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The Supply and Demand That’s Driving Climate Change

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

International efforts, including the Paris agreement, may not be able to solve the climate change crisis on their own. The latest UN Emissions Gap report gave a bleak outlook for the future of the  planet’s climate . In 2018, global greenhouse gas emissions reached 55 billion metric tons in CO 2  equivalent, up from 46 billion metric tons in 2010. In other words, instead of slamming on the brakes, we have stepped on the gas pedal and are likely accelerating toward a massive climate upheaval.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Diamond-Based Qubits Set New Coherence Record

 By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Researchers create a 10-qubit register that can hold its quantum state for more than a minute.  Researchers have created a diamond-based quantum memory device that can retain a quantum state for more than a minute, making it the most stable quantum memory device of its kind. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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New Technology Improves Gravitational Wave Detectors by Cutting Quantum Noise

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

Refined instruments reduce noise at the quantum level, allowing for discoveries of more distant gravitational waves.  Physicists have successfully developed a new instrument that significantly reduces quantum-level noise that has thus far limited experiments’ ability to spot gravitational waves. Collisions between massive black holes and stars are thought to generate these ripples in space-time that were  first detected in 2015 . In all, about 11 detections have been fully confirmed so far. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How Hunters Might Help Protect the World's Rarest Turtle

 By Amanda Heidt, Inside Science

A new study in Vietnam offers hope for a massive freshwater species. After nearly hunting a rare turtle to extinction, hunters are now working with scientists, pooling their collective knowledge to preserve the species.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Hundreds of Interstellar Objects May Visit Our Solar System Each Year

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

New research suggests the interstellar interlopers may indicate the presence of a vast number of as yet undetected giant exoplanets. In 2017, a cigar-shaped space rock named 'Oumuamua passed through our solar system -- the first interstellar object known to visit. Then in August of this year, amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov spotted another interstellar object, recently dubbed 2I/Borisov.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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New Skin-Like Device Could Bring Touch to Virtual Reality

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The lightweight sheets could combine hundreds of vibrating components to create tactile sensations. Imagine a virtual reality system in which you don’t just see and hear, but also feel experiences such as a grandmother's embrace or the strikes in a combat video game. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Northwestern University
Dangers Of Mixing Sports And Too Much Caffeine

By Chris Gorski , Inside Science

Are you over consuming caffeine in the form of energy drinks? Whether it's early in the morning or late at night, countless people all over the world depend on caffeine for a boost of energy. That includes athletes, and many reach for a caffeinated energy drink. Researchers know that modest use of caffeine does have value for some exercise, but any more than the level found in a few cups of coffee or multiple energy drinks can exceed what’s valuable for exercise. Physician John MacKnight explains how it can be easy – and dangerous – for athletes to take in too much caffeine. WATCH VIDEO.
3D-Printed Graphene Scaffold Breaks Capacitor Records

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

New fabrication technique using porous graphene may result in cheaper and better capacitors in the future.   Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have invented a new fabrication technique to make capacitors. The resulting devices store a record-breaking amount of charge over a given surface area, which is an important metric for measuring the performance of a capacitor. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Bin Yao/University of California, Santa Cruz
How Whales Got So Large -- And Why They Aren’t Even Bigger

By Joshua Learn , Inside Science

The bigger the whale, the tougher it is to find a decent meal. Giant, krill-eating whales could grow even bigger if the size and availability of their prey could keep up, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How Sled Dogs from Siberia Helped the Inuit Conquer the Arctic

 By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

A new study shows that the Inuit brought dogs with them when settling North America, and these dogs’ descendants are still working today. Huskies, malamutes and Greenland sled dogs are fluffy, hard-charging workers. They also share a lineage that can be traced back about 2,000 years. That's when Inuit people began moving from Siberia to the Arctic. Even though dogs were already in North America, the Inuit brought dogs with unique abilities -- and that helped the people survive in a new place. That’s the conclusion of a  new paper , published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Markus Trienke  via Flickr
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Media Multitasking Gives Us Mixed Feelings

By Amanda Heidt, Inside Science

Using media to brighten up dull tasks leaves adolescents feeling both better and worse. People are multitasking, maybe more than ever before, even as research shows it’s not always healthy. A new study breaks down how adolescents experience “mixed feelings” during and after media multitasking -- that is, doing work while also doing something else, such as watching videos or texting friends. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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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.
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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