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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at podcast@fqxi.org, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.
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RECENT ARTICLES
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Quantum in Context
An untapped resource could provide the magic needed for quantum computation—and perhaps even open the door to time travel.

Spot the Difference to Reveal Exotic Particles
Questioning the symmetrization postulate of quantum mechanics and the notion that electrons are indistinguishable could reveal whether hypothetical new particles exist.

Life's Quantum Crystal Ball
Does the ability to predict the future—perhaps with quantum help—define the fundamental difference between living and inanimate matter?

The Quantum Truth Seeker
Watching particles fly through an interferometer might help to unveil higher-order weirdness behind quantum theory.

Quantifying Occam
Is the simplest answer always the best? Connecting Medieval monks to computational complexity, using the branch of mathematics known as category theory.


 
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The FQXi November 29, 2014 Podcast features:
  • When Parallel Worlds Interact with Ours
  • Predicting the Future
  • Quantum Identity Crisis
  • Sounds from a Comet
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When Parallel Worlds Interact with Ours
In the main podcast Howard Wiseman describes a new model in which the forces between many *classical* parallel worlds create quantum effects in ours (indeterminism, tunnelling, double-slit interference, uncertainty). In this extended edition hear about zero-point and vacuum energies, quantised energy levels & entanglement too.
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Predicting the Future
Redefining the difference between living and inanimate matter, down to the molecular level, in terms of the ability to predict the future. Information and computer scientist Susanne Still speaks with reporter Carinne Piekema.
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Quantum Identity Crisis
Physicist Philip Goyal is questioning one of the founding principles of quantum theory, which gives rise to the chemistry of the Periodic Table, as he explains to reporter Colin Stuart.
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Sounds from a Comet
We started and ended the podcast with audio from the Philae lander's mission to a comet. Here are links to that footage and more...
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PODCAST ARCHIVE

October 2, 2014
  • BICEP2 v Planck v Inflation theory
  • One Past, Two Futures: A Gravitational Origin for the Arrow of Time
  • Physics of Cancer
  • Paul Davies on Cancer, Uncut
August 31, 2014
  • Watching Quantum Cats Die
  • Black Hole Fireworks
  • Quantifying Occam
  • Quantum Pigeonhole Principle
  • Quantum Cheshire Cat
June 30, 2014
  • Time Travel Simulated in the Lab
  • BICEP2 Under Scrutiny
  • Higgs the Destroyer
  • Why is Nature Quantum?
May 7, 2014
  • BICEP2 & Inflation
  • BICEP2 & Alternative models
  • Thermal Gravity
  • Entangling Spacetime
January 21, 2014
  • A Matter of Consciousness
January 9, 2014
  • Sean Carroll Fluctuates on Floating Consciousnesses
January 7, 2014
  • What is quantum information *really* good for? -- FQXi Conference Panel Discussion
December 31, 2013
  • The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part III
  • Ancient Aliens
December 29, 2013
  • The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part II
  • Taking the LHC to Africa
December 28, 2013
  • The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part I
  • Alien Hunter
October 7, 2013
  • Bye Bye Big Bang?
  • Dark Energy Survey Launches
  • Voyager 1 Leaves the Solar System
  • Quantum Space Tests
  • Superposition
August 20, 2013
  • Experimental Proof for Parallel Universes?
  • Multiversality -- Full Interview with Frank Wilczek
  • Neutrinos Shift Personality
  • Certainty About the Uncertainty Principle
  • Plants Do Math!
June 12, 2013
  • Cloaking Time
  • The Reality of Time
  • Bye Bye Black Hole Singularities!
  • Entangling the Dead
April 22, 2013
  • Astro Results, Cosmic Conclusions
  • Dark Energy Discovery
  • DNA Computing
March 6, 2013
  • Averting an Asteroid Apocalypse
  • Our Unstable Universe
  • Let There Be Light
  • Quantum Roots of Photosynthesis
January 25, 2013
  • Is God a Good Theory?
  • Quantum Birds
  • The Cosmic Clock Ambiguity
December 16, 2012
  • The Year in Physics: 2012 Review
  • Time & the String Multiverse
  • The Building Blocks of Spacetime
November 16, 2012
  • Testing the Quantum Limits
  • Illusions of Time and the Self
  • Unraveling Paradoxes
October 15, 2012
  • Uncertainty about Quantum Uncertainty
  • The Holographic Universe
  • Jiggling Atoms
September 6, 2012
  • Parallel Worlds, Parallel Beliefs
  • The Ignominious History of the Higgs
  • Discord in Quantum Computing
  • Faster Than Light Cosmology
August 1, 2012
  • The Higgs Goes to Ghana
  • The Illusion of Time & The Dynamics of Shapes
  • Mental Time Travel
June 30, 2012
  • Knots in Space
  • Predicting the End of Civilization
  • The Quantum Fuel of Time Travel
May 30, 2012
  • Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
  • Launching the FQXi Essay Contest
  • Quantum Words & Pictures
  • The Secret (Quantum) Science of Scents
  • Ask a Physicist: Strings & Sounds
April 30, 2012
  • Splitting the Electron
  • Neural Relativity
  • Table-Top Tests for Quantum Gravity
March 30, 2012
  • Time Twisting Tests
  • Not So Fast Neutrinos
  • The Sound of Physics
 
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