Abstract: An artificial expert system and method for determining whether to buy, sell, or hold a specific Individually Traded Unit (ITU) of publicly traded units residing in a securities or investment portfolio owned or controlled by a user, wherein the portfolio comprises of at least the trading statistics of each ITU. In one embodiment, the invention provides a user with a rational basis: to sell the optimum number of ITU's to unload at the optimum ITU sale price or buy the optimum number of ITU's to purchase at the optimum ITU purchase price or recommend that the user neither buy nor sell any of the selected ITU's.
Abstract: An online voting game that teaches the participants the mechanics behind running for office. Registered users can run for office or participate as a voter or do neither and, for example, observe the results as they roll in. Registered users that run for office are required to comply with a set of predetermined rules. Voting at state and city level is performed based on each voter's recorded residence (e.g., city and state); users can run in national elections such as running for President so long as they satisfy the age, residency and citizenship requirements to run for President. In one embodiment, registered users running for office provide photographs and video clips that disclose their views on political issues of the day.
Abstract: A dispenser for separately dispensing warmed water and powdered baby formula, to promote expeditious preparation of baby bottles. The dispenser may have a water circuit including a threaded water storage vessel, a threaded in-line filter, an electrically powered, thermostatically controlled heating chamber, and a discharge conduit controlled by a lever. The dispenser may have a powder circuit comprising a powder storage chamber, a rotary compartmented carousel which promotes flow of stored powder for discharge through a chute, and an agitator to further promote flow of powder. An illumination lamp may be disposed to illuminate discharge areas. A catch tray may be disposed beneath the liquid and powder discharge areas.
Abstract: A two part scraper for scraping glass and other substrates, wherein a scraping part may be located on one side of the substrate and a handle member may be located on the other side. The two parts are magnetically coupled and move in tandem when the handle part is pulled by the user. A cutting blade may be received within a blade holder which may be mounted to the scraping part by screws and coil springs. The blade holder may be mounted at an angle such as a forty-five degree angle to the surface being scraped. The scraping part may comprise hook and loop material as a scrubbing surface and may have a suction cup located on that surface contacting the substrate. The handle part may have a soft felt lining for contacting the substrate.
Abstract: A simulated fishing lure replicates the physical characteristics and swimming motion of a live North American mudpuppy, while preventing a captured fish from escaping by biting through the lure. The lure comprises of a lure body (a head, midsection and tail) and a motion-creating bill. The motion-creating bill and the lure body's tail work together to create the life-like side-to-side swimming motion of the lure. The longitudinal inner cavity within the midsection of the lure body contains an anchoring device to ensure that the fishing line and hook remain secured to the fish, even when the lure is bitten in half.
Abstract: A draft excluder for excluding drafts between a door and the floor. The draft excluder is made up of an elongated angled bracket, at least one clip, a flexible covering, and an elongated weight. The flexible covering can take the form of a cloth covering. The elongated angled bracket defines first and second sidewalls with an interior angle there-between. The first and second sidewalls respectively define first and second elongated terminal edges. During normal use the at least one clip holds the first sidewall of the bracket to the bottom of a door such that the interior angle faces downward and towards the floor beneath the door. The flexible covering defines a cover portion that extends between the first and second elongated terminal edges. The cover portion defines an interior surface and an exterior surface. The elongated weight is affixed to the interior surface of the cover portion.
Abstract: A method for detecting trends based on outcomes generated by a first process, comprising the steps of: (a) determining all possible outcomes associated with the first process, wherein the first process is associated with a range of possible outcomes; (b) coding the possible outcomes to provide a plurality of separate groups, wherein each possible outcome is systematically allocated to one of the groups; (c) allocating an identifier to each of the groups; (d) monitoring the first process such that actual outcomes generated by the first process are mapped to an identifier in accordance with coding step (b); (e) providing a matrix made up of rows and columns; (f) allocating each identifier generated in step (d) to the matrix, and (g) repeating step (f) until a trend of duplicating identifiers becomes self-evident.
Abstract: A method of treating an effect of a chemical agent, which agent is characterized by one or more chiral centres, by administering a dilution or an ultra-high dilution or potentised preparation of a stereoisomer of said chemical agent.
Abstract: A train rail alignment and distance system. The train rail alignment and distance system is a durable, highly accurate, portable electronic measurement system that is used for determining both rail inclination and distance between substantially parallel train rail sections during the processes of railway construction, maintenance, and monitoring. The system is designed to work accurately across a wide temperature range and in extreme weather conditions. It is designed to be easily manufactured, configured and maintained. The system also includes several optional integrated features and functions such as: field calibration, factory configuration, GPS and/or USB integration, PC and/or Internet-based communications, and data logging, data storage, and data analysis capabilities.
Abstract: A door safety device, comprising: a door clasp, an anti-door-closing member, and a casing. The anti-door-closing member includes an elongated stem having opposite proximal and distal ends, wherein the proximal end comprises a raised spacer, and wherein the distal end of the elongated stem includes a stem button.