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  • Herschel-ATLAS/GAMA: What determines the far-infrared properties of radio galaxies? 

    Virdee, J.S.; Hardcastle, M.J.; Jarvis, Matt (OUP, 2013)
    We perform a stacking analysis of Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey (H-ATLAS) data in order to obtain isothermal dust temperatures and rest-frame luminosities at 250 µm (L250), for a well-defined sample ...
  • Herschel-atlas/Gama: a difference between star formation rates in strong-line and weak-line radio galaxies 

    Hardcastle, M.J.; Ching, J.H.Y.; Jarvis, Matt (OUP, 2013)
    We have constructed a sample of radio-loud objects with optical spectroscopy from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) project over the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey (Herschel-ATLAS) Phase 1 fields. ...
  • Optical-faint, far-infrared-bright Herschel sources in the CANDELS fields: Ultra-luminous infrared galaxies at z > 1 and the effect of source blending 

    Dave, Romeel; Yan, Haojing; Stefanon, Mauro (American Astronomical Society, 2014)
    The Herschel very wide-field surveys have charted hundreds of square degrees in multiple far-IR (FIR) bands. While the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is currently the best resource for optical counterpart identifications ...
  • Properties of submillimeter galaxies in the CANDELS GOODS-south field 

    Wilklind, Tommy; Conselice, Christopher J.; Dave, Romeel (American Physical Society, 2014)
    We derive physical properties of 10 submillimeter galaxies located in the CANDELS coverage of the GOODS-S field. The galaxies were first identified as submillimeter sources with the LABOCA bolometer and subsequently targeted ...
  • Null tests of the cosmological constant using supernovae 

    Yahya, Sahba; Seikel, Marina; Clarkson, Chris; Maartens, Roy; Smith, Mathew (American Physical Society, 2014)
    The standard concordance model of the Universe is based on the cosmological constant as the driver of accelerating expansion. This concordance model is being subjected to a growing range of inter-locking observations. ...
  • The star-formation history of mass-selected galaxies from the VIDEO survey 

    Zwart, Jonathan T. L.; Jarvis, Matt; Deane, Roger P.; Bonfield, David G.; Knowles, Kenda; Madhanpall, Nikhita; Rahmani, Hadi; Smith, Daniel J. B. (Oxford University Press, 2014)
    We measure star formation rates (SFRs) and specific SFRs (SSFRs) of Ks-selected galaxies from the VISTA Deep Extragalactic Observations survey by stacking 1.4 GHz Very Large Array data. We split the sample, which spans 0 ...
  • Structure and functional characterization of pyruvate decarboxylase from Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus 

    van Zyl, Leonardo J.; Schubert, Wolf-Dieter; Tuffin, Marla I.; Cowan, Don A. (BioMed Central, 2014)
    BACKGROUND: Bacterial pyruvate decarboxylases (PDC) are rare. Their role in ethanol production and in bacterially mediated ethanologenic processes has, however, ensured a continued and growing interest. PDCs from ...
  • High-level diversity of tailed phages, eukaryote-associated viruses, and virophage-like elements in the metaviromes of Antarctic soils 

    Zablocki, Olivier; van Zyl, Lonnie; Adriaenssens, Evelien M.; Rubagotti, Enrico; Tuffin, Marla; Cary, Stephen Craig; Cowana, Don A. (American Society for Microbiology, 2014)
    The metaviromes of two distinct Antarctic hyperarid desert soil communities have been characterized. Hypolithic communities, cyanobacterium-dominated assemblages situated on the ventral surfaces of quartz pebbles embedded ...
  • Rare fungal species isolated from Libyan diabetic patients 

    Esmaio, Mustafa; Abrantes, Pedro Miguel dos Santos; Africa, Charlene Wilma Joyce (Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), 2016)
    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The emerging resistance of Candida species to antifungals routinely used to treat candidiasis in HIV patients and in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) has resulted in the frequent isolation ...
  • Antimicrobial resistant Gram-positive cocci in pregnant mothers with aerobic vaginitis 

    Kaambo, Eveline; Abrantes, Pedro Miguel dos Santos; McArthur, Carole; Africa, Charlene Wilma Joyce (Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), 2016)
    The vaginal microbiota of a healthy asymptomatic woman consists of an extensive diversity of anaerobic and aerobic bacterial genera and species dominated by the microaerophilic genus Lactobacillus , known to inhibit the ...
  • The faint radio source population at 15.7 GHz - II. Multi-wavelength properties 

    Whittam, I.H.; Riley, J.M.; Green, D.A.; Jarvis, Matt; Vaccari, M. (Oxford University Press, 2015)
    A complete, flux density limited sample of 96 faint (> 0:5 mJy) radio sources is selected from the 10C survey at 15.7 GHz in the Lockman Hole. We have matched this sample to a range of multi-wavelength catalogues, including ...
  • Multiplication of Crowns 

    Witbooi, Peter J. (Instituto de Matematica de Bahia Blanca (INMABB-CONICET), 2013)
    It is known that the only nite topological spaces that are H-spaces are the discrete spaces. For a nite poset which is weakly equivalent to an H-space, a generalized multiplication may be found after suitable ...
  • High-Precision Branching Ratio Measurement for the Superallowed + Emitter 74Rb 

    Dunlop, R.; Ball, G.C.; Leslie, J.R.; Svensson, C.E.; Towner, I.S.; Andreoiu, C.; Chagnon-Lessard, S.; Chester, A.; Cross, D.S.; Finlay, P.; Garnsworthy, A.B.; Garrett, P.E.; Glister, J.; Hackman, G.; Hadinia, B.; Leach, K. G.; Rand, E.T.; Starosta, K.; Tardiff, E.R.; Triambak, S.; Williams, S. J.; Wong, J.; Yates, S.W.; Zganjar, E.F. (American Physical Society, 2013)
    A high-precision branching-ratio measurement for the superallowed β + decay of 74Rb was performed at the TRIUMF Isotope Separator and Accelerator (ISAC) radioactive ion-beam facility. The scintillating electronpositron tagging ...
  • The Influence of N-Linked Glycans on the MolecularDynamics of the HIV-1 gp120 V3 Loop 

    Wood, Natasha T.; Fadda, Elisa; Davis, Robert; Grant, Oliver C.; Martin, Joanne C.; Woods, Robert J.; Travers, Simon A. (PLoS ONE, 2013)
    N-linked glycans attached to specific amino acids of the gp120 envelope trimer of a HIV virion can modulate the binding affinity of gp120 to CD4, influence coreceptor tropism, and play an important role in neutralising ...
  • Ethical and legal implications of whole genome and whole exome sequencing in African populations 

    Wright, Galen E.B.; Koornhof, Pieter G.J.; Adeyemo, Adebowale A.; Tiffin, Nicki (BioMed Central, 2013)
    BACKGROUND: Rapid advances in high throughput genomic technologies and next generation sequencing are making medical genomic research more readily accessible and affordable, including the sequencing of patient and control ...
  • Two new pulsating hot subdwarf stars from the Edinburgh-Cape survey 

    Kilkenny, David; O'Donoghue, D.; Crause, L.; Engelbrecht, C.; Hambly, N.; MacGillivray, H. (Oxford University Press, 2009)
    We report the discovery of very rapid pulsations in two hot subdwarf stars from the Edinburgh- Cape blue object survey. The short periods, small amplitudes and multiperiodicity establish these stars as members of the ...
  • Isothermal dust models of Herschel-ATLAS galaxies 

    Smith, D.J.B.; Hardcastle, M.J.; Jarvis, Matt (Oxford University Press, 2013)
    We use galaxies from the Herschel-ATLAS survey, and a suite of ancillary simulations based on an isothermal dust model, to study our ability to determine the effective dust temperature, luminosity and emissivity index of ...
  • Trends and risk factors for childhood diarrhea in sub-Saharan countries (1990 2013): assessing the neighborhood inequalities 

    Bado, Aristide R.; Susuman, A. Sathiya; Nebie, Eric I. (Co-Action Publishing, 2016)
    BACKGROUND: Diarrheal diseases are a major cause of child mortality and one of the main causes of medical consultation for children in sub-Saharan countries. This paper attempts to determine the risk factors and neighborhood ...
  • Mapping and characterisation of the sorghum cell suspension culture secretome 

    Ngara, Rudo; Ndimba, Bongani K. (Academic Journals, 2011)
    Here we reported the first secretomic study of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), a naturally drought tolerant cereal crop. In this study, we used a gel-based proteomic approach in combination with mass spectrometry to separate ...
  • Risk factors of preterm delivery of low birth weight (plbw) in an African population 

    Bayingana, Claude; Muvunyi, Claude Mambo; Africa, Charlene W. J. (Academic Journals, 2010)
    More than 20 million infants in the world (15.5% of all births) are born with low birth weight. Ninety-five percent of them are in developing countries. The objective of this study was to examine different factors which ...

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