Fermilab Today Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday, March 6
9:45 a.m.
Presentations to the Physics Advisory Committee - Curia II
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: John M. Campbell, University of Glasgow
Title: A Fresh Look at Single Top Production

Sunday, March 8
2:30 P.M.
Gallery Chamber Series - 2nd Floor Art Gallery
Tickets: $15
Performer: Arianna String Quartet

Monday, March 9
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Nahee Park, University of Chicago
Title: TeV Electron Measurement in the Balloon Experiment
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Friday, March 6
- Old fashioned ham & bean
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- Chicken pot pie
- Smart cuisine: baked fish over rice
- Roasted veggie & provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Baked potatoes

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

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Wednesday, March 11
- Chicken breast stuffed w/sun-dried tomatoes & goat cheese with a shallot thyme sauce
- Orzo
- Carmel apple shortcake

Thursday, March 12
- Field greens w/ cranberries, bleu cheese and walnuts
- Citrus glazed mahi mahi
- Cashew basmati rice
- Sautéed pea pod & water chestnuts
- Lemon meringue ice cream pie in toasted pecan crust

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From symmetrybreaking

A first: String theory predicts an experimental result

One of the biggest criticisms of string theory is that its predictions can't be tested experimentally-a requirement for any solid scientific idea.

That's not true anymore.

At a AAAS session on Sunday, Feb. 15, physicists said string theory is making important contributions to the study of two extreme forms of matter -one heated to trillions of degrees, the other chilled to near-absolute zero. In both cases the matter became a "perfect liquid" that ripples and flows freely, like water. String theorists analyzed the results by applying what they had learned from pondering how a black hole might behave in five dimensions. Then they went on to calculate just how free-flowing these liquids might be, predictions that the experimenters are using to guide the next stage of their work.

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New Employees

From left: Steve Swantek, BSS, taxi driver; Steve Hernandez, BSS, firefighter; Wally Wittaniemi, FESS, mechanical maintenance supervisor; Yanyan Gao, PPD, guest scientist; Ronald Davis, PPD, on-call technical specialist; Marcelle Soares-Santos, FCPA, guest scientist


Change your clock,
change your battery

The members of the Fermilab Fire Department want to remind you that Daylight-saving time begins this Sunday, March 8. When you set your clocks forward an hour, remember to check and/or change the batteries in your smoke detectors. You should also check smoke detectors monthly for proper operation. Statistics show that properly working smoke detectors save lives. Contact the Fire Department at x3428 with any questions.

In the News

I'm not looking, honest!

From The Economist, March 5, 2009

The good news is reality exists. The bad is it's even stranger than people thought

"How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress." So said Niels Bohr, one of the founders of quantum mechanics. Since its birth in the 1920s, physicists and philosophers have grappled with the bizarre consequences that his theory has for reality, including the fundamental truth that it is impossible to know everything about the world and, in fact, whether it really exists at all when it is not being observed. Now two groups of physicists, working independently, have demonstrated that nature is indeed real when unobserved. When no one is peeking, however, it acts in a really odd way.

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In the News

Cosmologists seek to identify the physics of key components in their picture of the universe

From University of Chicago Chronicle, March 5, 2009

A new universe could pop into existence at just about any time, in any place, according to the theory of cosmic inflation-perhaps even in John Carlstrom's office in the Laboratory of Astrophysics and Space Research.

Scientists have no way of detecting other universes, but scientists have devised a test that could verify another key feature of cosmic inflation: gravitational waves. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that cosmic inflation should produce these extremely weak waves.

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Seymour Green, the ES&H mascot, promotes recycling

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