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The Gaylord’s health and safety program sets the international standard for hosting events during the COVID-19 pandemic; raising their demanding standards to an even higher level with new protocols for the current circumstances. The Gaylord’s a multi-pronged approach designed to meet the health and safety challenges presented by COVID-19 as outlined in Marriott’s Commitment to Clean insures that the attendees of the 2021 TechCon can safely participate in all scheduled events.  
Why You Should Probably Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Even if You've Already Had the Disease

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

A vaccine could confer long-term protection even if a natural infection does not. COVID-19 vaccines could provide stronger, longer-lasting immunity than recovering from the disease itself, say experts. Most people who recover from COVID-19 probably enjoy some degree of protection against getting the disease again. Both the strength of that protection and how long it lasts remain open questions, with the answers complicated by a mixture of conflicting evidence. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Meter-long Crystals May Grow in Just a Few Days

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Research suggests crystals form in cooling magma at an astonishingly rapid rate.  When it comes to geologic events that happen fast, you might think of an earthquake or an erupting volcano. But crystal growth can also happen at a surprisingly rapid pace, according to new research. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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A Third of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tied to Food

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

If we want to rein in climate change, we will likely need to change what we eat and how we produce it. When it comes to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, it is time to talk about the cow in the room.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Superconductor Now a Reality at Room Temperature -- But Not Room Pressure

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The hydrogen compound requires extremely high pressure to maintain its extraordinary properties. Scientists have revealed the first room-temperature superconductor -- an extraordinary compound that conducts electricity perfectly, without the subzero temperatures such materials have long demanded. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Adam Fenster
NASA’s Birthday Month

Learn what NASA has been doing for more than 60 years. For more than 60 years NASA has helped Americans and the world reach for the stars. On Oct. 1, 1958, NASA was officially formed, in response to the Soviets launching the Sputnik satellite, which caught America by surprise. The founding of NASA during the Cold War signaled the start of the U.S.-Soviet space race -- a competition that lasted almost 20 years. WATCH VIDEO.
US Takes an Important Step Toward Quantum Internet

By Meredith Fore, Inside Science

A recent experiment has created a one-way quantum network between two labs, reaching a milestone on the path to creating a quantum internet. While researchers continue to make quantum computers increasingly capable, regular computers still hold a massive advantage: Their data, represented in sequences of zeros and ones, can ride the information superhighway. Quantum computers, which instead run on quantum superpositions of zeros and ones, can’t use the internet to communicate with each other. READ FULL ARTICLE.

A New Technique Turns Waste Plastic into Valuable Chemicals

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Researchers converted a plastic bag and bottle cap into a type of chemical used in pharmaceuticals, detergents, paints and other products. A novel technique can simultaneously break down the most commonly used form of plastic and synthesize valuable, widely used molecules, potentially making some plastic waste recycling more attractive and practical, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Spacecraft's Tumbling Landing Reveals Some of Comet's Surface is Like Cappuccino Foam

By Rebecca Boyle, Inside Science

To researchers' surprise, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has ice that's fluffier than freshly fallen snow.  Laurence O’Rourke can close his eyes and picture himself on the vertiginous, black-and-white landscape of a comet. He has studied so many thousands of photos from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that he can easily place himself between its boulders, on its cliffs and along its plains. Now he can also imagine what it would feel like to walk there: like stepping onto fresh snow powder, or standing on the surface of a cappuccino. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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A Robot Hawk Takes to the Skies

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

Researchers say the morphing wings and tail of their robotic flyer allow it to soar at low speeds and make sharp maneuvers. An aerial robot inspired by a fast-flying hawk soared, turned and wheeled over a Swiss field last year, during tests to discover the capabilities of its new shape-changing design. Researchers say it could lead to drones that can fly for much longer than conventional "quadcopters" can and land in short distances -- perhaps even on perches -- by mimicking the behavior of birds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Scientists Make a Sticky Liquid Flow Faster Than Water

By Peter Gwynne, Inside Science

The surprise finding was observed when the fluids moved through specially treated tiny tubes. Intuition and observation agree on what appears to be a solid scientific fact: The more viscous -- that is, sticky -- a liquid is, the more slowly it will flow. Molasses, for example, moves much more sluggishly than water. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How CRISPR Could Make Sweet Potatoes Bigger and More Nutritious

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Samuel Acheampong is using the Nobel Prize-recognized technique to tweak the genes of traditional Ghanaian crops. When Samuel Acheampong was young, he helped his mother on their family farm in the Ashanti Region of southern Ghana. They cultivated cassava, yams, plantains, tomatoes, peppers and other crops. These days, Acheampong works mostly in a science lab, but his interest in farming remains strong. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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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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