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Cybersickness: Why People Experience Motion Sickness During Virtual Reality

By Meeri Kim, Inside Science

Virtual reality makes between 40% and 70% of people feel nauseated. Experts are trying to figure out why.  In the 1990s, early attempts at bringing virtual reality to the masses with consumer headsets like Sega VR and Nintendo’s Virtual Boy failed miserably. Bad visuals and imprecise controls contributed to an underwhelming experience. Nintendo’s console flopped and was discontinued after just a year, while the Sega system never even reached the market.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Safe Or Out? The Umpire Is Probably Right

 By Sofie Bates, Inside Science

Baseball fans are quick to think the player is safe, but they're often wrong. Because the speed of sound travels slower than the speed of light, baseball fans up in the stands tend to mistakenly think the player is safe because it takes the sound longer to reach their ears. However, umpires are closer to the action and have a more accurate view of whether a player is safe or out. READ FULL ARTICLE.
How Does Smoking Marijuana Affect Driving?

By Sofie Bates , Inside Science

Drinking alcohol or taking certain medications can make us unfit to drive, but what about marijuana?  We know that alcohol and some prescription drugs can make impair a person's ability to drive… but what about smoking marijuana? Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Public Health are trying to find out how smoking pot affects driving and how to develop a roadside test for THC. "I think it's in everyone's interest to have good scientific information available," said Michael Kosnett, an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Denver. READ FULL ARTICLE.
Why Don't Poison Frogs Poison Themselves?

 By Sofie Bates, Inside Science

A small change in poison frogs' DNA keeps them from being harmed by their own poison. Some frogs are extremely toxic. So how do they keep from poisoning themselves? Rebecca Tarvin, now an assistant professor at UC Berkeley, explains how a change in poison frogs' DNA keeps them from being harmed by their own poison. READ FULL ARTICLE.
New Clock Claims Title of World's Most Accurate – For Now

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Regular improvements in so-called optical clocks are setting the stage for a redefinition of the second and powering searches for new laws of physics. Earlier this year, in a nondescript lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, a new clock laid claim to the title of world's most accurate. At its heart, a single positively charged aluminum ion, trapped in electromagnetic fields and cooled to near absolute zero, sets the clock's "tick-tock." The ion has been shaped by nature to absorb a very specific frequency of ultraviolet light, and scientists use it to tune a laser to that same frequency. The steady ups and downs of the laser's light wave -- more than a quadrillion per second -- mark the passage of time.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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These Structures Can Make Objects 'Invisible' to Water Waves

By Charles Q. Choi , Inside Science

The cloaked objects leave no wake.  Scientists have designed devices that can hide objects from water waves similar to how invisibility cloaks hide objects from light waves. The inventions might one day help reduce the drag on ships and submarines or shelter vessels in port. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Apocalypse How-To? Better Science Fiction Stories About Threats to Humanity

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

While plenty of apocalypses occur in science fiction, the risks could be shown more realistically, experts argue.  Which science fiction movies, TV shows, and comic books give a realistic portrayal of the consequences of "antibiotic resistance"? None, said Jessica Petrillo, a State Department senior health security officer. There's a dearth of stories exploring how overusing antibiotics is fueling drug-resistant diseases that kill more and more people every year, she said. Her first goal is to try to raise awareness of the global problem, including through "comic book diplomacy." READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How to Help Your Dog Stay Calm During Fireworks

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

A survey of 1,225 dog owners reveals what works and what doesn't to help dogs with firework fear.  For many dogs, the Fourth of July is less a celebration than a night of agonizing terror. But there are ways to soothe a dog's firework fears, according to new research. One of the best strategies is to make the dog associate startling noises with happy things -- and ideally, to start the training before Fido is cowering at every whistle and bang. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Microplastics are Seemingly Everywhere, Even in the Remote Frozen North

By Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Inside Science

New research finds plastic particles in Arctic snow, in amounts that surprise scientists.  Human-made plastic waste  is everywhere . It’s abundant in the ocean. It’s present in our  soils  and rivers. And now, it’s also in snow in remote locations. Although plastic bottles and bags can travel far and cause environmental damage, it’s the microplastics -- tiny particles sometimes too small to see -- that have invaded every corner of the planet.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Mine Tekman, Alfred-Wegener-Institut
The Origin of Life May Not Be as Coincidental as Scientists Once Thought

 By Sofie Bates, Inside Science

Researchers find that membranes may have helped the building blocks of life come together. Experts believe the building blocks of life first bumped into each other about 3.5 billion years ago. This serendipitous collision somehow helped form the first rudimentary cell -- and the first life on Earth. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
How Caves and Frozen Zoos Are Putting Endangered Species on Ice

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Researchers are freezing cell samples with liquid nitrogen to keep biodiversity alive. Could this be the best way to conserve species for the future?  In 1975, medical doctor Kurt Benirschke founded the Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species with the goal of using molecular genetics tools to save endangered species. In the corner of the modest lab, which contained a freezer with liquid nitrogen to bank cells, Benirschke hung a poster: “You must collect things for reasons you don’t yet understand.” READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Mouse Study Raises Concerns About Human Brain Function During Space Travel

By Meeri Kim, Inside Science

Other researchers dispute whether astronauts would experience the type of radiation used in the experiment. Next summer, NASA will launch its fifth rover to Mars to look for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. But the latest robotic mission, simply dubbed Mars 2020, has another goal: figuring out how to  sustain human life  in the harsh and unforgiving environment on Mars. Hitching a ride on the rover are devices to convert the abundant carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen and a ground-penetrating radar to hunt for underground ice as a future water supply.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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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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