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November 2020
Infographic: How a Geiger Counter Works

By Abigail Malate, Inside Science

Seventy-five years after Hans Geiger’s death, we explore how his most famous invention detects radiation. From the menacing background chatter as workers handle contaminated debris in the TV series “Chernobyl,” to the telltale clicks that reveal the location of a sleeping Godzilla in the monster’s 1954 movie debut, rattling Geiger counters often add ominous notes to the soundtrack of radiation-themed stories. This Sept. 24 marks 75 years since the death of Hans Geiger, the German scientist most widely credited with inventing the device. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Mrcomputerwiz via Wikipedia
Media rights: CC BY 3.0
Two Liver-Destroying Viruses, Two Nobel Prizes

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

The new Nobel Prize for hepatitis C follows Blumberg's 1976 Nobel for hepatitis B. Both discoveries helped make blood transfusions safe.  If you need a blood transfusion today, you can receive one without the fear of catching a life-threatening liver disease. That's largely thanks to research that has now been honored with two Nobel Prizes. On Monday, Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice were named the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the virus that causes hepatitis C. But 44 years ago, Baruch S. Blumberg won his own Nobel Prize for discovering the virus that causes hepatitis B. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Qasim Zafar via Flickr. From "Atlas of Human Anatomy" by Carl Ernest Bock.
Media rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
Why Don’t We Have a Hepatitis C Vaccine Yet?

By Brian Owens, Inside Science

The research that won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine has saved millions of lives, but it has not yet led to a vaccine.  This year, the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine went to three scientists for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a significant global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer. The discovery led to the development of drugs that have saved millions of lives, but one important piece of the puzzle when it comes to dealing with the disease is still missing: a vaccine. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: Numstocker via Shutterstock
How Nobel-Winning Research is Helping Battle Covid-19

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

The unprecedented pace of scientific progress on Covid-19 builds on groundbreaking discoveries from the past. Today's Covid-19 researchers didn't start from scratch. Their rapid progress in understanding a disease that was unknown one year ago rests on over a century's worth of discoveries about viruses and the immune system. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: The Wellcome Collection
Media rights: CC BY 4.0
How Much Damage Do Heavy Trucks Do to Our Roads?

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

A simple equation based on a series of experiments from the 1950s still serves as the rule of thumb for estimating road damage. It may be obvious that heavy semitrucks stress and damage roads more than the average commuter sedan does. But by how much?  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Study Shows Ancient Americans Bred Dogs for Their Wool

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

New research reveals the economic importance of “wool dogs” to the Native American peoples of the Salish Sea. Some people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest selectively bred special “wool dogs” to make blankets from their hair, perhaps thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the area, new research suggests. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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The Moon's Ancient Magnetic Field Helped Protect the Young Earth

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

Astrophysicists can now piece together the moon's past, including the role of its fleeting magnetic field. The moon used to have a magnetic field that shielded both itself and the Earth in their early years, while earthling microbes were just beginning to develop, new research finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: AGeekMom via Flickr
Media rights: CC BY 2.0
Three Leather Balls Represent Oldest Evidence of Ancient Eurasian Ball Game

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

The hair-filled balls were discovered in a 3,000-year-old cemetery in northwestern China. Balls found in the ancient graves of horse riders in northwestern China reveal evidence of a 3,000-year-old sport. These fist-sized balls, made of leather and filled with hair and other soft material, predate any balls found in Eurasia so far. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media credits: University of Zurich
Tumors Under Physical Stress Inside the Body May Not Respond as Well to Chemotherapy

By Meeri Kim, Inside Science

Researchers found that confined tumors are more resistant to drug treatments. Scientists have long known that the biochemical environment around living cells can encourage or suppress their growth. More recently, researchers have begun recognizing that mechanical cues such as pushing or stretching may be equally important. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Two Share Chemistry Nobel Prize for Developing Genetic Scissors

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

CRISPR-Cas9 tool helps scientists edit DNA. The 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to two scientists "for the development of a method for genome editing." The prize goes jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Germany and Jennifer A. Doudna, of the University of California, Berkeley and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Media rights: American Institute of Physics
Oil Spills May Ruin Electric Sensing Abilities of Stingrays

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

Accidents like the Deepwater Horizon spill may hurt the rays’ ability to hunt. When marine oil spills devastate an ecosystem, images of oil-drenched seabirds and dead fish fill the news. But creatures also suffer out of the public eye, such as the sharks and rays that sink to the seafloor after dying. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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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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