The University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering and the Walter’s Art Museum have received a three-year grant to develop a technique to slow the tarnishing of silver objects to a nearly undetectable rate.The $500,000 project, which would involve refining a process called "atomic layer deposition," is being designed primarily to benefit museums such as the Walters, which have extensive collections of ancient silver statues, jewelry and drinking vessels. You can read the story here.
As a child, one of the chores I liked best was polishing the silver before a big dinner party that my parents were hosting, or before a holiday meal. It was instant gratification! I still love polishing my silver, as evidenced in the video that the Nate Berkus Show shot at my house.