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US20130065288 PRODUCTION OF XYLITOL FROM A MIXTURE OF HEMICELLULOSIC SUGARS  
Materials and methods are described to produce xylitol from a mixture of hemicellulosic sugars by several routes. Examples include either as a direct co-product of a biorefinery or ethanol...
US20130065042 Micro-Vascular Materials And Composites For Forming The Materials  
A microvascular system includes a solid polymeric matrix and a woven structure in the matrix. The woven structure includes a plurality of fibers, and a plurality of microfluidic channels, where at...
8394757 Sensitization of tumor cells to radiation therapy through the administration of endothelin agonists  
Methods to sensitize tumor cells to radiation therapy through the administration of an endothelin agonist such as the ETB agonist IRL1620.
8394706 Printable semiconductor structures and related methods of making and assembling  
The present invention provides a high yield pathway for the fabrication, transfer and assembly of high quality printable semiconductor elements having selected physical dimensions, shapes,...
8394584 Detecting and sorting methylated DNA using a synthetic nanopore  
Provided are methods for detecting, characterizing or separating DNA based on methylation. Heterogeneous DNA populations are separated based on DNA methylation by providing a membrane having a...
8394421 Synthesis of nanoparticles by fungi  
Systems and methods for synthesizing silver nanoparticles (SNPs) using Trichoderma fungi have been developed. In an aspect, Trichoderma reesei was used for the extracellular synthesis of silver...
8391986 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...
8387443 Microcantilever with reduced second harmonic while in contact with a surface and nano scale infrared spectrometer  
Described herein are devices and methods for sensing pulsed forces. Some of the described devices and methods are also useful for measuring infrared absorbances and compiling spectral and chemical...
US20130052762 METHOD OF FORMING AN ARRAY OF HIGH ASPECT RATIO SEMICONDUCTOR NANOSTRUCTURES  
A new method for forming an array of high aspect ratio semiconductor nanostructures entails positioning a surface of a stamp comprising a solid electrolyte in opposition to a conductive film...
US20130049240 ENCAPSULATED MATERIALS AND METHODS FOR ENCAPSULATING MATERIALS  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method for applying a force to at least one of an inner stream, an outer stream or both of a combined...
8384892 Surface enhanced raman spectroscopy on optical resonator (e.g., photonic crystal) surfaces  
Highly sensitive Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) sensors are described in the form of a optical resonator and a metal nanostructure deposited on surface of the optical resonator. In one...
8383697 Systems for self-healing composite materials  
A composite material precursor composition includes a matrix precursor, a first plurality of capsules including a liquid polymerizer, an activator, and an accelerant. The liquid polymerizer...
8378003 Highly permeable polymeric membranes  
Provided are substantially flat membranes that include a block or graft co-polymer and a water transport protein, such as Aquaporin-Z, or a synthetic mimic of such proteins. Also provided are...
US20130041235 Flexible and Stretchable Electronic Systems for Epidermal Electronics  
Provided herein are skin-mounted biomedical devices and methods of making and using biomedical devices for sensing and actuation applications. For example, flexible and/or stretchable biomedical...
US20130040886 Peptides and Methods for Inhibiting G alpha Protein Signaling  
The present invention comprises peptide compositions and methods for specifically inhibiting signaling through Gα subunits.
US20130036928 NON-CONTACT TRANSFER PRINTING  
A transfer printing process that exploits the mismatch in mechanical or thermo-mechanical response at the interface of a printable micro- or nano-device and a transfer stamp to drive the release...
8372962 Compositions and methods to control angiogenesis with cupredoxins  
The present invention relates to compositions comprising cupredoxins, and their use to inhibit angiogenesis in mammalian cells, tissues, and animals, and particularly the angiogenesis that...
8372636 Yeast cell surface display of proteins and uses thereof  
The present invention provides a genetic method for tethering polypeptides to the yeast cell wall in a form accessible for binding to macromolecules. Combining this method with...
8372601 Compositions and methods for the synthesis of APPA-containing peptides  
The disclosure of the present application provides polypeptide sequences and nucleotide sequences coding for the polypeptide sequences of proteins used in the production of APPA-containing...
8367416 Nucleic acid based fluorescent sensor for mercury detection  
A nucleic acid enzyme comprises an oligonucleotide containing thymine bases. The nucleic acid enzyme is dependent on both Hg2+and a second ion as cofactors, to produce a product from a substrate....
8367035 Methods of making spatially aligned nanotubes and nanotube arrays  
The present invention provides arrays of longitudinally aligned carbon nanotubes having specified positions, nanotube densities and orientations, and corresponding methods of making nanotube...
8362699 Interwoven wire mesh microcavity plasma arrays  
Embodiments of the invention provide for large arrays of microcavity plasma devices that can be made inexpensively, and can produce large area but thin displays or lighting sources Interwoven...
8362220 Metal complex compositions and methods for making metal-containing films  
The present invention provides compositions of matter useful as deposition agents for making structures, including thin film structures and hard coatings, on substrates and features of substrates....
8361401 Vortex reactor and method of using it  
A vortex reactor is provided. The vortex reactor includes a substantially cylindrical shaped portion forming a reaction chamber therein, wherein said substantially cylindrical shaped portion forms...
8357518 Thermostable enzymes for the hydrolysis of mannan-containing polysaccharides  
The present disclosure relates to hydrolysis of mannan-containing poly- or oligo-saccharides by use of a polypeptide having endo-β-mannanase activity. In particular the present disclosure relates...
US20130019216 INTEGRATION OF DATA MINING AND STATIC ANALYSIS FOR HARDWARE DESIGN VERIFICATION  
A method of generating assertions for verification of a hardware design expressed at a register transfer level (RTL) includes running simulation traces through the design to generate simulation...
US20130017175 ACTIVATED MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS FOR WOUND HEALING AND IMPAIRED TISSUE REGENERATION  
Inflammatory cytokines e.g. IFN-γ, serve as initiating stimuli for mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) immunosuppresive activity in vivo. Other inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF alpha, the molecule...
US20130011338 CUPREDOXIN DERIVED TRANSPORT AGENTS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF  
The present invention discloses methods and materials for delivering a cargo compound into a cancer cell. Delivery of the cargo compound is accomplished by the use of protein transduction domains...
8351053 Apparatus and method for in situ testing of microscale and nanoscale samples  
According to example embodiments of the invention, a microscale testing stage comprises a frame having first and second opposing ends and first and second side beams, at least one deformable force...
8349802 Methods and compositions for contributing to the treatment of cancers  
Methods and compositions for contributing to the treatment of cancers, especially ovarian tumors, are disclosed. The methods and compositions utilize an endothelin B agonist (ETB) to enhance the...
8349318 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...
US20130004431 TRANSPORT AGENTS FOR CROSSING THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER AND INTO BRAIN CANCER CELLS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF  
The present invention discloses methods and materials for delivering a cargo compound into a brain cancer cell and/or across the blood-brain barrier. Delivery of the cargo compound is accomplished...
8344333 Multi-color fluorescence enhancement from a photonic crystal surface  
A photonic crystal substrate exhibiting resonant enhancement of multiple fluorophores has been demonstrated. The device, which can be fabricated uniformly from plastic materials over a ˜3×5 in2...
8344108 Method and system for corn fractionation  
Methods and apparatus for processing corn into one or more corn products. Zein is extracted from corn or corn products or by-products with a solvent. The corn-solvent mixture is separated into...
8344107 Method and system for corn fractionation  
Methods and apparatus for processing corn into one or more corn products. Oil is extracted from corn or corn products or by-products with a solvent. The corn-solvent mixture is separated into...
8343878 Method of plasma etching GA-based compound semiconductors  
A method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors includes providing a process chamber and a source electrode adjacent thereto. The chamber contains a Ga-based compound semiconductor...
8342120 Apparatuses and methods for applying one or more materials on one or more substrates  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an apparatus having a tube with an ingress opening to receive a liquid, and an egress opening to release...
US20120327608 Controlled Buckling Structures in Semiconductor Interconnects and Nanomembranes for Stretchable Electronics  
In an aspect, the present invention provides stretchable, and optionally printable, components such as semiconductors and electronic circuits capable of providing good performance when stretched,...
8338601 Slow release of organoboronic acids in cross-coupling reactions  
A method of performing a chemical reaction includes reacting a compound selected from the group consisting of an organohalide and an organo-pseudohalide, and a protected organoboronic acid...
8338308 Method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors  
A method of plasma etching Ga-based compound semiconductors includes providing a process chamber and a source electrode adjacent to the process chamber. The process chamber contains a sample...
8337873 Hollow and porous orthopaedic or dental implant that delivers a biological agent  
This invention relates to the synthesis of new tooth or bone from an encapsulated biological agent such as a growth factor or stem cells contained within a hollow and porous biocompatible vehicle...
US20120321785 Methods of Making Spatially Aligned Nanotubes and Nanotube Arrays  
The present invention provides arrays of longitudinally aligned carbon nanotubes having specified positions, nanotube densities and orientations, and corresponding methods of making nanotube...
US20120321536 MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE COMPRISING A BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MAKING SUCH A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE  
A microfluidic device comprising a biodegradable material comprises, according to one embodiment, a body including one or more channels extending therethrough for passage of a fluid, where the...
8334976 Second-order nonlinear susceptibility of a nanoparticle using coherent confocal microscopy  
A coherent confocal microscope and methods for measuring elements of the non-linear susceptibility of a nanoparticle, including, more particularly, all of the elements of the second-order...
US20120315621 PERSONAL GLUCOSE METERS FOR DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF A BROAD RANGE OF ANALYTES  
A methodology for developing highly sensitive and selective sensors that can achieve portable, low-cost and quantitative detection of a broad range of targets using only a personal glucose meter...
US20120313012 Photobleaching and Intermittency Localization Microscopy  
A method of image analysis creates super-resolution images from images with high densities of fluorophores by processing a movie in which the fluorescent molecules or particles are photobleaching...
8332007 Quantitative three-dimensional mapping of oxygen tension  
Methods and apparatus are disclosed for measuring and mapping oxygen tension in a tissue and, in particular, permit direct non-invasive measurement of retinal tissue oxygen tension. In one aspect,...
8331615 Match, expand, and filter technique for multi-view stereopsis  
In accordance with one or more aspects of a match, expand, and filter technique for multi-view stereopsis, features across multiple images of an object are matched to obtain a sparse set of...
US20120308611 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...
US20120308542 Method for Ameliorating or Preventing Arrhythmic Risk Associated with Cardiomyopathy by Improving Conduction Velocity  
A method for reducing arrhythmic risk associated with cardiomyopathy by improving conduction velocity, includes administering a composition containing NAD+ or a mitochondrial targeted antioxidant...