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the identified needs security monitoring methods and systems for implementation in cargo transport operations are provided. 12. U.S. Patent Application Serial Number: 12/ 859,479 Filed: August 19, 2010 Title: "Conversion of Triglycerides to Hydrocarbons by Means of a Mixed Oxide Catalyst Inventors: Mark Crocker and Ms. Tonya Morgan (Center for Applied Energy Research) Technical Description: The invention relates to the field of hydrocarbon production and catalysts for that purpose. Summary: This invention offers a new and improved mixed oxide catalyst of nickel and aluminum that is relatively easy and inexpensive to produce but provides perfonnance previously only exhibited by more expensive palladium and platinum catalysts. The disclosed catalysts are useful in the conversion of vegetable oils and animal fats to hydrocarbon fuels. 13. U.S. Patent Application Serial Number: 12/ 942,396 Filed: November 9, 2010 Title: "Method for Production of Gennanium Nanowires Encapsulated Within Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Inventors: Mark Crocker and Rodney Andrews (Center for Applied Energy Research) Teclmical Description: The invention relates generally to the field of nanotechnology and specifically to a method of producing gennanium nanowires encapsulated within multi-walled carbon nanotubes as well as to such nanowires as produced by that method. Summary: This invention is a simple one- or two-step synthesis method using a combined gennanium and carbon source. The resulting nanowires are characterized by high thennal stability and high electrical conductivity. In contrast to prior methods, the current method is catalyst free and the reaction product is clean and pure. 14. U.S. Patent Application Serial Number: 12/ 846,3 52 Filed: July 29, 2010 Title: "Adaptive Heat Pump Resistance Heat Controller Inventor: Robert Fehr (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering) Teclmical Description: The invention relates to an electrical heating apparatus and method for more efficiently and economically heating an area to a desired temperature using primary and secondary heating sources. Summary: A heat pump system is a conventional heating device for conditioning air in a living space. Under certain operating conditions a heat pump cannot provide enough heat to meet demand. Accordingly, heat pump systems typically incorporate a secondary resistance heating circuit that operates when the difference in indoor and outdoor air temperature reduces the efficiency ofthe heat pump. This invention relates to an electrical heating