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Just over three weeks to go until the TechCon!

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  • To review the education program, click here.
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  • To register and then make hotel reservations, click here.
  • To view exhibition information, click here.
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The Physics of Peeling Tape

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Super slow-motion video reveals the microscopic details of how tape peels. Most of us are familiar with the screeching noise packing tape makes when it's peeled off a box, as well as the frustration of failing to cleanly remove a label from a new purchase. It turns out that the jerky stop-and-go motion we experience when peeling tape occurs at a microscopic level as well.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

How Diet Changed Language

 By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

Eating softer processed foods changed the position of humans' adult teeth, making it easier to say sounds like "f" and "v," new research suggests. What you eat may influence what sounds your language regularly uses, a new study finds. In a sense, eating soft foods like fava beans helped humans say words like "fava beans," researchers said. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Peggy Greb, USDA ARS   via Wikipedia
Rights information: Public domain
Sound Waves May Fall Up in Gravity Instead of Down

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

New findings suggest that ordinary sound has negative gravitational mass. The sound of a sonic boom may produce about the same magnitude of gravitational pull as a 10-milligram weight, a new study finds. Oddly, the findings also suggest the pull is in the opposite direction of the gravitational pull generated by normal matter, meaning sound waves might fall up instead of down in Earth's gravitational field.   READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Meet Some Robots with a Softer Touch

 By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Researchers embrace the wobbliness of soft materials to make squishy robots. When you think of robots you probably picture something made of cold hard metal, or maybe smooth plastic armor. But what about a soft robot with no gears or wires? Katia Bertoldi, an engineer at Harvard University, and her colleagues are all about building robots with squishy and soft materials. She   shared   some of the designs at a meeting of the American Physical Society this March in Boston. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Katia Bertoldi, Harvard University

Artificial Intelligence Helps Hunt Down Superconductors

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Researchers use machine learning to speed up the trial-and-error search for new materials that can conduct electricity without resistance. Finding the next miracle material can be a tedious process. Thomas Edison and his fellow researchers famously tested thousands of materials before  finding the right one   for making lightbulb filaments. The search for superconductors, and in particular materials that can sustain superconductivity up to room temperature, is perhaps a modern-day equivalent.   READ FULL ARTICLE.

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A Fresh Look at Quark-Gluon Plasma Soup

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Theoretical physicists come up with a new way to analyze the firework of signals coming from particle collision experiments.  Quarks and gluons are the building blocks for larger particles such as protons and neutrons, which in part make up atoms in all the ordinary matter in the universe, from moon rocks to the center of the sun. They are classified as fundamental particles like their more famous cousin, the electron, but remain relatively mysterious. Scientists had to build city-sized particle accelerators to smash protons together and send the quarks and gluons flying apart long enough to study them. A recent paper   published   in the journal Physical Review Letters describes a new approach that may help the effort to understand the closely tangled quarks and gluons. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Animated gif created using conceptual visual art piece by   Moritz Heller .
Rights information: CC BY-SA 3.0

Spring Green: Why Do New Leaves Have a Lighter Color?

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Scientists explain the lime green look of spring. Spring has now officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. Already, many deciduous trees are shaking off their winter stupor and getting ready to unfurl delicate new leaflets. In general, the green of spring leaves is fresher and lighter than the deep verdant hues of summer's mature canopy. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Americans Make Their Homes Feel Like the African Savannah Where Humans First Evolved

 By Nala Rogers , Inside Science

Indoor temperature and moisture in the U.S. is closer to climates in Africa than to anywhere else on Earth.   Americans may be recreating the cradle of humanity with their thermostats. When researchers compared temperature and air moisture levels in 37 U.S. homes to outdoor climates around the world, they found that all but three of the homes were most similar to locations in Africa -- the same continent where the first humans arose hundreds of thousands of years ago. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Bigravity: A Hidden 'Gear' for Gravity?

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Physicists come up with alternate explanation of gravity that may implicate dark energy, which comprises 70 percent of our universe.   Two physicists from Montana State University in Bozeman propose a way to test an existing theory of gravity where a hidden "gear" may explain the mystery of dark energy -- an unknown substance that makes up 70 percent of our universe.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Scientist's Guide to the Perfect Fondue

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Ensuring a pot of the famous melted cheese dish has the right material properties is key to enjoying it. In 60 years, the climate of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will feel kind of like a contemporary Jonesboro, Arkansas, with higher temperatures and more winter precipitation, according to a new study. That's assuming fossil fuel emissions continue to rise; if instead we succeed in curbing emissions, Pittsburgh will instead become more like Madison, Indiana. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Aimee Custis Photography  via Flickr
Rights information: CC BY-SA 2.0
The Genetic Reasons Why Citrus Fruits Taste So Sour

By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

Scientists identify two genes behind plant cell pumps that produce sourness -- and variation in flower color. Lemons are known for their face-puckering sour taste. Now scientists have uncovered the mysterious genes behind this acidity, new findings that could help farmers breed sweeter oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and other citrus fruit. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Rights information: Copyright American Institute of Physics
How Much Does the Combine Reveal About Future NFL Players?

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

How well future pros sprint, jump and lift weights at the NFL Scouting Combine may tell us only a little bit about their career success. Despite his superstar status as quarterback of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady's athleticism never turned any heads. At the 2000 NFL Scouting Combine, an annual gathering where players dreaming of playing in the NFL show off their strength, speed and explosiveness in a series of drills, Brady's performance was famously underwhelming. His 40-yard dash time and vertical leap height are mediocre at best, with numbers perhaps more typical for linemen 100 pounds heavier.   READ FULL ARTICLE.

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AIMCAL R2R Asia Conference 2019

Roll to Roll Web Coating and Finishing

May 28 – 30, 2019, Daejeon, South Korea

AIMCAL, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators will partner with KRICT, the Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology to organize the first AIMCAL Asia Roll to Roll Conference on 28 – 30 May, 2019 in Daejeon, Korea.

Striving to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of our students.

One of the SVC’s long-term goals has always been to support charitable, educational, and scientific activities. As its first initiative, the Foundation created a scholarship program aimed at supporting enterprising students and practitioners who have an interest in furthering their education in the field of vacuum coating technology. 
The Foundation also grants travel awards to students to attend and present technical papers at the annual SVC Technical Symposium. Since its inception, both programs have awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to students from the United States, Canada, China, Lithuania and Spain.
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