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Possible Scenarios for Homochirality on Earth

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ISBN: 9783039217229 9783039217236 Year: Pages: 318 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-723-6 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General)
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In 1978, Fred Hoyle proposed that interstellar comets carrying several viruses landed on Earth as part of the panspermia hypotheses. With respect to life, the origin of homochirality on Earth has been the greatest mystery because life cannot exist without molecular asymmetry. Many scientists have proposed several possible hypotheses to answer this long-standing L-D question. Previously, Martin Gardner raised the question about mirror symmetry and broken mirror symmetry in terms of the homochirality question in his monographs (1964 and 1990). Possible scenarios for the L-D issue can be categorized into (i) Earth and exoterrestrial origins, (ii) by-chance and necessity mechanisms, and (iii) mirror-symmetrical and non-mirror-symmetrical forces as physical and chemical origins. These scenarios should involve further great amplification mechanisms, enabling a pure L- or D-world.

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chirogenesis --- enantiomorphism --- nepheline --- magmatic flow --- etch figures --- origin of life --- biological homochirality --- deracemization --- super-high-velocity impact --- plasma reactor --- absolute asymmetric synthesis --- amino acids --- origin of life --- amino acid handedness --- nucleus–molecular coupling --- chirality --- circularly polarized luminescence --- circular dichroism --- symmetry breaking --- parity violation --- weak neutral current --- tunneling --- Z0 boson --- homochirality --- precision measurement --- homochirality --- circularly polarized light --- asymmetric reaction --- polymer --- ?-strand --- hidden chirality --- two-fold helix --- multi-point approximation --- tilt-chirality --- high dimensional chirality --- spin polarized electrons --- homochirality --- magnetism --- prebiotic --- environmental chirality --- C1- and C2-symmetric catalysts --- chiral field (memory) --- racemic field --- Viedma ripening effect --- Wallach’s rule --- heat capacity --- metal-organic framework --- triethylenediamine (DABCO) molecules --- racemate --- Salam hypothesis --- homochirality --- parity violation --- neutrinos --- gravitation --- enantiomer self-disproportionation --- SDE --- achiral stationary phase --- homochiral and heterochiral aggregates --- chiral separation --- chirality --- genesis of life chirality --- asymmetric autocatalysis --- homochirality --- chirality --- asymmetric synthesis --- Soai reaction --- biological homochirality --- enantioselective reaction --- autocatalysis --- origin of life --- replicators --- bioorganic homochirality --- circularly polarized photon --- spin-polarized lepton --- parity violation in the weak interaction --- symmetry breaking --- assemblies --- supramolecular chirality --- homochirality --- self-assembly --- vortex --- lipid --- supramolecular assembly --- symmetry breaking --- homochirality

Quantum Nonlocality

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ISBN: 9783038979487 9783038979494 Year: Pages: 238 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-949-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Physics (General)
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This book presents the current views of leading physicists on the bizarre property of quantum theory: nonlocality. Einstein viewed this theory as “spooky action at a distance” which, together with randomness, resulted in him being unable to accept quantum theory. The contributions in the book describe, in detail, the bizarre aspects of nonlocality, such as Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen steering and quantum teleportation—a phenomenon which cannot be explained in the framework of classical physics, due its foundations in quantum entanglement. The contributions describe the role of nonlocality in the rapidly developing field of quantum information. Nonlocal quantum effects in various systems, from solid-state quantum devices to organic molecules in proteins, are discussed. The most surprising papers in this book challenge the concept of the nonlocality of Nature, and look for possible modifications, extensions, and new formulations—from retrocausality to novel types of multiple-world theories. These attempts have not yet been fully successful, but they provide hope for modifying quantum theory according to Einstein’s vision.

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quantum nonlocality --- quantum mechanics --- Stern–Gerlach experiment --- quantum measurement --- pre- and post-selected systems --- retro-causal channel --- channel capacity --- channel entropy --- axioms for quantum theory --- PR box --- nonlocal correlations --- classical limit --- retrocausality --- quantum correlations --- quantum bounds --- nonlocality --- tsallis entropy --- ion channels --- selectivity filter --- quantum mechanics --- non-linear Schrödinger model --- biological quantum decoherence --- non-locality --- parity measurements --- entanglement --- pigeonhole principle --- controlled-NOT --- semiconductor nanodevices --- quantum transport --- density-matrix formalism --- Wigner-function simulations --- nonlocal dissipation models --- steering --- entropic uncertainty relation --- general entropies --- Bell’s theorem --- Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen argument --- local hidden variables --- local realism --- no-signalling --- parallel lives --- local polytope --- quantum nonlocality --- communication complexity --- optimization --- KS Box --- PR Box --- Non-contextuality inequality --- discrete-variable states --- continuous-variable states --- quantum teleportation of unknown qubit --- hybrid entanglement --- collapse of the quantum state --- quantum nonlocality --- communication complexity --- quantum nonlocality --- Bell test --- device-independent --- p-value --- hypothesis testing --- nonsignaling --- EPR steering --- quantum correlation --- non-locality --- entanglement --- uncertainty relations --- nonlocality --- entanglement --- quantum

Advanced DSP Techniques for High-Capacity and Energy-Efficient Optical Fiber Communications

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ISBN: 9783039217922 9783039217939 Year: Pages: 150 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-793-9 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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The rapid proliferation of the Internet has been driving communication networks closer and closer to their limits, while available bandwidth is disappearing due to an ever-increasing network load. Over the past decade, optical fiber communication technology has increased per fiber data rate from 10 Tb/s to exceeding 10 Pb/s. The major explosion came after the maturity of coherent detection and advanced digital signal processing (DSP). DSP has played a critical role in accommodating channel impairments mitigation, enabling advanced modulation formats for spectral efficiency transmission and realizing flexible bandwidth. This book aims to explore novel, advanced DSP techniques to enable multi-Tb/s/channel optical transmission to address pressing bandwidth and power-efficiency demands. It provides state-of-the-art advances and future perspectives of DSP as well.

Breastfeeding: Short and Long-Term Benefits to Baby and Mother

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ISBN: 9783039289219 / 9783039289226 Year: Pages: 308 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-922-6 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Nutrition and Food Sciences
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Breastfeeding is the preferred method of feeding in early life. It is also one of the most cost-effective childhood survival interventions. Breastfeeding practices are important for preventing child mortality and morbidity, as well as ensuring the optimal growth, health, and development of infants. The public health benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented in the medical literature, and include the following: associations with decreased risk for early-life diseases such as otitis media, respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea, and early childhood obesity (to name but a few). This Special Issue book includes a collection of studies on the use of novel methods to improve breastfeeding rates, and research exploring the short- and long-term benefits of breastfeeding for both the infant and mother, including technology-based approaches.

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breast milk metabolome --- glycome --- lipidome --- free amino acid --- preterm infant --- growth trajectory --- galactagogues --- low milk supply --- lactation --- breast milk --- breast feeding --- human milk carbohydrates --- lactose --- oligosaccharides --- infant --- body composition --- lactation --- daily intake --- breastfeeding frequency --- milk intake --- breastfeeding --- infections --- birth cohort --- hospitalizations --- antibiotic use --- exclusive breastfeeding --- Australia --- skin-to-skin --- culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) --- breastfeeding --- multiple pregnancy --- neonate --- premature birth --- milk bank --- pregnancy outcomes --- breastfeeding --- lactoferrin --- prolonged lactation --- child nutrition --- cortisol --- cortisone --- growth --- circadian rhythm --- human milk --- fenugreek --- milk flow --- milk composition --- litter size --- maternal protein restriction --- plasma metabolic parameters --- caesarean section --- initiation of breastfeeding --- maternal age --- gestational age --- United Arab Emirates --- breastfeeding --- infants --- ECOWAS --- antenatal care --- pregnancy --- infant mortality --- breastfeeding --- EWAS --- DNA methylation --- twins --- EPIC --- NTR --- ALSPAC --- breastfeeding --- caries --- childhood --- Aboriginal --- breastfeeding --- infant --- parity --- maternal behavior --- educational status --- self-efficacy --- risk factors --- prognosis --- sensitivity and specificity --- practice --- breastfeeding --- breast milk --- temperament --- fatty acids --- LC-PUFA --- omega-3 --- omega-6 --- DHA --- AA --- children --- early life nutrition --- perinatal --- maternal stress --- maternal anxiety --- infant crying --- breastfeeding --- breastfeeding --- Africa --- antenatal care --- infants --- ECOWAS --- mortality --- vitamin A --- retinoic acid --- vitamin A deficiency --- lactating mammary gland --- weaning --- involution

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