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US20130091606 Methods and compositions for enhanced Agrobacterium-mediated transformation Efficiency  
The present invention relates to a method of Agrobaterium-based transformation of a plant comprising: generating a callus explant by, performing callus induction and maintenance in a plant in at...
8414677 Dense, shaped articles constructed of a refractory material and methods of preparing such articles  
The invention provides a method of forming a dense, shaped article, such as a crucible, formed of a refractory material, the method comprising the steps of placing a refractory material having a...
8410006 Composite filter media with high surface area fibers  
The present invention is directed to a high surface area fibers and an improved filter composite media made from the same. More specifically, the composite media preferably comprises a...
US20130077040 LOW-TWIST CHIRAL OPTICAL LAYERS AND RELATED FABRICATION METHODS  
An optical element includes a first and second stacked birefringent layers. The first birefringent layer includes local anisotropy patterns having respective relative orientations that vary over a...
8404792 Cyclobutene polymers and methods of making the same  
Described is a cyclobutene polymer comprising: monomeric units of cyclobutene, said cyclobutene having at least one fused ring system substituted thereon, said polymer comprising not more than 10...
US20130069709 AC POWERED LOGIC CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS INCLUDING SAME  
AC powered logic circuits and systems including same are disclosed. According to one aspect, a system including a logic circuit powered using an alternating current (AC) power source includes at...
US20130068690 ADSORPTION DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS  
Adsorption devices, systems, and methods are provided. In one embodiment, an adsorption device includes a fabric and an adsorbing complex attached at least partially attached to a surface of the...
US20130067795 MOSQUITO TRAP  
A mosquito trap includes a container having an open end and a composition positioned in the container. The composition comprises at least one active agent. The mosquito trap also includes an...
US20130066425 PROCESSING OF BIOCOMPATIBLE COATING ON POLYMERIC IMPLANTS  
The present invention provides polymeric substrates comprising a biocompatible coating and methods of preparation thereof. In particular, the coating may be a ceramic material, especially a...
US20130065780 Label-Free Multiplexing Bioassays Using Fluorescent Conjugated Polymers and Barcoded Nanoparticles  
Label-free, multiplexed DNA assay using fluorescent conjugated polymers as a detection probe to illustrate hybridization on metallic striped nanorods are disclosed. Different DNA capture probes...
US20130059412 IN-SITU POLYMERIZATION IN BULK HETEROJUNCTION ORGANIC DEVICES  
Fabrication of bulk heterojunction organic devices are disclosed that utilize in-situ polymerization of an active component of the device or an in-situ polymerization of an additive that controls...
8389732 Synthesis and regioselective substitution of 6-halo- and 6-alkoxy nicotine derivatives  
The present invention provides active compounds for modulating nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and methods of making the same. The methods of preparing the active compounds utilize different...
US20130055479 Buddleja plant named 'Lilac Chip'  
Buddleja ‘Lilac Chip’ is a new and distinct variety of butterfly bush. ‘Lilac Chip’ is distinguished from other related known cultivars based on the unique combination of traits including at least...
US20130055478 Buddleja plant named 'Ice Chip'  
Buddleja ‘Ice Chip’ is a new and distinct variety of butterfly bush. The distinguishing traits of ‘Ice Chip’ include at last one of dwarf plant size, spreading growth habit, gray-green leaf color,...
US20130055477 Calycanthus plant named 'Aphrodite"  
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ is a medium-sized, multi-stemmed shrub with glossy foliage. The large, purple-red, magnolia-like flowers have yellow tips on the inner tepals and a light fruity fragrance....
US20130051102 ISOLATED SOFT-SWITCH SINGLE-STAGE AC-DC CONVERTER  
An alternating current-to-direct current (AC-DC) converter is provided. The converter may include a transformer having a primary side and a secondary side. A first bi-directional switch and a...
US20130046218 APPARATUS AND CLUTCH FOR USING CONTROLLED STORAGE AND RELEASE OF MECHANICAL ENERGY TO AID LOCOMOTION  
The subject matter described herein includes an apparatus and a clutch for using controlled storage and release of mechanical energy to aid in locomotion. One exemplary apparatus includes a frame...
8380290 Implantable devices for dynamic monitoring of physiological and biological properties of tumors  
Biocompatible sensors configured for implantation include a first body in communication with a plurality of remote sensor bodies to detect physiological parameters in vivo.
US20130040521 Highly Oriented and Crystalline Thermoplastic Filaments and Method of Making Same  
A melt-spun highly oriented and crystalline thermoplastic filament or fiber having a tenacity of at least about 10 g/d, an elongation less than about 15-%, and a modulus of at least about 130 g/d....
US20130037040 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR MINIMIZING NORNICOTINE SYNTHESIS IN TOBACCO  
Compositions and methods for reducing the level of nornicotine and N′-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in tobacco plants and plant parts thereof are provided. The compositions comprise isolated...
8367713 Inhibition and dispersion of bacterial biofilms with imidazole-triazole derivatives  
Disclosure is provided for imidazole-triazole derivative compounds such as those given in Formulas (I)-(VI) that prevent, remove and/or inhibit the formation of biofilms, compositions comprising...
US20130027656 MULTI-TWIST RETARDERS FOR BROADBAND POLARIZATION TRANSFORMATION AND RELATED FABRICATION METHODS  
An optical element includes at least two stacked birefringent layers having respective local optical axes that are rotated by respective twist angles over respective thicknesses of the at least...
US20130023498 MicroRNA Modulators and Method for Identifying and Using the Same  
The present invention is a method for identifying agents which modulate microRNA activity. The invention involves contacting a cell harboring a microRNA and a microRNA binding sequence, which is...
8358400 Methods of fabricating liquid crystal polarization gratings on substrates and related devices  
A method of fabricating a switchable liquid crystal polarization grating includes creating a degenerate planar anchoring condition on a surface of a reflective substrate. An alignment layer may be...
PP23329 Pearlbush plant named ‘Blizzard’  
‘Blizzard’ is a new pearlbush plant particularly distinguished by its compact habit, smaller plant height and width, larger flower diameter, and larger genome size.
US20130012598 APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING NANOFIBERS FROM SHEARED SOLUTIONS UNDER CONTINUOUS FLOW  
Nanofibers are fabricated in a continuous process by introducing a polymer solution into a dispersion medium, which flows through a conduit and shears the dispersion medium. Liquid strands,...
US20130011834 MEAN DNA COPY NUMBER OF CHROMOSOMAL REGIONS IS OF PROGNOSTIC SIGNIFICANCE IN CANCER  
Methods for predicting a disease free time interval (DFI) for a cancer patient under consideration for initial or further chemotherapy treatment are disclosed. The methods include obtaining a...
8350103 Process for conversion of biomass to fuel  
The present disclosure is directed to processes for the direct conversion of lipidic biomass fuelstock to combustible fuels. In particular, the disclosure provides a process for the direct...
8350102 Process for conversion of biomass to fuel  
The present disclosure is directed to processes for the direct conversion of lipidic biomass fuelstock to combustible fuels. In particular, the disclosure provides a process for the direct...
8349232 Micro and nanofiber nonwoven spunbonded fabric  
The invention provides methods for the preparation of nonwoven spunbonded fabrics and various materials prepared using such spunbonded fabrics. The method generally comprises extruding...
US20130005759 SMALL MOLECULE MODIFIERS OF MICRORNA MIR-122  
MicroRNAs are a class of endogenous regulators of gene function. Aberrant regulation of microRNAs has been linked to various human diseases, most importantly cancer. Small molecule intervention of...
US20130005573 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE FOR KETONES AND ALDEHYDES AS HERBICIDES  
Compositions and methods of use for ketones and aldehydes as herbicides are disclosed herein. According to an aspect, a method includes applying an effective amount of an herbicide composition...
US20130005019 GENETICALLY ENCODED PHOTO CONTROL  
The invention relates to a caged lysine, wherein the caged lysine is according to Formula (I): or salts thereof. The invention further relates to polypeptides comprising a caged lysine, and to...
US20130000709 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS  
Photovoltaic cells including silicon solar cells are provided. A silicon substrate having an n-type silicon layer is provided with a silicon nitride layer, a reactive metal in contact with said...
8339566 Low-twist chiral liquid crystal polarization gratings and related fabrication methods  
A polarization grating includes a substrate and a first polarization grating layer on the substrate. The first polarization grating layer includes a molecular structure that is twisted according...
8338392 MicroRNA modulators and method for identifying and using the same  
The present invention is a method for identifying agents which modulate microRNA activity. The invention involves contacting a cell harboring a microRNA and a microRNA binding sequence, which is...
8337920 Method for processing biomaterials  
Systems and methods for thermal preservation (sterilization) of heterogeneous and multiphase foods and biomaterials in order to achieve their shelf stability at ambient level temperatures. Flowing...
8329954 Cyclopropene amine compounds  
Methods of applying cyclopropene amine derivatives and compositions thereof to inhibit ethylene receptors in plants and plant material are disclosed. Methods include applying to the plant an...
US20120309250 COMPOSITE INORGANIC/POLYMER FIBERS AND INORGANIC FIBRILS FABRICATED FROM SHEARED SOLUTIONS  
Nanofibers are fabricated by introducing a mixture of a polymer solution and inorganic precursor into a dispersion medium and shearing the mixture. Liquid strands, streaks or droplets of the...
8323910 Methods and compositions for determining the purity of chemically synthesized nucleic acids  
This application describes an antibody that specifically binds to a synthetic oligomer (e.g., an oligonucleotide or oligopeptide) having a organic protecting group covalently bound thereto, which...
8323722 Processing of biocompatible coating on polymeric implants  
The present invention provides polymeric substrates comprising a biocompatible coating and methods of preparation thereof. In particular, the coating may be a ceramic material, especially a...
PP23212 Weigela shrub named ‘Sunset’  
‘Sunset’ is a new weigela shrub particularly distinguished by its semi-dwarf habit, and unique variegated foliage with green centers and multicolored margins ranging from and including ivory...
US20120282453 CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITES AND METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING SAME  
In a method for fabricating a carbon nanotube (CNT) composite, an array of CNTs is provided. A CNT ribbon is pulled from the array and wound on a rotating mandrel. A polymer solution is applied to...
8305523 Multi-layer achromatic liquid crystal polarization gratings and related fabrication methods  
A multi-layer polarization grating includes a first polarization grating layer, a second polarization grating layer on the first polarization grating layer, and a third polarization grating layer...
8304590 Autothermal and mobile torrefaction devices  
Autothermal torrefaction devices, which can be either stationary of mobile, are provided and include a torrefaction chamber having a chamber inlet for receiving biomass and at least one chamber...
8304561 Synthetic route to ABCD-porphyrins  
A method of making a metalloporphyrin is carried out by reacting (i) a linear tetrapyrrole, said linear tetrapyrrole having a 19-acyl group and a 1-protecting group, with (ii) a metal salt under...
8298620 Methods of preparing thin films by electroless plating  
The present invention provides methods of controlling properties of a thin film applied to a substrate whereby the properties of the thin film may be controlled by the surface morphology of the...
8294024 Processes for forming photovoltaic devices  
Photovoltaic cells, including silicon solar cells, and methods and compositions for making such photovoltaic cells are provided. A silicon substrate having an n-type silicon layer is provided with...
US20120261999 RECONFIGURABLE POWER SYSTEMS AND CONVERTERS  
Reconfigurable power systems and converters and operating methods therefor are disclosed. Reconfigurable power systems may include a DC power source, an electrical energy storage device, an AC...
8288529 Geometric synthesis of porphyrin rods  
A method of making a compound of Formula I′ comprises reacting a compound of the formula DLCHO, with a compound of the formula to produce the compound of Formula I′. Methods of using the compounds...