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Microwave sterilization or pasteurization transport carriers

An improved transport carrier for use in a fluid filled microwave sterilization or pasteurization system includes patterned electrically conductive layers or carriers which extend over or under items to be sterilized or pasteurized and occlude 1 to 30% of the area in the direct path of microwave emissions to the items. When the patterned electrically conductive layers or cages are present, heating of the items to be sterilized or pasteurized is substantially more uniform compared to when there is nothing occluding or otherwise interrupting the direct pathway from the microwave emitters to the items. ... Washington State University

Microwave sterilization or pasteurization

Various embodiments of processing systems and components for sterilization or pasteurization and associated methods of operation are described herein. For example, a method of sterilization or pasteurization includes immersing an item in an immersion fluid, and the immersed item is subject to a hydrostatic pressure of the immersion fluid. ... Washington State University

Protein nanofiber air filter materials and methods

Air filters formed from mats of protein-containing nanowires are provided. The nanowires are formed into a mat with pores that allow air to pass through while physically filtering particulate matter. ... Washington State University

Electrochemical reduction or prevention of infections

Treatment systems, devices, articles, and associated methods of operation for treating open wounds are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes applying a first material and a second material to be in contact with a surface of the open wound having a water content at the surface and applying a voltage differential to the first and second materials, thereby producing hydrogen peroxide (h2o2) at the surface via an electrochemical reaction between oxygen (o2) in air and water (h2o) in the water content at the surface. ... Washington State University

Self-monitoring analysis and reporting technologies

Self-monitoring analysis and reporting techniques are described. Within an educational environment, a teacher computer and one or more student workstations are communicatively connected via a network. ... Washington State University

Strings of epitopes useful in diagnosing and eliciting immune responses to sexually transmitted infections

The invention provides methods and compositions for detecting and diagnosing sexually transmitted infections using a string of epitopes (soe) specific for detection of causative microorganisms. The antigenic epitopes may be single epitope sequences, a plurality of epitope sequences joined by repeats of glycine (-gg-) and/or lysine (-kk-) to form a series of epitopes (soe), or nucleotide sequences encoding one or more soes and host cells harboring said soe nucleotide sequences. ... Washington State University

Cell membrane-formed nanoscale vesicles and methods of using thereof

The present disclosure provides vesicle composition comprising a cell membrane and an agent for the treatment and identification of diseases. Methods of treatment and methods of making a vesicle composition are also provided.. ... Washington State University

Stable mixed oxide catalysts for direct conversion of ethanol to isobutene and process for making

Znxzryoz mixed oxide catalysts having improved stability for the conversion of ethanol to isobutene are described, together with methods for making such catalysts.. . ... Washington State University

Vocal monitoring and biofeedback device

A vocal dosimeter receives a first set of sensor data as sensor outputs through a sensor array including an acoustic sensor, a piezoelectric sensor, and an accelerometer. The dosimeter generates normalized sensor waveforms by filtering for an amplitude range from the quadratic mean of each individual raw sensor waveform through control of a first band-pass filter, and operates laryngeal activity detection to configure a vocalization filter with a vocalization threshold within a vocalization analysis window. ... Washington State University

Controlling underwear garments

The invention herein discloses a full-coverage-controlling undergarment configured to extend from above the navel up to the mid torso, even up to about below the breast region, to below the creases where a leg of a wearer joins the abdomen in front and below the buttocks in the rear. As part of the undergarment, front leg-hole defining edges are configured with a shallow arc adapted to enable the pair of front leg-hole defining edges to run along a natural crease where a leg of a wearer joins the abdomen. ... Washington State University

Vapor cooled shielding liner for cryogenic storage in composite pressure vessels

A novel tank cryogenic-compatible composite pressure vessel that beneficially utilizes vapor cooled shielding (vcs) is introduced to minimize thermal gradients along support structures and reduces heat loads on cryogenic systems. In particular, the configurations and mechanisms to be utilized herein include: providing for a desired number of passageways and a given thickness of the vcs, reducing the thermal conductivity of the vcs material, and increasing the cooling capacitance of the hydrogen vapors.. ... Washington State University

Enzyme-directed immunostimulant and uses thereof cross-reference to related application(s)

The disclosed invention relates to the novel composition of matter that allows for the controlled release of highly active compounds to be delivered to a desired site. This novel composition utilizes the immune system to allow for the controlled release of desired compounds. ... Washington State University

Fluorescent probes for detecting hydrogen polysulfides

Reactive sulfur species have been recognized as an important regulator in redox biology, wherein the reactive sulfur species have been shown to be active in tumor suppressors, ion channels, and transcription factors. The disclosed invention is a novel composition of matter that allows for the detection of h2s and h2sn species in living cells. ... Washington State University

Preparation of vegetable oil-based monomers for use in thermosetting resins

The present embodiments herein generally relate to thermoset resins that are derived from vegetable oil based sources, including fibrous plant sources. The utilization of plant based oil as starting materials makes the technology a green alternative to currently available solutions. ... Washington State University

03/01/18 / #20180057406

Permeable pavement and cured carbon fiber composition and a related method

A permeable pavement and cured fiber composition and a related method are provided. The permeable pavement composition includes a quantity of pavement material, and a quantity of cured carbon fiber composite material (ccfcm) configured to be added to the pavement material to produce a reinforced composition having improved characteristics. ... Washington State University

03/01/18 / #20180056026

Trolley for the automation of sleep disruption

The configurations herein are directed to a sleep trolley system for automation of sleep disruption. Such a unique system often includes a platform support system; a natural habitat chamber configured for an animal subject, wherein the natural habitat chamber is removeably disposed thereon the platform support system; an agitator disposed therein the natural habitat chamber, wherein the agitator is configured with a first magnetic component to provide magnetic coupling; a trolley affixed to the platform support system; wherein the trolley is configured with a second magnetic component, wherein the second magnetic component exerts a magnetic attraction force with the first magnetic component coupled to the agitator as disposed therein the natural habitat chamber; and a control system configured to move the trolley along a dimension of the platform support system so as to guide the agitator along a corresponding length of the natural habitat chamber via the magnetic attraction force.. ... Washington State University

02/22/18 / #20180050131

Implantable medicine delivery systems

Implantable medicine delivery systems, devices, and associated methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of enhancing bone regeneration in a human or animal body includes implanting a three-dimensional scaffold in the human or animal body. ... Washington State University

01/18/18 / #20180014981

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). ... Washington State University

01/18/18 / #20180014559

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 members coupled to and extending between sides of the carrier base. ... Washington State University

01/11/18 / #20180010140

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 been genetically engineered for down regulation of a bpm protein.. ... Washington State University

01/04/18 / #20180004913

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 client device, and apply the diet action control to the client device.. . ... Washington State University

01/04/18 / #20180000415

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 diagnostic quality results, and provide for motion artifact correction without inducing discomfort or irritation. ... Washington State University

12/28/17 / #20170370064

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. ... Washington State University

12/21/17 / #20170361600

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. ... Washington State University

12/14/17 / #20170354837

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. ... Washington State University

11/23/17 / #20170336398

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. ... Washington State University

11/09/17 / #20170324370

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 and light trapping structures into lssc designs. ... Washington State University

11/09/17 / #20170321340

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

10/26/17 / #20170304416

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

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. ... Washington State University

09/21/17 / #20170268856

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. ... Washington State University

09/14/17 / #20170263541

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

09/14/17 / #20170258936

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. ... Washington State University

09/07/17 / #20170254778

Perturbation ion mobility mass spectrometry and the method of measuring ion mobility of selected ions

The methods herein provide for analysis of ion populations. Certain aspects include: directing a continuous gas phase ion beam into an entrance of a drift tube configured within an ion mobility spectrometer; perturbing the flow of the continuous gas phase ion beam within a perturbation time range so as to cause one or more configured perturbations; configuring the drift tube to allow the one or more perturbations to separate due to the differences in mobilities; receiving the plurality of ions and the one or more perturbations at the entrance of a mass spectrometer; recording raw data indicative of the plurality of ions; and reconstructing the raw data to obtain one or more mass to charge and one or more ion mobility spectrum of the plurality of ions.. ... Washington State University

08/31/17 / #20170247785

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 provided laser energy, thereby causing the first and second precursor materials to melt and react to form a composite material different than both the first and second precursor materials. ... Washington State University

08/24/17 / #20170240833

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 about 40% by weight of polyalphaolefin (pao), 1% up to about 40% by weight of polyalkylene glycol (pag), and mixtures thereof, and wherein up to about 10% by weight quantity of one or more additives are introduced to provide desired properties that include at least one of: a high viscosity index, a low pour point, a hydrolytic stability, and an oxidative stability, as part of the hydraulic fluid contribution.. ... Washington State University

08/24/17 / #20170240811

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 wherein the azo-containing aromatic epoxy units and alkylene diacid units are in a molar ratio that results in the liquid crystalline network composition exhibiting a glass transition temperature (tg) of at least 25° c. Methods for producing these compositions and their use in light- or thermal-activated physical deformation, shape memory applications, and self-healing, as well as their ability to be recycled and used in additive manufacturing processes are also described.. ... Washington State University

07/27/17 / #20170212118

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

07/27/17 / #20170208813

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. ... Washington State University

07/20/17 / #20170207697

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 regulators. ... Washington State University

06/29/17 / #20170183739

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 particular, gene expression levels of gcom1, mex3d, trpm4, atpaf1, ptrf, glyatl1, flna, obscn, stra13, whscl, arfgap3, kdm2a, fam83h, cldn7, cnot6, and b3gnt9 are measured. ... Washington State University

06/22/17 / #20170174540

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. ... Washington State University

06/15/17 / #20170170834

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 second transformer inductor. ... Washington State University

05/11/17 / #20170132362

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. ... Washington State University

05/04/17 / #20170121601

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 from cerium (ce), praseodymium (pr), neodymium (nd), promethium (pm), samarium (sm), europium (eu), gadolinium (gd), terbium (tb), dysprosium (dy), holmium (ho), erbium (er), thulium (tm), ytterbium (yb), chromium (cr) and lutetium (lu). ... Washington State University

04/20/17 / #20170110311

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 ion trap/guide that is capable tandem mass spectrometry and high sensitivity. ... Washington State University

04/20/17 / #20170109656

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. ... Washington State University

04/20/17 / #20170105346

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. ... 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 temperature dependent studies at the ss interface with non-conducting volatile solvents.. ... 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 binary on-off frequency sweep 180° out of phase from the first binary on-off frequency sweep so as to result in a second raw data in the time domain from received ion current resulting from the second binary on-off frequency sweep. ... 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 / #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. ... 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. ... 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 surface of the implantable material. ... 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 pre-amplifier, a pulse frequency modulator having an input coupled to an output of the de-multiplexer, and a pulse width modulator having an input coupled to the output of the de-multiplexer. ... 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

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 of conductive nanostructures on the surface of the substrate material via electrodeposition without using a template.. ... 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 thermal desorption methods combined with a selected detection method.. ... 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 a power system; non-iteratively determining a voltage stability index for each bus in the power system based on the estimated and received data sets; monitoring the voltage stability index for each bus so as to compare a computed voltage stability index for each bus to a predetermined voltage stability index threshold; and activating a voltage stability control mode resultant from the comparison of the computed voltage stability index for each bus to the predetermined voltage stability index threshold, wherein the voltage stability control mode is selected from: a normal mode of operation and an emergency mode of operation.. ... Washington State University

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