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The Preliminary Program is now available, with details on technical presentations, registration, exhibits, and education program!
Bringing Thunderstorm-Level Detail to World Weather Forecasts

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

New system uses a supercomputer and crowd-sourced observations to improve short-term world weather predictions. This week at the annual trade show of the Consumer Technology Association in Las Vegas, known as CES, a team from IBM and The Weather Company introduced a new global weather forecasting system that promises to improve forecasting ability in many parts of the world.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: IBM
Outer Space Particles Help Image Things On Earth

 By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Scientists use something that comes from space to peer into large objects like pyramids. Since the beginning of this video, millions upon millions of particles have already passed through your body. Among them is a kind of fundamental particle, called a muon, that comes from outer space. But instead of letting them slip by unnoticed, scientists are using them to look inside large structures here on Earth. READ FULL ARTICLE.
Making Salty Water Drinkable Also Makes Brine

By James Gaines, Inside Science

Desalination's leftovers may negatively affect oceans and ecosystems. About 700 million people worldwide lack reliable access to  fresh water , a number which might grow due to population growth and climate change. This has pushed many nations to look to new, untapped water sources. One popular solution has been the construction of plants to remove salt from water sources such as seawater. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How to See Around Corners with a Digital Camera

 By Marcus Woo , Inside Science

Scientists use ordinary equipment to reveal a hidden picture based on its shadow. Shadows are everywhere. Some may look like formless blobs, but researchers are now showing that even indistinct shapes could reveal what's hidden around the corner, no fancy equipment required. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Tong Creative via  Shutterstock

Taking 3D Images and Super Slo-Mo Videos in X-ray

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

New imaging technique could help study the structure of viruses and proteins and the deformation of materials during high speed collisions. Researchers have come up with a new technique to take 3D X-ray images and even slow-motion movies. The new method could help uncover the internal structure of tiny things, such as viruses and proteins, and shed light on processes that occur at super high speeds, such as the deformation of materials during high speed collisions. The results are reported in a recent  paper  in the journal Optica.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Dominic Alves via  Flickr
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How Artificial Intelligence is Making Inroads in the Music Industry

 By Katharine Gammon , Inside Science

Algorithms for mixing and mastering audio are having a growing impact on what we hear. When a song plays on the radio, there are invisible forces at work that go beyond the creative scope of the writing, performing and producing of the song. One of those ineffable qualities is audio mastering, a process that smooths out the song and optimizes the listening experience on any device. Now, artificial intelligence algorithms are starting to work their way into this undertaking. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Neural Networks Can Manipulate Mammograms and Fool Radiologists

By Claire Cleveland, Inside Science

A cyber attacker could potentially insert a feature that looks like cancer into a scan, or remove it, researchers warn. Researchers have developed a method for augmenting mammograms that could one day help radiologists evaluate medical scans and identify early warning signs of cancers that may not be easily spotted by a human, but the scientists also warn of potential misuses of the software. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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What If Ernest Hemingway Wrote the Bible?

 By Joel Shurkin , Inside Science

Scientists create an algorithm to translate text into different literary styles of the Bible.  Algorithms that computers use to translate something written in one language into another are easy to find. Some even work. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Better Breathing Device

By Karin Heineman, Inside Science

A tiny device has potential to have a big impact on millions suffering breathing problems. Your nose is a vital piece of your anatomy, yet most of us ignore it until we get hit with a cold, and then it’s our own worst enemy -- putting us at war with congestion, a runny nose and difficulty breathing. READ FULL ARTICLE.
New Material Grows Like Muscles

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Scientists have designed a new material that gets stronger after a "workout." Researchers from Japan have come up with a way to encourage materials to grow stronger over time, like the muscles in our body. The new technique could allow engineers to design adaptable and healable materials for a wide range of applications. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation

Founding Principle: The Society of Vacuum Coaters recognizes that in order to sustain its growth, it is important to attract young, well trained individuals to the field of Vacuum Coatings.

The SVC Foundation pursues this principle by providing scholarships to well qualified students planning to enter fields related to vacuum coatings, and/or providing stipends for travel expenses to attend the annual SVC Technical Conference, usually to present technical papers. The Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC), the SVCF's founder, and AIMCAL, an organization committed to advancing vacuum roll-coating technology, and their members, provides support for the Foundation to pursue these goals.

Since its inception in 2002, the SVCF has awarded more than 70 scholarships and travel awards totaling over $250,000 to students from 18 countries. Our support can really have an impact in the life of these students; quoting a recent award recipient:

"Not only does the scholarship give the gift of financial support and the possibility to continue learning, it also gives those that have a passion for vacuum coating the blessing of attending such a wonderful program [SVC TechCon] to network and further their knowledge."

Inviting scholarship recipients to the SVC TechCon is an important element of the overall strategy for attracting new talent to our industry. Scholarship beneficiaries carry a special identification on the TechCon badge and we encourage you to meet them and make them feel welcome.

Scholarship Applications must be postmarked by November 30th of each year.
Society of Vacuum Coaters | PO Box 10628, Albuquerque, NM 87184

 Phone 505/897-7743  | Fax 866/577-2407 | |

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