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Surface water can affect the properties of metal oxide nanoparticles. Investigations on several systems revealed that nanoparticles have different thermodynamic properties than their bulk counterparts due to adsorbed water on their surfaces. Some thermodynamically metastable phases of bulk metal oxides become stable when reduced to the nanoscale, partially due to interactions between high energy surfaces and surface water. Water adsorption microcalorimetry and high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry, low-temperature specific heat calorimetry, and inelastic neutron scattering are used to understand the interactions of surface water with metal oxide nanoparticles. Computational methods, such as molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory calculations, have been used to study these interactions. Investigations on titania, cassiterite, and alumina illustrate the insights gained by these measurements. The energetics of water on metal oxide surfaces are different from those of either liquid water or hexagonal ice, and there is substantial variation in water interactions on different metal oxide surfaces.
To report functional recovery, symptomatic remission, and sustained symptomatic remission rates after treatment with aripiprazole once-monthly 400mg (AOM 400) administered every 4weeks for up to 52weeks as maintenance treatment in a mixed cohort of AOM 400 naïve (de novo) and experienced adults (rollover) with bipolar I disorder (BP-I).
This open-label study (NCT01710709) enrolled de novo patients with a diagnosis of BP-I and ≥1 previous manic or mixed episode and rollover patients who completed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessing the efficacy and safety of AOM 400 (NCT01567527). Efficacy was assessed by mean changes from baseline in Young-Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), Montgomery-Asberg Depressive Rating Scale (MADRS), and Clinical Global Impression- Bipolar Version-Severity of Illness (CGI-BP-S) scores. Sustained functional recovery was defined as a total score of ≤11 on the Functioning Assessment Short Test (FAST) for ≥8 consecutive weeks. Remission was defined as YMRS and MADRS total scores ≤12, and sustained remission was defined as meeting criteria for remission for 8 consecutive weeks. The study included a screening phase (6weeks) for de novo patients, an oral aripiprazole conversion phase (4–6weeks), an oral stabilization phase (4–12weeks), and an AOM 400 maintenance phase (up to 52weeks). Rollover patients entered directly into the AOM 400 maintenance phase.
A total of 464 subjects entered the maintenance phase and 63% (291/464) completed the trial. Of patients entering the maintenance phase, 379 (82%) were de novo and 85 (18%) were rollover. The most frequent reasons for discontinuation were withdrawal of consent (11%) and adverse events (AEs) (10%). Weight increase (1.5%, 7/464) and BP-I (0.9%, 4/464) were the most common reasons for discontinuation due to AEs. Improvements in mean YMRS, MADRS, CGI-BP-S, and FAST scores achieved in previous phases were maintained over 52weeks. Treatment-emergent AEs experienced by >10% of the patients were akathisia (14.7%), weight increased (13.4%), nasopharyngitis (12.1%), and insomnia (11.0%). A high proportion of de novo patients met the criteria for symptomatic remission (87.2%, 328/376) and sustained remission (77%, 292/379) by last visit. Rollover patients’ remission rate remained stable (98.8%, 84/85) by last visit. Of the rollover patients, 35/85 (43%) and 35/116 (36%) of de novo subjects met the criteria for sustained functional recovery after study completion.
Patients treated with AOM 400 maintained symptomatic and functional stability for up to 52weeks. Importantly, more than one-third of patients achieved sustained functional recovery using a strict criterion. Overall, AOM 400 was safe and well tolerated in patients with BP-I. Results support AOM 400 as a viable once-monthlyoption for maintenance treatment of BP-I.
These data were previously presented at the 31st ECNP Congress, 2018, Barcelona,Spain.
Funding Acknowledgements: The study was supported by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
This research aims to explore the submerged landscapes of the Pilbara of western Australia, using predictive archaeological modelling, airborne LiDAR, marine acoustics, coring and diver survey. It includes excavation and geophysical investigation of a submerged shell midden in Denmark to establish guidelines for the underwater discovery of such sites elsewhere.
The increasingly negative mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) over the last ~25 years has been associated with enhanced surface melt and increased ice loss from marine-terminating outlet glaciers. Accelerated retreat during 2000–2010 was concentrated in the southeast and northwest sectors of the ice sheet; however, there was considerable spatial and temporal variability in the timing and magnitude of retreat both within and between these regions. This behaviour has yet to be quantified and compared for all glaciers in both regions. Furthermore, it is unclear whether retreat has continued after 2010 in the northwest, and whether the documented slowdown in the southeast post-2005 has been sustained. Here, we compare spatial and temporal patterns of frontal change in the northwest and southeast GrIS, for the period 2000–2015. Our results show near-ubiquitous retreat of outlet glaciers across both regions for the study period; however, the timing and magnitude of inter-annual frontal position change is largely asynchronous. We also find that since 2010, there is continued terminus retreat in the northwest, which contrasts with considerable inter-annual variability in the southeast. Analysis of the role of glacier-specific factors demonstrates that fjord and bed geometry are important controls on the timing and magnitude of glacier retreat.
This book presents a wide range of new research on many aspects of naval strategy in the early modern and modern periods. Among the themes covered are the problems of naval manpower, the nature of naval leadership and naval officers, intelligence, naval training and education, and strategic thinking and planning. The book is notable for giving extensive consideration to navies other than those ofBritain, its empire and the United States. It explores a number of fascinating subjects including how financial difficulties frustrated the attempts by Louis XIV's ministers to build a strong navy; how the absence of centralised power in the Dutch Republic had important consequences for Dutch naval power; how Hitler's relationship with his admirals severely affected German naval strategy during the Second World War; and many more besides. The book is a Festschrift in honour of John B. Hattendorf, for more than thirty years Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the US Naval War College and an influential figure in naval affairs worldwide.
N.A.M. Rodger is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
J. Ross Dancy is Assistant Professor of Military History at Sam Houston State University.
Benjamin Darnell is a D.Phil. candidate at New College, Oxford.
Evan Wilson is Caird Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Contributors: Tim Benbow, Peter John Brobst, Jaap R. Bruijn, Olivier Chaline, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell, James Goldrick, Agustín Guimerá, Paul Kennedy, Keizo Kitagawa, Roger Knight, Andrew D. Lambert, George C. Peden, Carla Rahn Phillips, Werner Rahn, Paul M. Ramsey, Duncan Redford, N.A.M. Rodger, Jakob Seerup, Matthew S. Seligmann, Geoffrey Till, Evan Wilson
The eastern bettong Bettongia gaimardi, a potoroid marsupial, has been extinct on the Australian mainland since the 1920s. Sixty adult bettongs were reintroduced from the island of Tasmania to two predator-free fenced reserves on mainland Australia. We examined baseline health parameters (body weight, haematology and biochemistry, parasites and infectious disease exposure) in a subset of 30 (13 male, 17 female) individuals at translocation and again at 12–24 months post-reintroduction. The mean body weight increased significantly post-reintroduction but there were no significant differences in body weight between the two reintroduction sites or between the sexes in response to reintroduction. Differences were evident in multiple haematological and biochemical variables post-reintroduction but there were few differences between the two reintroduced populations or between the sexes in response to reintroduction. Ectoparasite assemblages differed, with five of 13 species failing to persist, and an additional four species were identified post-reintroduction. None of the bettongs had detectable antibodies to the alphaherpesviruses Macropodid herpesvirus 1 and 2 post-reintroduction, including one individual that was seropositive at translocation. Similarly, the novel gammaherpesvirus potoroid herpesvirus 1 was not detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in any of the bettongs post-reintroduction, including one individual that was PCR-positive at translocation. None of the bettongs had detectable antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii either at translocation or post-reintroduction. Our data demonstrate changing baseline health parameters in eastern bettongs following reintroduction to the Australian mainland are suggestive of improved health in the reintroduced populations, and provide additional metrics for assessing the response of macropodoids to reintroduction.
We conducted a blind tasting sensory evaluation experiment and a chemical analysis of four craft hard apple ciders from the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Using the sensory and demographic data collected during the experiment, we estimated the consumer willingness-to-pay (WTP), using a contingent valuation model. Overall liking, taste, and aroma, from the sensory evaluation, as well as age of the sampler and if the sampler was a cider drinker, contributed positively to the WTP. In contrast, if the subject was a beer drinker this reduced their WTP. From the chemical analysis we found that tannin level had a positive effect on WTP, but an increased level of sweetness, as part of a ratio of specific gravity to acid, decreased consumer WTP. (JEL Classifications: C91, D12, L66, Q13)