April 2022
This Electric Powerboat Travels Above the Water

By James Gaines, Inside Science

A Swedish company launches one of the first models of an all-electric powerboat. The boat appeared normal in the video until it didn't. A sleek white powerboat, about 30 feet long, skimmed along the top of the water like one would expect until the boat's hull began to rise bodily out of the water, revealing three stilt-like legs. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Fast-Moving Excitons Observed for First Time in Metal, Unlocking Potential to Speed Up Digital Communication

In a world first, a team co-led by a physicist at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has discovered that excitons—excited electrons bound to empty electron "holes"—can exist stably and travel rapidly through metal. Because excitons can be generated by energy from light and have no electrical charge, this discovery makes them potential candidates as a higher-speed alternative to free electrons as a carrier of digital information READ FULL ARTICLE.

Originally published in Nature Materials. DOI: 10.1038/s41563-022-01201-9
Stressed Worms Make Sexier Babies

By Jude Coleman, Inside Science

When hermaphroditic worms that usually self-fertilize are exposed to stressful high temperatures, they produce offspring that mate earlier than normal. We'd probably all be supermodels if stress could make us more attractive. But for a type of worm called nematodes, stress actually can influence whether they're hot or not. According to a new study, nematodes (Caenorhabditis elegans) grown under environmental stress will amp up their offspring's sex appeal over several generations.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Don’t Underestimate Undulating Graphene

Lay some graphene down on a wavy surface, and you’ll get a guide to one possible future of two-dimensional electronics. Rice University scientists put forth the idea that growing atom-thick graphene on a gently textured surface creates peaks and valleys in the sheets that turn them into “pseudo-electromagnetic” devices. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Illustration by Henry Yu/Rice University
Randomness in Data Could Help Physicists Find Evidence for Quantum Gravity

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Noisy measurements of gravitational waves may illuminate what links gravity to other fundamental forces. Countless experiments suggest all of the universe's fundamental forces follow the laws of quantum mechanics, save gravity. Now theoretical physicists suggest that looking for irregularities in ripples in the fabric of space and time may help reveal that gravity is quantum as well. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Kristen Nicholson: The Science of Athletes in Motion

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

In this episode Kristen Nicholson discusses her journey from math student to baseball biomechanics expert. In this episode, Kristen Nicholson, the director of the Pitching Lab at Wake Forest University tells Chris Gorski about how her interest in math and the way the body moves eventually led to research assisting children with shoulder injuries, accomplished figure skaters and eventually baseball players. Nicholson also explains why it's so difficult to study the motion of the shoulder, and how her work in the lab may be able to help pitchers stay healthier. WATCH VIDEO.
Physicists Find Direct Evidence of Strong Electron Correlation in a 2D Material for the First Time

By Jennifer Chu, MIT News

The discovery could help researchers engineer exotic electrical states such as unconventional superconductivity. In recent years, physicists have discovered materials that are able to switch their electrical character from a metal to an insulator, and even to a superconductor, which is a material in a friction-free state that allows electrons to flow with zero resistance. These materials, which include “magic-angle” graphene and other synthesized two-dimensional materials, can shift electrical states depending on the voltage, or current of electrons, that is applied. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Should Golfers Keep the Flagstick in the Cup When They Putt?

By Peter Gwynne, Inside Science

A recent rule change has given golfers a conundrum and a new analysis reveals how complicated the decision is. As if golf weren’t already difficult enough, the game’s international authorities added a level of complexity two years ago. They overturned a rule that penalized golfers for hitting the flagstick when they putted their ball on the green. READ FULL ARTICLE.

A Bat's Life

By Karin Heineman, Inside Science

Bats often get a bad rap for being scary, nighttime flying creatures, but to know a bat is to love a bat. Bats are often unfairly painted as scary creatures. But Angie Salles, a biologist and neuroscientist who studies bats, would rather people see them as the highly intelligent, largely chill creatures they really are. She points out some interesting bat facts about their sight (yes, they can see), their socialization skills (they're highly social) and, of course, their echolocation skills, where they rank second to none in the animal kingdom. WATCH VIDEO.
Magnesium Diboride Becomes Superconductive at a Higher Temperature When It Is Stretched

Researchers at Linköping University have, by way of a number of theoretical calculations, shown that magnesium diboride becomes superconductive at a higher temperature when it is stretched. The discovery is a big step toward finding superconductive materials that are useful in real-world situations. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Originally published in Journal of Applied PhysicsDOI: 10.1063/5.0078765
Heated Debate Rises Over Hints of Superconductivity Above Boiling Temperatures

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Recent observations at high temperatures and extreme pressures tantalize, but not all experts are convinced. Recently, after more than a century of hunting, scientists reported creating the first room temperature superconductor. Now another research team has controversial evidence of what they call the first hot superconductor, in which electricity flows perfectly at temperatures more than hot enough to boil water. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Neuroscientists Identify Mechanism for Long-Term Memory Storage

By  Mary Kenyon, University of Iowa, Medical Xpress

A University of Iowa neuroscience research team has identified a fundamental biochemical mechanism underlying memory storage and has linked this mechanism to cognitive deficits in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. While working to understand how memories are formed and stored in the brain, the team identified a novel protein folding mechanism in the endoplasmic reticulum that is essential for long-term memory storage. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Originally published in Science AdvancesDOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abm6063
Scientists Use Giant Atom Smasher in Search for Magnetic Monopoles

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

Finding these particles would confirm there are laws of nature beyond the Standard Model of physics, say the researchers. Scientists are using the intense magnetic fields generated by the world's largest atom smasher to search for one of the most elusive particles of all -- the magnetic monopole, a hypothetical particle with either a "north" or "south" magnetic charge, but which has never been seen. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Image by James Pinfold, MoEDAL collaboration

Elon Musk announced that Tesla sees potential in battery chemistry with a manganese-based cathode. The CEO reiterated that the industry needs to focus more on the battery supply chain down to the minerals. During a speech to Tesla Gigafactory Berlin employees following the delivery of the first Model Y made at the factory, Musk was asked about graphene-based batteries. READ FULL ARTICLE.
Hakeem Oluseyi: Cultivating a Love for Science

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

In this episode of Inside Science Conversations Hakeem Oluseyi talks about how he fell in love with science. In this episode Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi tells host Chris Gorski about how he fell in love with science, and how his interest grew as he went from reading everything he could get his hands on as a young person in the rural south to earning a Ph.D. in physics. Oluseyi shares stories from his book, "A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars," as well as his passion for science education and inclusivity for all. WATCH VIDEO.
The Bohr Model: The Famous But Flawed Depiction of an Atom

The Bohr model is neat, but imperfect, depiction of atom structure. The Bohr model, introduced by Danish physicist Niels Bohr in 1913, was a key step on the journey to understand atoms. Ancient Greek thinkers already believed that matter was composed of tiny basic particles that couldn't be divided further. It took more than 2,000 years for science to advance enough to prove this theory right. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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New Analysis of Pigs' Grunts Reveals How They're Feeling

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

Scientists plan to develop a software tool to monitor the grunts of commercial pigs and determine when they need help. A database of thousands of grunts, oinks, snuffles and squeals, gathered and recorded from hundreds of pigs at every stage of their lives, will be used to help farmers better understand their animals' emotional states and improve their welfare in the future, according to a new study READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Lead Engineer, Thin Film Coatings
J&L Tech US Coating Center
Akron, OH

Process Engineer/Manager
KDF Technologies
Rockleigh, NJ

Sustaining Engineer
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Thornton, CO

Controls Engineer
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Thornton, CO

Thin Films Process Technician
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Thornton, CO

Senior Engineer, Thin Film Deposition 
Adranos, Inc.
West Lafayette, IN

Engineer, Thin Film Coatings
Adranos, Inc.
West Lafayette, IN

General Manager 
KDF Technologies
Rockleigh, NJ

Principal Coating Engineer 
Murrieta, CA

Manager of Technical Sales
Battle Ground, WA

Service Engineer 
Kurt J. Lesker Company
Jefferson Hills, PA – One Position
Livermore, CA – One Position

Thin Film Test Engineer 
Kurt J. Lesker Company
Jefferson Hills, PA

Electrical Engineer – Microwave/RF Power Electronics
Starfire Industries, LLC
Champaign, IL 

Electrical Engineer – Switched-Mode Pulsed Power Microelectronics
Starfire Industries, LLC
Champaign, IL 

Maintenance Tech/Mechanical Assembler 
PVD Coatings II LLC
Huntington Beach, CA

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