Malcolm Andrews with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) predicts that understanding initial conditions and their influence on turbulence will likely lead to efficient energy-production designs for ICF, highspeed trains, and more-efficient internal combustion engines. That understanding may also resolve a host of outstanding inconsistencies between experiment and theory, a possibility that intrigues turbulence researchers as they struggle to understand and control one of the great unsolved problems of physics.

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