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What Apollo Tells Us About the Next Moon Missions

By Peter Gwynne , Inside Science

Half a century after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon, can NASA recover the sense of adventure that sparked its Cold War triumph?   In May 1969, after the Apollo 10 astronauts returned from a journey that took them within 11 miles of the moon’s surface, NASA held a surprising press conference. Top space officials scarcely mentioned the lunar landing planned for two months later. Instead, they focused on the first crewed mission to Mars. Their target date: 1984. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Project Apollo Archive
What Makes a Modern ‘Moonshot’ Successful?

 By Ramin Skibba , Inside Science

A different set of ingredients may be needed to take the next giant leap for humankind. A half century ago this July, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped outside the Eagle lander and set foot on the moon, the first time humans ever walked upon the dusty, pockmarked surface of our lunar neighbor. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Featherlight Material Could Help Make Mars More Habitable

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Researchers suggest that flexible blankets or domes made of silica aerogel could protect crops on the red planet.  Shields made of a material so light it is sometimes called "frozen smoke" could help make areas on Mars livable, a new study suggests. Currently, the surface of Mars is too cold for water to stay liquid, often thought of as a key prerequisite for life as we know it. Moreover,   its atmosphere is too thin to shield  against hostile ultraviolet radiation, which is dangerous to life. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Robin Wordsworth/Harvard
The Environmental Benefits of Making Gin from Peas

 By Brian Owens , Inside Science

New distilling technique creates a new, refreshing use for mashed peas. A cold gin and tonic on a hot afternoon can really hit the spot, and now researchers in the U.K. have found a way to make that refreshing cocktail more environmentally friendly -- by making the gin out of peas. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image Credits: Photo Collage by Abigail Malate, with images from   A uckland Museum  (CC BY 4.0) and Pixabay ( 1 , 2 , 3 )
" Metal Pirates " Are Scrapping Parts From Sunken World War II Wrecks

By Joshua Learn , Inside Science

The fate of battleship remains may rest in the hands of countries that don't own the ships. "Metal pirates" are looting sunken World War II ships for bronze propellers and other pieces of scrap, tearing slabs of metal from historical vessels that sometimes serve as maritime graves.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Contact Lenses Flushed Down Toilets Pollute Oceans

By Sofie Bates, Inside Science

What goes down our drains could harm the environment. About 20% of people who use contact lenses flush them down the toilet or sink. But when those contact lenses interact with wastewater treatment plants, they form microplastics that become ocean pollution. "The overall trend in America is that we’re going towards contact lens use and away from glasses. And then within the contact lens market, it’s a lot of daily disposables being used,” said Charles Rolsky, a researcher at Arizona State University. READ FULL ARTICLE.
New Study Explains How Big Holes Form in Antarctic Ice Despite the Cold

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

These massive holes in the ice, known as polynyas, may appear more often as climate change advances.  By analyzing data from seaborne robots and sensors glued onto seals, researchers may now understand the mysterious origins of giant holes that can open up in Antarctic sea ice, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Dan Costa / University of California, Santa Cruz
New Type of Glass Inspired by Nature is More Resistant to Impacts

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

By mimicking the structure of mother-of-pearl, scientists have made a glass that's less likely to shatter when hit. Using the iridescent mother-of-pearl often found lining seashells, researchers have engineered a new composite glass with a greatly boosted resistance to impacts. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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The Aerodynamics of a Soccer Ball

By Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Inside Science

When it comes to scoring a goal, soccer ball design is crucial to a player's success.  Cristiane Rozeira's left foot collided with the ball as soon as the whistle blew. The ball soared over the barrier, curved gracefully to the right, hit the post and crossed the goal line. It was Rozeira's third consecutive score of the game, and with it she secured the victory for Brazil over Jamaica in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, which is taking place in France.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Detecting a Single Unit of Sound

 By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Researchers can now measure individual phonons -- a single unit of sound. Just as light waves have a particle version -- the photon -- sound waves do too. Called a phonon, it's a way to quantify incredibly tiny packets of sound, or vibrations, and is particularly important for understanding certain properties of solids such as electric resistivity. And just like how the study of light brought us modern-day technologies such as fiber optics, the study of phonons may one day revolutionize applications such as quantum computing. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer and Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Bringing Baseball to a Foreign Field

By Peter Gwynne, Inside Science

Setting up the field for the 'London Series' between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees presents significant technical challenges. When the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees play a two-game American League series during the last weekend of June, the field will have a different look and an even more unusual location. For the first time, the storied opponents will meet on artificial turf -- in the stadium that hosted the track and field events during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How To Catch A Poison Frog

By Sofie Bates, Inside Science

It takes good listening skills, a clear water bottle, and maybe some gloves. To catch a poison frog, all you need are good listening skills, a clear water bottle, and maybe some gloves. “I've always been a frog enthusiast. People ask me why, and I don't really have a good answer, except that since I was really young, that's what I did. I'd go outside. I'd catch frogs. I'd name them," said Rebecca Tarvin, researcher at the University of Texas at Austin. READ FULL ARTICLE.
AIMCAL R2R USA Conference 2019
Roll 2 Roll Web Coating and Finishing
October 6 - 9, 2019
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The AIMCAL R2R Conference has been a champion of roll to roll processing, and the converting industry for many years. If you are a newcomer to this annual event, you will see why it consistently rates high as a valuable resource for anyone who has interest in the R2R process. The conference has steadily grown by delivering solid technical programming and valuable networking opportunities to attendees. 
AVS 66th International Symposium & Exhibition
October 20 - 25, 2019
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Technical & Poster Sessions • Exhibits • Professional Development • Networking

AVS 66 addresses cutting-edge issues associated with materials, processing, and interfaces in the research and manufacturing communities. The theme of this year's Symposium is “Shaping Our Future: Materials, Technologies & Processes for Energy Transition.” The week long Symposium fosters a multidisciplinary environment that cuts across traditional boundaries between disciplines, featuring papers from AVS technical divisions, technology groups, and focus topics on emerging technologies. The equipment exhibition is one of the largest in the world and provides an opportunity to view the latest products and services offered by 200+ participating companies. More than 2,000 scientists and engineers gather from around the world to attend. Click here to learn why you should attend or visit
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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