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US20180010140 Plants Having Altered Expression and Activity of Yield-Related Proteins  
Transgenic plants that have enhanced yield-related traits, such as increased seed oil production, are produced by genetically engineering the plants to down-regulate the expression of at least one...
9865870 Batteries with nanostructured electrodes and associated methods  
Several embodiments related to batteries having electrodes with nanostructures, compositions of such nanostructures, and associated methods of making such electrodes are disclosed herein. In one...
US20180004913 SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR NUTRITION MONITORING  
An apparatus comprising a natural language processor, a mapper, a string comparator, a nutrient calculator, and a diet planning module, the diet planning module configured to generate a diet...
US20180000415 SELF-OPERABLE, NON-INVASIVE, NON-CONTACT BIO-SIGNAL MONITORING  
Unique methods and bio-imaging systems are introduced herein for self-automated self-operable biomedical devices and methods for bio-signal monitoring, such as electrocardiograms (ECG), heart...
9857825 Rate based failure detection  
This disclosure describes, in part, a system management component and failure detection component for use in a power grid data network to identify anomalies within the network and systematically...
9855684 Electrophoresis systems, devices, and associated methods of analysis  
Embodiments of electrophoresis systems, devices, and associated methods of analysis are described herein. In one embodiment, an electrophoresis device includes a first electrode having a first...
US20170370064 VIS-NIR EQUIPPED SOIL PENETROMETER  
Soil penetrometers capable of measuring soil reflectance along the direction of insertion of the penetrometer are provided. The penetrometer can house an array of sensors, such as, for example, a...
US20170362406 RECYCLED COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND RELATED METHODS  
Methods of producing particles of fiber and resin from fiber-resin composite materials are disclosed. The particles may be combined with a resin system and optionally combined with fillers,...
US20170361600 ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS WITH COMPOSITION GRADIENT  
Techniques of additive deposition for producing articles of manufacture are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an article of manufacture can include a substrate having a surface and composed of...
9846276 Low-cost fiber optic sensor for large strains  
A fiber grating device of low cost and arbitrary length is formed on a portion of a portion or the entirety of a highly elastic fiber optic core having a low Young's modulus of elasticity by...
US20170354837 DESTRUCTION OF DENSE NONAQUEOUS PHASE LIQUIDS (DNAPLS) USING A TIME-RELEASE FORMULATION  
Formulations and methods for destroying dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) using in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) are provided. In particular, the invention provides slow release...
US20170336398 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR ANTIGEN DETECTION INCORPORATING INORGANIC NANOSTRUCTURES TO AMPLIFY DETECTION SIGNALS  
The disclosure relates to antigen detection reagents and related methods, systems, and kits. The reagents comprise an antigen-binding molecule conjugated to an inorganic component. In some...
US20170324370 HIGH-PERFORMANCE PLANAR SOLAR CONCENTRATORS BASED ON NANOPARTICLE DOPING  
A light scattering-based solar concentrator (LSSC) uses high refractive index nanoparticles (NPs) as dopants to selectively scatter photons across the solar spectrum without spectroscopic...
US20170321340 METHOD OF ELECTROPLATING TIN FILMS WITH INDIUM USING AN ALKANESULFONIC ACID BASED ELECTROLYTE  
A method comprising incorporating indium into an entire Sn film for preventing the growth of whiskers from the Sn film, wherein the Sn film is applied to a metallic substrate.
9813088 Supply modulators with voltage and frequency partitioning  
Techniques to improve efficiencies of power amplifiers in wireless communication devices are described herein. In one embodiment, an envelope tracking supply modulator includes a pre-amplifier...
US20170317353 MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BINDERS FOR FORMING INTEGRATED ELECTRODES  
Various embodiments of binder compositions, electrodes incorporating the binder compositions, fabrication methods for the binder compositions, and energy storage devices having the electrodes are...
US20170304416 GENETICALLY MODIFIED BABESIA PARASITES EXPRESSING PROTECTIVE TICK ANTIGENS AND USES THEREOF  
The present invention relates to methods for stable transfection of Babesia parasites, and for vaccines conferring immunity against parasitic arthropods.
9795716 Resorbable ceramics with controlled strength loss rates  
Particular aspects of the present disclosure provide bio-resorbable and biocompatible compositions for bioengineering, restoring, or regenerating tissue or bone. In one embodiment, a biocompatible...
9790115 Processing biomass using thermochemical processing and anaerobic digestion in combination  
Systems and methods for integrating thermochemical processing of biomass and anaerobic digestion are provided. Light oxygenated organic compounds are produced as byproducts of thermochemical...
US20170283839 DESATURASES AND METHODS OF USING THEM FOR SYNTHESIS OF POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS  
The amino acid and nucleic acid sequences of a Δ5-desaturase enzyme and a Δ8-desaturase enzyme are disclosed. The nucleic acid sequences can be used to design recombinant DNA constructs and...
9777889 Vapor cooled shielding liner for cryogenic storage in composite pressure vessels  
A novel tank cryogenic-compatible composite pressure vessel that beneficially utilizes Vapor Cooled Shielding (VCS) is introduced to minimize thermal gradients along support structures and reduces...
9777381 Modified metal materials, surface modifications to improve cell interactions and antimicrobial properties, and methods for modifying metal surface properties  
The present disclosure is directed to modified metal materials for implantation and/or bone replacement, and to methods for modifying surface properties of metal substrates for enhancing cellular...
9775347 Methods to convert lignin to phenolic and carboxylate compounds  
A method of converting lignin to phenolic compounds and dicarboxylates in high yield is described. The method involves the use of peroxy acids to react with lignin at a moderated treatment...
9770759 Highly stretchable interconnect devices and systems  
Techniques for forming highly stretchable electronic interconnect devices are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an electronic interconnect device includes forming a...
US20170268856 HIGH-STRENGTH MUNITIONS STRUCTURES WITH INHERENT CHEMICAL ENERGY  
Munitions structures comprising one or more high strength reactive alloys, in particular reactive bulk metallic glasses, have significant amounts of inherent chemical energy. This energy may be...
US20170263541 MITIGATION OF WHISKER GROWTH IN TIN COATINGS BY ALLOYING WITH INDIUM  
A method comprising incorporating indium into an entire Sn film for preventing the growth of whiskers from the Sn film, wherein the Sn film is applied to a metallic substrate. The indium is...
US20170258936 Tunable pH-Sensitive Linker for Controlled Drug Release  
A novel acid labile linker for targeted delivery and/or controlled phosphoryl hydroxypropylglycine release of agents is introduced herein. There is further disclosed a method of developing a...
9762565 Spatial-light-modulator-based signatures of intrinsic and extrinsic scattering surface markers for secure authentication  
Unique methods and systems are introduced herein for the determination of unique spatial light modulator based optical signatures of intrinsic and extrinsic scattering surface markers. These...
US20170254778 PERTURBATION ION MOBILITY MASS SPECTROMETRY AND THE METHOD OF MEASURING ION MOBILITY OF SELECTED IONS  
The methods herein provide for analysis of ion populations. Certain aspects include: directing a continuous gas phase ion beam into an entrance of a drift tube configured within an ion mobility...
US20170253927 HERITABLE EPIGENETIC MODIFICATIONS AS MARKERS OF CHEMOTHERAPY EXPOSURE  
Provided herein are epigenetic modifications that are associated with prior exposure to chemotherapy agents. In particular, differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs) that are characteristic of,...
US20170253622 COMPOUNDS FOR PH-CONTROLLED RELEASE OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE  
The embodiments herein generally relates to compounds and methods for releasing H2S in a pH dependent manner. In particular, the invention provides compounds of various formulations which release...
9751823 Processes for making methacrylic acid  
Processes are described for making methacrylic acid via methacrolein from a biobased isobutene, wherein the biobased isobutene is prepared from ethanol or from acetic acid in the presence of a...
US20170247785 REACTIVE DEPOSITION SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS  
Techniques for reactive deposition are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes providing laser energy into a deposition environment, the laser energy having a focal point and...
9745591 Plants having altered expression and activity of yield-related proteins  
Transgenic plants that have enhanced yield-related traits, such as increased seed oil production, are produced by genetically engineering the plants to down-regulate the expression of at least one...
US20170240833 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE HYDRAULIC FLUID  
A novel hydraulic (e.g., a biohydraulic) fluid which has high performance attributes is disclosed herein. Such a novel hydraulic fluid includes a contribution of a range of 10% up to about 85% by...
US20170240811 STIMULI-RESPONSIVE LIQUID CRYSTALLINE NETWORKS  
Liquid crystalline network compositions comprising azo-containing aromatic epoxy units cross-linked with alkylene diacid units having alkylene segments containing at least one methylene unit,...
9734283 Genomic features associated with epigenetic control regions and transgenerational inheritance of epimutations  
CpG densities and sequence motifs that are characteristic of regions of DNA associated with epimutations and control of epimutations are provided. Such regions include, within approximately 400...
9724213 Nanocrystalline cellulose materials and methods for their preparation  
Disclosed herein are methods for producing nanocrystalline cellulose and oxidized nanocrystalline cellulose from biomass. Also disclosed are methods for forming materials, and the materials formed...
US20170212118 DUAL IONOPHORE ION SELECTIVE ELECTRODE FOR DETECTING NON-IONIC MOLECULES, MACROMOLECULES AND CELLS  
Biosensor and method of using the biosensors for the detection of prostate cancer are provided. The biosensors include a dual ionophore ion selective electrode for detecting very low levels of...
US20170208813 CONTROL OF RIPENING AND SENESCENCE IN PRE-HARVEST AND POST-HARVEST PLANTS AND PLANT MATERIALS BY MANIPULATING ALTERNATIVE OXIDASE ACTIVITY  
Methods of controlling the maturation of plants and/or plant products (e.g. fruit, vegetable, ornamentals, etc.) by manipulating Alternative Oxidase (AOX) activity. An increase in activity hastens...
9714341 Biodegradable polyester-based blends  
Compositions of biodegradable polymer blends and methods for making these polymers are disclosed. A polymer blend may have a composition of at least one biodegradable polyester present in about 50...
US20170207697 WEIGHTED VOLTAGE-CAPACITOR CLUSTERS WITH CLOUD-CHARGING FOR ULTRA-FAST VOLTAGE SCALING WITH NO CHARGE REDISTRIBUTION LOSS  
An on-chip power management system includes one or more processing cores and one or more switched capacitor voltage regulators, each supplying power at an output voltage to one of the cores. One...
9707283 Genetically modified babesia parasites expressing protective tick antigens and uses thereof  
The present invention relates to methods for stable transfection of Babesia parasites, and for vaccines conferring immunity against parasitic arthropods.
9702676 High strength munitions structures with inherent chemical energy  
Munitions structures comprising one or more high strength reactive alloys, in particular reactive bulk metallic glasses, have significant amounts of inherent chemical energy. This energy may be...
9695450 Desaturases and methods of using them for synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids  
The amino acid and nucleic acid sequences of a Δ5-desaturase enzyme and a Δ8-desaturase enzyme are disclosed. The nucleic acid sequences can be used to design recombinant DNA constructs and...
US20170183739 METHODS AND KITS FOR THE PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER  
Provided herein are methods for the prognosis of prostate cancer progression in a patient by analyzing the gene expression in a tumor sample obtained from the patient the prognosis of prostate...
US20170174540 OXIDATION OF CONTAMINANTS  
Various embodiments of contaminant removal systems, compositions, and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, a method for oxidizing a contaminant includes contacting the contaminant with...
9683070 Bio-based superabsorbents prepared via the macromonomer approach  
A novel bio-based superabsorbent polymer material based on a proteinaceous natural polymer is introduced herein. There is further disclosed a method for the manufacture of such a bio-based...
US20170170834 LOCAL OSCILATOR DISTRIBUTION AND PHASE SHIFTING CIRCUITS  
Electronic devices, local oscillator circuits, and methods for operating local oscillators are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a local oscillator circuit includes a first transistor and a...
US20170142942 NANOS KNOCK-OUT THAT ABLATES GERMLINE CELLS  
The present invention provides livestock animals and methods to create recipient animals for spermatogonial stem cell transplantation through modulation of the NANOS gene. In one embodiment genome...