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The Science of Landing on Your Feet

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Researchers found that when we fall from different heights, our bodies move differently to absorb the impact. In the name of science, researchers yanked footstools from underneath volunteers and observed how the victims stumbled and landed on their feet. They found that when we fall from different heights, our bodies tend to respond differently to absorb the impact.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Hacking Our Eyes for Better VR Headsets

 By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Instead of packing more pixels into displays, engineers are learning how to trick our eyes and brains to see higher resolutions in the virtual world.  Virtual reality technology has come a long way since its wacky roots in the 80s and 90s. It is difficult to describe the joy today’s VR can provide, be it  slicing glowing neon blocks to a K-pop song with light sabers , or  dodging bullets while controlling the speed of time . READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Smart Stent Monitors Artery Blood Flow

By Karin Heineman, Inside Science

A stent implanted in an artery has a sensor to track blood flow and sends data on the patient's condition wirelessly to doctors.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. Placing a stent in clogged arteries helps to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart attack. But there is also a risk associated with stents: plaque can build up, causing arteries to narrow again. WATCH VIDEO.
The Extreme Challenges of Ultramarathons

 By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

Pain, gastrointestinal distress, blisters, chafing, mental fatigue and dehydration. Extreme challenges to a tough sport. Ultramarathons force athletes to challenge their bodies and minds for at least several hours. 50 miles, 100 miles, even longer. These races offer extreme challenges, from pain in muscles and joints, to gastrointestinal distress, to blisters, chafing, mental fatigue and dehydration. What do competitors do to combat all the challenges faced by the ultimate race?  WATCH VIDEO.
Highway Pileups for Black Holes

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Astrophysicists devised a new theory that may explain the formation of black holes with masses exceeding 50 times that of our own sun. Small black holes may be crashing into each other while orbiting the supermassive black hole at their galaxy's center, according to a new theory proposed by astrophysicists READ FULL ARTICLE.

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The Subtle Biases That Influence Home-Court Advantage

By Marcus Woo, Inside Science

New research finds that shot type, referees and scorekeepers matter -- and that taking more 3-point shots shrinks it. The NBA season tips off this week, and home-court advantage could play a big role in determining who advances in the playoffs and eventually claims the championship. But how much of an edge does the home team actually get? READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Voyager 2 Spacecraft Crosses Into the Interstellar Void

By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

Data from the second probe to reach interstellar space helps scientists form a more complete picture of the boundary between the sun and the stars.   The Voyager 2 probe has now joined its twin in reaching interstellar space, and has granted scientists the first direct look at the giant bubble that was formed by the sun’s winds colliding with wind from other stars. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Lab-Grown Mini-brains Show How Humans Differ From Monkeys and Chimpanzees

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

Tiny brainlike cell cultures called organoids offer clues about human evolution.   From our earliest days in the womb, our brains develop rapidly, taking thousands of developmental steps that send us along the "human" path rather than that of, say, a chimpanzee. Now, researchers are gaining an unprecedented look at those hidden developmental stages, thanks to lab-grown objects called "brain organoids" that resemble miniature brains the size of apple seeds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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The Search For A Better Airplane Fuel

By Karin Heineman , Inside Science

As the air travel industry grows, we need to find alternative jet fuels that have less of an impact on the planet. Airplanes use a lot of fuel, and burning all that fuel releases carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming. To reduce flying's impact on the planet, scientists are taking a closer look at the complex fuels that power planes. The ultimate goal is to design fuels that will take planes further with fewer harmful emissions. WATCH VIDEO.
Archaeologists Find Evidence of the Iron Age Siege of Jerusalem

 By Joel Shurkin, Inside Science

Recently uncovered archaeological evidence matches the Bible's account of Babylonian invasion 2,600 years ago. In the 6th century B.C., the Babylonian king  Nebuchadnezzar II , fearful that the Egyptians would cut off the Babylonian trade routes to the eastern Mediterranean region known as the Levant, invaded and laid siege to Jerusalem to block them. His army destroyed the temple the Hebrew king Solomon built there, and forced the city’s elite to exile in Babylonia.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Scientists Can Now Predict Which Invasive Insects Will Wipe Out Forests

By Gabriel Popkin, Inside Science

Surprisingly, it’s the trees, not the bugs, that matter.  Plagues of forest-destroying insects seem to arrive on our shores almost as regularly as ocean waves. Their names -- hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, spotted lanternfly -- only hint at the damage they trigger. The dead trees they leave behind cost billions to remove and add more than 5 million metric tons of carbon annually to the atmosphere, an amount roughly equal to the annual output of 4.4 million cars. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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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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