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7969650 Multiplex near-field microscopy with diffractive elements  
A near-field microscope using one or more diffractive elements placed in the near-field of an object to be imaged. A diffractive covers the entire object, thus signal may thereby be gathered from...
7968836 Photonic crystal sensors with integrated fluid containment structure, sample handling devices incorporating same, and uses thereof for biomolecular interaction analysis  
Photonic crystal (PC) sensors, and sensor arrays and sensing systems incorporating PC sensors are described which have integrated fluid containment and/or fluid handling structures. The PC sensors...
7968440 Preparation of ultra-shallow semiconductor junctions using intermediate temperature ramp rates and solid interfaces for defect engineering  
Described herein are processing conditions, techniques, and methods for preparation of ultra-shallow semiconductor junctions. Methods described herein utilize semiconductor surface processing or...
7968159 Vacuum insulation panel  
A vacuum insulation panel (VIP) in an example comprises first and second walls and a plurality of tensile elements. The first and second walls are structurally coupled to allow formation of a...
US20110154527 Soybean Gene for Resistance to Aphis Glycines  
An Aphis glycines resistance Rag2 gene is provided herein, along with methods for identifying its presence using marker-assisted selection. A cultivar of G. max having resistance to Aphis glycines...
US20110153321 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING SPEECH SOUND FEATURES  
Systems and methods for detecting features in spoken speech and processing speech sounds based on the features are provided. One or more features may be identified in a speech sound. The speech...
US20110152221 PAK1 Agonists and Methods of Use  
The present invention is directed to Pak1 agonists and methods of use.
US20110148282 VARIABLE ELECTRIC FIELD STRENGTH METAL AND METAL OXIDE MICROPLASMA LAMPS AND FABRICATION  
Preferred embodiments of the invention provide microcavity plasma lamps having a plurality of metal and metal oxide layers defining a plurality of arrays of microcavities and encapsulated thin...
US20110147317 Catalytic Compositions, Composition Production Methods, and Aqueous Solution Treatment Methods  
Composition production methods are provided that can include providing PdO nanoparticles on a nitrogen-doped titanium oxide surface to form a catalytic mixture. Catalytic compositions and/or...
US20110144192 Method for modulating or controlling sodium channel current by reactive oxygen species (ROS) originating from mitochondria  
Method for modulating or controlling sodium channel current of a cell includes inducing mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in the cell.
US20110143998 IDENTIFICATION AND USE OF PEPTIDE INHIBITORS OF PROTEIN SYNTHESIS  
The present invention discloses compositions of peptide inhibitors of protein synthesis, and methods of identifying peptide inhibitors that are capable of inhibiting protein synthesis through an...
US20110142884 Materials and Methods for Making Improved Micelle Compositions  
Provided are methods of treatment of many different diseases and disorders using micelle and sterically stabilized crystalline compounds of the invention.
US20110142808 Polymerized Hemoglobin Media and Its Use in Isolation and Transplantation of Islet Cells  
Solutions and suspensions comprising polymerized hemoglobin derived from human blood are disclosed. The solutions and suspensions may comprise cell culture medium, an enzyme (such as a protease),...
US20110140073 SEMICONDUCTING MICROCAVITY AND MICROCHANNEL PLASMA DEVICES  
Preferred embodiments of the invention provide semiconducting microcavity plasma devices. Preferred embodiments of the invention are microcavity plasma devices having at least two pn junctions,...
7961315 Fluorescence detection enhancement using photonic crystal extraction  
Enhancement of fluorescence emission from fluorophores bound to a sample and present on the surface of two-dimensional photonic crystals is described. The enhancement of fluorescence is achieved by...
7960509 Fibrous protein fusions and use thereof in the formation of advanced organic/inorganic composite materials  
The claimed invention provides a fusion polypeptide comprising a fibrous protein domain and a mineralization domain. The fusion is used to form an organic-inorganic composite. These...
US20110132169 HIGH-PRECISION MICRO/NANO-SCALE MACHINING SYSTEM  
A high precision micro/nanoscale machining system. A multi-axis movement machine provides relative movement along multiple axes between a workpiece and a tool holder. A cutting tool is disposed on...
US20110132031 GAS PURIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIQUEFACTION OF DILUTE GAS COMPONENTS  
The invention provides gas purification methods and systems for the recovery and liquefaction of low boiling point organic and inorganic gases, such as methane, propane, CO2, NH3, and...
7956102 Sol-gel inks  
The invention provides an ink which comprises: a metal oxide precursor, a stress reliever, and a solvent.
7955486 Electrochemical deposition platform for nanostructure fabrication  
Probe-based methods are provided for formation of one or more nano-sized or micro-sized elongated structures such as wires or tubes. The structures extend at least partially upwards from the...
US20110130652 APPARATUS FOR BIOMEDICAL IMAGING  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method involving capturing spectral interference from an optical coherence tomography imaging probe...
US20110129742 Nonequilibrium Chemovoltaic Fuel Cell  
A chemovoltaic cell converts chemical energy generated by an in-situ molecular hydrogen oxidation reaction into electrical energy by creating a chemically induced nonequilibrium electron population...
US20110129470 USE OF SPECIFICALLY ENGINEERED ENZYMES TO ENHANCE THE EFFICACY OF PRODRUGS  
The invention provides methods for enhancing efficiency of prodrugs by specifically engineered enzymes with altered or enhanced activity and broader substrate specificity towards nucleoside analogs...
US20110129450 METHOD OF PROMOTING NEUROGENESIS BY MODULATING SECRETASE ACTIVITIES  
This invention provides methods and reagents for promoting neurogenesis, by modulating neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation. Particularly, this invention provides methods and reagents...
US20110129414 Single Chain Fragment of Monoclonal Antibody 9B9 and Uses Thereof  
Anti-ACE single chain fragment antibodies are disclosed. The present invention relates to using these antibodies, and polymers thereof, in methods for detecting, diagnosing, prognosing, preventing,...
US20110128536 NANOSCALE ARRAY STRUCTURES SUITABLE FOR SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING AND METHODS RELATED THERETO  
Methods for fabricating nanoscale array structures suitable for surface enhanced Raman scattering, structures thus obtained, and methods to characterize the nanoscale array structures suitable for...
7953133 Light emitting and lasing semiconductor devices and methods  
A two terminal semiconductor device for producing light emission in response to electrical signals, includes: a terminal-less semiconductor base region disposed between a semiconductor emitter...
7951276 Cluster generator  
Described herein is an apparatus and a method for producing atom clusters based on a gas discharge within a hollow cathode. The hollow cathode includes one or more walls. The one or more walls...
US20110126324 HYPERVIRULENT MUTANT OF AGROBACTERIUM TUMEFACIENS  
This disclosure relates to a mutant Agrobacterium tumefaciens that is functionally deleted for the atu1060 gene that codes for the cyclic di-GMP synthase Atu1060, as well as methods for its use in...
US20110123982 NUCLEIC ACID BASED FLUORESCENT SENSOR FOR COPPER DETECTION  
A nucleic acid enzyme responsive to copper, comprising an oligonucleotide comprising a nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:1, wherein the nucleic acid enzyme is not self-cleaving.
US20110121434 METHOD OF FABRICATING A PLANAR SEMICONDUCTOR NANOWIRE  
A composition comprises a semiconductor substrate having a crystallographic plane oriented parallel to a surface of the substrate and at least one planar semiconductor nanowire epitaxially disposed...
US20110117627 REGULATION OF APOPTOSIS BY NEURAL SPECIFIC SPLICE VARIANTS OF IG20  
Pro-apoptotic signaling caused by down-modulation of KIAA0358 or expression of IG20-SV4 effectively induces spontaneous apoptosis and sensitization to TNF╬▒-induced apoptosis in neuroblastoma ...
US20110115886 SYSTEM FOR EXECUTING 3D PROPAGATION FOR DEPTH IMAGE-BASED RENDERING  
A system is disclosed for executing depth image-based rendering of a 3D image by a computer having a processor and that is coupled with one or more color cameras and at least one depth camera. The...
US20110115660 Method and System Having Adjustable Analog-To-Digital Conversion Levels  
An adaptive Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) that adjusts the representation levels used in the conversion process so as to optimize system performance. By establishing system performance criteria...
7945305 Adaptive acquisition and reconstruction of dynamic MR images  
A method for acquiring MR data from a beating heart during subject respiration includes a prescan phase in which a respiratory compensation table and a k-space sampling schedule are produced. The...
7945064 Intrabody communication with ultrasound  
A hearing system has a first device and a second device. The first device acoustically couples to skin of a user of the hearing system and includes a sensor to detect acoustic signals. The second...
7943569 Composition and method for providing localized delivery of a therapeutic agent  
The present invention is a composition for providing localized delivery of a therapeutic agent to a subject. The instant composition is a hydrophilic matrix-based prodrug system, wherein a protease...
7943527 Surface preparation for thin film growth by enhanced nucleation  
Various processes and related systems are provided for making structures on substrate surfaces. Disclosed are methods of making a structure supported by a substrate by providing a substrate having...
7943491 Pattern transfer printing by kinetic control of adhesion to an elastomeric stamp  
The present invention provides methods, systems and system components for transferring, assembling and integrating features and arrays of features having selected nanosized and/or microsized...
US20110112447 PORTABLE ACTIVE FLUID POWERED ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOSIS  
A portable active pneumatically-powered ankle foot orthosis. A lower leg mount and a foot bed are pivotally coupled at or proximate to an ankle position. A pneumatically powered rotary actuator is...
US20110109224 MICROCAVITY PLASMA DEVICES WITH NON-UNIFORM CROSS-SECTION MICROCAVITIES  
An embodiment of the invention IS an array of microcavity plasma devices The array includes a first metal film electrode with a plurality of non-uniform cross-section microcavities therein that are...
7940457 Energy-efficient optoelectronic smart window  
In an aspect, described herein is a dynamically controllable optoelectronic smart window which utilizes a diffraction grating for selective transmission or rejection of a specific region of the...
7940399 Jones phase microscopy of transparent samples  
Methods for displaying anisotropic properties of an object. The object is illuminated with a first test beam characterized by a first polarization that, after traversing the object, is combined...
7938337 Variable orifice nozzle  
A spray nozzle assembly includes a pressure dependent variable spray orifice and an internal chamber which is at least partially bound by a flexibly deformable sidewall. At its distal end, the...
US20110098780 APPARATUS FOR MANAGING A NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a Neuro Sensing and Stimulation Device having a conductive lead for implanting in a brain of a living...
7934095 Method for exchanging messages and verifying the authenticity of the messages in an ad hoc network  
A method for exchanging messages containing reliable information between nodes in an ad hoc network, such as a vehicle ad hoc network. The method includes the steps of providing a public key for a...
7932123 Release strategies for making transferable semiconductor structures, devices and device components  
Provided are methods for making a device or device component by providing a multilayer structure having a plurality of functional layers and a plurality of release layers and releasing the...
US20110092568 MODULATION OF MLCK-L EXPRESSION AND USES THEREOF  
In various aspects and embodiments the invention provides methods and reagents for controlling gene expression, and for treating disorders and diseases. Embodiments provide methods and reagents...
US20110092440 METHOD OF REGULATING CELL GROWTH USING A PROTEASOME INHIBITOR  
This invention provides methods and pharmaceutical compositions for regulating cell growth or inducing apoptosis in a cell, particularly a mammalian tumor cell. Specifically, the invention provides...
US20110091514 QUATERNARY OXIDES AND CATALYSTS CONTAINING QUATERNARY OXIDES  
A quaternary oxide includes a dopant metal, a dopant nonmetal, titanium, and oxygen. The atomic ratio of titanium, oxygen and dopant nonmetal may be 1:0.5-1.99:0.01-1.5. Quaternary oxides may be...