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Grape Balls of Fire: Making Sparks in the Kitchen

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Physicists figured out why grapes and water-filled beads make sparks in the microwave. Putting two grape halves inside a kitchen appliance may not sound like a good setup for a parlor trick. But irradiating the pieces of fruit inside a microwave oven can generates sparks -- and even  YouTube videos . Now scientists have discovered the secret behind how this effect generates plasma, the state of matter found in lightning and stars.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Hamza K. Khattak
The 'Quantum Vampire' Effect Is Spookier Than Ever

 By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

New research finds the optical effect previously produced using strictly quantum techniques may have broader applications. Legends and folklores often bend the laws of physics, but every once in a while, reality is equally fantastical. Three years ago, a group of scientists from Russia and Canada discovered that they could manipulate light without changing it in the way they expected. They compared this phenomenon to the way some vampires don’t cast shadows, and coined it the "quantum vampire" effect. READ FULL ARTICLE.

The Weird Ways Animals Use Roads, Buildings and Power Lines to Their Advantage

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease. In 2012 and 2013, Bill Bateman, a zoologist based in Perth, Australia, began to notice something interesting about how animals were navigating the bush: When mining companies created small paths through the previously tangled environment to install seismic lines, animals started preferentially using those trails to move from one place to another.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Robot Helps Scientists Study How Prehistoric Animals Moved

 By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

New research suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought. A robot mimicking a prehistoric fossil suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought. Nowadays, the most widespread tetrapods, or four-limbed animals, are the amniotes -- creatures that lay eggs on land or give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs in water as amphibians typically do. Previous research suggested the freedom that amniotes had to move on land helped support the evolution of a more energy-efficient upright walk that lifted their bodies off the ground. However, the details regarding the development of this more advanced locomotion have proven uncertain due to the scarcity of fossils from that era. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Tomislav Horvat (EPFL Lausanne), Kamilo Melo (EPFL Lausanne)

The Science of Dismantling a Nuclear Bomb

By Benjamin Plackett , Inside Science

Once the tricky political agreements have been reached, how do nations take apart their nuclear weapons? There are enough nuclear weapons in the world to cause atomic Armageddon many times over, according to scientists, who estimate that  no country could fire more than 100 nuclear warheads  without wreaking such devastation that their own citizens back home would be killed.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: TSgt. Boyd Belcher,  USAF
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New Technique Improves Transparent Wood

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

Researchers use a more environmentally friendly approach to make larger see-through wood panels than before. Inspired by a technique first developed by botanists during the 1990s, materials scientists in the past few years have been making an almost oxymoronic-sounding material: transparent wood. While the biologists, who were studying the structure of wood, needed only small pieces, materials scientists have proposed applications like load-bearing windows and have focused on scaling up the technique. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Courtesy of Rongbo Zheng
Astronomers Spot a Pudgy Dragon in the Orion Nebula

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

The dragon's large belly holds clues about how stars form -- and how the process stops. Since ancient times, people gazing up at the night sky have seen animals, gods and goddesses, and other entities in the patterns of stars. Now scientists, using modern technology to peer heavenward, have spotted a new celestial object: a somewhat pudgy dragon lurking in the clouds of the Orion Nebula. The dragon's fat shape holds clues about how stars form -- and how the process stops. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Computer Voice Recognition Still Learning to Detect Who’s Talking

 By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

A better understanding of how humans detect different voices may help design better voice recognition software.  If your phone rings and you answer it without looking at the caller ID, it's quite possible that before the person from the other end finishes saying “hello,” you would already know that it was your mother. You could also tell within a second whether she was happy, sad, angry or concerned. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Tortoise-Shaped Pill Injects Insulin Into Stomach Lining

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Pill uses a dissolving spring-loaded needle to spare people with diabetes from normal injections.  A pill shaped like a tortoise could one day help deliver insulin to people with diabetes, a new study finds. Researchers have long sought ways to deliver insulin using pills instead of unpleasant injections. However, many medications are vulnerable to the acidity and digestive enzymes found in the digestive tract. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Felice Frankel
Interactive Map Shows Where Your City is Going, Climatically Speaking

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

Researchers match recent and future climates to show what American cities will be like in 60 years. In 60 years, the climate of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will feel kind of like a contemporary Jonesboro, Arkansas, with higher temperatures and more winter precipitation, according to a new study. That's assuming fossil fuel emissions continue to rise; if instead we succeed in curbing emissions, Pittsburgh will instead become more like Madison, Indiana. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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AIMCAL R2R Asia Conference 2019

Roll to Roll Web Coating and Finishing

May 28 – 30, 2019, Daejeon, South Korea

AIMCAL, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators will partner with KRICT, the Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology to organize the first AIMCAL Asia Roll to Roll Conference on 28 – 30 May, 2019 in Daejeon, Korea.

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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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