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In one embodiment of the present application, an operator provides entries into the computer workstation indicative of an evaluation. Assessment of the entries takes place relative to data representative of a corresponding multiple resource neuroenergetic model for the cognitively demanding activity. Generation of an operator instruction results from the assessment that is provided to the operator through the computer workstation. The operator instruction directs the operator to take a break from the cognitively demanding activity based on the assessment.


A method for converting an alcohol to a hydrocarbon, the method comprising contacting said alcohol with a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst at a temperature of at least 100 C. and up to 550 C., wherein said alcohol can be produced by a fermentation process, said metal is a positively-charged metal ion, and said metal-loaded zeolite catalyst is catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon.


Disclosed herein are monomer embodiments that can be used to make polymers, such as homopolymers, heteropolymers, and that can be used in particular embodiments to make sequence-defined polymers. Also disclosed herein are methods of making polymers using such monomer embodiments. Methods of using the polymers disclosed herein also are described.


Patent
Battelle | Date: 2016-08-21

Methods and materials for sand control in water injection sites are disclosed. Proppant particles may be coated with some particles coated with a diene and other proppant particles coated with a dienophile that would bind the particles through a Diels-Alder reaction. In some other embodiments, proppant particles may be coated with alternating layers of diene and dienophile that would react through a Diels-Alder reaction. The invention may be advantageous for forming underground structures useful in the extraction of hydrocarbons.


A method for making a graphene oxide membrane and a resulting free-standing graphene oxide membrane that provides desired qualities of water permeability and selectivity at larger sizes, thinner cross sections, and with increased ruggedness as compared to existing membranes and processes.


Isolated and/or purified polypeptides and nucleic acid sequences encoding polypeptides from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius are provided. Further provided are methods for modulating or altering metabolism in a cell using isolated and/or purified polypeptides and nucleic acid sequences from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius.


Patent
Battelle | Date: 2016-11-14

Devices and processes for performing shear-assisted extrusion include a rotatable extrusion die with a scroll face configured to draw plasticized material from an outer edge of a billet generally perpendicularly toward an extrusion orifice while the extrusion die assembly simultaneously applies a rotational shear and axial extrusion force to the billet.


A manufactured component, method and apparatus for advanced manufacturing that includes a nozzle for extruding a working material, wherein the polymeric working material includes a carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The build of the component takes place on a work surface at atmospheric temperatures.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Cooperative Agreement | Program: | Phase: NEON - CONSTRUCTION | Award Amount: 109.35M | Year: 2016

The biosphere is one of the planets most complex systems with countless internal processes and interactions with the earths physical processes and systems. It is imperative that we understand how the biosphere is responding to and affecting earths physical systems, yet our understanding of the biosphere does not match our increasingly sophisticated understanding of the earths physical and chemical systems at regional, continental, and global scales. The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is designed to understand and predict: (1) how ecosystems work and respond to changes, especially at large scales; (2) how ecosystem processes feed back to alter earth system processes, including climate and hydrology; and (3) the implications of these processes and feedbacks for human endeavors. NEON will enable research on the impacts of climate and land use change, unsustainable water use, and invasive species on the Nations living ecosystems at the temporal and spatial scales that are relevant to human well-being. NEON will be the first research platform and the only national experimental facility specifically designed to enable research to answer continental-scale questions on causes of and responses to environmental change and the mechanisms involved in observed changes. NEON will be the first experimental facility to collect consistent and standardized biological measurements across nationwide sites and to make the data available in close to real-time.

This award provides Major Research Equipment and Facility Construction funds to construct NEON. Funds are provided to deploy geographically distributed field and lab infrastructure networked via cybertechnology to form an integrated research platform. Cutting-edge sensor networks, instrumentation, experimental infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, support facilities including towers and board walks, and biological sampling plots will be deployed in the continental US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. Three airborne remote sensing systems and mobile laboratories will be constructed. Funds are provided for central technical, cyberinfrastructure, and project management facilities and support staff. Resources are provided to develop the NEON data products and to integrate federal agency operational data resources. Funds are provided to develop NEONs education and outreach portals and staff training programs. The data from these resources will be linked to computational, analytical, and modeling capabilities to create NEONs integrated infrastructure.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Cooperative Agreement | Program: | Phase: NEON-OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE | Award Amount: 31.56M | Year: 2016

The biosphere is one of the planets most complex systems with countless internal processes and interactions with the earths physical processes and systems. It is imperative that we understand how the biosphere is responding to and affecting earths physical systems, yet our understanding of the biosphere does not match our increasingly sophisticated understanding of the earths physical and chemical systems at regional, continental, and global scales. The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is designed to understand and predict: (1) how ecosystems work and respond to changes, especially at large scales; (2) how ecosystem processes feed back to alter earth system processes, including climate and hydrology; and (3) the implications of these processes and feedbacks for human endeavors. NEON will enable research on the impacts of climate and land use change, unsustainable water use, and invasive species on the Nations living ecosystems at the temporal and spatial scales that are relevant to human well-being. NEON will be the first research platform and the only national experimental facility specifically designed to enable research to answer continental-scale questions on causes of and responses to environmental change and the mechanisms involved in observed changes. NEON will be the first experimental facility to collect consistent and standardized biological measurements across nationwide sites and to make the data available in close to real-time.

This award provides support for initial operations of the NEON observatory. Funds are provided to use the geographically distributed field and lab infrastructure networked via cybertechnology as an integrated research platform. Cutting-edge sensor networks, instrumentation, experimental infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, support facilities including towers and board walks, and biological sampling plots will be employed in the continental US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. Airborne remote sensing systems and mobile laboratories will be deployed. Funds are provided for central technical, cyberinfrastructure, and project management facilities and support staff. Funds are provided for NEONs education and outreach portals and staff training programs. The data from these resources will be linked to computational, analytical, and modeling capabilities to create NEONs integrated infrastructure.

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