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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • What does the device do?
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    • It's a fire extinguisher that puts out fires with sound waves.
  • How did you get the idea to do this?
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    • Others were working on it, but Viet said, "Why don't we be the ones to make this work?"
    • We morphed through a two prototypes until we got to this one – Mach III.
    • Many attempts were made before the Eureka! moment when you discovered it wasn't high frequency sounds like in dog whistles, but low frequency sounds like the THUMP, THUMP, THUMP in hip-hop that did the trick.
  • What are the potential applications of the extinguisher? Why is it better?
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    • It's Safer for the environment – no toxic chemicals -- so safer in homes in offices – won't hurt kids or animals
    • It's more cost-effective than sprinklers for false alarms – no water damage
    • It's effective in space where fire is a big issue. Sound waves can be aimed without gravity.
    • It could be mounted on drones for large forest fires or urban conflagrations, making it safer for firefighters
    • Consumer use in homes and offices
  • Have you got a patent, this thing seems like it will revolutionize the industry?
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    • We've filed a "provisional patent application" with help from Mason's Office of Tech Transfer to protect our idea.
  • What's next? Talking to any venture capitalists?
    • Tee-hee, ho ho ho.


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Petricoin Receives Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant


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Mason's Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research

George Mason University is playing a leadership role in growing Virginia's bioscience economy, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday at the opening of the university's Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research. More

Professor Louise Shelley has been named an inaugural 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Shelley's winning proposal to Carnegie addresses the illicit economy that is undermining the sustainability of the planet. She credits Mason's leadership with helping her advance her research on nontraditional threats in the contemporary world More


Petricoin named Innovator of the Year by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

Best known for his innovative work in personalized medicine, George Mason University researcher Emanuel "Chip" Petricoin, is this year's Innovator of the Year by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. The inaugural Greater Washington Innovator Awards will be held April 20. More


Rapid Test for TB Gets Boost from Gates Foundation

Lance Liotta, co-director of GMU's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine and co-founder of Ceres. says, "TB is treatable, if it can be detected in time, thus a reliable and highly sensitive point-of care test for active pulmonary tuberculosis will be a game changer for disease control" More

Symposium Gives Researchers a New Perspective

Collaborating with colleagues outside your field may be challenging, but the rewards can lead to research that answers questions of consequence. Mason researchers discussed hurdles and benefits at health-focused multidisciplinary research symposium. More