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Tuning the Slide-Roll Motion Mode of Carbon Nanotubes via Hydroxyl Groups

and revised the paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Authors’ Information Rui Li is an associate professor in the University of Science and Technology Beijing; Shiwei Wang is a

A Novel Optimal Design of Measurement Configurations in Robot Calibration

Robot calibration highly depends on redundant measurement configurations to collect enough sample data for higher accuracy, but excessive measurements seem to be uneconomical and time-consuming. Thus lots of observability indexes to evaluate the goodness of the measurement configurations have been proposed. However, in some circumstances, it is of critical importance to obtain...

An Acidic Exopolysaccharide from Haloarcula hispanica ATCC33960 and Two Genes Responsible for Its Synthesis

A 1.1 × 106 Da acidic exopolysaccharide (EPS) was purified from an extremely halophilic archaeon Haloarcula hispanica ATCC33960 with a production of 30 mg L−1 when grown in AS-168 medium, which mainly composed of mannose and galactose with a small amount of glucose in a molar ratio of 55.9 : 43.2 : 0.9. Two glycosyltransferase genes (HAH_1662 and HAH_1667) were identified to be...

Gel-tape-casting of aluminum nitride ceramics

Aluminum nitride ceramic sheets were formed for the first time by a novel and simple method, namely gel-tape-casting process, where only two additives were used to prepare the slurries. PIBM (a water-soluble copolymer of isobutylene and maleic anhydride) acted as both dispersant and gelling agent, and PEG (polyethylene glycol) acted as plasticizer. Combining the advantages of gel...

An Active Type I-E CRISPR-Cas System Identified in Streptomyces avermitilis

CRISPR-Cas systems, the small RNA-dependent immune systems, are widely distributed in prokaryotes. However, only a small proportion of CRISPR-Cas systems have been identified to be active in bacteria. In this work, a naturally active type I-E CRISPR-Cas system was found in Streptomyces avermitilis. The system shares many common genetic features with the type I-E system of...

Uptake of and Resistance to the Antibiotic Berberine by Individual Dormant, Germinating and Outgrowing Bacillus Spores as Monitored by Laser Tweezers Raman Spectroscopy

Berberine, an alkaloid originally extracted from the plant Coptis chinensis and other herb plants, has been used as a pharmacological substance for many years. The therapeutic effect of berberine has been attributed to its interaction with nucleic acids and blocking cell division. However, levels of berberine entering individual microbial cells minimal for growth inhibition and...

Differentiation of Breast Cancer from Fibroadenoma with Dual-Echo Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI

Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE MRI) of the breast is a routinely used imaging method which is highly sensitive for detecting breast malignancy. Specificity, though, remains suboptimal. Dynamic susceptibility contrast magnetic resonance imaging (DSC MRI), an alternative dynamic contrast imaging technique, evaluates perfusion-related parameters unique...

Effect of Cr Content on the Properties of Magnetic Field Processed Cr-Doped ZnO-Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors

Editor: Renzhi Ma Copyright © 2012 Shiwei Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and