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US20170357220 METHODS AND RELATED SYSTEMS OF ULTRA-SHORT PULSE DETECTION  
Ultra-short pulse detection. At least some example embodiments are methods including: receiving by an antenna a series of ultra-short pulses of electromagnetic energy at a repetition frequency,...
9840418 Production of graphene nanoplatelets by oxidative anhydrous acidic media  
Methods of producing graphene nanoplatelets by exposing graphite to a medium to form a dispersion of graphite in the medium. In some embodiments, the exposing results in formation of graphene...
US20170349808 Method of Decreasing the Viscosity of Heavy Oil Downhole  
Asphaltene produced during the production of hydrocarbons in an underground reservoir may be reduced and decomposed by introducing into the underground reservoir a fluid having a catalyst of from...
US20170342578 A NEW CLASS OF ELECTROCATALYSTS  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrocatalysts that include a surface and a plurality of catalytically active sites associated with the surface. The catalytically active sites...
9831424 Nanoporous metal-oxide memory  
A nanoporous (NP) memory may include a non-porous layer and a nanoporous layer sandwiched between the bottom and top electrodes. The memory may be free of diodes, selectors, and/or transistors...
9820336 Dual channel Wi-Fi for congested WLANs with asymmetric traffic loads  
A method of wireless local area network communication between a client and an access point includes sending, by the client, a client-originated message to the access point over a bidirectional...
9806217 Fully integrated CMOS-compatible photodetector with color selectivity and intrinsic gain  
A metal-semiconductor-metal photodetecting device and method of manufacturing a metal-semiconductor-metal photodetecting device that includes a p-type silicon substrate with an oxide layer...
US20170304801 METHOD, SYNTHESIS, ACTIVATION PROCEDURE AND CHARACTERIZATION OF AN OXYGEN RICH ACTIVATED POROUS CARBON SORBENT FOR SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF CARBON DIOXIDE WITH ULTRA HIGH CAPACITY  
The present disclosure pertains to materials for CO2 adsorption at pressures above 1 bar, where the materials include a porous material with a surface area of at least 2,800 m2/g, and a total pore...
9786257 Capo with attachment mechanism and fretting action in separate offset planes  
Embodiments of a capo and fretting component are described. In certain embodiments, the fretting component is threaded onto a crossbar configured to overlie the instrument strings when in use and...
9777013 Derivatives of uncialamycin, methods of synthesis and their use as antitumor agents  
In one aspect, the present disclosure provides new analogs of uncialamycin of formulae (I) and (II). The present disclosure also provides novel synthetic pathways to obtaining uncialamycin and...
9776165 Porous carbon materials for CO2 separation in natural gas  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to materials for use in CO2 capture in high pressure environments. In some embodiments, the materials include a porous carbon material...
9768992 System and method for randomized antenna allocation in asynchronous MIMO multi-hop networks  
A system and method for simultaneous and asynchronous transmissions in multi-antenna multi-hop networks. The system and method employ randomized and non-greedy resource allocation to counter...
US20170250793 IMPULSE SAMPLER ARCHITECTURE AND ACTIVE CLOCK CANCELLATION ARCHITECTURE  
A novel nonlinear impulse sampler is presented that provides a clock sharpening circuit, sampling stage, and post-sampling block. The clock sharpening circuit sharpens the incoming clock while...
US20170246592 USE OF SURFACE MODIFIED POROUS MEMBRANES FOR FLUID DISTILLATION  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to systems and methods for distilling a fluid by exposing the fluid to a porous membrane that includes a surface capable of generating heat. In...
US20170243668 CARBON NANOTUBE-COATED SUBSTRATES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME  
Various embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making carbon nanotube-coated substrates by dissolving carbon nanotubes in a solvent to form a carbon nanotube solution; and...
US20170242091 INTERGRATED ELECTRON SPIN RESONANCE SPECTROMETER  
An integrated electron spin resonance (ESR) circuit chip includes a chip substrate, a transmitter circuit, and a receiver circuit. The transmitter circuit and receiver circuit are disposed on the...
9739473 Electricity generation using electromagnetic radiation  
In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a system to create vapor for generating electric power. The system includes a vessel comprising a fluid and a complex and a turbine. The vessel...
9718045 Composites for carbon dioxide capture  
Composite materials and methods of preparing C02 capture include: (1) a porous solid support comprising a plurality of porous channels; and (2) a nucleophilic source associated with the porous...
US20170210699 PREPARATION AND BIOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF VIRIDICATUMTOXIN ANALOGS  
In one aspect, the present invention provides novel derivatives of viridicatumtoxin of the formula wherein the variables are as defined herein. The application also provides compositions, methods...
US20170204721 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FRACTURE MAPPING VIA FREQUENCY-CHANGING INTEGRATED CHIPS  
Systems and methods for fracture mapping may utilize frequency changing to aid in providing high-resolution mapping. Integrated chips may be injected into a well and dispersed into a formation. A...
US20170204719 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING CEMENT QUALITY IN A CASED WELL ENVIRONMENT WITH INTEGRATED CHIPS  
A well monitoring system may provide a plurality of integrated chips dispersed in cement surrounding a well casing. Each of the integrated chips may provide energy harvesting circuitry, EM...
9709580 Bio-nano-chips for on-site drug screening  
A bio-nano-chip (BNC) technology that works in connection with non-invasive samples, such as saliva, cheek swab or urine samples that can be easily performed by non-specialists, such as security...
9704102 Sparse factor analysis for analysis of user content preferences  
A mechanism for discerning user preferences for categories of provided content. A computer receives response data including a set of preference values that have been assigned to content items by...
US20170189175 ARTIFICIAL, FLEXIBLE VALVES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING AND SERIALLY EXPANDING THE SAME  
One aspect of the invention provides an artificial, flexible valve including: a stent defining a wall and a plurality of leaflets extending from the wall of the stent. The plurality of leaflets...
9689954 Intergrated electron spin resonance spectrometer  
An integrated electron spin resonance (ESR) circuit chip includes a chip substrate, a transmitter circuit, and a receiver circuit. The transmitter circuit and receiver circuit are disposed on the...
US20170179518 PRODUCTION AND USE OF FLEXIBLE CONDUCTIVE FILMS AND INORGANIC LAYERS IN ELECTRONIC DEVICES  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making conductive films by associating an inorganic composition with an insulating substrate, and forming a porous inorganic layer from...
US20170178539 PROVIDING INFORMATION TO A USER THROUGH SOMATOSENSORY FEEDBACK  
A hearing device may provide hearing-to-touch sensory substitution as a therapeutic approach to deafness. Through use of signal processing on received signals, the hearing device may provide...
US20170172953 SELF-ASSEMBLING DRUG DELIVERY VEHICLES WITH IONICALLY CROSS-LINKED DRUGS  
A composition and system for delivering a therapeutic agent is provided. The composition includes a self-assembling peptide ionically cross-linked with a charged therapeutic agent. In the presence...
9671413 Prostate cancer point of care diagnostics  
The invention relates to point of care diagnostic disposables, devices, methods, and systems for diagnosing or predicting prostate cancer. The present invention employs biomarker specific reagents...
US20170152145 BANDGAP ENGINEERING OF CARBON QUANTUM DOTS  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to scalable methods of producing carbon quantum dots with desired bandgaps by the following steps: exposing a carbon source to an oxidant at a...
9663794 Heat-resistance rice gene OsZFP, screening marker and separation method thereof  
Provided in the present invention are a separated endogenous rice gene resistant to high temperature (hereinafter referred to as the OsZFP gene for short) and a polypeptide encoded thereby,...
9654752 Method and apparatus for compressive acquisition and recovery of dynamic imagery  
A new framework for video compressed sensing models the evolution of the image frames of a video sequence as a linear dynamical system (LDS). This reduces the video recovery problem to first...
9650654 Making C4+ products in bacteria  
Methods of making C4+ hydrocarbon feedstocks using anaerobic microbes are described.
9642941 Implantable modular hydrogel for salivary gland restoration  
Implantable modular hydrogels to aid in salivary gland restoration and associated methods are provided. In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides for a hydrogel network comprising: a...
US20170121731 NEW INSECTICIDAL PROTEIN  
Provided are an artificially designed and modified insecticidal protein or a segment thereof. The insecticidal protein belongs to a Vip3A-type insecticidal protein. The protein or the segment...
9637827 Methods of preventing corrosion of surfaces by application of energy storage-conversion devices  
The present disclosure pertains to methods of protecting a surface (e.g., a metal surface) from corrosion by conformably attaching a hybrid device comprising at least one multilayer energy storage...
US20170107787 MICROWAVE INDUCED CURING OF NANOMATERIALS FOR GEOLOGICAL FORMATION REINFORCEMENT  
Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of forming a polymer composite by exposing a solution that includes nanomaterials (e.g., functionalized graphene nanoribbons) and...
9628272 PUF authentication and key-exchange by substring matching  
Mechanisms for operating a prover device and a verifier device so that the verifier device can verify the authenticity of the prover device. The prover device generates a data string by: (a)...
9626845 Providing information to a user through somatosensory feedback  
A hearing device may provide hearing-to-touch sensory substitution as a therapeutic approach to deafness. Through use of signal processing on received signals, the hearing device may provide...
9625752 Responsive liquid crystal elastomers for enhanced cell sheet alignment  
Responsive, biocompatible substrates are of interest for directing the maturation and function of cells in vitro during cell culture. This can potentially provide cells and tissues with desirable...
US20170103529 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIDEO COMPRESSIVE SENSING FOR DYNAMIC IMAGING  
A compressive sensing system for dynamic video acquisition. The system includes a video signal interface including a compressive imager configured to acquire compressive sensed video frame data...
US20170096600 GRAPHENE QUANTUM DOT-POLYMER COMPOSITES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME  
Various embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of forming polymer composites that include polymers and graphene quantum dots. The methods occur by mixing a polymer component...
US20170096339 PREPARATION OF WAFER-SCALE FILMS OF ALIGNED CARBON NANOTUBES BY VACUUM FILTRATION  
A method for preparing a film of aligned rod-like nanostructures or nanotubes comprises preparing a solution that comprises rod-like nanostructures or nanotubes, wherein the rod-like...
US20170088862 REVERSE BETA OXIDATION PATHWAY  
The invention relates to recombinant microorganisms that have been engineered to produce various chemicals using genes that have been repurposed to create a reverse beta oxidation pathway....
9604849 Nucleophilic porous carbon materials for CO2 and H2S capture  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of capturing a gas from an environment by associating the environment (e.g., a pressurized environment) with a porous carbon...
US20170084215 PLASMONIC PIXELS  
Plasmonic pixels may provide an array of nanoparticles in a desired arrangement on a substrate, and may be overcoated with a top layer. The nanoparticles may be nanorods, nanoshells,...
US20170081441 SOLVENT-BASED METHODS FOR PRODUCTION OF GRAPHENE NANORIBBONS  
Embodiments of the present invention provide methods of preparing functionalized graphene nanoribbons by (1) exposing a plurality of carbon nanotubes to an alkali metal source in the presence of...
9598696 Bacteria and method for synthesizing fatty acids  
The present invention discloses a process for increasing the production of free fatty acids at high yield (close to maximum theoretical yield), with various fatty acid compositions and various...
9597656 Porous carbon materials for CO2 separation in natural gas  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to materials for use in CO2 capture in high pressure environments. In some embodiments, the materials include a porous carbon material...
US20170073239 SHAPE-CONTROLLED CEMENT HYDRATE SYNTHESIS AND SELF-ASSEMBLY  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming calcium-silicate-hydrate particles by mixing a calcium source with a silicate source. In some embodiments, the mixing...