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Wild food plants of popular use in Sicily
Francesca Lentini, Francesca Venza
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine , 2007, DOI: 10.1186/1746-4269-3-15
Abstract: Numerous scientific researches conducted in the last few years have revealed that a diet rich in fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and mineral salts, is the diet considered most ideal in order to maintain good health and prevent various illnesses. Fruit and vegetables are the food that contains a large quantity of vitamins and it is mainly because of this that many researchers have focused their attention on the studies of nutritional plants.Many species have already been examined concerning this aspect but there are nevertheless many more which merit examination. Ethnobotany is a preliminary method of research, suitable for gathering information on the nutritional use of plants. It has been proven, time and time again, that the 'quack' medical knowledge handed down by the common people constitutes sources of information useful for scientific research and that many plants utilised exclusively in popular tradition, when exposed under scientific examination, have been found to be useful for different sectors in the industry [1]. Therefore, science and tradition have a strong connection between them; science, in fact, has often traditional origins.Considering the fact that ethnobotany mainly concentrates on the individuation of plants with an applicative purpose, the authors, that have shown an interest in the argument for a long time, have completed a research conducted on the plants used as food and/or for aromatic purposes in popular, Sicilian tradition and have referred to, in this contribution, the results obtained.One of the main objectives of this research is to individuate, amongst the plants of the Sicilian flora, those more or less known for their nutritional use and to provide suggestions on how to embark upon researches in the medical-nutritional field. In fact, many nutritional plants are also utilised for medical purposes and are often advised as a remedy in order to stabilise alternative functions of the human organism or simply to purify or cure so
The Use of Materials from Biomass as Construction Materials  [PDF]
Francesca Giglio
Open Journal of Civil Engineering (OJCE) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojce.2013.32A009
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The paper describes some studies conducted by the author, about low impact materials and, particularly, on alternative uses of biomass materials for building materials. Italy needs to develop renewable energy sources and agriculture offers many opportunities: biomass, vegetable residues for livestock breeding, food industry waste, organic waste, solid biofuels, biogas, and biofuels, will be the new renewable energy sources. Researches for promoting sustainable development, including chemistry field are increasing interest in the exploitation of vegetal biomass, in particular waste as a raw material for production of bio-products and biofuels. Not always, however, the use of waste materials such as biomass is the most appropriate, or in any case, the one with less energy expenditure. As ever more evident, in fact, the construction sector is approaching the possibility of using these materials for other purposes, combining the demands of saving natural resources, the need for energy efficiency in buildings and production processes.

Public Private Partnerships for Transportation Infrastructure Delivery  [PDF]
Francesca Leccis
Open Journal of Social Sciences (JSS) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/jss.2015.35004
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The term Public Private Partnerships includes different forms of collaboration between the public and the private sector. These formulas are adopted in a constantly increasing number of countries all over the world in order to overcome the chronic lack of funding and ensure the delivery of infrastructure projects. The paper illustrates the vital role of cooperation between public bodies and private entities in the delivery of public transportation infrastructure. In particular, it focuses on toll roads and highways. Key factors of success and risk are identified and illustrated through five case studies from Chile, Hungary, South Africa-Mozambique, United Kingdom and California.

Intestinal Malrotation: Case Report
F. Carini,G. Cocorullo,G. Venza,C. Lo Piccolo,V. Valenza
Research Journal of Biological Sciences , 2012, DOI: 10.3923/rjbsci.2011.252.256
Abstract: Intestinal malrotation is a malformation characterized by an anomaly in the rotation of the midgut around the axis of the superior mesenteric artery. Its diagnosis is difficult, given the rarity of the illness and the aspecificity and variability of the symptoms as in the case researchers have examined where the symptomatology was characterized by painful colic paroxysms together with closed bowels which passed spontaneously. A correct diagnostic-therapeutic approach together with a strong suspicion is therefore, fundamental for a complete resolution of the clinical picture. In the diagnostic investigation, the gold-standard is represented by a small intestine enema. Therapy is surgical and involves the Ladd technique.
Identity in Sport Teams  [PDF]
Cristina Zucchermaglio, Francesca Alby
Psychology (PSYCH) , 2011, DOI: 10.4236/psych.2011.23031
Abstract: In this paper we analyze identity in a soccer team using a discursive perspective, in which individual psycho-logical functioning is considered to be built in and through social interactions within groups. Analysis is based on naturally-occurring interactions that were audio recorded during technical meetings before and after the match. The data were collected within an ethnographic investigation of an Italian soccer tam carried out over a two-month period. The results show that the team’s members made rhetorical use of a complex repertoire of their own and others’ social identities, and that two main variables influenced the use of social identity markers: a) the role of the speakers (in particular the “power” role of the coach); b) the result of the match around which the interactive discourse revolved. Against this background, we discuss how narratives and identity positionings were used to achieve specific goals and to perform specific actions, such as the planning of future matches and the interpretation of victories and defeats.
Students’ Metaphors for Defining Their Learning Experience with Audio-Visible versus Invisible Authors. Results from a Case Study in a Social Science Discipline  [PDF]
Terry Inglese, Francesca Rigotti
Creative Education (CE) , 2011, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2011.23025
Abstract: This article summarizes an instructional experience designed and conducted at the University of Lugano – Communication Sciences – (Switzerland) within a Political Theory’s freshmen course, which involved disciplines like: philosophy, political science and epistemology. We offered students two types of authors to be learned: one through a multimedia video interview in combination with written texts of these authors, defined as the audio-visible authors, and one type of author offered only through a text-based format (the invisible author). We gathered quantitative data (students’ performance on their written exam compositions, their grades; the number of written words they wrote; and the number of times students mentioned the two types of authors in their written compositions). We also collected qualitative data (through semi-structured interviews and thinking aloud protocols), analyzing the metaphors students used to define the reading and learning experience with the audio-visible and the invisible authors. Results show that students perform better when the author to be studied is offered with more media instructional supports, they tend to establish a social relationship with the author, and the quality of their critical thinking and the level of interest in a new subject both increase. The article is divided in three parts: we will first give some definitions of what a metaphor is; second, we will describe our case study and the results of the data analysis; third, we will discuss the results.
An Induced Demand Model for High Speed 1 in UK  [PDF]
Francesca Pagliara, John Preston
Journal of Transportation Technologies (JTTs) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/jtts.2013.31005
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Induced travel is an important component of travel demand and increasing attention has been paid to building analytical model to get more precise travel demand forecasting. In general, induced demand can be defined in terms of additional trips that would be made if travel conditions improved (less congested, lower vehicle costs or tolls). In this paper the induced demand resulting from higher design speeds and, therefore by less travel time, for the High Speed 1 in UK will be modelled on the basis of the relationship between existing High Speed Rail demand (dependent variable) to existing High Speed Rail travel times and costs. The covariates include socioeconomic variables related to population and employment in the zones connected by the High Speed Rail services. This model has been calibrated by mean of a before and after study carried on the corridor, when the new High Speed Rail services was introduced. Elasticities of induced travel (trips and VMT) have been computed with respect to fares, travel time and service frequency.

Innovative Therapeutic Strategies in the Treatment of Brain Metastases
Maria Caffo,Valeria Barresi,Gerardo Caruso,Mariano Cutugno,Giuseppe La Fata,Mario Venza,Concetta Alafaci,Francesco Tomasello
International Journal of Molecular Sciences , 2013, DOI: 10.3390/ijms14012135
Abstract: Brain metastases (BM) are the most common intracranial tumors and their incidence is increasing. Untreated brain metastases are associated with a poor prognosis and a poor performance status. Metastasis development involves the migration of a cancer cell from the bulk tumor into the surrounding tissue, extravasation from the blood into tissue elsewhere in the body, and formation of a secondary tumor. In the recent past, important results have been obtained in the management of patients affected by BM, using surgery, radiation therapy, or both. Conventional chemotherapies have generally produced disappointing results, possibly due to their limited ability to penetrate the blood–brain barrier. The advent of new technologies has led to the discovery of novel molecules and pathways that have better depicted the metastatic process. Targeted therapies such as bevacizumab, erlotinib, gefitinib, sunitinib and sorafenib, are all licensed and have demonstrated improved survival in patients with metastatic disease. In this review, we will report current data on targeted therapies. A brief review about brain metastatic process will be also presented.
Multiplicity results for asymmetric boundary value problems with indefinite weights
Francesca Dalbono
Abstract and Applied Analysis , 2004, DOI: 10.1155/s108533750440102x
Abstract: We prove existence and multiplicity of solutions, with prescribed nodal properties, to a boundary value problem of the form u″
Nonlinear Periodic Systems with the -Laplacian: Existence and Multiplicity Results
Francesca Papalini
Abstract and Applied Analysis , 2007, DOI: 10.1155/2007/80394
Abstract: We study second-order nonlinear periodic systems driven by the vector p-Laplacian with a nonsmooth, locally Lipschitz potential function. Under minimal and natural hypotheses on the potential and using variational methods based on the nonsmooth critical point theory, we prove existence theorems and a multiplicity result. We conclude the paper with an existence theorem for the scalar problem, in which the energy functional is indefinite (unbounded from both above and below).
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