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February 2020
The Inherent Tension of Trying to Make a Collision Sport Safe

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

A conversation with Kathleen Bachynski, the author of a new history of youth tackle football.  Kathleen Bachynski is an assistant professor of public health at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her new book, " No Game for Boys to Play ," explores the history and culture of youth tackle football in the United States. Bachynski said the book grew out of her graduate student research on sports injuries.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Genetically Engineered Virus Protects Mice Against Deadly Effects of Nerve Gas and Pesticides

 By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Early research suggests virus can protect rodents without negative side effects.  A single injection of a new gene therapy protected mice from the effects of sarin and other deadly chemical warfare agents for months, new work that could not only help defend soldiers and civilians in war zones, but also farm workers regularly exposed to similar toxins. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Got Sleep Apnea? Tongue Fat May Be to Blame

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Study identifies having a fat tongue as a primary factor in the common sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which people stop breathing in their sleep due to blockage of their upper airway. A recent  paper  published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has singled out the main culprit behind this blockage -- a fat tongue. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How These Sharks Glow Neon Green

 By Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Inside Science

Newly discovered family of fluorescent molecules explains how two kinds of seafloor-dwelling sharks glow. When we look at the seafloor, we might not see the bottom-dwelling sharks that blend in with the rocks and the sand. But to other sharks of the same species, they stand out like  green glow sticks . Now scientists know how. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Research Harnesses Bacterial Power to Generate Self-Reproducing Building Material

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Combine sand, gelatin and bacteria, let them rest, and watch one brick turn into eight. Castles made of sand could, with the help of bacteria, grow copies of themselves and become as strong as the cement that commonly holds bricks together, a new study suggests. Such living materials could one day help people colonize Mars, scientists added.   READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How Viruses Secretly Control the Planet

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

Bacteria help drive Earth's chemical cycles and climate. Viruses drive the bacteria.  Viruses control their hosts like puppets -- and in the process, they may play important roles in Earth’s climate. The hosts in this case aren't people or animals: They are bacteria. A growing body of research is revealing how viruses manipulate what bacteria eat and how they guide the chemical reactions that sustain life. When those changes happen to a lot of bacteria, the cumulative effects could potentially shape the composition and behavior of Earth's oceans, soil and air. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Which Evolves Faster, Culture or Biology?

By Brian Owens , Inside Science

New study presents new way to observe rate at which culture changes. Modern human culture seems to evolve at a dizzying rate. Changes in the media we consume and technology we use often far outstrip our ability to keep up. But there have been few attempts to actually measure this phenomenon. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Dark Energy Skeptics Raise Concerns, But Remain Outnumbered

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

Some scientists have been poking at the foundations of dark energy, but many say the concept remains on solid, if mysterious, ground.    Since the dawn of the universe, the biggest stars have ended their lives with a bang, blowing out their outer layers in bright, fiery bursts that can be seen many light-years away. Astronomers use these supernova explosions like marks on an expanding balloon to measure how fast the universe is growing. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Using Blue Light To Kill A Superbug Bacteria

By Karin Heineman , Inside Science

A new way to treat deadly MRSA infections, gets the blue light.  A treatment using blue light to eradicate MRSA, the deadly superbug, is currently being tested. Researchers have found that exposing the bacteria to blue light can render it defenseless against antiseptics as mild as hydrogen peroxide.  WATCH VIDEO.
How Desert Rattlesnakes Harvest Rainwater

 By Catharine Meyers, Inside Science

Water sticks to the snakes’ backs because of special properties of their scales. Water is scarce for many creatures in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, so when it does rain (or snow or sleet), some resident rattlesnakes seize the moment. They slither out of their dens, flatten themselves in a coil shape, and suck the water that collects on their backs into their mouths.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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New Light Sail Design Would Use Laser Beam to Ride Into Space

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

New design is able to stabilize itself. In long distance space travel, traditional rockets would eventually run out of fuel. There is an alternative: Since as early as the 19th century, scientists have dreamed of building spacecraft with light sails that can accelerate slowly, but for a much longer time, by catching the light from Earth’s sun or, in more modern designs, powerful ground-based lasers. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Thirty-Five Years On, the Search for Aliens Continues

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

The SETI Institute leads the hunt for extraterrestrials, which has entered a new phase with myriad planets to focus on. If distant aliens want to contact Earth, there is a dedicated team of scientists ready to take the call. For 35 years, the SETI Institute, named after the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, has been the world's only research organization systematically scanning the heavens for signs of otherworldly life. READ FULL ARTICLE.

NCCAVS 41st Annual Equipment Exhibition, and Symposium, and Student Poster Session

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 10AM-6PM

Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley

The NCCAVS sponsors an Annual Equipment Exhibition to showcase products and services of companies supporting vacuum-related industries. Attracting approximately 80+ exhibitors and over 700 attendees.
* Largest Attendance of any AVS Chapters or Divisions.
* Speaker events at capacity.
* Extended hours provide ample time to engage all attendees.
* Lunch, Evening Reception and Cocktails at no cost to attendees.
FLEX and the MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress — MSTC
February 24-27, 2020
San Jose, California

Connect with FHE, MEMS, and Sensors professionals, February 24-27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, California. Attend sessions from more than 120 industry experts, discover R&D accomplishments, form strategic business connections, and collaborate with colleagues.

50th Anniversary Celebration + Annual Awards!
March 24-25 | Charlotte, NC |
NASCAR Hall of Fame

Join us at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the Annual AIMCAL Executive Leadership Conference! This event brings executive-level members together to share best practices, along with presentations focused on safety, economic outlooks and a special NASCAR celebrity discussing team building in the workplace. The annual AIMCAL Awards Ceremony includes a new addition with the AIMCAL Hall of Honor! It celebrates key individuals in the industry.

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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