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Behaviour, Development and Evolution

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ISBN: 9781783742509 Year: Pages: 134 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0097 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Zoology
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"The role of parents in shaping the characters of their children, the causes of violence and crime, and the roots of personal unhappiness are central to humanity. Like so many fundamental questions about human existence, these issues all relate to behavioural development. In this lucid and accessible book, eminent biologist Professor Sir Patrick Bateson suggests that the nature/nurture dichotomy we often use to think about questions of development in both humans and animals is misleading. Instead, he argues that we should pay attention to whole systems, rather than to simple causes, when trying to understand the complexity of development. In his wide-ranging approach Bateson discusses why so much behaviour appears to be well- designed. He explores issues such as ‘imprinting’ and its importance to the attachment of offspring to their parents; the mutual benefits that characterise communication between parent and offspring; the importance of play in learning how to choose and control the optimal conditions in which to thrive; and the vital function of adaptability in the interplay between development and evolution. Bateson disputes the idea that a simple link can be found between genetics and behaviour. What an individual human or animal does in its life depends on the reciprocal character of its transactions with the world about it. This knowledge also points to ways in which an animal's own behaviour can provide the variation that influences the subsequent course of evolution. This has relevance not only for our scientific approaches to the systems of development and evolution, but also on how humans change institutional rules that have become dysfunctional, or design public health measures when mismatches occur between themselves and their environments. It affects how we think about ourselves and our own capacity for change."

Behaviour, Development and Evolution

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ISBN: 9782821883932 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Science (General)
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The role of parents in shaping the characters of their children, the causes of violence and crime, and the roots of personal unhappiness are central to humanity. Like so many fundamental questions about human existence, these issues all relate to behavioural development. In this lucid and accessible book, eminent biologist Professor Sir Patrick Bateson suggests that the nature/nurture dichotomy we oft en use to think about questions of development in both humans and animals is misleading. Instead, he argues that we should pay attention to whole systems, rather than to simple causes, when trying to understand the complexity of development. In his wide-ranging approach Bateson discusses why so much behaviour appears to be well-designed. He explores issues such as ‘imprinting' and its importance to the attachment of off spring to their parents; the mutual benefits that characterise communication between parent and off spring; the importance of play in learning how to choose and control the optimal conditions in which to thrive; and the vital function of adaptability in the interplay between development and evolution. Bateson disputes the idea that a simple link can be found between genetics and behaviour. What an individual human or animal does in its life depends on the reciprocal nature of its relationships with the world about it. This knowledge also points to ways in which an animal's own behaviour can provide the variation that influences the subsequent course of evolution. This has relevance not only for our scientific approaches to the systems of development and evolution, but also on how humans change institutional rules that have become dysfunctional, or design public health measures when mismatches occur between themselves and their environments. It affects how we think about ourselves and our own capacity for change.

Cognitive Development and Individual Variability

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ISBN: 9783039210527 9783039210534 Year: Pages: 158 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-053-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Philosophy
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The standard approach to cognitive development most frequently consists of cross-sectional studies comparing different ages and groups while restricted to a single task. The necessity to focus on the individual in an idiographic perspective, rather than on the task or the variable, has been repeatedly emphasized, most recently in several very important papers by Nesselroade and Molenaar. Variability has also emerged as a crucial characteristic. Moreover, understanding the developmental construction of a given cognitive achievement is imperative to understanding cognitive functioning in adulthood. The general objective of this book is to focus on the individual by studying intraindividual and interindividual variability in various cognitive tasks, that is, intraindividual variability across items of a given task (inconsistency), across various cognitive tasks (dispersion), and/or across years (intraindividual change), and of course, on interindividual differences in intraindividual variability. This book presents empirical studies that have been conducted by research groups in Europe and in North America, prominent in the field of variability and development or methodology. The 26 authors/co-authors include senior authors such as Lautrey, Schmiedek, Dauvier, van der Maas, Ghisletta, Stawski, MacDonald, and de Ribaupierre.

The Close Linkage between Nutrition and Environment through Biodiversity and Sustainability: Local Foods, Traditional Recipes and Sustainable Diets

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ISBN: 9783039213832 9783039213849 Year: Pages: 216 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-384-9 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Nutrition and Food Sciences
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The Close Linkage between Nutrition and Environment through Biodiversity and Sustainability: Local Foods, Traditional Recipes, and Sustainable Diets” is focused on the close correlation between the potential benefits and “functional role” of food and territory, and it includes papers on the characterization of local foods and traditional recipes as well as on the promotion of traditional dietary patterns and sustainable diets.

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Italian garlic --- carbohydrates --- fructans --- dietary fibre --- soluble sugars --- cultivar --- environmental conditions --- agave sap --- actinomycetes --- anticancer activity --- saponins --- metabolomics --- ecosystem goods and services --- environmental sustainability --- livelihood needs --- Schinziophyton rautanenii --- Southern Africa --- sustainable development goals --- sustainable diets --- alkaloids --- antimicrobial activity --- germplasm --- Klebsiella --- landraces --- lupanine --- Pseudomonas --- varieties --- traditional food --- antimicrobial --- bioassay --- PIRG --- fractions --- consumer culture theory --- post millennials --- cheese --- loyalty --- Cyprus --- traditional food --- traditional sausages --- conventional sausages --- traditional hams --- conventional hams --- traditional meat products --- pork --- fatty acids --- mountain --- sustainability --- altitude --- food --- health --- FTIR-ATR --- traditional Italian recipes --- chemometrics --- PCA --- Olea europaea L. --- olive oil --- geographical origin --- processing system --- harvesting time --- olive oil quality --- fatty acid composition --- sensorial evaluation --- consumer preferences --- agro-ecology biodiversity --- climate resilience --- health --- local foods --- bioactive components --- traditional recipes --- traditional dietary patterns --- edible plants --- Mediterranean --- innovative gastronomy --- tetraploid wheat --- metallomics --- macronutrients --- micronutrients --- plants adaptability --- Provolone del Monaco --- traditional foods --- biodiversity --- sustainability --- nutritional composition --- bioactive components --- typical/local foods --- environmental and socio-demographic factors --- traditional recipes --- sustainable diets --- traditional dietary patterns --- Food Composition Databases

Micro/Nano Manufacturing

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ISBN: 9783039211692 9783039211708 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-170-8 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General)
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Micro manufacturing involves dealing with the fabrication of structures in the size range of 0.1 to 1000 µm. The scope of nano manufacturing extends the size range of manufactured features to even smaller length scales—below 100 nm. A strict borderline between micro and nano manufacturing can hardly be drawn, such that both domains are treated as complementary and mutually beneficial within a closely interconnected scientific community. Both micro and nano manufacturing can be considered as important enablers for high-end products. This Special Issue of Applied Sciences is dedicated to recent advances in research and development within the field of micro and nano manufacturing. The included papers report recent findings and advances in manufacturing technologies for producing products with micro and nano scale features and structures as well as applications underpinned by the advances in these technologies.

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fluid jet polishing --- deterministic polishing --- variable pitch path --- residual error optimization --- path adaptability --- chatter identification --- three-dimensional elliptical vibration cutting --- empirical mode decomposition --- intrinsic mode function --- feature extraction --- micro-EDM molds --- micro-lens array --- contactless embossing --- friction coefficient --- micro 3D printing --- micro stereolithography --- process parameter optimization --- Taguchi’s method --- multi-objective particle swarm optimization --- flow control --- culture dish adapter --- small recess structure --- closed environment --- perfusion culture --- optical encoder --- grating --- blaze --- injection molding --- micro assembly --- active alignment --- opto-ASIC --- wafer-level optics --- antireflection nanostructure --- microlens array mold --- ultraprecision machining --- anodic aluminum oxide --- spatial uncertainty modeling --- additive manufacturing --- uncertainty quantification --- Image segmentation --- gaussian process modeling --- additive manufacturing --- selective laser melting --- surface roughness --- design of experiments --- Ti6Al4V --- SERS --- Surface-enhanced Raman scattering --- nanosphere array --- nanocone array --- hot embossing --- nanoimprinting --- plasma nitriding --- micro-nozzle --- micro-spring --- nitrogen supersaturation --- hardening --- hydrophobicity --- stiffness control --- product development --- conceptual design --- micro assembly --- data structure --- design for manufacturability --- low PC clinker --- Portland limestone ternary fiber–cement nanohybrids --- flexural strength --- TGA/dTG --- XRD --- MIP --- water impermeability tests --- micro and nano manufacturing --- micro-fluidics --- micro-optics --- micro and nano additive manufacturing --- micro-assembly --- surface engineering and interface nanotechnology --- micro factories --- micro reactors --- micro sensors --- micro actuators

Responsive Architecture

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ISBN: 9783039216987 9783039216994 Year: Pages: 204 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-699-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Arts in general --- Architecture
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This book is a collection of articles that have been published in the Special Issue “Responsive Architecture” of the MDPI journal Buildings. The eleven articles within cover various areas of sensitive architecture, including the design of packaging structures reacting to supporting components; structural efficiency of bent columns in indigenous houses; roof forms responsive to buildings depending on their resiliently transformed steel shell parts; creative design of building free shapes covered with transformed shells; artistic structural concepts of the architect and civil engineer; digitally designed airport terminal using wind analysis; rationalized shaping of sensitive curvilinear steel construction; interactive stories of responsive architecture; transformed shell roof constructions as the main determinant in the creative shaping of buildings without shapes that are sensitive to man-made and natural environments; thermally sensitive performances of a special shielding envelope on balconies; quantification of generality and adaptability of building layout using the SAGA method; and influence of initial conditions on the simulation of the transient temperature field inside a wall.

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bent piles --- structural systems --- vernacular houses --- Ammatoan houses --- building structure --- effectivity --- strength --- corrugated shell roof --- free-form building --- architectural form --- folded sheet --- thin-walled profile --- shape transformation --- steel construction --- building free-form structure --- corrugated shell roof --- architectural form --- thin-walled open profile --- shape transformation --- folded sheet --- steel construction --- performance-oriented design --- parametric architecture --- form-finding --- CFD --- wind analysis --- digital tools --- steel bar structures --- structural analysis --- parametric design --- algorithmic-aided shaping --- responsive architecture --- shadows --- Grasshopper --- Karamba 3D --- interactive architecture --- interaction narrative --- user experience --- situatedness --- agent-based theory --- building free form structure --- corrugated shell roof --- integrated architectural form --- thin-walled open profile --- shape transformation --- folded sheet --- adaptive envelope --- thermal performances --- spanish balcony --- simulation and computational design studies --- responsive architecture --- kinetic envelope --- adaptive design --- interactive architecture --- moveable facade components --- carrier component structures --- sensor interaction --- digital fabrication --- adaptability --- generality --- flexibility --- evaluation tool --- network analysis --- Space Syntax --- justified plan graphs --- spatial analysis --- architectural morphology --- space plan --- boundary conditions for simulation --- initial conditions --- thermal conditions --- heat flow --- numerical analysis --- experimental measurement --- outdoor test cells

Distributed Energy Resources Management 2018

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ISBN: 9783039281701 9783039281718 Year: Pages: 286 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-171-8 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: General and Civil Engineering --- Technology (General)
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The Special Issue Distributed Energy Resources Management 2018 includes 13 papers, and is a continuation of the Special Issue Distributed Energy Resources Management. The success of the previous edition shows the unquestionable relevance of distributed energy resources in the operation of power and energy systems at both the distribution level and at the wider power system level. Improving the management of distributed energy resources makes it possible to accommodate the higher penetration of intermittent distributed generation and electric vehicle charging. Demand response programs, namely the ones with a distributed nature, allow the consumers to contribute to the increased system efficiency while receiving benefits. This book addresses the management of distributed energy resources, with a focus on methods and techniques to achieve an optimized operation, in order to aggregate the resources namely in the scope of virtual power players and other types of aggregators, and to remunerate them. The integration of distributed resources in electricity markets is also addressed as an enabler for their increased and efficient use.

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clustering --- demand Response --- distributed generation --- smart grids --- demand-side management --- multi-agent system --- distributed coordination --- distributed energy resources --- swarm intelligence --- virtual power plant --- distributed energy resources --- multi-agent technology --- bidding strategy --- stackelberg dynamic game --- aggregator --- distribution system operator --- distributed energy resources --- local flexibility market --- flexibility service --- distributed energy --- comprehensive benefits --- multi-agent synergetic estimation --- synergistic optimization strategy --- control system --- fault-tolerant control --- algorithm design and analysis --- IoT (Internet of Things) --- nonlinear control --- optimization --- DSM --- microgrid --- solar --- wind --- teaching-learning --- microgrid --- energy storage system --- distributed generator --- frequency control --- active power control --- autonomous control --- droop control --- frequency bus-signaling --- batteries --- energy storage --- microgrids --- optimal scheduling --- particle swarm optimization --- power system management --- smart grid --- supply and demand --- trade agreements --- low voltage networks --- multi-period optimal power flow --- multi-temporal optimal power flow --- active distribution networks --- unbalanced networks --- indoor environment quality --- occupant comfort --- building climate control --- healthy building --- energy efficiency --- adaptability --- decentralized energy management system --- local energy trading --- multi-agent system --- optimization --- smart grid --- demand response --- distributed generation --- particle swarm optimization --- prosumer --- n/a

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