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Feathery Wings Help Explain a Miniature Beetle's Speedy Flight

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The aerial acrobat is less than half a millimeter long. Small insects typically fly slower than larger ones, but some of the world's littlest insects appear to contradict that rule. Scientists have discovered that a tiny beetle's feathery wings and unusual style of flight may help explain its extraordinary speed. These findings could shed light on the evolution of flight on miniature scales and one day help guide the creation of miniature flying robots.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Modified from Farisenkov et al. Nature (2022).
Your Brain Pays Attention to Unfamiliar Voices, Even While You Sleep

By Brian Owens, Inside Science

The findings could suggest it's possible to learn simple information while snoozing. Even when sleeping deeply you are more aware of what is going on around you than you might realize. New research suggests that the human brain is constantly monitoring its surroundings, including processing sounds, to decide if you need to wake up -- it could even let you learn in your sleep. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Ko Backpacko via Shutterstock
Why Skinny Skyscrapers Are So Loud (And How To Quiet Them)

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

Super-slender buildings can make scary noises as they sway, but acoustical consultants say they have solutions. In recent years, major cities like New York have sprouted a new breed of skyscraper so tall and thin they look like they should topple in a breeze. Apparently, many of them sound like it, too. "On a windy day, there were literally these sounds almost like guns going off. It was loud creaking and then a 'Pop! Pop! Pop!' So I called it snap, crackle, pop," said Bonnie Schnitta, founder and CEO of the New York-based acoustical consulting firm SoundSense, recalling what she heard in the first "pencil tower" she worked on in 2016. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Scientists Find Surprisingly Cool 'Hotspots' Under Earth's Crust

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The findings suggest current theories of how some volcanoes form may be too simple. The hotspots that created volcanic islands such as those of Hawaii, Iceland and the Galapagos Islands may often prove surprisingly cool, a new study finds. These findings suggest that such hotspots may not always originate from giant plumes of scorching hot rock welling up from near Earth's core as previously thought, scientists noted. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How Do Flapping Wings Work in Water? Penguins and Puffins Show the Way

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

As the ancestors of penguins dived deeper, their wings became streamlined for swimming. The ancient ancestors of penguins gained their ability to swim at the expense of flight, engineers found. They mathematically compared the swimming efficiency of penguins to the movements and propulsion of birds like puffins and guillemots that haven't lost their ability to fly but can still swim for brief periods while foraging underwater. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Christian Musat via Shutterstock
Fish Hum, Purr and Click Underwater -- and Now Machines Can Understand Them

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Researchers used machine learning to identify and understand different fish calls. As the sun rises over the island of American Samoa, a chorus of animal voices drifts upward. They're not the calls of birds, though -- the purrs, clicks and groans are coming from under the water. New research shows how automation can make it increasingly easy to eavesdrop on the fish making the sounds and uncover how their environment impacts them. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Damsea via Shutterstock; Homepage image: Roberto Dani via Shutterstock
Unexpected Discovery in Antarctica

A keen eye and a bit of luck help scientists find something deep in the ice. The Antarctic is cold, windy, dry and roughly twice the size of Australia. The average annual temperature ranges from about 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 C) to minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 60 C). There are currently 70 permanent research stations scattered across the continent of Antarctica, giving researchers many opportunities for scientific discoveries. Huw Griffiths is a marine biogeographer who spotted something by pure luck when geologists who were drilling through ice about one-half mile thick hit a boulder and caught something unexpected on camera. WATCH VIDEO.
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Were in Hedgehogs a Century Before We Used Antibiotics

By Brian Owens, Inside Science

Study suggests the dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as MRSA first evolved naturally. As soon as humans started using antibiotics to fight bacterial infections, the bacteria started evolving ways to fight back. But new research shows that one so-called "superbug" resistant to important front-line antibiotics has been lurking in hedgehogs for more than 200 years, long before we even started to use the drugs. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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There Was Less Lightning During COVID Lockdowns, Research Finds

By Will Sullivan, Inside Science

The decrease in lightning coincided with a drop in human activities that send aerosols into the atmosphere.  In the spring of 2020, as the coronavirus spread and many places in the world imposed lockdowns, humans used less energy and many spent more time in their homes. As a result, air and water became cleanerfewer animals were killed by vehicles, and the world grew quieter. Now, researchers think they have found another impact of the lockdowns -- less lightning in the spring of 2020. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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DNA Shows Ancient Pack Animal Was a Donkey-Wild Ass Hybrid

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The kunga, a highly sought-after technological advance in Mesopotamia, may be the oldest known hybrid animal bred by humans. Ancient DNA may have revealed the genetic identity of the oldest known hybrid animal bred by humans -- the horselike kunga, prized beasts once given as royal gifts and said to pull the vehicles of nobility and gods. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Glenn Schwartz / Johns Hopkins University
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Twin Satellites Observe Earth’s Climate

The orbiting satellites are giving scientists insight into deep water supplies on Earth. As we go about our daily lives, most of us are unaware that there are twin satellites orbiting Earth, tracking the movement of water around our planet. The mission, called GRACE Follow-On (GRACE-FO), is continuing GRACE’s legacy (the original GRACE mission orbited Earth from 2002-2017), of tracking Earth’s water movement across the planet. Monitoring changes in ice sheets and glaciers, underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, and changes in sea level, giving researchers a unique view of Earth’s climate. WATCH VIDEO.
Volcanic Eruptions May Have Contributed to Unrest in Ancient Egypt

By Will Sullivan, Inside Science

A series of eruptions around the world could have led to less Nile River flooding, which is essential for agriculture. Using climate modeling, a group of scientists have found that four closely timed volcanic eruptions around the world over 2,100 years ago might have led to less flooding of the Nile River, which would have deprived the valley of water needed for agriculture. A strain on farming could have contributed to revolts and social unrest seen in ancient Egypt at the time. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Clues About Who Will Get Long COVID

By Brian Owens, Inside Science

A new study points to a particular antibody "signature" to predict the likelihood of lingering COVID-19 symptoms.  A significant proportion of people who contract COVID-19 -- around one-third, according to most estimates -- will go on to experience symptoms that can linger for months. Little is known about this post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS), more commonly known as "long COVID," but one group of researchers has discovered a simple blood test that, when combined with other factors, could help to predict who is most at risk. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Phil Skiba: When Math Meets Sports Performance

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

In this episode of Inside Science Conversations, Phil Skiba discusses how he went from wanting to be an astronaut to working in sports medicine. In this first episode of Inside Science Conversations, editor Chris Gorski talks with Dr. Phil Skiba about how he went from wanting to be an astronaut to working in sports medicine, including his experience working on Nike's Breaking2 project to help Eliud Kipchoge run a marathon in less than 2 hours. WATCH VIDEO.
How Climate Change Will Shift the Farming Landscape for Coffee, Cashews and Avocados

By James Gaines, Inside Science

Some countries will gain farmland while other countries will lose it. Some countries that grow coffee, cashews and avocados will see the amount of land best suited to these crops shrink because of climate change, highlighting the need to plan adaptations now, according to new work published in the journal PLOS One.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Why Can We See the Moon During the Day

Why we sometimes see the moon and the sun at the same time. Night is traditionally the moon's time to shine, after the sun has set and doesn't compete. But the moon can sometimes be visible during the day, even when the sun is up -- that's because the moon and the stars are always somewhere in the sky. Sometimes the sun is so bright and its light can overpower the light from the moon and the stars. But sometimes, at certain times of the day and month, we can see the moon during daylight hours.   WATCH VIDEO.
A New Theory for How Mammals Might Survive Hibernation

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Scientists found that squirrels extract nitrogen from their urea to make proteins. Prolonged starvation and inactivity typically cause the bodies of mammals to lose muscle. Now scientists have discovered that the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) escapes this fate during roughly six-month-long stints of hibernation with the help of microbes in its guts. These findings may one day help treat people with muscle atrophy, which can occur due to malnutrition, old age or even spending time in outer space. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Robert Streiffer
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NCCAVS 42nd Annual Equipment Exhibition, NCCAVS Technical Symposium and 10th Annual Student Poster Session

February 17, 2022
Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley, 46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538

The NCCAVS sponsors an Annual Equipment Exhibition to showcase products and services of companies supporting vacuum-related industries. Attracting approximately 100+ exhibitors and over 700 attendees, the NCCAVS Annual Equipment Exhibition is the largest sponsored by any AVS Chapter. The Exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the NCCAVS Technical Symposium and Annual Student Poster Session. The event is scheduled to take place IN PERSON.
* Speaker events at capacity. * Extended hours provide ample time to engage all attendees. * Lunch, Evening Reception and Cocktails at no cost to attendees.

AIMCAL Hybrid Converting School Courses
FEB 21-25: Unwinds: Overview & Case Studies
FEB: Web Handling Month
MARCH: Web Winding Month
New Converting School Hybrid Courses offer Online Courses with Live Instructor! One week live course + 4-Week Courses in February and March taken at your leisure (2-1/2 hour, on-demand classes) throughout each week with Live Instructor Q&A every Friday with the class. BONUS: Final Class includes a Private, 1-on-1 Meeting with the Instructor. Member Price: $699 | Non-Member Price: $899.  
Job Board
This board will catalog positions that are available within SVC stakeholder organizations (exhibitors and/or corporate sponsors) as well as provide a home to the resumes of SVC members who are looking to advance their careers. There is no cost to our SVC stakeholders or members to use this valuable networking tool. Job postings and resumes should be sent to Mary Ellen Quinn at
General Manager 
KDF Technologies
Rockleigh, NJ

Principal Coating Engineer 
Murrieta, CA

Manager of Technical Sales
Battle Ground, WA 98604 

Thin Films Process Technician
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Denver, CO 80241

Service Engineer 
Kurt J. Lesker Company
Jefferson Hills, PA – One Position
Livermore, CA – One Position
Thin Film Test Engineer 
Kurt J. Lesker Company
Jefferson Hills, PA

Electrical Engineer – Microwave/RF Power Electronics
Starfire Industries, LLC
Champaign, IL 

Electrical Engineer – Switched-Mode Pulsed Power Microelectronics
Starfire Industries, LLC
Champaign, IL 

Maintenance Tech/Mechanical Assembler 
PVD Coatings II LLC
Huntington Beach, CA
Society of Vacuum Coaters | PO Box 10628, Albuquerque, NM 87184

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