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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Ytterbium Violates Parity in a Big Way

The weak interaction has the shortest range of the fundamental forces and does some of the most peculiar things, like changing the flavor of quarks, governing the interactions of neutrinos, and violating parity — nature's mirror symmetry. In ytterbium, researchers in Berkeley Lab's Nuclear Science Division — including nuclear scientist Dmitry Budker — have measured the largest parity violations ever observed in an atom. More>

blue light crystalsResearch: More Than Meets the Eye: New Blue Light Nanocrystals

Berkeley Lab researchers — including the Molecular Foundry's Hoi Ri Moon (left), Jeff Urban (center) and Delia Milliron — have produced non-toxic nanocrystals that efficiently emit blue light, making them a bright candidate for solid-state lighting. These materials could also play a role in long-term storage of carbon dioxide, a potential means of tempering the effects of global warming. More>

daily showDOE Update: Chu Guest on Daily Show, Debuts Facebook Page

Department of Energy Secretary Chu made an appearance on the Daily Show with John Stewart on Tuesday evening, giving Stewart honorary membership to the NAS, not the National Academy of Sciences, but to the "Nerds of America Society." Go here to view the segment. Chu also launched his newly created Facebook page, in which he explains some of the cutting edge research and technology that is laying the foundation for the next generation of clean energy jobs, and answers questions submitted by visitors of the page. More>

HR Benefits: Brochure for Postdocs Outlines Available Benefits

The HR Benefits Group has developed a brochure that outlines the specific benefits and plans that are available to all eligible postdocs at Berkeley Lab. The brochure includes information on medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement and tax-deferred savings plans, life insurance, and vacation and sick leave, among other topics. Download the brochure here, or visit the HR Benefits Postdoc website for access to the brochure and other benefit resources. For additional information, contact the Lab's HR Benefits group (x6403).

Employee Activity: Discount Tickets for Circus Performance

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will present its latest show, Zing Zang Zoom, at Oakland's Oracle Arena Aug. 12-16. Lab employees can purchase discount tickets to performances. Go here to order tickets by Tuesday, Aug. 11 (use BERKLAB as promotion code).

Employee Activity: Scores from Week Six of Softball Season

softballSUDS 21, Clean Sweep 4
Rated X 13, Animals 6
Clone Warriors 6, Ballpark Estimates 4
Scared Hitless 8, Small Ball 7

1. Silver & Black 5-0
2. Rated X 4-1
3. Ballpark Estimates 4-2
4. Scared Hitless 3-2
5. Animals 3-3
6. SUDZ 3-3
7. Clone Warriors 1-4
7. Small Ball 1-4
9. Clean Sweep 0-5

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