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Alternative to expensive antibiotics excludes pathogenic bacteria from poultry
By using one or more bacterial isolates as a probiotic, this composition inhibits the growth of pathogenic organisms such as Salmonella or Campylobacter in poultry and poultry products through the mechanism of competitive exclusion. The composition and technique of competitive exclusion represent an alternative solution to antibiotics for managing healthy poultry and providing the same benefits of disease prevention, feed conversion, and increased weight gain. Salmonella and Campylobacter are leading causes of foodborne bacterial gastroenteritis in many countries, but there is increasing regulation on prophylactic antibiotic use and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The competitive exclusion product used as the probiotic is efficacious, cost effective, and defined. Undefined CE products are not permitted in the United States and may soon be restricted in Europe.

New approach for early diagnosis of cancer and its stage by detecting abnormality of lipid remodeling of glycosylphosphatidylinositol
The National Institute of AIST, Japan has discovered a new mechanism for transporting and fixing specific proteins at specific sites of cell surfaces. Glycolipid species called glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI), anchor specific proteins at adequate sites of the cell surfaces. Proteins anchored by GPI (GPI-anchored proteins) play a significant role in the signal transduction in the cell surfaces. Abnormality of the signal transduction is closely related to carcinogenesis. AIST has discovered a new gene which synthesizes the lipid moiety of the GPI anchors, and found that when this gene becomes abnormal, the GPI-anchored proteins cannot exist in their specified primary sites of the cell surface. This technology is related to the mechanism of carcinogenesis, so it will lead a new pathway for early detection and curative technologies for cancer.

Unique sub-micron-scale fibers provide high-efficiency options for paint/coating booth filters
Melt-Film Fibrillation (MFF) technology produces a material that may deliver improved filter performance over traditional glass media in spray booth filter applications. Typically, the fiberglass fibers used in HEPA filtration measure between 0.5 - 2.0 microns. The smaller size of MFF fibers means that there are many more fibers per cubic centimeter and per gram of material to intercept, impede, and embed particles making their way through a spray booth filter, so it could potentially exceed HEPA standards. MFF fibers can be produced with standard polypropylene raw material with negligible difference in cost from the meltblowing process that creates larger, less filter-efficient nonwoven materials. The MFF process uses standard polymeric materials. Additives may be incorporated in the melt or via post processing to deliver value added functionality, enhancing filter effectiveness and/or marketability. Additional features could add antimicrobial and antifungal function. The submicron fibers produced via MFF technology may enable new filtration media products in response to tightening regultory standards. Applications may include arrestor, pre-filter, intake and exhaust, pleated, high-loft, or layered filter media.

Mineral water enriched with capsaicin and humic acid
The present invention relates to a beverage, in particular to a soft beverage, and a method for its preparation. The invention further relates to a method for modifying an existing beverage, in particular an existing soft beverage. An extensive range of beverages are known and available commercially, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic or so-called "soft" beverages. The beverages are available in a wide range of different flavors. Beverages may be still or carbonated. However, in addition to providing users with a variety of flavors and tastes, it would also be useful to provide a beverage that produces different sensations in the mouth when drunk. In this regard, the use of the fruit of chili plants provides a way of introducing a different sensation into a beverage. So, this sugar-free beverage made with clear spring water has a pleasant piquant flavor due to its spicy stimulant of paprika. It is a novel invention within the field of drinking water families devoid of synthetic compounds. Beyond its refreshing pleasant sensation, its unique taste is due to capsaicin. This natural compound protects the gastric mucosa against irritation and damage.

Development of organic materials that melt by light irradiation
AIST have developed organic materials that melt from solid to liquid (i.e., undergo phase transition) with only the irradiation of light, without heating, and can furthermore be restored to their original solid state. Unlike irreversible photosensitive resins, which cannot be restored to their original state after their state have changed once, the developed organic materials are characterized by the fact that they undergo state transitions by photoisomerization, and so can be restored to their original state (i.e., the transitions are reversible). Many organic compounds are already known that undergo a change in molecular structure (shape) by photoisomerization, but while that isomerization takes place in solution, it is thought to rarely occur in crystals. The newly synthesized organic compounds have molecular weight of about 1,100-1,700 and undergo photoisomerization even in crystals, so that they change from solid state to liquid state by light. This is an important discovery concerning the basic concept of the melting phenomenon of matter. The next objectives are to establish techniques for the large-scale synthesis of these organic materials and to explore the possibilities for various applications, including photolithography.

Ion-thrust powered hovering aerial-vehicles using wireless energy supplied from ground
Personal Flight Systems (PFS), holds US Patent 7,182,295 for personal flight and system using ion electric air propulsion, which is considered a clean technology that has none of the carbon emissions or volatile fuels involved with combustion engines. The advantage of ion propulsion is efficiency. The founder of the company developed an improved way to use new electrically charged, polarized, proprietary alloys to create thrust to lift small, ultralight aircraft commonly referred to as Personal Ultralight Vehicles (PAVs) without the need for a propeller, jet, balloon, or rockets. Additionally, its innovations in beaming targeted, focused electrical energy from ground to air makes this patent critical for commercialization by technology integrators.

Seeking: Alternative Materials to Steel
This global organization is seeking alternative materials to steel in a friction-dominated environment. The solution of interest would be a non-ferrous metal, mix of specific alloying elements, or a non-metallic material capable of direct substitution with steel components. The design of the system is fixed, but worthy changes to accommodate a new material will be considered. The application, a system of metal components, currently uses a broad range of the properties of steel. is therefore particularly interested in solutions that can match steel in durability, strength, flexibility/rigidness, density and surface smoothness. We are seeking materials with both lower and higher frictions than steel so more than one material can be submitted for consideration.

Seeking: Zinc Corrosion Understanding
We wish to partner externally to increase our understanding of the corrosion of zinc and its associated gas evolution under various conditions in an alkaline electrolyte environment, and develop methods to mitigate zinc corrosion/gassing without decreasing the performance of alkaline-electrolyte batteries with zinc based anodes. Specifically, we are seeking proposals and/or partners to extend and improve the understanding of gas generation in the zinc anode of alkaline batteries and to develop methods to mitigate the phenomenon. These methods must not have a negative effect on the discharge performance or safety characteristics of the battery. Ideally, they would not increase manufacturing complexity and they would be cost neutral. The zinc powder in batteries is made with a large surface area to reduce the current density and to help distribute the solid and liquid phases more evenly. One consequence of this more reactive zinc is an increased level of unwanted hydrogen gas generation. This is inherent to the alkaline battery chemistry. It is the main driver for leakage and it can contribute to bulging of the cell during discharge. There are additives that are known to help reduce gassing, but may negatively impact performance. Mercury and lead are known gassing inhibitors, but are toxic. Other approaches such as changing the cell balance typically offer reductions in gassing at the expense of capacity. Such solutions are not of interest.

Seeking: Paper substrates with Superior absorbency delivered at lower material cost
We seek to deliver superior consumer experience with our tissue products, i.e. towel, bath, and facial tissue, to each of our target consumer segments. Superior absorbency is a key to achieve this objective. Absorbency is a combination of surface drying capability, fluid holding power, hand protection, wet bulk impression, and wet task performance. Thus, faster absorbency rates and higher fluid holding capabilities may be necessary but not sufficient means to improve the desired consumer experience. For some of our products, no dripping, i.e. holding spills, and re-openability for re-use, can be as important. In the current wet-laid papermaking, there are constant trade-offs between absorbency, wet durability, and softness. For example, the established means of improving one property, such as absorbency, is generally degrading the other properties. Our ultimate objective is to improve the absorbency of our tissue products beyond the current levels with no negative impact on wet durability (strength) and softness. Specifically, we seek consumer noticeable improvement in surface drying, fluid holding capacity, hand protection, wet bulk impression and wet task performance.

Seeking: Ways to increase steel's coefficient of surface friction
We are seeking new or innovative technologies, methods, processes, or coatings for steel that will increase the coefficient of friction. The steel will be placed in contact with another steel surface where high friction at the contact point is necessary for the operation of the system. The solution of interest would be a new or innovative method to increase the surface friction between surfaces. Creating components with a high surface roughness. (R-sub-a is not a viable option as abrasive wear over time ultimately reduces the frictional coefficient and leads to particulate formation, heat, and NVH issues.) Solutions could be based around altering or hardening the surface of the steel or applying a coating to the steel or another material. The application requires that a normal force would be applied between two lubricated steel surfaces. Excessive normal force results in system power losses and increase in wear, so the desired solution will permanently increase the coefficient of friction, mu, so that the normal force can be minimized.

Seeking: Delivery systems to apply thin laminate layers of skin care creams or gels to the skin in a controlled dose
Controlled layered application of skin care products represents an area of interest. Our objective is to purchase or license the technology or finished product; or form a partnership to bring a new technology or product to the market. We are seeking A cosmetic delivery system enabling: The thickness of each layer of skin care cream/gel to be accurately delivered (to a thickness of 200 to 400 micrometers) providing a controlled dose per unit area. Layer thickness less than 50 micrometers may also be of interest. The application of the top layer must completely cover the bottom layer. The bottom layer to remain undisturbed during the application of the top layer. Mess free application without mounding of the skin care cream/gel at the start or finish of the application. Possible Approach(es) include: Cosmetic delivery systems (such as coaters, pumps, sprays, pens, or rollers) with dual dispensing heads to enable two skin care cream/gel layers to be applied to the skin in a controlled dose per unit area. Ideally we are interested in systems enabling both layers to be applied simultaneously in one application motion (one layer on top of the other) where the two skin care creams/gels are stored separately prior to application. We would also evaluate systems that sequentially apply individual layers of skin care creams/gels (one layer on top of the other) in more than one application motion.

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