Volume 2 Issue 10 - January 4, 2008
 
Articles Digest

Research Express@NCKU        Jan 04~ Jan 10, 2008

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Sentient Buildings that Sense, Think, and Adapt
Taysheng Jeng

Imagine a building has a brain, senses, nerves, and responsive actions like a human being. A building can be smart and responsive so that it can adapt to environmental changes and proactively respond to human needs. ...

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Crystalline SiGe films grown on Si substrates using laser-assisted plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition
Ching-Ting Lee

Recently, silicon-germanium (SiGe) semiconductors have started to interest due to inherent advantages included narrow and variable bandgap, and process compatibility with Si-based integrated circuits. Owing to those inherent advantages, ...

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Continuous hydrogen production by anaerobic mixed microflora using a hollow-fiber microfiltration membrane bioreactor
Jo-Shu Chang

The global shortage of fossil fuel and the severe environmental pollution derived from using fossil fuels have forced the developed countries in the world to search for alternative or new energy sources. Hydrogen has emerged as one of the most promising new energy carriers because it is clean, ...

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Ceramide in Apoptotic Signaling and Anticancer Therapy
Yee-Shin Lin

Ceramide, a bioactive lipid mediator, is a major component in some cosmetics for skin protection. More importantly, ceramide may act in inflammation, cell stress response, and apoptosis. ...

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Hydrothermal Synthesis of SnO2 Nanoparticles and Their Gas-Sensing of Alcohol
Chen-Sheng Yeh

SnO2 is an n-type semiconductor with a wide band gap (Eg = 3.6 eV at 300 K). It is well known that gas-sensing characteristics of SnO2 can be dramatically altered by morphological and microstructural features of the sensing elements, ...

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Dilemmas of Electoral Clientelism: Taiwan, 1993
Chin-Shou Wang

Introduction
For many years, studies of electoral clientelism regarded clients as the captive votes of patrons. In recent years, this conventional wisdom has come under challenge, as scholars have come to recognize the widespread noncompliance of clients. ...

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