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Religion and Art: Rethinking Aesthetic and Auratic Experiences in 'Post-Secular' Times

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ISBN: 9783039210329 9783039210336 Year: Pages: 102 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-033-6 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Religion
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How can we think of the “aura” of (sacred) contexts and (sacred) works? How to think of individual and collective (esthetic/religious) experiences? What to make of the manipulative dimension of (religious and esthetic) “auratic” experiences? Is the work of art still capable of mediating the experience of the “sacred,” and under what conditions? What is the significance of the “eschatological” dimension of both art and religion (the sense of “ending”)? Can theology offer a way to reaffirm the creative capacities of the human being as something that characterizes the very condition of being human? This Special Issue aspires to contribute to the growing literature on contemporary art and religion, and to explore the new ways of thinking of art and the sacred (in their esthetic, ideological, and institutional dimensions) in the context of contemporary culture.

Soft Material-Enabled Electronics for Medicine, Healthcare, and Human-Machine Interfaces

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ISBN: 9783039282821 9783039282838 Year: Pages: 244 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-283-8 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Soft material-enabled electronics offer distinct advantage, over conventional rigid and bulky devices, for numerous wearable and implantable applications. Soft materials allow for seamless integration with skin and tissues due to enhanced mechanical flexibility and stretchability. Wearable devices, such as sensors, offer continuous, real-time monitoring of biosignals and movements, which can be applied in rehabilitation and diagnostics, among other applications. Soft implantable electronics offer similar functionalities, but with improved compatibility with human tissues. Biodegradable soft implantable electronics are also being developed for transient monitoring, such as in the weeks following surgery. To further advance soft electronics, materials, integration strategies, and fabrication techniques are being developed. This paper reviews recent progress in these areas, toward the development of soft material-enabled electronics for medicine, healthcare, and human-machine interfaces.

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soft materials --- flexible hybrid electronics --- wearable electronics --- stretchable electronics --- medicine --- healthcare --- human-machine interfaces --- point-of-care testing --- soft material-based channel --- PDMS optical filter --- smartphone-based biosensor --- chromogenic biochemical assay --- naked-eye detection --- implantable materials --- low-profile bioelectronics --- micro/nanofabrication --- medical devices --- biodegradable materials --- miniaturization --- bioresorbable electronics --- printing electronics techniques --- conductive inks --- flexible electronics --- carbon-based nano-materials --- bio-integrated electronics --- hardening sponge --- MR sponge --- 6 degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF) MR haptic master --- RMIS (robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery) --- implantable devices --- optical waveguides --- optical fibers --- biocompatible --- biodegradable --- electroactive hydrogel --- polyvinyl alcohol --- cellulose nanocrystals --- freeze–thaw method --- actuation --- biodegradable electronics --- transient electronics --- soft biomedical electronics --- biodegradable materials --- silver nanowire --- graphene oxide --- polymer-dispersed liquid crystal --- smart window --- hybrid transparent conductive electrode --- conductive textile --- capacitive pressure sensor --- gait --- monitoring --- phase coordination index --- stretchable --- polydimethylsiloxane --- liquid-metal --- capacitor --- dysphagia --- swallowing --- tongue --- nitinol --- superelastic --- prosthesis --- soft materials --- wearable electronics --- implantable electronics --- biodegradable --- medical devices --- diagnostics --- health monitoring --- human-machine interfaces

Applied Econometrics

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ISBN: 9783038979265 9783038979272 Year: Pages: 222 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-927-2 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Mathematics
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Although the theme of the monograph is primarily related to “Applied Econometrics”, there are several theoretical contributions that are associated with empirical examples, or directions in which the novel theoretical ideas might be applied. The monograph is associated with significant and novel contributions in theoretical and applied econometrics; economics; theoretical and applied financial econometrics; quantitative finance; risk; financial modeling; portfolio management; optimal hedging strategies; theoretical and applied statistics; applied time series analysis; forecasting; applied mathematics; energy economics; energy finance; tourism research; tourism finance; agricultural economics; informatics; data mining; bibliometrics; and international rankings of journals and academics.

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inflation --- postage stamps --- price recovery --- historical time series --- EGARCH --- FHA loan --- home mortgage --- foreclosure --- default and prepayment --- unobserved heterogeneity --- duration models --- competing risks --- earnings forecasts --- earnings announcements --- financial markets --- financial analysts --- nonparametric time series modeling --- nonlinearity --- unified time series algorithm --- exploratory diagnostics --- control environment --- budgetary system and strategies --- operational control --- company performance --- economic growth --- economic freedom --- foreign direct investment --- panel data --- cash payments --- efficiency --- denomination range --- JEL Classification --- E42 --- E58 --- managing of financial health --- risk of bankruptcy --- prediction methods --- post-communist countries --- Misery Index --- inflation --- unemployment --- Probit and Logit models --- Okun’s law --- multivariate regression models --- heavy-tailed data --- Mahalanobis distances --- maximum likelihood estimator --- independent multivariate Student distribution --- uncorrelated multivariate Student distribution --- derivatives market --- economic development --- Granger-causality tests --- vector error correction model (VECM) --- DOLS --- FMOLS --- income inequality --- economic growth --- middle income countries --- Granger causality test --- system GMM --- oil price --- exchange rate --- trade balance --- cointegration --- frequency domain causality --- Nigeria --- Fama-French factor model --- market microstructure --- trading behavior --- panel data factor model --- social network model --- risk spillover --- abnormal returns

Renewable Energy in Marine Environment

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ISBN: 9783039285280 9783039285297 Year: Pages: 324 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-529-7 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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The effects of human-caused global warming are obvious, requiring new strategies and approaches. The concept of business-as-usual is now no longer beneficial. Extraction of renewable energy in marine environments represents a viable solution and an important path for the future. These huge renewable energy resources in seas and oceans can be harvested, including wind, tide, and waves. Despite the initial difficulties related mostly to the elevated operational risks in the harsh marine environment, newly developed technologies are economically effective or promising. Simultaneously, many challenges remain to be faced. These are the main issues targeted by the present book, which is associated with the Special Issue of Energies Journal entitled “Renewable Energy in Marine Environment”. Papers on innovative technical developments, reviews, case studies, and analytics, as well as assessments, and papers from different disciplines that are relevant to the topic are included. From this perspective, we hope that the results presented are of interest to for scientists and those in related fields such as energy and marine environments, as well as for a wider audience.

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WEC array --- WEC farm --- PTO system --- PTO system tuning --- linearization --- hydraulic --- WEC-sim --- PTO-sim --- model coupling --- BEM --- NEMOH --- numerical modeling --- numerical coupling --- wave propagation --- MILDwave --- wave–structure interaction --- near field --- far field --- experimental validation --- WECwakes project --- wave energy converter arrays --- turbulence --- turbulence intensity --- turbulence kinetic energy --- ADCP --- site measurements --- time scale --- length scale --- wave–structure interaction --- wave propagation model --- smoothed particle hydrodynamics --- open boundaries --- coupling --- DualSPHysics --- OceanWave3D --- Mild-slope wave propagation model --- MILDwave --- periodic lateral boundaries --- short crested waves --- offshore wind turbines --- large scale experiments --- scour protection damage --- wide-graded materials --- climate change conditions --- optical measurements --- acoustic measurements --- waves-current interaction --- moored floating wave-energy converter --- oscillating water column --- wave flume experiment --- nonlinear wave condition --- 6 degrees of freedom motion --- mooring-line tension --- renewable energy --- marine environment --- wave energy converters --- variable depth effects --- multi-DOF WECs --- design optimization --- end fitting --- unbonded flexible pipe --- sealing performance --- pressure penetration --- temperature --- Caspian Sea --- wind speed --- offshore turbines --- capacity factor --- LCOE --- offshore wind farm --- jacket --- scour --- wave-current interaction --- spatial resolution --- erosion patterns --- sediment transport --- laboratory tests --- ocean energy --- marine energy --- wave energy --- renewable energy --- wave energy converter --- control system --- cost-benefit analysis --- DC collection --- energy economics --- HVDC --- HVAC --- levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) --- offshore wind --- ocean renewable energy --- ocean renewable technologies --- ocean source potential --- Brazilian ocean energy

Emergent Quantum Mechanics. David Bohm Centennial Perspectives

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ISBN: 9783038976165 Year: Pages: 544 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-617-2 Language: English
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Subject: Physics (General) --- Science (General)
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Emergent quantum mechanics explores the possibility of an ontology for quantum mechanics. The resurgence of interest in ""deeper-level"" theories for quantum phenomena challenges the standard, textbook interpretation. The book presents expert views that critically evaluate the significance—for 21st century physics—of ontological quantum mechanics, an approach that David Bohm helped pioneer. The possibility of a deterministic quantum theory was first introduced with the original de Broglie-Bohm theory, which has also been developed as Bohmian mechanics. The wide range of perspectives that were contributed to this book on the occasion of David Bohm’s centennial celebration provide ample evidence for the physical consistency of ontological quantum mechanics. The book addresses deeper-level questions such as the following: Is reality intrinsically random or fundamentally interconnected? Is the universe local or nonlocal? Might a radically new conception of reality include a form of quantum causality or quantum ontology? What is the role of the experimenter agent? As the book demonstrates, the advancement of ‘quantum ontology’—as a scientific concept—marks a clear break with classical reality. The search for quantum reality entails unconventional causal structures and non-classical ontology, which can be fully consistent with the known record of quantum observations in the laboratory.

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quantum foundations --- nonlocality --- retrocausality --- Bell’s theorem --- Bohmian mechanics --- quantum theory --- surrealistic trajectories --- Bell inequality --- quantum mechanics --- generalized Lagrangian paths --- covariant quantum gravity --- emergent space-time --- Gaussian-like solutions --- entropy and time evolution --- resonances in quantum systems --- the Friedrichs model --- complex entropy. --- Bell’s theorem --- the causal arrow of time --- retrocausality --- superdeterminism --- toy-models --- quantum ontology --- sub-quantum dynamics --- micro-constituents --- emergent space-time --- emergent quantum gravity --- entropic gravity --- black hole thermodynamics --- Stern-Gerlach --- trajectories --- spin --- Bell theorem --- fractal geometry --- p-adic metric --- singular limit --- gravity --- conspiracy --- free will --- number theory --- quantum potential --- Feynman paths --- weak values --- Bohm theory --- no-hidden-variables theorems --- observables --- measurement problem --- Bohmian mechanics --- primitive ontology --- Retrocausation --- weak values --- Stochastic Electrodynamics --- quantum mechanics --- decoherence --- interpretations --- pilot-wave theory --- Bohmian mechanics --- Born rule statistics --- measurement problem --- quantum thermodynamics --- strong coupling --- operator thermodynamic functions --- quantum theory --- de Broglie–Bohm theory --- contextuality --- atom-surface scattering --- bohmian mechanics --- matter-wave optics --- diffraction --- vortical dynamics --- Schrödinger equation --- de Broglie–Bohm theory --- nonequilibrium thermodynamics --- zero-point field --- de Broglie–Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics --- pilot wave --- interior-boundary condition --- ultraviolet divergence --- quantum field theory --- Aharonov–Bohm effect --- physical ontology --- nomology --- interpretation --- gauge freedom --- Canonical Presentation --- relational space --- relational interpretation of quantum mechanics --- measurement problem --- non-locality --- discrete calculus --- iterant --- commutator --- diffusion constant --- Levi-Civita connection --- curvature tensor --- constraints --- Kilmister equation --- Bianchi identity --- stochastic differential equations --- Monte Carlo simulations --- Burgers equation --- Langevin equation --- fractional velocity --- interpretations of quantum mechanics --- David Bohm --- mind–body problem --- quantum holism --- fundamental irreversibility --- space-time fluctuations --- spontaneous state reduction --- Poincaré recurrence --- symplectic camel --- quantum mechanics --- Hamiltonian --- molecule interference --- matter-waves --- metrology --- magnetic deflectometry --- photochemistry --- past of the photon --- Mach–Zehnder interferometer --- Dove prism --- photon trajectory --- weak measurement --- transition probability amplitude --- atomic metastable states --- Bell’s theorem --- Bohmian mechanics --- nonlocality --- many interacting worlds --- wavefunction nodes --- bouncing oil droplets --- stochastic quantum dynamics --- de Broglie–Bohm theory --- quantum non-equilibrium --- H-theorem --- ergodicity --- ontological quantum mechanics --- objective non-signaling constraint --- quantum inaccessibility --- epistemic agent --- emergent quantum state --- self-referential dynamics --- dynamical chaos --- computational irreducibility --- undecidable dynamics --- Turing incomputability --- quantum ontology --- nonlocality --- time-symmetry --- retrocausality --- quantum causality --- conscious agent --- emergent quantum mechanics --- Bohmian mechanics --- de Broglie-Bohm theory

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