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November 2019
How Some Nobel Prize-Winning Battery Research Weathered the Test of Time

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Scientists found that some early commercial lithium batteries held up pretty well after about 35 years in storage. The Nobel Prize Committee often recognizes scientists for work they did decades in the past. The delay allows the committee to see how the research evolved and ultimately impacted the world. For M. Stanley Whittingham, one of this year's chemistry Nobel Prize winners, it also allowed him to see how a literal product of his efforts -- a lithium battery made in 1978 -- stood the test of time.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: This image was published in the Journal of Power Sources, “ Lithium-titanium disulfide rechargeable cell performance after 35 years of storage ”, by Pereira et al., Copyright Elsevier 2015.
Does the World Need a More Powerful Supercollider?

 By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

A next-generation atom smasher would cost billions of dollars. Europe and China both plan to build one, but scientists are debating if it's worth it.  In 2012, particle physicists detected the long-sought-after Higgs boson for the first time. This particle was the last missing puzzle piece of what physicists call the Standard Model -- the most thoroughly tested set of physical laws that govern our universe. The Higgs discovery was made possible by a giant machine in Europe, known as the Large Hadron Collider that uses a 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets to accelerate and then smash particles together at near the speed of light. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: CERN
Kelp Elevator Could Give Biofuels a Lift

By Katharine Gammon , Inside Science

An experiment off the coast of California may bolster efforts to make biocrude from "the Sequoia of the sea."  Catalina Island, 25 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, is known for pristine coastlines, epic snorkeling, and panoramic views of the Pacific. Its waters are also home to an unusual-looking science experiment: a floating bed of planted kelp that is pushed down and pulled up each day, as if riding a giant elevator. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Maurice Roper, USC Wrigley Institute
Quicksilver Ants Break Sprint Records

 By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

Saharan insects use breakneck speeds to beat the desert heat while finding food. The world’s fasted known ant can reach speeds that would make even Usain Bolt appear sluggish, and they can do this in desert temperatures that sometimes reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

The Crazy Things Biologists Do to Track Animals

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

To get wildlife data, scientists have jumped out of helicopters and given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to venomous snakes. The first time Paul Krausman jumped out of a helicopter and wrestled a deer to the ground was in 1978. Another researcher had shot a net over the deer moments before, but the animal was not sedated, and it fought hard until Krausman managed to blindfold it and fasten a radio collar around its neck.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Phathutshedzo M. Radzilani
Rights information: This image may only be reproduced with this Inside Science article. 
Three Share Physics Nobel for Exoplanet and Cosmological Discoveries

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

The new laureates discovered the first planet orbiting a solar-type star and improved our understanding of how the universe evolved.  The 2019 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to three scientists “for contribution to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos." This year’s prize was awarded to James Peebles of Princeton University “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology, and Michel Mayor of the University of Geneva and Didier Queloz, of the University of Geneva and the University of Cambridge, “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” READ FULL ARTICLE.

Rights information: Copyright American Institute of Physics
Drones Put Whales on Scales

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

Researchers combine old whaling records with aerial photographs to estimate the large animals’ weights. Old whaling records and cutting edge drone technology are coming together to give researchers a new way to estimate body volume and mass of some of the largest animals on the planet. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Fredrik Christiansen
Rigging Elections, Turning C0 2 Into Sugar, And Dinosaur Extinction

By Alistair Jennings, Inside Science

A month's worth of cool science stories summed up.  On this monthly roundup, Alistair Jennings from Inside Science sums up some of September's most interesting science: are social networks rigging democratic elections, researchers are working on converting carbon dioxide into sustainable liquid fuels, a system for turning CO 2 into complex, even edible sugars, and researchers drilled an 800 metre long core of rock in Mexico – the site of the famous meteor impact the contributed to the dinosaurs extinction. WATCH VIDEO.
Ultra Cheap Ultrasound

By Karin Heineman , Inside Science

New technology could lower the cost of ultrasound machines. Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as 100 dollars, and one day might be portable, wearable, and powered by a smartphone. WATCH VIDEO.
Robots May Help Reduce Threat of Invasive Species

 By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

A mechanical predator could stress an invasive species of freshwater fish to the point that they may reproduce less. A robotic fish could scare and stress out an invasive species -- enough that the invaders lose weight in lab experiments. The new findings suggest that robots might one day help control such pests in the wild.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Mert Karakaya, NYU Tandon
Rights information: This image may only be reproduced with this Inside Science article. 
California’s Wildfires May Be Too Much, Even for Fire-loving Woodpeckers

By Rodrigo Pérez Ortega , Inside Science

‘Megafires’ jeopardize the black-backed woodpecker’s habitat.  After the fire, life rises from the charred woods in forests across the Western U.S. But too much fire might leave only ashes, at least for certain species. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Kurt Bauschardt via  flickr
Rights information: CC BY-SA 2.0
Scientists Detect the Sounds of Undersea Volcanoes Belching Giant Bubbles

By Meeri Kim, Inside Science

Some bubbles grow to be more than a quarter-mile across.  As a geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, John Lyons spends much of his days trying to decipher the music of volcanic eruptions. Sensitive microphones scattered across the Aleutian Arc -- a chain of over 80 volcanoes that sweeps westward from the Alaskan peninsula -- eavesdrop on every explosion, tremor and burp.   READ FULL ARTICLE.

Im age credits : Dave Withrow,  Alaska Volcano Observatory
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Join us in Boston!

The 2019 MRS Fall Meeting will take place from December 1 to December 6, 2019 , in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Hynes Convention Center and adjacent Sheraton Boston Hotel. The world's foremost international scientific gathering for materials research, the MRS meeting showcases leading interdisciplinary research in both fundamental and applied areas presented by scientists from around the world. 

12 - 15 November 2019
Munich, Germany

This year SEMICON Europa is co-located with productronica in Munich, the strongest single event for electronics manufacturing in Europe. Together, the two events will connect industry leaders and international experts from every segment and sector of the European microelectronics industries including semiconductors, LEDs, MEMS, printed/ organic/ flexible, and other adjacent markets. Thanks to its central location, Munich will attract international visitors, giving SEMICON Europa attendees the opportunity to meet with high-level experts and researchers. You are all invited to SEMICON Europa Opening Ceremony, Networking Events, TechARENA and TechLOUNGE. 

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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