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Biochar has received attention due to its potential for mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration in soil and improving soil quality and crop productivity. This study evaluated the effects of rice straw biochar (RSB) and rice husk ash (RHA) each applied at 5 Mg ha−1 and four N levels (0, 40, 80, and 120 kg ha−1) on soil fertility, growth, and yield of rice and wheat for three consecutive rice–wheat rotations. RSB significantly increased electrical conductivity, dehydrogenase activity, and P and K contents when compared to control (no amendment) up to 7.5 cm soil depth. Both RSB and RHA did not influence shoot N concentration in wheat plant but significantly increased P and K concentrations at 60 days after sowing. Grain yields of both rice and wheat were significantly higher in RSB as compared to control (no amendment) and RHA treatments. While the highest grain yields of rice and wheat were observed at 120 kg N ha−1 in RHA and no biochar-treated plots, a significant increase in grain yields was observed at 80 kg N ha−1 in RSB treatment, thereby saving 40 kg N ha−1 in each crop. Both agronomic and recovery N efficiencies in rice and wheat were significantly higher in RSB-amended soil compared to control. Significant positive correlations were observed between soil N, P, and K concentrations and total N, P, and K concentrations in aboveground biomass of wheat at 60 days after sowing. This study showed the potential benefits of applying RSB for improving soil fertility and yields of rice and wheat in a rice–wheat system.
Introduction: There is increasing evidence supporting ultrasonography for the determination of optimal chest compression location during cardiac arrest. Radiological studies have demonstrated that in up to 1/3 of patients the aortic root or outflow tract is being compressed during standard CPR. Out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrests (OHCA) could benefit from cardiac localization, undertaken with scaled-down ultrasound equipment by which the largest fluid filled structure in the chest (the heart) is identified to guide optimal compression location. We intend to evaluate 1) where the left ventricle is in supine patients, 2) the accuracy and precision as well as 3) the feasibility and reliability of cardiac localization with a scaled down ultrasound device (bladder scanners). Methods: We are recruiting men and women over the age of 40. The scanning protocol involves using a bladder scanner on a 15-point grid over the subject's left chest and parasternal, midclavicular, and anterior axillary intercostal spaces 3-7. Detected volumes will be recorded, with the presumption that the intercostal space with the largest measured volume is centered over the heart. Echocardiography will then be used to confirm the bladder scanner accuracy and to better describe the patient's internal chest anatomy. Having assessed procedural feasibility on 3 pilot subjects, we are now recruiting 100 participants, with planned interim analysis at 50 participants for sample size reassessment. Maximal volume location frequencies from the echocardiograms will be described and assessed for variation utilizing the goodness-of-fit test. The proportion of agreement across the two modalities regarding the maximal volume location will also be examined. Results: Among the 3 volunteers (pilot study), the scanner identified fluid in 4-8 of 15 intercostal spaces. In each of the three pilot study patients, the maximal volume identified by the bladder scanner was found to be at the parasternal location of the 6th intercostal space. This was also the location of the mid left ventricular diameter on echocardiography. Conclusion: Our literature review and pilot study data support the premise that lay persons and emergency medical personnel may improve compressions (and thus outcomes) during OHCA by using a scaled-down ultrasound to identify the location of optimal compression. We are currently enrolling patients in our study.
be a hypersurface with an isolated singularity at the origin defined by the holomorphic function
. The Yau algebra
is defined to be the Lie algebra of derivations of the moduli algebra
, that is,
. It is known that
is finite dimensional and its dimension
is called the Yau number. We introduce a new series of Lie algebras, that is,
th Yau algebras
, which are a generalization of the Yau algebra. The algebra
is defined to be the Lie algebra of derivations of the
th moduli algebra
, that is,
is the maximal ideal of
th Yau number is the dimension of
, which we denote by
. In particular,
is exactly the Yau algebra, that is,
. These numbers
are new numerical analytic invariants of singularities. In this paper we formulate a conjecture that
We prove this conjecture for a large class of singularities.
The effect of cooling rate on the phase composition of gas atomized Raney type catalysts was studied using the Ni-75 at.% Al composition. The resulting particles were sieved into 3 standard size fractions and analysed using XRD with Rietveld refinement: as expected the three phases, Al₃Ni₂, Al₃Ni, and Al-Al₃Ni eutectic were identified. Differing phase compositions in the 3 size ranges were identified offering a possible explanation for varying catalytic activity with cooling rate, the higher cooling rates experienced by the smaller droplets allow less time for the peritectic conversion of Al₃Ni₂ to Al₃Ni to proceed. This in turn results in a more Al-rich residual liquid, increasing the volume fraction of eutectic. This was further confirmed when analysing the microstructure using SEM backscatter imaging. Al₃Ni₂ was found to be encased in a shell of Al₃Ni characteristic of peritectic reactions. The remainder of the alloy was found to consist of Al-Al₃Ni eutectic. The SEM backscatter imaging also indicated that the larger particles displayed and a more globular structure than smaller particles. Similar Raney type Ni-75 at.% Al doped with 1.5 at.% Cr were synthesised using the same method and sieved into the same 3 standard size fractions. It was found that the Cr doped alloys exhibited a more dendritic character than the undoped samples in the corresponding size fraction, although the material still displayed an increasingly dendritic character with increasing cooling rate. The phase composition found by Rietveld refinement also followed a similar trend to the undoped samples with decreasing amounts of Al₃Ni formed at the higher cooling rates. However, significant amounts of an additional phase, Al₁₃Cr₂, were also observed. Rietveld refinement found that a larger amount of Al₁₃Cr₂ was present than could be accounted for by the addition of 1.5 at.% Cr . This can be explained by the substitution of Ni onto the Cr lattice, as confirmed by Rietveld refinement. Al₁₃Cr₂ was found to be located mostly at the boundary of the Al₃Ni and Al-Al₃Ni eutectic phases during elemental mapping and quantitative image analysis of backscattered electron micrographs. This indicates that precipitation of Al₁₃Cr₂ is towards the end of the solidification process. The relatively large amounts of the Al-rich Al₁₃Cr₂ may explain the enhanced catalytic activity observed following leaching of Cr-doped Raney catalysts.
Collision between two identical counterflowing gravity currents was studied in the laboratory with the goal of understanding the fundamental turbulent mixing physics of flow collisions in nature, for example katabatic flows and thunderstorm outflows. The ensuing turbulent mixing is a subgrid process in mesoscale forecasting models, and needs to be parameterized using eddy diffusivity. Laboratory gravity currents were generated by simultaneously removing two identical locks, located at both ends of a long rectangular tank, which separated dense and lighter water columns with free surfaces of the same depth
. The frontal velocity
and the velocity and density fields of the gravity currents were monitored using time-resolved particle image velocimetry and planar laser-induced fluorescence imaging. Ensemble averaging of identical experimental realizations was used to compute turbulence statistics, after removing inherent jitter via phase alignment of successive data realizations by iteratively maximizing the cross-correlation of each realization with the ensemble average. Four stages of flow evolution were identified: initial (independent) propagation of gravity currents, their approach while influencing one another, collision and resulting updraughts, and postcollision slumping of collided fluid. The collision stage, in turn, involved three phases, and produced the strongest turbulent mixing as quantified by the rate of change of density. Phase I spanned
, where collision produced a rising density front (interface) with strong shear and intense turbulent kinetic energy production (
is a suitably defined time coordinate such that gravity currents make the initial contact at
). In Phase II (
), the interface was flat and calm with negligible vertical velocity. Phase III (
) was characterized by slumping which led to hydraulic bores propagating away from the collision area. The measurements included root mean square turbulent velocities and their decay rates, interfacial velocity, rate of change of fluid-parcel density, and eddy diffusivity. These measures depended on the Reynolds number
, but appeared to achieve Reynolds number similarity for
. The eddy diffusivity
, space–time averaged over the spatial extent (
) and the lifetime (
) of collision, was
, with the area
of active mixing being
be a hypersurface with an isolated singularity at the origin defined by the holomorphic function
. The Yau algebra,
, is the Lie algebra of derivations of the moduli algebra of
. It is a finite-dimensional solvable algebra and its dimension
is the Yau number. Fewnomial singularities are those which can be defined by an
indeterminates. Yau and Zuo [‘A sharp upper estimate conjecture for the Yau number of weighted homogeneous isolated hypersurface singularity’, Pure Appl. Math. Q.12(1) (2016), 165–181] conjectured a bound for the Yau number and proved that this conjecture holds for binomial isolated hypersurface singularities. In this paper, we verify this conjecture for weighted homogeneous fewnomial surface singularities.
Using high-precision photometry from the Kepler mission, we investigate patterns of spot activity on the K1-type subgiant component of KIC 11560447, a short-period late-type eclipsing binary. We tested the validity of maximum entropy reconstructions of starspots by numerical simulations. Our procedure successfully captures up to three large spot clusters migrating in longitude. We suggest a way to measure a lower limit for stellar differential rotation, using slopes of spot patterns in the reconstructed time-longitude diagram. We find solar-like differential rotation and recurrent spot activity with a long-term trend towards a dominant axisymmetric spot distribution during the period of observations.
In this report we describe an 82-year female with a longstanding anxiety disorder who developed severe psychogenic dysphagia, leading to hospitalization due to failure to thrive. We describe for the first time the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to successfully manage a patient with pharmacological treatment resistant psychogenic dysphagia.
Unavailability of irrigation water for early sowing has remained a constant problem in cold arid deserts of Ladakh. In order to get a solution to this problem, a 2-yr farmers’ participatory research trial with best bet agronomic management on artificial glacier water harvesting technology was conducted. The technology involves collecting water from natural glaciers that melt during late December. The water is diverted toward a shed constructed with stone embankments set up at regular intervals. The area is chosen where there is minimum interference of solar radiation, generally between two mountain slopes or ridge that is on the leeward side. The melted water is that melts from the natural glacier impeded by the embankments and get frozen here. This frozen water starts melting in late March and is used for both pre sowing and initial crop water requirement. It also ensures early sowing of wheat by creating additional 45-day window which leads to introduction of long- and medium-duration wheat varieties to replace decades old locally grown short-duration varieties. The work was initiated with a benchmark survey of 100 farmers to get an understanding of present irrigation scenario, crop management practices and date of sowing. Data from 99 farmer participating trial of wheat conducted after or from bench mark survey clearly indicated that the effect of water shortage can be seen on yield and yield attributing characters due to unavailability of pre sowing irrigation and water requirement at imperative growth stages and may also lead to terminal heat stress in wheat crop. Out of total number of irrigations applied, initial two irrigations can be compensated by artificial glacier water harvesting technique, leading to a revolution in the agriculture scenario of the tribal population by introduction of long- and medium-duration wheat varieties in cold arid desert of Ladakh for the very first time. It was observed that wheat seeding done in first fortnight of April gave better yields in comparison to late seeded wheat. Moreover, the long-duration varieties (LDVs) or medium-duration varieties (MDVs) sown under late condition gave better yield in comparison to locally grown short-duration varieties sown at same time. Yield potential of LDVs and MDVs of wheat under late sowing was found quite low in comparison to early-sown wheat, still when compared with the performance of locally grown wheat the yields were more even if the local varieties were sown early. The outcome of this study will help the farmers of tribal, cold arid community in harvesting better wheat yields by timely sowing of the wheat crop accompanied with better bet agronomic management practices. Government initiative is further required to ensure better outreach of complete crop management strategies to the tribal farming community of the region in order to ensure food security and improve their socioeconomic status.
Spatial confinement effects on plasma parameters and surface morphology of laser-ablated Mg are studied by introducing a metallic blocker as well as argon (Ar) gas at different pressures. Nd: YAG laser at various fluences ranging from 7 to 28 J/cm2 was employed to generate Mg plasma. Confinement effects offered by metallic blocker are investigated by placing the blocker at different distances of 6, 8, and 10 mm from the target surface; whereas spatial confinement offered by environmental gas is explored under four different pressures of 5, 10, 20, and 50 Torr. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy analysis revealed that both plasma parameters, that is, excitation temperature and electron number density initially are strongly dependent upon both pressures of environmental gases and distances of blockers. The maximum electron temperature of Mg plasma is achieved at Ar gas pressure of 20 Torr, whereas maximum electron number density is achieved at 50 Torr. It is also observed that spatial confinement offered by metallic blocker is responsible for the significant enhancement of both electron temperature and electron number density of Mg plasma. Maximum values of electron temperature and electron number density without blocker are 8335 K and 2.4 × 1016 cm−3, respectively, whereas these values are enhanced to 12,200 K and 4 × 1016 cm−3 in the presence of blocker. Physical mechanisms responsible for the enhancement of Mg plasma parameters are plasma compression, confinement and pronounced collisional excitations due to reflection of shock waves. Scanning electron microscope analysis was performed to explore the surface morphology of laser-ablated Mg. It reveals the formation of ripples and channels that become more distinct in the presence of blocker due to plasma confinement. The optimum combination of blocker distance, fluence and Ar pressure can identify the suitable conditions for defining the role of plasma parameters for surface structuring.
This article presents a laboratory module developed for undergraduate micro/nano engineering laboratory courses in the mechanical engineering departments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. In this laboratory, students fabricate superoleophobic membranes by spray-coating of titania nanoparticles on steel meshes, characterize the surfaces and ability of the membrane to retain oil, and then use these membranes to separate an oil-water mixture. The laboratory module covers nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, materials characterization, and understanding of the concepts of surface tension and hydrostatics, with oil-water separation as an application. The laboratory experiments are easy to set up based on commercially available tools and materials, which will facilitate implementation of this module in other educational institutions. The significance of oil-water separation in the petroleum industry and integration of concepts from fluid mechanics in the laboratory module will help to illustrate the relevance of nanotechnology to mechanical and materials engineering and its potential to address some of the future societal needs.
The poultry industry is currently facing a serious problem of controlling coccidiosis, owing to the development of drug resistance against commonly available anticoccidials. Furthermore, an increasing demand in the consumers for drug residue free poultry and poultry products has led to the development of alternative strategies for the treatment and control of avian coccidiosis. In response to the invasion of Eimeria species in coccidiosis, oxidative stress is created by host cellular response which imparts pathology to the host tissue besides damaging the parasite. Hence, in order to alleviate the damage caused by oxidative stress during coccidiosis, the use of essential oils (EOs) rich in antioxidant compounds is being considered as an appealing approach. However, results are very divergent and often not as satisfactory as expected. Essential oils, as natural products, obtained from aromatic plants have the potential to serve as an alternate to anticoccidials. The present work aims to review the current state of knowledge, informative collection of results obtained over the years and to attain a critical decision in aspects of the use of EOs as anticoccidials.
Filamentation is one of the most common nonlinear phenomena taking place in the laser–plasma interaction that splits the laser beam into high-intensity spikes. The present study deals with the nonlinear evolution of filamentation instability in laser–plasma interaction and the development of chaos in contrast to linear growth as reported by Kaw et al. in 1973. We have considered a non-uniform perturbation superimposed on plane-wave pump such that due to non-uniformity of the perturbation a finite intensity gradient arises and gives rise to ponderomotive force. This causes filamentation of wave, which has been studied presently using numerical methods as well as analytical tools. The results reveal that the intensity of perturbation gets localized and delocalized with the distance of propagation. The numerical simulation results also reveal that the intensity of perturbation route from ordered to chaotic behavior depending upon the pump laser and perturbation parameters. To study the chaotic behavior, Lyapunov exponents has also been calculated. The semi-analytical method is also developed to have an insight into some of the features of simulation like the formation of localized structures.
A case of an asymptomatic child presenting with persistent systolic ejection click and found to have an unusual left ventricular false tendon attached to aortic valve that has not been described previously and may be responsible for the click.
A large increase in the number and types of vehicles occurred due to the growth in population. This fact brings the need for efficient vehicle classification systems that can be used in traffic surveillance and intelligent transportation systems. In this study, a multi-type vehicle classification system based on Random Neural Networks (RNNs) and Bag-Of-Visual Words (BOVWs) is developed. A 10-fold cross-validation technique is used, with a large dataset, to assess the proposed approach. Moreover, the BOVW–RNN's classification performance is compared with LIVCS, a vehicle classification system based on RNNs. The results reveal that BOVW–RNN classification system produces more reliable and accurate classification results than LIVCS. The main contribution of this paper is that the developed system can serve as a framework for many vehicle classification systems.
To compare the skin-related complications of the traditional skin flap method with a linear incision method of implantation.
All cases of bone-anchored hearing aid surgery performed by a single surgeon (n = 117) were compared over two periods: 1999–2011, when the traditional method of skin flap and soft tissue removal was used (group 1; n = 86), and 2012–2013, when linear incision without soft tissue removal was used (group 2; n = 31). All patients were followed up for one year and complications were recorded for that period.
There were 21 (24.4 per cent) skin-related complications in group 1 (skin overgrowth = 12, wound infection = 8 and numbness = 1) and 3 (9.7 per cent) complications in group 2 (wound infection = 3). Analysis using independent t-tests showed the results to be significant (p < 0.05; 95 per cent confidence interval = 0.0800–0.4473).
The linear incision without soft tissue removal method for bone-anchored hearing aid implantation reduces skin complication rates.
Present paper addresses the numerical study of Sisko fluid model over stretching cylinder with variable thermal conductivity. The governing equations are simplified by incorporating the boundary layer approximations. After employing suitable similarity transformations partial differential equations are reduced to ordinary differential equations. To obtain numerical solution shooting method in conjunction with Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg method is used. For the analysis of model, variations due to different physical parameters involved in momentum and heat equations are reflected through graphs. Also, the effects of physical parameters on skin-friction coefficient and Nusselt number are represented through graphs as well as tables.
This study was conducted to improve wheat production under vegetative (early season) drought stress. Hydroprimed and osmoprimed (with CaCl2) seeds of wheat cultivars Lasani-2008 (LS-2008) and Triple Dwarf-1 (TD-1), were sown in 20 (narrow), 25 (medium), and 30 cm (wider) spaced rows. Crop was grown under well-watered conditions till physiological maturity or was subjected to drought stress (50% field capacity) during vegetative phase and then grown under well-watered conditions. Drought stress caused substantial reduction in grain and biological yields, related traits, harvest index (HI) and water use efficiency (WUE). Nonetheless, planting osmoprimed seeds in narrowly spaced rows significantly improved the grain yield, HI and WUE. However, wheat planted in wider rows had bold grains. Furthermore, wheat cultivar LS-2008 produced better yield, even under drought stress, than cultivar TD-1. Economic analysis indicated that planting osmoprimed seeds of wheat cultivar LS-2008 in narrowly spaced rows under early season drought yielded maximum economic benefits. In conclusion, planting osmoprimed seeds of cultivar LS-2008 in narrowly spaced rows is a good agronomic option to improve the wheat performance under early season drought stress.