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The invention is a composite system useful for indicating and preventing fatigue on essentially any metallic structure.

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A multifunctional photovoltaic-battery (PVB) which represents a new-concept integrated PVB device as a novel power source for photoelectron conversion and energy storage within one single device.

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Cervical cancer is one of the most common malignancies worldwide, yet it is clearly preventable by population screening. It has been reported that <5% of women in underdeveloped countries have ever had a Pap test. That is due to shortage of medical resources, shortage of pathologists and cytotechnologists and the limited public awareness regarding screening programs. Some believe that the disease has reached an epidemic proportion with huge human and economic impact that is requiring immediate, innovative practical solutions. Even with the hope of HPV vaccination and the current push for HPV testing as a primary screening method, Pap smear remains to be the best cancer screening method known to mankind. The invention is a new method of using automated cellblock (CB) preparations of liquid-based [ThinPrep + SurePath] and conventional samples to produce virtual slides.

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A novel class of small molecule Alpha, Beta-ABAD interaction inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. 

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This invention introduces carbon-biomaterial nanohybrids for use in high-performance, low-cost optoelectronic devices such as infrared detectors.

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Ecological Niche Modeling for Predicting the Potential Geographic Distribution of Invasive Species. This invention uses a novel combination of computer programs and analytical techniques drawn from quantitative geography, artificial intelligence, and the emerging field of biodiversity informatics to provide a tool for predicting, analyzing, and strategizing against agricultural species invasions.
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Hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo result from the damage of mechanosensory hair cells (HCs) located in sensory epithelium of the cochlea and vestibular organs of the inner ear. HCs do not regenerate. Currently, hearing aids and cochlear implants are the only treatments to address hearing loss, and both options provide mild relief. The challenge in developing new therapies and screening ototoxic agents is that the cochlear and vestibular sensory epithelium are isolated deep in the inner ear. Invasive measures are required to access the sensory epithelium. KU researchers have endeavored to create both cochlear and vestibular sensory epithelium outside of the body. They are developing a model platform where the cochlear and vestibular sensory epithelium can be grown outside of the body for testing and developing new diagnostics, screening ototoxic agents, and evaluating new therapies. No such model currently exists. Thus, this technology has the potential to take a leap forward in the advancement of medicine for hearing disorders.
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The current invention is a novel composition of matter that is comprised of a monomeric species, which could be used as co-initiator as well as co-monomer.  Upon excitation using visible light, the monomeric species efficiently assists the photopolymerization and itself polymerizes into a material that is useful for dental applications.

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A novel sensor design allows capture of angular fluid flow with greater accuracy than the conventional Pitot-type probe currently in use in commercial and military aircraft

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A mechanical barrier system for reducing infections associated with intravascular catheters. The invention reduces the risk of bacterial contamination of the outer surface of the catheter at the skin entry site, which in turn prevents more serious infections caused by the spread of bacteria down the surface of the catheter into the bloodstream. The barrier device functions by forming an occlusive "boot" at the skin exit site and relies on use of a cyanoacrylate adhesive to complete the occlusive junction between the boot and the contaminated skin.  At time of device removal, the device-adhesive bond is safely broken through a novel bladder release method, allowing for safe removal of the vascular catheter.

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