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US20170356976 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR QUANTIFYING CELL NUMBERS IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)  
A system and method are provided for tracking magnetically-labeled substances, such as transplanted cells, in subjects using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The method includes obtaining a...
US20170348770 METALLIC SINTERING COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING BORON ADDITIVES AND RELATED METHODS  
The disclosure relates to sintering compositions that can be used in three-dimensional printing or additive manufacturing processes. The sintering compositions generally include one or more...
US20170342451 BIOSYNTHESIS OF PACLITAXEL INTERMEDIATE  
The invention relates to methods of making compounds useful for production of paclitaxel and analogs or derivatives thereof.
US20170336360 Rotating Current Excitation with Array Magnetic Sensors Nondestructive Testing Probe For Tube Inspection  
A probe capable of inducing a rotating magnetic field to excite a conductive tube includes an array of magnetic field sensors to detect and characterize defects in the tube. The probe includes a...
US20170331023 THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS BASED ON TETRAHEDRITE STRUCTURE FOR THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES  
Thermoelectric materials based on tetrahedrite structures for thermoelectric devices and methods for producing thermoelectric materials and devices are disclosed.
US20170330693 Interlayer Additives For Highly Efficient And Hysteresis-Free Perovskite-Based Photovoltaic Devices  
A photovoltaic device is provided. The photovoltaic device includes a metal salt layer disposed adjacent to a perovskite layer. The metal salt layer diffuses into the perovskite layer. Methods for...
9816065 Environmental photobioreactor array (EPBRA) systems and apparatus related thereto  
A system is described herein that comprises one or more modular environmental photobioreactor arrays, each array containing two or more photobioreactors, wherein the system is adapted to monitor...
US20170323155 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING INTERACTION WITH LIVING OBJECT  
A living object detection system may detect the interaction between an observer and a target object. The system may include an object sensor device, an object classification data unit, and an...
9810659 Nanoparticle-serialized oligonucleotide methods, compositions, and articles  
The disclosure relates to the use of nanoparticles that are coated with unique oligonucleotide (e.g., DNA) sequences of various base lengths (“nano-DNA”) that act as barcodes for product...
9808964 Porous sol gels and methods and structures related thereto  
A method of forming a porous sol gel, including a dried porous sol gel, is provided comprising forming a sol gel from a sol gel-forming composition comprising a silane solution and a catalyst...
9803186 Methyl butenol synthase  
The present invention provides novels genes encoding methyl butenol (MBO) synthase, methy butenol synthases and their use in methyl butenol production.
US20170305873 FORMATION OF 2,5-FURAN DICARBOXYLIC ACID FROM ALDARIC ACIDS  
The disclosure relates to a method for forming 2,5-furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from aldaric acids. The aldaric acids are dehydrating and cyclizing via acid catalysis to form the FDCA product....
9796984 Protection against herbivores  
The present invention relates to genes, proteins and methods comprising molecules that alter amino acid levels. In one embodiment, the present invention relates to altering guanidino substrate...
US20170299581 ELECTROCHEMICAL TYROSINASE ENZYME IMMUNOASSAY BIOSENSOR AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS RELATED THERETO  
Devices, assays and methods for detecting analytes in a sample are provided. Biosensor devices include a biosensor interface that includes enzyme-conjugated molecules, antibodies and an enzyme...
US20170298375 CONTROL OF CELLULOSE BIOSYNTHESIS BY OVEREXPRESSION OF A TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR  
The invention relates to nucleic acids, proteins and methods for modulating the cellulose content of plants.
9793830 Self-powered sensing system for the monitoring of quasi-static structural response  
A self-powered sensing system is provided for the monitoring of quasi-static structural responses. The sensing system is comprised of: an energy concentrator having a member configured to detect a...
US20170295501 OPTIMIZATION OF CELLULAR NETWORK ARCHITECTURE BASED ON DEVICE TYPE-SPECIFIC TRAFFIC DYNAMICS  
A method, a computer readable medium and an apparatus for optimizing a cellular network architecture are disclosed. For example, the method obtains network traffic data for a plurality of...
US20170292127 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR MODULATING AN IMMUNE RESPONSE  
The disclosure relates to, among other things, agents that modulate the homophilic interaction between two CRACC polypeptides, methods for making such agents, and therapeutic applications in which...
US20170283829 SPRR1A AS A GENETIC TARGET FOR TREATING NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES  
This invention relates to the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases by administering compositions that increase the activity of a small proline-rich repeat 1 A protein (Sprr1A),...
9776874 Pi coupling agents for dispersion of graphene nanoplatelets in polymers  
The disclosure relates to use of a coupling agent including of a chemical moiety that is capable of pi bonding with the basal plane of exfoliated graphene nanoparticle (EGN) platelets and that is...
US20170276757 PRECISION MAGNETIC FIELD MONITORING IN HIGH RADIATION ENVIRONMENTS  
A high-precision magnetometer based on a miniature Penning trap is used to measure high magnetic field strengths with very high accuracy. Due to the high precision of the developed miniature...
US20170275608 USE OF GALERINA MARGINATA GENES AND PROTEINS FOR PEPTIDE PRODUCTION  
The present invention relates to compositions and methods comprising genes and peptides associated with cyclic peptides and cyclic peptide production in mushrooms. In particular, the present...
9771605 Enzyme directed oil biosynthesis in microalgae  
The present invention is related to biosynthetic oil compositions and methods of making thereof. In some embodiments, the invention relates to the use of endogenous enzymes in plants capable of...
US20170271702 BIOFUEL AND ELECTRICITY PRODUCING FUEL CELLS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS RELATED TO SAME  
A fuel cell comprising an anode electrode, a cathode electrode and a reference electrode electronically connected to each other; a first biocatalyst comprising a consolidated bioprocessing...
US20170271132 METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MICROWAVE PLASMA ASSISTED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION REACTORS  
The disclosure relates to microwave cavity plasma reactor (MCPR) apparatus and associated optical measurement system that enable microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (MPACVD) of a...
US20170270616 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRECISION CROP MANAGEMENT  
The disclosure relates to methods and related systems for precision crop modeling and management using the same. Precision crop modeling and management can be incorporated into various methods for...
US20170265465 BIORATIONAL TREATMENT PRODUCTS AND METHODS OF USING SAME  
A composition is provided comprising an effective treatment amount of a biorational treatment concentrate comprising one or more plant oils and/or glycerol in combination with a carrier, and one...
9756579 Near field communication system and method for controlling transmission power of near field communication system  
A near field communication (NFC) system and method for controlling transmission power of the NFC system includes a NFC reader configured to transmit a radio frequency (RF) signal having an initial...
US20170238558 FORMULATIONS AND METHODS FOR ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITY FROM PRUNUS MAACKII PERIDERM  
The present invention describes methods and formulations for protecting plants against various pathogens, involving the use of Prunus maackii materials. In some embodiments the biopesticide...
9737087 Sodium-free salt substitute  
A composition that is a substitute for food grade sodium chloride includes crystalline particles containing both potassium chloride and lysine monohydrochloride such that the potassium chloride...
9732440 Process and apparatus for diamond synthesis  
The present invention relates to a microwave plasma deposition process and apparatus for producing diamond, preferably as single crystal diamond (SCD). The process and apparatus enables the...
9732365 Biosynthesis of paclitaxel intermediate  
The invention relates to methods of making compounds useful for production of paclitaxel and analogs or derivatives thereof.
9732127 Colorimetric and fluorescent proteins  
The invention relates to intracellular lipid binding proteins that bind retinoids and/or dye ligands and that are modified to transmit or emit light at a variety of different wavelengths.
US20170222114 THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURE AND USE  
A thermoelectric device (20) and a method for manufacturing and using the same are disclosed. The thermoelectric device (20) includes a hot shoe (24) and a cold shoe (28) disposed about the hot...
US20170219720 Radiation Detector  
A radiation detector is provided. In a further aspect, a detector employs a Parallel Plate Avalanche Counter (“OPPAC”) which includes an anode film, a parallel cathode film and multiple optical...
US20170218386 GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS WITH INCREASED VEGETATIVE OIL CONTENT  
The invention relates to genetically modified agricultural plants with increased oil content in vegetative tissues, as well as to expression systems, plant cells, seeds and vegetative tissues...
US20170218004 FERULOYL-CoA:MONOLIGNOL TRANSFERASE  
The invention relates to nucleic acids encoding a feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase and the feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzyme that enables incorporation of monolignol ferulates, for...
US20170215351 METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GNOTOBIOTIC PLANT GROWTH  
The disclosure relates to a plant growth apparatus and related system to grow and maintain plants under controlled biotic conditions, for example to grow axenic (microbe-free) plants, gnotobiotic...
9718523 Gliding robotic fish navigation and propulsion  
A robotic submersible includes a housing having a body and a tail. In another aspect, a pump and a pump tank adjust the buoyancy of a submersible housing. In a further aspect, a first linear...
US20170212059 Methods and apparatus for imaging of near-field objects with microwave or terahertz radiation  
An imaging system images near-field objects with focused microwave or terahertz radiation. Multiple antennas emit microwave or terahertz radiation, such that the radiation varies in frequency over...
US20170211091 METHODS FOR GENERATING INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS  
Provided herein are methods and compositions for inducing a somatic cell to acquire a less differentiated phenotype and for generating induced pluripotent stem cells (i PS cells) by inducing...
9716485 Frequency divider apparatus  
A frequency divider apparatus includes a micro-electro-mechanical system (“MEMS”) divider that is configured to be driven by an input signal. The MEMS divider includes a passive mechanical device...
9716287 Biofuel and electricity producing fuel cells and systems and methods related to same  
A fuel cell comprising an anode electrode, a cathode electrode and a reference electrode electronically connected to each other; a first biocatalyst comprising a consolidated bioprocessing...
9714404 Catalytic bioreactors and methods of using same  
Various embodiments provide a bioreactor for producing a bioproduct comprising one or more catalytically active zones located in a housing and adapted to keep two incompatible gaseous reactants...
US20170204504 TITANIUM ALLOY AND METHOD OF FORMING A TITANIUM ALLOY  
An alloy and method for producing an alloy is presented. The Titanium alloy has Ti-xCr-yFe-zAl, where 16>x>10, 4>y>0, and 6>z>0, where the alloy is subjected to strain at a temperature between 250...
US20170198295 NURR1 AS A GENETIC TARGET FOR TREATING LEVODOPA-INDUCED DYSKINESIAS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE  
Methods of treating movement disorders by reducing the activity of Nurr1 are disclosed. These methods are particularly applicable to subjects suffering from Parkinson's disease who have either...
9701652 Formation of 2,5-furan dicarboxylic acid from aldaric acids  
The disclosure relates to a method for forming 2,5-furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from aldaric acids. The aldaric acids are dehydrating and cyclizing via acid catalysis to form the FDCA product....
US20170187778 STREAMING MEDIA USING ERASABLE PACKETS WITHIN INTERNET QUEUES  
The streaming media encoding and routing system employs an encoder circuit that constructs a streaming media sequence as a plurality of sequential frames, each frame comprising a plurality of...
US20170183778 METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MICROWAVE PLASMA ASSISTED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION REACTORS  
The disclosure relates to microwave cavity plasma reactor (MCPR) apparatus and associated tuning and process control methods that enable the microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition...
US20170183309 COMPOUNDS FOR INHIBITION OF FUNGAL TOXIN PRODUCTION  
The invention relates to compounds, compositions, and methods that can inhibit the biosynthesis of mycotoxins.