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

Heart of Darkness
An intrepid physicist attempts to climb into the core of black hole.

Why Quantum?
Entropy could explain why nature chose to play by quantum rules.

Reality's NeverEnding Story
A quantum version of Darwinian natural selection could enable the universe to write itself into being.

The Quantum Dictionary
Mark Van Raamsdonk is re-writing how we define the shape of our universe. Can such translations help to unite quantum theory and gravity?


 
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The FQXi June 30, 2014 Podcast features:
  • Time Travel Simulated in the Lab
  • BICEP2 Under Scrutiny
  • Higgs the Destroyer
  • Why is Nature Quantum?
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Time Travel Simulated in the Lab
Quantum physicists Andrew White & Martin Ringbauer explain how they used photons to simulate an encounter between a time traveller and its younger self. The results violate Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and other quantum laws.
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BICEP2 Under Scrutiny
Extended interview with founder of inflation theory Alan Guth, who reviews the doubts cast on the BICEP2 announcement of the discovery of primordial gravitational waves. He also discusses the implications if the results stand up for grand unified theories, the multiverse, and the Planck data.
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Higgs the Destroyer
Physicist Malcom Fairbairn calculates that the Higgs boson combined with primordial gravitational waves should have caused the universe to collapse -- unless there is other new physics.
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Why is Nature Quantum?
Investigating the connection between entropy in thermodynamics and information theory could explain why reality is described by quantum theory, as physicists Jon Barrett and Matt Leifer explain to reporter Colin Stuart.
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PODCAST ARCHIVE

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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