Alberto Lobo

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Nitrogen fixation (diazotrophy) has recently been demonstrated in several methanogenic archaebacteria. To compare the process in an archaebacterium with that in eubacteria, we examined the properties of diazotrophic growth and nitrogenase activity in Methanosarcina barkeri 227. Growth yields with methanol or acetate as a growth substrate were significantly(More)
An enrichment culture which converted acetate to methane at 60°C was obtained from a thermophilic anaerobic bioreactor. The predominant morphotype in the enrichment was a sheathed gas-vacuolated rod with marked resemblence to the mesophile Methanothrix soehngenii. This organism was isolated using vancomycin treatments and serial dilutions and was named(More)
The discovery of nitrogen fixation in the archaebacterium Methanosarcina barkeri 227 raises questions concerning the similarity of archaebacterial nitrogenases to Mo and alternative nitrogenases in eubacteria. A scheme for achieving a 20- to 40-fold partial purification of nitrogenase components from strain 227 was developed by using protamine sulfate(More)
A process is proposed for the treatment of a waste oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion generated in an industrial copper-rolling operation. The use of demulsifier agents improves the subsequent treatment by techniques such as ultrafiltration (UF) or evaporation. The effluent COD is reduced up to 50% when the O/W emulsion is treated by UF using a flat 30 nm TiO(2)(More)
OBJECTIVE In patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, candidates for surgical intervention, the parathyroid pre-operative localization is of fundamental importance in planning the appropriate surgical approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS The additional acquisition of SPECT and Technetium-99m images, during parathyroid scintigraphy with Sestamibi, is not(More)
This chapter is concerned with the question: how do gravitational waves (GWs) interact with their detectors? It is intended to be a theoretical review of the fundamental concepts involved in interferometric and acoustic (Weber bar) GW antennas. In particular, the type of signal the GW deposits in the detector in each case will be assessed, as well as its(More)
A single spherical antenna is capable of measuring the direction and polarization of a gravitational wave. It is possible to solve the inverse problem using only linear algebra even in the presence of noise. The simplicity of this solution enables one to explore the error on the solution using standard techniques. In this paper we derive the error on the(More)
Internal friction effects are responsible for line widening of the resonance frequencies in mechanical oscillators and result in damped oscillations of its eigenmodes with a decay time Q/ω. We study the solutions to the equations of motion for the case of spherical oscillators, to be used as next generation of acoustic gravitational wave detectors, based on(More)
This paper analyses in quantitative detail the effect caused by a moving mass on a spherical gravitational wave detector. This applies to situations where heavy traffic or similar disturbances happen near the GW antenna. Such disturbances result in quadrupole tidal stresses in the antenna mass, and they therefore precisely fake a real gravitational signal.(More)
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