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Parental exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in animals has been found to be transferred to the offspring. The environmental health risk and toxicity to the offspring are still unclear. The objective of the present study was to identify environmentally relevant concentrations of PBDEs for parental exposure that would cause developmental(More)
Conventional silicon optical waveguides can have efficient coupling to optical fibers using grating couplers, but there is no structure of comparable coupling efficiency, optical bandwidth, and small size for direct coupling from optical fibers to metal slot optical waveguides. In this paper, we propose two structures for efficient coupling from(More)
The present study investigated the composition profiles and levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and five PBDE alternatives in the blubber of two species of marine mammals, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) from the South China Sea. Despite the fact that PBDEs were the most(More)
We report the observation of coherent heteronuclear spin dynamics driven by interspecies spin-spin interaction in an ultracold spinor mixture, which manifests as periodical and well-correlated spin oscillations between two atomic species. In particular, we investigate the magnetic field dependence of the oscillations and find a resonance behavior which(More)
We report the successful production of an ultracold sample of absolute ground-state ^{23}Na^{87}Rb molecules. Starting from weakly bound Feshbach molecules formed via magnetoassociation, the lowest rovibrational and hyperfine level of the electronic ground state is populated following a high-efficiency and high-resolution two-photon Raman process. The(More)
The photovoltaic-diesel-battery (PDB) hybrid system is proposed previously to satisfy power requirements in some remote areas locating out of national power grid. However, to dispatch the uses of different components in PDB hybrid system remains a problem. In this paper, mathematical model of the PDB hybrid system is transformed into an MIMO linear(More)
Horn and Schunk's approach is a very classical optical flow algorithm. This paper investigates a modification of Horn and Schunk's approach which leads to a better preservation of flow discontinuities. It improves Horn-Schunk model in three aspects: (i) It replaces the smooth weight coefficient in the energy equation by variable weight coefficient, (ii) It(More)
Sufentanil, a commonly used opioid analgesic, could mimic ischemia postconditioning to attenuate ischemia reperfusion injury, but this effect might be hindered in diabetic animals by inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase-3β phosphorylation. Also, diabetes can abrogate the cardioprotection of sevoflurane (an inhaled anesthetic) against ischemia reperfusion(More)
Invasive meningococcal diseases are rarely caused by capsule null locus (cnl) strains, which are unencapsulated owing to an absence of capsule synthesis genes. Only a few cases of cnl meningococcemia in severely immunocompromised patients have been reported. Here, we describe and discuss the first case of invasive disease in an immunocompetent patient due(More)
A large number of viral and bacterial organisms are responsible for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) which contributes to substantial burden on health management. A new resequencing microarray (RPM-IVDC1) associated with targeted multiplex PCR was recently developed and validated for multiple respiratory viruses detection and discrimination. In this(More)