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### Metric and topo-geometric properties of urban street networks: some convergences, divergences, and new results

The theory of cities, which has grown out of the use of space syntax techniques in urban studies, proposes a curious mathematical duality: that urban space is locally metric but globally topo-geometric. Evidence for local metricity comes from such generic phenomena as grid intensification to reduce mean trip lengths in live centres, the fall of movement from attractors with metric distance, and the commonly observed decay of shopping with metric distance from an intersection. Evidence for global topo-geometry come from the fact that we need to utilise both the geometry and connectedness of the larger scale space network to arrive at configurational measures which optimally approximate movement patterns in the urban network. It might be conjectured that there is some threshold above which human being use some geometrical and topological representation of the urban grid rather than the sense of bodily distance to making movement decisions, but this is unknown. The discarding of metric properties in the large scale urban grid has, however, been controversial. Here we cast a new light on this duality. We show first some phenomena in which metric and topo-geometric measures of urban space converge and diverge, and in doing so clarify the relation between the metric and topo-geometric properties of urban spatial networks. We then show how metric measures can be used to create a new urban phenomenon: the partitioning of the background network of urban space into a network of semi-discrete patches by applying metric universal distance measures at different metric radii, suggesting a natural spatial area-isation of the city at all scales. On this basis we suggest a key clarification of the generic structure of cities: that metric universal distance captures exactly the formally and functionally local patchwork properties of the network, most notably the spatial differentiation of areas, while the top-geometric measures identifying the structure which overcomes locality and links the urban patchwork into a whole at different scales

### Metric and topo-geometric properties of urban street networks: some convergences, divergences and new results

The theory of cities, which has grown out of the use of space syntax techniques in urban studies, proposes a curious mathematical duality: that urban space is locally metric but globally topo-geometric. Evidence for local metricity comes from such generic phenomena as grid intensification to reduce mean trip lengths in live centres, the fall of movement from attractors with metric distance, and the commonly observed decay of shopping with metric distance from an intersection. Evidence for global topo-geometry come from the fact that we need to utilise both the geometry and connectedness of the larger scale space network to arrive at configurational measures which optimally approximate movement patterns in the urban network. It might be conjectured that there is some threshold above which human being use some geometrical and topological representation of the urban grid rather than the sense of bodily distance to making movement decisions, but this is unknown. The discarding of metric properties in the large scale urban grid has, however, been controversial. Here we cast a new light on this duality. We show first some phenomena in which metric and topo-geometric measures of urban space converge and diverge, and in doing so clarify the relation between the metric and topo-geometric properties of urban spatial networks. We then show how metric measures can be used to create a new urban phenomenon: the partitioning of the background network of urban space into a network of semi-discrete patches by applying metric universal distance measures at different metric radii, suggesting a natural spatial area-isation of the city at all scales. On this basis we suggest a key clarification of the generic structure of cities: that metric universal distance captures exactly the formally and functionally local patchwork properties of the network, most notably the spatial differentiation of areas, while the top-geometric measures identifying the structure which overcomes locality and links the urban patchwork into a whole at different scales

### Sound velocity anisotropy in cubic crystals

Simple analytical expressions may be derived for sound velocities in cubic crystals by using lattice harmonics or functions which are invariant under the crystal symmetry operations. These expressions are in good agreement with the exact results for typical crystals such as metallic iron and potassium fluoride

### Solar-neutrino reactions on deuteron in effective field theory

The cross sections for low-energy neutrino-deuteron reactions are calculated
within heavy-baryon chiral perturbation theory employing cut-off regularization
scheme. The transition operators are derived up to
next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order in the Weinberg counting rules, while the
nuclear matrix elements are evaluated using the wave functions generated by a
high-quality phenomenological NN potential. With the adoption of the
axial-current-four-nucleon coupling constant fixed from the tritium beta decay
data, our calculation is free from unknown low-energy constants. Our results
exhibit a high degree of stability against different choices of the cutoff
parameter, a feature which indicates that, apart from radiative corrections,
the uncertainties in the calculated cross sections are less than 1 %.Comment: 12 pages, 3 figures. Error estimation of higher order corrections
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### Augmented Cardiopulmonary Baroreflex Sensitivity in Intradialytic Hypertension.

IntroductionEnd-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with a paradoxical increase in blood pressure (BP) during hemodialysis (HD), termed intradialytic hypertension (ID-HTN), are at significantly increased risk for mortality and adverse cardiovascular events. ID-HTN affects up to 15% of all HD patients, and the pathophysiologic mechanisms remain unknown. We hypothesized that ESRD patients prone to ID-HTN have heightened volume-sensitive cardiopulmonary baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) that leads to exaggerated increases in sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation during HD.MethodsWe studied ESRD patients on maintenance HD with ID-HTN (n = 10) and without ID-HTN (controls, n = 12) on an interdialytic day, 24 to 30 hours after their last HD session. We measured continuous muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), beat-to-beat arterial BP, and electrocardiography (ECG) at baseline, and during graded lower body negative pressure (LBNP). Low-dose LBNP isolates cardiopulmonary BRS, whereas higher doses allow assessment of physiologic responses to orthostatic stress.ResultsThe ID-HTN patients had significantly higher pre- and post-HD BP, and greater interdialytic fluid weight gain compared to controls. There was a significantly greater increase in MSNA burst incidence (P = 0.044) during graded LBNP in the ID-HTN group, suggesting heightened cardiopulmonary BRS. The ID-HTN group also had a trend toward increased diastolic BP response during LBNP, and had significantly greater increases in BP during the cold pressor test.ConclusionPatients with ID-HTN have augmented cardiopulmonary BRS that may contribute to increased SNS activation and BP response during HD

### A key to room-temperature ferromagnetism in Fe-doped ZnO: Cu

Successful synthesis of room-temperature ferromagnetic semiconductors,
Zn$_{1-x}$Fe$_{x}$O, is reported. The essential ingredient in achieving
room-temperature ferromagnetism in bulk Zn$_{1-x}$Fe$_{x}$O was found to be
additional Cu doping. A transition temperature as high as 550 K was obtained in
Zn$_{0.94}$Fe$_{0.05}$Cu$_{0.01}$O; the saturation magnetization at room
temperature reached a value of $0.75 \mu_{\rm B}$ per Fe. Large
magnetoresistance was also observed below $100$K.Comment: 11 pages, 4 figures; to appear in Appl. Phys. Let

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