Fermilab Today Monday, March 31, 2008
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Monday, March 31
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: RF Spoke Cavity Tests; MuCool RF Program

Tuesday, April 1
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Mar. 31
- Minestroni
- Parmesan quesadilla
- Baked chicken enchiladas
- Pot roast
- Chicken melt
- Assorted pizza slices
- Szechwan green bean w/chicken

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 2
- Enchilada de pollo
- Ensalada Mexicana
- Pineapple flan

Thursday, April 3
- French onion soup
- Fillet mignon de pinot noir sauce
- Roasted baby potatoes w/garlic & rosemary
- Sautéed green beans
- Chocolate soufflé w/frangelico crème anglais

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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From symmetry

Physicists rock!

The current lineup of Fermilab's Drug Sniffing Dogs is one of many incarnations of a band that has been evolving for 20 years. Photos: Fred Ullrich, Fermilab

Wherever physics goes, music follows, from the lyrical strains of flute and violin to Blue Wine, Les Horribles Cernettes and Drug Sniffing Dogs.

Standing on a stage near the border of France and Switzerland, the songwriter and keyboard player for Les Horribles Cernettes looks up at the sky and grimaces. So much for the annual free Hardronic Music Festival, he thinks. Thousands of physicists, engineers, technicians, and their families sit in a grassy field, far from any shelter, at CERN, the European particle physics center. The crowd got in free; they won't hesitate to leave, Silvano de Gennaro thinks. He sighs, and his fingers touch the first note of the song "Big Bang" just as buckets of rain start to fall.

People start moving -- but not to go home. Concertgoers pick up plastic chairs to shield their heads. Others alternate clapping to the beat and wiping rain out of their eyes.

Then water shorts out the lighting system. A bevy of upcoming special effects-heart-shaped balloons, bubbles, disco lights, smoke -- vanish into the darkness. Disappointed, de Gennaro gets ready to pack up.

A beam of light streaks across the stage, focuses on a musician and stops, followed by another, and another. People are pointing flashlights retrieved from their cars.

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--Tona Kunz

Photo of the Day

Wandering wild

AD's Wesley Mueller took this photo of a wild turkey near the old wire barn on Kautz Road, near Butterfield Road. Click on the photo to view a larger version.

In the News

Asking a judge to save the world, and maybe a whole lot more

From New York Times, March 30, 2008

More fighting in Iraq. Somalia in chaos. People in this country can't afford their mortgages and in some places now they can't even afford rice.

None of this nor the rest of the grimness on the front page today will matter a bit, though, if two men pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii turn out to be right. They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole or something else that will spell the end of the Earth - and maybe the universe.

Scientists say that is very unlikely - though they have done some checking just to make sure.

The world's physicists have spent 14 years and $8 billion building the Large Hadron Collider, in which the colliding protons will recreate energies and conditions last seen a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Researchers will sift the debris from these primordial recreations for clues to the nature of mass and new forces and symmetries of nature.

But Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho contend that scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have played down the chances that the collider could produce, among other horrors, a tiny black hole, which, they say, could eat the Earth. Or it could spit out something called a "strangelet" that would convert our planet to a shrunken dense dead lump of something called "strange matter." Their suit also says CERN has failed to provide an environmental impact statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Although it sounds bizarre, the case touches on a serious issue that has bothered scholars and scientists in recent years - namely how to estimate the risk of new groundbreaking experiments and who gets to decide whether or not to go ahead.

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Read the MSNBC story

LHC Safety information

Safety Tip of the Week

Wild goose chase

Canada goose gosling. Cute, but don't touch.

It's mating season, the time of year when Canada geese aggressively defend their nests and goslings. This instinctual behavior is understandable in the wild, but problems arise when the nests are in human high-traffic areas, such as near building entrances, and the intruders are people who need to enter those buildings.

If you get near a nest or gosling, you may hear a goose's defensive hiss. This is typically a first warning. If not dissuaded, the birds may charge or even fly at you. The aggressive behavior usually lasts from the time eggs are laid until the offspring take on adult coloring. Close encounters typically occur around Wilson Hall, Industrial Center, Feynman Computing Center and the Village.

Employees and visitors have encountered geese that threaten and chase them, and a small few have been struck by the birds. When injuries occur, they are usually minor and due to a fall from trying to elude the goose. However, one employee last year was knocked to the ground in front of ICB by a gander that flew directly at her head. She suffered scrapes to her left knee, hip, elbow and wrist as well as strained rib cartilage.

Here are some tips for dealing with aggressive Canada geese.

Avoid nesting areas and goslings.

Show them who is boss: When challenged by a goose, Fermilab's Roads & Grounds Department workers recommend yelling and flapping your arms. Maybe it doesn't look especially cool, but this technique has been highly effective in getting geese to back down.

Get help: Although Roads & Grounds (x3303) has a limited capability for dealing with problems in critical areas, they can place temporary fences between nests and walkways or apply deterrent chemicals to grassy areas where geese forage. Nests can be removed from some highly sensitive areas once a permit is secured from the Department of Natural Resources. Fermilab has also contracted with the Geese Police, a goose-control company from Naperville, that employs specially-trained border collies to chase geese away from building entrances and lawns. Their routine visits have been rather successful and are scheduled to continue through the end of April.

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Accelerator Update
March 26-28
- Two stores provided 44 hours and 57 minutes of luminosity
- MI safety system testing completed
- Pbar lithium lens turbine replaced
- MINOS far detector power outage completed

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


Have a safe day!

Blood Drive April 22, 23
Mark your calendars. Heartland Blood Centers will conduct a Fermilab Blood Drive on April 22 and 23 from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Ground Floor NE Training Room. Appointments can be scheduled on the Web or by calling Diana at x3771 or Margie at x5680. More information can be found here.

NALWO lunch April 9
The next NALWO luncheon is Wednesday, April 9, at noon at Chez Leon. This is a chance to meet other laboratory women, network or just relax over a meal. The cost is $12. Anyone interested can RSVP by Sunday, April 4, to Marjorie Appel via e-mail or by phone at (630) 293-9349.

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SciTech summer camps
The SciTech Hands-on Museum offers Science Adventure Camps for children age 6-8 and age 9+. Week-long camps begin on June 23 and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees range from $200 to $225 per week. Before- and after-care is available for an extra fee. For more information, visit the SciTech Web site.

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