated with spherical Cu{sub 2}O whose diameter ranges from 100 to 200 nm. Through crystal shape-evolution, the formation process of these hierarchical nanostructures was rationally proposed. Briefly, in the chemical bath deposition process, Cu(OH){sub 2} colloids generate firstly, and then the colloids transform into nanobelts after adding ascorbic acid (AA). With the reaction time further increasing, nanobelts aggregate together to form the hierarchical nanospheres on the surface of CdS NWs. The photoactivity of CdS/Cu{sub 2}O composite for methyl orange (MO) photodegradation was investigated in detail. The obtained high photocatalytic efficiency can be attributed to the heterojunction structure, which results in the efficient separation of photo-generated electrons and holes.

  1. Edg8/S1P5: an oligodendroglial receptor with dual function on process retraction and cell survival.

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    Jaillard, C; Harrison, S; Stankoff, B; Aigrot, M S; Calver, A R; Duddy, G; Walsh, F S; Pangalos, M N; Arimura, N; Kaibuchi, K; Zalc, B; Lubetzki, C

    2005-02-09

    Endothelial differentiation gene (Edg) proteins are G-protein-coupled receptors activated by lysophospholipid mediators: sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or lysophosphatidic acid. We show that in the CNS, expression of Edg8/S1P5, a high-affinity S1P receptor, is restricted to oligodendrocytes and expressed throughout development from the immature stages to the mature myelin-forming cell. S1P activation of Edg8/S1P5 on O4-positive pre-oligodendrocytes induced process retraction via a Rho kinase/collapsin response-mediated protein signaling pathway, whereas no retraction was elicited by S1P on these cells derived from Edg8/S1P5-deficient mice. Edg8/S1P5-mediated process retraction was restricted to immature cells and was no longer observed at later developmental stages. In contrast, S1P activation promoted the survival of mature oligodendrocytes but not of pre-oligodendrocytes. The S1P-induced survival of mature oligodendrocytes was mediated through a pertussis toxin-sensitive, Akt-dependent pathway. Our data demonstrate that Edg8/S1P5 activation on oligodendroglial cells modulates two distinct functional pathways mediating either process retraction or cell survival and that these effects depend on the developmental stage of the cell.

  2. Quantification of Electrochemical Nanoscale Processes in Lithium Batteries By OperandoEC-(S)TEM

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    Mehdi, Beata L.; Qian, Jiangfeng; Nasybulin, Eduard; Welch, David A.; Park, Chiwoo; Faller, Roland; Mehta, Hardeep S.; Henderson, Wesley A.; Xu, Wu; Evans, James E.; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Jiguang; Mueller, Karl T.; Browning, Nigel D.

    2015-07-27

    Lithium (Li)-ion batteries are currently used for a wide variety of portable electronic devices, electric vehicles and renewable energy applications. In addition, extensive worldwide research efforts are now being devoted to more advanced “beyond Li-ion” battery chemistries - such as lithium-sulfur (Li-S) and lithium-air (Li-O2) - in which the carbon anode is replaced with Li metal. However, the practical application of Li metal anode systems has been highly problematic. The main challenges involve controlling the formation of a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer and the suppression of Li dendrite growth during the charge/discharge process (achieving “dendrite-free” cycling). The SEI layer formation continuously consumes the electrolyte components creating highly resistive layer, which leads to the rapid decrease of cycling performance and degradation of the Li anode. The growth of Li metal dendrites at the anode contributes to rapid capacity fading (the presence of “dead Li” created during the discharge leads to an increased overpotential) and, in the case of continuous growth, leads to internal short circuits and extreme safety issues. Here we demonstrate the application of an operando electrochemical scanning transmission electron microscopy (ec-(S)TEM) cell to study the SEI layer formation and the initial stages of Li dendrite growth - the goal is to develop a mechanism for mitigating the degradation processes and increasing safety. Bright field (BF) STEM images in Figure 1 A-C show Li metal deposition and dissolution processes at the interface between the Pt working electrode and the lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) in propylene carbonate (PC) electrolyte during three charge/discharge cycles. A contrast reversal caused by Li metal being lighter/less dense than surrounding electrolyte (Li appears brighter than the background in BF STEM images) allows Li to be uniquely identified from the other components in the system - the only solid

  3. Emotional processing in Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia: Evidence for response bias deficits in PD

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    Ilona Paulina Laskowska

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Deficits in facial emotion recognition in Parkinson’s disease patients has been well documented. Nevertheless, it is still not clear whether facial emotion recognition deficits are secondary to other cognitive impairments. The aim of this study was to answer the question of whether deficits in facial emotion recognition in PD result from impaired sensory processes, or from impaired decision processes. To address this question, we tested the ability to recognize a mixture of basic and complex emotions in 38 non-demented PD patients and 38 healthy controls matched on demographic characteristics. By using a task with an increased level of ambiguity, in conjunction with the Signal Detection Theory, we were able to differentiate between sensitivity and response bias in facial emotion recognition. Sensitivity and response bias for facial emotion recognition were calculated using a d-prime value and a c index respectively. Our study is the first to employ the EIS-F scale for assessing facial emotion recognition among PD patients; to test its validity as an assessment tool, a group comprising schizophrenia patients and healthy controls were also tested. Patients with PD recognized emotions with less accuracy than healthy individuals (d-prime and used a more liberal response criterion (c index. By contrast, patients with schizophrenia merely showed diminished sensitivity (d-prime. Our results suggest that an impaired ability to recognize facial emotions in PD patients may result from both decreased sensitivity and a significantly more liberal response criteria, whereas facial emotion recognition in schizophrenia may stem from a generalized sensory impairment only.

  4. Putting Broca’s region into context – fMRI evidence for a role in predictive language processing

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    Kristensen, Line Burholt; Wallentin, Mikkel

    2015-01-01

    to syntactical analysis. Others, however, have related Broca’s region activity to more domain-general processes, e.g. working memory load and argument hierarchy demands. We here present results that show how contextual cues completely alter the effects of syntax in behaviour and in Broca’s region, and suggest...... that activation in this area reflects general linguistic processing costs or prediction error. We review the fMRI literature in the light of this theory....

  5. Evaluating Sustainable Competitive Advantages in Brazilian and U.S. Processed Citrus Supply Chains: An Application of Porter’s Diamond Framework

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    James A. Sterns

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The processed citrus industries of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Florida, United States collectively account for over 80 percent of world orange juice production. In recent years, both industries have been confronted with serious plant disease outbreaks. Porter’s Diamond framework is used to assess the strenghts and weakness of the processed citrus industry in each country to confront the combined challenge of effectively combating these diseases while maintaining market competitiveness. Although Sao Paulo and Florida produce a similar product, the Porter’s Diamond framework reveals that there are significant diffences in the organizational structure of the two industries. The article concludes with an analysis of how these differences will impact each industry’s ability to sustain its global leadership in the international processed citrus market.

  6. Research Of The Influence Of Reftinskii SDPP’S Ash On The Processes Of Cement Stone’S Structure Forming

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    Zimakova, G. A.; Solonina, V. A.; Zelig, M. P.

    2017-01-01

    The article describes the experimental research of cement stone. Cement stone forming involves highly dispersive mineral additive - ground ash. It is stated that the substitution of some part of cement with activated ash leaves cement strength high. This is possible due to the activity of ash in structure forming processes. Activation of ash provides the increase in its puzzolanic activity, complete hydration processes. it is stated that ash grinding leads to a selective crystallization hydrated neoformations. Their morthology is different on outer and inner surfaces of ash spheres. The usage of ash can provide cement economy on condition that rheological characteristics of concrete stay constant. Besides, the usage of ash will improve physical and mechanic characteristics of cement stone and concrete.

  7. The regulator's stake in a multi-stakeholder process

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    Jensen, Mikael; Larsson, Carl-Magnus [Swedish Radiation Protection Inst., Stockholm (Sweden); Norrby, Soeren; Westerlind, Magnus [Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, Stockholm (Sweden)

    1999-12-01

    The siting of a repository for spent nuclear fuel poses a number of challenges to a broad range of stakeholders, e.g. implementers, regulators, potential host municipalities, environmental groups, political decision-makers on different levels and the public. This paper presents some regulatory challenges as experienced and approached by the Swedish regulators most involved in nuclear waste management (the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute, SSI, and the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, SKI). First the regulatory framework is outlined with emphasis on decision-making processes and environmental impact assessment. Then a short background is given to the current status of the ongoing programme for repository siting. The main part of the paper discusses some conclusions from the so-called RISCOM pilot project, which was concluded in 1998. The paper also contains some findings from other projects as well as some experiences from the ongoing siting process. It is important to have independent regulators, with the capacity to review the safety assessment of the implementer. The regulators also have the challenging task to be people's experts in stretching the implementer. At the same time they should expose themselves to the being stretched by other stakeholders and the public at large. Experience also shows that regulators should engage early in the pre-licensing phase, e.g. in EIA and siting, and that this can be done without compromising the independence and integrity needed in the licensing phase. The regulator must be present at all levels, and observant of the participants' different needs and roles played on the national, regional and local level. A well structured, but flexible, EIA appear to be an efficient 'vehicle' for public participation. However, it is believed that the EIA should be complemented with hearings, in both the pre-licensing and licensing phases, since this is believed to increase the transparency of the decision making

  8. Solution processed Cu2SnS3 thin films for visible and infrared photodetector applications

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    Sandra Dias

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The Cu2SnS3 thin films were deposited using an economic, solution processible, spin coating technique. The films were found to possess a tetragonal crystal structure using X-ray diffraction. The film morphology and the particle size were determined using scanning electron microscopy. The various planes in the crystal were observed using transmission electron microscopy. The optimum band gap of 1.23 eV and a high absorption coefficient of 104 cm−1 corroborate its application as a photoactive material. The visible and infrared (IR photo response was studied for various illumination intensities. The current increased by one order from a dark current of 0.31 μA to a current of 1.78 μA at 1.05 suns and 8.7 μA under 477.7 mW/cm2 IR illumination intensity, at 3 V applied bias. The responsivity, sensitivity, external quantum efficiency and specific detectivity were found to be 10.93 mA/W, 5.74, 2.47% and 3.47 × 1010 Jones respectively at 1.05 suns and 16.32 mA/W, 27.16, 2.53% and 5.10 × 1010 Jones respectively at 477.7 mW/cm2 IR illumination. The transient photoresponse was measured both for visible and IR illuminations.

  9. Women’s Career Paths in Hungarian Higher Education in the Light of the Bologna Process

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    Eszter Borsos

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In our research we investigate the Hungarian higher education, which has undergone some significant transformation over the past decades. The Bologna process has fundamentally transformed our higher education: most of the previous single and undivided trainings were transformed into a two or three-stepped ones. After the previous regime the way opened for the founding of private colleges and their accreditation, which generated, again, a number of changes: the financing side showed novelties. This can be interpreted as a response to the state’s strategy that it intends to withdraw from the financing of higher education. As a result, those young people are also included in the form of fee-paying system, who did not have access to higher education because of the narrow academic admissions. At the same time, since the nineties, women became over represented in higher education on the student side. However, to date there are few women in higher education on the management side.

  10. Neutron capture cross section of $^{90}$Zr Bottleneck in the s-process reaction flow

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    Tagliente, G; Milazzo, P M; Moreau, C; Aerts, G; Abbondanno, U; Alvarez, H; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Andrzejewski, J; Assimakopoulos, Panayiotis; Audouin, L; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Bečvář, F; Berthoumieux, E; Bisterzo, S; Calviño, F; Calviani, M; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Carrapiço, C; Cennini, P; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, Enrico; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M; David, S; Dillman, I; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dridi, W; Durán, I; Eleftheriadis, C; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrant, L; Ferrari, A; Ferreira-Marques, R; Furman, W; Gallino, R; Gonçalves, I; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Gramegna, F; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martínez, A; Igashira, M; Jericha, E; Käppeler, F; Kadi, Y; Karadimos, D; Karamanis, D; Kerveno, M; Köhler, P; Kossionides, E; Krtička, M; Lamboudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marrone, S; Martínez, T; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, Heinz; O'Brien, S; Pancin, J; Papachristodoulou, C; Papadopoulos, C; Paradela, C; Patronis, N; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P; Perrot, L; Pigni, M T; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Praena, J; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Rubbia, Carlo; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Santos, J; Sarchiapone, L; Savvidis, I; Stéphan, C; Taín, J L; Tassan-Got, L; Tavora, L; Terlizzi, R; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Villamarín, D; Vincente, M, C; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Voss, F; Walter, S; Wendler, H; Wiescher, M; Wisshak, K

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    The neutron capture cross sections of the Zr isotopes have important implications in nuclear astrophysics and for reactor design. The small cross section of the neutron magic nucleus 90Zr, which accounts for more than 50% of natural zirconium represents one of the key isotopes for the stellar s-process, because it acts as a bottleneck in the neutron capture chain between the Fe seed and the heavier isotopes. The same element, Zr, also is an important component of the structural materials used in traditional and advanced nuclear reactors. The (n,γ) cross section has been measured at CERN, using the n_TOF spallation neutron source. In total, 45 resonances could be resolved in the neutron energy range below 70 keV, 10 being observed for the first time thanks to the high resolution and low backgrounds at n_TOF. On average, the Γγ widths obtained in resonance analyses with the R-matrix code SAMMY were 15% smaller than reported previously. By these results, the accuracy of the Maxwellian averaged cross section f...

  11. Aging process, cognitive decline and Alzheimer`s disease: can strength training modulate these responses?

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    Portugal, Eduardo Matta Mello; Vasconcelos, Poliane Gomes Torres; Souza, Renata; Lattari, Eduardo; Monteiro-Junior, Renato Sobral; Machado, Sergio; Deslandes, Andrea Camaz

    2015-01-01

    Some evidence shows that aerobic training can attenuate the aging effects on the brain structures and functions. However, the strength exercise effects are poorly discussed. Thus, in the present study, the effects of strength training on the brain in elderly people and Alzheimer`s disease (AD) patients were revised. Furthermore, it a biological explanation relating to strength training effects on the brain is proposed. Brain atrophy can be related to neurotransmission dysfunction, like oxidative stress, that generates mitochondrial damage and reduced brain metabolism. Another mechanism is related to amyloid deposition and amyloid tangles, that can be related to reductions on insulin-like growth factor I concentrations. The brain-derived neurotrophic factor also presents reduction during aging process and AD. These neuronal dysfunctions are also related to cerebral blood flow decline that influence brain metabolism. All of these alterations contribute to cognitive impairment and AD. After a long period of strength training, the oxidative stress can be reduced, the brain-derived neurotrophic factor and insulin-like growth factor I serum concentrations enhance, and the cognitive performance improves. Considering these results, we can infer that strength training can be related to increased neurogenesis, neuroplasticity and, consequently, counteracts aging effects on the brain. The effect of strength training as an additional treatment of AD needs further investigation.

  12. Developmental changes in children’s processing of redundant modifiers in definite object descriptions

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    Ruud Koolen

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates developmental changes in children’s processing of redundant information in definite object descriptions. In two experiments, children of two age groups (six or seven, and nine or ten years old were presented with pictures of sweets. In the first experiment (pairwise comparison, two identical sweets were shown, and one of these was described with a redundant modifier. After the description, the children had to indicate the sweet they preferred most in a forced-choice task. In the second experiment (graded rating, only one sweet was shown, which was described with a redundant color modifier in half of the cases (e.g., the blue sweet and in the other half of the cases simply as the sweet. This time, the children were asked to indicate on a 5-point rating scale to what extent they liked the sweets. In both experiments, the results showed that the younger children had a preference for the sweets described with redundant information, while redundant information did not have an effect on the preferences for the older children. These results imply that children are learning to distinguish between situations in which redundant information carries an implicature and situations in which this is not the case.

  13. Developmental Changes in Children’s Processing of Redundant Modifiers in Definite Object Descriptions

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    Koolen, Ruud; Krahmer, Emiel; Swerts, Marc

    2016-01-01

    This paper investigates developmental changes in children’s processing of redundant information in definite object descriptions. In two experiments, children of two age groups (6 or 7, and 9 or 10 years old) were presented with pictures of sweets. In the first experiment (pairwise comparison), two identical sweets were shown, and one of these was described with a redundant modifier. After the description, the children had to indicate the sweet they preferred most in a forced-choice task. In the second experiment (graded rating), only one sweet was shown, which was described with a redundant color modifier in half of the cases (e.g., “the blue sweet”) and in the other half of the cases simply as “the sweet.” This time, the children were asked to indicate on a 5-point rating scale to what extent they liked the sweets. In both experiments, the results showed that the younger children had a preference for the sweets described with redundant information, while redundant information did not have an effect on the preferences for the older children. These results imply that children are learning to distinguish between situations in which redundant information carries an implicature and situations in which this is not the case. PMID:27994569

  14. Water Relationships in the U.S. Southwest: Characterizing Water Management Networks Using Natural Language Processing

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    John T. Murphy

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Natural language processing (NLP and named entity recognition (NER techniques are applied to collections of newspaper articles from four cities in the U.S. Southwest. The results are used to generate a network of water management institutions that reflect public perceptions of water management and the structure of water management in these areas. This structure can be highly centralized or fragmented; in the latter case, multiple peer institutions exist that may cooperate or be in conflict. This is reflected in the public discourse of the water consumers in these areas and can, we contend, impact the potential responses of management agencies to challenges of water supply and quality and, in some cases, limit their effectiveness. Flagstaff, AZ, Tucson, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and the Grand Valley, CO, are examined, including more than 110,000 articles from 2004–2012. Documents are scored by association with water topics, and phrases likely to be institutions are extracted via custom NLP and NER algorithms; those institutions associated with water-related documents are used to form networks via document co-location. The Grand Valley is shown to have a markedly different structure, which we contend reflects the different historical trajectory of its development and its current state, which includes multiple institutions of roughly equal scope and size. These results demonstrate the utility of using NLP and NER methods to understanding the structure and variation of water management systems.

  15. China's fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles: Rationale, policy process, and impacts

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    Oliver, Hongyan H., E-mail: hongyan.oliver@gmail.co [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Gallagher, Kelly Sims [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Tian Donglian; Zhang Jinhua [China Automotive Technology and Research Center, No. 188 Western Road, 4th South Ring Road, Fengtai District, Beijing 100070 (China)

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    China issued its first Fuel Economy Standards (FES) for light-duty passenger vehicles (LDPV) in September 2004, and the first and second phases of the FES took effective in July 2005 and January 2008, respectively. The stringency of the Chinese FES ranks third globally, following the Japanese and European standards. In this paper, we first review the policy-making background, including the motivations, key players, and the process; and then explain the content and the features of the FES and why there was no compliance flexibility built into it. Next, we assess the various aspects of the standard's impact, including fuel economy improvement, technology changes, shift of market composition, and overall fuel savings. Lastly, we comment on the prospect of tightening the existing FES and summarize the complementary policies that have been adopted or may be considered by the Chinese government for further promoting efficient vehicles and reducing transport energy consumption. The Chinese experience is highly relevant for countries that are also experiencing or anticipating rapid growth in personal vehicles, those wishing to moderate an increase in oil demand, or those desirous of vehicle technology upgrades.

  16. China's fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles. Rationale, policy process, and impacts

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    Oliver, Hongyan H.; Gallagher, Kelly Sims [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Tian, Donglian; Zhang, Jinhua [China Automotive Technology and Research Center, No. 188 Western Road, 4th South Ring Road, Fengtai District, Beijing 100070 (China)

    2009-11-15

    China issued its first Fuel Economy Standards (FES) for light-duty passenger vehicles (LDPV) in September 2004, and the first and second phases of the FES took effective in July 2005 and January 2008, respectively. The stringency of the Chinese FES ranks third globally, following the Japanese and European standards. In this paper, we first review the policy-making background, including the motivations, key players, and the process; and then explain the content and the features of the FES and why there was no compliance flexibility built into it. Next, we assess the various aspects of the standard's impact, including fuel economy improvement, technology changes, shift of market composition, and overall fuel savings. Lastly, we comment on the prospect of tightening the existing FES and summarize the complementary policies that have been adopted or may be considered by the Chinese government for further promoting efficient vehicles and reducing transport energy consumption. The Chinese experience is highly relevant for countries that are also experiencing or anticipating rapid growth in personal vehicles, those wishing to moderate an increase in oil demand, or those desirous of vehicle technology upgrades. (author)

  17. Salta’s elite during the state´s formation process, 1850-1880. Regional trade and land distribution

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    Juan Ignacio Quintián

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The following paper analyzes cadastres and provincial census taken between 1856 and 1875 to identify the salteño landowning elite. The study begins with the synthesis of the intraregional trade involving the landowning elite of Salta; the study describes the new tax structure created in 1855 to characterize wealthy families of the province. The analysis combines the detailed description of the sources used with the narrative of some facts that contribute to understand the complex relationship between the landowning elite and the state-formation process

  18. The people ´s peace processes: Local resitance processes and the development of "zone of peace" in Colombia.

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    Catalina Rojas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es el de exponer el caso de tres municipios Colombianos Mogotes (Santander; Samaniego y San Pablo (Nariño quienes declararon sus comunidades como zonas de paz. Al ilustrar el proceso, desarrollo, obstáculos y problemas al establecer una zona de paz, el artículo espera desarrollar los siguientes temas: 1 Resistencia local a la violencia: el desarrollo de la noción de “neutralidad activa”; 2 El proceso de desarme de la “maquinaria de guerra”: procesos de recuperación de espacios de paz. La tesis principal de este artículo es que las Zonas de Paz contribuyen al cambio en procesos de identidad, específicamente aquellos cambios relacionados con la noción del saberse “víctima del conflicto”. Por ende, las Zonas de Paz aportan al tránsito de una perspectiva centrada en la victimización a una noción de empoderamiento en el cual las comunidades locales más afectadas por la violencia en Colombia pueden ellas mismas contribuir a forjar las condiciones para la resolución y la reconciliación de los conflictos en sus propios términos.

  19. Solubilization of Waste Activated Sludge and Nitrogenous Compounds Transformation During Solubilization by Thermophilic Enzyme (S-TE) Process.

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    Yang, Qi; Luo, Kun; Li, Xiao-ming; Zhong, Yu; Chen, Hong-bo; Yang, Guo-jing; Shi, Yan-wei; Zeng, Guang-ming

    2015-06-01

    A representative thermophilic bacterial strain (AT06-1) capable of secreting protease was isolated from thermophilic aerobic digestion reactor, and 16S rRNA gene analysis indicated that it was Bacillus sp. The isolated strain was inoculated in waste activated sludge (WAS) to evaluate the performance of solubilization by thermophilic enzyme (S-TE) process under aerobic or microaerobic conditions at different temperatures (55-70 °C). Results showed that the inoculation of specific thermophilic strain significantly affected the volatile suspended solids (VSS) removal. At the optimal temperature of 65 °C, the maximum VSS removal of 43.6 % and highest SCOD of 4475 mg/L was achieved during microaerobic S-TE process. Compared to the noninoculation, more soluble protein was released during S-TE process due to the higher protease activity associated with the protein hydrolysis originated from cell lysis. The protease activity at aerobic and microaerobic S-TE process was respectively 1.73 and 1.88 times that of the noninoculation. Ammonia was the end nitrogenous compound of protein hydrolysis during S-TE process, which was stripped from the digestion system through continuous aeration.

  20. Protocol Processing for 100 Gbit/s and Beyond - A Soft Real-Time Approach in Hardware and Software

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    Büchner, Steffen; Lopacinski, Lukasz; Kraemer, Rolf; Nolte, Jörg

    2017-08-01

    100 Gbit/s wireless communication protocol processing stresses all parts of a communication system until the outermost. The efficient use of upcoming 100 Gbit/s and beyond transmission technology requires the rethinking of the way protocols are processed by the communication endpoints. This paper summarizes the achievements of the project End2End100. We will present a comprehensive soft real-time stream processing approach that allows the protocol designer to develop, analyze, and plan scalable protocols for ultra high data rates of 100 Gbit/s and beyond. Furthermore, we will present an ultra-low power, adaptable, and massively parallelized FEC (Forward Error Correction) scheme that detects and corrects bit errors at line rate with an energy consumption between 1 pJ/bit and 13 pJ/bit. The evaluation results discussed in this publication show that our comprehensive approach allows end-to-end communication with a very low protocol processing overhead.

  1. Puzzling Origin of CEMP-r/s Stars: An Interpretation of Abundance and Enrichment of s- and r-Process Elements from Asymptotic Giant Branch Supernovae

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    Jiang Zhang; Fang Zhao; Yanping Chen; Wenyuan Cui; Bo Zhang

    2013-12-01

    CEMP-r/s stars at low metallicity are known as double-enhanced stars that show enhancements of both r-process and s-process elements. The chemical abundances of these very metal-poor stars provide us a lot of information for putting new restraints on models of neutron-capture processes. In this article, we put forward an accreted scenario in which the double enrichment of r-process and s-process elements is caused by a former intermediate-mass Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) companion in a detached binary system. As the AGB superwind is only present at the ultimate phase of AGB stars, there is thus a lot of potential that the degenerate-core mass of an intermediate-mass AGB star reaches the Chandrasekhar limit before the AGB superwind. In these circumstances, both s-process elements produced in the AGB shell and r-process elements synthesized in the subsequent explosion would be sprayed contemporaneously and accreted by its companion. Despite similarity to physical conditions of a core-collapse supernova, a major focus in this scenario is the degenerate C–O core surrounded by an envelope of a former intermediate-mass AGB donor that may collapse and explode. Due to the existence of an outer envelope, r-process nucleosynthesis is expected to occur. Hypothesizing the material-rich europium (Eu) accreted by the secondary via the wind from the supernova to be in proportion to the geometric fraction of the companion with respect to the exploding donor star, we find that the estimated yield of Eu (as representative of r-process elements) per AGB supernova event is about 1 × 10-9⊙ ∼ 5 × 10-9⊙. Using the yields of Eu, the overabundance of r-process elements in CEMP-r/s stars can be accounted for. The calculated results show that the value of parameter , standing for efficiency of wind pollution from the AGB supernova, will reach about 104, which means that the enhanced factor is much larger than unity due to the impact of gravity of the donor and the result of the

  2. Perspective: Highly ordered MoS2 thin films grown by multi-step chemical vapor deposition process

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    S. N. Heo

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We established a process for growing highly ordered MoS2 thin films. The process consists of four steps: MoO3 thermal evaporation, first annealing, sulfurization, and second annealing. The main feature of this process is that thermally deposited MoO3 thin films are employed as a precursor for the MoS2 films. The first deposition step enabled us to achieve precise control of the resulting thickness of the MoS2 films with high uniformity. The crystalline structures, surface morphologies, and chemical states at each step were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Based on these characterizations and a careful optimization of the growth conditions, we successfully produced a highly oriented MoS2 thin film with a thickness of five monolayers over an entire one-centimeter-square sapphire substrate.

  3. SOCIAL AND PEDAGOGICAL FORECASTING IN THE PROCESS OF CHILDREN’S SOCIALIZATION

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    Antonina L. Leutina

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An increase in the importance of prediction in pedagogic activity is related to modern postindustrial economic trends which are becoming oriented primarily toward an individual and his/her personal abilities as a basic manufacturing resource. The increase in personal resource value determines the application of socio-structural approach in pedagogy which contributes to the reduction of risks connected with the results of pedagogic activity and makes prediction of social and personal evolution of a child more prominent. The aim of the present research is to provide an analysis of prevalence of predictive thinking in modern theoretic pedagogy as well as elaboration of methodological schemes of implementation of social and pedagogic prediction in pedagogic activity, the primary function of which is successful socialization of children. Methods. The content-analysis of results of the researches published in scientific and pedagogical journals during 2006–2013, has shown that in modern educational practice while implementing the measures on children socialization, projective technologies of forecasting of the future of pupils are used precious little or are not used at all. The socio-constructive approach reducing many risks of pedagogical activity is given; as an effective toolkit of prospects determination of social and personal development of the child. Results. The author draws readers’ attention to the advantages of the organisation of the educational process based on a teacher’s reflection of achievements and abilities of the pupil, and prolonged forecasting on the ground of possible ways of the further students’ personality development. Scientific novelty. The author is the first to introduce the ontological socialization scheme and the scheme of socialization process as a natural and artificial system based on positions of the concept of socio-technical systems management developed by the founder of the Moscow methodological

  4. S-NPP CrIS Full Resolution Sensor Data Record Processing and Evaluations

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    Chen, Y.; Han, Y.; Wang, L.; Tremblay, D. A.; Jin, X.; Weng, F.

    2014-12-01

    The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) on Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite (S-NPP) is a Fourier transform spectrometer. It provides a total of 1305 channels in the normal mode for sounding the atmosphere. CrIS can also be operated in the full spectral resolution (FSR) mode, in which the MWIR and SWIR band interferograms are recorded with the same maximum path difference as the LWIR band and with spectral resolution of 0.625 cm-1 for all three bands (total 2211 channels). NOAA will operate CrIS in FSR mode in December 2014 and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). Up to date, the FSR mode has been commanded three times in-orbit (02/23/2012, 03/12/2013, and 08/27/2013). Based on CrIS Algorithm Development Library (ADL), CrIS full resolution Processing System (CRPS) has developed to generate the FSR Sensor Data Record (SDR). This code can also be run for normal mode and truncation mode SDRs with recompiling. Different calibration approaches are implemented in the code in order to study the ringing effect observed in CrIS normal mode SDR and to support to select the best calibration algorithm for J1. We develop the CrIS FSR SDR Validation System to quantify the CrIS radiometric and spectral accuracy, since they are crucial for improving its data assimilation in the numerical weather prediction, and for retrieving atmospheric trace gases. In this study, CrIS full resolution SDRs are generated from CRPS using the data collected from FSR mode of S-NPP, and the radiometric and spectral accuracy are assessed by using the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM) and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) forecast fields. The biases between observation and simulations are evaluated to estimate the FOV-2-FOV variability and bias under clear sky over ocean. Double difference method and Simultaneous Nadir Overpass (SNO) method are also used to assess the CrIS radiance consistency with well-validated IASI. Two basic frequency validation

  5. Footprints of the weak s-process in the carbon-enhanced metal-poor star ET0097

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    Yang, Guochao; Li, Hongjie; Liu, Nian; Cui, Wenyuan; Liang, Yanchun; Zhang, Bo

    2016-09-01

    Historically, the weak s-process contribution to metal-poor stars is thought to be extremely small, due to the effect of the secondary-like nature of the neutron source 22Ne(α , n)25Mg in massive stars, which means that metal-poor "weak s-process stars" could not be found. ET0097 is the first observed carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) star in the Sculptor dwarf spheroidal galaxy. Because C is enriched and the elements heavier than Ba are not overabundant, ET0097 can be classified as a CEMP-no star. However, this star shows overabundances of lighter n-capture elements (i.e., Sr, Y and Zr). In this work, having adopted the abundance decomposition approach, we investigate the astrophysical origins of the elements in ET0097. We find that the light elements and iron-peak elements (from O to Zn) of the star mainly originate from the primary process of massive stars and the heavier n-capture elements (heavier than Ba) mainly come from the main r-process. However, the lighter n-capture elements such as Sr, Y and Zr should mainly come from the primary weak s-process. The contributed fractions of the primary weak s-process to the Sr, Y and Zr abundances of ET0097 are about 82 %, 84 % and 58 % respectively, suggesting that the CEMP star ET0097 should have the footprints of the weak s-process. The derived result should be a significant evidence that the weak s-process elements can be produced in metal-poor massive stars.

  6. U.S. Coast Guard Human Systems Integration (HSI) Process Model.

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    1994-04-01

    acquisitions. This report provides a recommended " Process Model " for integrating the various elements of HSI (i.e., Manpower, Personnel, Training, Human Factors...whether elements of existing programs could be used in the Coast Guard environment. Based on this review, a process model was developed to integrate HSI into the Coast Guard acquisition process.

  7. The Integrated Design Process from the Facilitator's Perspective

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    Lee, Jeehyun

    2014-01-01

    The focus of this study was to clarify the integrated design process from an educational standpoint, and identify its influencing factors and the role of facilitator. Through a literature review, the integrated design process and the role of facilitator were framed, and through the case study, the whole process of integrated design and the…

  8. RNase MRP is required for entry of 35S precursor rRNA into the canonical processing pathway.

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    Lindahl, Lasse; Bommankanti, Ananth; Li, Xing; Hayden, Lauren; Jones, Adrienne; Khan, Miriam; Oni, Tolulope; Zengel, Janice M

    2009-07-01

    RNase MRP is a nucleolar RNA-protein enzyme that participates in the processing of rRNA during ribosome biogenesis. Previous experiments suggested that RNase MRP makes a nonessential cleavage in the first internal transcribed spacer. Here we report experiments with new temperature-sensitive RNase MRP mutants in Saccharomyces cerevisiae that show that the abundance of all early intermediates in the processing pathway is severely reduced upon inactivation of RNase MRP. Transcription of rRNA continues unabated as determined by RNA polymerase run-on transcription, but the precursor rRNA transcript does not accumulate, and appears to be unstable. Taken together, these observations suggest that inactivation of RNase MRP blocks cleavage at sites A0, A1, A2, and A3, which in turn, prevents precursor rRNA from entering the canonical processing pathway (35S > 20S + 27S > 18S + 25S + 5.8S rRNA). Nevertheless, at least some cleavage at the processing site in the second internal transcribed spacer takes place to form an unusual 24S intermediate, suggesting that cleavage at C2 is not blocked. Furthermore, the long form of 5.8S rRNA is made in the absence of RNase MRP activity, but only in the presence of Xrn1p (exonuclease 1), an enzyme not required for the canonical pathway. We conclude that RNase MRP is a key enzyme for initiating the canonical processing of precursor rRNA transcripts, but alternative pathway(s) might provide a backup for production of small amounts of rRNA.

  9. Geochemical diversity in S processes mediated by culture-adapted and environmental-enrichments of Acidithiobacillus spp.

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    Bernier, Luc; Warren, Lesley A.

    2007-12-01

    Coupled S speciation and acid generation resulting from S processing associated with five different microbial treatments, all primarily Acidithiobacillus spp. (i.e. autotrophic S-oxidizers) were evaluated in batch laboratory experiments. Microbial treatments included two culture-adapted strains, Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans, their consortia and two environmental enrichments from a mine tailings lake that were determined to be >95% Acidithiobacillus spp., by whole-cell fluorescent hybridization. Using batch experiments simulating acidic mine waters with no carbon amendments, acid generation, and S speciation associated with the oxidation of three S substrates (thiosulfate, tetrathionate, and elemental S) were evaluated. Aseptic controls showed no observable pH decrease over the experimental time course (1 month) for all three S compounds examined. In contrast, pH decreased in all microbial treatments from starting pH values of 4 to 2 or less for all three S substrates. Results show a non-linear relationship between the pH dynamics of the batch cultures and their corresponding sulfate concentrations, and indicate how known microbial S processing pathways have opposite impacts, ultimately on pH dynamics. Associated geochemical modeling indicated negligible abiogenic processes contributing to the observed results, indicating strong microbial control of acid generation extending over pH ranges from 4 to less than 2. However, the observed acid generation rates and associated S speciation were both microbial treatment and substrate-specific. Results reveal a number of novel insights regarding microbial catalysis of S oxidation: (1) metabolic diversity in S processing, as evidenced by the observed geochemical signatures in S chemical speciation and rates of acid generation amongst phylogenetically similar organisms (to the genus level); (2) consortial impacts differ from those of individual strain members; (3) environmental enrichments

  10. Liquid Metal Processing and Casting Experiences at the U.S. Department of Energy's Albany Research Center

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    Jablonski, Paul D.; Turner, Paul C.

    2005-09-01

    In this paper we will discuss some of the early pioneering work as well as some of our more recent research. The Albany Research Center (ARC) has been involved with the melting and processing of metals since it was established in 1942. In the early days, hardly anything was known about melting refractory or reactive metals and as such, virtually everything had to be developed in-house. Besides the more common induction heated air-melt furnaces, ARC has built and/or utilized a wide variety of furnaces including vacuum arc remelt ingot and casting furnaces, cold wall induction furnaces, electric arc furnaces, cupola furnaces and reverberatory furnaces. The melt size of these furnaces range from several grams to a ton or more. We have used these furnaces to formulate custom alloys for wrought applications as well as for such casting techniques as spin casting, investment casting and lost foam casting among many. Two early spin-off industrializations were Wah Chang (wrought zirconium alloys for military and commercial nuclear applications) and Oremet (both wrought and cast Ti). Both of these companies are now part of the ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corporation.

  11. The s process in massive stars at low metallicity. Effect of primary N14 from fast rotating stars

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    Pignatari, M; Meynet, G; Hirschi, R; Herwig, F; Wiescher, M

    2008-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to analyze the impact of a primary neutron source on the s-process nucleosynthesis in massive stars at halo metallicity. Recent stellar models including rotation at very low metallicity predict a strong production of primary N14. Part of the nitrogen produced in the H-burning shell diffuses by rotational mixing into the He core where it is converted to Ne22 providing additional neutrons for the s process. We present nucleosynthesis calculations for a 25 Msun star at [Fe/H] = -3, -4, where in the convective core He-burning about 0.8 % in mass is made of primary Ne22. The usual weak s-process shape is changed by the additional neutron source with a peak between Sr and Ba, where the s-process yields increase by orders of magnitude with respect to the yields obtained without rotation. Iron seeds are fully consumed and the maximum production of Sr, Y and Zr is reached. On the other hand, the s-process efficiency beyond Sr and the ratio Sr/Ba are strongly affected by the amount of Ne22 and...

  12. Transitions between hyperfine-structure states of the 2s metastable muonic hydrogen in collision processes

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    Czaplinski, W.

    1992-12-31

    Hyperfine effects in the symmetric collisions of the 2s metastable muonic hydrogen with hydrogen atoms: (p{mu}){sub 2s} + H, (d{mu}){sub 2s} + D, (t{mu}){sub 2s} + t are presented. Elastic and spin-flip cross sections for the scattering of The 2s muonic atoms are calculated in the two-level approximation as a function of collision energy. The corresponding formulae are derived with inclusion of electron screening and Lamb-shift between 2s and 2p energy levels of the muonic atom. The obtained spin-flip cross sections are about two orders of magnitude higher than their ground state counterparts and are much more influenced by electron screening. The rates of the spin-flip transitions are also calculated and are found to be about three orders of magnitude higher than the decay rate of the 2s state. (author). 65 refs, 15 figs, 4 tabs.

  13. SOT1, a pentatricopeptide repeat protein with a small MutS-related domain, is required for correct processing of plastid 23S-4.5S rRNA precursors in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Wu, Wenjuan; Liu, Sheng; Ruwe, Hannes; Zhang, Delin; Melonek, Joanna; Zhu, Yajuan; Hu, Xupeng; Gusewski, Sandra; Yin, Ping; Small, Ian D; Howell, Katharine A; Huang, Jirong

    2016-03-01

    Ribosomal RNA processing is essential for plastid ribosome biogenesis, but is still poorly understood in higher plants. Here, we show that SUPPRESSOR OF THYLAKOID FORMATION1 (SOT1), a plastid-localized pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein with a small MutS-related domain, is required for maturation of the 23S-4.5S rRNA dicistron. Loss of SOT1 function leads to slower chloroplast development, suppression of leaf variegation, and abnormal 23S and 4.5S processing. Predictions based on the PPR motif sequences identified the 5' end of the 23S-4.5S rRNA dicistronic precursor as a putative SOT1 binding site. This was confirmed by electrophoretic mobility shift assay, and by loss of the abundant small RNA 'footprint' associated with this site in sot1 mutants. We found that more than half of the 23S-4.5S rRNA dicistrons in sot1 mutants contain eroded and/or unprocessed 5' and 3' ends, and that the endonucleolytic cleavage product normally released from the 5' end of the precursor is absent in a sot1 null mutant. We postulate that SOT1 binding protects the 5' extremity of the 23S-4.5S rRNA dicistron from exonucleolytic attack, and favours formation of the RNA structure that allows endonucleolytic processing of its 5' and 3' ends. © 2016 The Authors The Plant Journal © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. Business Process Reengineering of Funding on Indonesia’s Islamic Banks

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    Aslam Mei nur Widigdo

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This research attempts to analyze the value chain of Islamic banking business processes and to develop a business processes model on depositors’ funds in order to improve the performance of Islamic banks. Four models of Islamic banking operating in Indonesia are used as the objects of the study. This research applies qualitative study (exploratory approach and utilizes primary data obtained from questionnaire and interviews. This data are then processed by value stream mapping and process activity mapping. This study shows that the waiting time for services is the sub-stage of business process that does not have value added and categorized as pure waste based on VSM criteria. The reengineering of business process of the third party fundraising may reduce collection time up to 1490 minutes for corporate customer and 22 minutes for individual customerDO: 10.15408/aiq.v8i1.1988

  15. Motim: laughter’s ‘relational thinking’ as contagion in a process dramaturgy

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    Roberta Ramos Marques; Liana Gesteira Costa

    2017-01-01

    This paper discusses the creative process of the street performance Motim (Mutiny) (2015) from the perspective of laughter as a bio-potent performative action. We discuss how the relational thinking emerged within the framework of a process dramaturgy (Kerkhove, 1997), conceptualizing creative thinking as a network (Salles, 2006). The collaborative creative process of Motim started with three ways of approaching the act of laughing: physicality, memory and contagion. By focusing on contagion,...

  16. Motim: laughter’s ‘relational thinking’ as contagion in a process dramaturgy

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    Roberta Ramos Marques

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the creative process of the street performance Motim (Mutiny (2015 from the perspective of laughter as a bio-potent performative action. We discuss how the relational thinking emerged within the framework of a process dramaturgy (Kerkhove, 1997, conceptualizing creative thinking as a network (Salles, 2006. The collaborative creative process of Motim started with three ways of approaching the act of laughing: physicality, memory and contagion. By focusing on contagion, we will discuss how relational thinking was installed in the creative process of Motim and was powered by the investigative aspect of laughter as contagion.

  17. S2- behaviors analysis in leaching SrS and precipitating high purity SrCO3 by reduction-decomposition process

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    彭晓东; 刘相果; 谢卫东; 刘江; 贾上远; 权燕燕

    2004-01-01

    A new preparation method (reduction-decomposition process) for high purity SrCO3 was investigated,which mainly includes four processes: reduction, leaching, purification and precipitation. The affecting factors about S2- behaviors in leaching process and the effects of variables on purity and particle sizes distribution of SrCO3 were analyzed theoretically and practically. It is concluded that with the increase of temperature or decrease of pH value in leaching process, the strontium recovery increases, but SrS decomposes and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gasdischarges. The purity of SrCO3 is dependent on dissolution-recrystallization times, for example, the purity of SrCO3 is as high as 99.97% when it is recrystallized three times. Besides, the solution concentration of Sr(OH)2and flow rate of CO2 have important effects on particle size distribution of SrCO3 particles, especially, the particle sizes of SrCO3 meanly distribute in 0.1 - 1.0μm when the flow rate of CO2 is about 2 000 mL/min and other parameters are invariable.

  18. Political processes and variation in renewable energy policies between U.S. states

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    Vasseur, Michael

    Over the past forty years federal efforts at renewable energy policy in the United States have been fragmented and are largely stalled. This is much different from U.S. states, which enact a diverse array of renewable energy policies. What factors explain this subnational variation? Addressing this question requires moving past the standard model of binary policy adoption that dominates studies of renewable energy policy. In its place I provide analyses of multifaceted policy outcomes, and also include predictors from a more inclusive view of politics than the standard economic and political interest factors. These additions to the standard energy policy model shed light not just on when states take policy action, but also on the content of the policies states ultimately adopt. In this dissertation I argue that different combinations of state-level political and economic characteristics influence policy adoption and policy content, a fact that is obscured by analysis of only binary policy action. I demonstrate this through three empirical projects that utilize an original longitudinal dataset and a variety of quantitative methods. The first project examines the diffusion of two varieties of a single regulatory policy instrument within a political context. I demonstrate that, contrary to most diffusion studies, policy adoption should be thought of as a multifaceted process, with separate factors determining the impetus for action and others shaping the content of the policy. My second project examines the role of economic, political, institutional, and cultural factors on a state's portfolio of policies. This work extends findings from prior literature on tax policies and incorporates institutional and cultural accounts of policy adoption into the study of renewable energy policy. I show that state economic and political factors, the predictors in traditional energy policy models, predict policy action but not policy content. Instead it is a state's cultural context

  19. Minimally Invasive Microendoscopic Resection of the Transverse Process for Treatment of Low Back Pain with Bertolotti’s Syndrome

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    Yoichiro Takata

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bertolotti’s syndrome is characterized by anomalous enlargement of the transverse process of the most caudal lumbar segment, causing chronic and persistent low back pain or sciatica. We describe the case of a 45-year-old woman who presented with left sciatic pain and low back pain due to a recurrent lumbar disc herniation at L4-5 with Bertolotti’s syndrome. Selective L5 nerve root block and local injection of lidocaine into the articulation between the transverse process and sacral ala temporarily relieved the left sciatic pain and low back pain, respectively. To confirm the effect of local injection on low back pain, we gave a second local injection, which once again relieved the low back pain. Microendoscopic resection of the pseudoarticulation region and discectomy successfully relieved all symptoms. This report illustrates the effectiveness of minimally invasive resection of the transverse process for the treatment of low back pain with Bertolotti’s syndrome.

  20. The effects of CdS processing and glass substrates on the performance of CdTe solar cells

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    Ferekides, C.S.; Dugan, K.; Ceekala, V.; Killian, J.; Oman, D.; Swaminathan, R.; Morel, D.L. [Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    1994-12-31

    Cadmium Sulfide films prepared by rf sputtering and close spaced sublimation (CSS) have been used for the fabrication of CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells on borosilicate glass substrates. The CdTe layer was prepared by CSS at high processing temperatures (600 C). CdS films prepared by the chemical bath deposition process (CBD) were deposited on tin oxide coated soda lime glass substrates. For these devices the CSS CdTe films were prepared at low substrate temperatures (< 550 C). Devices prepared at low processing temperatures (CdTe-CSS/CdS-CBD) on soda lime glass substrates exhibited efficiencies in excess of 13% as measured under AM 1.5 conditions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

  1. Medal of Honor Award Process Review: U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Nominee (Redacted)

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    2016-05-04

    surrounding the recommendation to award the Medal ofHonor (MOH) to a U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer for his valorous actions in combat while deployed...Secretary of the Army downgraded the nominee’s MOH award recommendation to the Silver Star (SS). Specificaliy, Representative Hunter requested that DoD...determine how the Army reached the conclusion to downgrade the nominee’s MOH recommendation to a SS; whether the Secretary ofthe Army has the authority

  2. Impact of the Decontrol of Silver Concentrate Processing Trade on China’s Lead Market

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    2016-01-01

    In early June,two lead factories of Henan Jinli,and Yuguang Gold&Lead announced they have obtained silver concentrate Processing Handbook.Market analysts considered that decontrol on contract processing of silver ore will aggravate the pressure on lead ingot supply in China.

  3. The Inflation and it’s Stability in the Thermoforming Process

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    Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz; Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard

    2002-01-01

    The production process Thermoforming is normally used to produce different kinds of packing in plastic. The final stage in this process is the inflation of a flat (and thin) plate down into the wall of a mould. This creates the final shape of the product. The inflation is performed applying a gas...

  4. Investigating the Facilitator's Role during the Lesson Study Process in High Schools

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    Vaughn, Stephanie Michelle

    2012-01-01

    Lesson study, a teaching and learning strategy used in Japan, is a new area of consideration for teacher professional development in the United States. An important component of the lesson study process is the role of the facilitator. The intent of this study was to investigate the role of the facilitator in the lesson study process relative to…

  5. Sub-national entities’ participation in Brazil’s foreign policy and in regional integration processes

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    Deisy Ventura

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This article focuses on how sub-national entities’ gradual participation in Brazilian foreign policy has come about, with reference to a decentralised scenario of the decision-making process in Itamaraty, where the ministries and presidential organs have a voice on many strategic themes, mainly concerning development. The article examines the insertion of sub-national entities into the decision-making process in the Southern Common Market (Mercosur, and concludes that in spite of the incipient participation, relevant contributions to the process of regional integration have arisen. Regarding the hypothesis that the participation of the federative entities in the decision-making process generates local and regional development, we argue that this is an alternative to increasing state efficiency. In conclusion, and despite the incipient institutionalisation that does not guarantee their vote in the decision-making process, at least their voice is heard.

  6. Business Process Reengineering Of Funding On Indonesia’s Islamic Banks

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    Aslam Mei Nur Widigdo

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This research attempts to analyze the value chain of Islamicbanking business processes and to develop a business processes model ondepositors’ funds in order to improve the performance of Islamic banks. Fourmodels of Islamic banking operating in Indonesia are used as the objects of thestudy. This research applies qualitative study (exploratory approach and utilizesprimary data obtained from questionnaire and interviews. This data are thenprocessed by value stream mapping and process activity mapping. This studyshows that the waiting timefor services is the sub-stage of business process thatdoes not have value added and categorized as pure waste based on VSM criteria.The reengineering of business process of the third party fundraising may reducecollection time up to 1490 minutes for corporate customer and 22 minutes forindividual customer.DOI: 10.15408/aiq.v8i1.2506

  7. Development of the NRC`s Human Performance Investigation Process (HPIP). Volume 3, Development documentation

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    Paradies, M.; Unger, L. [System Improvements, Inc., Knoxville, TN (United States); Haas, P.; Terranova, M. [Concord Associates, Inc., Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1993-10-01

    The three volumes of this report detail a standard investigation process for use by US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) personnel when investigating human performance related events at nuclear power plants. The process, called the Human Performance Investigation Process (HPIP), was developed to meet the special needs of NRC personnel, especially NRC resident and regional inspectors. HPIP is a systematic investigation process combining current procedures and field practices, expert experience, NRC human performance research, and applicable investigation techniques. The process is easy to learn and helps NRC personnel perform better field investigations of the root causes of human performance problems. The human performance data gathered through such investigations provides a better understanding of the human performance issues that cause events at nuclear power plants. This document, Volume III, is a detailed documentation of the development effort and the pilot training program.

  8. Children’s identification processes with television characters: case studies about colombian children and their favorite cartoon programs.

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    Luis Fernando Cuervo

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Through the articulation of psychoanalysis and narrative analysis this study explores the processes of identification of children audiences with their favorite cartoon television programs. In order to understand the characteristics of identification processes, this study explores the way in which both the structure of cartoons and the affective histories of children influence children’s identification with their favorite television characters. To achieve that understanding we a analyzed the narrative elements of the television programs, b explored the children’s affective history, and c examined how these narrative elements and affective histories influence the appropriation of television programs. These three scenarios were examined through case study on four Colombian children between 6 to 10 years old. The analysis showed that affective factors of children’s personal history constitute a significant source of mediation on the appropriation of cartoons. In addition, the narrative elements of the programs become an essential motivation on children’s fantasies.

  9. The Design Process of Physical Security as Applied to a U.S. Border Point of Entry

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    Wagner, G.G.

    1998-10-26

    This paper describes the design process of physical security as applied to a U.S. Border Port of Entry (PoE). Included in this paper are descriptions of the elements that compose U.S. border security. The physical security design will describe the various elements that make up the process as well as the considerations that must be taken into account when dealing with system integration of those elements. The distinctions between preventing unlawful entry and exit of illegal contraband will be emphasized.

  10. A preliminary Analysis of Dörnyei and Otto’s Process Model of L2 Motivation

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    徐佳佳

    2015-01-01

    In the past few decades, motivation has already become a recurring topic in SLA field, where motivational theories have placed great influence on language teaching. Different from previous motivation theories, Dörnyei and Otto’s process model of L2 motivation focuses on the dynamicity of motivation.This paper aims at analyzing the process model of L2 motivation and proposing stimulation strategies for each phase to attain learning effect.

  11. A preliminary Analysis of Drnyei and Otto’s Process Model of L2 Motivation

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    徐佳佳

    2015-01-01

    In the past few decades, motivation has already become a recurring topic in SLA field, where motivational theories have placed great influence on language teaching.Different from previous motivation theories, Drnyei and Otto’s process model of L2 motivation focuses on the dynamicity of motivation.This paper aims at analyzing the process model of L2 motivation and proposing stimulation strategies for each phase to attain learning effect.

  12. Effects of Interaural Intensity Difference on the Processing of Interaural Time Difference in the Owl’s Nucleus Laminaris

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    Viete, Svenja; Peña, José Luis; Konishi, Masakazu

    1997-01-01

    Interaural time and intensity differences (ITD and IID) are processed independently in the owl’s auditory system. This paper examines whether this independence is established in nucleus laminaris (NL), the first site of ITD processing. A plot of discharge rate against time difference (ITD curve) is sinusoidal in NL. The ITDs that produce the peaks are called the most favorable ITDs, and those that produce the troughs are called the least favorable ITDs. IID had little effect on the discharge ...

  13. Clinical Diagnosis as a Dynamic Cognitive Process: Application of Bloom’s Taxonomy for Educational Objectives in the Cognitive Domain

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    Nkanginieme, Kanu E.O.

    1997-01-01

    Making a diagnosis is the pivotal cognitive activity of a practicing physician. Correct diagnosis usually leads to appropriate treatment. Clinical diagnosis a very dynamic cognitive process. It has tended to remain a sub-conscious activity and has been studied mostly as a complex categorization task, from fixed points of view. Bloom’s taxonomy of the cognitive domain classifies the cognitive process into six dynamic levels of increasing complexity, from knowledge as the baseline, through comp...

  14. China’s core executive Leadership styles, structures and processes under Xi Jinping

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    Heilmann, S.; Stepan, M.

    Since Xi Jinping took the reins of the Chinese Communist Party and as President of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s domestic and foreign politics have undergone considerable changes. China has become more assertive as an international actor. It has launched new diplomatic initiatives ce

  15. U.S. Budgeting for the United Nations: Process, Policy, and Problems

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    2009-06-01

    injury prevention (OMB, 2006, 52).  The U.S. Treasury Department’s Foreign Operations account contributed over $14 million between FY 2003–FY 205...Office of Management and Budget. (2009). Earmarks. Accessed February 2009: http://www.earmarks.omb.gov Ozmanczyk, E. J., & Mango , A. (Ed.) (2003

  16. China’s core executive Leadership styles, structures and processes under Xi Jinping

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    Heilmann, S.; Stepan, M.

    Since Xi Jinping took the reins of the Chinese Communist Party and as President of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s domestic and foreign politics have undergone considerable changes. China has become more assertive as an international actor. It has launched new diplomatic initiatives

  17. Thermosetting Poly(imide silsesquioxane)s Featuring Reduced Moisture Affinity and Improved Processability (Post Print)

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    2013-09-11

    depending on architecture.21,22 Recently, Kakimoto et al. reported a hybrid organic−inorganic approach to modifying Kapton-like thermoplastic involving...McGrath, J. E. Polymer 1989, 30 (6), 986−95. (23) Wu, S.; Hayakawa, T.; Kikuchi, R.; Grunzinger, S. J.; Kakimoto , M.-A.; Oikawa, H. Macromolecules

  18. An Efficient Scalable Work-Stealing Runtime for Macro Data Flow Processing Using S-Net

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    Gijsbers, B.; Grelck, C.

    2014-01-01

    S-Net is a declarative coordination language and component technology aimed at radically facilitating software engineering for modern parallel compute systems by near-complete separation of concerns between application (component) engineering and concurrency orchestration. S-Net builds on the concep

  19. Calculation of S11 Parameter of Coplanar Strip and Influence of Technology Process

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    Karel Heindl

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper is focused on a calculation of the S11 parameter of the coplanar strips. The primary parameterscalculations of the coplanar strips are described in the first part. The scattering parameters are defined. The calculation of the S11 parameter and the comparison with the measured values are showed in the last part of the work.

  20. The relationship between narrative processing demands and young American children’s comprehension of educational television

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    Piotrowski, J.

    2014-01-01

    Fisch’s capacity model provides a theoretical explanation for how children comprehend educational content within an educational television program. The model focuses on children’s allocation of their limited cognitive resources, with attention to the resources used for comprehending the narrative ve

  1. Redox chemistry of H[sub 2]S oxidation by the British Gas Stretford process. Pt. 5; Aspects of the process chemistry

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    Kelsall, G.H.; Thompson, I. (Imperial College, London (United Kingdom). Dept.of Mineral Resources Engineering)

    1993-05-01

    Stretford processes use air to oxidize H[sub 2]S in process and natural gases to elemental sulphur, by absorption in aqueous solution at about pH9 and reaction of the resulting HS[sup -] ions with dissolved oxygen, in the presence of anthraquinone disulphonates (AQDS) and vanadium (v) species, which act as catalysts. Kinetic measurements of the reactions (AQ27DS + HS[sup -] ions), V (v) + HS([sup -]ions) and (AQ27DSH[sup -] + O[sub 2]), primarily used stopped flow spectrophotometry, as reported here, following papers on the electrochemical behaviour or the individual redox couples in Stretford Processes. The course of reaction (AQ27DS + HS [sup -] ions) was also followed with a gold bead indicator electrode, the potential of which was determined essentially by the AQ27DS/AQ27DSH[sup -] couple as the former species were reduced to the latter. (author)

  2. A Derangement of the Brain Wound Healing Process May Cause Some Cases of Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Lehrer, Steven; Rheinstein, Peter H.

    2016-01-01

    A derangement of brain wound healing may cause some cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Wound healing, a highly complex process, has four stages: hemostasis, inflammation, repair, and remodeling. Hemostasis and the initial phases of inflammation in brain tissue are typical of all vascularized tissue, such as skin. However, distinct differences arise in brain tissue during the later stages of inflammation, repair, and remodeling, and closely parallel the changes of Alzheimer’s disease. Our hypothesi...

  3. Commercial Light Water Reactor -Tritium Extraction Facility Process Waste Assessment (Project S-6091)

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    Hsu, R.H.; Delley, A.O.; Alexander, G.J.; Clark, E.A.; Holder, J.S.; Lutz, R.N.; Malstrom, R.A.; Nobles, B.R. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States); Carson, S.D. [Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, NM (United States); Peterson, P.K. [Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, NM (United States)

    1997-11-30

    The Savannah River Site (SRS) has been tasked by the Department of Energy (DOE) to design and construct a Tritium Extraction Facility (TEF) to process irradiated tritium producing burnable absorber rods (TPBARs) from a Commercial Light Water Reactor (CLWR). The plan is for the CLWR-TEF to provide tritium to the SRS Replacement Tritium Facility (RTF) in Building 233-H in support of DOE requirements. The CLWR-TEF is being designed to provide 3 kg of new tritium per year, from TPBARS and other sources of tritium (Ref. 1-4).The CLWR TPBAR concept is being developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The TPBAR assemblies will be irradiated in a Commercial Utility light water nuclear reactor and transported to the SRS for tritium extraction and processing at the CLWR-TEF. A Conceptual Design Report for the CLWR-TEF Project was issued in July 1997 (Ref. 4).The scope of this Process Waste Assessment (PWA) will be limited to CLWR-TEF processing of CLWR irradiated TPBARs. Although the CLWR- TEF will also be designed to extract APT tritium-containing materials, they will be excluded at this time to facilitate timely development of this PWA. As with any process, CLWR-TEF waste stream characteristics will depend on process feedstock and contaminant sources. If irradiated APT tritium-containing materials are to be processed in the CLWR-TEF, this PWA should be revised to reflect the introduction of this contaminant source term.

  4. Efficient planar Sb2S3 solar cells using a low-temperature solution-processed tin oxide electron conductor.

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    Lei, Hongwei; Yang, Guang; Guo, Yaxiong; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Dai, Xin; Zheng, Xiaolu; Ke, Weijun; Tao, Hong; Chen, Zhao; Li, Borui; Fang, Guojia

    2016-06-28

    Efficient planar antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) heterojunction solar cells have been made using chemical bath deposited (CBD) Sb2S3 as the absorber, low-temperature solution-processed tin oxide (SnO2) as the electron conductor and poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as the hole conductor. A solar conversion efficiency of 2.8% was obtained at 1 sun illumination using a planar device consisting of F-doped SnO2 substrate/SnO2/CBD-Sb2S3/P3HT/Au, whereas the solar cells based on a titanium dioxide (TiO2) electron conductor exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 1.9%. Compared with conventional Sb2S3 sensitized solar cells, the high-temperature processed mesoscopic TiO2 scaffold is no longer needed. More importantly, a low-temperature solution-processed SnO2 layer was introduced for electron transportation to substitute the high-temperature sintered dense blocking TiO2 layer. Our planar solar cells not only have simple geometry with fewer steps to fabricate but also show enhanced performance. The higher efficiency of planar Sb2S3 solar cell devices based on a SnO2 electron conductor is attributed to their high transparency, uniform surface, efficient electron transport properties of SnO2, suitable energy band alignment, and reduced recombination at the interface of SnO2/Sb2S3.

  5. An Experimental Study on Constraint Cooling Process of Hot-rolled CoilS

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    Lijuan WANG; Chunli ZHANG

    2003-01-01

    In order to master mechanical property, surface quality and microstructure of constraint cooling (CC) coils undervarious water cooling parameters, more than 100 coils cooling experiments were done with real production process,of which is designed a coolin

  6. Notification: Evaluation of EPA’s Approval Process for Air Quality Dispersion Models

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    Project #OPE-FY17-0016, June 5, 2017. The EPA OIG plans to begin preliminary research to assess the effectiveness of EPA's process for reviewing and approving air quality dispersion models it recommends for use.

  7. NREL's Cyanobacteria Engineering Shortens Biofuel Production Process, Captures CO2

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    2015-09-01

    This highlight describes NREL's work to systematically analyze the flow of energy in a photosynthetic microbe and show how the organism adjusts its metabolism to meet the increased energy demand for making ethylene. This work successfully demonstrates that the organism could cooperate by stimulating photosynthesis. The results encourage further genetic engineering for the conversion of CO2 to biofuels and chemicals. This highlight is being developed for the September 2015 Alliance S&T Board meeting. biofuels and chemicals. This highlight is being developed for the September 2015 Alliance S&T Board meeting.

  8. Application of hotelling’s T² control chart for a machining process of the inside diameter of a steel cylinder

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    Elisa Henning

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The quality of products and processes has proven to be crucial for companies to compete in the market. Statistical process control enables them to foresee problems in the process, thereby ensuring the quality of manufactured items. This paper aims to present a proposal for monitoring a machining process, with the help of this tool using control charts. This research arose from the need to monitor the rectification process of the inside diameter of a steel cylinder, a component of a product manufactured in a company in southern Brazil. The parameters must follow design specifications, so the final product will not have performance problems. Thus, for monitoring this process, Shewhart X -S control charts are used for three measurements performed in sections of a cylinder, analyzing them separately. To complement, a multivariate Hotelling’s T2 chart is used to monitor these three measurements simultaneously. The two approaches are compared in terms of performance and usage aspects. The results obtained in terms of performance were similar. However, the Shewhart control chart is easier to use and simpler to interpret by operators. The results enabled the company to know process stability, facilitating decision-making on actions taken for improvement.

  9. Exclusive $J/\\psi$ Production in Diffractive Process with AdS/QCD Holographic Wave Function in BLFQ

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    Xie, Ya-ping; Zhao, Xingbo

    2016-01-01

    The AdS/QCD holographic wave function of basis light-front quantization (BLFQ) for vector meson $J/\\psi$ is applied in this manuscript. The exclusive production of $J/\\psi$ in diffractive process is computed in dipole model with AdS/QCD holographic wave function. We use IP-Sat and IIM model in the calculation of the differential cross section of the dipole scattering off the proton. The prediction of AdS/QCD holographic wave function in BLFQ gives a good agreement to the experimental data.

  10. Monocular denervation of visual nuclei modulates APP processing and sAPPα production: A possible role on neural plasticity.

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    Vasques, Juliana Ferreira; Heringer, Pedro Vinícius Bastos; Gonçalves, Renata Guedes de Jesus; Campello-Costa, Paula; Serfaty, Claudio Alberto; Faria-Melibeu, Adriana da Cunha

    2017-08-01

    Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is essential to physiological processes such as synapse formation and neural plasticity. Sequential proteolysis of APP by beta- and gamma-secretases generates amyloid-beta peptide (Aβ), the main component of senile plaques in Alzheimer Disease. Alternative APP cleavage by alpha-secretase occurs within Aβ domain, releasing soluble α-APP (sAPPα), a neurotrophic fragment. Among other functions, sAPPα is important to synaptogenesis, neural survival and axonal growth. APP and sAPPα levels are increased in models of neuroplasticity, which suggests an important role for APP and its metabolites, especially sAPPα, in the rearranging brain. In this work we analyzed the effects of monocular enucleation (ME), a classical model of lesion-induced plasticity, upon APP content, processing and also in secretases levels. Besides, we addressed whether α-secretase activity is crucial for retinotectal remodeling after ME. Our results showed that ME induced a transient reduction in total APP content. We also detected an increase in α-secretase expression and in sAPP production concomitant with a reduction in Aβ and β-secretase contents. These data suggest that ME facilitates APP processing by the non-amyloidogenic pathway, increasing sAPPα levels. Indeed, the pharmacological inhibition of α-secretase activity reduced the axonal sprouting of ipsilateral retinocollicular projections from the intact eye after ME, suggesting that sAPPα is necessary for synaptic structural rearrangement. Understanding how APP processing is regulated under lesion conditions may provide new insights into APP physiological role on neural plasticity. Copyright © 2017 ISDN. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Evaluation of Existing Teaching Learning Process on Bloom’s Taxonomy

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    Chaman Mansha Rupani; Muhamamad Ilyas Bhutto

    2011-01-01

    Professional teaching is not up to mark throughout Sindh in general and district Mirpurkhas in particular. It is generally assumed and accepted that the teachers only touch knowledge and comprehension levels of Bloom’s cognitive domain. The other two affective and psychomotor domains are openly ignored in both the curricula and professional teaching. Present qualitative study is an attempt to evaluate the existing teaching regarding Bloom’s three domains at secondary school level in District ...

  12. Self-assembly of tetrapod-shaped CdS nanostructures into 3D networks by a transverse growth process

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    Fu Xiuli; Li Dan; Zhang Lei; Xiao Jinghua; Li Jiangyan [School of Science, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876 (China); Peng Zhijian [School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences at Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Fang Zheyu, E-mail: xiulifu@bupt.edu.cn [School of Physics, State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2011-04-29

    Spontaneous formation of 3D tetrapod-shaped CdS nanostructure networks has been achieved for the first time by vapor diffusion-deposition growth from CdS powders. The growth mechanism of the hexagonal and preferentially oriented CdS tetrapod-shaped nanostructures is a combination of the classic vapor-liquid-solid and vapor-solid processes, and the formation of a 3D network results from the spontaneous growths along the longitudinal and across the axial directions of the primarily formed CdS nanorods. Micro-photoluminescence measurements and near-field scanning optical microscopy investigations show that the synthesized CdS tetrapod networks have an excellent luminescence property and can be used as an optical waveguide cavities in which the guided light can be extremely confined.

  13. Effects of processing temperature on the thickness of CdS and the performance of CdTe solar cells

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    Ferekides, C.S.; Tetali, B.; Marinskiy, D.; Marinskaya, S.; Morel, D. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Center for Clean Energy and Vehicles, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620 (United States)

    1997-02-01

    CdTe cells have been fabricated on soda lime glass substrates. The effect of the CdS thickness and CdTe deposition temperature on the spectral response (SR) and solar cell parameters has been studied. The CdTe deposition temperature has been found to be a key processing parameter in determining the extent of interdiffusion at the CdTe and CdS interface. When the deposition of CdTe is carried out at high temperatures a significant portion of the CdS films is {open_quotes}lost{close_quotes} due to interdiffusion which leads to enhancement of the blue response of the solar cells. Devices with identical blue response (400{endash}500 nm) have been fabricated even though the starting CdS thicknesses were different; the cells for which the starting CdS thickness was greater exhibited higher open-circuit voltages and fill factors. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. Modified random errors S-iterative process for stochastic fixed point theorems in a generalized convex metric space

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    Plern Saipara

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we suggest the modified random S-iterative process and prove the common random fixed point theorems of a finite family of random uniformly quasi-Lipschitzian operators in a generalized convex metric space. Our results improves and extends various results in the literature.

  15. Morphology and Precipitation Kinetics of MnS in Low-Carbon Steel During Thin Slab Continuous Casting Process

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    YU Hao; KANG Yong-lin; ZHAO Zheng-zhi; SUN Hao

    2006-01-01

    The morphology of manganese sulfide formed during thin slab continuous casting process in low-carbon steel produced by compact strip production (CSP) technique was investigated. Using transmission electron microscopy analysis, it was seen that a majority of manganese sulfides precipitated at austenite grain boundaries, the morphologies of which were spherical or close to the spherical shape and the size of MnS precipitates ranged from 30 nm to 100 nm. A mathematical model of the manganese sulfide precipitation in this process was developed based on classical nucleation theory. Under the given conditions, the starting and finishing precipitation temperatures of MnS in the continuous casting thin slab of the studied low-carbon steel are 1 189 ℃ and 1 171 ℃, respectively, and the average diameter of MnS precipitates is about 48 nm within this precipitation temperature range. The influences of chemical components and thermo-mechanical processing conditions on the precipitation behavior of MnS in the same process were also discussed.

  16. A Subaru/HDS study of Lead (Pb) abundances in eight s-process-element-rich, metal-poor stars

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    Aoki, W; Norris, J E; Beers, T C; Ando, H

    2002-01-01

    We report the abundances of neutron-capture elements in eight carbon-rich, metal-poor (-2.7=<[Fe/H]=<-1.9) stars observed with the Subaru Telescope High Dispersion Spectrograph. The derived abundance patterns indicate that the neutron-capture elements in these objects primarily originated from s-process nucleosynthesis, although the [Ba/Eu] abundance ratios in some objects are lower than that of the solar-system s-process component. The present analysis has yielded the Pb abundances for seven objects, as well as an upper limit for one object, from use of the Pb I 4057A and 3683A lines. The values of [Pb/Ba] in these objects cover a wide range, between -0.3 and +1.2. Theoretical studies of s-process nucleosynthesis at low metallicity are required to explain this large dispersion of the [Pb/Ba] values. Variations in radial velocity have been found for two of the eight objects, suggesting that, at least in these instances, the observed excess of s-process elements is due to the transfer of material across ...

  17. Validation Study of the Scale for "Assessment of the Teaching-Learning Process", Student Version (ATLP-S)

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    de la Fuente, Jesus; Sander, Paul; Justicia, Fernando; Pichardo, M. Carmen; Garcia-Berben, Ana B.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: The main goal of this study is to evaluate the psychometric and assessment features of the Scale for the "Assessment of the Teaching-Learning Process, Student Version" (ATLP-S), for both practical and theoretical reasons. From an applied point of view, this self-report measurement instrument has been designed to encourage student…

  18. Validation Study of the Scale for "Assessment of the Teaching-Learning Process", Student Version (ATLP-S)

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    de la Fuente, Jesus; Sander, Paul; Justicia, Fernando; Pichardo, M. Carmen; Garcia-Berben, Ana B.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: The main goal of this study is to evaluate the psychometric and assessment features of the Scale for the "Assessment of the Teaching-Learning Process, Student Version" (ATLP-S), for both practical and theoretical reasons. From an applied point of view, this self-report measurement instrument has been designed to encourage…

  19. Validation Study of the Scale for "Assessment of the Teaching-Learning Process", Student Version (ATLP-S)

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    de la Fuente, Jesus; Sander, Paul; Justicia, Fernando; Pichardo, M. Carmen; Garcia-Berben, Ana B.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: The main goal of this study is to evaluate the psychometric and assessment features of the Scale for the "Assessment of the Teaching-Learning Process, Student Version" (ATLP-S), for both practical and theoretical reasons. From an applied point of view, this self-report measurement instrument has been designed to encourage…

  20. Overview of U.S. nuclear launch safety approval process, supporting launch vehicle databook and probabilistic risk assessment methods

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    Reinhart, L. E.

    2001-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the U.S. space nuclear power system launch approval process as defined by the two separate requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Presidential Directive/National Security Council Memorandum No. 25 (PD/NSC-25).

  1. Overview of U.S. nuclear launch safety approval process, supporting launch vehicle databook and probabilistic risk assessment methods

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    Reinhart, L. E.

    2001-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the U.S. space nuclear power system launch approval process as defined by the two separate requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Presidential Directive/National Security Council Memorandum No. 25 (PD/NSC-25).

  2. Growth mechanism of thermally processed Cu(In,Ga)S{sub 2} precursors for printed Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} solar cells

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    Klugius, Ines; Quintilla, Aina; Friedlmeier, Theresa M.; Blazquez-Sanchez, David; Ahlswede, Erik; Powalla, Michael [Zentrum fuer Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW), Stuttgart (Germany); Miller, Rebekah [EMD Millipore, Waltham, MA (United States)

    2012-07-15

    We investigate a process used for the selenisation of particle-based precursors to prepare low-cost Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} (CIGS) solar cells. It is suitable for high throughput with a short optimum selenisation duration of 3-5 min and employs a rapid thermal annealing system with elemental selenium vapour. Homogeneous crack-free Cu(In,Ga)S{sub 2} precursor films of up to 1 {mu}m are obtained via doctor blading. The high selenium vapour pressure in the selenisation reaction chamber results in the formation of a compact Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} layer on top of a carbon-rich underlayer. In order to investigate the phase development in the film, the selenisation process was interrupted at different stages and the samples were monitored via XRD and surface-sensitive Raman measurements. We find the formation of a polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} phase already after 1 s at the target temperature of 550 C. Furthermore, the effect of initial precursor thickness on solar cell parameters is discussed. Complete solar cells are prepared by conventional methods, leading to conversion efficiencies well above 8%. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Gamma radiation in the reduction of S almonella spp. inoculated on minimally processed watercress ( Nasturtium officinalis)

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    Martins, C. G.; Behrens, J. H.; Destro, M. T.; Franco, B. D. G. M.; Vizeu, D. M.; Hutzler, B.; Landgraf, M.

    2004-09-01

    Consumer attitudes towards foods have changed in the last two decades increasing requirements for freshlike products. Consequently, less extreme treatments or additives are being required. Minimally processed foods have freshlike characteristics and satisfy this new consumer demand. Besides freshness, the minimally processing also provide convenience required by the market. Salad vegetables can be source of pathogen such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Shigella spp. The minimal processing does not reduce the levels of pathogenic microorganisms to safe levels. Therefore, this study was carried out in order to improve the microbiological safety and the shelf-life of minimally processed vegetables using gamma radiation. Minimally processed watercress inoculated with a cocktail of Salmonella spp was exposed to 0.0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 1.2 and 1.5 kGy. Irradiated samples were diluted 1:10 in saline peptone water and plated onto tryptic soy agar that were incubated at 37°C/24 h. D 10 values for Salmonella spp. inoculated in watercress varied from 0.29 to 0.43 kGy. Therefore, a dose of 1.7 kGy will reduce Salmonella population in watercress by 4 log 10. The shelf-life was increased by 1 {1}/{2} day when the product was exposed to 1 kGy.

  4. Process

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    Eleanor T. Campbell

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este estudio fue obtener una más clara comprensión del proceso de toma de decisiones en estudiantes de Enfermería que van a recibir su licenciatura, durante el cuidado de los pacientes. Se empleó un diseño descriptivo cualitativo, basado en preguntas abiertas semi-estructuradas, con el fin de recolectar información acerca de las decisiones, culturalmente diversas, tomadas por las estudiantes de Enfermería durante el cuidado de pacientes adultos, en una variedad de situaciones clínicas. Los temas que surgieron incluyen capacidad de comunicación, conocimiento, heroísmo, ansiedad y frustración. Los descubrimientos hallados indican que los estudiantes se propusieron metas en forma recíproca a todo lo largo del proceso de toma de decisiones. El autor empleó la teoría de la consecución de metas, de Imogene King, para interpretar los descubrimientos de este estudio y relacionar la teoría con la práctica. La toma de decisiones clínicas es un punto importante dentro de la educación y práctica de la Enfermería. La Facultad, entendiendo qué son los procesos de pensamiento, se anticipa con un diseño de estrategias específicas que refuerzan el razonamiento en la práctica clínica. Una parte de este proceso es ayudar a los estudiantes a salir de la dependencia que generan cuando quieren memorizar la información contenida en los textos, y hacerlos avanzar hacia la aplicación de los conceptos provenientes, tanto de las artes liberales, como de las ciencias biológicas y de Enfermería. Se trata de un especial desafío para las facultades y personal docente de Enfermería encargado de impartir educación a los estudiantes de la carrera, así como para el recién egresados de otras áreas de formación y de experiencia. Los resultados de estudios anteriores sobre toma de decisiones clínicas presentan conclusiones conflictivas e inconclusas, concernientes a determinadas consecuencias predecibles y otros factores

  5. Pediatric nurse´s work process: a reality to be transformed

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    Tânia Maria Coelho Leite

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available to analyze the work process of the pediatric nurse, focusing on the hospitalized child. Methods: this is a qualitative research with 17 nurses of a university public hospital, performed by semi-structured interview and participant observation. The analysis of the data content was based on the referential of the work process in health. Results: the actions of the pediatric nurse indicate that their work is far from the planning of integral and humanized care for the children. It is developed from the biomedical model, predominating technical activities, subordinated to the medical work. The systematization of nursing care is incomplete, and humanizing strategies are rarely used. Conclusion: the work process of the pediatric nurse incorporates little strategies that involve children and parents in the treatment. The nurse is not clear about the complexity of her work object, the hospitalized child, to plan comprehensive actions in their entirety.

  6. Application of PLC’s for Automation of Processes in Industries

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    Rahul Pawar

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Several industries utilize sequential industrial process which is respective in nature. For such processes industries have to depend upon use of relays, stepping drum, timers and controls, considerable difficulties experienced in reprogramming necessitated due to change in the nature of production. Often the whole system has to be scrapped and a redesigning is required. To overcome these problems PLC control system was introduced. The PLC can be described as a control ladder comprising a sequence program. PLC sequence program consists of normally open and normally closed contacts connected in parallel or in series. It also has relay coils, which turns ON and OFF as the state of these contacts change. In this paper, about all aspects of these powerful and versatile tools and its applications to process automation has been discussed

  7. Dynamic competition and enterprising discovery: Kirzner’s market process theory

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    Ahmet İhsan KAYA

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Market process theory is designed by the followers of Austrian School tradition as an alternative to neo-classic price theory in order to explain perceptible markets. Contrary to neo-classic economy which focuses on the concept of equilibrium, market process theory seeks to explore unequilibrium and direction to equilibrium. While doing so, the role of enterprenuer in dealing with limited information which is not taken into consideration in the price theory of neo-classic economy, uncertainty because of time and uncertainty which occurs in market underpins Israel Kirzner's analyses. In the study, Kirzner's competition and enterpreneurship theory is discussed with the contributions of Mises and Hayek. The study constitutes an introduction to market process theory of Kirzner.

  8. It’s all about mechanisms - what Process-tracing case studies should be tracing

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    Beach, Derek

    2016-01-01

    and discord about what causal mechanisms actually are. The result of this ambiguity about what mechanisms are clearly maps onto existing applications of PT, with most PT case studies largely ignoring the underlying theoretical causal processes; i.e. it is black-boxed.This article attempts to provide a clear......It is widely agreed that the core of Process-tracing (PT) as a distinct case study methodology is that it involves tracing causal mechanisms that link causes (X) with their effects (i.e. outcomes) (Y). Yet when we look at the methodological literature on PT, there is considerable ambiguity...... definition of causal mechanisms that provides scholars using PT with a framework for theorizing mechanisms in a fashion that is amenable to in-depth empirical analysis. I contend that PT needs to adopt an understanding of causal mechanisms where they are explicitly fleshed out by unpacking causal processes...

  9. Neutron capture reactions relevant to s-process and p-process in the domain of the $N=50$ shell closure

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    Dutta, Saumi; Bhattacharyya, Abhijit

    2016-01-01

    Radiative thermal neutron capture cross sections for nuclei participating in s-process and p-process nucleosynthesis in and around $N=50$ closed neutron shell have been calculated in statistical semi-microscopic Hauser-Feshbach approach for the energy range of astrophysical interest. A folded optical model potential is constructed utilizing the standard DDM3Y real nucleon-nucleon interaction. The folding of the interaction with target radial matter densities, obtained from the relativistic-mean-field approach, is done in coordinate space using the spherical approximation. The standard nuclear reaction code TALYS1.8 is used for cross-section calculation. The cross sections are compared with experimental results and reasonable agreements are found for almost all cases. Maxwellian-averaged cross sections (MACS) for the nuclei are presented at a single thermal energy of 30 keV relevant to s-process. We have also presented the MACS values over a range of energy from 5 to 100 keV for neutron magic nuclei with $(N=5...

  10. Z-mediated charge and CP asymmetries and FCNCs in $B_{d,s}$ processes

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    Chen, Chuan-Hung; Wang, Wei

    2010-01-01

    We show model-independently that the upper bound for the negative like-sign charge asymmetry $(-A^b_{s\\ell})$ is $ (3.16_{-0.48}^{+0.49})\\times 10^{-3}$ when the constraints from the $B_q-\\bar B_q$ mixings and the time-dependent CP asymmetries (CPAs) for $B_q\\to J/\\Psi M_q$ with $M_q=K,\\phi$ and $q=d,s$ are taken into account. Although the upper bound is smaller than the measured value by the D{\\O} Collaboration at Fermilab, it is still one order of magnitude larger than the standard model (SM) prediction and sensitive to new CP violating effects. To illustrate the potential large $|A^{b}_{s\\ell}|$, we show the influence of new $SU(2)_L$ singlet exotic quarks in the vector-like quark model, where the $Z$-mediated flavor changing neutral currents (FCNCs) are generated at tree level. In particular, we demonstrate that (a) the like-sign charge asymmetry could be enhanced by a factor of two in magnitude; (b) the CPA of $\\sin2\\beta^{J/\\Psi \\phi}_s$ could reach to $-15\\%$; (c) the CPA of $\\sin2\\beta_{\\phi K_S}$ cou...

  11. Investigation of Indirect Contact Freezing Process in Desalination of Boshehr Beach's Saline Water

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    M Alimohaadi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Nowadays, most countries of the world have shortage of water due to many reasons such as population growth, rising of living standards, indiscriminate water use, and so on. Besides, in absence of adequate water resources, desalination of brackish and saline waters have been used to supply potable water. Freezing process is one of the methods which can be used to desalinate saline waters.The aim of this study was to survey freezing process to produce potable water from saline water of Persian Gulf shores."nMaterials and Methods: This study was conducted in lab-scale by using indirect contact freezing. Three samples of 50 liter were provided from Bushehr shores. The implemented process steps were freezing (crystallization, separation of crystals, surface washing, and thawing. Freezing of the samples (each in 0.5 liter containers were performed by a refrigerator at -20°C and 0.1KW/h energy consumption.Results: The removal efficiencies of TDS in the first, second, and third samples by first freezing process were 56, 56, and 51 percent, respectively. Moreover, the removal efficiencies by EC were 42, 44, and 40 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the removal efficiencies of TDS in first, second, and third samples by second freezing process observed 69, 69, and 68 percent, respectively. Moreover, the removal efficiencies by EC were 61, 60, and 63 percent, respectively. Also, the removal efficiencies of TDS in first, second, and third samples by third freezing process were 72, 73, and 72 percent, respectively. Moreover, the removal efficiencies by EC were 77, 78, and 77 percent, respectively. The production of the potable water by this method was 15-20 percent of the entry water.Conclusions: According to the obtained results, potable water was obtained after third freezing of the saline water. Meanwhile, TDS of the produced water was less than maximum allowed concentration of Iranian standards.

  12. Measurements of Electroweak Penguin Processes b->d,s gamma and b->sl+l- at Belle

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    Iwasaki, M

    2004-01-01

    We report the measurements of electroweak penguin processes b->d,s gamma and b->sl+l- at the Belle experiment. The analyses are based on 152 million BB-bar events collected at the Upsilon(4S) resonance with the Belle detector at the KEKB e+e- asymmetric-energy collider. The b->d gamma transition is studied through exclusive decays: B0->rho0 gamma, B0->omega gamma and B+ ->rho+ gamma. We apply fully inclusive and semi-inclusive reconstruction to b->s gamma and b->sl+l- processes, respectively. The results on the exclusive b->d gamma and semi-inclusive b->sl+l- measurements are preliminary.

  13. The Internationalization Process of the E-marketplace FoodIT A/S

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    Rask, Morten

    This case describes the early internationalization process and the considerations about a future international expansion of an e-marketplace. The case illustrates the complexity of internationalizing an internet-based SME. FoodIT is trying to identify the most suitable entry modes; i.e. entry modes...... that can handle a fast, broad and deep international expansion process with very limited resources. The case raises important questions as to the importance of physical presence for a dot.com firm selling digital products; products that in theory can be distributed digitally but in practice need...

  14. New FORTRAN computer programs to acquire and process isotopic mass spectrometric data: Operator`s manual

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    Smith, D.H.; McKown, H.S.

    1993-09-01

    This TM is one of a pair that describes ORNL-developed software for acquisition and processing of isotope ratio mass spectral data. This TM is directed at the laboratory analyst. No technical knowledge of the programs and programming is required. It describes how to create and edit files, how to acquire and process data, and how to set up files to obtain the desired results. The aim of this TM is to serve as a utilitarian instruction manual, a {open_quotes}how to{close_quotes} approach rather than a {open_quotes}why?{close_quotes}

  15. Bilateral fracture of the superior articular process of S1 - An unusual fracture seen in a speed skater.

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    Kojima, Kota; Asamoto, Shunji

    2017-04-01

    Background Fractures of the superior articular process are rarely seen in clinical practice. Repetitive spinal movements may lead to fractures of the pars interarticularis, resulting in spondylolysis. Traumatic spinal fractures often involve the vertebral body, transvers and/or the spinous processes. The superior articular processes, however, are seldom involved in both traumatic and stress-induced fractures. Purpose The purpose of this report is to present an unusual case of symptomatic bilateral fracture of the superior articular process of the sacrum in a 21-year-old speed skater. Study design This is a case report. Methods The patient was admitted for close observation after complaining of excruciating lower back pain and bilateral dysesthesia along the L5 nerve root. Post-myelography computed tomography (CT) revealed a bilateral facet joint deformity at L5/S1 and a bilateral fracture of the superior articular process of the sacrum. A facet joint block at the L5/S1 joint alleviated the pain, and a nerve root block at the L5 nerve root improved the dysesthesia. The patient underwent an L5/S1 decompression, whereby the nonunion bone fragments were removed, followed by a posterior lumbar inter-body fusion (PLIF) at L5/S1. Results The patient showed immediate improvement and returned to training six months post-operatively. Conclusion We have presented a case of bilateral fractures of the superior articular process of the sacrum in a speed skater. His presenting symptoms were similar to those found in patients with spondylolysis and the etiology appears to be similar. Surgical treatment was opted given his symptomatic relief from nerve root and facet joint blocks.

  16. ZnS Thin Films Deposited by a Spin Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction Process

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    Han, Seungyeol; Lee, D. H.; Ryu, S. O.; Chang, Chih-hung

    2010-05-20

    In this article, we reported a spin successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method for the first time. ZnS thin films were deposited by spin SILAR using ZnCl2 and Na2S aqueous precursor solutions at room temperature and atmosphere pressure. The optical, structural, and morphological characterizations of the films were studied by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV/visible spectroscopy. Smooth (average roughness <3 nm), uniform, and highly transparent ZnS (transmittance of over 90% in the visible band) thin films could be successfully deposited using this technique with shorter cycle time and much less solvent usage.

  17. Inhibition of Escherichia coli precursor-16S rRNA processing by mouse intestinal contents

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    Licht, Tine Rask; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim; Holmstrøm, Kim;

    1999-01-01

    . We have applied fluorescence in situ hybridization of pre-16S rRNA to Escherichia coli cells growing in vitro in extracts from two different compartments of the mouse intestine: the caecal mucus layer, where E. coli grew rapidly, and the contents of the caecum, which supported much slower bacterial......The correlation between ribosome content and growth rate found in many bacterial species has proved useful for estimating the growth activity of individual cells by quantitative in situ rRNA hybridization. However, in dynamic environments, the stability of mature ribosomal RNA causes problems...... growth. The amounts of 23S rRNA and pre-16S rRNA measured for E. coli growing in intestinal mucus corresponded to that expected for bacteria with the observed growth rate. In contrast, the slow-growing E. coli cells present in intestinal contents turned out to have an approximately ninefold higher...

  18. Weapon Acquisition Program Outcomes and Efforts to Reform DOD’s Acquisition Process

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    2016-05-09

    Force’s share of portfolio costs have been increasing since 2007 and 2012 respectively. Navy programs account for almost 55 percent of the 2015...portfolio, were also in the 2005 portfolio and represent 80 percent of the portfolio’s current total acquisition cost or over $1.1 of the $1.4 trillion...on Navy programs now accounts for 55 percent of the portfolio or $54.6 billion. • As the share of cost for Navy programs increased, that for the

  19. Chifeng Strives to Build China’s Nonferrous Metals Industrial Processing Base

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    2012-01-01

    <正>As the largest pillar industry of Chifeng industrial economy, metallurgical industry offers half of industrial added value and approximately 60% of fiscal revenue of the city. In recent years, Chifeng continues to extend industrial chain and enhance industrial level by relying on nonferrous metals resources, striving to build the nonferrous metals industrial processing base of China.

  20. A two dimensional power spectral estimate for some nonstationary processes. M.S. Thesis

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    Smith, Gregory L.

    1989-01-01

    A two dimensional estimate for the power spectral density of a nonstationary process is being developed. The estimate will be applied to helicopter noise data which is clearly nonstationary. The acoustic pressure from the isolated main rotor and isolated tail rotor is known to be periodically correlated (PC) and the combined noise from the main and tail rotors is assumed to be correlation autoregressive (CAR). The results of this nonstationary analysis will be compared with the current method of assuming that the data is stationary and analyzing it as such. Another method of analysis is to introduce a random phase shift into the data as shown by Papoulis to produce a time history which can then be accurately modeled as stationary. This method will also be investigated for the helicopter data. A method used to determine the period of a PC process when the period is not know is discussed. The period of a PC process must be known in order to produce an accurate spectral representation for the process. The spectral estimate is developed. The bias and variability of the estimate are also discussed. Finally, the current method for analyzing nonstationary data is compared to that of using a two dimensional spectral representation. In addition, the method of phase shifting the data is examined.

  1. Evaluation of treatment efficiency of processes for petroleum refinery`s wastewater

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    Kee, Kean Chin [National Univ. of Singapore, Kent Ridge (Singapore). Dept. of Civil Engineering

    1993-12-31

    Processes used in the treatment of a petroleum refinery wastewater included initial API oil separator to be followed by dissolved air flotation and extended aeration system. The use of extended aeration biological system proved to be an improvement but not a solution yet in such kind of treatment. 2 refs., 2 tabs.

  2. Seizing and Stretching Participatory Space: Civil Society Participation in Tanzania’s Policy Processes

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    H. Engel (Hermine)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractThis paper takes as its starting point the perspective that civil society participation in governance—particularly policy processes such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and related policy developments—largely takes on a mere consultative rather than a transformative role

  3. The Internationalization Process of the E-marketplace Scanmarket A/S

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    Rask, Morten

    The case describes the early internationalization process and the considerations about future international expansion of a successful e-marketplace where customers (doing reverse auctions) are the focus. Scanmarket was trying to find identify the most suitable entry modes; i.e. types of entry mod...

  4. Stein’s Method and Its Application in Radar Signal Processing

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    2005-07-01

    0) = π1 and g (0) = π2 has a unique solution [ Kreyszig 1988, Theorem 1, Section 2.9]. To construct the solution to (26), multiply both sides of the...Process- ing. (CRC Press, New York). 28. Kreyszig , E. (1988), Advanced Engineering Mathematics. (Wiley, New York). 29. Levanon, N. (1988), Radar

  5. A Comparative Analysis of the Budget Process in the Venezuelan and U.S. Navies.

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    1979-12-01

    los Organismo de la Administracion Central" CAccounting System of Financial Execution of the budget for the Central Administration Offices), which is...Venezuelan budgetary process no distinction is made between an authorization and an appropriation. The Escuela Nacional de Administracion Publica - The

  6. Human Rights Education Here and Now: U.S. Practices and International Processes

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    Tibbitts, Felisa

    2014-01-01

    Felisa Tibbitts has spent the better part of her professional life in the field of human rights education. She remarks here that earlier in her career, as a U.S. national, she had been steeped in the language of civic education and peace education, but had not come across the term "human rights" and didn't initially understand (beyond a…

  7. Workers' Theatre as an Inquiry Process for Exploring Social Issues of the 1930s.

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    Chilcoat, George W.

    1998-01-01

    Reviews the worker's theater movement of the 1930s that attempted to unite actors and audience in devising solutions to societal problems. Maintains that re-enacting its dramatic forms is a thought-provoking way to introduce students to the issues of the time. Includes instructions for suggested activities. (MJP)

  8. Pinnacle: The Army’s Effort to Reform Its Accession Process

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    2011-02-24

    Philip Kotler emphasizes the importance of market conditions on organization design and strategy. According to Kotler , “Companies need to give the...Leadership, interview by author, December 6, 2010. 68 Philip Kotler , Marketing Management: Analysis, Planning, Implementation and Control...2010. 75 U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Pinnacle Army Research Consortium, September 1, 2009. 76 Philip Kotler , Marketing Management: Analysis

  9. Understanding Craftsman’s Creativity in a Framework of Person, Process, Product and Press (4Ps)

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    Zhang, Hui; Zhou, Chunfang; Tanggaard, Lene

    2016-01-01

    The recent work has emphasized craftsmen are key actors in developing creative industries. However, little attention has been paid to the particular study on creativity of craftsmen. This paper aims to explore how can we understand craftsman’s creativity in a theoretical framework of Person, Proc...

  10. Metacognitive Processes in Emotion Recognition: Are They Different in Adults with Asperger's Disorder?

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    Sawyer, Alyssa C. P.; Williamson, Paul; Young, Robyn

    2014-01-01

    Deficits in emotion recognition and social interaction characterize individuals with Asperger's Disorder (AS). Moreover they also appear to be less able to accurately use confidence to gauge their emotion recognition accuracy (i.e., metacognitive monitoring). The aim of this study was to extend this finding by considering both monitoring and…

  11. Observing a Client's Grieving Process: Bringing Logical Positivism into Qualitative Grief Counselling Research

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    Wilson, John; Gabriel, Lynne; James, Hazel

    2014-01-01

    This positional paper originates from our need as researcher/practitioners to establish a meaningful epistemological framework for research into bereaved people's journey through loss and grief over time. We describe how the field of grief research has a long and established biological basis, in keeping with a positivist epistemology.…

  12. Analysis of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center’s (ALC) Contract Management Processes

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    2007-12-01

    for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, 2007) Table 2. AT&L Workforce by Generation (From Amour , 2002) These main issues are what led...June 14, 2007, from http://www.afmc.af.mil/library/mission.asp Amour , S. (2002, November 6). Generation Y They’ve arrived at work with a new attitude

  13. A Methodology and Software Environment for Testing Process Model’s Sequential Predictions with Protocols

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    1992-12-21

    models with protocol data. Review of past work column text editors (Prep: Neuwirth, Kaufer , Chandhok, & Morris, 1990). These tools offer a level of polish... Kaufer , D. S., Chandhok, R., & Morris, J. H. (1990). Issues in the design of computer support for co-authoring and commenting. In Proceedings of the

  14. Erosion processes and prediction with WEPP technology in forests in the Northwestern U.S.

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    W. J. Elliot

    2013-01-01

    In the northwestern U.S., the greatest amounts of forest erosion usually follow infrequent wildfires. Sediment from these fires is gradually routed through the stream system. The forest road network is usually the second greatest source of sediment, generating sediment annually. Erosion rates associated with timber harvest, biomass removal, and prescribed fire are...

  15. Lawmaking process and non-governmental stakeholders in China’s Antimonopoly Law

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    Tang, Yi Shin

    2015-01-01

    The article provides a critical account of the political interests behind the enactment of China’s competition law and argues that, contrary to standard view, the influences of foreign and local stakeholders have been differently incorporated by local lawmakers, which resulted in a distinctive...

  16. Hong Kong and U.S. Teachers' Perceptions of Mathematical Disagreements and Their Resolution Processes

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    Barlow, Angela T.; Huang, Rongjin; Law, Huk-Yuen; Chan, Yip Cheung; Zhang, Qiaoping; Baxter, Wesley A.; Gaddy, Angeline K.

    2016-01-01

    Mathematical disagreements occur when students challenge each other's ideas related to a mathematical concept. In this research, we examined Hong Kong and U.S. elementary teachers' perceptions of mathematical disagreements and their resolutions using a video-stimulated survey. Participants were directed to give particular attention to the…

  17. Control of H2S emissions using an ozone oxidation process: Preliminary results

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    Defaveri, D.; Ferrando, B.; Ferraiolo, G.

    1986-01-01

    The problem of eliminating industrial emission odors does not have a simple solution, and consequently has not been researched extensively. Therefore, an experimental research program regarding oxidation of H2S through ozone was undertaken to verify the applicable limits of the procedure and, in addition, was designed to supply a useful analytical means of rationalizing the design of reactors employed in the sector.

  18. Probing astrophysically important states in $^{26}$Mg nucleus to study neutron sources for the $s$-Process

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    Talwar, R; Berg, G P A; Bin, L; Bisterzo, S; Couder, M; deBoer, R J; Fang, X; Fujita, H; Fujita, Y; Gorres, J; Hatanaka, K; Itoh, T; Kadoya, T; Long, A; Miki, K; Patel, D; Pignatari, M; Shimbara, Y; Tamii, A; Wiescher, M; Yamamoto, T; Yosoi, M

    2015-01-01

    The $^{22}$Ne($\\alpha$,n)$^{25}$Mg reaction is the dominant neutron source for the slow neutron capture process ($s$-process) in massive stars and contributes, together with the $^{13}$C($\\alpha$,n)$^{16}$O, to the production of neutrons for the $s$-process in Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars. However, the reaction is endothermic and competes directly with the $^{22}$Ne($\\alpha,\\gamma)^{26}$Mg radiative capture. The uncertainties for both reactions are large owing to the uncertainty in the level structure of $^{26}$Mg near the alpha and neutron separation energies. These uncertainties are affecting the s-process nucleosynthesis calculations in theoretical stellar models. Indirect studies in the past have been successful in determining the energies, $\\gamma$-ray and neutron widths of the $^{26}$Mg states in the energy region of interest. But, the high Coulomb barrier hinders a direct measurement of the resonance strengths, which are determined by the $\\alpha$-widths for these states. The goal of the present...

  19. U.S. Department of Energy integrated manufacturing & processing predoctoral fellowships. Final Report

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    Petrochenkov, Margaret

    2003-03-31

    The objective of this program was threefold: to create a pool of PhDs trained in the integrated approach to manufacturing and processing, to promote academic interest in the field, and to attract talented professionals to this challenging area of engineering. It was anticipated that the program would result in the creation of new manufacturing methods that would contribute to improved energy efficiency, to better utilization of scarce resources, and to less degradation of the environment. Emphasis in the competition was on integrated systems of manufacturing and the integration of product design with manufacturing processes. Research addressed such related areas as aspects of unit operations, tooling and equipment, intelligent sensors, and manufacturing systems as they related to product design. This is the final report to close out the contract.

  20. It’s all about mechanisms - what process-tracing case studies should be tracing

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    Beach, Derek

    2016-01-01

    It is widely agreed that the core of Process-tracing (PT) as a distinct case study methodology is that it involves tracing causal mechanisms that link causes (X) with their effects (i.e. outcomes) (Y). Yet when we look at the methodological literature on PT, there is considerable ambiguity...... definition of causal mechanisms that provides scholars using PT with a framework for theorizing mechanisms in a fashion that is amenable to in-depth empirical analysis. I contend that PT needs to adopt an understanding of causal mechanisms where they are explicitly fleshed out by unpacking causal processes...... linking X and Y into a series of interlocking parties composed of entities engaging in activities that transmit causal forces from cause to outcome....

  1. S O{sub 2} emission reduction through the use of the humid oxidation process

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    Fink, Jurgen [TIBRAS, Titanio do Brasil S.A., Salvador, BA (Brazil)

    1993-12-31

    The SO{sub 2} emission reduction unit to be installed in TIBRAS consists of six reactors supplied with activates carbon beds which will remove the SO{sub 2} (0.11 volume percent) contained in the residual gas (150.000 cubic meters per hour) produced in three rotary calciner kilns. The SO{sub 2} reacts with the water in the carbon pores forming diluted sulfuric acid. The activated carbon is fabricated from coke from peat. The weak H{sub 2} SO{sub 4} is reused in the titanium dioxide pigment process. This process is supposed to reduce TIBRAS SO{sub 2} emissions by 50 to 85 percent in addition to eliminating two stacks. 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  2. Energize Your Photovoltaics: NREL's Process Development and Integration Laboratory (PDIL)

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    2008-04-01

    The Process Development and Integration Laboratory (PDIL) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a unique collaborative facility where industry and universities can work closely with NREL scientists on integrated equipment to answer pressing questions related to photovoltaics (PV). The integrated equipment includes deposition, processing, and characterization tools. We work with a wide range of PV materials, from crystalline silicon to thin-films (amorphous, nano- and microcrystalline silicon, copper indium gallium diselenide, cadmium telluride) to organic PV. The PDIL integrates all the data to: Automate control via recipes; Share data easily and securely; and Facilitate analysis. The PDIL integrates all the tools to: Eliminate air exposure between steps; Sequence steps in any order ; and Incorporate combinatorial techniques. The PDIL integrates all the materials to: Provide greater device flexibility; Allow diverse experts to work together; and Better support industry and universities.

  3. Observation and Quantification of Nanoscale Processes in Lithium Batteries by Operando Electrochemical (S)TEM

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    Mehdi, Beata L.; Qian, Jiangfeng; Nasybulin, Eduard; Park, Chiwoo; Welch, David A.; Faller, Roland; Mehta, Hardeep S.; Henderson, Wesley A.; Xu, Wu; Wang, Chong M.; Evans, James E.; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Jiguang; Mueller, Karl T.; Browning, Nigel D.

    2015-03-11

    An operando electrochemical stage for the transmission electron microscope has been configured to form a “Li battery” that is used to quantify the electrochemical processes that occur at the anode during charge/discharge cycling. Of particular importance for these observations is the identification of an image contrast reversal that originates from solid Li being less dense than the surrounding liquid electrolyte and electrode surface. This contrast allows Li to be identified from Li containing compounds that make up the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer. By correlating images showing the sequence of Li electrodeposition and the evolution of the SEI layer with simultaneously acquired and calibrated cyclic voltammograms (CV), electrodeposition and electrolyte breakdown processes can be quantified directly on the nanoscale. This approach opens up intriguing new possibilities to rapidly visualize and test the electrochemical performance of a wide range of electrode/electrolyte combinations for next generation battery systems.

  4. Digital skills and information processing from a child’s perspective

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    Flor Heydi Chaves Barquero

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study responds to the need to determine whether, in an educational setting that incorporates Information and Communication Technology (ICT and a project-based learning approach, 68 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students from a public institution in Costa Rica have acquired the digital, information processing and teamwork skills necessary to face the challenges of the knowledge society we live in. The study was developed from a mixed embedded, mainly quantitative approach which was exploratory in scope. The results show a medium-high level of performance for digital skills (3.93 and information processing (3.82; and a high performance for teamwork skills (4.17 on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest score. It is concluded that, due to the age of the population, the results are not definitive, and further training in these skills is recommended.

  5. The Internationalization Process of the E-marketplace Autocom A/S

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    Rask, Morten

    This case describes the early internationalization process and the considerations about future international expansion of an e-marketplace. The case illustrates the complexity of internationalizing an internet-based SME. The first attempt to handle the internationalization of the firm, was to have...... foreigners employed at the Danish headquarter in order to handle a fast and broad international expansion process with limited resources involved. It was then recognized that this structure could not satisfy the needed concentration on the current foreign markets. Then Autocom identified the most suitable...... entry mode to foreign markets as foreign sales offices organized by local people with industry experiences. The case raises important questions of the importance of physical presence for a dot.com firm selling digital products; products that in theory can be distributed digitally but in practice needs...

  6. IMITATION STRATEGIES FOR SME’S LEARNING PROCESS TOWARDS INNOVATION STRATEGIES

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    Rina Sulistiyani

    2013-01-01

    The research results are as follow: the learning experience to use imitation strategy which covers stages of imitation, research, development and  creation. This learning process is the result of interaction between personal and behavior factors, as well as the enabler and barriers. The owners of leather small industries which leave the imitation strategy and switch to innovation strategy are craftsmen who have an entrepreneurial spirit. they are able to balance entrepreneurial and business aspects.

  7. Neutron Capture Reactions on Fe and Ni Isotopes for the Astrophysical s-process

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    Lederer, C; Massimi, C; Žugec, P; Barbagallo, M; Colonna, N; Domingo-Pardo, C; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Käppeler, F; Tain, J L; Altstadt, S; Andrzejewski, J; Audouin, L; Bécares, V; Bečvář, F; Belloni, F; Berthoumieux, E; Billowes, J; Boccone, V; Bosnar, D; Brugger, M; Calviani, M; Calviño, F; Cano-Ott, D; Carrapiço, C; Cerutti, F; Chiaveri, E; Chin, M; Cortés, G; Cortés-Giraldo, M A; Diakaki, M; Duran, I; Dressler, R; Dzysiuk, N; Eleftheriadis, C; Ferrari, A; Fraval, K; Ganesan, S; García, A R; Gómez-Hornillos, M B; Gonçalves, I F; González-Romero, E; Griesmayer, E; Gurusamy, P; Jenkins, D G; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Karadimos, D; Kivel, N; Koehler, P; Kokkoris, M; Korschinek, G; Krtička, M; Kroll, J; Langer, C; Leeb, H; Leong, L S; Losito, R; Manousos, A; Marganiec, J; Martínez, T; Mastinu, P F; Mastromarco, M; Meaze, M; Mendoza, E; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Mingrone, F; Mirea, M; Mondelaers, W; Paradela, C; Pavlik, A; Perkowski, J; Pignatari, M; Plompen, A; Praena, J; Quesada, J M; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Riego, A; Roman, F; Rubbia, C; Sarmento, R; Schillebeeckx, P; Schmidt, S; Schumann, D; Tagliente, G; Tarrío, D; Tassan-Got, L; Tsinganis, A; Valenta, S; Vannini, G; Variale, V; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Versaci, R; Vermeulen, M J; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Wallner, A; Ware, T; Weigand, M; Weiß, C; Wright, T J

    2014-01-01

    Neutron capture cross sections in the keV neutron energy region are the key nuclear physics input to study the astrophysical slow neutron capture process. In the past years, a series of neutron capture cross section measurements has been performed at the neutron time-of-flight facility n\\_TOF at CERN focussing on the Fe/Ni mass region. Recent results and future developments in the neutron time-of-flight technique are discussed.

  8. Globalization process and its impact on Kosovo’s tourism development

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    MSc. Petrit Hasanaj

    2016-01-01

    Unlike modernization, globalization is a process somewhat independent from the will of its adhering participants. This thesis represents Robertson sociologist giving a description based on which capital, ideas and cultural codes, with the help of new communication tools, expand worldwide. With rapid development of media and mass electronic communications is eliminated the importance of space and leads to shrinking (narrowing) of time and space which is a serious threat to national cultural id...

  9. Tailoring the Acquisition Process in the U.S. Department of Defense

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    2015-01-01

    acquisi- tion program. PMs need to think critically about what they want and need to do for the program to be successful and then compare that to rules...response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed , and completing and...to customize regulatory- based reviews, processes, and information requirements to accommo- date the unique characteristics of a program while still

  10. The role of cosmic rays in the Earth’s atmospheric processes

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    Devendraa Siingh; R P Singh

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we have provided an overview of cosmic ray effects on terrestrial processes such as electrical properties, global electric circuit, lightning, cloud formation, cloud coverage, atmospheric temperature, space weather phenomena, climate, etc. It is suggested that cosmic rays control short-term and long-term variations in climate. There are many basic phenomena which need further study and require new and long-term data set. Some of these have been pointed out.

  11. The mind is not a black box: children’s ideas about the writing process

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    Scheuer,Nora; Cruz, Montserrat de la; Pozo, Juan Ignacio; Huarte, María Faustina; Sola, Graciela

    2006-01-01

    This is the pre-peer reviewed version of a work that was accepted for publication in Learning and Instruction. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Learning and Instruction 16,1, (2006) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j....

  12. 4+4+4 EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND IT’S EFFECT IN TEACHING PROCESS IN MATHEMATICS

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    YILMAZ, Ramazan

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate teaching mathematics curriculum applied with 4+4+4 system from the teachers’ point of view along with different perspectives in primary schools in Turkish National Education System where the program has been started since the beginning of 2012-2013 educational year. Due to the fact that a comprehensive research done in this study against teaching and learning processes in mathematics education, which is the most struggled subject in our community, i...

  13. Chuangyuan Metal’s Aluminum Alloy Processing Project to Settle in Holingol

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    2014-01-01

    <正>According to news sources from Holingol on August 27,with an investment of RMB7.2billion and an area of 1,200 mu,Chuangyuan Metal plans to use directly the 800,000 tons of molten aluminum generated from the ongoing first phase for intensive processing,with a view to achieving the annual output of 300,000 tons

  14. Photosynthesis: an interactive didactic model’s use to the learning and teaching process

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    Vanessa Liesenfeld

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Photosynthesis is a complex process that involves the implementation of several reactions which, many times, makes this content difficult for students to understand. The objective of this study was to investigate if an interactive didactic model, crafted with simple materials, could facilitate the understanding and learning of students on photosynthesis. Initially students of first year high school class from a public school Western of Paraná were asked to diagram what they knew about photosynthesis and respond to a questionnaire. It was concluded that many of the students’ prior concepts were general or inaccurate, such as the idea of photosynthesis being the process of respiration in plants, and O2 coming from the CO2, not from the photo-oxidation of water. These prior conceptions were important for planning the approach to the subject. The process of photosynthesis was then covered in lecture and dialogued, using the interactive didactic model to highlight the explanations. A new questionnaire was completed by the students, and concluded that the use of the interactive didactic model was efficient, since it helped to consolidate correct concepts and simultaneously, introduced new ones as well it shook the equivocal relations.

  15. Evaluating Adult’s Competency: Application of the Competency Assessment Process

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    Dominique Giroux

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Competency assessment of adults with cognitive impairment or mental illness is a complex process that can have significant consequences for their rights. Some models put forth in the scientific literature have been proposed to guide health and social service professionals with this assessment process, but none of these appear to be complete. A new model, the Competency Assessment Process (CAP, was presented and validated in other studies. This paper adds to this corpus by presenting both the CAP model and the results of a survey given to health and social service professionals on its practical application in their clinical practice. The survey was administered to 35 participants trained in assessing competency following the CAP model. The results show that 40% of participants use the CAP to guide their assessment and the majority of those who do not yet use it plan to do so in the future. A large majority of participants consider this to be a relevant model and believe that all interdisciplinary teams should use it. These results support the relevance of the CAP model. Further research is planned to continue the study of the application of CAP in healthcare facilities.

  16. Characterizing the Buyer Decision Process: the ZMOT model in Chile’s technology sector

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    Manuel Escobar Farfán

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an updated application model that identifies the intervening factors in the buyer decision process. In traditional research, the consumer is said to confront two moments of truth before making the decision to buy: first, when encountering the gondola, and then again while experiencing the product. Nevertheless, innovations in information technology have modified this traditional view to include the “Zero Moment of Truth”, known as ZMOT, a name popularized by Google. This analysis is based on the concept of the Zero Moment of Truth which relates to the process that consumers live prior to the purchase decision in which they gather information about the product or service. This study is justified by the absence of research on the ZMOT concept in Chile. To determine the factors involved in the purchase decision, a quantitative methodology was used, through the application of a survey that analyzed three perspectives: the influencing factors during the purchase decision, the activities carried out during the ZMOT, and, finally, the actions carried out after the completion of the purchase and information that will serve for future buyers is gathered. With the data obtained, an exploratory factor analysis was carried out, generating a preliminary multi-dimensional model to describe the factors in the buyer decision process during the information and experience gathering phase known as ZMOT.

  17. Evaluation of phytic acid utilization by S. cerevisiae strains used in fermentation processes and biomass production.

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    Mikulski, Dawid; Kłosowski, Grzegorz

    2017-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a well-studied yeast species used mainly in fermentation processes, bakery, and for SCP (Single Cell Protein) acquisition. The aim of the study was to analyze the possibility of phytic acid utilization as one of the hydrolysis processes carried out by yeast. The analysis of 30 yeast strains used in fermentation and for biomass production, that were grown in media containing phytic acid, revealed a high variability in the biomass production rate and the capability to hydrolyze phytates. No correlation between a high biomass concentration and a high level of phytate hydrolysis was found. Only four analyzed strains (Bayanus IOC Efficience, Sano, PINK EXCEL, FINAROME) were able to reduce the phytic acid concentration by more than 33.5%, from the initial concentration 103.0 ± 2.1 μg/ml to the level below 70 μg/ml. The presented results suggest that the selected wine and fodder yeast can be used as in situ source of phosphohydrolases in fermentation processes, and especially in the production of fodder proteins. However, further studies aimed at the optimization of growing parameters, such as the maximization of phytase secretion, and a comprehensive analysis of the catalytic activity of the isolated phosphohydrolases, are necessary.

  18. Impact of the uncertainty in α-captures on 22Ne on the weak s-process in massive stars

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    Nishimura, N.; Hirschi, R.; Pignatari, M.; Herwig, F.; Beard, M.; Imbriani, G.; Görres, J.; deBoer, R. J.; Wiescher, M.

    2014-05-01

    Massive stars at solar metallicity contribute to the production of heavy elements with atomic masses between A = 60 and A = 90 via the so-called weak s-process (which takes place during core He and shell C burning phases). Furthermore, recent studies have shown that rotation boosts the s-process production in massive stars at low metallicities, with a production that may reach the barium neutron-magic peak. These results are very sensitive to neutron source and neutron poison reaction rates. For the weak s-process, the main neutron source is the reaction 22Ne(α,n)25Mg, which is in competition with 22Ne(α,γ)26Mg. The uncertainty of both rates strongly affects the nucleosynthesis predictions from stellar model calculations. In this study, we investigate the impact of the uncertainty in α-captures on 22Ne on the s-process nucleosynthesis in massive stars both at solar and at very low metallicity. For this purpose, we post-process, with the Nugrid mppnp code, non-rotating and rotating evolutionary models 25M⊙ stars at two different metallicities: Z = Z⊙ and Z = 10-5Z⊙, respectively. Our results show that uncertainty of 22Ne(α,n)25Mg and 22Ne(α,γ)26Mg rates have a significant impact on the final elemental production especially for metal poor rotating models. Beside uncertainties in the neutron source reactions, for fast rotating massive stars at low metallicity we revisit the impact of the neutron poisoning effect by the reaction chain 16O(n,γ)17O(α,γ)21Ne, in competition with the 17O(α,n)20Ne, recycling the neutrons captured by 16O.

  19. Exports – trends and impacts on Romania’s economic growth process

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    Anca Maria GHERMAN

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the post-crisis period when domestic consumer demand had slumped, Romania and other European Union countries have tried to promote exports as an important engine of economic growth. In order to achieve this, some countries allowed a significant depreciation of their national currency so as to increase competitiveness, others turned to internal devaluations, to improvements of the exported product’s technological intensity, to diversification of export destinations, etc., depending on the pre-crisis (initial structural conditions from which they had started. Our study aims to investigate how Romanian exports have changed in recent years, as well as the factors, both internal and external, that influence Romania’s export capacity, with the purpose of achieving economic recovery.

  20. Evaluation of Existing Teaching Learning Process on Bloom’s Taxonomy

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    Chaman Mansha Rupani

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Professional teaching is not up to mark throughout Sindh in general and district Mirpurkhas in particular. It is generally assumed and accepted that the teachers only touch knowledge and comprehension levels of Bloom’s cognitive domain. The other two affective andpsychomotor domains are openly ignored in both the curricula and professional teaching. Present qualitative study is an attempt to evaluate the existing teaching regarding Bloom’s three domains at secondary school level in District Mirpurkhas. The purposive samplingincluded the 30 students; out of them 10 students (05 boys and girls each were interviewed and 20 students (10 boys and girls each were selected for focus-group-discussions separately. Findings revealed that the existing teaching was teacher centered rather than learner-centered. Teaching strategies mostly involved knowledge and rote learning with a little focus on comprehension that is of course the lower levels of cognitive domain while the affective and psychomotor domains remained untouched throughout.

  1. The Health Policy Process in Vietnam: Going Beyond Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Theory

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    Kane, Sumit

    2016-01-01

    This commentary reflects upon the article along three broad lines. It reflects on the theoretical choices and omissions, particularly highlighting why it is important to adapt the multiple streams framework (MSF) when applying it in a socio-political context like Vietnam’s. The commentary also reflects upon the analytical threads tackled by Ha et al; for instance, it highlights the opportunities offered by, and raises questions about the centrality of the Policy Entrepreneur in getting the policy onto the political agenda and in pushing it through. The commentary also dwells on the implications of the article for development aid policies and practices. Throughout, the commentary signposts possible themes for Ha et al to consider for further analysis, and more generally, for future research using Kingdon’s multiple streams theory. PMID:27694671

  2. Analyzing of Sister Carrie’s Independence Process from the Perspective of Feminism

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    姜新新

    2015-01-01

    "Sister Carrie" is published when the American society is in the transition from traditional industry to modern industry.Modern industrial not only provide opportunity to the development of city,but also offer some employment opportunities to the people,while the survival pressure for living is also increased.People’s thought also undergo a tremendous change.They even feel puzzled and confused.

  3. Extreme robustness of scaling in sample space reducing processes explains Zipf’s law in diffusion on directed networks

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    Corominas-Murtra, Bernat; Hanel, Rudolf; Thurner, Stefan

    2016-09-01

    It has been shown recently that a specific class of path-dependent stochastic processes, which reduce their sample space as they unfold, lead to exact scaling laws in frequency and rank distributions. Such sample space reducing processes offer an alternative new mechanism to understand the emergence of scaling in countless processes. The corresponding power law exponents were shown to be related to noise levels in the process. Here we show that the emergence of scaling is not limited to the simplest SSRPs, but holds for a huge domain of stochastic processes that are characterised by non-uniform prior distributions. We demonstrate mathematically that in the absence of noise the scaling exponents converge to -1 (Zipf’s law) for almost all prior distributions. As a consequence it becomes possible to fully understand targeted diffusion on weighted directed networks and its associated scaling laws in node visit distributions. The presence of cycles can be properly interpreted as playing the same role as noise in SSRPs and, accordingly, determine the scaling exponents. The result that Zipf’s law emerges as a generic feature of diffusion on networks, regardless of its details, and that the exponent of visiting times is related to the amount of cycles in a network could be relevant for a series of applications in traffic-, transport- and supply chain management.

  4. ARP: Automatic rapid processing for the generation of problem dependent SAS2H/ORIGEN-s cross section libraries

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    Leal, L.C.; Hermann, O.W.; Bowman, S.M.; Parks, C.V.

    1998-04-01

    In this report, a methodology is described which serves as an alternative to the SAS2H path of the SCALE system to generate cross sections for point-depletion calculations with the ORIGEN-S code. ARP, Automatic Rapid Processing, is an algorithm that allows the generation of cross-section libraries suitable to the ORIGEN-S code by interpolation over pregenerated SAS2H libraries. The interpolations are carried out on the following variables: burnup, enrichment, and water density. The adequacy of the methodology is evaluated by comparing measured and computed spent fuel isotopic compositions for PWR and BWR systems.

  5. Photonic Ultra-Wideband 781.25-Mb/s Signal Generation and Transmission Incorporating Digital Signal Processing Detection

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    Gibbon, Timothy Braidwood; Yu, Xianbin; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso

    2009-01-01

    The generation of photonic ultra-wideband (UWB) impulse signals using an uncooled distributed-feedback laser is proposed. For the first time, we experimentally demonstrate bit-for-bit digital signal processing (DSP) bit-error-rate measurements for transmission of a 781.25-Mb/s photonic UWB signal...... over fiber links. The DSP algorithm is described, the generated UWB signal is shown to comply with the U. S. Federal Communications Commission requirements, and transmission of 1.71 x 10(5) UWB bits over fiber is demonstrated without error....

  6. Congenital defects of C1 arches and odontoid process in a child with Down′s syndrome: A case presentation

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    Catherine Hatzantonis

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the case of a 2-year-old child with Down′s syndrome who presented to our unit with torticollis. Imaging studies revealed the rare occurrence of anterior and posterior C1 arch defects, absent odontoid process, and atlantoaxial subluxation. We managed her conservatively for 3 years without neurological deficits or worsening of atlantoaxial subluxation. We discuss the rare occurrences of anterior and posterior arch defects of the atlas, the radiological presentations of axis defects in patients, and the occurrence of atlantoaxial instability in patients with Down′s syndrome. Management options with consideration to surgery in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients are also discussed.

  7. Role of RNA Processing Factors in the Expression of Flt-1 and its Secreted Variant, sFlt-1

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    Roche, Rebecca I.

    2005-01-01

    Role of RNA Processing Factors in the Expression of Flt-1 and its Secreted Variant, sFlt-1 By Rebecca I. Roche, MS Dr. W.R. Huckle, Chairman Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (ABSTRACT) Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an endothelial cell mitogen involved in angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels. sFlt-1, a secreted form of the signal-transducing VEGF receptor Flt-1, can inhibit cellular responses to VEGF both in vitro and in viv...

  8. Globalization process and its impact on Kosovo’s tourism development

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    MSc. Petrit Hasanaj

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Unlike modernization, globalization is a process somewhat independent from the will of its adhering participants. This thesis represents Robertson sociologist giving a description based on which capital, ideas and cultural codes, with the help of new communication tools, expand worldwide. With rapid development of media and mass electronic communications is eliminated the importance of space and leads to shrinking (narrowing of time and space which is a serious threat to national cultural identities. Fukuyama in his apology of liberal democracy warns "final political neutralization of nationalism" in terms of overall centralization and linguistic unity of the world.

  9. The Processing of Global and Local Visual Information in Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Eriko Matsumoto

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available We examined the quantitative and qualitative difference of the pattern with visuo-cognitive processing impairment in patients with early onset AD (EOAD and late onset AD (LOAD. We use a visual attention task introduced by Navon (1977 to examine the function to integrate local visual stimuli into global image. Although the ability to identify solid digits ether of large and small size presented at the same exposure duration, EOAD performance was poor in the global perception especially at the short duration (20~msec. We provide evidence that this dysfunction is attribute to the AD pathology specific to early onset type.

  10. Vistula River bed erosion processes and their influence on Warsaw’s flood safety

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    Magnuszewski, A.; Moran, S

    2015-01-01

    Large cities have historically been well protected against floods as a function of their importance to society. In Warsaw, Poland, located on a narrow passage of the Vistula River valley, urban flood disasters were not unusual. Beginning at the end of the 19th century, the construction of river embankment and training works caused the narrowing of the flood passage path in the downtown reach of the river. The process of bed erosion lowered the elevation of the river bed by 205 cm over the 20t...

  11. Simultaneous Range-Velocity Processing and SNR Analysis of AFIT’s Random Noise Radar

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    2012-03-22

    Number of Processing Cores 4 8 Processor Speed 3.33 GHz 3.07 GHz Installed Memory 48 GB 48 GB GPU Make NVIDIA NVIDIA GPU Model Tesla 1060 Tesla C2070 GPU...Shiyan. “W-band Noise Radar Sensor for Car Collision Warning Systems”. Physics and Engineering of Millimeter and Sub-Millimeter Waves, 2001. The...Noise Radar with Correlation Receiver as the Basis of Car Collision Avoidance System”. Microwave Conference, 1995. 25th European, volume 1, 506–507

  12. The Internationalization Process of the E-marketplace Autocom A/S

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    Rask, Morten

    entry mode to foreign markets as foreign sales offices organized by local people with industry experiences. The case raises important questions of the importance of physical presence for a dot.com firm selling digital products; products that in theory can be distributed digitally but in practice needs...... foreigners employed at the Danish headquarter in order to handle a fast and broad international expansion process with limited resources involved. It was then recognized that this structure could not satisfy the needed concentration on the current foreign markets. Then Autocom identified the most suitable...

  13. The Information Technology Program Manager’s Dilemma: Rapidly Evolving Technology and Stagnant Processes

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    2010-08-01

    information technology systems. The current DoDI 5000.02 leaves IT project and program managers wondering how the current process applies to them, as the guidance is fairly rigid and does not allow for the flexibility required to appropriately manage IT programs. Until very recently, in comparison to the development of a traditional weapons system, IT programs seemed to have been viewed as a utility or service instead of a critical component to national security. Perhaps that is because data passing through cables cannot be observed with the naked senses and therefore an

  14. Coastal biogeochemical processes in the north Indian Ocean (14, S-W)

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    Naqvi, S.W.A.; Narvekar, P.V.; Desa, E.

    by Allan R. Robinson and Kennelh H. Brink ISBN 0-67401527-4 a2005 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College 724 COASTAL BIOGEOCIIEMICAL PROCESSES IN TI-IE NORTH INDIAN OCEAN along all meridians. This discontinuity, called the Ilydrochemical Front... JGOFS, focused on the open-ocean and that too mainly in the Arabian Sea. Con- sequently, some portions of the North Indian Ocean have been studied quite in- tensively; such areas covered adequately in this review, include the Somali and Arabian coasts...

  15. DANCE AND SHAMANISM: MITH-RITUALISTIC EDUCATIONAL PROCESS IN GUARANI’S EVERYDAY LIFE

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    Ana Luisa Menezes

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo busca desenvolver uma reflexão sobre a dança Guarani e o xamanismo, enfocando os aspectos mitológicos e ritualísticos dentro de um processo educativo e cotidiano. Na dança, a consciência da coletividade é vivenciada através do pensamento e do sentimento. A vivência provocada pelo coletivo na dança pode ser traduzida como nhandereté, corpo de todos, como divina e produtora de alegria. Nas intempéries do cotidiano, o Guarani produz beleza e alegria, porque são a expressão de suas identidades divinas. Através de conversas e depoimentos com os jovens Guaranis, buscou-se enfocar as elaborações feitas por estes, do conhecimento mitológico e da vivência cotidiana.O rito cumpre uma função vivificadora do mito e estes dois aspectos são percebidos como entrelaçados à dança e à Opy. Todos estes aspectos são vividos pelos jovens e adultos de uma forma muito inquietante que os levam à um movimento permanente de indagações, buscas e redefinições. Dentro desse processo, a Opy, o Karaí e a dança são destacadas como fundantes da cultura Guarani e servem como pontos de estabilização dentro de um cotidiano tão dinâmico. A dança, enquanto rito, transporta os Guaranis a um tempo de reconhecimento de suas identidades, de um ritmo de vida. O rito Guarani está ligado a uma estrutura profunda de organização coletiva emocional, dentro de uma função vital, de elevação espiritual e uma integração ao seu sistema de pertença. Para os Guaranis, Nhanderú ensinou a dança e mandou dançar a dança. Esta surge de uma percepção mitológica e o seu surgimento confunde-se com a própria existência Guarani. A espiritualidade nasce de uma relação vital, de movimento.A educação xamânica é apreendida pelos sentidos. A noção principal de conhecimento é o Arandurekó, conhecimento que se aprende ao longo da vida, num tempo-ritmo próprio. A dança-rito possibilita a conexão entre corpo e espírito, proporcionando

  16. The 139La(n,gamma) cross section: key for the onset of the s process

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    Terlizzi, R; Aerts, G; lvarez, H; Alvarez-Velarde, F; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Andrzejewski, J; Assimakopoulos, Panayiotis; Audouin, L; Badurek, G; Baumann, P; Becv, F; Berthoumieux, E; Calviani, M; Calvio, F; Cano-Ott, D; Capote, R; Carrillode Albornoz, A; Cennini, P; Chepel, V; Chiaveri, Enrico; Colonna, N; Cortés, G; Couture, A; Cox, J; Dahlfors, M; David, S; Dillmann, I; Dolfini, R; Domingo-Pardo, C; Dridi, W; Durán, I; Eleftheriadis, C; Embid-Segura, M; Ferrant, L; Ferrari, A; Ferreira-Marques, R; Fitzpatrick, L; Frais-Kölbl, H; Fujii, K; Furman, W; Gallino, R; Gonçalves, I; Gonzalez-Romero, E; Goverdovski, A; Gramegna, F; Griesmayer, E; Guerrero, C; Gunsing, F; Haas, B; Haight, R; Heil, M; Herrera-Martínez, A; Igashira, M; Isaev, S; Jericha, E; Kadi, Y; Kppeler, F; Karamanis, D; Karadimos, D; Kerveno, M; Ketlerov, V; Köhler, P; Konovalov, V; Kossionides, E; Krticka, M; Lamboudis, C; Leeb, H; Lindote, A; Lopes, I; Lozano, M; Lukic, S; Marganiec, J; Marques, L; Marrone, S; Massimi, C; Mastinu, P; Mengoni, A; Milazzo, P M; Moreau, C; Mosconi, M; Neves, F; Oberhummer, Heinz; O'Brien, S; Pancin, J; Papachristodoulou, C; Papadopoulos, C; Paradela, C; Patronis, N; Pavlik, A; Pavlopoulos, P; Perrot, L; Pignatari, M; Plag, R; Plompen, A; Plukis, A; Poch, A; Pretel, C; Quesada, J; Rauscher, T; Reifarth, R; Rosetti, M; Rubbia, Carlo; Rudolf, G; Rullhusen, P; Salgado, J; Sarchiapone, L; Savvidis, I; Stéphan, C; Tagliente, G; Taín, J L; Tassan-Got, L; Tavora, L; Vannini, G; Vaz, P; Ventura, A; Villamarín, D; Vincente, M C; Vlachoudis, V; Vlastou, R; Voss, F; Walter, S; Wendler, H; Wiescher, M; Wisshak, K

    2007-01-01

    The nuclear resonance parameters and the capture cross section of the neutron magic isotope 139La has been measured n_TOF. The description of the experimental apparata is followed by the data analysis procedures. We extracted the resonance parameters, the main nuclear quantities such as the resonance integral, the average gamma widths for s- and p-waves, the nuclear level densities and the neutron strength functions. These results represent a signifcant improvement over previous data. The deduced Maxwellian-averaged capture cross sections are important for the interpretation of the most recent spectroscopic observations in low metallicity stars.

  17. Visible photoluminescence of MWCNT/CdS nanohybrid structure synthesized by a simple chemical process

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    Paul, Rima; Kumbhakar, P. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Mahatma Gandhi Avenue, Durgapur 713209, West Bengal (India); Mitra, A.K., E-mail: akmrecdgp@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Mahatma Gandhi Avenue, Durgapur 713209, West Bengal (India)

    2010-03-15

    The authors report a simple wet chemical technique to prepare hybrid nanostructures of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and cadmium sulphide (CdS) nanoparticles. In a solution containing cadmium acetate and sodium sulphide, purified MWCNTs are added. Cadmium sulphide nanocrystals of average size 5 nm are synthesized and they decorate the walls of the MWCNTs. The hybrid material is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. Interesting optical properties of the composite are revealed through UV-vis and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.

  18. 40-Gb/s all-optical processing systems using hybrid photonic integration technology

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    Kehayas, E.; Tsiokos, D.I.; Bakopoulos, P.;

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental performance characterization of all-optical subsystems at 40 Gb/s using interconnected hybrid integrated all-optical semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) gates and flip-flop prototypes. It was shown that optical gates can...... the potential that all-optical technology can find application in future data-centric networks with efficient and dynamic bandwidth utilization. This paper also reports on the latest photonic integration breakthroughs as a potential migration path for reducing fabrication cost by developing photonic systems...

  19. Activation des puits : critères de sélection des procédés Activation of Wells: Criteria for Process Selection

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    Corteville J.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Il existe quatre modes principaux de pompage des bruts pétroliers en fond de puits qui comportent le transfert de l'énergie nécessaire de la surface vers le fond de manière mécanique, électrique, pneumatique ou hydraulique. Aussi l'équipement d'un champ pose-t-il un problème difficile de choix parmi ces procédés et leurs diverses variantes. Cet article comporte d'abord une analyse résumée des techniques actuelles en ce domaine. Il décrit ensuite une méthode générale de sélection des procédés permettant d'optimiser les équipements. Cette méthode est basée sur un système expert et un modèle de calcul des rendements énergétiques et des coûts de revient. Un exemple de résultats de calculs effectués sur un gisement de type classique est présenté. Ces résultats permettent de comparer de manière quantitative les principaux procédés. There are four main methods for the downhole pumping of crude oil that involve the transfer of the necessary power from the surface to downhole: mechanical, electric, pneumatic, hydraulic. Likewise, the equipment of a field raises a difficult problem of choosing among these processes and their different variants. This article first makes a review analysis of techniques now used in this area. It then describes a general method for selecting processes with a view to optimizing equipment. This method is based on an expert system and a model for computing energy efficiencies and cost prices. An example of computing results is given for a conventional type of field. These results can be used to make a quantitative comparison of the leading processes.

  20. Opportunities for Automated Demand Response in California’s Dairy Processing Industry

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    Homan, Gregory K. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Aghajanzadeh, Arian [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); McKane, Aimee [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-08-30

    During periods of peak electrical demand on the energy grid or when there is a shortage of supply, the stability of the grid may be compromised or the cost of supplying electricity may rise dramatically, respectively. Demand response programs are designed to mitigate the severity of these problems and improve reliability by reducing the demand on the grid during such critical times. In 2010, the Demand Response Research Center convened a group of industry experts to suggest potential industries that would be good demand response program candidates for further review. The dairy industry was suggested due to the perception that the industry had suitable flexibility and automatic controls in place. The purpose of this report is to provide an initial description of the industry with regard to demand response potential, specifically automated demand response. This report qualitatively describes the potential for participation in demand response and automated demand response by dairy processing facilities in California, as well as barriers to widespread participation. The report first describes the magnitude, timing, location, purpose, and manner of energy use. Typical process equipment and controls are discussed, as well as common impediments to participation in demand response and automated demand response programs. Two case studies of demand response at dairy facilities in California and across the country are reviewed. Finally, recommendations are made for future research that can enhance the understanding of demand response potential in this industry.

  1. Degradation of florfenicol in water by UV/Na2S 2O 8 process.

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    Gao, Yu-Qiong; Gao, Nai-Yun; Deng, Yang; Yin, Da-Qiang; Zhang, Yan-Sen

    2015-06-01

    UV irradiation-activated sodium persulfate (UV/PS) was studied to degrade florfenicol (FLO), a phenicol antibiotic commonly used in aquaculture, in water. Compared with UV/H2O2 process, UV/PS process achieves a higher FLO degradation efficiency, greater mineralization, and less cost. The quantum yield for direct photolysis of FLO and the second-order rate constant of FLO with sulfate radicals were determined. The effects of various factors, namely PS concentration, anions (NO3 (-), Cl(-), and HCO3 (-)), ferrous ion, and humic acid (HA), on FLO degradation were investigated. The results showed that the pseudo-first-order rate constant increased linearly with increased PS concentration. The tested anions all adversely affected FLO degradation performance with the order of HCO3 (-) > Cl(-) > NO3 (-). Coexisting ferrous ions enhanced FLO degradation at a Fe(2+)/PS molar ratio under 1:1. HA significantly inhibited FLO degradation due to radical scavenging and light-screening effect. Toxicity assessment showed that it is capable of controlling the toxicity for FLO degradation. These findings indicated that UV/PS is a promising technology for water polluted by antibiotics, and the treatment is optimized only after the impacts of water characteristics are carefully considered.

  2. An analogue model of melt segregation and accumulation processes in the Earth’s crust

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    Soesoo, Alvar

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available An analogue experiment was carried out to model melt segregation from the solid rock matrix and its subsequent transport. Carbon dioxide gas and sand were used as analogue materials of crustal partial melt and host rock, respectively. The analogue model displays the diffusional transport mode at low flux rates and the transition to the ballistical mode as the response of the system to a higher gas flux. The ballistical mode is characterized by discontinuous transport and extraction of the gas phase in separate batches, which leads to the development of power law batch size distribution in the system. The gas is extracted preferentially in large batches and does not influence the state of the system and size distribution of remaining batches. The implications of the analogue model to real magmatic processes are supported by power law leucosome width distributions measured in several migmatite localities. The emergence of fractality and 1/f power spectrum of system fluctuations provide evidence of possible self-organized critical nature of melt segregation processes.

  3. Children’s and Adolescents’ Processing of Temporary Syntactic Ambiguity: An Eye Movement Study

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    Paul E. Engelhardt

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the eye movements of 24 children and adolescents as they read sentences containing temporary syntactic ambiguities. Prior research suggested that children primarily use grammatical information when making initial parsing decisions, and they tend to disregard semantic and contextual information. On each trial, participants read a garden path sentence (e.g., While the storm blew the boat sat in the shed, and, afterwards, they answered a comprehension question (e.g., Did the storm blow the boat?. The design was 2 × 2 (verb type × ambiguity repeated measures. Verb type was optionally transitive or reflexive, and sentences were ambiguous or unambiguous. Results showed no differences in first pass reading times at the disambiguating verb (e.g., sat. However, regressions did show a significant interaction. The unambiguous-reflexive condition had approximately half the number of regressions, suggesting less processing difficulty in this condition. Developmentally, we found that adolescents had significantly better comprehension, which seemed to be linked to the increased tendency to regress from the disambiguating word. Findings are consistent with the assumption that the processing architecture is more restricted in children compared to adolescents. In addition, results indicated that variance in ambiguity resolution was associated with interference control but not working memory.

  4. Modelling phosphorus (P), sulfur (S) and iron (Fe) interactions for dynamic simulations of anaerobic digestion processes

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    Flores Alsina, Xavier; Solon, Kimberly; Kazadi Mbamba, Christian

    2016-01-01

    This paper proposes a series of extensions to functionally upgrade the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1) to allow for plant-wide phosphorus (P) simulation. The close interplay between the P, sulfur (S) and iron (Fe) cycles requires a substantial (and unavoidable) increase in model......) inhibition effect and stripping to the gas phase (GH2S). The third extension (A3) accounts for chemical iron (III) (SFe 3+) reduction to iron (II) (SFe 2+) using hydrogen (SH2) and sulfides (SIS) as electron donors. A set of pre/post interfaces between the Activated Sludge Model No. 2d (ASM2d) and ADM1...... to form (or not) precipitation products. Implementations A1 and A2,1/A2,2 lead to a reduction in the predicted methane/biogas production (and potential energy recovery) compared to reference ADM1 predictions (A0). This reduction is attributed to two factors: (1) loss of electron equivalents due to sulfate...

  5. The Changing Role of Turkey’s Military in Foreign Policy-Making Process

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    Gencer Özcan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Configuraciones domésticas cambiantes tras la Cumbre de Helsinki de 1999 y la creciente influencia de los EEUU en Irak tras el 2002, crearon unas circunstancias políticas distintas en las cuales los militares en Turquía tuvieron que ceder su protagonismo en el proceso de toma de decisión en política exterior. El proceso de armonización con la UE privó a los militares de sus instrumentos burocráticos más influyentes para ejercer influencia sobre la formulación de las decisiones concernientes la política exterior, y eliminó así uno de los principales obstáculos que impedían a los gobiernos ejercer su plena autoridad en tal ámbito. Además, la invasión de Irak causó una reacción en cadena que acabó limitando la posición tan influyente del ejército en los asuntos exteriores de Turquía. Este artículo intenta esclarecer el impacto combinado de las reformas de la UE y la invasión de Irak que logró reducir la influencia del ejército en el proceso de toma de decisiones en Turquía.

  6. A Decision Making Account for the Cognitive Processing of Demorgan´S Laws

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    Razumiejczyk, Eugenia

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this contribution is to propose a preliminary account for the intuitive recognition of the logical equivalences attributed to Augustus DeMorgan. Such equivalences concerned with the negation of conjunctions and disjunctions have been previoulsy studied only in the context of syllogistic tasks, but not from the perspective of decision making. An on-line exploratory study was conducted to test two hypotheses. The first hypothesis states that DeMorgan´s law for the negation of conjunctions is easier to recognize than the corresponding law for the disjunctions case. The second hypothesis states that spontaneous errors in the recognition of DeMorgan´s laws follow a cognitive pattern. The results obtained for the first hypothesis suggest that the disjunctions case is more intuitive than the conjunctions case. An heuristic explanation for such unexpected result is suggested. The second hypothesis testing results suggest that the observed errors are not random. Suggestions for future research are proposed.

  7. A Comparison of the lexical processing in Children’s Word Acquisition and in Adults’ Word Learning

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    翟卉欣

    2008-01-01

    Children can acquire knowledge of their mother tongue easily in a relatively short time,whereas adults are too inferior to bear the comparison in learning a second language.This paper sets out to study the background and process of children’s and adults’ language learning,make comparison and contrast,and find out an effective way to promote adults’ second language learning.

  8. Building v/s Exploring Models: Comparing Learning of Evolutionary Processes through Agent-based Modeling

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    Wagh, Aditi

    Two strands of work motivate the three studies in this dissertation. Evolutionary change can be viewed as a computational complex system in which a small set of rules operating at the individual level result in different population level outcomes under different conditions. Extensive research has documented students' difficulties with learning about evolutionary change (Rosengren et al., 2012), particularly in terms of levels slippage (Wilensky & Resnick, 1999). Second, though building and using computational models is becoming increasingly common in K-12 science education, we know little about how these two modalities compare. This dissertation adopts agent-based modeling as a representational system to compare these modalities in the conceptual context of micro-evolutionary processes. Drawing on interviews, Study 1 examines middle-school students' productive ways of reasoning about micro-evolutionary processes to find that the specific framing of traits plays a key role in whether slippage explanations are cued. Study 2, which was conducted in 2 schools with about 150 students, forms the crux of the dissertation. It compares learning processes and outcomes when students build their own models or explore a pre-built model. Analysis of Camtasia videos of student pairs reveals that builders' and explorers' ways of accessing rules, and sense-making of observed trends are of a different character. Builders notice rules through available blocks-based primitives, often bypassing their enactment while explorers attend to rules primarily through the enactment. Moreover, builders' sense-making of observed trends is more rule-driven while explorers' is more enactment-driven. Pre and posttests reveal that builders manifest a greater facility with accessing rules, providing explanations manifesting targeted assembly. Explorers use rules to construct explanations manifesting non-targeted assembly. Interviews reveal varying degrees of shifts away from slippage in both

  9. NAFTA`s Chapter 11 and the environment: addressing the impacts of the investor-state process on the environment

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    Mann, H.; Moltke, K. von [International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    1999-06-01

    The paper`s objectives are to review the provisions and processes of NAFTA specifically relevant to investor protection and environmental regulation, to identify the problems that they might raise, to consider the opportunities to address these problems, and to draw some lessons for future negotiations on investment agreements. Section 2 of the paper provides an overview of the scope and significance of the investor-state process, concentrating on its precedent setting nature and its broad implications for government regulatory processes. Section 3 analyzes the substantive legal provisions in Chapter 11 relevant to these issues, and articulates potential responses to the environmental-related concerns they raise. Section 4 reviews the specific procedural issues that arise from the investor-state process, with a particular emphasis on transparency and public access concerns. Section 5 considers the process issues associated with developing the potential responses to these problems. Section 6 draws some broader conclusions on the implications of Chapter 11 for the development of future international agreements on investment. Annex 1 of the report provides details of the causes of action and the current status of the known cases that arise under the Chapter 11 process. Annex 2 provides draft legal text which may assist the parties in developing focused and effective solutions to the most critical problems raised by Chapter 11.

  10. A nearshore processes field experiment at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S.A.

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    List, Jeffrey H.; Warner, John C.; Thieler, E. Robert; Haas, Kevin; Voulgaris, George; McNinch, Jesse E.; Brodie, Katherine L.; Rosati, Julie D.; Wang, Ping; Roberts, Tiffany M.

    2011-01-01

    A month-long field experiment focused on the nearshore hydrodynamics of Diamond Shoals adjacent to Cape Hatteras Point, North Carolina, was conducted in February 2010. The objectives of this multi-institutional experiment were to test hypotheses related to Diamond Shoals as a sink in the regional sediment budget and to provide data for evaluating numerical models. The experiment included in-situ instrumentation for measuring waves and currents; a video camera system for measuring surface currents at a nearshore transect; a radar system for measuring regional surface currents over Diamond Shoals and the adjacent coast; a vehicle-based scanning lidar and radar system for mapping beach topography, nearshore wave breaking intensity, bathymetry (through wave celerity inversion), and wave direction; and an amphibious vehicle system for surveying single-beam bathymetry. Preliminary results from wave and current measurements suggest that shoal-building processes were active during the experiment.

  11. CHINA'S RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN COAL MINING,PROCESSING AND UTILIZATION

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    范维唐; 王成龙; 朱德仁

    1996-01-01

    This paper describes the state-of-the-art and outlook of coal mining and clean coal echnology in China. As the major mining method,underground mining accounts for 96% of the total production. Among the state own mines, the percentage of mechanized mining reached 71%. A rapid development of high-productive and high-profitable mines,especially those with longwall sublevel caving method, is described. The issues of heavy duty equipment, roof bolting, mine safety are also addressed. The Chinese government is paying more and more attention on the environmental problems inducing from coal mining,processing and utilization. A basic framework of clean coal technology is being formed and a wide range of technology is included.

  12. Basic Evaluation of the Process of China's Industrial Modernization

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    JiaguiChen; QunhuiHuang

    2005-01-01

    As China will change from a large industrial power into a strong industrial power in the 21st century, the inevitable demand is for industrial modernization. This paper puts forward three criteria for judging the degree of realization of industrial modernization: industrial growth efficiency, industrial structure and industrial environment. Together with these, it constructs an indicator system and indices for evaluating the level of industrial modernization, and uses this indicator system to evaluate the level of China's industrial modernization at the tam of the century. The resulting comprehensive index of China's industrial modernization is 28. 72. This indicates that, through the rapid industrialization which has taken place over more than 20 years of reform and opening up, China has commenced its industrial modernization, which is now in the primary stage of development. The core of the strategy for further development should be to accelerate the process of industrial modernization.

  13. PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE IN THE NEUROMUSCULAR REHABILITATION PROCESS OF STEINERT’S MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY – CASE REPORT

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    Sula do Nascimento Massi Nogueira

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A distrofia miotônica de Steinert é uma doença hereditária autossômica dominante ligada ao cromossoma 19. Os sintomas clássicos são a miotonia e fraqueza muscular, porém caracteriza-se por ser multissistêmica, afetando de forma variável vários órgãos e sistemas. A forma Clássica tem aparecimento dos sintomas de forma insidiosa durante a adolescência e em adultos jovens. Objetivo: verificar o papel da cinesioterapia no tratamento e controle da evolução da distrofia miotônica de Steinert, e seu impacto na qualidade de vida do portador desta patologia. Materiais e Métodos: Participou deste estudo uma mulher de 32 anos, portadora de distrofia miotônica de Steinert, o qual foi submetida a 20 sessões de fisioterapia entre abril a julho de 2010. O tratamento realizado foi baseado na cinesioterapia e obedeceu a um protocolo específico elaborado pela pesquisadora composto de: alongamentos, fortalecimento de membros superiores e membros inferiores, expansão pulmonar, exercícios funcionais, treinos de transferências posturais, treino de marcha e escadas. A paciente foi avaliada antes e após a aplicação do protocolo de tratamento pelo questionário de qualidade de vida SF-36 e exame físico. Resultados: De acordo como questionário aplicado, observou-se melhora significativa após o protocolo de atendimento cinesioterapêutico nos domínios: capacidade funcional, limitação por aspectos físicos, dor, estado geral de saúde, vitalidade, aspectos sociais, e saúde mental. Ao exame físico houve melhora significativa da força muscular, com ausência de quedas. Conclusão: Concluiu-se que a cinesioterapia é um recurso fisioterapêutico efetivo na melhora funcional e da qualidade de vida do portador de distrofia miotônica de Steinert.

  14. Seeing the talker’s face supports executive processing of speech in steady state noise

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    Sushmit eMishra

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Listening to speech in noise depletes cognitive resources, affecting speech processing. The present study investigated how remaining resources or cognitive spare capacity (CSC can be deployed by young adults with normal hearing. We administered a test of CSC (CSCT, Mishra et al., 2013 along with a battery of established cognitive tests to 20 participants with normal hearing. In the CSCT, lists of two-digit numbers were presented with and without visual cues in quiet, as well as in steady-state and speech-like noise at a high intelligibility level. In low load conditions, two numbers were recalled according to instructions inducing executive processing (updating, inhibition and in high load conditions the participants were additionally instructed to recall one extra number, which was the always the first item in the list. In line with previous findings, results showed that CSC was sensitive to memory load and executive function but generally not related to working memory capacity. Furthermore, CSCT scores in quiet were lowered by visual cues, probably due to distraction. In steady-state noise, the presence of visual cues improved CSCT scores, probably by enabling better encoding. Contrary to our expectation, CSCT performance was disrupted more in steady-state than speech-like noise, although only without visual cues, possibly because selective attention could be used to ignore the speech-like background and provide an enriched representation of target items in working memory similar to that obtained in quiet. This interpretation is supported by a consistent association between CSCT scores and updating skills.

  15. Correlation between Urban Land Change Process and Socioeconomic Development since the 1980s in Jiangsu Province

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    Han Shucheng; Pu Lijie; Peng Buzhuo

    2007-01-01

    Studying the process and characteristics of urban land change in different phases of urbanization and different economic development is much important for understanding urban land change and management at a macro level. Taking the example of Jiangsu Province, the present paper studied the correlation between urban land change process and socioeconomic development from 1981 to 2003 on the basis of statistical data. The results showed the following three aspects. First, urban land area has changed periodically and the research duration can be divided into two periods: from 1981 to 1994 and from 1995 to 2003. In each period, the changing trend is the same, i.e. slow at first and then quick. Studying from the comprehensive change status, the characteristic of fluctuant change is significant with three acute change pinnacles in 1988, 1991 and 2002 which were corresponded to turning point years of economic development phases of Jiangsu Province respectively. Second, the synchronization between urban land change and urbanization level change is not strict. With the evolution of urbanization phases, the change pace of urbanization level increased remarkably, but urban land change rate did not increase significantly accordingly. Third, the area of urban land has exponentially increased with the increase of per capita GDP. In different economic development levels classified by per capital GDP, land resource cost for economic development is different, respectively 29.01 hm2, 26.34 hm2, 26.22 hm2, and 11.14 hm2 for the increase of 100 million RMB GDP when the per capita GDP is under 1000, 1000-2000, 2000-5000 and over 5000 RMB.

  16. Fire and explosion risk assessment in a process unit using Dow’s Fire and Explosion Index

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    Z. S. Nezamodini

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In the process industries, especially industries with hydrocarbons uses, due to flammability and reactivity of materials, high temperature, operation pressure, volatility and evaporability of liquid, fire and explosion hazard always has a great significances.The purpose of this study was to assess the quantitative fire safety using DOW’s fire and explosion index, in an oil extraction industry. .Material and Method: The required information for conducting this research was obtained from process documents, DOW’s fire and explosion guideline,the measured operational parameters and also interviews and consultation with the supervisors and experts. Following, the study was conducted in three phases: 1 determination of DOW index, the radius and area of contact, 2 determination of loss control credit factor and finally 3 loss estimation. .Result: Fire and explosion index in the understudy process unit was calculated 243.68 and thus severity of risk was extremely high and unacceptable. Radius of exposure and loss control credit factor wasobtained62.38 meters and 0.69, respectively. Finally,the most probable loss was estimated about 2863500 dollars. .Conclusion: DOW’s fire and explosion index is a suitable technique to measure the fire risk of whole plant or a part of it. Thus, this criterion can be used to propose the changes or amount of protective equipment according to their effect in reducing the losses.

  17. First stars IV.CS 29497-030: Evidence for operation of the s-process at very low metallicity

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    Sivarani, T; Molaro, P; Cayrel, R; Spite, M; Spite, F; Plez, B; Andersen, J; Barbuy, B; Beers, T C; Depagne, E; Hill, V; François, P; Nordström, B; Primas, F

    2004-01-01

    We present an abundance analysis of the very metal-poor, carbon-enhanced star CS 29497-030. Our results indicate that this unusually hot turnoff star (Teff = 6650K, log g = 3.5) has a metallicity [Fe/H] = -2.8, and exhibits large overabundances of carbon ([C/Fe] = +2.38), nitrogen ([N/Fe]= +1.88), and oxygen ([O/Fe]= +1.67). This star also exhibits a large enhancement in its neutron-capture elements; the pattern follows that expected to arise from the s-process. In particular, the Pb abundance is found to be very high with respect to iron ([Pb/Fe]= +3.5), and also with respect to the second peak s-process elements (e.g., Ba, La, Ce, Nd), which fits into the newly introduced classification of lead (Pb) stars. The known spectroscopic binary status of this star, along with the observed s-process abundance pattern, suggest that it has accreted matter from a companion, which formerly was an Asymptotic Giant-Branch(AGB) star. In a preliminary analysis, we have also identified broad absorption lines of metallic spec...

  18. Corporate governance structure which is based in the S&OP process: Case study in la Brazilian cosmetic company

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    Ximena Rojas

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available (Received: 2014/01/31 - Accepted: 2014/03/25This article is about the generation of a corporate governance structure which is based in the process S&OP for a Brazilian cosmetic industry. The increasing emphasis on business development guided by attention to the requirements and demands of customers, cause nowadays, that the organizations of the commercial sectors work in the creation of a competitive differential. The collaborative business management strategy S&OP is looking for the attention of people who are interested in the improvement of their skills; in order to achieve this differential. With the case study methodology, the objectives are to get knowledge, identify, and analyze the characteristics of the company using analysis tools like SWOT, process analysis, value chain. All with the purpose to get a robust management tool that fits with the requirements and demands of the organization. The analyzed results showed that the principles of collaboration and internal communication were the pillars necessary against any attempt of business development. This supports the proposal of a management structure based on the five step S&OP process. As a complement to this study a methodology CPFR was identified as the platform for an integrated work with the rest of the companies of the supply chain.

  19. Overabundance of s-process elements in the atmosphere of the active red giant

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    Pakhomov, Yu V

    2015-01-01

    Based on high-resolution (R=60000) spectra taken with the NES spectrograph (the 6-m BTA telescope, the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science), we have determined the abundances of 26 elements, from lithium to europium, in the atmosphere of the active red giant PZ Mon, which belongs to the class of RS CVn variable stars, by the method of model stellar atmospheres. We have taken into account the hyperfine splitting, the isotopic shift, and the departure from local thermodynamic equilibrium. Analysis of our data has revealed an overabundance of lithium and neutron-capture elements compared to normal red giants. For lithium, this is explained by the activity of the star, while the overabundance of s-elements is presumably similar in nature to that in moderate barium stars.

  20. Influence of Social and Cultural Expenses on the Population’s Pauperization Process

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    Luminiţa Maria Crăciun

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Eradication of poverty and economic development are essential for a durable development. High access to production resources and theactivity of effective public institutions are the most important conditions for the fight against poverty. Public and private investments in education,health care and social programs are indispensable for offering market economy integration opportunities to the paupers and to contribute to aneconomic development for everyone’s benefit. The satisfaction of social needs, aiming the improvement of life conditions for each person in a givensociety, defines an aspect of the importance of public expenses. (Economy dictionary, 1999 The amount of public expenses allocated for socioculturalactions has an essential economic and social role and has effect on the education, the professional training and qualification, the cultural,artistic and civilisation level, the quality of medical assistance and infant mortality, the system of social protection.

  1. The Analysis and Modeling of The Profitability Feedback Process – A Dynamic Model on Portugal’s National Economy

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    Bianca-Ioana Popescu

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present paper is to underline the influence of the profitability process at macroe-conomic level will exert on real economy. Until now relevant literature has been focused on firms, banks and industries but only with the objective of comparing past profitability of the studied entity or comparison to other competitors on the market and with microfoundation calculus - profitability being calculated for a panel of firms in the studied industry. The model of the Profitability Feedback Process is capable of surprising the influences the concept of profitability will have at macroeconomic level as being considered to be one of the auto-regulation processes of a national economy. The simulations have been made on EUROSTAT’s official stats of Portugal between 2005 and 2012 annual data and the simulations have revealed robust behavior of the system in relation to the profitability and the economic context and sustain the rationality of our attempt.

  2. Molecular diversity of eukaryotes in municipal wastewater treatment processes as revealed by 18S rRNA gene analysis.

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    Matsunaga, Kengo; Kubota, Kengo; Harada, Hideki

    2014-01-01

    Eukaryotic communities involved in sewage treatment processes have been investigated by morphological identification, but have not yet been well-characterized using molecular approaches. In the present study, eukaryotic communities were characterized by constructing 18S rRNA gene clone libraries. The phylogenetic affiliations of a total of 843 clones were Alveolata, Fungi, Rhizaria, Euglenozoa, Stramenopiles, Amoebozoa, and Viridiplantae as protozoans and Rotifera, Gastrotricha, and Nematoda as metazoans. Sixty percent of the clones had <97% sequence identity to described eukaryotes, indicating the greater diversity of eukaryotes than previously recognized. A core OTU closely related to Epistylis chrysemydis was identified, and several OTUs were shared by 4-8 libraries. Members of the uncultured lineage LKM11 in Cryptomycota were predominant fungi in sewage treatment processes. This comparative study represents an initial step in furthering understanding of the diversity and role of eukaryotes in sewage treatment processes.

  3. A perspective on the states` role in the Department of Energy`s Office of Environmental Management budget process

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    Carter, J.P.; Hinman, P. [Carter, Brock & Hinman, Boise, ID (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Responding in 1994 to proposed budget reductions and predicted funding shortfalls, the Office of Environmental Management at the Department of Energy began working closely with its regulators and stakeholders to prioritize activities. In a series of national and site specific meetings held with representatives of states, the Environmental Protection Agency, Indian tribes and the public, the Department of Energy brought regulators and other stakeholders into its budget development process in a {open_quotes}bottoms up{close_quotes} approach to the prioritization of activities at each of its sites. This paper presents an overview of this process which began last year and will highlight its unique cooperative nature. This paper will assess ways of institutionalizing this process. It also identifies issues to be addressed in resolving matters related to future budgets. Areas of concern to the Department of Energy`s host states and their regulators will be identified as they relate to waste management, cleanup and facility transition activities.

  4. Beyond Texas City: the state of process safety in the unionized U.S. oil refining industry.

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    McQuiston, Thomas H; Lippin, Tobi Mae; Bradley-Bull, Kristin; Anderson, Joseph; Beach, Josie; Beevers, Gary; Frederick, Randy J; Frederick, James; Greene, Tammy; Hoffman, Thomas; Lefton, James; Nibarger, Kim; Renner, Paul; Ricks, Brian; Seymour, Thomas; Taylor, Ren; Wright, Mike

    2009-01-01

    The March 2005 British Petroleum (BP) Texas City Refinery disaster provided a stimulus to examine the state of process safety in the U.S. refining industry. Participatory action researchers conducted a nation-wide mail-back survey of United Steelworkers local unions and collected data from 51 unionized refineries. The study examined the prevalence of highly hazardous conditions key to the Texas City disaster, refinery actions to address those conditions, emergency preparedness and response, process safety systems, and worker training. Findings indicate that the key highly hazardous conditions were pervasive and often resulted in incidents or near-misses. Respondents reported worker training was insufficient and less than a third characterized their refineries as very prepared to respond safely to a hazardous materials emergency. The authors conclude that the potential for future disasters plagues the refining industry. In response, they call for effective proactive OSHA regulation and outline ten urgent and critical actions to improve refinery process safety.

  5. Footprints of the weak s-process in the carbon-enhanced metal-poor star ET0097

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    Yang, Guochao; Liu, Nian; Cui, Wenyuan; Liang, Yanchun; Zhang, Bo

    2016-01-01

    Historically, the weak s-process contribution to metal-poor stars is thought to be extremely small, due to the effect of the secondary-like nature of the neutron source 22Ne(a;n)25Mg in massive stars, which means that metal-poor weak s-process stars could not be found. ET0097 is the first observed carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) star in the Sculptor dwarf spheroidal galaxy. Because C is enriched and the elements heavier than Ba are not overabundant, ET0097 can be classified as a CEMP-no star. However, this star shows overabundances of lighter n-capture elements (i.e., Sr, Y and Zr). In this work, having adopted the abundance decomposition approach, we investigate the astrophysical origins of the elements in ET0097. We find that the light elements and iron-peak elements (from O to Zn) of the star mainly originate from the primary process of massive stars and the heavier n-capture elements (heavier than Ba) mainly come from the main r-process. However, the lighter n-capture elements such as Sr, Y and Zr shoul...

  6. THE EFFECTS OF BANKRUPTCY ON THE PREDICTABILITY OF PRICE FORMATION PROCESSES ON WARSAW’S STOCK MARKET

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    Paweł Fiedor

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study we investigate how bankruptcy affects the market behaviour of prices of stocks on Warsaw’s Stock Exchange. As the behaviour of prices can be seen in a myriad of ways, we investigate a particular aspect of this behaviour, namely the predictability of these price formation processes. We approximate their predictability as the structural complexity of logarithmic returns. This method of analysing predictability of price formation processes using information theory follows closely the mathematical definition of predictability, and is equal to the degree to which redundancy is present in the time series describing stock returns. We use Shannon’s entropy rate (approximating Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy to measure this redundancy, and estimate it using the Lempel-Ziv algorithm, computing it with a running window approach over the entire price history of 50 companies listed on the Warsaw market which have gone bankrupt in the last few years. This enables us not only to compare the differences between predictability of price formation processes before and after their filing for bankruptcy, but also to compare the changes in predictability over time, as well as divided into different categories of companies and bankruptcies. There exists a large body of research analysing the efficiency of the whole market and the predictability of price changes enlarge, but only a few detailed studies analysing the influence of external stimulion the efficiency of price formation processes. This study fills this gap in the knowledge of financial markets, and their response to extreme external events.

  7. Detailed homogeneous abundance studies of 14 Galactic s-process enriched post-AGB stars: In search of lead (Pb)

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    De Smedt, K.; Van Winckel, H.; Kamath, D.; Siess, L.; Goriely, S.; Karakas, A. I.; Manick, R.

    2016-03-01

    Context. This paper is part of a larger project in which we systematically study the chemical abundances of Galactic and extragalactic post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) stars. The goal at large is to provide improved observational constraints to the models of the complex interplay between the AGB s-process nucleosynthesis and the associated mixing processes. Aims: Lead (Pb) is the final product of the s-process nucleosynthesis and is predicted to have large overabundances with respect to other s-process elements in AGB stars of low metallicities. However, Pb abundance studies of s-process enriched post-AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds show a discrepancy between observed and predicted Pb abundances. The determined upper limits based on spectral studies are much lower than what is predicted. In this paper, we focus specifically on the Pb abundance of 14 Galactic s-process enhanced post-AGB stars to check whether the same discrepancy is present in the Galaxy as well. Among these 14 objects, two were not yet subject to a detailed abundance study in the literature. We apply the same method to obtain accurate abundances for the 12 others. Our homogeneous abundance results provide the input of detailed spectral synthesis computations in the spectral regions where Pb lines are located. Methods: We used high-resolution UVES and HERMES spectra for detailed spectral abundance studies of our sample of Galactic post-AGB stars. None of the sample stars display clear Pb lines, and we only deduced upper limits of the Pb abundance by using spectrum synthesis in the spectral ranges of the strongest Pb lines. Results: We do not find any clear evidence of Pb overabundances in our sample. The derived upper limits are strongly correlated with the effective temperature of the stars with increasing upper limits for increasing effective temperatures. We obtain stronger Pb constraints on the cooler objects. Moreover, we confirm the s-process enrichment and carbon enhancement of two

  8. 16S rRNA gene sequencing as a tool to study microbial populations in foods and process environments

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    Buschhardt, Tasja; Hansen, Tina Beck; Bahl, Martin Iain

    2015-01-01

    and their role in food safety. During method optimization, we have identified several factors which distort the characterization of microbial populations, including DNA extraction methods, DNA polymerases, and most importantly the analyzed fragment of the 16S rRNA gene. Methods: This study investigated microbial...... reference. Results: Taxonomic assignments and abundances of sequences in the total community and in the Enterobacteriaceae subpopulation were affected by the 16S rRNA gene variable region, DNA extraction methods, and polymerases chosen. However, community compositions were very reproducible when the same......Introduction: Methodological constraints during culturing and biochemical testing have left the true microbiological diversity of foods and process environments unexplored. Culture-independent molecular methods, such as 16S rRNA gene sequencing, may provide deeper insight into microbial communities...

  9. Basic Data Report -- Defense Waste Processing Facility Sludge Plant, Savannah River Plant 200-S Area

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    Amerine, D.B.

    1982-09-01

    This Basic Data Report for the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF)--Sludge Plant was prepared to supplement the Technical Data Summary. Jointly, the two reports were intended to form the basis for the design and construction of the DWPF. To the extent that conflicting information may appear, the Basic Data Report takes precedence over the Technical Data Summary. It describes project objectives and design requirements. Pertinent data on the geology, hydrology, and climate of the site are included. Functions and requirements of the major structures are described to provide guidance in the design of the facilities. Revision 9 of the Basic Data Report was prepared to eliminate inconsistencies between the Technical Data Summary, Basic Data Report and Scopes of Work which were used to prepare the September, 1982 updated CAB. Concurrently, pertinent data (material balance, curie balance, etc.) have also been placed in the Basic Data Report. It is intended that these balances be used as a basis for the continuing design of the DWPF even though minor revisions may be made in these balances in future revisions to the Technical Data Summary.

  10. Women’s perspectives of the fetal fibronectin testing process: a qualitative descriptive study

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    2014-01-01

    Background In 2009 the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funded the implementation of province-wide fetal fibronectin testing in Ontario hospitals. This paper reports results from the provincial evaluation that sought to describe the experience of fetal fibronectin testing from the perspective of women with symptoms of preterm labour. Methods A descriptive qualitative design was used, employing semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews with women who had fetal fibronectin testing. Results Five hospitals participated in recruiting women for the study and 17 women were interviewed. Women described their experiences of fetal fibronectin testing as an emotional process that moves from expecting, to feeling, to hoping for reassurance; and then to re-defining what is required to feel reassured. Women described feeling anxious while waiting for fetal fibronectin results. When test results were negative, women described feeling a sense of relief that their symptoms would not likely lead to an imminent preterm birth. Women with positive results expressed feeling reassured by the care decisions and quick action taken by the health care team. Conclusion Fetal fibronectin testing was acceptable and beneficial to these women with symptoms of preterm labour. Implications for practice and future research are suggested. PMID:24894630

  11. Plasma Separation Process: Betacell (BCELL) code: User's manual. [Bipolar barrier junction

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    Taherzadeh, M.

    1987-11-13

    The emergence of clearly defined applications for (small or large) amounts of long-life and reliable power sources has given the design and production of betavoltaic systems a new life. Moreover, because of the availability of the plasma separation program, (PSP) at TRW, it is now possible to separate the most desirable radioisotopes for betacell power generating devices. A computer code, named BCELL, has been developed to model the betavoltaic concept by utilizing the available up-to-date source/cell parameters. In this program, attempts have been made to determine the betacell energy device maximum efficiency, degradation due to the emitting source radiation and source/cell lifetime power reduction processes. Additionally, comparison is made between the Schottky and PN junction devices for betacell battery design purposes. Certain computer code runs have been made to determine the JV distribution function and the upper limit of the betacell generated power for specified energy sources. A Ni beta emitting radioisotope was used for the energy source and certain semiconductors were used for the converter subsystem of the betacell system. Some results for a Promethium source are also given here for comparison. 16 refs.

  12. Innovative public management process: The situation of Personalized Attention Modules for Baja California’s migrants

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    José Ascención Moreno Mena

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Two examples that allow surmising the possibilities and obstacles of strategic alliances between the civil society and local governments seeking to develop programs that help solve the problems the community demands are featured in this research. The studies that were analyzed take place in the State of Baja California, and are based on documentary information and on interviews with key informants, which in this case, are the program leaders. The first of them has to do with the experience of a migrant support office in Mexicali, which is under the exclusive direction of a civil organization; while the second entails a program for the attention of migrants that were deported from the United States, whereby such program has been used by the federal government to spearhead a more encompassing public policy in the regional sphere. The two examples portray innovative public stewardship cases. The breakthroughs and obstacles to carry out such types of processes are presented. Furthermore, it is concluded that these two examples may be the seed of a new governance.

  13. Vistula River bed erosion processes and their influence on Warsaw’s flood safety

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    A. Magnuszewski

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Large cities have historically been well protected against floods as a function of their importance to society. In Warsaw, Poland, located on a narrow passage of the Vistula River valley, urban flood disasters were not unusual. Beginning at the end of the 19th century, the construction of river embankment and training works caused the narrowing of the flood passage path in the downtown reach of the river. The process of bed erosion lowered the elevation of the river bed by 205 cm over the 20th century, and the consequences of bed lowering are reflected by the rating curve change. Conditions of the flood passage have been analysed by the CCHE2D hydrodynamic model both in retro-modelling and scenario simulation modelling. The high water mark of the 1844 flood and iterative calculations in retro-modelling made possible estimation of the discharge, Q = 8250 m3 s−1. This highest observed historical flood in a natural river has been compared to recent conditions of the Vistula River in Warsaw by scenario modelling. The result shows dramatic changes in water surface elevation, velocities, and shear stress. The vertical velocity in the proximity of Port Praski gauge at km 513 can reach 3.5 m s−1, a very high value for a lowland river. The average flow conveyance is improving due to channel erosion but also declining in the case of extreme floods due to high resistance from vegetation on the flood plains.

  14. AHP Version 5. 1 user's manual. [Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)

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    Watkins, J.C.; Ghan, L.S.

    1992-10-01

    As decisions become more and more complex, decision makers are faced with the challenge of sorting through many variables to arrive at a sound decision. The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) is a tool, that allows a systematic, logical approach to reducing complex issues into manageable pieces. The decision maker can then sort through the variables and determine to what degree a particular variable should influence the final decision. The power of the AHP as a management tool comes from the fact that it reduces complex problems to many simple pairwise decisions. Only two items need be compared against one another - a much simpler task than comparing an item to all the others simultaneously. By arranging the items that influence a decision in the form of a matrix and comparing appropriate pairs in this matrix to each other, each item can be compared with every other item. Matrix algebra can then operate on this matrix and rank each item according to its importance to the final decision.

  15. On the role of the simplest S-nitrosothiol, HSNO, in atmospheric and biological processes

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    Hochlaf, Majdi, E-mail: hochlaf@univ-mlv.fr; Linguerri, Roberto [Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, MSME UMR 8208 CNRS, 5 bd Descartes, 77454 Marne-la-Vallée (France); Francisco, Joseph S. [Department of Chemistry and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 (United States)

    2013-12-21

    Using state-of-the-art theoretical methods, we investigate the lowest electronic states of singlet and triplet spin multiplicities of HSNO. These computations are done using configuration interaction ab initio methods and the aug-cc-pV5Z basis set. One-dimensional cuts of the six-dimensional potential energy surfaces of these electronic states along the HS, SN stretches and HSN, SNO bending and torsion coordinates are calculated. Several avoided crossings and conical intersections are found. We computed also radiative lifetimes and spin-orbit couplings of these electronic states. Our work shows that the dynamics on these excited states is very complex, and suggest that multi-step mechanisms will populate the ground state via radiationless processes or lead to predissociation or intramolecular isomerization. For instance, these potentials are used to propose mechanisms for the IR, Vis, and UV light-induced cis-trans interconversions of HSNO and reactivity towards HS + NO and H + SNO products. Our findings are in good agreement with previous experimental studies on the photochemistry of HSNO. The atmospheric implication of HSNO is also discussed.

  16. Indian Ocean sea surface temperature variability and change since 1960s: forcing and process

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    Han, W.; Meehl, G. A.; Hu, A.

    2005-12-01

    Indian Ocean sea surface temperature (SST) variability and change since 1960s are investigated using global coupled models,the Community Climate System Model version 3 (CCSM3) and parallel climate model (PCM). Results from the CCSM3 and a series of PCM experiments are analyzed in order to understand the roles played by internal variability, human-induced warming, and external forcing in causing the SST variations. To consolidate the model results, the simple Ocean model Data Assimilation (SODA) products are also analyzed. The results suggest that the SST in both the south and north Indian Ocean (IO) has an increasing trend. Overlying on this trend is decadal variability. Consistent with previous studies, the warming trend results mainly from the human-induced increased green house gases, which increase downward longwave fluxes. Interestingly, warming of the upper tropical and subtropical basins is accomanied by cooling in higher-latitudes in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) region, which results from the reduced southward heat transports by weakened the subtropical cells (STCs). This colder, ACC water can enter the IO via deep layers in the south and then shoals upward to the thermocline layer in the tropical Indian Ocean, causing a distinct vertical structrure: with warming in the near surface and below the thermocline and cooling in the thermocline. The SST decadal variability, however, is caused primarily by external forcing, due to a combined effect of surface heat flux and lateral heat transport. Internal variability of the coupled system also plays a role.

  17. 20(S-Protopanaxadiol Phospholipid Complex: Process Optimization, Characterization, In Vitro Dissolution and Molecular Docking Studies

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available 20(S-Protopanaxadiol (PPD, a bioactive compound extracted from ginseng, possesses cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, antiestrogenic, anticancer and anxiolytic effects. However, the clinical application of PPD is limited by its weak aqueous solubility. In this study, we optimized an efficient method of preparing its phospholipid complex (PPD-PLC using a central composite design and response surface analysis. The prepared PPD-PLC was characterized by differential scanning calorimetric, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance analyses associated with molecular docking calculation. The equilibrium solubility of PPD-PLC in water and n-octanol increased 6.53- and 1.53-times, respectively. Afterwards, using PPD-PLC as the intermediate, the PPD-PLC-loaded dry suspension (PPD-PLC-SU was prepared with our previous method. In vitro evaluations were conducted on PPD-PLC and PPD-PLC-SU, including dissolution behaviors and stability properties under different conditions. Results of in vitro dissolution behavior revealed the improved dissolution extents and rates of PPD-PLC and PPD-PLC-SU (p < 0.05. Results of the formulation stability investigation also exposed the better stability of PPD-PLC-SU compared with free PPD. Therefore, phospholipid complex technology is a useful formulation strategy for BCS II drugs, as it could effectively improve their hydrophilicity and lipophilicity.

  18. 20(S)-Protopanaxadiol Phospholipid Complex: Process Optimization, Characterization, In Vitro Dissolution and Molecular Docking Studies.

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    Pu, Yiqiong; Zhang, Xitong; Zhang, Qi; Wang, Bing; Chen, Yuxi; Zang, Chuanqi; Wang, Yuqin; Dong, Tina Ting-Xia; Zhang, Tong

    2016-10-19

    20(S)-Protopanaxadiol (PPD), a bioactive compound extracted from ginseng, possesses cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, antiestrogenic, anticancer and anxiolytic effects. However, the clinical application of PPD is limited by its weak aqueous solubility. In this study, we optimized an efficient method of preparing its phospholipid complex (PPD-PLC) using a central composite design and response surface analysis. The prepared PPD-PLC was characterized by differential scanning calorimetric, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance analyses associated with molecular docking calculation. The equilibrium solubility of PPD-PLC in water and n-octanol increased 6.53- and 1.53-times, respectively. Afterwards, using PPD-PLC as the intermediate, the PPD-PLC-loaded dry suspension (PPD-PLC-SU) was prepared with our previous method. In vitro evaluations were conducted on PPD-PLC and PPD-PLC-SU, including dissolution behaviors and stability properties under different conditions. Results of in vitro dissolution behavior revealed the improved dissolution extents and rates of PPD-PLC and PPD-PLC-SU (p PLC-SU compared with free PPD. Therefore, phospholipid complex technology is a useful formulation strategy for BCS II drugs, as it could effectively improve their hydrophilicity and lipophilicity.

  19. Solution-Processed One-Dimensional ZnO@CdS Heterojunction toward Efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 Solar Cell with Inverted Structure

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    Chen, Rongrong; Fan, Jiandong; Liu, Chong; Zhang, Xing; Shen, Yanjiao; Mai, Yaohua

    2016-10-01

    Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) semiconductor has been demonstrated to be a promising alternative absorber in thin film solar cell in virtue of its earth-abundant, non-toxic element, suitable optical and electrical properties. Herein, a low-cost and non-toxic method that based on the thermal decomposition and reaction of metal-thiourea-oxygen sol-gel complexes to synthesize CZTS thin film was developed. The low-dimensional ZnO@CdS heterojunction nano-arrays coupling with the as-prepared CZTS thin film were employed to fabricate a novel solar cell with inverted structure. The vertically aligned nanowires (NWs) allow facilitating the charge carrier collection/separation/transfer with large interface areas. By optimizing the parameters including the annealing temperature of CZTS absorber, the thickness of CdS buffer layer and the morphology of ZnO NWs, an open-circuit voltage (VOC) as high as 589 mV was obtained by such solar cell with inverted structure. The all-solution-processed technic allows the realization of CZTS solar cell with extremely low cost.

  20. Solution-Processed One-Dimensional ZnO@CdS Heterojunction toward Efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 Solar Cell with Inverted Structure.

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    Chen, Rongrong; Fan, Jiandong; Liu, Chong; Zhang, Xing; Shen, Yanjiao; Mai, Yaohua

    2016-10-13

    Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) semiconductor has been demonstrated to be a promising alternative absorber in thin film solar cell in virtue of its earth-abundant, non-toxic element, suitable optical and electrical properties. Herein, a low-cost and non-toxic method that based on the thermal decomposition and reaction of metal-thiourea-oxygen sol-gel complexes to synthesize CZTS thin film was developed. The low-dimensional ZnO@CdS heterojunction nano-arrays coupling with the as-prepared CZTS thin film were employed to fabricate a novel solar cell with inverted structure. The vertically aligned nanowires (NWs) allow facilitating the charge carrier collection/separation/transfer with large interface areas. By optimizing the parameters including the annealing temperature of CZTS absorber, the thickness of CdS buffer layer and the morphology of ZnO NWs, an open-circuit voltage (VOC) as high as 589 mV was obtained by such solar cell with inverted structure. The all-solution-processed technic allows the realization of CZTS solar cell with extremely low cost.

  1. Dworkin’s argument revisited: Point processes, dynamics, diffraction, and correlations

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    Deng, Xinghua; Moody, Robert V.

    2008-04-01

    The setting is an ergodic dynamical system (X,μ) whose points are themselves uniformly discrete point sets Λ in some space Rd and whose group action is that of translation of these point sets by the vectors of Rd. Steven Dworkin's argument relates the diffraction of the typical point sets comprising X to the dynamical spectrum of X. In this paper we look more deeply at this relationship, particularly in the context of point processes. We show that there is an Rd-equivariant, isometric embedding, depending on the scattering strengths (weights) that are assigned to the points of Λ∈X, that takes the L2-space of Rd under the diffraction measure into L2(X,μ). We examine the image of this embedding and give a number of examples that show how it fails to be surjective. We show that full information on the measure μ is available from the weights and set of all the correlations (that is, the two-point, three-point, …, correlations) of the typical point set Λ∈X. We develop a formalism in the setting of random point measures that includes multi-colour point sets, and arbitrary real-valued weightings for the scattering from the different colour types of points, in the context of Palm measures and weighted versions of them. As an application we give a simple proof of a square-mean version of the Bombieri-Taylor conjecture, and from that we obtain an inequality that gives a quantitative relationship between the autocorrelation, the diffraction, and the ɛ-dual characters of typical element of X. The paper ends with a discussion of the Palm measure in the context of defining pattern frequencies.

  2. Modelling phosphorus (P), sulfur (S) and iron (Fe) interactions for dynamic simulations of anaerobic digestion processes.

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    Flores-Alsina, Xavier; Solon, Kimberly; Kazadi Mbamba, Christian; Tait, Stephan; Gernaey, Krist V; Jeppsson, Ulf; Batstone, Damien J

    2016-05-15

    This paper proposes a series of extensions to functionally upgrade the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1) to allow for plant-wide phosphorus (P) simulation. The close interplay between the P, sulfur (S) and iron (Fe) cycles requires a substantial (and unavoidable) increase in model complexity due to the involved three-phase physico-chemical and biological transformations. The ADM1 version, implemented in the plant-wide context provided by the Benchmark Simulation Model No. 2 (BSM2), is used as the basic platform (A0). Three different model extensions (A1, A2, A3) are implemented, simulated and evaluated. The first extension (A1) considers P transformations by accounting for the kinetic decay of polyphosphates (XPP) and potential uptake of volatile fatty acids (VFA) to produce polyhydroxyalkanoates (XPHA) by phosphorus accumulating organisms (XPAO). Two variant extensions (A2,1/A2,2) describe biological production of sulfides (SIS) by means of sulfate reducing bacteria (XSRB) utilising hydrogen only (autolithotrophically) or hydrogen plus organic acids (heterorganotrophically) as electron sources, respectively. These two approaches also consider a potential hydrogen sulfide ( [Formula: see text] inhibition effect and stripping to the gas phase ( [Formula: see text] ). The third extension (A3) accounts for chemical iron (III) ( [Formula: see text] ) reduction to iron (II) ( [Formula: see text] ) using hydrogen ( [Formula: see text] ) and sulfides (SIS) as electron donors. A set of pre/post interfaces between the Activated Sludge Model No. 2d (ASM2d) and ADM1 are furthermore proposed in order to allow for plant-wide (model-based) analysis and study of the interactions between the water and sludge lines. Simulation (A1 - A3) results show that the ratio between soluble/particulate P compounds strongly depends on the pH and cationic load, which determines the capacity to form (or not) precipitation products. Implementations A1 and A2,1/A2,2 lead to a reduction in

  3. Evaluation of the resin oxidation process using Fenton's reagent

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    Araujo, Leandro G.; Goes, Marcos M.; Marumo, Julio T., E-mail: jtmarumo@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    The ion exchange resin is considered radioactive waste after its final useful life in nuclear reactors. Usually, this type of waste is treated with the immobilization in cement Portland, in order to form a solid monolithic matrix, reducing the possibility of radionuclides release in to environment. Because of the characteristic of expansion and contraction of the resins in presence of water, its incorporation in the common Portland cement is limited in 10% in direct immobilization, causing high costs in the final product. A pre-treatment would be able to reduce the volume, degrading the resins and increasing the load capacity of this material. This paper is about a method of degradation of ion spent resins from the nuclear research reactor of Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Brazil, using the Fenton's reagent. The resin evaluated was a mixture of cationic and anionic resins. The reactions were conducted by varying the concentration of the catalyst (25 to 80 mM), with and without external heat. The time of reaction was two hours. The concentration of 50 mM of catalyst was the most effective in degrading approximately 99%. The resin degradation was confirmed by the presence of CaCO{sub 3} as a white precipitate resulting from the reaction between the Ca(OH){sub 2} and the CO{sub 2} from the resin degradation. It was possible to degrade the resins without external heating. The calcium carbonates showed no correlation with the residual resin mass. (author)

  4. High field magnetization processes in single crystals of alpha-Tb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and alpha-Dy{sub 2}S{sub 3}

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    Ebisu, S; Omote, H; Nagata, S [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Muroran Institute of Technology, 27-1 Mizumoto-cho, Muroran, Hokkaido 050-8585 (Japan); Koyama, K, E-mail: ebisu@mmm.muroran-it.ac.j [HFLSM, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2009-03-01

    Rare earth sesquisulfides alpha-Tb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and alpha-Dy{sub 2}S{sub 3} possess orthorhombic crystal structure having two independent rare earth sites. High field magnetization processes for single crystals of these compounds have been investigated up to mu{sub o}H = 18 T. Some step-like transitions have been observed in both compounds. The magnetization of alpha-Tb{sub 2}S{sub 3} single crystal under the field along the 6-axis at T = 1.4 K shows a steep increase of about 4.5 mu{sub B}, which corresponds to a half of full saturation moment of free Tb{sup 3+}, at mu{sub o}H = 2.2 T. It is considered that the reorientation of Tb{sup 3+} moments on only one Tb site into a ferromagnetic arrangement occurs. When the magnetic field is perpendicular to the b-axis, one-step transition at mu{sub o}H = 0.7 T for H||c and two-step transitions at 0.7 and 1.2 T for H||a are observed. As for alpha-Dy{sub 2}S{sub 3}, the magnetization curve at T = 1.5 K shows two-step transitions at 1.3 and 1.6 T (H||b), three or four dull steps (H||a or c). The total height of two steps in the M-H curve for H||b corresponds to a half of full Dy{sup 3+} moment.

  5. Theoretical Investigation of Decay Process in a Doubly Excited 2s2 1S0 State of He-Like Ions

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    ZHANG Deng-Hong; DONG Chen-Zhong; Fumihiro Koike

    2006-01-01

    @@ In the framework of multi-configuration Dirac-Fock theory, a detailed calculation is performed for the decay rates and the energies of the doubly excited 2s2 1S0 state of He-like ions, of which atomic number Z ranges from 6 to 92. The 2s2 1S0-1s 2S1/2 Auger decay is predominant at low Z regime, whereas the 2s2 1S0 - 1s2p 1,3P1 two-electron one-photon transitions become quite important in moderate and high Z regimes. For heavy ions with Z≥72, the contribution of 2s2 1S0 - 1s2s 3S1 M1 transition is significant. The Breit interaction considerablyenhances the 2s2 1S0-1s 2S1/2 Auger rate at high Z regime.

  6. Reverse process of usual optical analysis of boson-exchange superconductors: impurity effects on s- and d-wave superconductors.

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    Hwang, Jungseek

    2015-03-04

    We performed a reverse process of the usual optical data analysis of boson-exchange superconductors. We calculated the optical self-energy from two (MMP and MMP+peak) input model electron-boson spectral density functions using Allen's formula for one normal and two (s- and d-wave) superconducting cases. We obtained the optical constants including the optical conductivity and the dynamic dielectric function from the optical self-energy using an extended Drude model, and finally calculated the reflectance spectrum. Furthermore, to investigate impurity effects on optical quantities we added various levels of impurities (from the clean to the dirty limit) in the optical self-energy and performed the same reverse process to obtain the optical conductivity, the dielectric function, and reflectance. From these optical constants obtained from the reverse process we extracted the impurity-dependent superfluid densities for two superconducting cases using two independent methods (the Ferrel-Glover-Tinkham sum rule and the extrapolation to zero frequency of -ϵ1(ω)ω(2)); we found that a certain level of impurities is necessary to get a good agreement on results obtained by the two methods. We observed that impurities give similar effects on various optical constants of s- and d-wave superconductors; the greater the impurities the more distinct the gap feature and the lower the superfluid density. However, the s-wave superconductor gives the superconducting gap feature more clearly than the d-wave superconductor because in the d-wave superconductors the optical quantities are averaged over the anisotropic Fermi surface. Our results supply helpful information to see how characteristic features of the electron-boson spectral function and the s- and d-wave superconducting gaps appear in various optical constants including raw reflectance spectrum. Our study may help with a thorough understanding of the usual optical analysis process. Further systematic study of experimental

  7. The role of Fe and Ni for s-process nucleosynthesis in the early Universe and for innovative nuclear technologies

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    Manousos, A; Heil, M; Plag, R

    The early universe was enriched in heavy elements by massive stars via their s- and r-process contributions. Ultra metal-poor stars were found to show abundance patterns that scale exactly with the solar r component. While this holds exactly for elements heavier than barium, there is still confusion about significant discrepancies in the mass region below A ${\\leq}$ 120. It is known that massive stars contribute significantly to the abundances between Fe and Zr. This so-called weak s-process component was found to exhibit large uncertainties due to the poorly known cross sections, especially in the Fe- i region. In view of this problem it is proposed to perform accurate state-of-the art measurements on highly enriched samples of the stable Fe and Ni isotopes at the n_TOF facility. Transformation of these results into significantly improved stellar cross section rates will allow to disentangle the s and r contributions observed in the oldest stars for a reliable comparison with galactic chemical evolution mode...

  8. Influences of Different Components on Agglomeration Behavior of MoS2 During Oxidation Roasting Process in Air

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    Wang, Lu; Zhang, Guo-Hua; Wang, Jing-Song; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2016-08-01

    An agglomeration of the furnace charge always takes place during the oxidation roasting process of molybdenite concentrate (with the main component of MoS2) in multiple hearth furnaces, which greatly affects the production process and furnace service life. In the present work, a preliminary study about the influence of various components on the agglomeration phenomenon of pure MoS2 have been carried out. The results show that reaction temperature, impurity content, and air flow rate have significant effects on the agglomeration extent. Meanwhile, the impurity type added into the pure MoS2 plays a crucial role. It was found that CaO and MgO have a stronger sulfur-fixing effect and that the desulphurization of the roasted product was uncompleted. It was also concluded that the agglomeration is due to the formation of low-melting-point eutectics, including that between MoO3 and impurities and that between MoO3 and Mo4O11. It is suggested that decreasing the impurities contents, especially K, Cu, Pb, and Fe, is an effective method for reducing the extent of agglomeration.

  9. Explosive Nucleosynthesis in Magnetohydrodynamical Jets from Collapsars II. Heavy-element nucleosynthesis of s, r, p-processes

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    Ono, Masaomi; Fujimoto, Shin-ichiro; Kotake, Kei; Yamada, Shoichi

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the nucleosynthesis in a massive star of 70 M_solar with solar metallicity in the main sequence stage. The helium core mass after hydrogen burning corresponds to 32 M_solar. Nucleosynthesis calculations have been performed during the stellar evolution and the jet-like supernova explosion of a collapsar model. We focus on the production of heavier elements than iron. Nucleosynthesis calculations have been done by using large nuclear reaction networks, where the weak s-, p-, and r-processes are taken into account. We confirm that s-elements of 60 90 are produced via photodisintegrations of seed s-elements. However, the produced p-elements are destructed in later stages except for ^{180}Ta. In the explosive nucleosynthesis, elements of 90 50) are overproduced relative to the solar values via the p-process because of the low peak temperatures in the oxygen and neon-rich layers. We confirm primary synthesis of light p-elements in the ejected matter of high peak temperature. The ejected matter has ...

  10. The Hamburg/ESO R-process Enhanced Star survey (HERES) VIII. The r+s star HE 1405 0822

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    Cui, W Y; Christlieb, N

    2013-01-01

    Aims.The aim of this study is a detailed abundance analysis of the newly discovered r-rich star HE 1405 0822, which has [Fe=H]=-2.40. This star shows enhancements of both r- and s-elements, [Ba/Fe]= +1.95 and [Eu/Fe]=1.54, for which reason it is called r+s star. Methods.Stellar parameters and element abundances were determined by analying high-quality VLT/UVES spectra. We used Fe I line excitation equilibria to derive the e?ective temperature. The surface gravity was calculated from the Fei/Feii and Ti I/Ti II equilibria. Results.We determined accurate abundances for 39 elements, including 19 neutron-capture elements. HE 1405-0822 is a red giant. Its strong enhancements of C, N, and s-elements are the consequence of enrichment by a former AGB companion with an initial mass of less than 3 M_Sun. The heavy n-capture element abundances (including Eu, Yb, and Hf) seen in HE 1405-0822 do not agree with the r-process pattern seen in strongly r-process-enhanced stars. We discuss possible enrichment scenarios for thi...

  11. Detailed homogeneous abundance studies of 14 Galactic s-process enriched post-AGB stars: In search of lead (Pb)

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    De Smedt, Kenneth; Kamath, Devika; Siess, Lionel; Goriely, Stephane; Karakas, Amanda I; Manick, Rajeev

    2015-01-01

    This paper is part of a larger project in which we systematically study the chemical abundances of Galactic and extragalactic post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) stars. Lead (Pb) is the final product of the s-process nucleosynthesis and is predicted to have large overabundances with respect to other s-process elements in AGB stars of low metallicities. However, Pb abundance studies of enriched post-AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds show the Pb overabundance is not observed. We used high-resolution UVES and HERMES spectra for detailed spectral abundance studies of our sample of 14 Galactic post-AGB stars. We do not find any clear evidence of Pb overabundances in our sample. Stars with T(eff) > 7500 K do not provide strong constraints on the Pb abundance. We conclude that the discrepancy between theory and observation increases towards lower metallicities. All objects, except IRAS 17279-1119, confirm the relation between neutron exposure [hs/ls] and third dredge-up efficiency [s/Fe], whereas no relation be...

  12. Investigating atmospheric transport processes using cosmogenic 35S and oxygen isotopic anomaly (Δ17O) in sulfate

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    Hill-Falkenthal, J. C.; Pandey, A.; Coupal, E.; Kim, S. D.; Dominguez, G.; Thiemens, M. H.

    2010-12-01

    Sulfate aerosols have been recognized to possess hazardous impact on both climate and human health. Improved understanding of the SO2 residence time and sulfate aerosol transport is needed for assessing its influences on climate. Cosmogenically produced 35S (half-life~87 days)1 measurements have been used to understand the atmospheric transport process, boundary layer dynamics and its effect on the tropospheric SO2 oxidation rate constant. Our method involves determining 35S in gaseous SO2 and aerosol sulfate samples collected twice a week at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Pier (La Jolla, CA) for a year along with the determination of oxygen isotopes in both coarse and fine particle samples. The oxygen isotopes measurement in sulfate and 35S measurements were done by isotope ratio mass spectrometry and low-noise liquid scintillation spectroscopy2, respectively. The data show that 35S activity is significantly different for coarse and fine particles, with the latter possessing higher activity as it is mainly produced from the gas phase oxidation of SO2 at higher altitude. The fluctuation in 35S activity in fine particles indicates mixing of air masses from higher altitude. The coarse particles show nearly constant 35S activity which is either due to the constant uptake rate of SO2 by sea salt aerosol or the coagulation of fine particles together. The normalized activity 35S/S is about 5 times higher in both coarse and fine particles during Santa Ana wind event. Santa Ana wind is characterized by low humidity (<20%) and relatively high temperature and may have an impact on SO2 oxidation. We are investigating the sulfate oxygen isotope signature and the correlation between oxygen anomaly and 35S activity in sulfate. 1. Lal D., P. K. Malhotra, and B. Peters, On the production of radioisotopes in the atmosphere by cosmic radiation and their application in meteorology, J. Atmos. AndTerrest. Phys. 12, 306, 1958 2. Brother, L.A., G. Dominguez, A. Abramian, A. Corbin

  13. Preliminary design of S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle for APR-1400 with power generation and desalination process

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    Bae, Seong Jun; Lee, Won Woong; Jeong, Yong Hoon; Lee, Jeong Ik [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Ho Joon [KUSTAR, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

    2015-10-15

    This study was conducted to explore the capabilities of the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle for a cogeneration system for APR-1400 application. Three concepts of the S-CO{sub 2} simple recuperated co-generation cycle were designed. A supercritical CO{sub 2} (S-CO{sub 2}) Brayton cycle is recently receiving significant attention as a promising power conversion system in wide range of energy applications due to its high efficiency and compact footprint. The main reason why the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle has these advantages is that the compressor operates near the critical point of CO{sub 2} (30.98 .deg. C, 7.38MPa) to reduce the compression work significantly compared to the other Brayton cycles. In this study, the concept of replacing the entire steam cycle of APR-1400 with the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle is evaluated. The power generation purpose S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycles are redesigned to generate power and provide heat to the desalination system at the same time. The performance of these newly suggested cycles are evaluated in this paper. The target was to deliver 147MW heat to the desalination process. The thermal efficiencies of the three concepts are not significantly different, but the 3{sup rd} concept is relatively simpler than other cycles because only an additional heat exchanger is required. Although the 2{sup nd} concept is relatively complicated in comparison to other concepts, the temperatures at the inlet and outlet of the DHX are higher than that of the others. As shown in the results, the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycles are not easy to outperform the steam cycle with very simple layout and general design points under APR-1400 operating condition. However, this study shows that the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycles can be designed as a co-generation cycle while producing the target desalination heat with a simple configuration. In addition, it was also found that the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle can achieve higher cycle thermal efficiency than the steam power cycle under

  14. Chinese Character and English Word processing in children’s ventral occipitotemporal cortex: fMRI evidence for script invariance

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    Krafnick, Anthony J.; Tan, Li-Hai; Flowers, D. Lynn; Luetje, Megan M.; Napoliello, Eileen M.; Siok, Wai-Ting; Perfetti, Charles; Eden, Guinevere F.

    2016-01-01

    Learning to read is thought to involve the recruitment of left hemisphere ventral occipitotemporal cortex (OTC) by a process of “neuronal recycling”, whereby object processing mechanisms are co-opted for reading. Under the same theoretical framework, it has been proposed that the visual word form area (VWFA) within the OTC processes orthographic stimuli independent of culture and writing systems, suggesting that it is universally involved in written language. However, this “script invariance” has yet to be demonstrated in monolingual readers of two different writing systems studied under the same experimental conditions. Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we examined activity in response to English Words and Chinese Characters in 1st graders in the United States and China, respectively. We examined each group separately and found the readers of English as well as the readers of Chinese to activate the left ventral OTC for their respective native writing systems (using both a whole-brain and a bilateral OTC-restricted analysis). Critically, a conjunction analysis of the two groups revealed significant overlap between them for native writing system processing, located in the VWFA and therefore supporting the hypothesis of script invariance. In the second part of the study, we further examined the left OTC region responsive to each group’s native writing system and found it responded equally to Object stimuli (line drawings) in the Chinese-reading children. In English-reading children, the OTC responded much more to Objects than to English Words. Together, these results support the script invariant role of the VWFA and also support the idea that the areas recruited for character or word processing are rooted in object processing mechanisms of the left OTC. PMID:27012502

  15. Optimisation Platform for copper ore processing at the Division of Concentrator of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.

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    Kuzba Bogdan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The idea of Optimisation Platform is to create an innovative system. It is dedicated to technology and cost efficiency improvement of process realized at the Division of Concentrators of KGHM Polska Miedz SA. This highly sophisticated tool is based on visual, acoustic and vibrating detection systems. The range of its functionality was described in this work. Three main utility modules were described: froth flotation image processing (FloVis, grinding and classification monitoring (MillVis and belt conveyors control unit (ConVis. The effects of implementation of the system under KGHM conditions were described. It is concluded that the Optimisation Platform is one of the most promising solution for improvement of technology and economy performance at the Division of Concentrators of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.

  16. Source process of M_s6.4 earthquake in Ning’er, Yunnan in 2007

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    The moment tensor solution, source time function and spatial-temporal rupture process of the MS6.4 earthquake, which occurred in Ning’er, Yunnan Province, are obtained by inverting the broadband waveform data of 20 global stations. The inverted result shows that the scalar seismic moment is 5.51×1018 Nm, which corresponds to a moment magnitude of MW 6.4. The correspondent best double couple solution results in two nodal planes of strike 152°/dip 54°/rake 166°, and strike 250°/dip 79°/ rake 37°, respectively. Considering the isoseismals and geological structures in the meizoseismal region, the first nodal plane (strike 152°/ dip 54°/ rake 166°) is preferred to be the seismogenic fault. Thus, the MS6.4 earthquake occurred mainly along a right-lateral fault striking 152°. The source time function shows that the duration time of the earthquake is about 14 s. The most of the energy releases within the first 11 s and in 11-14 s the rupture is weak. The snapshots of the slip-rate indicate that the rupture process has 3 more detailed stages. In the first stage of the first 4 s after rupture initiation, the rupture propagates simultaneously toward both strike and dip directions; in the second stage of the following 3 s, the rupture extends to down-dip direction; and in the third stage, the rupture looks to be scattering on the fault. In general, this earthquake is of bilateral rupture, and the rupture mainly takes place in strike-dip direction. The major ruptured area is in the shape of a diamond with a dimension of 19 km. On the whole fault plane, the maximum slip is about 1.2 m, the average slip is about 0.1 m, the maxi-mum slip-rate is 0.4 m/s and the average slip-rate is 0.1 m/s. The features of the co-seismic theoretical displacement field of the Ning’er earthquake fault, calculated based on the inverted fault parameters, are consistent with those of the observed isoseismals.

  17. From laboratory to pilot plant: the solid-state process development of a highly potent cathepsin S/K inhibitor.

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    Feth, Martin Philipp; Heyse, Winfried; Baumgartner, Bruno; Nagel, Norbert; Tappertzhofen, Christoph; Olpp, Thomas; Jurascheck, Jörg; Ulrich, Joachim; Helmdach, Lydia; Petzoldt, Christine

    2013-04-01

    The solid-state development for the low dose drug molecule SAR114137, a selective and reversible inhibitor of cysteine cathepsin S/K, is reported. Six polymorphic forms as well as various solvate phases were discovered by an extensive polymorphism screening. The solid phase characterizations revealed that phase 1, from which a single crystal structure could be obtained, is the thermodynamically most stable form and therefore it was chosen for pharmaceutical development. The successful scale-up from development laboratory into pilot plant for the crystallization and drying processes is presented. Testing of different drying techniques, like agitated drying in conical or filter dryers as well as spray drying, proved them to be very promising alternatives to the conventional tray drying process and might be used during the industrialization phase of the project. The use of online analytical tools (e.g., Raman spectroscopy) for a better process understanding and as tools for process optimization is shown. Furthermore, wet milling by ultrasound was performed on laboratory scale and discussed as potential option to reach the desired particle size distribution necessary for a good content uniformity of the API in an oral formulation.

  18. Application of the Environmental Protection Agency`s data quality objective process to environmental monitoring quality control

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    Garcia, Lucinda M. [Univ. of San Francisco, CA (United States)

    1995-11-01

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) Data Quality Objectives (DQO) process was applied to two environmental monitoring networks for the purpose of optimizing field quality control sampling to give the highest quality monitoring data with minimal impact on resources. The DQO process, developed primarily to aid in cleanup and restoration activities, is a systematic approach to designing sampling, and analysis programs with improved efficiency, cost savings, and measureable and traceable data quality. The two monitoring- networks studied had not been subjected to the systematic review and analysis of the DQO process defined by the EPA. The two monitoring networks studied had relied upon field duplicates or replicates as the main source of field quality control data. Sometimes, both duplicate and routine sample were analyzed by the same analytical laboratory; at other times they were analyzed by different laboratories. This study identified some potential inconsistencies between analytical data and reporting limits from two different laboratories. Application of the EPA DQO process resulted in recommendations for changes in the field quality control sampling program, allowed new insight into the monitoring data, and raised several issues that should be the subject of further investigation.

  19. Nanoscale mapping of excitonic processes in single-layer MoS2 using tip-enhanced photoluminescence microscopy.

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    Su, Weitao; Kumar, Naresh; Mignuzzi, Sandro; Crain, Jason; Roy, Debdulal

    2016-05-19

    In two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, photoluminescence originating from recombination processes involving neutral electron-hole pairs (excitons) and charged complexes (trions) is strongly affected by the localized charge transfer due to inhomogeneous interactions with the local environment and surface defects. Herein, we demonstrate the first nanoscale mapping of excitons and trions in single-layer MoS2 using the full spectral information obtained via tip-enhanced photoluminescence (TEPL) microscopy along with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) imaging of a 2D flake. Finally, we show the mapping of the PL quenching centre in single-layer MoS2 with an unprecedented spatial resolution of 20 nm. In addition, our research shows that unlike in aperture-scanning near field microscopy, preferential exciton emission mapping at the nanoscale using TEPL and Raman mapping using TERS can be obtained simultaneously using this method that can be used to correlate the structural and excitonic properties.

  20. A strategy of combining SILAR with solvothermal process for In2S3 sensitized quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Yang, Peizhi; Tang, Qunwei; Ji, Chenming; Wang, Haobo

    2015-12-01

    Pursuit of an efficient strategy for quantum dot-sensitized photoanode has been a persistent objective for enhancing photovoltaic performances of quantum dot-sensitized solar cell (QDSC). We present here the fabrication of the indium sulfide (In2S3) quantum dot-sensitized titanium dioxide (TiO2) photoanode by combining successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) with solvothermal processes. The resultant QDSC consists of an In2S3 sensitized TiO2 photoanode, a liquid polysulfide electrolyte, and a Co0.85Se counter electrode. The optimized QDSC with photoanode prepared with the help of a SILAR method at 20 deposition cycles and solvothermal method yields a maximum power conversion efficiency of 1.39%.

  1. All solution processed low turn-on voltage near infrared LEDs based on core-shell PbS-CdS quantum dots with inverted device structure.

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    Sanchez, Rafael S; Binetti, Enrico; Torre, Jose A; Garcia-Belmonte, G; Striccoli, Marinella; Mora-Sero, Ivan

    2014-08-07

    Colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are extraordinarily appealing for the development of light emitting devices (LEDs) due to tunable and pure color emission, brightness and solution processability. This last advantage of the QD-LEDs is even more evident in the field of infrared emission where the devices currently used are prepared by high cost epitaxial techniques. Here we show the fabrication of low cost NIR QD-LEDs based on high quantum yield core-shell PbS-CdS QDs and a novel inverted device structure. Devices are produced using SnO2:F (FTO) as the conductive transparent contact, nanostructured TiO2 as the electron transport layer (ETL) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) P3HT as the hole transport layer (HTL). Despite the roughness of this ETL, the obtained external quantum efficiencies (EQEs) are similar to previously reported values, obtained with regular configuration and more expensive ITO substrates. A turn-on voltage as low as the QD band gap (1.47 eV) is achieved for a large area (1.54 cm(2)) and relatively stable QD-LEDs.

  2. Order-{alpha}{sub s}{sup 2} corrections to one-particle inclusive processes in DIS

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    Daleo, A. E-mail: daleo@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Garcia Canal, C.A.; Sassot, R

    2003-07-07

    We analyze the order-{alpha}{sub s}{sup 2} QCD corrections to semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering and present results for processes initiated by a gluon. We focus in the most singular pieces of these corrections in order to obtain the hitherto unknown NLO evolution kernels relevant for the non-homogeneous QCD scale dependence of these cross sections, and to check explicitly factorization at this order. In so doing we discuss the prescription of overlapping singularities in more than one variable.

  3. Incidence of Parental Support and Pressure on Their Children’s Motivational Processes towards Sport Practice Regarding Gender

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    Diana Amado; David Sánchez-Oliva; Inmaculada González-Ponce; Juan José Pulido-González; Pedro Antonio Sánchez-Miguel

    2015-01-01

    Grounded in Self-Determination Theory, structural equation modeling (SEM) with the aim of examining how parental support/pressure could influence their children´s motivational processes in sport was conducted, as well as the models´ differences in operability regarding gender. The sample size was 321 children ranging in age from 10 to 16 years old who were athletes from Extremadura, and 321 parents (included only the father or mother more involved with the sport of his or her child). 175 part...

  4. A framework for use in modelling the modal choice decision making process in North West England’s Atlantic Gateway

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    Bury Alan

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The task of producing a generic model of the modal choice decision making process is a challenging one. Modal choice is strongly influenced by the infrastructure limitations and geographical constraints of the area in which the decision is being made. With this in mind, addressing modal choice on an individual basis for each region may be the optimal solution. This is the approach adopted in this paper. The creation of a modal choice model is a multistage process of which this paper addresses the first stage, the production a framework of the decision making process. Firstly, a number of criteria that are commonly used in modal choice models are identified. Then a number of gaps in the criteria utilized in previous papers are established. Subsequently, the method used to produce a framework of the decision making process within North West England’s Atlantic Gateway is outlined. Through consultation with transport industry experts in North West England, an initial list of sixty eight papers was reduced to thirty six that were considered to be of specific relevance to modern day freight transportation within their region. The criteria used in each of these papers were then, along with further industry input, used to create the foundation on which a modal choice framework specific to the Atlantic Gateway could be built. A greater understanding of what influences modal choice within this region will allow informed decisions to be made by policy makers on how to more efficiently utilize the available modes of freight transport. Having established this, future work can then go on to build upon these findings. This paper recommends that future work is performed to establish the weights of each criteria and sub-criteria within the framework. This should then be followed by establishing industry’s perceptions of the best and worst alternatives for moving freight within the Atlantic Gateway.

  5. Fabrication of CuInS2-sensitized solar cells via an improved SILAR process and its interface electron recombination.

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    Xu, Xueqing; Wan, Qingcui; Luan, Chunyan; Mei, Fengjiao; Zhao, Qian; An, Ping; Liang, Zhurong; Xu, Gang; Zapien, Juan Antonio

    2013-11-13

    Tetragonal CuInS2 (CIS) has been successfully deposited onto mesoporous TiO2 films by in-sequence growth of InxS and CuyS via a successive ionic layer absorption and reaction (SILAR) process and postdeposition annealing in sulfur ambiance. X-ray diffraction and Raman measurements showed that the obtained tetragonal CIS consisted of a chalcopyrite phase and Cu-Au ordering, which related with the antisite defect states. For a fixed Cu-S deposition cycle, an interface layer of β-In2S3 formed at the TiO2/CIS interface with suitable excess deposition of In-S. In the meantime, the content of the Cu-Au ordering phase decreased to a reasonable level. These facts resulted in the retardance of electron recombination in the cells, which is proposed to be dominated by electron transfer from the conduction band of TiO2 to the unoccupied defect states in CIS via exponentially distributed surface states. As a result, a relatively high efficiency of ~0.92% (V(oc) = 0.35 V, J(sc) = 8.49 mA cm(-2), and FF = 0.31) has been obtained. Last, but not least, with an overloading of the sensitizers, a decrease in the interface area between the sensitized TiO2 and electrolytes resulted in deceleration of hole extraction from CIS to the electrolytes, leading to a decrease in the fill factor of the solar cells. It is indicated that the unoccupied states in CIS with energy levels below EF0 of the TiO2 films play an important role in the interface electron recombination at low potentials and has a great influence on the fill factor of the solar cells.

  6. Solution-Processed Environmentally Friendly Ag2S Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells with Broad Spectral Absorption

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    Viktor A. Öberg

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available A facile heat-up synthesis route is used to synthesize environmentally friendly Ag2S colloidal quantum dots (CQDs that are applied as light absorbing material in solid state p-i-n junction solar cell devices. The as-synthesized Ag2S CQDs have an average size of around 3.5 nm and exhibit broad light absorption covering ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared wavelength regions. The solar cell devices are constructed with a device architecture of FTO/TiO2/Ag2S CQDs/hole transport material (HTM /Au using a solution-processed approach. Different HTMs, N2,N2,N2′,N2′,N7,N7,N7′,N7′-octakis(4-methoxyphenyl-9,9′-spirobi(9H-fluorene-2,2′,7,7′ tetramine (spiro-MeOTAD, poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl (P3HT, and poly((2,3-bis(3-octyloxyphenyl-5,8-quinoxalinediyl-2,5-thiophenediyl TQ1 are studied for maximizing the device photovoltaic performance. The solar cell device with P3HT as a hole transport material gives the highest performance and the solar cell exhibit broad spectral absorption. These results indicate that Ag2S CQD have high potential for utilization as environmentally friendly light absorbing materials for solar cell application and that the hole transport material is critical to maximize the solar cell photovoltaic performance.

  7. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Solution-Processed Co-Doped ZnS Thin Films

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    Goktas, A.; Mutlu, İ. H.

    2016-11-01

    Co-doped ZnS thin films have been grown on glass substrates using solution-processing and dip-coating techniques, and the impact of the Co doping level (0% to 5%) and film thickness on certain characteristics examined. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the films possessed hexagonal crystal structure. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed presence of Zn, Co, and S in the samples. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the film surface was homogeneous and dense with some cracks and spots. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed introduction and integration of Co2+ ions into the ZnS thin films. Compared with undoped ZnS, optical studies indicated a reduction in optical bandgap energy ( E g) while the refractive index ( n), extinction coefficient ( k), and dielectric constants ( ɛ 1, ɛ 2) increased with film thickness ( t) and Co doping level (except for 5%). Photoluminescence spectra showed enhanced luminescence intensity as the Co concentration was increased, while the dependence on t showed an initial increase followed by a decrease. The origin of the observed low-temperature (5 K and 100 K) ferromagnetic order may be related to point defects such as zinc vacancies, zinc interstitials, and sulfide vacancies or to the grain-boundary effect.

  8. Galileov inkvizičný proces na pozadí metodologického anarchizmu (Galileo’s Inquisition Process on the Background of the Methodological Anarchism

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    David Ivanovič

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the Feyerabend’s interpretation of the Galileo’s inquisition process on the background of the methodological anarchism with the respect to scientific rationality. At first, attention is paid to a brief characteristic of the methodological anarchism and its place in the philosophy of science. Then importance of Galileo’s scientific work for Feyerabend’s philosophy is explained. Next parts analyse Galileo’s inquisition process, authority of Bible and theory of geocentrism in the 17th Century. The last part deals with results of the Feyerabend’s interpretation for scientific knowledge.

  9. Grey matter hypometabolism and atrophy in Parkinson’s disease with cognitive impairment: a two-step process

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    González-Redondo, Rafael; García-García, David; Clavero, Pedro; Gasca-Salas, Carmen; García-Eulate, Reyes; Zubieta, José L.; Arbizu, Javier; Obeso, José A.

    2014-01-01

    The pathophysiological process underlying cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease is not well understood. Cerebral atrophy and hypometabolism have been described in patients with Parkinson’s disease and dementia or mild cognitive impairment with respect to control subjects. However, the exact relationships between atrophy and hypometabolism are still unclear. To determine the extension and topographical distribution of hypometabolism and atrophy in the different cognitive states of Parkinson’s disease, we examined 46 patients with Parkinson’s disease (19 female, 27 male; 71.7 ± 5.9 years old; 14.6 ± 4.2 years of disease evolution; modified Hoehn and Yahr mean stage 3.1 ± 0.7). Cognitive status was diagnosed as normal in 14 patients, as mild cognitive impairment in 17 and as dementia in 15 patients. Nineteen normal subjects (eight female, 11 male; 68.1 ± 3.2 years old) were included as controls. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans were obtained, co-registered, corrected for partial volume effect and spatially normalized to the Montreal Neurological Institute space in each subject. Smoothing was applied to the positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans to equalize their effective smoothness and resolution (10 mm and 12 mm full-width at half-maximum and Gaussian kernel, respectively). Z-score maps for atrophy and for hypometabolism were obtained by comparing individual images to the data set of control subjects. For each group of patients, a paired Student’s t-test was performed to statistically compare the two Z-map modalities (P atrophy in the angular gyrus, occipital, orbital and anterior frontal lobes. In patients with dementia, the hypometabolic areas observed in the group with mild cognitive impairment were replaced by areas of atrophy, which were surrounded by extensive zones of hypometabolism. Areas where atrophy was more extended than hypometabolism were found in the

  10. Efficiency loss of thin film Cu(InxGa1-x)Se(S) solar panels by lamination process

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    Xu, Li

    2017-04-01

    Efficiency loss of thin film Cu(InxGa1-x)Se(S) (CIGS) solar panels by lamination process has been compromising the final output power in commercial products of solar modules, but few reports have been published on such issue, as the majority of the investigation is focused on the efficiency at the circuit level, i.e., before lamination process. In this paper, we studied the effect of lamination process to the efficiency loss of thin film CIGS solar panels. It was observed that the fill factor degradation dominated the efficiency loss with the small change of Voc and Jsc. Experiments showed that neither the temperature nor the pressure, nor the two combined in the lamination process is the root cause of the efficiency loss; instead, the ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) layer as the encapsulation material which directly contacts the solar cell devices was the major factor responsible for the efficiency loss. It was found that the gel content of the cured EVA film after lamination was highly correlated to the efficiency loss. The higher the gel content, the higher the efficiency loss. The mismatch of coefficient of thermal expansion between the EVA film and the CIGS thin film resulted in compressive stress in the device layer after lamination process. The compressive stress is speculated to affect the lattice defects, but need to be confirmed with the measurement of capacitance voltage (CV) and drive level capacitance profiling (DLCP). Three-day sun soak was then carried out and it was observed that the fill factor recovered significantly and so did the efficiency. Experiments also showed that there was no impact of chemical erosion on the front electrode of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films by chemicals released from the EVA films during lamination.

  11. Aggregation of Ribosomal Protein S6 at Nucleolus Is Cell Cycle-Controlled and Its Function in Pre-rRNA Processing Is Phosphorylation Dependent.

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    Zhang, Duo; Chen, Hui-Peng; Duan, Hai-Feng; Gao, Li-Hua; Shao, Yong; Chen, Ke-Yan; Wang, You-Liang; Lan, Feng-Hua; Hu, Xian-Wen

    2016-07-01

    Ribosomal protein S6 (rpS6) has long been regarded as one of the primary r-proteins that functions in the early stage of 40S subunit assembly, but its actual role is still obscure. The correct forming of 18S rRNA is a key step in the nuclear synthesis of 40S subunit. In this study, we demonstrate that rpS6 participates in the processing of 30S pre-rRNA to 18S rRNA only when its C-terminal five serines are phosphorylated, however, the process of entering the nucleus and then targeting the nucleolus does not dependent its phosphorylation. Remarkably, we also find that the aggregation of rpS6 at the nucleolus correlates to the phasing of cell cycle, beginning to concentrate in the nucleolus at later S phase and disaggregate at M phase. J. Cell. Biochem. 117: 1649-1657, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. First measurements of the total and partial stellar cross section to the $s$-process branching-point $^{79}$Se

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    Dillmann, I; Käppeler, F; Fästermann, T; Knie, K; Korschinek, G; Poutivtsev, M; Rugel, G; Wallner, A; Rauscher, T

    2008-01-01

    Although $^{79}$Se represents an important branching in the weak s process, the stellar neutron capture cross sections to this isotope have not yet been measured experimentally. In this case, experimental data is essential for evaluating the important branching in the s-process reaction path at $^{79}$Se. The total cross section of $^{78}$Se at a stellar energy of kT = 25 keV has been investigated with a combination of the activation technique and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), since offline decay counting is prohibitive due to the long terrestrial half life of $^{79}$Se (2.80$\\pm$0.36 $\\times10^5$ y) as well as the absence of suitable $\\gamma$-ray transitions. The preliminary result for the total Maxwellian averaged cross section is $_{30 keV}$= 60.1$\\pm$9.6 mbarn, significantly lower than the previous recommended value. In a second measurement, also the partial cross section to the 3.92 min-isomer was determined via $\\gamma$-spectroscopy and yielded $_{30 keV}$(part.)= 42.0$\\pm$2.0 mbarn.

  13. The Abundances of Light Neutron-Capture Elements in Planetary Nebulae II. s-process Enrichments and Interpretation

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    2007-01-01

    We present the results of a large-scale survey of neutron(n)-capture elements in Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe), undertaken to study enrichments from s-process nucleosynthesis in their progenitor stars. From new K band observations of over 100 PNe supplemented by data from the literature, we have detected the emission lines [Kr III] 2.199 and/or [Se IV] 2.287 $\\mu$m in 81 of 120 objects. We determine Se and Kr elemental abundances, employing ionization correction formulae derived in the first paper of this series. We find a significant range in Se and Kr abundances, from near solar (no enrichment) to enhanced by >1.0 dex relative to solar, which we interpret as self-enrichment due to in situ s-process nucleosynthesis. Kr tends to be more strongly enriched than Se; in 18 objects exhibiting both Se and Kr emission, we find that [Kr/Se] = 0.5$\\pm$0.2. Our survey has increased the number of PNe with n-capture element abundance determinations by a factor of ten, enabling us for the first time to search for corre...

  14. Formation of cagelike sulfonated polystyrene microspheres via swelling-osmosis process and loading of CdS nanoparticles.

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    Weng, Hanqin; Huang, Xuefeng; Wang, Mozhen; Ji, Xiang; Ge, Xuewu

    2013-12-10

    In this report, we studied the formation mechanism of cagelike polymer microspheres fabricated conveniently and efficiently through a swelling-osmosis process of sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) microspheres in a ternary mixed solvent (water/ethanol/heptane). The scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations indicated that the morphology of the final cagelike SPS microspheres is mainly controlled by the composition of the mixed solvent and the swelling temperature. Considering the solubility parameters of related reagents and the low interface tension of heptane and the aqueous solution of ethanol (only 6.9 mN/m), we confirm that the porogen procedure starts from the swelling of SPS microspheres by heptane, followed by the osmosis process of water molecules into the swollen SPS microspheres forced by the strong hydrophilicity of -SO3H group. The water molecules permeated into SPS microspheres will aggregate into water pools, which form the pores after the microspheres are dried. These prepared cagelike SPS microspheres are further served as the scaffold for the in situ generated CdS nanoparticles under γ-ray radiation. The CdS/SPS composite microspheres show good fluorescence performance. This work shows that the cagelike SPS microspheres have a wide industrial application prospect due to their economical and efficient preparation and loading nanoparticles.

  15. Modeling the removal of Sunfix Red S3B from aqueous solution by electrocoagulation process using artificial neural network

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    Manh Ha Bui

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an application of artificial neural networks (ANNs to predict the dye removal efficiency (color and chemical oxygen demand value of Electrocoagulation process from Sunfix Red S3B aqueous solution. The Bayesian regulation algorithm was applied to train the networks with experimental data including five factors: pH, current density, sulphate concentration, initial dye concentration (IDC, and electrolysis time. The predicting performance of the ANN models was validated through the low root mean square error value (9.844 %, mean absolute percentage error (13.776 % and the high determination coefficient value (0.836. Garson, Connection weight method and neural interpretation diagram were also used to study the influence of input variables on dye removal efficiency. For decolorization, the most effective inputs are determined as current density, electrolysis time and initial pH, while COD removal is found to be strongly affected by initial dye concentration and sulphate concentration. Through these steps, we demonstrated ANN’s robustness in modeling and analysis of electrocoagulation process.

  16. Evaluating models of population process in a threatened population of Steller’s eiders: A retrospective approach

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    Dunham, Kylee; Grand, James B.

    2016-10-11

    The Alaskan breeding population of Steller’s eiders (Polysticta stelleri) was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1997 in response to perceived declines in abundance throughout their breeding and nesting range. Aerial surveys suggest the breeding population is small and highly variable in number, with zero birds counted in 5 of the last 25 years. Research was conducted to evaluate competing population process models of Alaskan-breeding Steller’s eiders through comparison of model projections to aerial survey data. To evaluate model efficacy and estimate demographic parameters, a Bayesian state-space modeling framework was used and each model was fit to counts from the annual aerial surveys, using sequential importance sampling and resampling. The results strongly support that the Alaskan breeding population experiences population level nonbreeding events and is open to exchange with the larger Russian-Pacific breeding population. Current recovery criteria for the Alaskan breeding population rely heavily on the ability to estimate population viability. The results of this investigation provide an informative model of the population process that can be used to examine future population states and assess the population in terms of the current recovery and reclassification criteria.

  17. Relationships Among Student-body Composition, School Process, and Mathematics Achievement in Argentina’s High Schools

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    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available This is a study of the relationships between the student-body composition of the school, some characteristics of the scholastic process—culture and school climate—according to learners’ perceptions, and the mathematics achievement of students in the last year of high school in Argentina. The data used came from the 1998 National Census of High School Completion, carried out by the nation’s Ministry of Culture and Education. The file contains data for 135,000 students of 2,708 schools in 25 states. Multilevel linear modeling with three levels (student, school and state was applied. A strong relationship was detected between mathematics achievement and the variables student-body composition and school process. When both variables acted together, the effect of other variables experienced a pronounced descent. Although reduced, the variables of the process influenced the student’s achievement. There was identified for future works a reference model which would evaluate other institutional learning factors.

  18. Developing an Assessment Process for a Master’s of Science Degree in a Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

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    Hall, Julie M.; Liu, Qinfeng; Stagner, William C.; Adams, Michael L.

    2016-01-01

    Objective. To develop a program-level assessment process for a master’s of science degree in a pharmaceutical sciences (MSPS) program. Design. Program-level goals were created and mapped to course learning objectives. Embedded assessment tools were created by each course director and used to gather information related to program-level goals. Initial assessment iterations involved a subset of offered courses, and course directors met with the department assessment committee to review the quality of the assessment tools as well as the data collected with them. Insights from these discussions were used to improve the process. When all courses were used for collecting program-level assessment data, a modified system of guided reflection was used to reduce demands on committee members. Assessment. The first two iterations of collecting program-level assessment revealed problems with both the assessment tools and the program goals themselves. Course directors were inconsistent in the Bloom’s Taxonomy level at which they assessed student achievement of program goals. Moreover, inappropriate mapping of program goals to course learning objectives were identified. These issues led to unreliable measures of how well students were doing with regard to program-level goals. Peer discussions between course directors and the assessment committee led to modification of program goals as well as improved assessment data collection tools. Conclusion. By starting with a subset of courses and using course-embedded assessment tools, a program-level assessment process was created with little difficulty. Involving all faculty members and avoiding comparisons between courses made obtaining faculty buy-in easier. Peer discussion often resulted in consensus on how to improve assessment tools. PMID:27756933

  19. Barium isotopic composition of mainstream silicon carbides from Murchison: Constraints for s-process nucleosynthesis in asymptotic giant branch stars

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    Liu, Nan; Davis, Andrew M.; Pellin, Michael J.; Dauphas, Nicolas [Department of the Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637 (United States); Savina, Michael R. [Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry, Chicago, IL 60637 (United States); Gallino, Roberto; Bisterzo, Sara [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Torino, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Straniero, Oscar; Cristallo, Sergio [INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, via Maggini snc, I-64100 Teramo (Italy); Gyngard, Frank [Laboratory for Space Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States); Willingham, David G. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Pignatari, Marco [Department of Physics, University of Basel, Basel CH-4056 (Switzerland); Herwig, Falk, E-mail: lnsmile@uchicago.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8P5C2 (Canada)

    2014-05-01

    We present barium, carbon, and silicon isotopic compositions of 38 acid-cleaned presolar SiC grains from Murchison. Comparison with previous data shows that acid washing is highly effective in removing barium contamination. Strong depletions in δ({sup 138}Ba/{sup 136}Ba) values are found, down to –400‰, which can only be modeled with a flatter {sup 13}C profile within the {sup 13}C pocket than is normally used. The dependence of δ({sup 138}Ba/{sup 136}Ba) predictions on the distribution of {sup 13}C within the pocket in asymptotic giant branch (AGB) models allows us to probe the {sup 13}C profile within the {sup 13}C pocket and the pocket mass in AGB stars. In addition, we provide constraints on the {sup 22}Ne(α, n){sup 25}Mg rate in the stellar temperature regime relevant to AGB stars, based on δ({sup 134}Ba/{sup 136}Ba) values of mainstream grains. We found two nominally mainstream grains with strongly negative δ({sup 134}Ba/{sup 136}Ba) values that cannot be explained by any of the current AGB model calculations. Instead, such negative values are consistent with the intermediate neutron capture process (i process), which is activated by the very late thermal pulse during the post-AGB phase and characterized by a neutron density much higher than the s process. These two grains may have condensed around post-AGB stars. Finally, we report abundances of two p-process isotopes, {sup 130}Ba and {sup 132}Ba, in single SiC grains. These isotopes are destroyed in the s process in AGB stars. By comparing their abundances with respect to that of {sup 135}Ba, we conclude that there is no measurable decay of {sup 135}Cs (t {sub 1/2} = 2.3 Ma) to {sup 135}Ba in individual SiC grains, indicating condensation of barium, but not cesium into SiC grains before {sup 135}Cs decayed.

  20. Global processing deficit in Alzheimer’s disease (Déficit del procesamiento global en la enfermedad de Alzheimer

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    María J. Blanca

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Several studies of Alzheimer’s disease (AD reveal an impaired capacity to integrate visual elements into global pictures, leading to a deficit in global processing of visual information. The aim of this paper was to explore global and local processing in people with AD at non-advanced stage. The Global and Local Attention Test (AGL; from the original Spanish: AGL-Atención global y local was administered to a group of 100 participants with a mean age of 75.36 years. Fifty of them were AD patients at a mild or moderate stage, while the remainder comprised healthy elders. The AGL provides two scores that indicate speed and accuracy in analyzing global and local figures. Participants had to indicate the figures where the target appeared at either global or local levels in a divided attention task. The results showed lower accuracy in the AD group compared with controls. Also in the AD group, and in line with previous findings, accuracy in detecting the target was much lower at the global level than at the local level, thereby confirming the expected deficit in global processing associated with AD. This deficit did not vary according to sex or age.

  1. The fusion-fission process in the reaction {sup 34}S+{sup 186}W near the interaction barrier

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    Harca, I. M. [Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, (FLNR JINR) Dubna, Russia and Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest - P.O. Box MG 11, RO 77125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Dmitriev, S.; Itkis, J.; Kozulin, E. M.; Knyazheva, G.; Loktev, T.; Novikov, K. [Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, (FLNR JINR) Dubna (Russian Federation); Azaiez, F.; Gottardo, A.; Matea, I.; Verney, D. [IPN, CNRS/IN2P3, Univ. Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); Chubarian, G. [Cyclotron Institute, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843-3366 (United States); Hanappe, F. [Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Bruxelles (Belgium); Piot, J.; Schmitt, C. [GANIL, CEA/DSM-CNRS/IN2P3, Bd Henri Becquerel, BP 55027, F-14076 Caen Cedex 5 (France); Trzaska, W. H. [Accelerator Laboratory of University of Jyväskylä (JYFL), Jyväskylä (Finland); Vardaci, E. [Dipartamento di Scienze Fisiche and INFN (INFN-Na), Napoli (Italy)

    2015-02-24

    The reaction {sup 34}S+{sup 186}W at E{sub lab}=160 MeV was investigated with the aim of diving into the features of the fusion-fission process. Gamma rays in coincidence with binary reaction fragments were measured using the high efficiency gamma-ray spectrometer ORGAM at the TANDEM Accelerator facility of I.P.N., Orsay, and the time-of-flight spectrometer for fission fragments (FF) registration CORSET of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR), Dubna. The coupling of the ORGAM and CORSET setups offers the unique opportunity of extracting details for characterizing the fusion-fission process and gives information regarding production of neutron-rich heavy nuclei. The FF–γ coincidence method is of better use then the γ – γ coincidence method when dealing with low statistic measurements and also offers the opportunity to precisely correct the Dopler shift for in-flight emitted gamma rays. Evidence of symmetric and asymmetric fission modes were observed in the mass and TKE distributions, occurring due to shell effects in the fragments. Coincident measurements allow for discrimination between the gamma rays by accepting a specific range within the mass distribution of the reaction products. Details regarding the experimental setup, methods of processing the acquisitioned data and preliminary results are presented.

  2. Simulation and modeling of the hydrocarbon generation-migration-mixing processes in Louisiana`s sedimentary basins

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    Zimmerman, R.K.; Shi, Ying [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States)

    1996-09-01

    Mixed-age Mesozoic and Cenozoic hydrocarbons are present in many Louisiana oil and gas reservoirs. This phenomenon has added fuel to the controversy over whether the hydrocarbon source rocks underwent {open_quotes}shallow{close_quotes} or {open_quotes}deep{close_quotes} burial. Source rock generating capacities and timing of maturation, expulsion, and migration are important factors in providing a potential solution to the problem. The purpose of this paper is to reconstruct the dynamic processes of oil and gas generation-migration-mixing in Louisiana basins by using numerical simulation. Problem solution employed a finite difference model which simulates numerically five processes on 2D vertical grids: (1) reconstruction of geological evolution as a result of sedimentation, erosion, and compaction; (2) computation of paleotemperatures based on constant crustal heat flow; (3) computation of source rock maturity based on a first-order kinetic model; (4) computation of geopressure based upon the result of compaction disequilibrium; and (5) computation of hydrocarbon expulsion and migration rates based on calculated results of maturity and geopressure reconstruction. This simulation/model yields plausible results for estimating potential regional reservoir volumetric distributions. The integrated approach used in this study provides a means for analyzing the dynamic processes of oil and gas generation-migration-mixing in Louisiana`s hydrocarbon systems. It also provides a basis for designing objective oil and gas trend analysis.

  3. Biblio-MetReS for user-friendly mining of genes and biological processes in scientific documents

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    Anabel Usie

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available One way to initiate the reconstruction of molecular circuits is by using automated text-mining techniques. Developing more efficient methods for such reconstruction is a topic of active research, and those methods are typically included by bioinformaticians in pipelines used to mine and curate large literature datasets. Nevertheless, experimental biologists have a limited number of available user-friendly tools that use text-mining for network reconstruction and require no programming skills to use. One of these tools is Biblio-MetReS. Originally, this tool permitted an on-the-fly analysis of documents contained in a number of web-based literature databases to identify co-occurrence of proteins/genes. This approach ensured results that were always up-to-date with the latest live version of the databases. However, this ‘up-to-dateness’ came at the cost of large execution times. Here we report an evolution of the application Biblio-MetReS that permits constructing co-occurrence networks for genes, GO processes, Pathways, or any combination of the three types of entities and graphically represent those entities. We show that the performance of Biblio-MetReS in identifying gene co-occurrence is as least as good as that of other comparable applications (STRING and iHOP. In addition, we also show that the identification of GO processes is on par to that reported in the latest BioCreAtIvE challenge. Finally, we also report the implementation of a new strategy that combines on-the-fly analysis of new documents with preprocessed information from documents that were encountered in previous analyses. This combination simultaneously decreases program run time and maintains ‘up-to-dateness’ of the results. Availability: http://metres.udl.cat/index.php/downloads, Contact: metres.cmb@gmail.com.

  4. Process studies for a new method of removing H/sub 2/S from industrial gas streams

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    Neumann, D.W.; Lynn, S.

    1986-07-01

    A process for the removal of hydrogen sulfide from coal-derived gas streams has been developed. The basis for the process is the absorption of H/sub 2/S into a polar organic solvent where it is reacted with dissolved sulfur dioxide to form elemental sulfur. After sulfur is crystallized from solution, the solvent is stripped to remove dissolved gases and water formed by the reaction. The SO/sub 2/ is generated by burning a portion of the sulfur in a furnace where the heat of combustion is used to generate high pressure steam. The SO/sub 2/ is absorbed into part of the lean solvent to form the solution necessary for the first step. The kinetics of the reaction between H/sub 2/S and SO/sub 2/ dissolved in mixtures of N,N-Dimethylaniline (DMA)/ Diethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether and DMA/Triethylene Glycol Dimethyl Ether was studied by following the temperature rise in an adiabatic calorimeter. This irreversible reaction was found to be first-order in both H/sub 2/S and SO/sub 2/, with an approximates heat of reaction of 28 kcal/mole of SO/sub 2/. The sole products of the reaction appear to be elemental sulfur and water. The presence of DMA increases the value of the second-order rate constant by an order of magnitude over that obtained in the glycol ethers alone. Addition of other tertiary aromatic amines enhances the observed kinetics; heterocyclic amines (e.g., pyridine derivatives) have been found to be 10 to 100 times more effective as catalysts when compared to DMA.

  5. IMNGS: A comprehensive open resource of processed 16S rRNA microbial profiles for ecology and diversity studies.

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    Lagkouvardos, Ilias; Joseph, Divya; Kapfhammer, Martin; Giritli, Sabahattin; Horn, Matthias; Haller, Dirk; Clavel, Thomas

    2016-09-23

    The SRA (Sequence Read Archive) serves as primary depository for massive amounts of Next Generation Sequencing data, and currently host over 100,000 16S rRNA gene amplicon-based microbial profiles from various host habitats and environments. This number is increasing rapidly and there is a dire need for approaches to utilize this pool of knowledge. Here we created IMNGS (Integrated Microbial Next Generation Sequencing), an innovative platform that uniformly and systematically screens for and processes all prokaryotic 16S rRNA gene amplicon datasets available in SRA and uses them to build sample-specific sequence databases and OTU-based profiles. Via a web interface, this integrative sequence resource can easily be queried by users. We show examples of how the approach allows testing the ecological importance of specific microorganisms in different hosts or ecosystems, and performing targeted diversity studies for selected taxonomic groups. The platform also offers a complete workflow for de novo analysis of users' own raw 16S rRNA gene amplicon datasets for the sake of comparison with existing data. IMNGS can be accessed at www.imngs.org.

  6. In-Fiber Subpicosecond Pulse Shaping for Nonlinear Optical Telecommunication Data Processing at 640 Gbit/s

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    J. Azaña

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We review recent work on all-fiber (long-period fiber grating devices for optical pulse shaping, particularly flat-top pulse generation, down to the subpicosecond range and their application for nonlinear switching (demultiplexing of optical time-division multiplexed (OTDM data signals in fiber-optic telecommunication links operating up to 640 Gbit/s. Experiments are presented demonstrating error-free 640-to-10 Gbit/s demultiplexing of the 64 tributary channels using the generated flat-top pulses for temporal gating in a Kerr-effect-based nonlinear optical loop mirror. The use of flat-top pulses has critical benefits in the demultiplexing process, including a significantly increased timing-jitter tolerance (up to ~500 fs, i.e., 30% of the bit period and the associated improvement in the bit-error-rate performance (e.g., with a sensitivity increase of up to ~13 dB as compared with the use of Gaussian-like gating pulses. Long-period fiber grating pulse shapers with reduced polarization dependence are fabricated and successfully used for polarization-independent 640-to-10 Gbit/s demultiplexing experiments.

  7. Chloroplast RNA-Binding Protein RBD1 Promotes Chilling Tolerance through 23S rRNA Processing in Arabidopsis.

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    Shuai Wang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Plants have varying abilities to tolerate chilling (low but not freezing temperatures, and it is largely unknown how plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana achieve chilling tolerance. Here, we describe a genome-wide screen for genes important for chilling tolerance by their putative knockout mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana. Out of 11,000 T-DNA insertion mutant lines representing half of the genome, 54 lines associated with disruption of 49 genes had a drastic chilling sensitive phenotype. Sixteen of these genes encode proteins with chloroplast localization, suggesting a critical role of chloroplast function in chilling tolerance. Study of one of these proteins RBD1 with an RNA binding domain further reveals the importance of chloroplast translation in chilling tolerance. RBD1 is expressed in the green tissues and is localized in the chloroplast nucleoid. It binds directly to 23S rRNA and the binding is stronger under chilling than at normal growth temperatures. The rbd1 mutants are defective in generating mature 23S rRNAs and deficient in chloroplast protein synthesis especially under chilling conditions. Together, our study identifies RBD1 as a regulator of 23S rRNA processing and reveals the importance of chloroplast function especially protein translation in chilling tolerance.

  8. HIGH TEMPERATURE REMOVAL OF H{sub 2}S FROM COAL GASIFICATION PROCESS STREAMS USING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL MEMBRANE SYSTEM

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    Jack Winnick; Meilin Liu

    2003-06-01

    A bench scale set-up was constructed to test the cell performance at 600-700 C and 1 atm. The typical fuel stream inlet proportions were 34% CO, 22% CO{sub 2}, 35% H{sub 2}, 8% H{sub 2}O, and 450-2000 ppm H{sub 2}S. The fundamental transport restrictions for sulfur species in an electrochemical cell were examined. Temperature and membrane thickness were varied to examine how these parameters affect the maximum flux of H{sub 2}S removal. It was found that higher temperature allows more sulfide species to enter the electrolyte, thus increasing the sulfide flux across the membrane and raising the maximum flux of H{sub 2}S removal. The results identify sulfide diffusion across the membrane as the rate-limiting step in H{sub 2}S removal. The maximum H{sub 2}S removal flux of 1.1 x 10-6 gmol H{sub 2}S min{sup -1} cm{sup -2} (or 3.5 mA cm{sup -2}) was obtained at 650 C, with a membrane that was 0.9 mm thick, 36% porous, and had an estimated tortuosity of 3.6. Another focus of this thesis was to examine the stability of cathode materials in full cell trials. A major hurdle that remains in process scale-up is cathode selection, as the lifetime of the cell will depend heavily on the lifetime of the cathode material, which is exposed to very sour gas. Materials that showed success in the past (i.e. cobalt sulfides and Y{sub 0.9}Ca{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3}) were examined but were seen to have limitations in operating environment and temperature. Therefore, other novel metal oxide compounds were studied to find possible candidates for full cell trials. Gd{sub 2}TiMoO{sub 7} and La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}VO{sub 3} were the compounds that retained their structure best even when exposed to high H{sub 2}S, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O concentrations.

  9. 76 FR 37280 - Approval Process for Transfers to Foreign Registry of U.S. Documented Vessels Over 1,000 Gross Tons

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    2011-06-27

    ... Maritime Administration 46 CFR Part 221 Approval Process for Transfers to Foreign Registry of U.S.... SUMMARY: This document clarifies the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) approval process in 46 CFR part... . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is clarifying its approval process in 46 CFR...

  10. Rapid thermal processing for printed Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} solar cells: Comparison of precursor materials

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    Klugius, Ines, E-mail: ines.klugius@zsw-bw.de [Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Industriestr. 6, 70565 Stuttgart (Germany); Miller, Rebekah [EMD Millipore, 300 2nd Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451 (United States); Quintilla, Aina; Friedlmeier, Theresa M.; Blázquez-Sánchez, David; Ahlswede, Erik; Powalla, Michael [Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Industriestr. 6, 70565 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2013-05-01

    We investigate three different precursor types for selenisation using a rapid thermal process. Two of the precursor sample types are deposited via non-vacuum methods using particle based precursor inks, and the third precursor type investigated are films that are sputtered from a single ternary Cu–In–Ga target. The rapid thermal process is suitable for high throughput with a short optimum selenisation duration of 5 min or less and employs elemental selenium vapour. In order to investigate the phase development in the film, the selenisation process was interrupted at different stages and the samples were monitored via X-ray diffraction and surface-sensitive Raman measurements. We find different growth mechanisms for the investigated precursor types with fast CuInSe{sub 2} formation for the highly reactive elemental Cu and In particles and a slower formation of polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} for Cu(In,Ga)S{sub 2} particle based precursors without the formation of additional phases. For selenisation of the sputtered precursor layers, we find the formation of InSe and In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} during the selenisation temperature ramp up. Using the rapid thermal selenisation process, conversion efficiencies of about 2.9% and 4.0% for the printed and 6.0% for the sputtered precursor layers could be demonstrated. - Highlights: ► Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorber formation via rapid thermal annealing ► Growth mechanism for printed and sputtered precursor layers is investigated. ► Conversion efficiencies of about 4.0% for printed and 6.0% for sputtered layers.

  11. Through tobacco industry eyes: civil society and the FCTC process from Philip Morris and British American Tobacco’s perspectives

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    Gonzalez, Mariaelena; Green, Lawrence W; Glantz, Stanton A

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyse the models Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BAT) used internally to understand tobacco control non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their relationship to the global tobacco control policy-making process that resulted in the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC). Methods Analysis of internal tobacco industry documents in the Legacy Tobacco Document Library. Results PM contracted with Mongoven, Biscoe, and Duchin, Inc. (MBD, a consulting firm specialising in NGO surveillance) as advisors. MBD argued that because NGOs are increasingly linked to epistemic communities, NGOs could insert themselves into the global policy-making process and influence the discourse surrounding the treaty-making process. MBD advised PM to insert itself into the policy-making process, mimicking NGO behaviour. BAT’s Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (CORA) department argued that global regulation emerged from the perception (by NGOs and governments) that the industry could not regulate itself, leading to BAT advocating social alignment and self-regulation to minimise the impact of the FCTC. Most efforts to block or redirect the FCTC failed. Conclusions PM and BAT articulated a global policy-making environment in which NGOs are key, non-state stakeholders, and as a result, internationalised some of their previous national-level strategies. After both companies failed to prevent the FCTC, their strategies began to align. Multinational corporations have continued to successfully employ some of the strategies outlined in this paper at the local and national level while being formally excluded from ongoing FCTC negotiations at the global level. PMID:21636611

  12. Contributions in the Preparation and Processing of Composite Material Type Silumin 3 - Reinforced Matrix with S235JR Steel Mesh

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    Remus Belu-Nica

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In the paper are presented concrete data on developing technological batches of metal composite material (MCM type Silumin 3-reinforced matrix with steel mesh S235JR, with the indicating of the parameter and of the distinct stages of work. The samples from prepared batches were cut along and across by water jet abrasive process and were subjected to a destructive testing program and microstructural examination, obtaining results in concordance with the desired quality. The abrasive material used for cut was GMA granite with the average mesh of 80, the particle size ranging between 150-300 µm, density 2300 kg/m3 and melting point 1240°C.

  13. Dark-matter production through loop-induced processes at the LHC: the s-channel mediator case

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    Mattelaer, Olivier [Durham University, Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP), Durham (United Kingdom); Vryonidou, Eleni [Universite catholique de Louvain, Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    2015-09-15

    We show how studies relevant for mono-X searches at the LHC in simplified models featuring a dark-matter candidate and an s-channel mediator can be performed within the MadGraph5{sub a}MC rate at NLO framework. We focus on gluon-initiated loop-induced processes, mostly relevant to the case where the mediator couples preferentially to third generation quarks and in particular to the top quark. Our implementation allows us to study signatures at hadron colliders involving missing transverse energy plus jets or plus neutral bosons (γ,Z,H), possibly including the effects of extra radiation by multi-parton merging and matching to the parton shower. (orig.)

  14. Intractable Chronic Low-Back Pain Caused by Ligamentopathia Treated Using a Spinous Process Plate (S-plate

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    Yu-ichiro Ohnishi

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of intractable chronic low-back pain in a gymnast that was caused by ligamentopathia in the interspinous region of the lumbar vertebrae. Sprained interspinous ligaments are a common mechanical cause of acute low-back pain in athletes. Although conservative therapy is generally effective in such cases, in this case it was not. The patient experienced severe low-back pain during lumbar flexion with tension between the L5/S interspinous ligaments. We performed interspinous fixation by using a spinous process plate system, which has been developed for short in situ fusions, and following which the low-back pain resolved. Conservative therapy for low-back pain caused by ligamentopathia is first-line choice, but interspinous fixation with instrumentation might be recommended in intractable cases with conservative therapy.

  15. Research on choice of xanthates blend dedicated to processing technology at KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. concentrators

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    Pawlos Witold

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A proper choice of reagents quality and quantity has a great influence on the flotation process effectiveness. Attempts to develop a method to create sodium xanthates blends used as a collector for copper sulphides flotation was undertaken at the Division of Concentrators of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. Laboratory tests involving different blends of sodium xanthates were performed followed by the data analysis of the results. The obtained results proved that it was profitable to prepare a blend consisted of the so called “weak” and “strong” xanthates with a minimum difference in the alkyl chain length of two carbon atoms. The results of research will be helpful for development of specific xanthates blends dedicated to technology applied at KGHM under industrial conditions.

  16. Study of Auger decay process following multielectron excitation accompanying F 1s photoionization of CF{sub 4}

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    Machida, M. [Department of Material Science, Himeji Institute of Technology, Kamigori, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); RIKEN/SPring-8, Harima Institute, 1-1-1 Kouto, Mikazuki, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Tamenori, Y. [JASRI/SPring-8, 1-1-1, Kouto, Mikazuki, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Oura, M. [RIKEN/SPring-8, Harima Institute, 1-1-1 Kouto, Mikazuki, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)]. E-mail: oura@spring8.or.jp; Mukoyama, T. [Kansai Gaidai University, 16-1 Nakamiya-Higashino-cho, Hirakata, Osaka 573-1001 (Japan)

    2005-06-15

    Auger decay process following multielectron excitation accompanying F 1s photoionization of CF{sub 4} molecule has been studied in the excitation energy range between 700 and 750-bar eV using angle-resolved Auger electron spectroscopy. The observed spectra have shown an enhancement in the specific band, at an electron kinetic energy of {approx} 644-bar eV, only in the spectrum recorded at 710-bar eV excitation energy of horizontally polarized light. This feature is discussed in terms of the resonant Auger emission originated from the doubly excited state. The evolution of spectral shape has also exhibited the excitation energy dependence above the threshold of multiple excitation. The origin of the spectral variation is considered due to gradual growth of the satellite Auger lines originated from the multielectron excitation.

  17. Multilayer Transparent Top Electrode for Solution Processed Perovskite/Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 Four Terminal Tandem Solar Cells.

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    Yang, Yang Michael; Chen, Qi; Hsieh, Yao-Tsung; Song, Tze-Bin; Marco, Nicholas De; Zhou, Huanping; Yang, Yang

    2015-07-28

    Halide perovskites (PVSK) have attracted much attention in recent years due to their high potential as a next generation solar cell material. To further improve perovskites progress toward a state-of-the-art technology, it is desirable to create a tandem structure in which perovskite may be stacked with a current prevailing solar cell such as silicon (Si) or Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 (CIGS). The transparent top electrode is one of the key components as well as challenges to realize such tandem structure. Herein, we develop a multilayer transparent top electrode for perovskite photovoltaic devices delivering an 11.5% efficiency in top illumination mode. The transparent electrode is based on a dielectric/metal/dielectric structure, featuring an ultrathin gold seeded silver layer. A four terminal tandem solar cell employing solution processed CIGS and perovskite cells is also demonstrated with over 15% efficiency.

  18. Democratic Dialogue as a Process to Inform Public Policy: Reconceptualizing a Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program

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    Deirdre M. Smith

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available An exploration of the collaborative reconceptualization of a provincial Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP through the use of dialogic approaches is the focus of this inquiry. The stories, perspectives, and lived experiences of supervisory officers, principals, teachers, parents, students, and members of the public in Ontario were included as essential voices and information sources within policy development conversations. These narratives of experience revealed the forms of knowledge, skills, dispositions, and ethical commitments necessary for effective supervisory officers today and in the future. They also illustrated the transformative nature of narrative dialogue to enlighten, deepen understanding, and alter perspec- tives. The policy development processes used in this publicly shared educational initiative serve as a model of democratic dialogue. The inclusive and dialogic methods employed to collectively reconceptualize a supervisory officer formation program illustrate an innovative framework for developing policies governing the public good.

  19. Dark-matter production through loop-induced processes at the LHC: the s-channel mediator case.

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    Mattelaer, Olivier; Vryonidou, Eleni

    We show how studies relevant for mono-X searches at the LHC in simplified models featuring a dark-matter candidate and an s-channel mediator can be performed within the MadGraph5_aMC@NLO framework. We focus on gluon-initiated loop-induced processes, mostly relevant to the case where the mediator couples preferentially to third generation quarks and in particular to the top quark. Our implementation allows us to study signatures at hadron colliders involving missing transverse energy plus jets or plus neutral bosons ([Formula: see text]), possibly including the effects of extra radiation by multi-parton merging and matching to the parton shower.

  20. Natural hazards for the Earth's civilization from space, 1. Cosmic ray influence on atmospheric processes

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    L. I. Dorman

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we give a short description of global natural disasters for the Earth's civilization from space: 1 Galactic and solar cosmic ray (CR influence on the atmospheric processes; 2 Impacts of great space magnetic storms during big Forbush-effects in CR, 3 Impacts of great radiation hazards from solar CR during flare energetic particle events, 4 Great impacts on planetary climate during periods of the Solar system capturing by molecular-dust clouds, 5 Catastrophic disasters from nearby Supernova explosions, and 6 Catastrophic disasters from asteroid impacts on the Earth. Some of these problems have been already studied (see e.g. Dorman, 1957, 1963a, b; Dorman and Miroshnichenko, 1968; Dorman, 1972, 1974, 1975a, b, 1978; Velinov et al., 1974; Miroshnichenko, 2001, 2003; Dorman, 2004, 2006, 2008. We present here a detailed treatment of the first disaster only, leaving to future papers the analysis of the other aspects.