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 Food Storage Technology Improves Consumer Satisfaction

Food Storage Technology Improves Consumer Satisfaction

North Carolina State University

To provide consumers with the freshest, highest-quality fruits and vegetables, researchers have long been interested in managing the production of ethylene, which is a naturally occurring hormone in fruit that causes ripening, and eventually, soft...

A Device to Treat Solid GI Tract Tumors

A Device to Treat Solid GI Tract Tumors

A precision cancer therapy procedure invented at University College Cork (UCC) treats solid tumors of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including difficult-to-treat esophageal cancer, in an outpatient setting, minimizing hospital time. Developed ...

Serving a Better Cup of Coffee

Serving a Better Cup of Coffee

University of Guelph

In recent years, the popularity of single-serve coffee makers has increased dramatically. The handy appliances — commonplace in many homes, office break rooms and hotels — provide convenience for consumers, but at a high cost to the en...

A Novel Partnership Tackles Meningitis

A Novel Partnership Tackles Meningitis

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

In the middle of 2003, Marc LaForce was having trouble sleeping. As the director of the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP), he was missing a vital piece of a difficult puzzle. The MVP sought to commercialize a vaccine that would help prevent Af...

Portal Infuses Technology Into K-12 Classrooms

Portal Infuses Technology Into K-12 Classrooms

PLS 3rd Learning

Univeristy at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach

University at Buffalo

If Don Jacobs gets his wish, K-12 classrooms soon will be transformed by disruptive and innovative new teaching methods. He also hopes to be part of that change, through his own innovation: web-based systems that offer teachers a searchable curric...

Acadia’s Pest v. Pesticide Challenge

Acadia’s Pest v. Pesticide Challenge

Partnership Seeks “Green” Ways to Save Trees, Crops

Acadia University

Dalhousie University

University of New Brunswick

With rising concerns about the adverse environmental and health effects of traditional pesticides, a major push is under way to develop more “green” approaches to pest management—and not just in Canada but around the world.

ACE Inhibitors Found to Treat Diabetic Nephropathy

ACE Inhibitors Found to Treat Diabetic Nephropathy

Brigham & Women's Hospital

For those with high blood pressure, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) are a dream come true. By opening arteries, these drugs lower blood pressure and the resultant strain on the heart. But it turns out that ACE inhibitors ...

Activator Puts the Brakes on Cancer

Activator Puts the Brakes on Cancer

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

As a kid, James Allison loved to figure out how things worked. “I wanted to be the first person on the planet to know something before anyone else,” says Allison, who prepared for a life of discovery by pursuing a bachelor’s degr...

Aguru Images Shines Light on Digital Imaging

Aguru Images Shines Light on Digital Imaging

New York University

University of Southern California

In the world of academic technology transfer, one contact often leads to another, ultimately resulting in new discoveries that enter the marketplace. That is the story of Aguru Images, which merged brilliant academic discoveries from universities ...

ALEKS Tutors Students in Learning to Succeed

ALEKS Tutors Students in Learning to Succeed

University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine)

The groundbreaking intelligent tutoring system developed at the University of California, Irvine, equalizes educational opportunities because it knows exactly what the student knows and what the student is ready to learn. “Alan,” a stu...

Partnership Yields Revolutionary Cancer Drug

Partnership Yields Revolutionary Cancer Drug

Eli Lilly and Co.

Princeton University

The brimstone butterfly adorns the business cards of Edward C. Taylor, Ph.D. A fitting homage to his life’s work, the butterfly symbolizes Taylor’s inspiration to develop the anticancer drug Alimta (pemetrexed). Alimta is currently app...

Increasing Mobility for Amputees

Increasing Mobility for Amputees

Bloorview Research Institute

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

University of Toronto

Worldwide, about 30 million people require a prosthetic device to walk, yet only 10 percent of those individuals have access to the devices. Prosthetic devices available in developing countries are often rudimentary and do not offer the functional...

Innovative Bandage Saves Lives

Innovative Bandage Saves Lives

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Severe blood loss is one of the leading causes of death in traumatic injury cases. Despite the abundant research that exists on ways to stop surface bleeding (hemostasis), little work has been done to develop special materials that can be applied ...

An Effective Therapeutic  for  Sickle Cell Disease

An Effective Therapeutic for Sickle Cell Disease

Virginia Commonwealth University

Donald Abraham’s quest to find a new drug to treat sickle cell disease (SCD) has all the intrigue and plot twists of a suspense novel: It’s a decades-long, against-all-odds pursuit filled with overwhelming obstacles, false starts, unca...

A Promising Tool Against Prostate Cancer

A Promising Tool Against Prostate Cancer

University of Maryland Baltimore

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in America (skin cancers excluded) affecting one in six men. In fact, more than 234,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the Prostate Cancer F...

Taking the Bite Out of Bed Bugs

Taking the Bite Out of Bed Bugs

The Pennsylvania State University

You may have heard stories from those who’ve brought home bed bugs and then spent thousands exterminating the pests. A new biopesticide takes the bite out of expensive remediation.

From Hardware Store to Operating Room

From Hardware Store to Operating Room

University of British Columbia

Healthcare facilities in the developing world lack many resources, including access to expensive surgical equipment. As a result, some 5 billion people lack access to safe surgery because surgeons do not have access to the right medical equipment....

Designing Devices for Africa's Rural Poor

Designing Devices for Africa's Rural Poor

University of Georgia

University of Georgia Research Foundation

In industrialized countries, a milk cooler is where shoppers grab a gallon of milk at the grocery store. A nutcracker is something people use to pry open a pecan. But in developing countries, those two devices can look quite different. In some cou...

Artificial Lung Helps Patients Breathe Easier

Artificial Lung Helps Patients Breathe Easier

University of Pittsburgh

A 76-year-old woman with chronic emphysema was admitted to a hospital in India earlier this year. She was complaining of shortness of breath and was diagnosed as being in respiratory failure, meaning she had a buildup of carbon dioxide in her lung...

Emory Researchers at the Forefront of HIV Antivirals

Emory Researchers at the Forefront of HIV Antivirals

Emory University

More than 90 percent of people in the U.S. who have HIV, and many around the world, take at least one of the drugs invented by Emory researchers Ray Schinazi, Dennis Liotta, and Woo-Baeg Choi. In the early 1990s, Schinazi, an infectious disease ...

Automation Technology Speeds DNA Analysis

Automation Technology Speeds DNA Analysis

Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab

In the event of a disease outbreak or biochemical terrorist attack, identifying the pathological agents as quickly as possible is critical for mitigating losses. Technology developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., ...

A Better View of Cancer Treatment

A Better View of Cancer Treatment

Emory University

Thanks to research conducted at Emory University, an imaging compound called Axumin® (fluciclovine F-18) can help provide more accurate diagnostic scans, which allow more informed treatment decisions.

Improved Diagnostic Test Targets Hard-to-Detect Bacteria

Improved Diagnostic Test Targets Hard-to-Detect Bacteria

North Carolina State University

By the time Edward Breitschwerdt was in 9th grade, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian. After turning that childhood dream into a degree, Breitschwerdt, D.V.M., expected to spend his career taking care of the local animals in Maryland, wher...

Berkeley-Darfur Stoves Improve Women’s Safety and Feed Refugees

Berkeley-Darfur Stoves Improve Women’s Safety and Feed Refugees

Engineers Without Borders

Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

The humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan has displaced nearly 2.3 million people. While many of these individuals live within the safe confines of refugee camps, they are not always out of harm’s way. Women must venture ...

Better Plantlets for Better Plants

Better Plantlets for Better Plants

Washington State University

Washington State University Office of Commercialization

Using a proprietary growing method developed at Washington State University (WSU), start-up company Phytelligence is producing plants and trees faster than ever, offering a fresh alternative to tree farmers in an industry overripe for innovation. ...

BevShots Takes Flight with Cocktail Imagery

BevShots Takes Flight with Cocktail Imagery

Florida State University

Michael Davidson, of the FSU Magnetic Laboratory, created images of mixed drinks photographed using a light microscope and polarized light. The photo galleries of the pictures were first used by Stonehenge Inc in NYC, a NeckTie business, to create...

BeadChip Types Platelets for Better Transfusion Outcomes

BeadChip Types Platelets for Better Transfusion Outcomes

BioArray Solutions

BloodCenter of Wisconsin

In a hospital birthing suite, a mother’s labors are rewarded, and a new life enters the world. But the baby appears to be severely bruised, almost as if it had been beaten in the womb. How could this have happened? In another hospital, a can...

3D Bone Implants Developed to Improve Skull Repair

3D Bone Implants Developed to Improve Skull Repair

National University of Singapore

“Brain injury occurs more frequently than breast cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury,” remarks Allan I. Bergman, president and chief executive officer of the Brain Injury Association. Standard treatment to prevent b...

Biodegradable Inks Make Tattoo Removal Easy, Affordable

Biodegradable Inks Make Tattoo Removal Easy, Affordable

Massachusetts General Hospital

People get tattoos for lots of reasons that seem great at the time — but as life and love change, tattoos, especially if they are highly visible, may cause problems. Removing a tattoo can be painful and expensive and may lead to permanent sk...

Biomarkers Identify Best Options for Leukemia Patients

Biomarkers Identify Best Options for Leukemia Patients

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

In 2001 the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Gleevec™ as a firstline therapy for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). To date results have been impressive. Over 90 percent of the patients who received Gleevec responded...

Bio-Material Improves Heart Surgery Outcomes

Bio-Material Improves Heart Surgery Outcomes

Purdue Research Foundation

More than 650,000 open heart surgeries are performed every year. During open heart surgery, the thin sac or casing surrounding the heart is cut open and sometimes even damaged. It’s usually left unrepaired because a compatible repair materia...

Planting Seeds to Faster Recovery

Planting Seeds to Faster Recovery

Emory University

Tiny “seeds” of radiation placed within the coronary artery minimize growth of cells at the angioplasty site — reducing the amount of scar tissue and improving recovery.

Researchers Realize a Vision to Help the Blind

Researchers Realize a Vision to Help the Blind

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Sometimes the path technology takes to the marketplace is dotted with people who raise a quizzical eyebrow and say, You want to do what? In the case of the Brainport vision device, some of the first people to do so were two of the co-inventors. Th...

Breast CT: A New Alternative to Mammography

Breast CT: A New Alternative to Mammography

University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Computed tomography (CT) is used extensively to identify tumors and other abnormalities in the brain, abdomen and pelvis. In contrast to medical X-rays, which produce a single-layer 2-D image, a CT scan records hundreds of images of multiple tissu...

Crop Protection Gets a Boost with Biotechnology

Crop Protection Gets a Boost with Biotechnology

InsectiGen

University of Georgia

University of Georgia Research Foundation

Big problems can come in small packages. Case in point: The insect pests that feed on crops. Each year, these tiny creatures cause large-scale agricultural devastation around the world. For farmers, that erodes revenue worth billions of dollars an...

Helping Newborns and Their Parents Breathe Easier

Helping Newborns and Their Parents Breathe Easier

Rice University

Each year, millions of babies are born with an urgent struggle: breathing. It’s particularly common for premature babies who don’t have fully developed lungs, and one solution that can save lives is a machine called a bubble CPAP (whic...

Buffalograss May Bring Relaxation Back to Your Summer

Buffalograss May Bring Relaxation Back to Your Summer

University of Nebraska

For hundreds of years, hearty, drought-resistant buffalograsses have thrived on the Great Plains of America. The search for improved, urbanized buffalograsses that could be used for lawns, golf courses, parks, and other commercial turf application...

Ultrasound Technology Helps Maximize Beef Production

Ultrasound Technology Helps Maximize Beef Production

Kansas State University

A more efficient and profitable form of beef production became possible with the invention of the innovative carcass ultrasound technology invented by Kansas State Professor John Brethour. The technology offers beef producers a fast, non-invasive ...

Colorful Hybrids Brighten Gardens Across America

Colorful Hybrids Brighten Gardens Across America

University of Connecticut

Millions of home gardeners have beautified their yards with colorful flowers developed by Professor Ron Parker, Ph.D., at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. Parker’s plant-breeding work was highly unusual in that he made extensive use of ...

Scientific Visualization Leads to the CAVE

Scientific Visualization Leads to the CAVE

University of Illinois, Chicago

Imagine being able to stand inside a human heart and watch blood flow around you. Or, imagine test-driving a car, before it actually has been built. Through the wonders of the CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment), the first technology to wide...

Antimicrobial Agent Kills Food-Borne Pathogens Safely

Antimicrobial Agent Kills Food-Borne Pathogens Safely

University of Arkansas

Deadly microbes such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria are a big concern for food-processing plants. Despite the food industry’s efforts to maintain clean work environments, these organisms still enter the food chain and sicken thousands ...

Cell Biology Tools Offer Unique Benefits

Cell Biology Tools Offer Unique Benefits

University of South Florida

Cell proliferation assays are widely used in cell biology research, in academia, and in the burgeoning global biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. Assays, or scientific tests, are used to measure the impact of a given substance or environmental tre...

Viewing Blood Flow in the Brain

Viewing Blood Flow in the Brain

University of Missouri

The first drug of its kind to help physicians look at blood flow abnormalities in the brain of patients with neurological disorders — providing an important diagnostic tool in brain research and medical treatment.

Cholera Vaccine Keeps Turkeys Healthy

Cholera Vaccine Keeps Turkeys Healthy

Brigham Young University

If you enjoyed that gobbler you and your family ate at Thanksgiving, or simply like the occasional turkey-on-rye sandwich, you may be indebted to a Brigham Young University (BYU) emeritus professor of microbiology named Marcus Jensen. Jensen, who ...

Chemotherapy Drug Offers Hope for Hairy Cell Leukemia

Chemotherapy Drug Offers Hope for Hairy Cell Leukemia

Brigham Young University

Hairy cell leukemia represents about two percent of all forms of leukemia, typically affecting men and women between the ages of 40 and 70. Most patients are white males over 40. Men are four to five times more likely to be affected by this form o...

New COVID-19 Saliva Swab Boosts Testing Capacity

New COVID-19 Saliva Swab Boosts Testing Capacity

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Testing is critical to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for Clarifi COVID-19 on September 22, 2020. The new, rapid diagnostic test developed by re...

Single Use Vaginal Speculum Improved Patient Outcomes

Single Use Vaginal Speculum Improved Patient Outcomes

University of South Florida

The ClearSpec® Single Use Vaginal Speculum is an innovative device that can not only improve patient outcomes but can also improve patient discomfort often associated with gynecological exams. ClearSpec® Single Use Vaginal Speculum has bee...

Seeing More Means Hearing More

Univesity of Illinois

As the father of a child with recurring ear infections, Ryan Shelton felt the frustration that many parents experience because inner ear problems are so difficult to diagnose and treat. But unlike most parents, Shelton had a doctorate in biomedica...

Cochlear Implant Brings Sound and Language to Thousands

Cochlear Implant Brings Sound and Language to Thousands

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

An electronic hearing device developed by neuroscientists at the University of California, San Francisco gives the gift of sound to thousands of people who have lost their hearing and brings normal language to people who have been deaf since birth...

Serving a Greener Cup of Coffee

Serving a Greener Cup of Coffee

University of Guelph

Thanks to researchers at University of Guelph, consumers are now brewing a more earth-friendly cup of coffee. The popularity of single-serve coffee makers has grown dramatically in recent years. The handy appliances provide convenience for consume...

CLA: A Versatile Fatty Acid with Promising Applications

CLA: A Versatile Fatty Acid with Promising Applications

University of Wisconsin Madison

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

The pivotal collaborations that lead to groundbreaking inventions are typically born in the hallways of research institutes or during coffee breaks at scientific conferences. But on a running path? That’s where two ambitious scientists with ...

Letting Cooler Roofs Prevail

Letting Cooler Roofs Prevail

Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Imagine it’s a hot summer day, and you can choose between walking barefoot on a black asphalt sidewalk or one that’s concrete. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, you’d probably choose the relatively cooler, light-color...

Staggered Banknote Identification Card Aids the Blind

Staggered Banknote Identification Card Aids the Blind

Universidad de Costa Rica

In order to improve the quality of life of the blind and visually-impaired people, Costa Rican banknotes use different colors, sizes, and tactile marks to distinguish the different types of banknotes used in the country. Proffesor Eric Hidalgo-Val...

Surgically Implanted Plate Ideal for Challenging Fractures

Surgically Implanted Plate Ideal for Challenging Fractures

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Metaphyseal fractures are breaks that occur at the end of a bone, near the junction between the tubular shaft and the blocky end of the bone. Standard methods of repair, including casts, external fixators, pins and plates, may result in less-than-...

Shedding Light on Cancer Surgery and Treatment

Shedding Light on Cancer Surgery and Treatment

Phil Low, Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, is working to revolutionize cancer treatment by developing several ‘cancer-lighting’ molecules. Low and his team of researchers in West Lafayette, IN,...

Providing a Live View of the Cellular World

Providing a Live View of the Cellular World

Auburn University

When Vitaly Vodyanoy wanted to see something that had forever been invisible, he figured out a way to see it. Cobbling together glass lenses and playing with the angles of various light sources, he built a novel microscope that allowed him to see ...

Helping Educators Empower Diabetic Patients

Helping Educators Empower Diabetic Patients

University of Illinois, Chicago

Nearly 26 million Americans are affected by diabetes, a disease that impairs the body’s ability to produce or use the hormone called insulin that controls glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. The disease, which can lead to devastating health...

Anonymizing Health Care Information for Higher Use

Anonymizing Health Care Information for Higher Use

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

University of Ottawa

Privacy Analytics, a Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute Inc. and University of Ottawa spin-off, has developed the world’s only proven, responsible way of unlocking the value of health data, ultimately impr...

Diagnostic Test Warns Mothers Before Preeclampsia Strikes

Diagnostic Test Warns Mothers Before Preeclampsia Strikes

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Ctr

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous complication of pregnancy that can strike women as early as the 20th week of gestation with little notice. It is characterized by a sudden spike in maternal blood pressure, edema and protein in the urine. In...

Diagnostic Kits Speed Detection of Infectious Diseases

Diagnostic Kits Speed Detection of Infectious Diseases

National University of Singapore

Malaria and dengue fever are mosquito-borne diseases that affect millions of people in the tropics, with malaria killing about three million people worldwide every year. Rapid, accurate diagnosis is paramount for timely treatment or emergency resp...

Lens Helps Cataract Patients See at All Distances

Lens Helps Cataract Patients See at All Distances

University of Arizona

Imagine having cataracts, then finding a way to see - at all ranges - without contacts or glasses. Previous cataract surgeries offered clarity for only two distances: near and far. What about the intermediate range? A University of Arizona optic...

Chemical-Free Strategy Keeps Food Pest-Free

Chemical-Free Strategy Keeps Food Pest-Free

University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Every day at mealtime, millions of people worldwide are joined by uninvited guests: namely, pathogens and other pests that reside in food. When consumed, the contamination often leads to dire consequences. Microbes like E.coli and salmonella harbo...

Life-Saving Warmth for Newborns with Hypothermia

Life-Saving Warmth for Newborns with Hypothermia

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Hypothermia contributes to the death of an estimated one million newborns every year, almost exclusively in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). These deaths are especially tragic because they are easily preventable. Premature or low bi...

Smartphone App Steers Drivers Toward Safety

Smartphone App Steers Drivers Toward Safety

University of Minnesota

Alec Gorjestani, M.Sc., showed an early interest in transportation innovation — as a teenager, he built a go-cart from a lawnmower engine. Years later, he's moved beyond backyard DIY projects. Gorjestani's problem-solving skills...

Drug Combination of Antacid and H2 Antagonist

Drug Combination of Antacid and H2 Antagonist

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Heartburn is a prevailing condition for many Americans that can lead to gastro reflux disease, scarring of the esophagus, painful or difficult swallowing, and precancerous lesions. More than 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a mont...

Drug Technology Targets Alzheimer’s Disease

Drug Technology Targets Alzheimer’s Disease

Tel Aviv University

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that is increasing at alarming rates around the world. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by 2050 nearly 12 million Americans and 45 million people worldwide will ...

Intoxication Tests Help Keep Roads Safe

Intoxication Tests Help Keep Roads Safe

Indiana University

Indiana University Professor Rolla Hager, M.D., introduced the Drunkometer in 1938, marking the beginning of a long, fruitful relationship between the university and the fight against drunk driving. Patented in 1936, the Drunkometer was the first ...

Composting Toilet Is Environmentally Friendly

Composting Toilet Is Environmentally Friendly

University of Washington

Managing human and animal waste can be a big problem in remote, rural, or environmentally-sensitive areas. But University of Washington-Bothell professor Chuck Henry, Ph.D., has taken a big step toward managing this challenge by inventing an inexp...

Electronic Pill Crusher Improves the Task

Electronic Pill Crusher Improves the Task

British Columbia Inst of Tech (BCIT)

The health care environment is often a hectic, fast-paced, and sometimes hazardous workplace for nurses and other providers. One of those hazards is the risk of developing painful and often debilitating carpel tunnel syndrome from repeatedly grind...

The Tell-Tale Heart: Emory's Cardiac Toolbox

The Tell-Tale Heart: Emory's Cardiac Toolbox

Emory University

A three-dimensional image of a beating heart rotates on the computer monitor in Ernest Garcia's first-floor office at Emory Hospital. On another screen, color-coded virtual "slices" of the heart show the distribution of blood flow wh...

TyraTech: Bringing

TyraTech: Bringing "Green Pesticides" to the World Marketplace

University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Vanderbilt University

One day in the early 1990s, it was business as usual for Essam Enan, Ph.D. Enan was performing cancer related research on essential plant oils in his laboratory at the University of California, Davis, where he was working as a research professor. ...

UWA Drug Treatment Offers Hope for Young Sufferers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

UWA Drug Treatment Offers Hope for Young Sufferers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

University of Western Australia

University of Western Australia’s Centre for Neuromuscular and Neurological Disorders

Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute

Some 20,000 chlidren are diagnosed each year with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle wasting disease, which is caused by errors in their dystrophin gene. Affected children are usually confined to a wheelchair by the age of 12 and succumb ...

EZ-IO: Using the Bone When the Veins Won't Do

EZ-IO: Using the Bone When the Veins Won't Do

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

More than six million emergency room patients annually cannot have intravenous (IV) therapy started successfully when they need it. In situations in which the patients’ veins collapse due to shock, low blood pressure, cardiac arrest or other...

Building a Better Radiotracer

Building a Better Radiotracer

Emory University

Waiting twenty years for your discovery to gain FDA approval and become available to physicians might test some researchers’ resolve. But radiopharmaceutical chemist Mark Goodman, PhD, kept his eye on the prize: a new and improved imaging ag...