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Some firms use hidden knowledge facilitators (HKFs) to facilitate knowledge sharing among employees within intrafirm online communities. These firms hope for enhanced knowledge sharing outcomes within their organizations without letting employees know that HKFs exist. Yet, the extent to which HKFs’ interventions are effective remains unknown to researchers and managers. Built on the knowledge sharing (KS) literature, this study explores the unique roles of HKFs as moderators between a company and its employees. We develop several hypotheses to test the impact of the quantity and quality of HKFs’ online interventions on several KS outcomes. By analyzing log data of a Chinese corporation's online R&D community, we find that (1) the quantity of HKFs’ intervention has a mostly positive impact on KS outcomes; (2) the quality of HKFs’ intervention has a mixed impact on several KS outcomes, depending on which aspect of quantity is considered; and (3) the quality of HKFs’ intervention also moderates the positive impact of the quantity of HKFs’ intervention in different ways on different intended KS outcomes. This study makes a clear contribution to the literature on knowledge sharing and knowledge facilitation by demonstrating the impact of HKFs on KS outcomes in a Chinese context.
We examined the in vitro developmental competence of parthenogenetic activation (PA) oocytes activated by an electric pulse (EP) and treated with various concentrations of AZD5438 for 4 h. Treatment with 10 µM AZD5438 for 4 h significantly improved the blastocyst formation rate of PA oocytes in comparison with 0, 20, or 50 µM AZD5438 treatment (46.4% vs. 34.5%, 32.3%, and 24.0%, respectively; P < 0.05). The blastocyst formation rate was higher in the group treated with AZD5438 for 4 h than in the groups treated with AZD5438 for 2 or 6 h (42.8% vs. 38.6% and 37.2%, respectively; P > 0.05). Furthermore, 66.67% of blastocysts derived from these AZD5438-treated PA oocytes had a diploid karyotype. The blastocyst formation rate of PA and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryos was similar between oocytes activated by an EP and treated with 2 mM 6-dimethylaminopurine for 4 h and those activated by an EP and treated with 10 µM AZD5438 for 4 h (11.11% vs. 13.40%, P > 0.05). In addition, the level of maturation-promoting factor (MPF) was significantly decreased in oocytes activated by an EP and treated with 10 µM AZD5438 for 4 h. Finally, the mRNA expression levels of apoptosis-related genes (Bax and Bcl-2) and pluripotency-related genes (Oct4, Nanog, and Sox2) were checked by RT-PCR; however, there were no differences between the AZD5438-treated and non-treated control groups. Our results demonstrate that porcine oocyte activation via an EP in combination with AZD5438 treatment can lead to a high blastocyst formation rate in PA and SCNT experiments.
The high-cycle fatigue (HCF) behavior is significantly affected by surface roughness, especially for high strength metal FV520B-I. However, with surface roughness effect, neither the fatigue property, nor the high-cycle fatigue life model about FV520B-I with surface roughness has been reported. In this paper, designed fatigue experiment using the specimen with different surface roughness is presented to study the effectiveness of the roughness to the fatigue. The observations of the fatigue crack initiation sites and the crack propagation. Then the high cycle fatigue behavior of FV520B-I affected by surface roughness is analyzed. The existing very-high-cycle fatigue life model is not well-fit for high-cycle fatigue model of FV520B-I. A NEW high-cycle fatigue life prediction model of FV520B-I, taking surface roughness as a main effective variable is proposed. The model is built up by a comprehensive use of experimental data and the traditional fatigue modeling theory. The new finding between the fatigue strength coefficient and stress amplitude, with surface roughness, is adopted, leading to a NEW modified life prediction model. Study on fatigue model of FV520B-I with surface roughness is a very beneficial effort in fatigue theory and fatigue engineering development.
The objective of this study was to build a database to collect infectious disease information at the scene of a disaster through the use of 128 epidemiological questionnaires and 47 types of options, with rapid acquisition of information regarding infectious disease and rapid questionnaire customization at the scene of disaster relief by use of a personal digital assistant (PDA).
SQL Server 2005 (Microsoft Corp, Redmond, WA) was used to create the option database for the infectious disease investigation, to develop a client application for the PDA, and to deploy the application on the server side. The users accessed the server for data collection and questionnaire customization with the PDA.
A database with a set of comprehensive options was created and an application system was developed for the Android operating system (Google Inc, Mountain View, CA). On this basis, an infectious disease information collection system was built for use at the scene of disaster relief. The creation of an infectious disease information collection system and rapid questionnaire customization through the use of a PDA was achieved.
This system integrated computer technology and mobile communication technology to develop an infectious disease information collection system and to allow for rapid questionnaire customization at the scene of disaster relief. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;11:668–673)
Microstructural and property evolution of 1050 commercial pure aluminum subjected to high-strain-rate deformation (1.2–2.3 × 103 s−1) by split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) and subsequent annealing treatment were investigated. The as-deformed and their annealed samples at 373–523 K were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and microhardness tests. TEM observations reveal that the as-deformed sample is mainly composed of a lamellar structure, whose transverse/longitudinal average subgrain/cell sizes are 293 and 694 nm, respectively. The initial coarse grains are refined significantly. The initial lamellar grain structures are subdivided into pancake-shaped subgrains due to a gradual transition by triple junction motion at 473 K, and then a dramatic microstructural coarsening is observed at 523 K. It is suggested that annealing behavior of this dynamic loading structure is better considered as a continuous process of grain coarsening or continuous recovery.
Multiferroic magnetoelectric nanostructures with coupled magnetization and electric polarization across their interfaces have stimulated intense research activities over the past decade. Such interface-based magnetoelectric coupling can be exploited to significantly improve the performance of many devices such as memories, tunable radio-frequency/microwave devices, and magnetic sensors. In this article, we introduce a number of current or developing technologies and discuss their limitations. We describe how the use of magnetoelectric nanostructures can overcome these limitations to optimize device performance. We also present challenges that need to be addressed in pursuing practical applications of magnetoelectric devices.
We present the results of a mixed-space approach, based on first-principles calculations, to investigate phonon dispersions and thermal properties of Mg2Si and Mg2Sn, including the bulk modulus, Grüneisen parameter, heat capacity, and Debye temperature. It is shown that good agreements are obtained between the calculated results and available experimental data for both phonon dispersions and thermal properties. The phonon dispersions are accurately calculated compared with experimental data due to the high-quality description of LO–TO splitting and transverse acoustic branches along the Γ-K-X symmetry line. We also calculate the heat capacity CP and Debye temperature of Mg2Si1−xSnx alloys (x = 0.375, 0.5, 0.625, 0.875). The CP values at high temperature range from 0.5 to 0.7 J/g/K and ΘD values at room temperature from 332 to 384 K as the Sn content decreases from 0.875 to 0.375.
We investigated the effect of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPS) medium on porcine somatic cell nuclear transfer and bovine in vitro fertilized early blastocysts, in comparison with North Carolina State University (NCSU)-37 medium and in vitro culture (IVC)-II medium. After 2 days of culture, the diameter of the portion of the blastocyst that was extruded from the zona pellucid dramatically differed between porcine blastocysts cultured in hiPS medium and those cultured in NCSU-37 medium (221.47 ± 38.94 μm versus 481.87 ± 40.61 μm, P < 0.01). Moreover, the diameter of the portion of the blastocyst significantly differed between bovine blastocysts cultured in hiPS medium and those cultured in IVC-II medium (150.30 ± 29.49 μm versus 195.58 ± 41.59 μm, P < 0.01). Furthermore, the total number of cells per porcine and bovine blastocyst was more than two-fold higher in blastocysts cultured in hiPS medium than in those cultured in NCSU-37 medium (44.33 ± 5.28 and 143.33 ± 16.05, P < 0.01) or IVC-II medium (172.12 ± 45.08 and 604.83 ± 242.64, P < 0.01), respectively. These results indicate that hiPS medium markedly improves the quality of porcine and bovine blastocysts.
Using epitaxy and the misfit strain imposed by an underlying substrate, it is possible to elastically strain oxide thin films to percent levels—far beyond where they would crack in bulk. Under such strains, the properties of oxides can be dramatically altered. In this article, we review the use of elastic strain to enhance ferroics, materials containing domains that can be moved through the application of an electric field (ferroelectric), a magnetic field (ferromagnetic), or stress (ferroelastic). We describe examples of transmuting oxides that are neither ferroelectric nor ferromagnetic in their unstrained state into ferroelectrics, ferromagnets, or materials that are both at the same time (multiferroics). Elastic strain can also be used to enhance the properties of known ferroic oxides or to create new tunable microwave dielectrics with performance that rivals that of existing materials. Results show that for thin films of ferroic oxides, elastic strain is a viable alternative to the traditional method of chemical substitution to lower the energy of a desired ground state relative to that of competing ground states to create materials with superior properties.
Schizophrenia (SCZ) and bipolar disorder (BD) are common psychotic disorders, which show some overlaps in genetic aetiology. Researchers have conducted a number of studies to investigate the relationship between SCZ and the 1354C/T genetic polymorphism of 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 2A (HTR2A–1354C/T), as well as the associations between BD and the HTR2A–1354C/T polymorphism. However, the results were conflicting. To provide a more robust estimate about the effects of the HTR2A–1354C/T polymorphism on the risk of these two psychotic disorders, we performed this meta-analysis.
We used the pooled odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) to investigate the relationships between SCZ and the 1354C/T polymorphism of HTR2A, as well as the associations between BD and HTR2A–1354C/T. Publication bias was tested by Begg's test and inverted funnel plot, and heterogeneity was checked by Cochran's Q statistic and the inconsistency index (I2).
Eight studies were concerned with SCZ, analysing a cumulative total of 2953 cases and 3153 controls; six papers studied BD, using a total of 923 cases and 928 controls. There was no significant association found between HTR2A–1354C/T and SCZ in the overall population (T allele vs. C allele, OR = 1.035, 95% CI 0.912–1.175, p = 0.596) or in the subgroups Caucasian population and Asian population. Moreover, there was no significant association between the HTR2A–1354C/T polymorphism and BD in the overall population (T allele vs. C allele, OR = 1.038, 95% CI = 0.607–1.772, p = 0.892).
On the basis of these results, the HTR2A–1354C/T polymorphism is unlikely to be a risk factor for SCZ and BD.
We report an efficient phase field formalism to compute the stress distribution in polycrystalline materials with arbitrary elastic inhomogeneity and anisotropy The dependence of elastic stiffness tensor on grain orientation is taken into account, and the elastic equilibrium equation is solved using a spectral iterative perturbation method. We discuss its applications to computing residual stress distribution in systems containing arbitrarily shaped cavities and cracks (with zero elastic modulus) and to determining the effective elastic properties of polycrystals and multilayered composites.
Atomic structures of the Zr48Cu45Al7 as-prepared and annealed metallic glasses (MGs) were investigated by performing the reverse Monte Carlo simulation on the synchrotron radiation-based experiments. It was found that although the annealed sample remains completely amorphous, the volumes of the Al-centered clusters evidently expand, which is attributed to the relatively longer Al–Zr bonds. As a result, the role of Al atoms as the glue atoms to connect and fix the Zr- and Cu-centered large clusters is accordingly weakened, which leads to the ease of the rearrangement of atoms and clusters in the glass state. This study provides an insight into the microstructures of MGs, which extends understanding of the structural evolution in the glass alloys during annealing prior to the precipitation of nanocrystals.
The microstructures of Zr70Cu30 and Zr70Ni30 metallic glasses (MGs) were investigated via the synchrotron radiation techniques combined with the reverse Monte-Carlo simulations. Although Cu and Ni are neighbor elements in the periodic table and their atomic radii are almost the same in length, it is found that atomic- and cluster-scale structural differences occur between these two Zr-based MGs. In particular, the relatively regular clusters caused by the narrow distributions of atomic separations and bond angles are detected in Zr70Cu30. This is the structural origin of the different glass-forming abilities in ZrCu and ZrNi alloys. This work has implications for understanding of the glass-forming mechanism in this class of glassy materials.
The precipitation kinetics of an ordered intermetallic from a disordered matrix, which involves simultaneous ordering and decomposition, is studied by a computer simulation technique based on the microscopic diffusion theory. It is found that the precipitation starts from a congruent ordering transition, which may be continuous or nucleation and growth. This congruent ordering transition transforms the initially disordered state into a single phase nonstoichiometric ordered state with antiphase domains. The next stage is the decomposition which starts from the antiphase domain boundaries and then propagates into the ordered domains. And the final process is the coarsening of the order/disorder two-phase mixture. The predicted kinetics of precipitation is in excellent agreement with recent experimental observations in important alloy systems.