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Some very sad news to report…John Coburn (one of the AVS Giants—both in contributions and size) has passed away. John joined AVS in the early 1960’s, was AVS President in 1988, he was named Honorary Member in 1991, received the John Thornton Award in 1993, was appointed Fellow in 1994, served as AVS Treasurer from 1999-2006, Trustee from 1986-1988 and 1995-1997, Director from 1984-1985, Thin Film Chair in 1983, is the author of a few AVS monographs, the PSTD Coburn and Winters award was created in his honor and he served on many AVS committees. John was a very active Short Course Instructor teaching his very popular Plasma Etching & RIE course for AVS for many decades. He was a major contributor to AVS journals, and was very active in the Northern California Chapter. John was a very major player at AVS and such a great guy—we all loved him and he will be very sorely missed! A link to his obituary follows and I will ask History, PSTD, and the Short Course Committee to collaborate, and anyone who wishes to contribute, on writing a remembrance piece/obituary for Beneath the Surface. Click here to view the obituary.
Simultaneous Blazes, Like California's Camp and Woolsey Fires, Have Become the New Normal

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

It’s now more common to see multiple giant wildfires burning at once, straining firefighting resources, scientists say. Just a few weeks ago, two large wildfires caused massive destruction and at least 91 deaths in California, the Woolsey fire near Los Angeles and the Camp fire that engulfed the town of Paradise in the north. Residents and firefighters struggled to stop both fires, yet they can expect more like them to come. READ FULL ARTICLE.

How to Move a Single Electron

 By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Scientists have developed a way to encourage a single electron to hop atop a silicon atom, a feat that may find applications in future nanoscale electronics. Every time you brush your hair, hundreds of trillions of electrons jump from your hair onto the brush. These particles are so small and sensitive that it is almost impossible to handle them individually, but a group of scientists from Canada have figured out a way to do it using an atomic force microscope. This newfound approach to manipulating individual electrons may one day find applications in future nanoscale electronics. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator , Copyright: American Institute of Physics
November's Stellar Space Pictures

By Abigail Malate, Inside Science

View new pictures of Mars, the last picture of the dwarf planet Ceres and images of the brightest galaxy in the universe. This month, we celebrate the beginning of one space mission and the end of another, among other new discoveries. NASA ended its Dawn mission to the asteroid belt but began a new one on Mars. In other parts of the universe, researchers made unexpected discoveries about neighboring stars and far-flung galaxies. Our selection of photos and illustrations brings the celebration back to Earth. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Want to Build a Nanobot? This New Shrinking Technique Could Help

 By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Research innovation brings Shrinky Dink-like method to the nanoscale. Researchers from MIT have come up with a new way to fabricate nanoscale structures using an innovative "shrinking" technique. The new method uses equipment many laboratories already have and is relatively straightforward, so it could make nanoscale fabrication more accessible. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator , Copyright: American Institute of Physics

What's the Risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy for NFL Players?

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

New study suggests at least one in 10 NFL players could eventually develop the brain disease. The authors of research  published November 28  in the journal Neurology estimate that a minimum of 10 percent of NFL players will eventually develop the degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. That would mean that for any given NFL play, the researchers said, a minimum of two of the 22 players on the field could be projected to develop the disease, which is associated with symptoms such as cognitive impairment, impulsive behavior and suicidal thoughts.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Cat Tongues Help Wild and Domestic Felines Keep Clean and Cool

 By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

A closer look at cat tongues helps explain why the animals' grooming is so effective and may inspire new brushes -- for pets and humans. New insights into how cats clean their fur with scores of tiny scoops on their tongues could lead to better hairbrushes for both cats and humans. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Alexis Noel
Scientists Make See-Through Fruit Flies

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Cells in the fly specimens' nervous systems can be seen glowing through the insects' transparent bodies. While fruit flies may bother people who have week-old bananas at home, the humble insects have for decades benefited scientists studying how organisms live and grow. The tiny flies are more like humans than you might initially think -- about 60 percent of fly genes match with a similar human gene -- and they breed quickly in the lab. Beginning in 1933, the Nobel committee has so far awarded six prizes in physiology or medicine for fly research, including the 2017 Prize for uncovering  how the body's internal clock works . READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: TU Wien
Space Forecast: Dark Matter Hurricane Sweeps Through the Solar System

 By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

Mysterious dark matter particles may be blowing past Earth at 1.8 million kilometers per hour. A dark matter hurricane may be blowing through the solar system with winds strong enough to generate powerful signals in future searches for the invisible substance, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Phonons Bring Good Vibrations to Quantum Physicists

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

A new way to measure vibrations may eventually help detect gravitational waves and store quantum memory. “I'm picking up good vibrations. She's giving me excitations.” Little did the Beach Boys know, their 1966 hit was the perfect description for a physics experiment half a century later. Researchers have come up with a new way to detect phonons -- a quantum unit for measuring vibrations. These new methods may be useful in a wide range of applications, from measuring the tiny vibrations of gravitational waves from billions of light-years away, to using the vibrations themselves to store information for quantum computers. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Hospitals, Hacks, Malware and Medical Safety

By Claire Cleveland , Inside Science

We may be vulnerable, researchers warn after demonstrating a cyberattack on a CT scanner, highlighting the need for better security. Last year, a malicious piece of blackmail software called WannaCry swept the world,  using a stolen National Security Agency hacking tool  to infect computers, encrypt their files and demand bitcoin ransoms of hundreds of dollars or more per computer. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Your Phone Can Help Predict the Weather

By Marcus Woo, Inside Science

A network of smartphones can improve short-term weather forecasts. You may soon add "weather station" to the many functions of your phone. Researchers have shown that air pressure data from thousands of smartphones can improve predictions of a storm's strength, and where and when it will strike. 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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