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Microwave sterilization or pasteurization transport carriers and system

The present embodiments are directed to a processing system and transport carrier components for sterilization or pasteurization. In particular, an example embodiment includes a transport carrier for carrying one or more items to be sterilized or pasteurized, wherein the transport carrier includes a carrier base and one or more cross... Washington State University

Patient fluid absorption and estimation

A patient fluid absorption and estimation device includes an absorbent layer comprising an absorbent material and adapted to absorb fluids. The device's sensing layer includes piezoresistive element(s). The sensing layer abuts the absorbent layer such that changes in at the mass or shape of the absorbent layer cause a change... Washington State University

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 BPM protein. Such transgenic plants can, for example, be cultivated and yield higher seed oil production than control plants which have not... Washington State University

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 rate, and other vital signs, requiring no trained medical assistance or minimal assistance. In particular, methods and devices disclosed herein may require no dedicated medical resources, generate... Washington State University

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 action control, the diet action control comprising instructions to operate the client device to perform a diet change recommendation on the... Washington State University

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 Vis-NIR reflectance sensor, a load cell, a displacement sensor, and a moisture sensor. The reflectance data collected using the penetrometer... Washington State University

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 a metal or metal alloy and multiple layers of composite materials deposited on the surface of the substrate. The composite materials... Washington State University

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, binders or reinforcements to produce new cured solid composite products.... Washington State University

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 formulations comprising oxidants such as percarbonate and persulfate that efficiently destroy DNAPLs e.g. at sites requiring clean-up due to the presence of toxic DNAPL contaminants.... Washington State University

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 embodiments, the inorganic component possesses catalytic functionality to provide a detectable signal. In some embodiments, the catalytic inorganic component is or comprises a bimetallic... Washington State University

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.... Washington State University

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 conversion by different sized nanoparticles. The LSSCs are limited by a single parameter: the surface photon losses, which can be addressed by nanofabrication to implement anti-reflective... Washington State University

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 disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a binder composition includes an electrolyte solution that is ionically conductive, a polymeric material having a plurality of molecules mixed with... Washington State University

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.... Washington State University

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 discharged by subjection of the munitions structure to rapid impulsive loading and fragmentation in the presence of oxygen and/or nitrogen. A munitions structure... Washington State University

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 therapeutic or diagnostic conjugate for targeted cell-specific delivery. More specifically, the invention is focused on linkers used to deliver anticancer agents to specific... Washington State University

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 present in the entire thickness of the Sn film.... Washington State University

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 H2S in a controlled, predictable and sustained manner upon contact with an aqueous environment, such as the circulatory system of an animal,... Washington State University

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, and can thus be used to identify and/or treat, a male subject who has undergone chemotherapy are provided. The DMRs are used to screen for... Washington State University

Perturbation ion mobility mass spectrometry and the 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 spectrometer; perturbing the flow of the continuous gas phase ion beam within a perturbation time range so as to... Washington State University

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 introducing a first precursor material and a second precursor material into the deposition environment at or near the focal point of the... Washington State University

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, wherein the azo-containing aromatic epoxy units and alkylene diacid units are connected by ester linkages resulting from ring-opening esterification between the epoxy units and alkylene diacids, and... Washington State University

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 weight of at least one of: natural esters, synthetic esters, polyols, a vegetable oil, 1% up to... Washington State University

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 the maturation process while a decrease in activity slows or stops maturation.... Washington State University

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 prostate cancer antigens at early stages of prostate cancer development.... Washington State University

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 or more flying capacitors supply the power at a supply voltage to each of the switched capacitor voltage... Washington State University

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 cancer progression in a patient by analyzing the gene expression in a tumor sample obtained from the patient. In... Washington State University

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 a peroxygen compound and initializing, maintaining, or propagating degradation of the peroxygen compound with an oxygenated organic compound, thereby releasing oxidizing radicals. The method... Washington State University

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 second transistor individually having a base, a collector, and an emitter and a transformer having a first transformer inductor magnetically coupled to a... Washington State University

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 editing issued to create animals with insertions or deletions (indels) that inactivate or otherwise modulate NANOS gene activity so that resulting males lack... Washington State University

Novel machine learning approach for the identification of genomic features associated with epigenetic control regions and transgenerational inheritance of epimutations

A two-step (sequential) machine learning analysis tool is provided that involves a combination of an initial active learning step followed by an imbalance class learner (ACL-ICL) protocol. This technique provides a more tightly integrated approach for a more efficient and accurate machine learning analysis. The combination of ACL and ICL... Washington State University

Compositions of inorganic luminescent materials

Disclosed herein are material compositions that include a metal doped, alumina rich yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:M). Also provided according to embodiments of the invention are scintillator compositions that include Y3-xMxAl5+yO12+z, as a primary phosphor and wherein 0≦x<0.03, 0.001<y<0.2 and 0≦z<0.012, or 0≦x<0.01, 0.001<y<0.1 and 0≦z<0.0625 and M comprises elements selected... Washington State University

Robotic systems, methods, and end-effectors for harvesting produce

Robotic systems and specialized end-effectors provide for automated harvesting of produce such as fresh market apples. An underactuated design using tendons and flexure joints with passive compliance increases robustness to position error, overcoming a significant limitation of previous fruit harvesting end-effectors. Some devices use open-loop control, provide a shape-adaptive grasp,... Washington State University

Data-driven activity prediction

A physical environment is equipped with a plurality of sensors (e.g., motion sensors). As individuals perform various activities within the physical environment, sensor readings are received from one or more of the sensors. Based on the sensor readings, activities being performed by the individuals are recognized and the sensor data... Washington State University

Digital waveform manipulations to produce msn collision induced dissociation

A novel method and mass spectrometer apparatus is introduced to enable collision induced dissociation inside linear ion traps/guides or 3D ion traps based on digital waveform manipulation. In particular, using the device's digitally produced trapping waveforms to trap, isolate and energize the ions of interest creates a simplified and versatile... Washington State University

04/13/17 / #20170102408

Variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope

Unique methods and systems are introduced herein that is directed to a new class of Scanning Tunneling Microscope(s) (STM) for Solid Solution (SS) interface studies in which all mechanical components of the STM system are contained in a controlled-temperature and controlled-atmosphere chamber. This new design allows a user to do... Washington State University

03/16/17 / #20170074826

Two-phase approach to fourier transform ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry

The methods herein provide for analysis of ion populations. Certain aspects include: obtaining a first data set that includes: a first binary On-OFF frequency sweep across a range of frequencies resulting in a first raw data in the time domain and obtaining a second data set that includes: a second... Washington State University

02/23/17 / #20170049843

Hepatocyte growth factor mimics as therapeutic agents

Small molecule, peptidic hepatocyte growth factors mimics, which act as both mimetics and antagonists, have been generated. These molecules have been shown or predicted to have therapeutic potential for numerous pathologies including dementia, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, cancer, and defective wound healing.... Washington State University

02/16/17 / #20170043055

Materials with modified surfaces and methods of manufacturing

Various embodiments of surface-modified devices, components, and associated methods of manufacturing are described herein. In one embodiment, an implantable device suitable for being implanted in a patient includes an implantable material having a utile shape and a surface and a modification material deposited on at least a portion of the... Washington State University

02/16/17 / #20170044294

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 crosslinked superabsorbent polymer material. The method includes, but not limited to, introducing polymerizable unsaturated groups onto the natural polymer or its derivative... Washington State University

02/16/17 / #20170047917

Signal delay cells

In some examples, a circuit is described. The circuit may be included in a digital phase-locked loop (PLL) and may include a first delay cell, a second delay cell, and a delay controller. The first delay cell may include a first inverter circuit that includes first and second transistors and... Washington State University

02/02/17 / #20170028017

Novel microcin and uses thereof

Microcin MccPDI and bacteria harboring the mcpM gene which encodes MccPDI limit growth of and/or kill pathogenic bacteria such as pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) and/or Shigella bacteria via proximity-dependent inhibition (PDI).... Washington State University

02/02/17 / #20170033811

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 having an input coupled to an envelope signal and another input coupled to a threshold voltage signal, a de-multiplexer coupled to an output of the... Washington State University

01/26/17 / #20170023453

Particle-based drug detection methods

Disclosed herein are embodiments of methods for detecting the presence of and amount of drugs in a sample, particularly a particle sample obtained from a subject. In particular disclosed embodiments, the particle samples are skin particle samples, saliva particle samples, and/or mucous samples isolated from a subject and analyzed using... Washington State University

01/26/17 / #20170025672

Lithium-ion batteries with nanostructured electrodes and associated methods of making

Several embodiments related to lithium-ion batteries having electrodes with nanostructures, compositions of such nanostructures, and associated methods of making such electrodes are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method for producing an anode suitable for a lithium-ion battery comprising preparing a surface of a substrate material and forming a plurality... Washington State University

01/19/17 / #20170017298

Real time control of voltage stability of power systems at the transmission level

The embodiments provide for a method and system of automated online control of a power system's voltage stability or even provide quick suggestions for fast decision support to the system operators to ensure a desired voltage stable system when needed. An example embodiment includes estimating data representing system parameters of... Washington State University

10/05/17 / #20170283839

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 vectors. These vectors can then be used to transform various organisms, including for example, plants and yeast. The transformed organisms... Washington State University








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