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Use of elements for writing, drawing, marking, and/or painting devices, or cosmetic devices, or input devices

The use of an element for a writing, drawing, marking, and/or painting device, or cosmetic device, or input device for touch-sensitive surfaces, wherein the at least one element is a 3d-printed element. The at least one element has at least one main body and at least one structure. ... Mars Incorporated

Animal dentistry training apparatus

An animal dentistry training and assessment apparatus comprising a sectioned artificial tooth, comprising a crown portion and a furcate root portion, the furcate root portion comprising a plurality of roots; and a base comprising a receiving portion configured to receive and releasably retain each root of the furcate root portion. The sectioned artificial tooth is sectioned into a plurality of sections comprising one or more but not all of said roots of the furcate root portion and part of the crown portion, the plurality of sections being contiguous when the sectioned artificial tooth is received in the receiving portion.. ... Mars Incorporated

Systems and methods for magnetic guidance and patterning of materials

Systems and methods generally useful in medicine, cellular biology, nanotechnology, and cell culturing are discussed. In particular, at least in some embodiments, systems and methods for magnetic guidance and patterning of cells and materials are discussed. ... Mars Incorporated

Edible composition

A method of preparing a composite foodstuff is provided and comprises providing a core, providing a barrier composition and applying the barrier composition to at least a portion of the core and providing a fat based coating having a lower fat content than the core. The fat based coating is applied to the barrier coated cores. ... Mars Incorporated

Edible pet products and methods of making the same

A pet product comprising one or more natural colorants, and including or processed using one or more supercritical fluids is provided. The use of supercritical fluid not only can render the pet product with a more porous structure, it also can enhance the color provided by the natural colorants so that lesser amounts of colorants can be used while still providing a desired hue, shade or brightness.. ... Mars Incorporated

New biomarker for outcome in aml patients

. . The present invention relates to a method for predicting the survival time of a patient suffering from acute myeloid leukemia (aml) comprising i) determining in a sample obtained from the patient the expression level of nkp46 ii) comparing the expression level determined at step i) with its predetermined reference value and iii) providing a good prognosis when the expression level determined at step i) is higher than its predetermined reference value, or providing a bad prognosis when the expression level determined at step i) is lower than its predetermined reference value.. . ... Mars Incorporated

Heat transfer segment

A heat transfer segment for a curved heat exchanger, wherein the heat transfer segment comprises a plurality of enclosure bars that at least partially define two opposite ends of the heat transfer segment, wherein the two opposite ends define respective general planes, characterised in that: the enclosure bars are shaped and arranged such that the general plane of one end of the heat transfer segment is not parallel with the general plane of the other end of the heat transfer segment, such that when said heat transfer segment is joined to an adjacent heat transfer segment in an end-to-end fashion the enclosure bars the heat transfer segment may join to corresponding enclosure bars of the adjacent heat transfer segment.. . ... Mars Incorporated

Method of manufacturing a heat exchanger

A method of manufacturing a heat exchanger comprising a body and a support embedded within the body. The support comprises a different material and/or a different material structure to the body and hence has at least one material property which is different to that of the body. ... Mars Incorporated

Dietary composition for preventing, reducing, alleviating or treating idiopathic vomiting

The present invention relates to compositions containing plant materials or extracts with inhibitory effect on a 5-ht3a and/or nk-1 receptor for preventing or treating idiopathic vomiting.. . ... Mars Incorporated

Flow guide for heat exchanger

There is provided a flow guide for a heat exchanger structure, comprising one or more aerofoils configured to distribute a fluid across an inlet face of a heat exchanger structure.. . ... Mars Incorporated

Modification of n-terminal region of capsid proteins for enhanced properties of adeno-associated viruses

The present disclosure provide viral compositions and methods for modulating adeno-associated virus properties including transduction efficiency, virus capsid assembly, viral genome packaging, capsid stability and intracellular processing. Engineered adeno-associated viruses with modifications in the n-terminal region of the capsid proteins vp1 or vp2 are provided which have varying effects on viral properties including transduction efficiency. ... Mars Incorporated

Wireless ring type barcode reader

A wireless ring type barcode reader is sheathed on a user's finger and provided for a barcode scan operation. The barcode reader is turned on by using a non-mechanical start switch such as a capacitive proximity/touch switch, and a velcro wrap is installed at the bottom of the reader, and a pad is attached to the velcro wrap. ... Mars Incorporated

Heat exchanger monitoring system

A heat exchanger monitoring system includes a heat exchanger 11 capable of receiving a flow f of a working fluid therethrough. A first sensor 12 is disposed upstream of the heat exchanger 11 for measuring at least one property of fluid relating to an amount of contaminant material carried by a first flow entering the heat exchanger 11 and configured to output a first sensor signal indicative of the measured property of the fluid. ... Mars Incorporated

Writing, drawing, marking and/or painting utensil or cosmetics implement or input device for contact-sensitive surfaces, and method for producing the same

A writing, drawing, marking and/or painting utensil or cosmetics implement or input device for contact-sensitive surfaces, wherein the utensil/implement/device includes at least one shank element made of plastics material or a plastics-containing wood substitute. The at least one shank element has a surface, or in that the at least one shank element has a surface which is sheathed in a material layer having a cover surface. ... Mars Incorporated

08/09/18 / #20180220679

Methods of making aerated injection molded pet chews

Methods of making aerated pet treats and chews using one or more supercritical fluids are provided. The methods result in aerated pet treats and chews that have a lower density and increased oral care properties in comparison to treats of the same or similar composition that have not been processed using supercritical fluids.. ... Mars Incorporated

08/02/18 / #20180217406

Optical detector and filter employing resonant nano-/microparticles

In the field of photonic and opto-electronic components, an optical filter comprises a plurality of semi-conducting nano-/microparticles, exhibiting properties of electromagnetic resonance in the optical and near-infrared domain, arranged on a plane, characterized in that it furthermore comprises a layer with electrically adjustable optical index disposed on the surface formed by said nano-/microparticles and said plane; a first electrically insulating layer disposed on said layer with electrically adjustable optical index and an electrode disposed on said first electrically insulating layer.. . ... Mars Incorporated

08/02/18 / #20180216597

Electronic spark timing control system for an ac ignition system

A method of firing at least one spark plug of an internal combustion engine include supplying ac power to the spark plug in which the ac power has a waveform with a rising edge and a falling edge, activating the spark plug during the rising edge of the waveform, and deactivating the spark plug during the falling edge of the waveform. This method further includes connecting an engine control module and a vehicle power supply to at least one ac ignition coil and connecting the ac ignition coil to the spark plug or spark plugs. ... Mars Incorporated

08/02/18 / #20180216596

Electronic spark timing control system for an ac ignition system

A method of firing a spark plug of an internal combustion engine includes supplying ac power to the spark plug in which the ac power has a waveform with a rising edge and a falling edge, activating the spark plug during the rising edge of the waveform, and deactivating the spark plug during the falling edge of the waveform. This method further includes connecting an engine control module to an ignition coil and connecting the engine coil to the spark plug. ... Mars Incorporated

07/19/18 / #20180202727

Heat exchanger

There is provided a heat exchanger comprising: a conduit defining an inlet flow path for a fluid; a header disposed to receive a flow from the inlet flow path; a heat exchanger matrix disposed to receive a flow from the header; and a swirler disposed within the conduit and the header. The swirler is arranged to disperse a flow from the inlet flow path over the heat exchanger matrix. ... Mars Incorporated

07/19/18 / #20180199597

Solids in gravy food composition

The present invention relates to a method of making a semi-finished pet food as well as such a pet food as part of a process of making a ready-to-eat pet food. The invention also relates to the ready-to-eat pet food. ... Mars Incorporated

07/19/18 / #20180199592

Pet food product

The present invention relates to a composition comprising a mixture of blood and intestines. The invention also relates to a meat like chunk comprising such a composition and a moist pet food comprising such a meat like chunk. ... Mars Incorporated

07/12/18 / #20180195811

Heat exchanger assembly

Two side channels are for mounting the first heat exchanger. Each side channel defines a back and two side walls protruding from the back. ... Mars Incorporated

06/28/18 / #20180183041

Sulfur-containing carbon nanotube arrays as electrodes

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrodes that include a plurality of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and sulfur associated with the vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. The electrodes may also include a substrate (e.g., a porous nickel foam) and a carbon layer (e.g., graphene film). ... Mars Incorporated

06/28/18 / #20180179588

Stoichiometric tuning of nucleic acid hybridization probes by auxiliary oligonucleotide species

This invention describes a method of controlling the hybridization yield of nucleic acid probes by adjusting the relative concentrations of auxiliary oligonucleotides to the probes and the targets. The auxiliary oligonucleotide is partially or fully complementary to either the probe or the target, and is released upon hybridization of the probe to the target.. ... Mars Incorporated

06/28/18 / #20180177156

Edible animal chew

An edible animal chew is provided. The animal chew comprises a starch content of 50 to 75 wt %, a humectant content of 5 to 20 wt % relative to the total weight of the chew; and a density of from 0.4 g cm−3 to 1.0 g cm−3.. ... Mars Incorporated

06/21/18 / #20180175379

Germanium-containing carbon nanotube arrays as electrodes

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrodes that include a plurality of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and germanium associated with the vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. The electrodes may also include a substrate (e.g., copper foil) and a carbon layer (e.g., graphene film). ... Mars Incorporated

06/21/18 / #20180172361

Heat exchanger

A heat exchanger comprises a conduit with an interior surface which defines a first flow passage. A first plurality of fins project inwardly from the interior surface of the conduit. ... Mars Incorporated

06/21/18 / #20180172356

Profiled joint for heat exchanger

A secondary heat exchange surface channel portion for a heat exchanger 7 comprises multiple joints between adjacent channel portions 2a, 2b, 101, for redirecting flow of fluid along a tortuous path. One of the channel portions at each joint has a concave profiled edge face 120, thereby providing a gap 110 between adjacent channel portions. ... Mars Incorporated

06/21/18 / #20180170555

Ice protection system

A system for de-icing an aircraft structure or surface comprises an inert gas generating system comprising a catalyst for receiving fuel and oxygen and converting the fuel and oxygen to co2 and h2o in gaseous form, and a condenser for condensing the h2o to liquid form, the condenser providing heat to the aircraft structure or surface.. . ... Mars Incorporated

06/21/18 / #20180169300

Surface coating method to improve implantable device biocompatibility

Techniques for modifying the surface of implantable devices, such as bioprosthetic valves, to improve the biocompatibility of the implantable devices are provided. In particular, a customizable, non-fouling surface coating may be formed on the surface of implantable devices that improves the biocompatibility of the implantable devices and has the potential to further reduce the occurrence of complications for patients of all ages. ... Mars Incorporated

06/21/18 / #20180168208

Flavor compositions and pet food products containing the same

A flavor composition comprising at least one nucleotide derivative and/or at least one transmembrane compound that modulates, increases and/or enhances the activity of an umami receptor is provided that can be used to enhance the umami taste and/or palatability of food products. In certain, non-limiting embodiments, the flavor composition comprises at least one nucleotide derivative and/or at least one transmembrane compound, optionally at least one nucleotide, optionally at least one first amino acid, optionally at least one second amino acid.. ... Mars Incorporated

06/14/18 / #20180164323

Use of soluble cd146 as a biomarker to select in vitro-fertilized embryo for implantation in a mammal

The present invention relates to the field of human fertility treatment. The present invention more specifically relates to the identification of soluble cd146 (scd146) as a biomarker which, when measured in an embryo culture medium, can be used to determine whether the embryo can be selected for implantation in the uterus of a mammal or not. ... Mars Incorporated

06/07/18 / #20180157799

Methods and system for managing care plan of a patient

The disclosure is directed to a care plan management system that manages a care plan associated with an individual, e.g., a patient. The care plan is an electronic record of a treatment provided to the patient for various problem conditions. ... Mars Incorporated

06/07/18 / #20180156748

Portable device for measuring dielectric and/or magnetic characteristics of samples

A portable device includes first and second connectors capable of guiding an electromagnetic wave, a sample carrier installed between the first premier and second connectors and including a cavity housing a sample, an electronic module including an electromagnetic wave generator, and a processing system capable of analysing the electromagnetic wave exiting the second connector in order to deliver a first dielectric permittivity measurement and/or a second magnetic permeability measurement, a computer device including a control system capable of controlling the operation of the electronic module and of recovering each first or second measurement, and a portable container housing the first and second connectors, the sample carrier, the electronic module and the computer device.. . ... Mars Incorporated

06/07/18 / #20180156547

Heat exchanger

A heat exchange spacer is for assembly with a heat exchange core. The heat exchange spacer has a unitary body including a first elongate portion and a second elongate portion. ... Mars Incorporated

06/07/18 / #20180155634

Viscosity reduction of crude oil through structure determination of asphaltene molecule

Asphaltene may be effectively broken into smaller molecules by first elucidating the structure of the asphaltene and then developing a catalyst system based on the elucidated structure. The structure may be determined based on a series of analytical techniques including nmr, ftir, raman spectroscopy, xps, and ldi. ... Mars Incorporated

05/31/18 / #20180148746

Kas-iii free fa synthesis

The present disclosure describes a genetically engineered a kasiii-independent fatty acid biosynthetic pathway that makes use of the promiscuous nature of the rest of the fas enzymes (3-ketoacyl-acp synthetase, 3-ketoacyl-acp reductase, 3-hydroxyacyl acp dehydrase, enoyl-acp reductase) to bypass the kasiii step by providing a co-a precursor of two or higher than two carbons (such as the four carbon butyryl-coa) as the starting molecule. Since many coa-based starter molecules can be supplied for the fatty acid synthesis, much more diversified products can be obtained with various carbon-chain lengths. ... Mars Incorporated

05/24/18 / #20180142273

Iterative platform for the synthesis of alpha functionalized products

The use of microorganisms to make alpha-functionalized chemicals and fuels, (e.g. Alpha-functionalized carboxylic acids, alcohols, hydrocarbons, amines, and their beta-, and omega-functionalized derivatives), by utilizing an iterative carbon chain elongation pathway that uses functionalized extender units. ... Mars Incorporated

05/17/18 / #20180135059

Synthesis of omega functionalized products

The use of microorganisms to make omega- and/or omega-l-functionalized products through an iterative carbon chain elongation pathway that we call a reverse beta oxidation pathway. The pathway uses omega-functionalized coa thioesters as primers and acetyl-coa as the extender unit in a non-decarboxylative claisen condensation, and then uses beta oxidation or fatty acid synthesis enzymes to complete the cycle, via reductase, dehydratase and reductase reactions. ... Mars Incorporated

05/10/18 / #20180127730

Modified fatty acid biosynthesis with acp-dependent thiolases

Methods of using microorganisms to make chemicals and fuels, including carboxylic acids, alcohols, hydrocarbons, and their alpha-, beta-, and omega-functionalized derivatives are described. Native or engineered thiolases are used condense a growing acyl-acp and acetyl-acp in combination with type ii fatty acid synthesis. ... Mars Incorporated

05/10/18 / #20180127463

Desacetoxytubulysin h and analogs thereof

In one aspect, the present disclosure provides tubulysin analogs of the formula (i) wherein r1, r2, r3, r4, x1, x2, x3, and a1 are as defined herein. In another aspect, the present disclosure also provides methods of preparing the compounds disclosed herein. ... Mars Incorporated

05/03/18 / #20180120390

Electron paramagnetic resonance (epr) systems with active cancellation

An active cancellation system may be utilized to cancel interference, such as from transmitter leakage or self-interference in a transceiver of an electron paramagnetic resonance (epr) spectrometer. The active cancellation system may be inserted between the transmitter and receiver. ... Mars Incorporated

05/03/18 / #20180120327

Ultra high resolution mass spectrometry and methods of using the same

The presently disclosed subject matter provides methods for analyzing complex mixtures with ultra high resolution mass spectrometry. In particular, the presently disclosed subject matter provides methods for identifying and monitoring the presence of a compound within a complex mixture. ... Mars Incorporated

05/03/18 / #20180119183

Alpha omega bifunctional fatty acids

The present disclosure describes an engineered microorganism for producing alpha omega bifunctional c6-16 fatty acids from renewable carbon sources.. . ... Mars Incorporated

04/19/18 / #20180106561

Heat exchanger

. . A heat exchanger comprises a conduit defining an inlet flow path for a fluid; a heat exchanger matrix disposed to receive a flow from the inlet flow path; and a swirler disposed within the conduit and arranged to improve dispersion of a flow from the inlet flow path over the heat exchanger matrix.. . ... Mars Incorporated

04/19/18 / #20180104276

Compositions and methods for treating striated muscle injury, treating striated muscle atrophy and/or for promoting striated muscle growth

Compositions and methods for treating striated muscle injury, treating striated muscle atrophy, and/or for promoting straited muscle growth are provided and include administering zinc oxide nanoparticles to a subject in need thereof. The zinc oxide nanoparticles can be adminstered before, during, and/or after exposure to an injurious stimuli, such as radiation. ... Mars Incorporated

04/19/18 / #20180103658

Process for manufacturing a foodstuff

A process for manufacturing an animal feed in the form of pieces varied in size and irregular in shape is provided. The process comprises creating a solidified combined stream of material comprising stratified layers of first and second streams of material and cutting the solidified combined stream of material to form slices having a thickness of less than 6 mm. ... Mars Incorporated

04/12/18 / #20180103349

System and method for compressing high fidelity motion data for transmission over a limited bandwidth network

A system, method, and apparatus for compressing and transmitting motion data. The method comprises receiving high fidelity motion data from a motion sensing device, the high fidelity motion data including a plurality of motion data samples; transmitting the high fidelity motion data to a server; compressing the high fidelity motion data, wherein compressing the high fidelity motion data comprises identifying a subset of the motion data samples and generating a value representing the summary of activity based on the subset of the motion data samples; and transmitting the compressed high fidelity motion data to a server.. ... Mars Incorporated

04/12/18 / #20180103342

System and method for automatically detecting and initiating a walk

A system, method, and apparatus for detecting the start of a walk event. The method comprises identifying the location of a wearable device; determining if the wearable device has exited a geo-fence zone; confirming that a wearable device is in a walk mode if it is determined that the wearable device has exited a geo-fence zone and that the wearable device is not connected to a wireless network; enabling a gps receiver; continuously recording the location of the wearable device received from the gps receiver while the wearable device is in a walk mode; and transmitting the recorded location of the wearable device while the wearable device is in a walk mode.. ... Mars Incorporated

04/12/18 / #20180102630

High-voltage extender for connecting a spark plug to a high-voltage source

An extender for connecting a high-voltage source to a spark plug has a spring adapted to electrically connect with the high-voltage source and the spark plug, a tube having said spring positioned within an interior passageway thereof, and a boot affixed over an exterior of the tube. The boot is formed of a material having a rigidity less than a rigidity of a material of the tube. ... Mars Incorporated

04/12/18 / #20180100822

Heat exchanger

A heat exchanger system comprises a heat exchanger; and one or more sensor(s) for measuring characteristics of a fluid flow field across a cross-section of a flow path in the heat exchanger. Each of the one or more sensor(s) comprises multiple conductivity sensing elements distributed across multiple locations in an array extending over the cross-section of the flow path for obtaining measurements of the fluid flow field at the multiple locations.. ... Mars Incorporated

04/12/18 / #20180099790

Container

A container (10) to dispense a liquid such as sauce. The container (1.0) has a resilient deformable body (11) that may be compressed to dispense the liquid from the interior (55) of the body (11). ... Mars Incorporated

04/12/18 / #20180098525

Accessory assembly for coupling a unit to an animal band

Disclosed is an accessory assembly for coupling a unit to an animal band. In one embodiment, the accessory assembly comprises a support frame, the support frame including a locking gap positioned on one end of the support frame, a latch protrusion positioned on the other end of the support frame, a proximally positioned receiving aperture, and a plurality of strap retention structures configured for coupling to at least one strap, the straps configured for coupling to an animal band. ... Mars Incorporated

03/22/18 / #20180082172

Automated compilation of probabilistic task description into executable neural network specification

A mechanism for compiling a generative description of an inference task into a neural network. First, an arbitrary generative probabilistic model from the exponential family is specified (or received). ... Mars Incorporated

03/22/18 / #20180078642

Edible compositions

Edible compositions are provided and comprise a soluble mineral component and/or a phosphate component in amounts effective for use as an oral medicament. The soluble mineral component comprises one or more minerals selected from the group consisting of zinc, manganese, tin, copper, and mixtures thereof. ... Mars Incorporated

03/22/18 / #20180078214

Prediction method and dietary regime

The presently disclosed subject matter relates to methods of determining whether a canine animal is predisposed to being overweight in adulthood, and methods of preventing a canine animal from being overweight in adulthood. The present application also provides a diet or a dietary regime for use in preventing a canine animal from being overweight in adulthood.. ... Mars Incorporated

03/01/18 / #20180057444

Amination and hydroxylation of arylmetal compounds

In one aspect, the present disclosure provides methods of preparing a primary or secondary amine and hydroxylated aromatic compounds. In some embodiments, the aromatic compound may be unsubstituted, substituted, or contain one or more heteroatoms within the rings of the aromatic compound. ... Mars Incorporated

02/22/18 / #20180051277

Protection of barcodes during dna amplification using molecular hairpins

Described herein are approaches for the improved detection, identification, and/or quantification of target nucleic acids. These approaches provide a means of detecting, identifying, and/or quantifying rare target nucleic acid molecules, including dna and rna molecules, from the same sample, and in the same reaction, by using “hairpin barcode primers,” as the term is defined herein, to incorporate unique barcodes into target nucleic acids in a pcr pre-amplification step.. ... Mars Incorporated

02/15/18 / #20180047519

Graphene nanoribbon-based materials and their use in electronic devices

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making electrically conductive materials by applying nanowires and graphene nanoribbons onto a surface to form a network layer with interconnected graphene nanoribbons and nanowires. In some embodiments, the methods include the following steps: (a) applying graphene nanoribbons onto a surface to form a graphene nanoribbon layer; (b) applying nanowires and graphene nanoribbons onto the graphene nanoribbon layer to form the network layer; and (c) optionally applying graphene nanoribbons onto the formed network layer to form a second graphene nanoribbon layer on the network layer. ... Mars Incorporated

02/15/18 / #20180045472

Heat exchanger device

A multilayer heat exchanger device comprises: a stack of double sided plates arranged to provide multiple fluid flow paths separated by the plates; wherein the double sided plates each have an array of heat exchanger fins extending outward from both sides of a body of the plate into the fluid flow paths on either side of the plate; and wherein outer ends of the fins of the double sided plates are bonded on each side of the plates to the fins, or between the fins, of the adjacent plates. The double sided plates may be manufactured by etching.. ... Mars Incorporated

02/15/18 / #20180045469

Heat exchanger device

A multilayer heat exchanger device a frame constructed of multiple laminate layers that are bonded together. The device has a first fluid inlet manifold and a first fluid outlet manifold for connection to a supply and a return for the first fluid, the first fluid inlet manifold and the first fluid outlet manifold extending through the laminate layers of the frame; a second fluid inlet manifold and a second fluid outlet manifold for connection to a supply and a return for the second fluid, the second fluid inlet manifold and the second fluid outlet manifold extending through the laminate layers of the frame.. ... Mars Incorporated

02/08/18 / #20180041832

Blended passive microphone

A blended passive microphone includes a dynamic first microphone, a dynamic second microphone, and a blending circuit adjusting outputs of the dynamic first microphone and the dynamic second microphone.. . ... Mars Incorporated

02/01/18 / #20180030946

Ignition coil having a winding form

An ignition coil has a ferromagnetic core, a primary coil surrounding a portion of the core and wrapped helically with a conductor, a winding form having partitions extending outwardly of a tubular surface of the winding form, and a secondary coil wrapped on the winding form. The partitions define a plurality of annular coil chambers including central chambers and end chambers. ... Mars Incorporated

02/01/18 / #20180030438

Materials and methods for treatment of hemoglobinopathies

The present application provides materials and methods for treating hemoglobinopathies. More specifically, the application provides methods for producing progenitor cells that are genetically modified via genome editing to increase the production of fetal hemoglobin (hbf), as well as modified progenitor cells (including, for example, cd34+ human hematopoietic stem cells) producing increased levels of hbf, and methods of using such cells for treating hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell anemia and β-thalassemia.. ... Mars Incorporated

01/25/18 / #20180027201

Lensless imaging system using an image sensor with one or more attenuating layers

A lens-free imaging system for generating an image of a scene includes an electromagnetic (em) radiation sensor; a mask disposed between the em radiation sensor and the scene; an image processor that obtains signals from the em radiation sensor while the em radiation sensor is exposed to the scene; and estimates the image of the scene based on, at least in part, the signals and a transfer function between the scene and the em radiation sensor.. . ... Mars Incorporated

01/25/18 / #20180024098

Method and system for joint inspection

A method of inspecting a joint of a heat exchanger comprises: scanning the heat exchanger 10 with an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (emat) sensor 110 by scanning the emat sensor 110 over an area of the heat exchanger 10 in a scanning pattern; collecting data from the emat sensor 110; analysing the data; and determining a status of the joint based on the analysed data.. . ... Mars Incorporated

01/25/18 / #20180023825

Intelligent climate management system control systems and methods

The systems and methods described herein may automatically sense varying environmental factors in an area of interest managed by a climate management system. The systems and methods described herein may adaptively control motors, inlets, outlets, other components of the climate control system, time delay(s), hours of operation, etc. ... Mars Incorporated

01/11/18 / #20180012577

Capo with attachment mechanism and fretting action in separate offset planes

Embodiments of a capo and fretting component are described. In certain embodiments, the fretting component is threaded onto a crossbar configured to overlie the instrument strings when in use and to pivot with respect to the crossbar so as to contact and press the strings against a fret on the instrument neck. ... Mars Incorporated

01/11/18 / #20180010951

Meter stablizer

The disclosed invention is an apparatus for securely and adjustably associating a fluid meter a fluid meter test bench. The apparatus comprises two vertical support members each connected by a horizontal support element at one free end. ... Mars Incorporated

01/11/18 / #20180008957

Hydrated porous materials for selective co2 capture

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of capturing co2 from an environment by hydrating a porous material with water molecules to the extent thereby to define a preselected region of a plurality of hydrated pores and yet to the extent to allow the preselected region of a plurality of pores of the porous material to uptake gas molecules; positioning the porous material within a co2 associated environment; and capturing co2 by the hydrated porous material. In some embodiments, the pore volume of the hydrated porous material includes between 90% and 20% of the pre-hydrated pore volume to provide unhydrated pore volume within the porous material for enhanced selective uptake of co2 in the co2 associated environment. ... Mars Incorporated

01/11/18 / #20180008730

Multifunctional fluorescent and mri-active nanostructure

A magnetic resonance imaging (mri) enhancement agent includes a plurality of particles, each particle including: a metal core; a dielectric shell disposed on the metal core comprising at least one mri contrast agent; and a metal shell disposed on the exterior surface of the dielectric shell that encapsulates the dielectric shell.. . ... Mars Incorporated

01/04/18 / #20180002658

Hypothermic 3d bioprinting of living tissues supported by perfusable vasculature

The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for producing hydrogel matrix constructs. Methods of using hydrogel matrix constructs for tissue repair and regeneration and for the oxygenation of red blood cells are also disclosed.. ... Mars Incorporated

01/04/18 / #20180000980

Wound coverings comprising vitamin d and related methods

A wound covering is provided that comprises a substrate and vitamin d, or analogues or metabolites thereof, embedded in the substrate. Methods of making a wound covering are also provided and include the steps of providing a solution that includes a polymer; adding vitamin d, or analogues or metabolites thereof, to the solution to form a mixture; and forming one or more fibers from the mixture that are then embedded with the vitamin d, or analogues or metabolites thereof. ... Mars Incorporated

01/04/18 / #20180000128

Core and shell kibble-like product

A liquid core and shell product is provided. The product can have at least three layers: a solid food based material, a liquid-based substance, and an encapsulate material. ... Mars Incorporated

01/04/18 / #20180000123

Pet food feeding system

Compositions and methods are disclosed for providing a pet food feeding system or packaged product containing multiple formulations meeting a number of parameters in order to offer diversified ingredients and varied flavors to a pet with minimized digestive stress due to dietary changes.. . ... Mars Incorporated

01/04/18 / #20180000120

Interlocking kibble

Compositions and methods are disclosed for providing a pet food product comprising kibbles and one or more inclusions, such as dried fruits or vegetables. Specifically, the kibble may have one or more shapes to form an interlock, and/or the inclusions are oil-coated to provide for increased density and reduce the density differences between the inclusions and the kibbles, both features are useful for keeping an even distribution of kibbles and inclusions in a package or container.. ... Mars Incorporated

12/28/17 / #20170367387

Compounds that modulate fatty acid receptor activity and pet food products containing the same

A flavor composition comprising at least one compound that modulates, increases and/or enhances the activity of a gpr120 fatty acid receptor that can be used to enhance the fatty acid taste and/or palatability of pet food products is described herein. Also disclosed herein are methods for identifying said compounds.. ... Mars Incorporated

12/28/17 / #20170367367

Hybrid plant products from theobroma species and methods of making the same

Methods for hybridizing members of the theobroma genus, and particularly to methods for hybridizing theobroma cacao and theobroma grandiflorum are provided. Hybrid seeds, plants and plant parts thereof, obtained from these methods are also provided. ... Mars Incorporated

12/21/17 / #20170363377

Cleaning of a 3d printed article

The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for cleaning a 3d printed article, in particular a 3d printed heat exchanger. After 3d printing, an article may have internal passages formed from bonded powder and said passages may contain unbonded powder that needs to be removed before further use of/processing of the article. ... Mars Incorporated

12/21/17 / #20170360077

Ultrasonic rotary molding

The present disclosure describes an ultrasonic rotary molding system that is used to form edible compositions or food products as they move along a conveyor belt. The food products are formed by an ultrasonic rotary wheel that includes one or more cutting tools that cut, and perhaps three dimensionally mold, food product strips. ... Mars Incorporated

12/14/17 / #20170357238

Method and system for gauging and auto correcting geometric tolerances

A system and method for gauging and auto correcting geometric tolerances in respect of a work piece is disclosed. The method includes receiving and storing one or more desired in respect of a first work piece from a user. ... Mars Incorporated

12/14/17 / #20170357220

Methods and related systems of ultra-short pulse detection

Ultra-short pulse detection. At least some example embodiments are methods including: receiving by an antenna a series of ultra-short pulses of electromagnetic energy at a repetition frequency, the receiving creates a pulse signal; self-mixing or intermodulating the pulse signal by applying the pulse signal to a non-linear electrical device, thereby creating a modulated signal; and filtering the modulated signal to recover a filtered signal having an intermodulated frequency being the repetition frequency.. ... Mars Incorporated

12/14/17 / #20170356907

Methods for identifying modulators of calcium-sensing receptors

Methods for identifying compounds that modulate the activity and/or expression of a calcium-sensing receptor, wherein said compounds can be incorporated into flavor compositions that can be used to modify the kokumi taste and/or palatability of pet food products.. . ... Mars Incorporated

12/07/17 / #20170350661

Header plate for heat exchanger and method of making header plate for heat exchanger

A header plate includes slots to receive heat exchange tubes of a heat exchanger. Each slot includes a lip extending in a direction of the tubes. ... Mars Incorporated

12/07/17 / #20170348339

Compositions and method of use of a-type procyanidins

The invention relates to compositions, such as pharmaceuticals, foods, food additives, or dietary supplements, containing a-type procyanidins, and methods of use thereof, for prophylactic or therapeutic treatment of a human or a veterinary animal to treat or prevent no-responsive health conditions, treat hypertension, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease and/or vascular circulation disorders, prevent or reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure and/or kidney failure, or to improve blood flow, for example renal blood flow. The composition may optionally contain an additional no modulating agent and/or a cardiovascular-protective or therapeutic agent, or may be administered in combination with such an agent.. ... Mars Incorporated

11/30/17 / #20170342578

A new class of electrocatalysts

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to electrocatalysts that include a surface and a plurality of catalytically active sites associated with the surface. The catalytically active sites include individually dispersed metallic atoms that are associated with heteroatoms. ... Mars Incorporated

11/30/17 / #20170340504

Exoskeleton for assisting human movement

The invention relates to an exoskeleton for assisting human movement, which can be fitted to the user in terms of dimensions, tension and ranges of joint motion, either manually or automatically. Said exoskeleton can be fitted to the user in the anteroposterior direction in the sagittal plane, with the user in a horizontal or sitting position, without requiring a functional transfer. ... Mars Incorporated

11/30/17 / #20170339987

Acidified proteinaceous beverages and compositions

Proteinaceous beverages and compositions comprising a cocoa extract which comprises cocoa polyphenols, an edible acid and a stabilizer and processes for formulating said beverages and compositions, shelf-stable proteinaceous beverages and compositions that do not require refrigeration and/or beverages and compositions wherein the cocoa polyphenols have an extended shelf life.. . ... Mars Incorporated

11/23/17 / #20170338589

Semi-rigid high-voltage extender

An extender for connecting a high-voltage source to a spark plug has a conductive member, a tube having an interior passageway in which the conductive member is positioned therein, and a boot affixed over an exterior of the tube. The boot is formed of a material having a rigidity less than a rigidity of a material of the tube. ... Mars Incorporated

11/23/17 / #20170336185

Target assignment projectile

A system for communicating with a projectile in flight toward an intended target includes a barrel-launched projectile and a remote receiver. The barrel-launched projectile includes an ordnance portion, an active communications apparatus and an onboard speed control. ... Mars Incorporated

11/23/17 / #20170336156

Method and system for thermographic analysis

A method for thermographic analysis of a heat exchanger comprises: applying vibrations to the heat exchanger as a part of a vibration testing process; capturing a thermographic image of at least a portion of the heat exchanger whilst the heat exchanger is undergoing vibrations; analysing the thermographic image; and determining a status of the heat exchanger based on the analysis of the image.. . ... Mars Incorporated

11/23/17 / #20170332669

Extruded pet food product

The present invention relates to an extruded pet food product for use in pet animal health. The present invention relates to an extruded packaged pet food product containing from over 15% to 30% moisture, from 11% up to 45% carbohydrate, fat and protein, an aw of over 0.7, for use in pet animal health. ... Mars Incorporated

11/23/17 / #20170332667

Extruded pet food product

The present invention relates to an extruded pet food product which enables satiety to be improved in a pet animal. The present invention relates to an extruded packaged pet food product containing from over 15% to 30% moisture, from 11% up to 45% carbohydrate, fat and protein, an aw of over 0.7 and a density in the range of 250 to 300 g/l, for use in achieving satiety in a pet animal. ... Mars Incorporated

10/26/17 / #20170305587

Pouch residual air reduction device

The present disclosure relates to removing residual air in a packaged product. In particular, the present disclosure is directed to a residual air reduction device and to methods of using such device to reduce the amount of residual air in a packaged product. ... Mars Incorporated

10/12/17 / #20170292799

Method and system for thermographic analysis

A method for thermographic analysis of a heat exchanger having at least a primary and a secondary fluid path and a system to perform the analysis. The method includes: heating and cooling of the heat exchanger in a heat exchanger cycle by passing fluid through the heat exchanger fluid paths; capturing a thermographic image of at least a portion of the heat exchanger; analysing the thermographic image; and determining a status of the heat exchanger based on the analysis of the image.. ... Mars Incorporated

10/12/17 / #20170292199

Method for controlling at least one gas bubble produced in a localised manner

The invention concerns a method for controlling at least one gas bubble produced in a localised manner in a medium (3′) allowing the movement of said at least one gas bubble, characterised in that it comprises a step consisting of generating at least one ultrasound burst towards said at least one gas bubble, said at least one burst being emitted for a burst duration at least partially covering a duration during which said gas is effectively being produced.. . ... Mars Incorporated

10/12/17 / #20170291759

Capsules, apparatus and methods for preparing a beverage

A beverage preparation capsule containing a beverage preparation ingredient, having a body with side walls formed from one or more substantially air- and liquid-impermeable sheet materials defining a chamber containing a beverage preparation ingredient and further defining an outlet channel having an upstream end in fluid communication with the chamber for escape of beverage from the chamber. At least a region of the outlet channel is filled by a filtration material for filtering the beverage escaping from the chamber. ... Mars Incorporated

10/12/17 / #20170291293

Handle assembly for trowel

A handle assembly for a trowel. The handle assembly includes a handle body, and a grip mounted on and surrounding the handle body to provide a grip surface for a user of the trowel. ... Mars Incorporated

10/05/17 / #20170284357

Forced frequency ignition system for an internal combustion engine

An ignition system for an internal combustion engine has a power source, a transformer having first and second primary windings and a secondary winding, a connector extending from the secondary winding and adapted so as to connect with a terminal of the spark plug of the internal combustion engine, and electronic spark timing circuit cooperative with the transformer so as to activate and deactivate voltage to the first and second primary windings. The first and second primary windings are connected to the power source such that the transformer produces an alternating voltage output from the secondary winding of between 1 khz and 100 khz and a voltage of at least 20 kv. ... Mars Incorporated

09/21/17 / #20170267397

Display tray with support column and apertures

An apparatus to display packaged products that includes a base that includes a bottom segment, at least two supporting segments, and a top segment, the top segment provided with a plurality of apertures and supported at least in part by the at least two supporting segments such that the bottom segment and the top segment are generally parallel; and at least two side portions, at least one of said side portions comprising a support column, the at least two side portions being generally perpendicular to the bottom segment and the top segment. Methods of assembling the apparatus are also provided.. ... Mars Incorporated

09/21/17 / #20170267154

Double flanged off-set valve assembly

A valve assembly for mounting a pump to a storage tank of a vehicle includes an upper flange, a lower flange, and a wall extending axially between the upper flange and the lower flange, the lower flange being offset by the wall relative to the upper flange to facilitate installation of the pump on the vehicle.. . ... Mars Incorporated

09/07/17 / #20170252018

Sampling device

The present invention relates to a sampling device 100. The sampling device 100 comprises a separate compartment 110 that is ejected creating an increased space or volume for a sample to be stored. ... Mars Incorporated

09/07/17 / #20170252017

Sampling device

The present invention relates to a sampling device 100. The sampling device 100 comprises a separate compartment 110 that is ejected creating an increased space or volume for a sample to be stored. ... Mars Incorporated

09/07/17 / #20170252016

Sampling device

The present invention relates to a sampling device 100. The sampling device 100 comprises a separate compartment 110 that is ejected creating an increased space or volume for a sample to be stored the sampling device 100 of the present invention is suitable for collecting a sample in an aquaculture environment, enclosed system or in the gastrointestinal tract of a human or an animal. ... Mars Incorporated

08/31/17 / #20170250793

Impulse sampler architecture and active clock cancellation architecture

A novel nonlinear impulse sampler is presented that provides a clock sharpening circuit, sampling stage, and post-sampling block. The clock sharpening circuit sharpens the incoming clock while acting as a buffer, and the sharpened clock is fed to the input of the sampling stage. ... Mars Incorporated

08/31/17 / #20170249933

Sound attenuation device and method

An attenuation device for attenuating sound waves, and a corresponding system and method, generated by a source emitting sound waves having frequencies between f1 and f2 and wherein the pressure levels are between n1 and n2. The attenuation device comprising at least one acoustic absorber comprising at least one non-linear membrane; the attenuation device being configured in such a way that the first face of the absorber is in acoustic communication with the source. ... Mars Incorporated

08/31/17 / #20170248380

Mounting assembly for mounting heat exchanger

A mounting assembly for mounting a heat exchanger comprises an elongate member defining a screw threaded axial bore at each end, and a bolt for each screw threaded bore. The assembly further comprises two elastomeric parts each being substantially top hat shaped and defining an axial bore to receive one end of the elongate member, such that the assembly can be mounted between two apertured mounting parts by arranging the heat exchanger between the mounting parts, with the elongate member received in a bore through the heat exchanger, and tightening the bolts so that the mounting part is clamped between the end of the elongate member and the bolt head, with the elastomeric parts mounting the mounting assembly in the heat exchanger bore so that resilient compression of the elastomeric parts allows movement of the heat exchanger with respect to the elastomeric parts.. ... Mars Incorporated

08/31/17 / #20170246592

Use of surface modified porous membranes for fluid distillation

In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to systems and methods for distilling a fluid by exposing the fluid to a porous membrane that includes a surface capable of generating heat. In some embodiments, the heat generated at the surface propagates the distilling of the fluid by converting the fluid to a vapor that flows through the porous membrane and condenses to a distillate. ... Mars Incorporated

08/31/17 / #20170245519

Confectionery production

The invention provides a sugar composition for use in the manufacture of foodstuffs, said composition comprising a suspension of a fine sugar having a mean particle size of less than 30 microns in glucose syrup. This composition allows for energy efficient production of products including frappe, and methods as well as apparatus used in these methods form further aspects of the invention.. ... Mars Incorporated

08/24/17 / #20170243668

Carbon nanotube-coated substrates and methods of making the same

Various embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making carbon nanotube-coated substrates by dissolving carbon nanotubes in a solvent to form a carbon nanotube solution; and coating a surface of a substrate with the carbon nanotube solution to form one or more carbon nanotube layers on the surface of the substrate. The carbon nanotube solution may include a superacid solvent. ... Mars Incorporated

08/24/17 / #20170242091

Intergrated electron spin resonance spectrometer

An integrated electron spin resonance (esr) circuit chip includes a chip substrate, a transmitter circuit, and a receiver circuit. The transmitter circuit and receiver circuit are disposed on the chip substrate. ... Mars Incorporated

08/17/17 / #20170234608

Refrigerated storage unit

A refrigerated storage unit 1 includes: a refrigeration chamber s2, a refrigeration part 3 for cooling air inside the refrigeration chamber s2, a fan 4 for sending cold air cooled by the refrigeration part 3 into the refrigeration chamber s2, a temperature sensor 5 for detecting a temperature inside the refrigeration chamber s2, an infrared sensor 8 for detecting a temperature of a content provided inside the refrigeration chamber s2, and a control part 7 for controlling driving of the fan based on a result detected by at least one of the temperature sensor 5 and the infrared sensor 8.. . ... Mars Incorporated

08/17/17 / #20170232782

Writing, drawing, marking and/or painting utensil or cosmetics implement or input device for contact-sensitive surfaces, and method for producing the same

A writing, drawing, marking and/or painting utensil or cosmetics implement or input device for contact-sensitive surfaces, wherein the utensil/implement/device includes at least one shank element made of plastics material or a plastics-containing wood substitute. The at least one shank element has a surface or in that the at least one shank element has a surface which is sheathed in a material layer having a cover surface. ... Mars Incorporated

08/10/17 / #20170229947

Needle winding machine, particularly for winding poles arranged inside a cylindrical surface

A needle winding machine, particularly for winding poles arranged inside a cylindrical surface, the machine comprising a main supporting structure that supports at least one spindle that is extended around an axis and is provided, at an axial end thereof, with a head that supports a wire guiding tube; the spindle can move on command parallel to its own axis and can rotate on command about its own axis with respect to the main supporting structure; the wire guiding tube can rotate on command, with respect to the remaining part of the spindle, about a rotation axis that is substantially perpendicular to the axis of the wire guiding tube and can move on command, with respect to the remaining part of the spindle, along a direction that is oriented radially with respect to the axis of the spindle.. . ... Mars Incorporated

08/10/17 / #20170225823

Shelf ready display for packaged food products

Packaging containers suitable for the transport, storage and retail display of individually packaged products are provided. The packaging container comprises a base having or being provided with an upper surface sloped from a back end to a front end thereof. ... Mars Incorporated

08/03/17 / #20170217770

Method for producing high-purity hydrogen gas and/or nanomagnetite

The disclosure relates to a method for producing hydrogen gas and/or magnetite comprising the steps of reacting a wüstite-containing material, such as steel slags, with h2o at a temperature ranging from 150° c. To 500° c., cooling down the gaseous reaction product to separate hydrogen gas from water steam and collecting hydrogen gas, and recovering magnetite from the solid reaction product.. ... Mars Incorporated

07/27/17 / #20170211890

Heat exchanger system

A heat exchanger system includes a radiator and a charge air cooler. The charge air cooler includes two interconnected cores, being a first core mounted next to the radiator and a second core mounted upstream of the radiator so that air output from the first core does not pass through the radiator.. ... Mars Incorporated

07/27/17 / #20170210699

Preparation and biological evaluation of viridicatumtoxin analogs

In one aspect, the present invention provides novel derivatives of viridicatumtoxin of the formula wherein the variables are as defined herein. The application also provides compositions, methods of treatment, and methods of synthesis thereof.. ... Mars Incorporated

07/27/17 / #20170208838

Long-lasting pet food

The present disclosure provides a pet food, comprising: a) a pet food core, b) one or more active layers surrounding all, or a portion of, the pet food core, and c) an outer layer at least partially surrounding the active layer, wherein the outer layer comprises a fat and/or a pallatant, wherein the active layer may comprise one or more of an antioxidant compound and a pro-oxidant compound. The active layer may be enriched with the pro-oxidant mineral compared to the pet food core, and/or the pet food core and the active layer may have different total concentrations of antioxidant compounds and/or the pet food core and the active layer may comprise different antioxidant compounds and/or the same antioxidant compounds in different concentrations.. ... Mars Incorporated

07/20/17 / #20170204721

Systems and methods for fracture mapping via frequency-changing integrated chips

Systems and methods for fracture mapping may utilize frequency changing to aid in providing high-resolution mapping. Integrated chips may be injected into a well and dispersed into a formation. ... Mars Incorporated

07/20/17 / #20170204719

Systems and methods for monitoring cement quality in a cased well environment with integrated chips

A well monitoring system may provide a plurality of integrated chips dispersed in cement surrounding a well casing. Each of the integrated chips may provide energy harvesting circuitry, em transceiver, modulator, additional sensor(s), processor or microprocessor, memory, power source, or the like. ... Mars Incorporated

07/13/17 / #20170196927

Composition for arthritis, mobility and delay ageing

The present invention relates to a composition comprising green tea extract, collagen and chondroitin. Such a composition can be used for use in treating or preventing arthritis, for increasing life expectancy in an animal, for preventing signs of aging, for use in preserving mobility or preventing decline in mobility in an animal and in a method for making such compositions. ... Mars Incorporated

07/13/17 / #20170196246

Legume-based food products

The present invention, in an embodiment, is a product having an outer shell and an inner filling. In the embodiment, each of the outer shell and inner filling include a legume and an additive such as vitamins and minerals. ... Mars Incorporated

07/06/17 / #20170190491

Array or bandoleer of packaged products

The invention relates to a packaged product 3 or group of products 33, such as a candy, wherein said product 3 or group of products 33 has an elongated form, wherein the package comprises at least one film 1,2 which encloses said product 3 or group of products 33, and wherein part of said film 1,2 extends from at least one outer end of the product 3 or group of products 33, and wherein said part of the film is bent away from the direction of the axis of the elongated product or group of products back towards a part of the film 2 that surrounds the product 3 and is bonded therewith. The invention also relates to an easy opening arrangement for packaged products, and to an array 19 or bandoleer of products with reduced packaging material.. ... Mars Incorporated

07/06/17 / #20170189175

Artificial, flexible valves and methods of fabricating and serially expanding the same

One aspect of the invention provides an artificial, flexible valve including: a stent defining a wall and a plurality of leaflets extending from the wall of the stent. The plurality of leaflets form a plurality of coaptation regions between two adjacent leaflets. ... Mars Incorporated

06/29/17 / #20170183639

Cardiotonic steroid antagonists and related methods

. . Non-naturally occurring peptides are provided that act as a src sh2 domain antagonist of cardiotonic steroids. Pharmaceutical compositions comprising the peptides are also provided along with vectors encoding the peptides. ... Mars Incorporated

06/29/17 / #20170181450

Single-serve cat food product and methods for same

Cat food products are provided. The cat food product may comprise a single sealed container comprising 10 g to 40 g of a complete and balanced semi-moist or wet cat food, or may comprise a plurality of such sealed containers. ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170179526

Novel polymers containing grafted bis(sulfonyl)imide sodium or lithium salts, methods for production thereof and uses of same as electrolytes for batteries

The invention relates to novel polymers containing grafted sodium or lithium bis(sulfonyl)imides, to the methods for the production thereof, and to the uses of same as electrolytes in batteries.. . ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170179518

Production and use of flexible conductive films and inorganic layers in electronic devices

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to methods of making conductive films by associating an inorganic composition with an insulating substrate, and forming a porous inorganic layer from the inorganic composition on the insulating substrate. The inorganic layer may include a nanoporous metal layer, such as nickel fluoride. ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170178539

Providing information to a user through somatosensory feedback

A hearing device may provide hearing-to-touch sensory substitution as a therapeutic approach to deafness. Through use of signal processing on received signals, the hearing device may provide better accuracy with the hearing-to-touch sensory substitution by extending beyond the simple filtering of an incoming audio stream as found in previous tactile hearing aids. ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170176466

Method

A method is provided, comprising feeding a cat a foodstuff comprising a protein to fat ratio of 1:0.27 to 1:0.63 on a gram:gram as fed or dry matter basis, and measuring the level of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (gip) in a blood sample from the cat before and after feeding the foodstuff. A reduction in gip levels and/or maintaining low levels of gip post-prandially is indicative of a foodstuff useful in preventing accumulation of and/or reducing body fat in a cat and therefore controlling the body weight of a cat.. ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170172953

Self-assembling drug delivery vehicles with ionically cross-linked drugs

A composition and system for delivering a therapeutic agent is provided. The composition includes a self-assembling peptide ionically cross-linked with a charged therapeutic agent. ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170172178

Process for making a pet food in the form of a coated kibble

A process of making a pet food include providing a core pellet; providing at least one coating material; applying the coating material to the core pellet to form a coated kibble using a continuous fluidizing mixer; wherein application of the coating material occurs at a froude number range of from about 0.8 to about 3 and a peclet number greater than about 6.. . ... Mars Incorporated

06/22/17 / #20170172172

Heat resistant confections

The present invention provides a heat resistant fat based confection wherein at least a portion of a natural and/or artificial sweetener or milk or cocoa solids component thereof has an average particle size of greater than 50 microns. Premixes are also provided including the unmilled sweetener or milk or cocoa solid and a polyol are also provided, and in those embodiments wherein the premixes are used to prepare the fat based confection, heat resistance of the same may be further enhanced. ... Mars Incorporated

06/15/17 / #20170170516

Novel polymers containing sulfonamide sodium or lithium salts, methods for production thereof and uses of same as electrolytes for batteries

The invention relates to novel polymers containing grafted sodium or lithium sulphonamides, production methods thereof and uses of same as electrolytes in batteries.. . ... Mars Incorporated

06/08/17 / #20170156376

Packaged food products

A method for the production of a stabilized packaged food product comprising the steps of: filling a tray with a predetermined quantity of a food starting material; introducing the tray into a pressure vessel and conveying the tray through the pressure vessel while performing the following steps in sequence inside the pressure vessel: (i) treating the food starting material with high-temperature pressurized steam to sterilize the material, and (ii) dosing the sterile food material inside said tray with a predetermined amount of sterile water; and (iii) applying a lid to the tray to seal the food product inside the tray while maintaining the tray in a sterile environment. Suitable food starting materials comprise starchy food products, such as rice, wheat or pasta, and/or meat or vegetable pieces. ... Mars Incorporated

06/08/17 / #20170156363

Flavor compositions containing potassium salts

A flavor composition containing at least one, two, or more potassium salt(s) that can be used to enhance an alkalized cocoa flavor profile of edible compositions including sweet goods, such as fat-based confections comprising chocolate or chocolate liquor.. . ... Mars Incorporated

06/01/17 / #20170152324

Antigen binding formats for use in therapeutic treatments or diagnostic assays

The present invention relates to antigen binding formats for use in therapeutic treatments or diagnostic assays. The present invention relates to an antigen-binding format consisting of:—a first fusion protein wherein the ch1 constant domain of an antibody is fused i) by its n-terminal end to the c-terminal end of a variable domain of an antibody and ii) by its c-terminal end to the n-terminal end of a variable domain of an antibody and,—a second fusion protein wherein the cl constant domain of an antibody is fused by its n-terminal end to the c-terminal end of a variable domain of an antibody.. ... Mars Incorporated

06/01/17 / #20170152145

Bandgap engineering of carbon quantum dots

Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to scalable methods of producing carbon quantum dots with desired bandgaps by the following steps: exposing a carbon source to an oxidant at a reaction temperature, where the exposing results in the formation of the carbon quantum dots; and selecting a desired size of the formed carbon quantum dots. In some embodiments, the selecting occurs by at least one of separating the desired size of the formed carbon quantum dots from other formed carbon quantum dots; selecting the reaction temperature that produces the desired size of the formed carbon quantum dots; and combinations of such steps. ... Mars Incorporated

05/11/17 / #20170129681

Packaging for confectionery products

A package for a confectionery item, said package comprising a film or wrap which encases the confectionery item and wherein opening means are provided in said package, the opening means comprising at least one transverse and one substantially perpendicular score lines defining a removable portion or releasable flap, and wherein the opening means are positioned such that opening thereof exposes a bite size portion of the confectionery item. Methods for constructing the packaging and products incorporating it form further aspects of the invention.. ... Mars Incorporated

05/11/17 / #20170127686

Forced moisture evacuation for rapid baking

A baking device is provided. The baking device includes a housing enclosing a baking compartment and an air handling compartment, the air handling compartment and the baking compartment being separated by a pressure panel that defines a rear wall of the baking compartment, the pressure panel including an aperture allowing fluid communication between the baking and air handling compartments. ... Mars Incorporated

05/04/17 / #20170122439

Valve assembly

A valve assembly comprises a housing having a first chamber, a second chamber, and a valve seat disposed between the first and second chambers. A valve head is disposed in the housing and is moveable relative to the housing between an open position spaced from the valve seat and a closed position engaged with the valve seat. ... Mars Incorporated

05/04/17 / #20170121100

Adjustable suspended roll packaging system

A base platform carrying a plurality of lower rail members on an upper surface. A pair of opposing laterally spaced end plates engaging the lower rail members. ... Mars Incorporated

05/04/17 / #20170119010

Confectionery product

A confectionery item comprising at least two elongate fingers each of which comprises a filling encased within a chocolate layer or shell, wherein at least one of said fingers comprises a first filling and at least one other of the said fingers comprises a second filling which is different from said first filling, wherein the fingers are arranged in parallel to each other and conjoined along the length by means of the chocolate layer or shell and wherein the fingers are castellated or segmented along the length thereof. Methods for making the items and products comprising them are also described and claimed.. ... Mars Incorporated

04/27/17 / #20170113183

Process and system for removing sulfur dioxide from flue gas

Processes and systems for producing potassium sulfate as a byproduct of a desulfurization process. Sulfur dioxide is absorbed from a flue gas using an ammonia-containing solution to produce an ammonium sulfate solution that contains dissolved ammonium sulfate. ... Mars Incorporated

04/20/17 / #20170110283

Open-type x-ray tube comprising field emission type electron gun and x-ray inspection apparatus using the same

An object of the present invention is to provide the x-ray tube which improves the workability of the baking for obtaining the ultra-high vacuum of the x-ray tube having a field emission type electron gun and have a stable performance. The x-ray tube comprises a field emission type electron gun chamber, an electron beam aperture, an x-ray target and a vacuum pump, in one body with a vacuum sealing structure (vacuum tube section). ... Mars Incorporated

04/20/17 / #20170108366

Float gauge assembly for storage tanks

A float gauge assembly for a storage tank having a port with an opening includes a body for attachment to the port of the storage tank and a gauge mountable to the body, the gauge having a gauge face for indicating a level or amount of material present in the storage tank, a float mechanism mounted to the body and cooperating with the gauge, the float mechanism including a float movable relative to the body in an operating position, the float being sized so that the float is unable to be inserted into the storage tank though the opening in the port, and a tube coupled to the float and having a dimension sized for inserting through the opening in the port, and an alignment element configured to rotationally fix the tube to the body when the float is in the operating position so that the gauge face accurately indicates the level of material in the storage tank when mounted to the body.. . ... Mars Incorporated

04/13/17 / #20170103529

Methods and systems for video compressive sensing for dynamic imaging

A compressive sensing system for dynamic video acquisition. The system includes a video signal interface including a compressive imager configured to acquire compressive sensed video frame data from an object, a video processing unit including a processor and memory. ... Mars Incorporated

04/13/17 / #20170102389

New biomarker for outcome in aml patients

The present invention relates to a method for predicting the survival time of a patient suffering from acute myeloid leukemia (aml) comprising i) determining in a sample obtained from the patient the expression level of nkp46 ii) comparing the expression level determined at step i) with its predetermined reference value and iii) providing a good prognosis when the expression level determined at step i) is higher than its predetermined reference value, or providing a bad prognosis when the expression level determined at step i) is lower than its predetermined reference value.. . ... Mars Incorporated

04/13/17 / #20170101258

Beverage preparation capsules

A beverage preparation capsule (800) is provided comprising a hollow body suitable for containing a beverage preparation ingredient, the hollow body having a top end for receiving liquid into the hollow body, a bottom end for dispensing the beverage from the hollow body, and at least one side wall (813) between the top and bottom ends, the bottom end being in fluid communication with the top end; and the hollow body containing a filter material (830) having a variable porosity along at least one dimension of the filter material's surface area, wherein the filter material (830) is less porous closer to the top or inlet of the hollow body and more porous closer to the bottom or outlet of the hollow body, or wherein the filter material is less porous closer to the side wall of the hollow body and more porous closer the centre of the filter material, or a combination of both. The beverage preparation capsule may be used with a beverage preparation apparatus in a method of preparing a beverage, particularly ground coffee or leaf tea.. ... Mars Incorporated








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