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Extremophiles and Extreme Environments

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ISBN: 9783038421771 9783038421788 Year: Pages: 438 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03842-178-8 Language: English
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Human Factors in Green Building

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ISBN: 9783038975663 9783038975670 Year: Pages: 200 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-567-0 Language: Green Building;Post-occupancy Evaluation;Indoor Environment Quality Comfort Health and Wellbeing;Productivity;Job Satisfaction;Quality of Life;Use Behaviour; Healthcare Facilities
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Subject: Construction --- Architecture
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World Green Building Council suggests that health, well-being and productivity should be the next chapter for green building. There is an obvious shift of green building movement from technology-centric towards human-centric, which culminates in recent WELL Building Standard, focusing exclusively on human health and wellness. This special issue aims to push forward the research, discourse and practice of green building towards more human-oriented design solutions. Particularly, this special issue collects papers on: Post-occupancy evaluation of green buildingsIndoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)Thermal Comfort and Adaptive BehaviorsQuality of Life and HousingHealthcare Design

Environmentally Sustainable Livestock Production

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ISBN: 9783038975526 / 9783038975533 Year: Pages: 290 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-553-3 Language: English
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Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Social Sciences
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This book looks at key research covering a wide range of aspects of environmental sustainability and the mitigation of environmental impacts of livestock production, including emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide), nitrogen and phosphorus excretion, ammonia emissions, land use and land management, and use of energy and other resources. All the globally most important livestock species (beef and dairy cattle, pigs, broiler chicken and laying hens) are covered in the book. The mitigation methods assessed in the papers include general system changes, changes in feeding, improvement of animal health, and new technologies of manure management. The scope of the papers included in this book ranges from farm level mitigation methods to national level system changes. This book also addresses methodological development in assessing the environmental sustainability of the livestock production chains, including holistic methods, such as environmental and social life cycle assessment (LCA) and other modeling approaches.

The Origin and Early Evolution of Life: Prebiotic Chemistry of Biomolecules

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ISBN: 9783039216062 / 9783039216079 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-607-9 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General)
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Studying the origin of life is one of man’s greatest achievements over the last sixty years. The fields of interest encompassed by this quest are multiple and interdisciplinary: chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, mathematics, geology but also statistics, atmospheric science, meteorology, oceanography, and astrophysics. Recent scientific discoveries, such as water on Mars and the existence of super-Earths with atmospheres similar to primordial Earth, have pushed researchers to simulate prebiotic conditions in explaining the abiotic formation of molecules essential to life. This collection of articles offers an overview of recent discoveries in the field of prebiotic chemistry of biomolecules, their formation and selection, and the evolution of complex chemical systems.

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origin of life --- systems chemistry --- Chemomimesis --- Molecular Darwinism --- origin of life --- prebiotic chemistry --- thiol-rich peptides --- cysteine --- aminonitriles --- imidazoles --- origin of life --- prebiotic chemistry --- nucleotide and nucleoside synthesis --- protein design --- novel metalloproteins --- binary patterned amino acid sequences --- prebiotic chemistry --- population growth --- replication --- growth order --- Darwinian evolution --- selection --- origin of life --- abiogenesis --- carbon fixation --- hydrothermal vents --- electrochemistry --- reduction --- digit multiplicity --- information --- transmission --- encoding --- translation --- diversity --- function --- origin of life --- layered double hydroxide (LDH) clay --- pentose diphosphate --- pentopyranose nucleic acid --- arabinopyranose nucleic acid --- RNA --- base pairing --- purine precursor --- inosine --- AICAR --- peptide/RNA world --- prebiotic information system --- translation and the genetic code --- bridge peptide and aaRS --- ribozyme and tRNA --- tRNA and mRNA --- coevolution of translation machine and the genetic code --- MVC architecture pattern and biological information --- numerical codons --- AnyLogic software for computer simulation of translation machine --- phosphoryl transfer --- metabolism --- energy currency --- mixed anhydride --- origin of life --- hypercycle --- Monte Carlo --- prebiotic chemistry --- carbamic acid --- carbon dioxide-ammonia ices --- infrared spectra --- anharmonicity --- origin of life --- metabolism --- phosphates --- network expansion simulation --- thermodynamic bottleneck --- molecular clocks --- ab initio molecular dynamics --- catalysis --- prebiotic soup --- origins of life --- aldol reaction --- mechanochemistry --- minerals --- monosaccharides --- prebiotic chemistry --- prebiotic polymerization --- nucleotide oligomerization --- abasic oligomers --- nucleotide stability --- stability as a selection pressure --- dry-wet cycles --- genetic code origin --- tRNA accretion model --- tRNA-synthetase --- metabolism --- thioester --- nucleotidyltransferases --- early peptides --- ribosome --- n/a

Bioconversion Processes

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ISBN: 9783038429456 9783038429463 Year: Pages: VI, 150 Language: English
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Subject: Biotechnology --- Biology
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Compared to conventional chemical technologies and other similar industrial processes, bioprocesses represent a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternative for the production of fuels and platform chemicals. In biorefineries, different kinds of feedstocks, such as biomass or lignocellulosic materials in general, can be used and fermented by microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, algae), after some pretreatment steps, to produce high added-value metabolites. More recently, wastes, wastewaters and also waste gases have been shown to be suitable for resource recovery or for their bioconversion to (bio)fuels (e.g., ethanol, butanol, hexanol, biodiesel, biohydrogen, biogas) or other commercial products (e.g., biopolymers). In this sense, much effort has also been made to bioconvert greenhouse gases, such as CO2, into useful products.The goal of this Special Issue is to publish both recent innovative research data, as well as review papers on the fermentation of different types of substrates to commercial (bio)fuels and (bio)products, mainly focusing on the bioconversion of pollutants in solid, liquid, or gas phases (wastes, wastewaters, waste gases).

Energy Storage and Management for Electric Vehicles

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ISBN: 9783039218622 / 9783039218639 Year: Pages: 238 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-863-9 Language: eng
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Subject: General and Civil Engineering --- Technology (General)
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This Special Edition of Energies on “Energy Storage and Management for Electric Vehicles” draws together a collection of research papers that critically evaluates key areas of innovation and novelty when designing and managing the high-voltage battery system within an electrified powertrain. The addressed topics include design optimisation, mathematical modelling, control engineering, thermal management, and component sizing.

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zinc–nickel single-flow battery --- equivalent circuit model --- self-discharge --- dynamic flow rate optimization --- genetic algorithm --- hybrid power system --- electric vehicle --- rule-based optimal strategy --- dynamic programming approach --- thermal modelling --- thermal behaviour --- lithium titanate oxide batteries --- optimal control --- supercapacitors --- batteries --- fuel cell --- hybrid vehicle --- battery degradation --- battery energy storage system --- charging scheme --- efficiency --- electric vehicle --- linear programming --- lithium ion battery --- operating expenses --- residential battery storage --- vehicle-to-building --- supercapacitor models --- parameter estimation --- ECE15 --- HPPC --- Simulink --- Simscape --- Matlab --- Identification --- regenerative energy --- timetable optimization --- energy storage system --- ?-constraint method --- improved artificial bee colony --- lithium-ion battery --- equivalent circuit model --- recursive least square --- adaptive forgetting factor --- parameter identification --- energy storage ageing and degradation --- life cycle assessment --- second-life energy storage applications --- Li-Sulfur batteries --- lithium-ion battery --- cell sorting --- multi-parameters sorting --- principal component analysis --- self-organizing maps clustering --- battery charging --- cycle-life --- state-of-health (SOH) --- battery cycle-life extension --- nonlinear battery model --- state of charge estimation --- lithium-ion battery --- Lipschitz nonlinear system --- Luenberger observer

There is a Crack in Everything—Education and Religion in a Secular Age

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ISBN: 9783039212774 / 9783039212781 Year: Pages: 266 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-278-1 Language: eng
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Subject: Religion
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There are two constants in academic and theological discourse throughout history, they are the debate around secularization and the dialogue concerning the intersection of religion and education. Each age has had its debate about modernizing forces that drive concerns of impending secularization. In this publication this theme is approached from perspectives of teachers, of students, of policy makers and situated in a politico-historical context. Aware of the fact that in today’s plural societies one sacred canopy is non-existent anymore, cracks of the sacred canopy/canopies are described, as well as ‘the light that gets in’, the possible and challenging ways out are roughly sketched. We expect that each of the contributions of scholars of the East and the West, of the North and the South, and their presented examples and case studies, will stimulate the ongoing exploration and elaboration on the relationship between education and religion in todays’ and the coming world – work-in-progress for coming generations.

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religious education --- secularization --- pluralism --- non-confessional --- classroom observation --- ethnography --- Christian --- university --- radicalization --- post-secular --- secular --- religion education --- secularity --- secularism --- religion in public life --- representation of religion --- Bible --- Qur’an --- Ubuntu --- orthodoxy --- orthokardia --- orthopraxis --- Weltanschauung --- inter-worldview education --- Europe --- tolerance --- inequality --- power --- state Jewish religious education --- state Jewish secular education --- state Arab Moslem education --- state Christian education --- state Druze education --- religious and heritage education --- citizenship education --- religious minorities --- secularism --- Muslim --- youth --- immigration --- social boundaries --- identification --- college --- Québec --- inclusion --- worldview education --- universal design for learning --- learning in the presence of the other --- reflexive inclusion --- secularization --- rationality --- medicine --- theology --- symbiotic relevance --- school identity --- secularization --- secondary education --- teachers --- worldviews --- morality --- spirituality --- religion --- religious education --- life-as --- subjective-life --- secularism --- religious education --- values education --- strong religious schools --- Dutch Bible Belt --- citizenship education --- religious education --- liberal society --- secularization --- symbolic language --- philosophy of life --- religious sources of meaning --- metaphoric sensitivity --- inventive imagination --- role playing/bibliodrama --- identity construction --- life orientation --- bibliodrama --- narratives --- interreligious encounters --- education --- image of imams --- secularization --- plurality --- spiritual religiosity --- popular religiosity --- radicalization --- n/a --- n/a

Measures of Spirituality/Religiosity—Description of Concepts and Validation of Instruments

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ISBN: 9783038977582 9783038977599 Year: Pages: 148 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-759-9 Language: eng
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Subject: Religion
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Why do we need more questionnaires to measure aspects of spirituality/religiosity when we already have so many well-tried instruments in use? One answer is that research in this field is growing and that new research questions continuously do arise. Several of these new questions cannot be easily answered with the instruments designed for previous questions. The field is expanding and, consequently, the research topics. Meanwhile several multidimensional instruments were developed which cover existential, prosocial, religious and non-religious forms of spirituality, hope, peace and trust&mdash;and several more. The &lsquo;disadvantage&rsquo; of these instruments is the fact that some are conceptually broad and often rather unspecific, but they might be suited quite well for culturally and spiritually diverse populations when the intention is to compare such diverse groups. This is the reason why more research on new instruments is needed as can be found in this Special Issue, and to stimulate a critical debate about their pros and cons.

Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Clinical Practice

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ISBN: 9783038429302 9783038429296 Year: Pages: X, 224 Language: English
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Subject: Religion
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The present Special Issue Book is a collection of scientific articles from the European Conferences of Religion, Spirituality and Health in 2014 (Malta) and 2016 (Gdansk). The overall theme is “Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Clinical Practice”. Studies are grouped under four main topics: Religion and Spirituality in Patient Care, Spirituality in Physical and Mental Disease, Health Care Professionals and Spirituality, and Faith-Based Services and Programs in Health Care. The chapters illustrate the broad range of topics presented.

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