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June 29, 2005
Scientists at a multidisciplinary national laboratory like Berkeley Lab pursue so many different goals they can sometimes seem unrelated. This issue of Science@Berkeley Lab explores their common theme.
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Squeezing the Beams

Heavy-ion fusion may be the most efficient and reliable way to produce clean, inexpensive, abundant electricity. Recent spectacular advances in shaping ion beams that could one day implode pellets of frozen hydrogen might reduce the cost and shorten the timetable for developing the power plants of the future.
  In Series  
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What do cancer researchers from Berkeley Lab — a lab that does no classified research at all — have to do with the Department of Defense? And what does DOD have to do with breast cancer? A new series reveals the surprising connection between women's health and national defense.
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  The Parallel Processor  
A computer model of the human heart, created with a novel programming language, is the first step toward 3-D digital models of the cardiovascular system and internal organs.
Most movies are made from frames a 60th of a second long, but the movies now playing at a supercomputer near you use frames just a millionth of a billionth of a second long to reveal protein molecules moving, folding, and rotating as they carry out life's most fundamental tasks.
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Schrödinger's Cat: Not Yet Old Hat

The way to introduce students to quantum mechanics is through quantum computing, some professors believe, and at UC Berkeley theorists and experimenters have joined forces to teach about oddities like the superposition of states and qubits — entities that encode 0 and 1, both at the same time.
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Nuclides Under the Hood

Every few days a nuclear physicist stops by the Public Works Department in Berkeley, California, and picks up an armful of police car air filters. He's looking for telltale signs of radioactive substances that could provide early warning if terrorists try to release harmful radiation in the Bay Area.