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July/August 2005

The Laboratory in the News

The Grand Challenge of Thermonuclear Ignition
Commentary by Edward I. Moses

Orchestrating the World’s Most Powerful Laser
The computer control system for the National Ignition Facility will soon have about 1.4-million lines of code running on more than 750 computers.

A Random Walk through Time and Space
Albert Einstein’s 1905 papers on Brownian motion, random fluctuations, and statistical mechanics are fundamental to many Livermore research projects.

The Search for Methane in Earths Mantle
Scientists are discovering that Earth’s mantle may have untapped reserves of methane.

Testing the Physics of Nuclear Isomers
Results from a tri-laboratory project contradict claims of accelerated release of energy from the nuclear isomer hafnium-178.

Patents and Awards

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