Method and Apparatus for Bioweapon Decontamination

It is in the interest of the public health and national security that the Public Health Service find a licensee for the commercial development and rapid dissemination of the apparatus and method of this invention.

The apparatus enables the decontamination of articles contaminated with bioweapons, more particularly sporolated bioweapons of which anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) is of notable concern. The system includes enclosing the article to be decontaminated in a humidified environment thus enhancing the susceptibility of spores to decontamination gases such as chlorine dioxide.

Air-bubble Cushioning Application to Improve Shock Absorption Performance of Construction and Industrial Helmets

Helmets are used to protect against traumatic brain injury (TBI) in construction. Over time, helmets will experience cumulative structural damage with impacts at repeated magnitudes greater than their endurance limits. Despite the outstanding shock absorption performances of air cushions in many applications (e.g., air beds, shoes, seat cushions, and other ergonomic designs), air bubble cushioning has not been used in construction helmets thus far.

MRI Scanner Bore Covering

This invention pertains to a bore covering for creating controlled environments and specifically for maintaining temperature within the bore of an MRI scanner. The bore covering includes a covering sheet with fastening means (e.g., weak-tack adhesive, pressure-sensitive adhesive or low-tack adhesive) around its inner surfaces that permits reversible attachment to the scanner. The adhesive ends can be peeled away to expose an edge of the bore opening or the entire sheet may be constructed with peel away gaps so that warm air can be pumped into the bore.