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Posted: Mar 16, 2014

Improved Microwave Susceptor Design for Rapid and Controllable Heating

Description Wafer bonding is widely used for packaging micro-fabricated devices such as microfluidic channels, microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) and optical micro mirrors to ensure a mechanically stable and hermetically sealed encapsulation.......


Posted: Mar 15, 2014

Aptamers for the Diagnosis of Virulent Strep A Infections

Description The Limitation of Point of Care Strep A Test Kits Streptococcus A ("Strep A" or GAS) infections are associated with scarlet fever, necrotizing fasciitis, and "strep throat". There are......


Posted: Mar 2, 2014

Method to Enhance Oil Recovery from Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs

Description As conventional sources of crude oil diminish, there is a need to exploit other fuel sources in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way. One relatively-untapped source is heavy oil/bitumen from fractured......


Posted: Feb 20, 2014

Bioactive Peptides from Ovotransferrin

Description Ovotransferrin, a glycoprotein found in raw egg whites, comprises approximately 13% of total egg white proteins. Bioactive peptides are specific fragments of proteins latent in ovotransferrin, but can be......


Posted: Feb 15, 2014

Aptamers for the Detection of Hepatitis B

Description Approx. 350 million people are chronically infected by hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinomas. Diagnostic tests for this virus are......


Posted: Feb 9, 2014

A Novel Receiver Structure for Time-Hopping UWB in Multiple Access Interference

Description Ultra-wide bandwidth technology (UWB) is proving to be a promising solution for high capacity, wireless multiple access systems. Described as Bluetooth on steroids, UWB provides extremely high data rate......


Posted: Feb 7, 2014

Rapid Organization of Block Copolymers

Description As computer chip manufacturers aim to make faster electronics, they must make chip components increasingly smaller (or conversely, pack more components per unit area). However, making smaller chip components......


Posted: Feb 2, 2014

Metallic Nanocomposite Films for NEMS Applications

Description Most structural components in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) are synthesized from single crystal or polycrystalline silicon, carbide, nitride, or diamond films, with silicon being by far the most widely used.......


Posted: Feb 2, 2014

A New Experimental Technique in Measuring Contributions of Individual Components to Wear-Corrosion Synergism

Description The damage to materials caused by corrosive wear is a complicated surface failure process that involves both the wear-accelerated corrosion and corrosion-accelerated mechanical failure. This synergistic attack that plagues......


Posted: Feb 2, 2014

Predictive marker for taxane responsiveness of cancer patients

Description University of Alberta researchers have identified a predictive marker to screen patients that are being considered for taxane-based chemotherapy. Elevated levels of this protein marker correlate with increased breast......


Posted: Jan 30, 2014

Development of Oils with High Punicic Acid Content

Description Pomegranate (Punica granatum) seed oil has been attracting increased interest since it was shown that its main component punicic acid may provide a novel alternative therapeutic strategy for the......


Posted: Jan 20, 2014

Automated, objective feature selection for chemometric modeling

Description Modern analytical techniques, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), infra red spectroscopy (IR) and two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC), can provide an abundance of detailed data pertaining to the nature of......