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Lophorrhinides muellerae (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae): a new genus and species from southern Tanzania

A male cetoniine specimen recently submitted for identification from the Ditsong Museum of Natural History (Pretoria, South Africa) has been found to represent a yet unknown species. A review of the recently published book of Beinhundner (2017) has further revealed that one of the specimens mistakenly figured as Lophorrhina donckieri Bourgoin, 1913 in that work is most likely the...

Further investigation of mitochondrial biogenesis and gene expression of key regulators in ascites- susceptible and ascites- resistant broiler research lines

We have extended our previous survey of the association of mitochondrial prevalence in particular tissues with ascites susceptibility in broilers. We previously reported that in breast muscle of 22 week old susceptible line male birds had significantly higher mtDNA copy number relative to nuclear copy number (mtDNA/nucDNA), compared to resistant line male birds. The higher copy...

Temporalities in Digital Games – A Brief Archaeology

Abstract The purpose of this article is to analyze the relationship between digital games and temporality based on the relationship between the technological elements that establish the relationship between player and game. From an arbitrarily established chronology, it is proposed to associate three generations of digital games, each with its respective way of dealing with the...

Microfinance Failures: the Case of Microfinance in West African Economic and Monetary Union

This paper investigates on the determinants of MFIs’failure in WAEMU. It carries out the analysis on the panel data from 2000-2014 by estimating logit regression of this probability. It reveals that the driven factors of the probability of being unsustainable for these institutions are related to the poor risk management and the poor management of the operating expense. These...

Two new species of Verruconis from Hainan, China

Two new species of the genus Verruconis, V. hainanensis and V. pseudotricladiata, were described using combined morphological and DNA sequence data. The DNA sequences of respective strains including nuclear ribosomal DNA genes (nuSSU, ITS, nuLSU) and fragments of three protein-coding genes (ACT1, BT2, TEF1) were sequenced and compared with those from closely-related species to...

The renal transport protein OATP4C1 mediates uptake of the uremic toxin asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and efflux of cardioprotective L-homoarginine

Elevated plasma concentrations of the uremic toxin asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) and low plasma concentrations of L-homoarginine are independently associated with cardiovascular events and total mortality. Enzymes degrading ADMA [dimethylaminohydrolase 1 (DDAH1)] and synthesizing L-homoarginine [L-arginine:glycine amidinotransferase (AGAT)] are expressed in human proximal...

Who Will Educate Me? Using the Americans with Disabilities Act to Improve Educational Access for Incarcerated Juveniles with Disabilities

Youth involved with the juvenile justice system present with a higher rate of disability, including mental illness and learning disabilities, than do non-system-involved youth. These young people are often eligible for special education services as provided by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). Eligible youth incarcerated in juvenile detention and...

Mit Sport und Bewegung gegen Neuropathie

Ausdauer- und Gleichgewichtstraining können Symptome einer peripheren Neuropathie deutlich lindern. Der Nutzen ließ sich vor allem bei Diabetikern und Krebspatienten zeigen. Möglicherweise wirkt eine Bewegungstherapie sogar präventiv.

Bipolar method and its modifications

Bipolar is one of the multiple criteria decision analysis methods, proposed by Konarzewska-Gubała (in Archiwum Automatyki i Telemechaniki 32(4):289–300, 1987). The main feature of the method is that alternatives are not compared directly with each other, but they are confronted to the two reference sets of objects: desirable and non-acceptable. Practical application of the method...

Optimization of reinforcement steel supply to precast concrete plants

In addition to aggregates, cement, and water, reinforcing steel is one of the key building components of precast products. Steel price fluctuations observed on global markets have a large impact on the cost of production of precast products made of reinforced and prestressed concrete. An important issue is, therefore, the proper planning of steel orders and deliveries to the...

Estimation of spatial and temporal variability of pasture growth and digestibility in grazing rotations coupling unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with crop simulation models

Systematic monitoring of pasture quantity and quality is important to match the herd forage demand (pasture removal by grazing or harvest) to the supply of forage with adequate nutritive value. The aim of this research was to monitor, assess and manage changes in pasture growth, morphology and digestibility by integrating information from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and two...

The Effect of Bariatric Surgery Prior to Lower-Extremity Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review

BackgroundObesity is an independent risk factor for osteoarthritis and has been associated with increased rate of complications following lower-extremity total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Bariatric surgery (BS) is a surgical option for weight loss and for reducing obesity-related comorbidities in morbidly obese patients.Purpose/QuestionsThe goal of this systematic review was to...

EADSG Guidelines: Insulin Storage and Optimisation of Injection Technique in Diabetes Management

To date, insulin therapy remains the cornerstone of diabetes management; but the art of injecting insulin is still poorly understood in many health facilities. To address this gap, the Forum for Injection Technique and Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) published recommendations on injection technique after a workshop held in Rome, Italy in 2015. These recommendations are...

Socioecological Impacts of the Western Pine Beetle Outbreak in Southern California: Lessons for The Future

Insects are important components of forest ecosystems representing most of the biological diversity and affecting virtually all processes. Some phytophagous species occasionally become so abundant that they threaten ecological, economic, social, and aesthetic values. The western pine beetle (Dendroctonus brevicomis) is a major disturbance in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa...

Morphospace exploration reveals divergent fitness optima between plants and pollinators

The obligate mutualism and exquisite specificity of many plant-pollinator interactions lead to the expectation that flower phenotypes (e.g., corolla tube length) and corresponding pollinator traits (e.g., hawkmoth proboscis length) are congruent as a result of coevolution by natural selection. However, the effect of variation in flower morphology on the fitness of plants and...

Feeding study for the mycotoxin zearalenone in yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) larvae—investigation of biological impact and metabolic conversion

Edible insects as additional food and/or feed source may represent one important component to solve the problem of food security for a growing human population. Especially for covering the rising demand for protein of animal origin, seven insect species currently allowed as feed constituents in the European Union are gaining more interest. However, before considering insects such...

Italian students

In various countries there are studies aimed at characterizing social representations on aging, but little is known about their relations with other representations. The present study proposes to characterize those relations through the notion of representational systems. An exploratory survey has been conducted with 151 Italian undergraduate students. They have completed...

Functional reduction of Feynman integrals

Abstract A method for reducing Feynman integrals, depending on several kinematic variables and masses, to a combination of integrals with fewer variables is proposed. The method is based on iterative application of functional equations proposed by the author. The reduction of the one-loop scalar triangle and box integrals with massless internal propagators to simpler integrals is...

Spillover Effects on Caregivers’ and Family Members’ Utility: A Systematic Review of the Literature

BackgroundA growing body of research has identified health-related quality-of-life effects for caregivers and family members of ill patients (i.e. ‘spillover effects’), yet these are rarely considered in cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs).ObjectiveThe objective of this study was to catalog spillover-related health utilities to facilitate their consideration in CEAs.MethodsWe...

Testing anxiety in undergraduate medical students and its correlation with different learning approaches

Objectives Undergraduate medical students experience a considerable amount of stress and anxiety due to frequent exams. The goal of the present study was to examine the development of exam related anxiety and to test for a correlation between anxiety and learning approaches. Methods A whole class of 212 medical students was invited to participate in the study. During their first...

Detection of an unknown radio transmitter using an enhanced K-nearest neighbor algorithm based on virtual reference point and RSSD information

Accurate detection of the unknown radio transmitter (URT) is crucial to combat illegal occupation of radio signal resources and protect communication system from harmful signal interference. The fingerprint positioning technique based on received signal strength (RSS) is famous for requiring no extra equipment, antenna arrays, and time synchronization. However, conventional RSS...