Courtney A Young

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Cyanide (CN) is a toxic species that is found predominantly in industrial effluents generated by metallurgical operations. Cyanide's strong affinity for metals makes it favorable as an agent for metal finishing and treatment and as a lixivant for metal leaching, particularly gold. These technologies are environmentally sound but require safeguards to(More)
We report progress towards understanding how phonon anharmonicity contributes to negative thermal expansion (NTE). Some contribution to the NTE is from "quasiharmonic" behavior, where phonon frequencies decrease as a crystal expands. A second "anharmonic" effect from phonon-phonon interactions is sometimes calculated by perturbation theory, but sometimes(More)
This study reports the first set of data on the concentration of mercury in muscle tissue of several varieties of fish from Lake Titicaca, including the pejerrey (Basilichthyes bonariensis), the carachi (Orestias), and 2 types of indigenous catfish (Trichomycterus). Approximately 27% of the pejerrey and 75% of the carachi exceeded the US EPA fish(More)
Multiscale edge detection using wavelet transform maxima provides a robust method to compress information in a transient signal. We apply this method to Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) time series data from the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO). This provides a method to quantify the variability, identify structures, signiicantly suppress noise and compress the(More)
Many insects produce sounds when attacked by a predator, yet the functions of these signals are poorly understood. It is debated whether such sounds function as startle, warning or alarm signals, or merely serve to augment other defences. Direct evidence is limited owing to difficulties in disentangling the effects of sounds from other defences that often(More)
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