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Yoga Club
Yoga with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute
Template-free Routes to Hierarchically Porous Inorganic Materials
Ram Seshadri, UC Santa Barbara Materials Research Lab
Bldg. 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Dance Club
Waltz Lesson
Bldg. 51 (Bevatron) Lobby

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

2:30 p.m.
Safety Celebration

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
COBE, CMB and Cosmology
George Smoot
1 LeConte Hall (campus)
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Morning Editions: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Chorizo Omelette with Hash Browns and Toast
Market Carvery: Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Beef Sandwich with Onions Rings
Menutainment: Viva El Burrito with Chicken or Pork

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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2006 Safety Success
Celebrated Monday

Employees are invited to the cafeteria on Monday at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the Lab’s accomplishments in reducing injuries in FY06. The Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Division is holding the event to acknowledge the contributions of staff in preventing injuries. Speakers include Steve Chu, David McGraw, and Bob Foley, UC Vice President for Laboratory Management. Safety information will be available, as well as refreshments.

Lab Staff, Families
Invited to Nano*High

The Materials Sciences Division's Nano*High annual lectures, a series of talks on nanotechnology geared towards families, kicks off this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. "Astrophysics and the Evolution of Life" is the title of the first talk in the series, given by Lab physicist Rich Muller. Go here to register for this lecture.

Lab Invited to CITRIS
Engineering Conference

Faculty presentations on energy and information technology, a talk by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, and student exhibits are among the highlights of the CITRIS symposium "Engineering a Better World." The free event takes place on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the campus's Bechtel Engineering Center. Registration is required.

Party for Retiring
Facilities Driver

Employees are invited to a retirement dinner for Jim Martinez, a truck driver for the Facilities Division, on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Spaghetti Factory in Concord. The event starts with cocktails at 4 p.m., then dinner at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in attending can contact Tammy Brown (x5232).

The Ultimate
'Flash Photography'

Smile and prepare to be vaporized! In what you might call the most violent snap-shot ever, physicists have used a blast of x-rays to determine the structure of a tiny object, even as the x-rays blew it apart. The "single shot" technique marks an important step toward deciphering the structure of proteins by zapping just a single molecule — a potentially revolutionary technique that physicists, including Berkeley Lab Advanced Light Source Director Roger Falcone — hope to perfect with the world's first x-ray lasers, currently under construction in the U.S., Germany, and Japan. Full story.

The Pitfalls, Promises Of Coal-Fed Electricity


For decades, Kentucky and Indiana have relied on cheap electricity from vast reserves of coal to light their homes and power energy-intensive industries, from manufacturing plants to aluminum smelters. But now, because of fears about human-caused global warming, coal has become an international villain, and some say it's only a matter of time before the coal-fired power plants of the South and Midwest feel political heat and consumers here get an economic wallop. To make a difference, some experts, including Berkeley Lab earth scientist Sally Benson, say, as much carbon dioxide would need to go into the ground as oil is currently extracted, worldwide. Full story.

Revealing the Invisible
Of the Universe

The questions "Why are we here?" and "Why do we exist?" may sound purely philosophical in nature. Scientists, however, believe answers to these questions lie in the sub-atomic world inhabited by quarks and neutrinos. These fundamental particles were created when the universe was formed and, to UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab theoretical physicist Hitoshi Murayama, they represent clues to life's ultimate mysteries. Full story.
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