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We compiled 46 broadscale data sets of species richness for a wide range of terrestrial plant, invertebrate, and ectothermic vertebrate groups in all parts of the world to test the ability of metabolic theory to account for observed diversity gradients. The theory makes two related predictions: (1) In-transformed richness is linearly associated with a(More)
Exoskeletons are mechatronic systems worn by a person in such a way that the physical interface permits a direct transfer of mechanical power and exchange of information. Upper limb robotic exoskeletons may be helpful for people with disabilities and/or limb weakness or injury. Tremor is the most common movement disorder in neurological practice. In(More)
The Iberian Peninsula harbors about 50% of European plant and terrestrial vertebrate species and more than 30% of European endemic species. Despite the global recognition of its importance, the selection of protected areas has been ad hoc and the effectiveness of such choices has rarely been assessed. We compiled the most comprehensive distributional data(More)
A common problem shared by accelerometers, inertial sensors and any motion measurement method based on skin-mounted sensors is the movement of the soft tissues covering the bones. The aim of this work is to propose a method for the validation of the attachment of skin-mounted sensors. A second-order (mass-spring-damper) model was proposed to characterize(More)
UV exposure is considered to be one of the most important risk factors in skin cancers, mainly in outdoor occupational or recreational activities. Outdoor athletes such as cyclists receive regular and significant solar UV erythemal radiation (UVER). The aim of this work was to quantify UVER exposure of amateur cyclists over the course of several days in(More)
A wearable control and monitoring system has been developed for a novel active orthotic device. The development addresses the need of an autonomous tool for gait analysis during normal use of the orthotic device. The system has two basic components: the base unit and the ambulatory Uniu. The units communicate by means of a Bluetooth link. In order to test(More)
Multiphase active contour based models are useful in identifying multiple regions with spatial consistency but varying characteristics such as the mean intensities of regions. Segmenting brain magnetic resonance images (MRIs) using a multiphase approach is useful to differentiate white and gray matter tissue for anatomical, functional and disease studies.(More)