February 18, 2005


Electrical Safety Tip: Safe Lifting

SLAC recently experienced two recordable accidents involving lifting.

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NuSTAR Satellite Approved for Further Study by NASA

By Matthew Early Wright

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite may soon give astrophysicists a new window on the universe. Designed to image high-energy X-ray radiation, it will capture sharp images of black holes, supernovae, and galactic nuclei. And if NASA gives the project final flight approval early next year, it could be in orbit by the end of the decade.

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Director's Corner

By Jonathan Dorfan

17 and 8
Minimizing work-related injuries and illnesses is good management—maintaining the SLAC Family’s health and well-being is an important collective goal for all of us. In that regard, 17 and 8 are two numbers that I would like all of you to keep forefront in your minds this year. These are the maximum numbers of incidents in two safety-incident categories that have been set by the DOE for Fiscal Year 2005.

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Science Bowl a Great Success

By Nina Stolar

The first DOE Science Bowl held at SLAC was a tremendous success due to strong volunteer participation by the SLAC community. A warm SLAC welcome greeted the 23 teams (one coach/five students) from 14 area high schools. People came forward from areas throughout the Lab and worked together seamlessly to master the myriad details for the tournament-style competition.

This great educational outreach opportunity supports the DOE National Science Bowl.

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Cosmic Tune-Up: Cosmic Rays Help Prime BABAR Systems

By Heather Rock Woods

Cosmic rays harmlessly stream through everything on Earth—our bodies, the scintillator counters in the Visitor’s Center and the BaBar detectors.

Normally, BaBar filters out cosmic rays to reduce background noise. However, the Collaboration uses cosmic rays to check out the detectors before starting a new run—and even in the middle of a long run. Experimenters turned to cosmic rays for extra tune-ups and tests of new equipment during the unexpected downtime that began mid-October, just a week before BaBar was to start taking data after a scheduled downtime.

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