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October 2020
With millions of American infected with COVID-19, we cannot afford to contribute to rising vaccine hesitancy sentiment by lowering safety and efficacy standards. SVC joins the Federation of American Scientists to call for stringent scientific standards in the vaccine approval process. Read the full letter here.
The SVC Foundation is pleased to announce a new timeline for our College Scholarships. The Application Deadline is now October 16, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be announced in January 2021 and funds disbursed soon after.

Several scholarships will be awarded, ranging from $2500 to $5000. The scholarship is open to any student currently enrolled or entering an accredited academic program related to the vacuum coating technology field including chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, and related subjects.
A Stormy Summer in the Northern Hemisphere

By Abigail Malate, Inside Science

Touring the world through storm watchers. Even before the first Hurricane season is upon us. Storm after storm, some of unusual intensity, have made landfall across the world. This month, we examine five storms that have affected people across the Northern Hemisphere during this season of meteorological unrest. VIEW SLIDESHOW.

Image credits: NASA
Is Voting by Mail Biased, Returning to Work After COVID-19, Maple Trees Disappearing

By Alistair Jennings, Inside Science

A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up. Here is this month's science research recap with Alistair Jennings. WATCH VIDEO.

The Carbon Cycle Runs Deep

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

New research on diamonds found deep in the Earth's crust suggests that the planet's carbon cycle reaches far underground. Diamonds from deep underground are now revealing secrets of how the carbon vital to life on this planet cycles between Earth's interior and its surface, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image Credits: Anetta Banas
Can a New Algorithm Make Self-Driving Cars Safer?

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Driverless cars may soon routinely join human motorists on roads around the world. A driverless car isn't driven by a person but is controlled by a system of sensors and processors. In many countries, tests of autonomous driving have been happening for years. Germany wants to permit driverless cars across the country by 2022. As the technology develops, researchers are continuing to explore ways to make the algorithms used to make driving decisions better, and roadways safer. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Buffaloboy/Shutterstock
Jeweled Orb-Web Spiders Mimic Flowers to Catch Pollinating Insects

By Veronica Tremblay, Inside Science

The bright flowerlike symmetry of Australia’s northern jeweled orb-web spider lures in hungry prey. In the Australian rainforest, flashy spiders mimic flowers to attract hungry insects into their 6-foot-wide webs. The striped backs of the spider Gasteracantha fornicata, or northern jeweled orb-web spider, act as deceptive traps for flies and bees, a new study finds.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image Credits: Thomas White
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Gravitational Waves Record Ancient Black Hole Merger Unlike Any Detected Before

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

When the universe was half its current age, the merger may have produced the first known intermediate-sized black hole. A burst of gravitational waves may have confirmed the existence of a long-sought "missing link" kind of black hole, shedding light on how black holes grow to ever larger sizes, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: JMark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)
Scientists Create Microscopic Laser-Powered Robots

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The tiny robots walk using platinum leg muscles that get their energy from laser light.  Four-legged robots smaller than some microbes can walk when zapped with laser light, a new study reports. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Criss Hohmann
How Much Power Can We Get from Raindrops?

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Here's how researchers are working to harvest energy from unconventional sources such as falling droplets of water -- and the math behind it. Solar panels are essentially useless in the rain. But what if raindrops themselves could fall on a solar panel and generate electricity? It's possible. However, there's not that much power there to harvest. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Till Krech/flickr
Rights information: CC BY 2.0
Research Shows Range of Contaminants in the Blubber of Whales and Dolphins

By Joel Shurkin, Inside Science

The animals' bodies contained pollutants not found in dolphins before. Florida scientists have found toxic human-made pollutants in the blubber of stranded whales and dolphins, adding to a library of data that measures how human activity contaminates ocean wildlife. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Burping Cows Try New Diet

By Karin Heineman, Inside Science

Adding seaweed to cows’ diets could help reduce methane production and help curb climate change. Scientists have found that when cows digest a certain species of red algae seaweed, called Asparagopsis taxiformis, it creates a compound that could limit the production of methane -- a powerful greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. WATCH VIDEO.
Miniature Stonehenge Lets Scientists Hear the Ancient Monument's Acoustics

By Tom Metcalfe, Inside Science

Findings suggest sound was not the primary focus of the Stonehenge architects. Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox is used to "Spinal Tap" jokes whenever photos of his Stonehenge model appear on Twitter. "I usually wait for the first mention of Spinal Tap and then tweet back to say, congratulations, you're the first person today." READ FULL ARTICLE.

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50th Anniversary + Hall of Honor + Annual Awards!
October 19-23 | Location: your home or office
Don't miss the Annual AIMCAL R2R USA Conference! Virtual Event with 5 days of technical presentations, interactive networking and exhibits. We use an award-winning virtual platform that offers Presence Tracking, to see other attendees, on the same conference page, at the same time for better networking. You can direct message any attendee at the conference. Presentations on flexible packaging, battery, flexible & printed electronics, and sustainability highlight a packed agenda.  Click Here For: Agenda | Register | ExhibitAnd Watch Our Video Walk Through of the Conference.
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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