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Power line inspection is an essential but costly task while automated UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) inspection can greatly reduce such costs. However, navigating along power lines is a challenging task due to the narrow width and limited features of power lines. Existing power line tracking methods have threshold selection problems and cannot work well for(More)
Chondrocytes in the epiphyseal cartilage undergo terminal differentiation prior to their removal through apoptosis. To examine the role of ERK1 and ERK2 in chondrocyte terminal differentiation, we generated Osterix (Osx)-Cre; ERK1(-/-) ; ERK2(flox/flox) mice (conditional knockout Osx [cKOosx]), in which ERK1 and ERK2 were deleted in hypertrophic(More)
The reflection and transmission characteristics of a high-birefringence fiber loop mirror (HiBi-FLM), which is composed of a standard fiber coupler and one-section or multisection high-birefringence fibers (HBFs), are analyzed and discussed in detail. Theoretical reflectivity and transmissivity expressions for HiBi-FLMs with one-, two-, and three-section(More)
AIM The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships between green tea consumption and gastric cancer development. METHODS A population-based case-control study including 200 cases and 200 controls was conducted in the southwest area of China from May 2010 to February 2011. A self-designed questionnaire was used to collect data on factors(More)
The evolutionarily conserved transcriptional cofactor Jab1 plays critical roles in cell differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis by modulating the activity of diverse factors and regulating the output of various signaling pathways. Although Jab1 can interact with the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) downstream effector Smad5 to repress BMP signaling in(More)
The physical world is becoming smarter and smarter due to the advances in smart devices and CPS/IoT technologies. In this paper, we investigate the roles various cutting-edge technologies, such as service computing, big data analytics, crowd sourcing, gaming technologies, etc., can play to significantly enhance the intelligence of our physical environment(More)
Artemisia annua is an important medicinal plant from which Artemisinin was extracted to cure malaria effectively. We developed eight microsatellite markers from the genome of A. annua using the FIASCO protocol. Polymorphism of each locus was assessed in 54 individuals from two Chinese populations. The average allele number of these microsatellites was 3.1(More)
The growth plate is a highly specialized and dynamic cartilage structure that serves many essential functions in skeleton patterning, growth and endochondral ossification in developing vertebrates. Major signaling pathways initiated by classical morphogens and by other systemic and tissue-specific factors are intimately involved in key aspects of growth(More)
As the green house gas emission becomes a serious problem, a lot of researches now focus on how to monitor and manage carbon footprint (CF) of a production process or transportation, especially in the supply chain. Usually, most of the carbon footprint management systems are based on databases. But database is not sufficient in describing the production and(More)