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September 2020
Congratulations to our newly elected Directors! Their three year terms begin May 2021.
  • Jacob A. Bertrand, Maxima Sciences LLC
  • Lee Howell, Kurt J. Lesker Company​
  • Christopher Muratore, University of Dayton
  • Larry Scipioni, PVD Products, Inc.
How Can Countries Curb A Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections?

By Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

A new study shows how self-imposed COVID prevention measures like hand-washing and mask-wearing work to prevent a large outbreak -- if they happen fast. Even before the first COVID-19 cases hit Europe, an international team of researchers anticipated that public health policymakers in different countries would be seeking recommendations on how to delay or flatten the peak of an epidemic. After the first epidemic wave in Europe was curbed by national lockdowns, the question remained: How could countries avoid or diminish a second wave of infections? READ FULL ARTICLE.

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What’s So Abstract About Scientific Abstracts?

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

The etymological root of the word links nonrepresentational art and the history of scientific publications. The two meanings of the word “abstract” seem to be polar opposites of each other. One, as in an abstract painting, implies a disassociated and perhaps difficult-to-understand presentation, while the other, as in a scientific abstract, refers to a body of text that tries to explain complex research with clear and succinct language. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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New Theory Says We’ve Been Wrong About How Bubbles Pop

By Meredith Fore, Inside Science

For 20 years, scientists believed that gravity caused some popped bubbles to collapse; new experiments turn that understanding on its head. What do a volcanologist, a pulmonologist, and a glassmaker have in common? They all worry about bubbles. The physics of how bubbles form, behave and pop is crucial to understanding natural phenomena as well as many industrial processes. According to a new study appearing in the journal Science, scientists have been getting that physics wrong for at least a couple of decades. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Forecasters Predict A Heavy Hurricane Season

By Emilie Lorditch, Inside Science

The hurricane season is just getting started and the storms are predicted to have a big impact this year. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicted in May that 2020 would likely be an above-average hurricane season.  WATCH VIDEO.
The Comet That Dazzled the World This July

By Abigail Malate, Inside Science

Photographers and scientists capture breathtaking images of NEOWISE as it made its world tour. The comet NEOWISE captivated spectators around the world this month. The comet, also known as C/2020 F3, was discovered March 27 this year as part of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, from which it derives its name. Its visitation is especially precious, as it will not be seen again by viewers on Earth for another 6,800 years. VIEW SLIDE SHOW.

Image credits: James Marvin Phelps
Researchers Study Violinists To Learn How Humans Act in Synchrony

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

The violin players' abilities could shed light on everything from epidemics to the spread of fake news. Violinists were able to play together and stay in sync even when scientists played tricks on them during experiments. The musicians' capabilities may shed light on how people synchronize other kinds of behavior as well, a new study finds.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Rogue Waves: Freaks of Nature Studied with Math and Lasers

By Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

The elusive waves, once thought to be myths, are explained by the same math that's found in a wide range of settings.  During Columbus’ third voyage to the Americas, as his six-ship fleet sailed around the southern tip of Trinidad, an island just off the coast of Venezuela, they encountered a freak wave taller than the ship’s mast. The wave hoisted the ships up to its peak before dropping them down into a huge trough. Columbus would later name the passageway Boca del Serpiente -- Mouth of the Serpent -- for the ferocity of its waters. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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A Byproduct of Digestion Helps Explain Why Cancer Gets Worse as We Age

By Brian Owens, Inside Science

Cancer cells become super-charged when exposed to methylmalonic acid, a chemical that builds up in older people's bodies. Many forms of cancer become more common and deadlier as we get older. There are several reasons behind this, including a weakening immune system and an accumulation of potentially dangerous mutations in our genes. Now a new culprit has been uncovered. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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New Analysis Method Predicts Disruptive Solar Flares

By Meredith Fore, Inside Science

The method may be able to improve solar flare prediction using only satellite images of the sun. Solar flares -- violent explosions on the surface of the sun -- can send blasts of radiation hurtling toward Earth. While the planet’s magnetic field protects humans on the surface, powerful solar flares can disable satellites, power grids and radio communications. But scientists aren’t sure exactly what triggers solar flares, which makes it difficult to predict when one will occur. One theory suggests these massive explosions can be set off by small disturbances in the sun’s magnetic field. Now, researchers have applied that theory to develop a novel method of predicting solar flares before they happen. This method could make the forecasting of solar flares more accurate and reliable than ever before. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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National Monuments are More Boon than Bane to Local Economies

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

New research suggests that national monument designations have not harmed local economies, and in some ways they may have helped. Since the 1906 Antiquities Act was passed, U.S. presidents have had the power to protect vast stretches of land with the stroke of a pen by designating them as national monuments. Many such designations have faced backlash, often over concerns they would harm local economies. New research suggests such fears may be unfounded. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Long-Term Observations on Mars Reveal Shifting Sands

By Christian Fogerty, Inside Science

The new findings come after more than 10 years of observation. Martian megaripples might sound like they are straight out of science fiction. But they are real and just as fantastic as they seem. VIEW SLIDE SHOW.

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Alligators May Be Able to Survive Venomous Snake Bites

By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

Alligator blood inhibits a key toxin in the venom of vipers such as rattlesnakes and copperheads. New research shows alligator blood has properties that may help the aquatic reptiles survive venomous snake bites. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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50th Anniversary + Hall of Honor + Annual Awards!
October 19-23 | Location: your home or office
Join us for 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, in the same area, online in real time and Context Aware Chat areas. The conversations relate to the page you are viewing. You can direct message any attendee at the conference. Market presentations on flexible packaging, battery, flexible & printed electronics, and sustainability highlight a packed agenda. 
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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