Mailed 6/16/97



Upton, NY -- This summer, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will offer the "Whiz Bang Science Show" to visitors during the Lab's Summer Sunday tours.
The Lab will be open for tours on seven consecutive Sundays, from July 13 to August 24. Tour hours are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The new science show will be offered at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Lab's Berkner Hall. Both children and adults will enjoy lively interactive demonstrations of basic scientific principles. How does a "Bernoulli blower" float a beach ball in thin air? What's a corrugaphone and how does sound travel through it? How fast can you freeze ice cream with liquid nitrogen? These are just a few of the intriguing items to be covered in the show.

Responding to the community's concern over its environmental impact, Brookhaven will set up an "Ask Me!" booth in Berkner Hall staffed by the Lab's environmental professionals. They will answer environmental questions and other pertinent queries about Brookhaven Lab.

In addition, various exhibits will be on display in Berkner Hall, including a tabletop model of Long Island's groundwater aquifer, which shows the potential impact of pollution. Guided bus tours of the Laboratory site will run continuously throughout the day. Some of the sites viewed on the narrated tour will be the Laboratory's biology, chemistry, medical and physics facilities.
Refreshments and rest rooms are available.

For more information about Brookhaven's free Sunday tours, call the Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345. Brookhaven Lab is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. BNL is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.