January 2022
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NASA's Next-Generation Space Telescope Will Do Science at a Special Spot

By Will Sullivan, Inside Science

A million miles from Earth, the James Webb Space Telescope will provide an unprecedented view of the early universe. At 7:20 a.m. EST on Dec. 25, the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built hurtled into space from a launch point near Kourou, French Guiana. It will spend a month traveling roughly a million miles from Earth to a special spot called the second Lagrange point, or L2.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: David Higginbotham/NASA 
New Images Reveal the Ravaged Landscape of COVID-19 Lungs in Unprecedented Detail

By Haley Weiss, Inside Science

A particle accelerator-powered imaging tool has opened new windows into human anatomy. A revolutionary tool designed to broaden our understanding of human anatomy has for the first time provided scientists with a cellular-level look at lungs damaged by COVID-19. In healthy lungs, the blood vessel system that oxygenates the blood is separate from the system that feeds the lung tissue itself. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: ESRF/Stef Candé
Media rights: Used with permission.
Poorer People Get Little Benefit from Digital Activity Trackers

By Brian Owens, Inside Science

Devices that nudge the rich and middle class to exercise don't offer same boost to those with lower incomes.  Technologies like smartwatches, mobile apps and websites have been touted as an accessible and effective way for people to monitor and increase their physical activity and improve their health. But a new analysis has found that that is really only true for people of high socioeconomic status. As with so many other areas of healthcare, poorer people appear to see little to no benefit from these digital interventions. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: marketlan via Shutterstock
How the Toothpaste Got its Stripes

By Haley Weiss, Inside Science

A mystery that captivated the internet has a simple answer. At least, that’s what Colgate says.  Remember as a kid sitting slack-jawed at a friend’s birthday party, all as the county’s cheapest magician sawed a lady in half? That’s kind of what it feels like to watch Ryan Battistella squeeze tube after tube of toothpaste into the toilet on his TikTok account. In a series of three viral videos posted in late November, Batistella and a friend used a variety of techniques -- and profanities -- as they mixed up the contents of nearly half a dozen tubes of striped toothpaste, only to discover that when they squeezed the tubes, stripes still came out.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media rights: Copyright American Institute of Physics
Newly Discovered Millipede Has More Than 1,000 Legs

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

A newfound millipede with 1,306 legs has the most legs of any known animal, researchers say.  Millipede means "a thousand feet" in Latin. However, until now, the most legs any millipede was known to have was 750 with Illacme plenipes from California. "This new millipede with 1,306 legs nearly doubles the number of legs of the previous record-holder," said study lead author Paul Marek, an entomologist at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Paul E. Marek, Bruno A. Buzatto, William A. Shear, Jackson C. Means, Dennis G. Black, Mark S. Harvey, Juanita Rodriguez, Scientific Reports.
Spinning Propeller Star Slingshots Plasma at 7 Million MPH

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The fastest-spinning white dwarf on record completes a full rotation in 25 seconds. Astronomers have detected the fastest-spinning white dwarf star found yet -- one that researchers say acts like an extraordinarily powerful magnetic propeller, a new study finds. White dwarfs are stars that have burnt up all their fuel and shed their outer layers, leaving behind their cool, dim cores. Our sun will one day become a white dwarf, as will more than 90% of the stars in the Milky Way. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick
How Crowds Run When Bulls Charge

By James Gaines, Inside Science

The running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, helped researchers study what happens when lots of people suddenly wish to move quickly. People walking alone walk relatively quickly. A crowd walks slowly. But how does a crowd move when there is, say, a massive bull charging at them? To answer this, scientists analyzed the movement of a crowd of runners during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, in 2019. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: imagestockdesign/Shutterstock
The Wondrous Physics of Spinning Tops

By Zack Savitsky, Inside Science

The complex dynamics of spinning tops, such as dreidels, allow for bewildering designs and handy physics demos. Like millions of people around the world, myself included, Kenneth Brecher grew up spinning dreidels and gambling chocolate money this time of year at his local synagogue. In his youth, the age-old tradition was little more than a game to Brecher. "I would say I had never mentally connected dreidels with physics -- I swear to God," he said. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Photo by Kenneth Brecher
What's Stopping Scientists from Making Viable Synthetic Blood?

By Benjamin Plackett, Inside Science

The centurieslong pursuit may finally be progressing, but designing ethical ways to test these products is a sizable challenge.  Back in the 1600s, lacking an alternative, doctors tried transfusing milk and wine into the bloodstreams of their hemorrhaging patients. When that failed, they moved on to sheep's blood. It wasn't long before it became clear that these treatments were killing people, not saving them. Thankfully, we now know that human blood, donated by someone with a compatible blood type, is the way to go. That blood is then refined, separated into its components and screened for bloodborne diseases such as HIV. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How to Paint a Renaissance Masterpiece, with Eggs

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

A new study probes the network of protons in egg-based paints to highlight how the paint works on a molecular scale. Renaissance painters had it hard. They couldn’t just visit their local arts store to buy paint in whatever colors they wanted. Instead, they had to make their paints by combining dry pigments with a binding medium to make the paint stick. And one popular binding material was an ingredient you might expect to find in the kitchen instead of the artist’s studio: the humble egg. READ FULL ARTICLE.

How Hydra Regrow Their Heads

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

The genes involved in hydra regeneration and development could offer clues about immortality. For decades, hydra -- tiny aquatic animals that look like floating tubes with arms -- have been synonymous with the quest for longevity. Now, a new paper maps the ways hydra can regenerate their heads by changing how their genes are regulated. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Fossil Tracks Reveal Lightning Speed of Dinosaurs

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

Ancient 2-meter tall theropods could have outrun most humans. All that’s left is footprints in fossilized mud, but the tracks reveal how some theropods of the Lower Cretaceous may have ran as fast as Usain Bolt at his best sprint. “Our speeds are the third faster dinosaur tracks registered to date,” said Pablo Navarro-Lorbés, a doctoral student in paleontology at the University of La Rioja in Spain who studied the prints. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Pablo Navarro-Lorbés
Today's Abundance of Wine Grape Varieties Descended from Fruit Bred in Western Asia

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

As grapes moved throughout Europe, people interbred domesticated vines with wild fruit. Many of the varieties of grapes used in today's wines are hundreds of years old. Genetic analysis shows that although these vines were first cultivated in Western Europe, new research confirms that every popular wine grape shares an ancestor. All of today's well-known varieties descended from the first domesticated grapes, which were developed and grown in Western Asia about 4,000 years ago, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Vladislav Gornykh via Shutterstock
When Dust Storms Strike Mars, Could Wind Power Keep the Lights On?

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

New research looks at how dust storms and a thin atmosphere may play into alternative energy sources on the Red Planet. Mars is known for its dust storms, which can cause problems for lander equipment and block out the sun that fuels solar panels. These punishing storms, which can last for weeks, have already caused damage to equipment and even killed NASA’s Opportunity rover. But they could also be dangerous to astronauts on the ground, who would rely on solar power for oxygen, heat, and water cleansing during future missions. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: e71lena via Shutterstock; Teaser image: Dilok Klaisataporn via Shutterstock
Inside Science Looks Back at 2021

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

Our coverage throughout another tough year has continued to explore how science influences daily life. It's been a tough year. Again. And now, with the omicron variant quickly spreading through the world, it can be hard to remember that there was also good stuff in 2021. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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A New Idea for How Dark Matter Came to Dominate the Universe

By Will Sullivan, Inside Science

A new paper hypothesizes how the amount of dark matter could have grown exponentially in the early universe. Eighty-five percent of the matter in the universe is thought to be "dark" matter invisible to humans and our scientific instruments. But scientists don't know what dark matter is made of or how it was created in the early universe.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

These Moths Can Track Sounds with One Ridiculously Simple Ear

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

Researchers hope the tiny moth ears could someday inspire improvements to cell phones and hearing aids. One membrane, three neurons. That's all a lesser wax moth needs to not only hear a sound, but pinpoint where it's coming from. Now, researchers are working to figure out how they do it -- knowledge that could someday be useful in designing products such as cell phones and hearing aids. Humans and most other vertebrates can sense the direction a sound is coming from because they have two ears separated in space. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Ilia Ustyantsev via Flickr
Media rights: CC BY-SA 2.0
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.

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
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 Products II LLC
Huntington Beach, CA
Society of Vacuum Coaters | PO Box 10628, Albuquerque, NM 87184

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