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Geometric Reid’s recipe for dimer models
Crepant resolutions of three-dimensional toric Gorenstein singularities are derived equivalent to noncommutative algebras arising from consistent dimer models. By choosing a special stability parameter and hence a distinguished crepant resolution (Y), this derived equivalence generalises the Fourier-Mukai transform relating the (G)-Hilbert scheme and the skew group algebra (mathbb {C}[x,y,z]*G)...


Granulation and bistability in non-Brownian suspensions
In granulation, a dense colloidal suspension is converted into pasty lumps by application of flow. Often, such lumps are bistable: each can exist either as a fluid droplet (with a shiny surface) or as a jammed granule, whose rough surface creates a bulk stress via capillary action. Such bistability can be explained if the bulk steady-state flow curve is sufficiently nonmonotonic that, above som...
Effects of Graphene Nanoplatelets and Reduced Graphene Oxide on Poly(lactic acid) and Plasticized Poly(lactic acid): A Comparative Study
The superlative mechanical properties of graphene-based materials make them the ideal filler materials for polymer composites reinforcement. Two types of graphene-based materials, graphene nanoplatelets (xGnP) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO), were used as nanofiller in poly(lactic acid) (PLA) polymer matrix, as well as plasticized PLA. The addition of rGO into PLA or plasticized PLA substantia...


Stem Cell Therapy in Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases: a Comprehensive Review
The clinical management of autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARD) has undergone significant changes in the last few decades, leading to remarkable improvements in clinical outcomes of many patients with mild to moderate ARD. On the other hand, severe refractory ARD patients often have high morbidity and mortality. Extensive basic research and clinical evidence has opened the door to new encouragin...
Retrospective observational study of diagnostic accuracy of the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay on fiberoptic bronchoscopy sampling for early diagnosis of smear-negative or sputum-scarce patients with suspected tuberculosis
Fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB) is a useful diagnosis tool in low-burden countries for patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) who are smear-negative or sputum-scarce. This study sought to determine the accuracy of the Xpert® MTB/RIF (XP) assay using FOB samples. We retrospectively reviewed clinical, radiological, and microbiological characteristics of 175 TB-suspected patients requ...


High correlation between thermotolerance and photosystem II activity in tall fescue
Heat stress affects a broad spectrum of cellular components and metabolism. The objectives of this study were to investigate the behavior of Photosystem II (PSII) in tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb) with various thermotolerance capacities and to broaden our comprehension about the relationship between thermotolerance and PSII function. Heat-tolerant and heat-sensitive accessions were in...
Dissolved greenhouse gases (nitrous oxide and methane) associated with the natural iron-fertilized Kerguelen region (KEOPS 2 cruise) in the Southern Ocean
The concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) like nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) were measured in the Kerguelen Plateau Region (KPR), an area with annual microalgal bloom caused by natural Fe fertilization, which may stimulate microbes involved in GHG cycling. This study was carried out during the KEOPS 2 cruise during the austral spring of 201Two transects were sampled along and across...

Using Class Blogs in 1:1 Schools—Searching for Unexplored Opportunities
This article focuses on class blogs and presents results from 1:1 schools in Sweden. While Swedish schools are increasingly using Web 2.0 technologies (e.g., wikis and blogs), most of this use is still at an experimental stage. To further the understanding of how blogs are and can be used, we compare class blogs used in practice with the fast-growing literature in the field. Previous work sugge...
Safety and security: The influence of 9/11 to the EU framework for air carriers and aircraft operators
Safety and security have always been two key objectives behind policies and innovation within the air transport industry, at international, European and individual government levels. The management of risk is important in aviation and has always been a challenge to the industry. The events of 9/11 revealed that new policy measures and initiatives were needed, both to deal with the short-term ma...

Compositional redistribution and dynamic heterogeneity in mixed lipid membrane induced by polyelectrolyte adsorption: Effects of chain rigidity
Monte Carlo simulation is employed to investigate the interaction between a polyelectrolyte and a fluid mixed membrane containing neutral (phosphatidyl-choline, PC), monovalent anionic (phosphatidylserine, PS), and multivalent anionic (phosphatidylinositol, PIP2) lipids. The effects of the intrinsic polyelectrolyte rigidity and solution ionic strength on the lateral rearrangement and dynamics o...
The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education: A Study of Iranian Students' Entrepreneurial Intentions and Opportunity Identification
Building on the theory of planned behavior, an ex ante and ex post survey was used to assess the impacts of elective and compulsory entrepreneurship education programs (EEPs) on students' entrepreneurial intention and identification of opportunities. Data were collected by questionnaire from a sample of 205 participants in EEPs at six Iranian universities. Both types of EEPs had significant pos...

Shaping the Entrepreneurial Mindset: Entrepreneurial Intentions of Business Students in Croatia
Business students from a public university in Croatia participated in an international study on entrepreneurial self-efficacy, identity, and education. The results of this preliminary empirical research indicate that the main predictors of the entrepreneurial intentions in Croatia are strength of entrepreneurial identity aspiration and entrepreneurial self-efficacy. These two main constructs me...
Immunolocalization of scaffoldin, a trichohyalin-like protein, in the epidermis of the chicken embryo
Recent comparative genomic studies have identified a chicken gene that codes for a trichohyalin-like protein rich in arginine and glutamic acid termed scaffoldin. Immunocytochemistry and immunoelectron microscopy show that this protein is predominantly localized in periderm granules, subcellular structures present in the periderm of the embryonic epidermis of chick scales, beak, claw and in the...
Primum non nocere: shared informed decision making in low back pain - a pilot cluster randomised trial
Low back pain is a common and disabling condition leading to large health service and societal costs. Although there are several treatment options for back pain little is known about how to improve patient choice in treatment selection. The purpose of this study was to pilot a decision support package to help people choose between low back pain treatments. This was a single-centred pilot cluste...
Port service chains and port performance evaluation
This paper provides a novel and unique methodology for evaluating the effectiveness performance of a port’s individual services by utilizing the concept of a port service chain – a service network utilized by a port’s service providers in the provision of the port’s services that accounts for the quality-of-service relationships among the services. If such relationships are ignored, the...