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Based on previously published hydroponic plant, planktonic bacterial, and soil microbial community research, manufactured nanomaterial (MNM) environmental buildup could profoundly alter soil-based food crop quality and yield. However, thus far, no single study has at once examined the full implications, as no studies have involved growing plants to full(More)
Massage-like stroking induces acute antinociceptive effects that can be reversed by an oxytocin antagonist, indicating activation of oxytocin on endogenous pain controlling systems. We now demonstrate an increase in hindpaw withdrawal latencies (HWLs), in response to thermal and mechanical stimuli, which was present after six treatments of massage-like(More)
Intra-periaqueductal grey (PAG) injection of 1 nmol of oxytocin induced significant increases in hindpaw withdrawal latency (HWL) to thermal and mechanical stimulation in rats. The anti-nociceptive effect of oxytocin was attenuated significantly by subsequent intra-PAG injection of the mu opioid antagonist beta-funaltrexamine (beta-FNA) and the kappa opioid(More)
The problem of networked control systems (NCSs) with node device acting over a limited communication channel is investigated. We are particularly interested in the case where the plant measurement and controller output are both split into different packets and only one packet of each can be transmitted at a time. Stability of multiple-packet transmission(More)
In today's distributed information systems, a large amount of monitoring data such as log files have been collected. These monitoring data at various points of a distributed information system provide unparallel opportunities for us to characterize and track the information system via effectively correlating all monitoring data across the distributed(More)
Bar-coded pyrosequencing has been increasingly used due to its fine taxonomic resolution and high throughput. Yet, concerns arise regarding the reproducibility of bar-coded pyrosequencing. We evaluated the run-to-run variation of bar-coded pyrosequencing in detecting bacterial community shifts and taxa dynamics. Our results demonstrate that pyrosequencing(More)
Packet loss in a networked control system (NCS) is a stochastic event that depends on the current network state, which, as an abstract and hidden variable, can not be well defined but can be perceived by the observation of the packet-loss process. We model the network in an NCS as a Markov chain and the packet losses as stochastic events whose probability(More)
The problem of data dropout and transmission delays induced by communication channel in networked control systems (NCSs) was investigated in this paper, where output feedback control law was employed. These delays and data dropout might deteriorate the system performance and even cause the system instability. To guarantee the stability of such NCSs, we(More)
With the rapid development of smart TV industry, a large number of TV programs have been available for meeting various user interests, which consequently raise a great demand of building personalized TV recommender systems. Indeed, a personalized TV rec-ommender system can greatly help users to obtain their preferred programs and assist TV and channel(More)