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Synoptic conditions and atmospheric moisture pathways associated with virga and precipitation over coastal Adélie Land in Antarctica

Jullien, Nicolas ; Vignon, Étienne ; Sprenger, Michael ; Aemisegger, Franziska ; Berne, Alexis

In: The Cryosphere, 2020, vol. 14, no. 5, p. 1685–1702

Precipitation falling over the coastal regions of Antarctica often experiences low-level sublimation within the dry katabatic layer. The amount of water that reaches the ground surface is thereby considerably reduced. This paper investigates the synoptic conditions and the atmospheric transport pathways of moisture that lead to either virga – when precipitation is completely sublimated –...

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A taxonomic revision of geoemydid turtles from Siwalik-age of India and Pakistan

Garbin, Rafaella C. ; Bandyopadhyay, Saswati ; Joyce, Walter G.

In: European Journal of Taxonomy, 2020, no. 652, p. -

Neogene (Siwalik-aged) deposits from India and Pakistan have yielded many vertebrate fossils, of which most were named during the 19th century, including numerous geoemydid turtles. In contrast to many other faunal components from the Siwaliks, geoemydids have not undergone taxonomic revision for more than a century and most fossils have therefore been believed to correspond to recent taxa....

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Nachhaltigkeit und Protektionismus im öffentlichen Beschaffungswesen : der schmale Grat am Beispiel des neuen Tessiner Vergabegesetzes

De Rossa Gisimundo, Federica

In: Recht : Zeitschrift für juristische Weiterbildung und Praxis, 2019, no. 3, p. 166-179

Das Thema der Nachhaltigkeit hat in den letzten Jahren zunehmend Eingang in die Praxis und in die neusten Gesetzesrevisionen im Bereich des öffentlichen Beschaffungswesens gefunden. Wenn aber die Nachhaltigkeit nicht mit einer klaren Strategie seitens der öffentlichen Beschaffungsstellen umgesetzt wird, besteht das Risiko, dass ökologische und soziale Anliegen substanzlose Erklärungen...

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An alternative interpretation of Peltochelys duchastelii as a paracryptodire

Joyce, Walter G. ; Rollot, Yann

In: Fossil Record, 2020, vol. 23, no. 1, p. 83–93

Peltochelys duchastelii is an enigmatic turtle from Early Cretaceous (middle Barremian–early Aptian) Sainte-Barbe Formation of Bernissart, Belgium. In more recent literature, there has been strong support for the trionychian affinities of this taxon, but this interpretation is less consistent with external data, in particular biogeography and temporal considerations. We provide a...

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DNA origami as emerging technology for the engineering of fluorescent and plasmonic-based biosensors

Loretan, Morgane ; Domljanovic, Ivana ; Lakatos, Mathias ; Rüegg, Curzio ; Acuna, Guillermo P.

In: Materials, 2020, vol. 13, no. 9, p. 2185

DNA nanotechnology is a powerful and promising tool for the development of nanoscale devices for numerous and diverse applications. One of the greatest potential fields of application for DNA nanotechnology is in biomedicine, in particular biosensing. Thanks to the control over their size, shape, and fabrication, DNA origami represents a unique opportunity to assemble dynamic and complex...

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Covalent triazine frameworks incorporating charged polypyrrole channels for high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries

Kim, Jiheon ; Elabd, Ahmed ; Chung, Sung-Yoon ; Coskun, Ali ; Choi, Jang Wook

In: Chemistry of Materials, 2020, vol. 32, no. 10, p. 4185–4193

Organosulfur polymers have emerged as promising electrode materials for lithium– sulfur (Li–S) batteries, mainly because of their ability to incorporate and stabilize high sulfur content. The low ionic and electronic conductivity of these polymers, however, limit their cycling performance at high active mass loadings. Moreover, Li–polysulfide (Li–PS) shuttling, a fatal phenomenon in...

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Stereospecific hydrogenolysis of benzylic alcohols over Pd/C

Harvey, Freya M. ; Bochet, Christian G.

In: The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2020, vol. 85, no. 11, p. 7611–7619

Hydrogenolysis of tertiary benzylic alcohols on palladium on carbon (Pd/C) generally proceeds with inversion of configuration. However, little is known about the hydrogenolysis mechanism of primary and secondary benzylic alcohols. Literature precedents suggest that these substrates may interact differently with the catalyst. To study the mechanism, we synthesized a pair of deuterated...

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Changes in breast cancer management during the Corona Virus Disease 19 pandemic : an international survey of the European Breast Cancer Research Association of Surgical Trialists (EUBREAST)

Gasparri, Maria Luisa ; Gentilini, Oreste Davide ; Lueftner, Diana ; Kuehn, Thorsten ; Kaidar-Person, Orit ; Poortmans, Philip

In: The breast, 2020, vol. 52, p. 110-115

Background: Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID-19) had a worldwide negative impact on healthcare systems, which were not used to coping with such pandemic. Adaptation strategies prioritizing COVID-19 patients included triage of patients and reduction or re-allocation of other services. The aim of our survey was to provide a real time international snapshot of modifications of breast cancer...

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New material of “Eurysternidae” (Thalassochelydia, Pan-Cryptodira) from the Kimmeridgian of the Swiss Jura Mountains

Püntener, Christian ; Anquetin, Jérémy ; Billon-Bruyat, Jean-Paul

In: Palaeovertebrata, 2020, vol. 43, no. 1, p. e2

The region of Porrentruy (Swiss Jura Mountains) is known for its rich and diverse assemblage of Late Jurassic coastal marine turtles (Thalassochelydia). Dominated by the “Plesiochelyidae”, this assemblage also includes representatives of the two other thalassochelydian groups, the “Thalassemydidae” and “Eurysternidae.” In this study, we present new shell-based material from Porrentruy...

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Isonitrile-based multicomponent synthesis of β-amino boronic acids as β-lactamase inhibitors

Bassini, Emanuele ; Gazzotti, Stefano ; Sannio, Filomena ; Lo Presti, Leonardo ; Sgrignani, Jacopo ; Docquier, Jean-Denis ; Grazioso, Giovanni ; Silvani, Alessandra

In: Antibiotics, 2020, vol. 9, no. 5, p. 21 p

The application of various isonitrile-based multicomponent reactions to protected (2-oxoethyl)boronic acid (as the carbonyl component) is described. The Ugi reaction, both in the four components and in the four centers–three components versions, and the van Leusen reaction, proved effective at providing small libraries of MIDA-protected β-aminoboronic acids. The corresponding free...