March 2022
The Ascent of an American Hero

By Peter Gwynne, Inside Science

When he became the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn gave the United States a boost in the space race, making him one of the most famous Americans alive. Sixty years ago this Sunday, on Feb. 20, 1962, American astronaut John Glenn took off from Cape Canaveral on Florida's eastern coast on a mission that marked a turning point in the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: NASA; Homepage image: NASA
The Beautiful Patterns Left Behind When Whiskey Dries

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

Scientists can tell where whiskey came from by the patterns it create. It started with a sabbatical and a case of whiskey. Time away from the usual research and teaching responsibilities -- and a bit of inspiration. University of Louisville mechanical engineer Stuart J. Williams wanted to learn more about how particles and fluids interact, which is called colloid science. And just before he was set to spend some time working with an expert in the field named Orlin Velev, Williams talked to a colleague at the Kentucky-based beverage giant Brown-Forman, who mentioned that whiskeys happen to contain colloids. Thus a project was born. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Individual images by Stuart J. Williams, composite arrangement by Abigail Malate, staff illustrator
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North Dakota Fossil Site Evidence Suggests the Dinosaurs May Have Died in the Spring

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

New research points to when massive asteroid impact happened, and why only some animals survived. The age of dinosaurs may have ended in springtime in Mexico, which may help explain the pattern of extinctions that resulted, a controversial new study now claims. After dominating the planet for roughly 135 million years, the dinosaurs' reign ended about 66 million years ago, with the killing blow most likely dealt by an asteroid roughly 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide. The result was a crater more than 110 miles (180 km) across, near what is now the town of Chicxulub in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Jackson Leibach
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Drowning Out the Sound of Drones

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Low-flying aircraft could soon fill the skies. Scientists are trying to fight the noise they could bring. In 2018, aerospace engineer Daniel Cuppoletti went to a conference in Los Angeles about the future of metropolitan air transportation. He arrived skeptical about the mere intent of the summit, which was run by ride-hailing company Uber.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Ice Holds Evidence of Ancient, Massive Solar Storm

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

An analysis of radioactive chemicals in ice cores indicates one of the most powerful solar storms ever hit Earth around 7176 B.C. For a few nights more than 9,000 years ago, at a time when many of our ancestors were wearing animal skins, the northern skies would have been bright with flickering lights. Telltale chemical isotopes in ancient ice cores suggest one of the most massive solar storms ever took place around 7176 B.C., and it would have been noticed. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Antarctica: A Great Cold Natural Laboratory

Scientists brave one of the coldest places on Earth, and it's well worth it. Antarctica is unlike anywhere else on Earth. It's the highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent on the planet. Its ice sheet is the largest ice store on Earth as well. Despite the continent's extreme conditions, it's also a great natural laboratory -- which is why so many scientists brave the cold to work there. WATCH VIDEO.
New Caledonian Crows Keep Their Favorite Tools Safe

By Jude Coleman, Inside Science

The intelligence of crows is nothing to squawk about. Crows and their corvid family kin are known for remembering faces, solving puzzles and giving gifts. One particularly intelligent species of crow, found only on the South Pacific islands of New Caledonia, makes and uses tools to gather food. Now researchers have shown that not only do these crows prefer the tools they use, but they also value those tools differently. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Dmitry Taranets via Shutterstock
These Instruments Can Create Pressure Thousands of Times Higher Than the Bottom of the Ocean

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Super high-pressure experiments take science to extremes. If the filmmaker and explorer James Cameron had opened the hatch of his submarine at Challenger Deep -- the deepest point in all of Earth’s oceans -- the immense pressure outside would’ve crushed his skull with the weight of 500 elephants. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: RAF-YYC via Wikimedia Commons
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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.
A Bacterial Enzyme That Copies DNA Might Make More Mistakes in Zero Gravity, Study Finds

By Will Sullivan, Inside Science

The results could warrant further research into how enzymes function in space. An enzyme in the bacterium E. coli made more errors copying synthetic DNA when exposed to zero gravity than the same enzyme did in normal gravity, a recent study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How CRISPR Could Make Sweet Potatoes Bigger and More Nutritious

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Samuel Acheampong is using the Nobel Prize-recognized technique to tweak the genes of traditional Ghanaian crops. When Samuel Acheampong was young, he helped his mother on their family farm in the Ashanti Region of southern Ghana. They cultivated cassava, yams, plantains, tomatoes, peppers and other crops. These days, Acheampong works mostly in a science lab, but his interest in farming remains strong. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Could Trees Benefit from Fungal Transplants?

By Will Sullivan, Inside Science

Researchers want to use fungi to try to promote forest growth.  People with a bacterial infection in the colon called clostridium difficile colitis can receive a fecal transplant as a treatment. The procedure involves introducing poop from a healthy person into a sick person's gastrointestinal tract, where the donor's good gut bacteria can fight off the infection. Studies are being done to determine if fecal transplants could also be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease, neurocognitive disorders and other conditions. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Chimpanzees Observed Applying Insects to Their Wounds

By James Gaines, Inside Science

The chimps may be using insects as a kind of medicine. Researchers working at the Ozouga Chimpanzee Project in Gabon have observed chimpanzees applying insects to the wounds of themselves and others, something they say nobody has ever seen before. The observation could be evidence of self-medication in the animals. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: (c) Tobias Deschner/ Ozouga chimpanzee project
The Sponges That Feed on an Extinct Ecosystem

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

An expedition uncovered a surprisingly large number of underwater life forms in the Arctic. Several thousand years ago tube worms thrived near hydrothermal vents on three seamounts in the central Arctic. When the vents became inactive, they died. Most of the softer organic tissue disappeared quickly, leaving nothing but hard tubes on top of these underwater mountains on Langseth Ridge north of the Norwegian Svalbard Archipelago. There they sat for centuries -- a testament to a lost ecosystem. Then, sponges came along and began to clean up some of the last traces of the tube worms' presence. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Alfred Wegener Institut/PS 101 AWI OFOS system/ Antje Boetius
Lindy Elkins-Tanton: Why Teamwork Helps Scientists Thrive

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

In this episode of Inside Science Conversations Lindy Elkins-Tanton discusses NASA's Psyche mission and what got her into science. In this episode of Inside Science Conversations Chris speaks with Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton about her work on NASA's Psyche mission and what got her into science. Chris also asks Lindy about what she calls the “hero model” of science and her ideas about how making changes to the way teams are built may produce better results. WATCH VIDEO.
Rare Human Syndrome May Explain Why Dogs are So Friendly

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

Dogs and people with Williams syndrome may both owe their sociable personalities to changes in the same genes. When it comes to sheer friendliness, few humans can match the average dog. But people with Williams syndrome may come close, their unusual genetics granting them a puppyish zeal for social interaction. Now, scientists have found that extreme friendliness in both species may share common genetic roots. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Why Do We Need Super Accurate Atomic Clocks?

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Explore the applications of state-of-the-art clocks -- and the math that describes their performance and limitations. The GPS receiver in your car or cellphone works by listening to satellites broadcast their time and location. Once the receiver has "acquired" four satellites, it can calculate its own position by comparing the signals. Since the signals are broadcast using microwaves that travel at the speed of light, an error of a millionth of a second on a GPS satellite clock could put you a quarter mile off course. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Sustaining Engineer
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Thornton, CO 80241

Controls Engineer
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Thornton, CO 80241

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

Senior Engineer, Thin Film Deposition 
Adranos, Inc.
West Lafayette, IN

Engineer, Thin Film Coatings
Adranos, Inc.
West Lafayette, IN

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

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