Total 6266 patents for "2006-11-30"

Bait station

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060265944

Bait stations are provided which present the ability to monitor bait and expand capacity of bait without materially adversely affecting feeding activity. In one form a slow acting toxicant-laced attractant is provided in the station. The station has an outer housing, an openable opaque lid, and a transparent window moveable relative to both the lid and housing. One can move the lid while leaving the window in place, or move both the lid and window. Removal of both permits attachment of a second such housing to the first, while the first remains in place. The lid and window can then be affixed to the second housing. These stations can be used to control termites and other crawling pests.

Method of creating a divergence transform for a class of objects

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269161

A system and method for identifying objects of interest in image data is provided. The present invention utilizes principles of Iterative Transformational Divergence in which objects in images, when subjected to special transformations, will exhibit radically different responses based on the physical, chemical, or numerical properties of the object or its representation (such as images), combined with machine learning capabilities. Using the system and methods of the present invention, certain objects that appear indistinguishable from other objects to the eye or computer recognition systems, or are otherwise almost identical, generate radically different and statistically significant differences in the image describers (metrics) that can be easily measured.

Single serve beverage maker with adjustable brew head

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266223

A beverage maker includes a base; a stand extending upwardly from the base; a brew head supported on the stand; and a manually actuated gear drive operably associated with the brew head and the stand for vertically adjusting the height of the brew head above the base.

System, method, and apparatus for nodal vibration analysis of a device at different operational frequencies

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266913

The speed of a motor is varied in an electrical submersible pump well to analyze and avoid excessive vibration. A vibration sensor near the motor senses vibration in the well. The vibration of the assembly varies with many factors, including the length of the tubing, the locations of the packers, and the use of centralizers relative to the casing. The assembly has critical frequencies at which vibration increases to an undesirable level. These critical frequencies are determined and programmed into the variable speed drive so that they may be avoided. Avoidance of the critical vibration frequencies prolong the life of the downhole equipment, including that of the motors, pumps, seals, and sensors.

Sheet material dispenser

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266758

A dispenser and system for dispensing sheet material is provided. The dispenser includes a housing including a container and a lid. The container and lid cooperate to provide an inner surface formed to include an internal compartment configured to hold sheet material. The housing includes an exit port for withdrawal of sheet material therefrom. The dispenser also includes a sheet mover mounted to the housing. A portion of the sheet mover is configured to move over at least a portion of a sheet material positioned in the housing such that at least the portion of the sheet material is moved away from additional sheet materials positioned adjacent thereto by the sheet mover. The portion moved away is positioned to be easily withdrawn through the exit port by a user. The system includes the dispenser having a sheet mover and a plurality of sheet materials disposed in the dispenser. A disposable, one-use dispensing system is provided as well.

Non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and associated biosynthetic genes

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269994

The present invention describes the identification of novel non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and associated biosynthetic genes from Streptomyces hygroscopicus . The present invention further provides methods for generating novel compounds, such as antibiotics, from these synthetases and associated genes.

Elastomer compositions for use in a hydrocarbon resistant hose

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060270783

A heat tolerant, pressure resistant elastomeric composition comprising a blend of a first ethylene-vinyl ester copolymer and a second copolymer selected from the group consisting of chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSM), chlorinated polyethylene (CPE), polychloroprene (CR), ethylene-acrylic elastomer (AEM), alkyl-acrylate copolymer (ACM), polyvinyl acetate (PVA), nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), hydrogenated nitrile-butadiene rubber (HNBR), and mixtures thereof; a hose manufactured therefrom; and a method for preparing the hose are described.

Pyrazolopyrimidines as CRF receptor antagonists

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060270659

This invention concerns compounds of formula

HIGH-SPEED, LOW-NOISE VOLTAGE-CONTROLLED DELAY CELL

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267659

A high-speed low-noise voltage-controlled delay cell is disclosed. The source of a first and a second transistor are coupled to a first voltage wire. The drains of first and third transistor coupling the gates of second and fourth transistor output a second output signal. The drains of second and fourth transistor coupling the gates of firth and third transistor output a first output signal. The sources of second and fourth transistor are coupled to a second voltage wire. The output ends of first and third converter are coupled to the drain of the first transistor. The output ends of second and fourth converter are coupled to the drain of the second transistor. The input ends of first and second converter receive a first and a second input signal, respectively. The input ends of third and fourth converter receive a control voltage.

One lever tilt and telescope mechanism

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266152

A steering column assembly has a steering column with a longitudinal axis and disposable in a vehicle for tilting movement and telescoping movement. A wedge lock is engaged with the steering column and moveable between a first unlocked position and a first locked position along a first path to selectively lock the steering column with respect to the telescoping movement. A force required to move the wedge lock increases along the first path from the first unlocked position to the first locked position. A lever is pivotally engaged with the steering column about a pivot axis for rotation between an adjusting position and a locking position. The wedge lock moves from the first unlocked position to the first locked position along the first path in response to rotation of the lever from the adjusting position to the locking position. A cable assembly includes a cable with first and second ends and a sheath substantially encircling the cable. The first end is engaged with the lever to move in response to rotation of the lever. A tilt lock member engaged with the steering column is moveable between a second unlocked position and a second locked position along a second path to selectively lock the steering column with respect to the tilting movement. The second end of the cable is engaged with the tilt lock member such that the tilt lock member moves from the second unlocked position to the second locked position along the second path in response to rotation of the lever from the adjusting position to the locking position. The steering column assembly also includes a biasing device urging the tilt lock member to the locked position and cooperating with the lever to offset the force required to move the wedge lock from the first unlocked position to the first locked position along the first path.

Formation technology for nanoparticle films having low dielectric constant

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269690

A method for forming a low dielectric constant film includes the steps of: introducing reaction gas comprising an organo Si gas and an inert gas into a reactor of a capacitively-coupled CVD apparatus; adjusting a size of fine particles being generated in the vapor phase to a nanometer order size as a function of a plasma discharge period inside the reactor; and depositing fine particles generated on a substrate being placed between upper and lower electrodes inside the reactor while controlling a temperature gradient between the substrate and the upper electrode at about 100 C./cm or less.

Triazine compounds for removing acids and water from nonaqueous electrolytes for electrochemical cells

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269844

A process is provided to produce non-aqueous electrolytic solution for use in batteries having low acid content and low water content. The invention involves removing acids and water from non-aqueous electrolytic solutions typically found in lithium or lithium-ion batteries by using nitrogen-containing compounds such as triazines. After treatment by a triazine such as melamine, the concentrations of acids and water in the electrolytic solutions are substantially decreased. The present invention provides a process to prepare extremely pure electrolytic solutions having low (20 ppm) concentrations of both water and acids.

Steam power plant

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266040

An inventive steam power plant comprises at least one steam turbine and a steam generator, whereby a combustion chamber, in the direction of the flow of steam, is mounted after a first turbine stage and before a second turbine stage of the steam turbine, and the flow of steam inside a combustion chamber can be heated by mixing it with a hot gas that can be produced inside said combustion chamber.

Process control system and a mold assembly for expandable plastic containers

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267232

A mold assembly for forming a container made of expandable thermoplastic particles, e.g. expandable polystyrene particles, comprises an inner mold and an outer mold, which when assembled form a mold cavity for receiving the thermoplastic particles. Steam and cooling fluid are supplied to passageways in the inner mold and outer mold. Temperature sensing devices, e.g. thermocouples, permanently mounted to the inside wall of the inner mold and to the outside wall of the outer mold, detect the temperature of the mold assembly. Pressure transducers in communication with the steam and cooling fluid being supplied into the passageways detect the pressure of the steam and water supplied to the passageways. These devices are continuously operative throughout the supply of steam and cooling fluid in the molding cycle to adjust the pressure and/or cycle time of the steam and to adjust the cycle time of the cooling fluid to optimally fuse together and cool the particles in the mold assembly.

Electromagnetically actuated pivot valve assembly

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266965

An electromagnetically actuated valve is provided formed from three elements, an armature pivot assembly forming a poppet valve member and encapsulated in thermoplastic material, a first body member forming one part of a valve chamber with the valve seat to a fluid port and including an encapsulated solenoid, and a second body member forming another part of a valve chamber for containing the poppet valve member relative to another fluid port. The solenoid operates to pivot the poppet valve member. The fluid flowing through the valve is isolated from metallic components, magnet flux and heat. The assembly is of simplified construction and maintenance.

Parking detector - a system and method for detecting and navigating to empty parking spaces utilizing a cellular phone application

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267799

The parking detection system method described herein could guide people around urban environments, detect guide and navigate them to empty parking spaces, add-on to the car-based navigation systems that are popular today and or to the portable phone. We have focused on the task of detecting and navigating even in situations in which Global Positioning Systems (GPS) cannot provide this information, such as when the person is indoors or in crowded urban areas where there is no line of site to the GPS satellites. The parking information will be received directly from RF sensors and will display as a floating overlay on the existing cellular phone as Bluetooth application making the cellular phone a parking detector.

Cut sheet feeder

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267265

A cut sheet feeder for feeding stacked sheets of material including a feed support deck defining a planar surface for supporting the stacked sheet material and a transport deck defining an inclined surface relative to the planar surface of the feed support deck. The inclined surface is operative to transport additional sheet material to the feed support deck and produce a cantilevered sheet material delivery profile. Furthermore, a rotating element is employed to engage a surface of the stacked sheet material, and separate a single sheet from other sheet material supported by the feed support deck. The cantilevered delivery profile reduces the weight acting on the stacked material, minimizes the friction developed between individual sheets of material and facilitates separation of the sheets by the rotating element. A platen structure may also be employed to bear against the stacked sheet material to ensure reliable sheet material run out. That is, the platen structure serves to equilibrate or compensate for a lessening of sheet material weight as the final or last sheets of the stack are singulated or separated by the rotating element.

Charge pump circuit for high side drive circuit and driver driving voltage circuit

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267671

A charge pump circuit for a high side drive circuit and a driver driving voltage circuit that stably output a voltage when input voltage is low. The charge pump circuit includes first and second transistors, first and second capacitors, and first to third diodes. The first capacitor has a high voltage side, connected to a load driving power supply voltage via the first diode, and a low voltage side, connected to the load driving power supply voltage via the first transistor or grounded via the second transistor driven in synchronization with the first transistor. The high voltage side is supplied, via the third diode, with a low side drive voltage that is as an output voltage of a low side charge pump, and functions to output high side drive voltage to a high side pre-driver circuit via the second diode.

Methods and systems for prescribing parameters for tomosynthesis

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269114

Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a method for performing tomosynthesis including: receiving an image representative of an anatomy of a patient; allowing an interaction with the image to arrange at least one element with respect to the image to form an arrangement; and prescribing at least one parameter for obtaining a tomosynthesis image based at least in part on the arrangement. In an embodiment, the method further includes performing tomosynthesis in accordance with the at least one parameter. In an embodiment, the at least one element includes a detector representation. In an embodiment, the at least one element includes at least one thickness guide. In an embodiment, the at least one element includes at least one slice location guide. In an embodiment, the at least one parameter includes at least one of: a detector position, a detector size, a thickness size, a thickness position, a slice size, a slice position, a slice thickness, a slice separation, a field of view, a reconstruction algorithm, a hanging protocol, and an image processing routine. In an embodiment, the at least one parameter includes at least one of: an x-ray source location, an x-ray source angulation, an x-ray beam intensity, an x-ray beam gating, and a detector sensitivity.

DELAY DIVERSITY AND SPATIAL ROTATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060268165

A transmitter usable for wireless communication includes a plurality of transmit antennas. Each transmit antenna transmits a transmit signal. The transmitter also includes means for introducing time shifts to each of a plurality of spatial stream signals and means for operating on each of the plurality of spatial stream signals with a spatial rotation vector matrix, thereby mapping each of the plurality of spatial stream signals to one of the transmit signals.

METHOD FOR TESTING A CONNECTION BETWEEN AN AUDIO RECEIVING DEVICE AND A MOTHERBOARD

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269260

A method for testing a connection between an audio receiving device and a motherboard is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: preparing a data storage medium containing an original audio data file; playing the data storage medium on an audio playing device with audio signals generated thereof, the audio playing device being connected to the audio receiving device; receiving the audio signals by the audio receiving device; transmitting the audio signals to the motherboard via the connection between the audio receiving device and the motherboard; outputting the audio signals from an output port; receiving the audio signals by an input port; recording the audio signals as a recorded audio data file; comparing the two audio data file; and reporting a test result indicating that the connection is in good condition if the two audio data files are identical.

Debit-based identity theft monitoring and prevention

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060271456

Systems and methods of monitoring financial information of a consumer for fraudulent activity. One method can include receiving an account closure event from an event provider, determining if the account closure event is associated with financial information of the consumer, generating a notification, and providing the notification to the consumer. Another method can include receiving a returned check event from an event provider, determining if the returned check event is associated with financial information of the consumer, generating a notification, and providing the notification to the consumer.

Method and system for flexible FM tuning

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060270337

A method and system for flexible FM tuning are provided and may include tuning to a particular frequency within a range of FM channels based on an IF frequency that includes an integer multiple of the channel spacing between neighboring allocated FM channels within the range of FM channels, offset by at most one-half the channel spacing. The method may further include determining whether the particular frequency comprises an on frequency channel, utilizing a frequency error that is based on the IF frequency. A local oscillator frequency may be selected for the tuning based on the frequency offset. An intermediate frequency (IF) channel may be generated utilizing the particular frequency and the selected local oscillator frequency. The generated IF channel may be between neighboring channels selected from the range of FM channels. The frequency error may be determined for the particular frequency within the range of FM channels.

Loose-leaf storage box

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060266813

A loose-leaf storage box comprising an upper and a lower housing openable and closable relative to each other and is connected by an elongate connecting piece. The connecting piece has thereon more than two integrally molded hooks perpendicular to the connecting piece and being in the shape of U each, one of the two vertical rod portions respectively on two ends of a transverse rod portion of each hook is connected with the connecting piece, while the other of the two vertical rod portions is not connected with the connecting piece to form an open end, the open end is able to be raised with a finger to form a notch for receiving loose-leaf collecting sleeves. An outer surface of the open end of the hook has a bottom bevel surface inclined downwards and inwards, so that holes on the loose-leaf collecting sleeves can be slipped over the hooks smoothly to be hooked and fixed.

Automatic transmission

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060270514

An automatic transmission includes a planetary gear train of first, second, third and fourth planetary gears; an input rotation member connected with a ring gear of the second planetary gear; and a first connection member connecting a carrier of the second planetary gear and a ring gear of the fourth planetary gear. A first rotation sensor senses the rotation speed of the first connection member. A second rotation sensor senses the rotation speed of one rotating element of the first and second planetary gears. A processing section calculates an input speed of the automatic transmission from the rotation speeds sensed by the first and second rotation sensors.

FUSE MEMORY CELL WITH IMPROVED PROTECTION AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060268616

A memory device is provided, the memory device having a memory cell, a programming unit for programming the memory cell, and a switching unit for optionally connecting or isolating a terminal of the memory cell to or from a potential which serves for altering an electrical property of the memory cell and for thereby effecting an altered programming state of the memory cell.

Sanitary napkin

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060271008

A sanitary napkin includes a main body having a liquid-absorbent layer for absorbing and retaining liquid and a projection disposed on a body surface of the main body. The projection has a resistive portion provided with a resistive member for resisting compressive deformation of the projection toward the main body and a flexible portion not provided with the resistive member. The flexible portion is longitudinally stretchable and subjected to a longitudinal elastic contractive force.

Image display device

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267477

An image display device includes a rear substrate having electron sources, a front substrate having phosphor layers and an anode, and an exhaust tubulation disposed to communicate with a through hole provided in the rear substrate. The image display device is provided with an anode terminal which is embedded in the front substrate with a portion of the anode terminal exposed on an inner surface of the front substrate, and which is electrically coupled to the anode. The image display device is provided with an anode lead-out wire, one end of the anode lead-out wire is coupled to the anode terminal, and another end of the anode lead-out wire is passed through the through hole, and is hermetically sealed with the exhaust tubulation.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEFINING ATTRIBUTES, DECISION RULES, OR BOTH, FOR REMOTE EXECUTION, CLAIM SET II

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060267999

A system of the invention comprises a design module, execution engine, and performance management module. A first computer hosts the design module which enables a user to define attributes, queries, and decision rules transmitted to the execution engine hosted on a second computer remote to the first computer. The second computer can be located at a credit bureau, credit reporting agency, or other data provider. The second computer runs the execution engine to query a data repository with the user-defined attributes and queries, and applies the user-defined decision rules to produce result data transmitted to a third computer hosting the performance management module for monitoring performance of a benefit or offering made with the result data and the corresponding attributes, queries, and decision rules that generated the result data.

Novel human histone deacetylases

Pub Date: 2006-11-30

Pub Number: US20060269559

The present invention relates to newly discovered human histone deacetylases (HDACs), also referred to as histone deacetylase-like polypeptides. The polynucleotide sequences and encoded polypeptides of the novel HDACs are encompassed by the invention, as well as vectors comprising these polynucleotides and host cells comprising these vectors. The invention also relates to antibodies that bind to the disclosed HDAC polypeptides, and methods employing these antibodies. Also related are methods of screening for modulators, such as inhibitors or antagonists, or agonists. The invention also relates to diagnostic and therapeutic applications which employ the disclosed HDAC polynucleotides, polypeptides, and antibodies, and HDAC modulators. Such applications can be used with diseases and disorders associated with abnormal cell growth or proliferation, cell differentiation, and cell survival, e.g., neoplastic cell growth, and especially breast and prostate cancers or tumors.