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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...
7928343 Microcantilever heater-thermometer with integrated temperature-compensated strain sensor  
The present invention provides microcantilever hotplate devices which incorporate temperature compensating strain sensors. The microcantilever hotplate devices of the present invention comprise...
7928286 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...
7927785 Methods for in vitro expansion of hematopoietic stem cells  
The invention relates to methods of obtaining compositions for generating multipotent hematopoietic stem progenitor cells comprising expansion of hematopoietic stem cells in the presence of HDACI...
US20110086845 Compositions and Methods for Treating Neurodegenerating Diseases  
This invention provides agents, compositions, pharmaceutical compositions and methods for treating or slowing the progression of a neurodegenerating disease, such as Alzheimer's disease and a...
US20110086352 Label Free Detection of Nucleic Acid Amplification  
Provided are methods and devices for label-free detection of nucleic acids that are amplified by polymerase chain reaction. A solution containing the components necessary for a PCR is introduced to...
7922939 Metal nanoparticle inks  
Stabilized silver particles comprise particles comprising silver, a short-chain capping agent adsorbed on the particles, and a long-chain capping agent adsorbed on the particles. The short-chain...
US20110080581 Discrete Frequency Spectroscopy and Instrumentation  
Described herein are spectrometers comprising one or more wavelength-selective filters, such as guided mode resonance filters. Some of the spectrometers described herein are configured for...
7919438 Method and system for treating a metalworking operation  
A method of cooling and lubricating an interface between a tool and a workpiece. A transiently stable emulsion is prepared including a water insoluble lubricant in water. The transiently stable...
US20110078834 Temperature-Dependent Nanoscale Contact Potential Measurement Technique and Device  
The present invention provides a microcantilever capable of independently measuring and/or controlling the electrical potential and/or temperature of a surface with nanometer scale position...
US20110073243 Drawing Process for the Continuous Fabrication of Nanofibers Made of a Variety of Materials  
Direct-write techniques are provided for the high speed (up to millimeter per second) and continuous fabrication of elongated nanostructures such as nanofibers. The nanofibers may be of an ionic...
7912212 Symmetric cryptosystem using cascaded chaotic maps  
A symmetric cryptosystem uses cascaded chaotic maps to encrypt plaintext and decrypt ciphertext. Received plaintext is encrypted using the cascaded chaotic maps to generate a ciphertext. The...
7910723 IG20 splice variants therapeutics for cancer  
Methods and compositions inhibit the growth of cancer cells by selectively down-regulating the expression of an IG20 splice variant including MADD. Specific knock-down of MADD splice variant...
7909971 Microfluidic electrochemical reactors  
A microfluidic electrochemical reactor includes an electrode and one or more microfluidic channels on the electrode, where the microfluidic channels are covered with a membrane containing a gas...
US20110065650 Methods of Inhibiting Tumor Cell Proliferation  
The invention provides methods for inhibiting tumor cell proliferation by inhibiting FoxM1B activity, expression, or nuclear localization in a tumor cell. The invention also provides methods for...
US20110064609 HIGH SURFACE AREA CERAMIC COATED FIBERS  
A method of manufacturing a ceramic coated fiber comprises heat treating an activated carbon coated fiber containing a ceramic precursor, to form a ceramic coated fiber.
US20110063718 Optical frequency up-conversion of femtosecond pulses into targeted single bands in the visible and ultraviolet  
An apparatus and methods for generating a substantially supercontinuum-free widely-tunable multimilliwatt source of radiation characterized by a narrowband line profile. The apparatus and methods...
US20110062014 PLASMA REACTOR  
A plasma reactor (10) is provided. The plasma reactor (10) includes a reaction chamber (12) formed by a wall (13). Proximate to the first end of the reaction chamber, the plasma reactor includes a...
7907272 Fiber optic spectroscopic digital imaging sensor and method for flame properties monitoring  
A system for real-time monitoring of flame properties in combustors and gasifiers which includes an imaging fiber optic bundle having a light receiving end and a light output end and a...
7906320 Fluorescence based biosensor  
A novel biosensor comprises at least one fluorophore and at least two quenchers, and is capable of selectively and specifically detecting the presence of an ion in the presence of other ions.
7904512 Methods and systems for computer based collaboration  
An exemplary method for computer based collaboration between a plurality of participants communicating over a data network comprises steps of receiving communications data with the computer, using...
7902353 Nucleic acid enzyme biosensors for ions  
Disclosed are compositions and methods for the sensitive and selective detection of ions using nucleic acid enzymes.
7901660 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...
US20110052630 Compositions and Methods Using Herpes Simplex Virus  
Provided herein are methods and compositions for use in treating HSV-related conditions and diseases.
7897635 HIV protease inhibitors  
Compounds useful for inhibiting HIV protease are disclosed. Methods of making the compounds, and their use as therapeutic agents, for example, in treating wild-type HIV and of multidrug-resistant...
US20110046074 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...
US20110044958 ACTIVATED MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS FOR THE PREVENTION AND REPAIR OF INFLAMMATORY STATES  
Inflammatory cytokines e.g. IFN-γ serve as initiating stimuli for MSC immunosuppressive activity in vivo. Other inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF alpha, the molecule hemoxygenase I, and TLR ...
7893035 Multicistronic constructs with siRNA to inhibit tumors  
Multicistronic short interfering RNA constructs targeting in various combinations a human urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), human urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA),...
7892804 Arabinitol dehydrogenases 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...
7892734 Aptamer based colorimetric sensor systems  
The present invention provides an aptamer-based calorimetric sensor system for determining the presence and optionally the concentration of an analyte in a sample. Methods of utilizing the sensor...
US20110041058 SYSTEM FOR CYBER INVESTIGATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT  
A system for executing a cyber investigation by a non-expert user, including a computer having a processor, a memory, and a display; a computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions...
US20110039980 Solvent-Promoted Self-Healing Materials  
A composite material includes a solid polymer matrix, a plurality of capsules and a liquid, in the capsules. The liquid includes from 50 to 100 wt % of a solvent, and from 0 to 50 wt % of a...
US20110037102 HYBRID PLASMA-SEMICONDUCTOR OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TRANSISTORS  
The invention provides combination semiconductor and plasma devices, including transistors and phototransistors. A preferred embodiment hybrid plasma semiconductor device has active solid state...
7888625 Method and apparatus for producing linearized optical signals with a light-emitting transistor  
A method for producing an optical output in substantially linear relationship with an electrical AC signal, includes the following steps: providing a light-emitting transistor having emitter, base,...