Volume 26 Issue 10 - July 4, 2014 PDF
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Research Express@NCKU Jul. 4 ~ Jul. 17, 2014

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A Salinity Projection Model for Determining Impacts of Climate Change on River Ecosystems in Taiwan
Jian-Ping Suen

The purpose of this study is to determine the potential impacts of climate change on river ecosystems by simulating changes in salinity.  A neural network salinity model was developed to project future salinity concentrations in the Puzih River, Taiwan, and was applied it to assess potential impacts on the river ecosystems.  1,400 hydrological conditions from 7 GCMs are used to calculate the …

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Plasmonic Bloch-Zener oscillation and beam curling in metal-dielectric waveguide arrays
Yung-Chiang Lan

In the metal-dielectric waveguide arrays (MDWAs), since the coupling of the evanescent electromagnetic fields between neighboring metal-dielectric-metal waveguides, coupled surface plasmons (SPs) exhibit complexly collective behaviors, such as beam focusing and diffraction, effective negative refraction, Bloch oscillation and Zener tunneling, etc. Plasmonic Bloch oscillation (PBO) is periodic …

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Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Myofascial Pain Syndromes Involving the Neck and Back:
A Review from a Clinical Perspective

Ta-Shen Kuan

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is characterized by the existence of a myofascial trigger point (MTrP). The pathogenesis of MTrP could be related to excessive leakage of acetylcholine (ACh) in the neuromuscular junction. Botulinum toxin type A, through blocking the release of ACh in the neuromuscular junction, and also probably blocking some nociceptive neurotransmitters, is beneficial in the …

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A Novel High-Efficiency Compact-Size Low-Cost Balancing Method for Series-Connected Battery Applications
Tsorng-Juu Liang

This paper proposes a novel balancing method for series-connected batteries applications. The proposed method uses a transformer to couple the energy from charger or discharger to batteries for energy balancing. The proposed method has the advantages of high efficiency, compact size, suitable for any type of switching converter, load-related balancing energy, and extremely simple structure …

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