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US20110189353 Methods of Flavor Encapsulation and Matrix-Assisted Concentration of Aqueous Foods and Products Produced Therefrom  
Flavor encapsulation is generally performed by mixing flavor with a prolamin solution and drying the mixture into powdered forms of encapsulated flavor. In one embodiment, flavor and zein are...
US20110188629 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING PROPERTIES OF A COMPOUND  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an apparatus having a collimator having at least one aperture and a fluorescence detector. The collimator...
US20110187798 High Resolution Electrohydrodynamic Jet Printing for Manufacturing Systems  
Provided are high-resolution electrohydrodynamic inkjet (e-jet) printing systems and related methods for printing functional materials on a substrate surface. In an embodiment, a nozzle with an...
US20110181169 MICROCAVITY AND MICROCHANNEL PLASMA DEVICE ARRAYS IN A SINGLE, UNITARY SHEET  
An array of microcavity plasma devices is formed in a unitary sheet of oxide with embedded microcavities or microchannels and embedded metal driving electrodes isolated by oxide from the...
7985837 Two component Bacillus lantibiotic and methods for producing and using the same  
The present invention relates to two-component lantibiotics isolated from Bacillus sp. Methods for producing said lantibiotics are provided, wherein dehydration and cyclization of the peptides is...
US20110178799 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING SPEECH SOUNDS USING MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS  
Methods and systems of identifying speech sound features within a speech sound are provided. The sound features may be identified using a multi-dimensional analysis that analyzes the time,...
US20110178016 PULSE PARATHYROID HORMONE FOR TREATMENT OF THE HEMATOPOIETIC SYNDROME, STROMAL CELL LOSS, AND VASCULAR INJURY RESULTING FROM ACUTE EXPOSURE TO LETHAL RADIATION  
Currently there is no treatment for hematopoietic syndrome following radiation exposure. Exposed persons are presently treated with blood transfusions, growth factors such as G-CSF to promote...
US20110177118 Non-Simian Cells for Growth of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Virus  
Disclosed are compositions and methods relating to growth of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) using non-simian cells. In a particular example, porcine alveolar macrophage...
7982296 Methods and devices for fabricating and assembling printable semiconductor elements  
The invention provides methods and devices for fabricating printable semiconductor elements and assembling printable semiconductor elements onto substrate surfaces. Methods, devices and device...
US20110171813 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...
US20110171675 FRET-BASED MEMBRANE-TYPE 1 MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASE BIOSENSOR AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME  
The present invention is a novel FRET-based biosensor composed of ECFP and YPet fluorescent proteins operably linked via a MT1-MMP recognition sequence for use in the detection of cancer cells in a...
US20110171635 NUCLEIC ACID ENZYME BIOSENSORS FOR IONS  
Disclosed are compositions and methods for the sensitive and selective detection of ions using nucleic acid enzymes.
US20110171225 Novel Plasmodium Falciparum Gene Encoding Signal Peptide Peptidase and Method of Using Inhibitors Thereof for Inhibiting Malarial Infection  
This invention provides reagents, methods and pharmaceutical compositions for treating and preventing malaria. Specifically, the invention provides methods for inhibiting a Plasmodium parasite,...
US20110171193 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING PULMONARY HYPERTENSION  
Provided herein are methods and materials for treating pulmonary hypertension (PH) in a subject. Also provided herein is a method of diagnosing whether a has PH by detecting a PH marker. A PKG...
US20110171177 Compositions and Methods for Inhibiting Entry of a Hepatic Virus  
The present invention embraces Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 protein antagonists and agents that inhibit hepatic virus infection for use in the prevention and treatment of a hepatic virus infection.
US20110170225 High Resolution Printing of Charge  
Provided are methods of printing a pattern of charge on a substrate surface, such as by electrohydrodynamic (e-jet) printing. The methods relate to providing a nozzle containing a printable fluid,...
7979365 Methods and systems for interactive computing  
Methods and systems for creating a synthetic surrogate fitness function. User decisions are received representing fitness for a plurality of solutions. A partial ordering of the plurality of...
7978343 Nanoscale optical tomography based on volume-scanning near-field microscopy  
An apparatus and methods for nanoscale optical tomography based on back-scattering mode near-field scanning optical microscopy with a volumetric scan of the probe. The back-scattered data collected...
7976835 Methods and compositions for preventing and treating solid tumors  
Compositions and methods of preventing or treating a breast cancer are disclosed. The composition and method can utilize an endothelin B agonist and a chemotherapeutic agent as active ingredients...
7976789 Microfluidic device for preparing mixtures  
A microfluidic device for preparing a mixture, has a mixer. The mixer includes a plurality of chambers, each chamber having a volume of at most 1 microliter, a first plurality of channels, each...
7976748 Nano-molding process  
A nano-molding process including an imprint process that replicates features sizes less than 7 nanometers. The nano-molding process produces a line edge roughness of the replicated features that is...
US20110167115 TIE STRENGTH PREDICTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA FILTRATION  
A computer-implemented method of predicting tie strength between persons within a social media network includes: modeling tie strengths between a user of the social media network and connected...
US20110165631 ARABINITOL DEHYDROGENASE FROM NEUROSPORA CRASSA  
Stable and active arabinitol dehydrogenases (LAD) from Neurospora crassa and mutants thereof are disclosed. Arabinitol dehydrogenases are useful in the production of xylitol and ethanol from an...
US20110164639 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...
7973294 Methods and devices for characterizing particles in clear and turbid media  
The invention provides methods and devices for detecting, identifying, classifying and characterizing particles in a fluid sample. Optical analyzers are provided having a rotating and/or...
7973064 Method and composition for potentiating an opiate analgesic  
Composition and methods of treating pain and reducing or reversing tolerance to opiate analgesics are disclosed. The composition and method utilize an opiate analgesic and an endothelin antagonist...
7972875 Optical systems fabricated by printing-based assembly  
Provided are optical devices and systems fabricated, at least in part, via printing-based assembly and integration of device components. In specific embodiments the present invention provides light...
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...