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Characterization and microhardness of electrodeposited ni–w coatings obtained from gluconate bath
Ni–W alloy coatings are electrodeposited with direct and pulse current using gluconate bath at pH5. Effects of direct current (DC) and pulse current (PC) on structural characteristics of the coatings have been investigated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), differential sc...


Effect of nominal substitution of transition metals for excess Fe in Fe1+xSe superconductor
Taking cue from the increase in the superconducting transition temperature (T c ) of Fe1+x Se via nominal (2wt%) substitution of Cr instead of excess Fe, we have now extended our study with nominal substitution (≤5wt%) with other transition metals (Ni, Co, Fe, Mn, Cr, V and Ti) in place of excess iron. The T c is found to increase (maximum ~11K) or get suppressed depending on the substitut...
Integrating the supply and demand sides of public support to new technology-based firms
This paper analyses public support and argues that supply does not match demand in terms of the support needs of different types of new technology-based firms (NTBFs). The demand side of public support to NTBFs is analysed by developing a typology of NTBFs, based on venture origin and degree of innovativeness. Each type’s characteristics, challenges and support needs are identified. The s...


Valuation and analysis of zero-coupon contingent capital bonds
We consider the valuation and analysis of zero-coupon contingent capital bonds (CCBs) in the structural framework. Making virtually no assumptions on asset value dynamics, the terms of conversion or the conversion trigger, we express the value of the CCB in terms of the effective loss imposed on CCB investors at conversion and quantify the impact that contingent capital has on traditional debt ...
Oligomeric Aβ-induced synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating disease characterized by synaptic and neuronal loss in the elderly. Compelling evidence suggests that soluble amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) oligomers induce synaptic loss in AD. Aβ-induced synaptic dysfunction is dependent on overstimulation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) resulting in aberrant activation of redox-mediated events as well as ele...


Young children's transfer of strategies: Utilization deficiencies, executive function, and metacognition
The purpose of this review is to present a new perspective on children's development of transfer of learning. The focus is on transfer of the effectiveness of a skill (i.e., improved performance), rather than just the transfer of the skill (e.g., a strategy) itself. Specifically, we examined the role of strategy utilization deficiencies, along with cognitive capacity, in the transfer of a memor...
A Chemical Risk Ranking and Scoring Method for the Selection of Harmful Substances to be Specially Controlled in Occupational Environments
This study aimed to devise a method for prioritizing hazardous chemicals for further regulatory action. To accomplish this objective, we chose appropriate indicators and algorithms. Nine indicators from the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals were used to identify categories to which the authors assigned numerical scores. Exposure indicators included handling ...

Surveying Mercury Levels in Hair, Blood and Urine of under 7-Year Old Children from a Coastal City in China
The average mercury load in children under 7-years old was determined in a populated but not overly industrial coastal area in China. 395 blood samples, 1072 urine samples, and 581 hair samples were collected from 1076 children, aged 0 to 6 years, from eight representative communities of Xiamen, China. Mercury levels in the samples were surveyed. The 95% upper limits of mercury in blood, urine,...
Smoke-Free Homes and Home Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Shanghai, China
Few studies have examined home exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) in China. This study aimed to document: (1) the prevalence and correlates of exposure to SHS in homes (in adult non-smokers) in Shanghai, and enforcement of rules, harm reduction behaviors, and self-efficacy for maintaining smoke-free homes in Shanghai. A total of 500 participants were recruited using a multistage proportional ra...

Tuberculosis among Healthcare Workers in Southeastern China: A Retrospective Study of 7-Year Surveillance Data
The baseline prevalence and characteristics of tuberculosis (TB) among general healthcare workers (HCWs) in southeastern China remains unknown. We conducted a retrospective study based on the TB surveillance data in Zhejiang Province from 2005 to 2011, which were extracted from the national Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS). We calculated and compared annual notification rates o...
Assessment on acoustical performance of green office buildings in Malaysia
Green building rating system outlines many requirements to be considered in order for a building to be certified as one. However, the rating tools failed at truly addressing the acoustical aspect which in turn deteriorates the acoustical quality in green buildings. As preliminary stage of this study, the objective is to assess the acoustical performance of three green office buildings in Malays...

Evolving role of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in Urological Malignancy
We present a review on the increasing indications for the use of Positron emission tomography (PET) in uro-oncology. In our review we describe the details of the different types of PET scans, indications for requesting PET scans in specific urological malignancy and the interpretation of the results.
The effect of nutritional and fermentational characteristics of grass and legume silages on feed intake, growth performance and blood indices of lambs
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of feeding silage made from different plant species to lambs. The experimental materials comprised 24 Kamieniec rams weaned at 70 days of age, allocated into one of three groups, and offered ad libitum three types of silage: red clover silage (RC), alfalfa silage (ALF), grass silage (GR). All lambs also received 0.5kg ground barley per an...
Resting no more: re-defining telogen, the maintenance stage of the hair growth cycle
The hair follicle (HF) represents a prototypic ectodermal–mesodermal interaction system in which central questions of modern biology can be studied. A unique feature of these stem-cell-rich mini-organs is that they undergo life-long, cyclic transformations between stages of active regeneration (anagen), apoptotic involution (catagen), and relative proliferative quiescence (telogen). Due to th...
Nanotubes: Self-Compensated Insulating ZnO-Based Piezoelectric Nanogenerators (Adv. Funct. Mater. 44/2014)
High performance piezoelectric nanogenerators based on self-compensated insulating ZnO via native defect control are demonstrated by SW. Kim and co-workers on page 6949. Self-compensation of donor and acceptor type native defects makes ZnO insulating. Without additional passivation agents, dramatic enhancement of the piezoelectric output performance is observed compared to a donor defect rich Z...