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FQXi Podcast

By The Foundational Questions Institute

Podcast from science writers at the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi)

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    2018 Year in Physics Review Part 2: We conclude our countdown of the top physics stories of the year, as chosen by Ian Durham.12/31/2018
    29:38
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    2018 Year in Physics Review Part 1: We begin our countdown of the top physics stories of the year, as chosen by Ian Durham.12/30/2018
    21:58
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    Superhuman: In this special edition, evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper discusses his new book, which examines the extremes of mental and physical ability. He discusses encounters with some of the world's cleverest people, investigates the role of...09/10/2018
    36:45
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    High-energy neutrino traced back to a distant galaxy, with Azadeh Keivani; possible discovery of sterile neutrinos, with Richard Van de Water; black holes replaced by fuzzballs, with Samir Mathur; finding an almost-quantum theory, with Miguel Navascues;...08/26/2018
    37:44
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    Losing the Nobel Prize: In this special edition, physicist Brian Keating discusses his new book, which recounts the ill-fated BICEP2 announcement--and retraction--of the claimed discovery of primordial gravitational waves in 2014.07/23/2018
    37:33
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    Remembering Stephen Hawking; light from the first stars in the universe, with Rennan Barkana; our place in the multiverse, with Eugene Lim; & setting up a science hostel in Maui, with Garrett Lisi.03/20/2018
    40:08
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    2017 Physics Countdown Part 3: What was the biggest physics breakthrough of the year? FQXi's review, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, concludes.12/31/2017
    28:37
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    2017 Physics Countdown Part 2: FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, continues.12/29/2017
    21:52
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    2017 Physics Countdown Part 1: FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham.12/26/2017
    18:08
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    Real numbers are not (ontologically) real, says Nicolas Gisin; living in a Sudoku Universe, with Emily Adlam; FQXi launches a new essay contest and large grant round, with Anthony Aguirre and Jan Wallaczek; & fine-tuning quantum theory, with Matt...11/24/2017
    55:29
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    Gravitational waves from a neutron star collision; creating Majorana particles in the lab with Kang L. Wang; quantum Darwinism with Gerardo Adesso; & making a quantum replicant with Jayne Thompson.10/30/2017
    40:03
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    China takes the first steps to building a quantum Internet; testing quantum gravity in the lab; making a baby universe in a particle accelerator; and singing about physics.08/20/2017
    45:39
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    Concluding our list of the top physics breakthroughs of 2016, as chosen by Ian Durham.12/31/2016
    37:55
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    Counting down the biggest physics breakthroughs of 2016, with Ian Durham.12/30/2016
    26:20
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    Retrocausal reality with Ken Wharton; tips for FQXi's new essay contest; the Breakthrough prizes in physics; the science of terrorism, with Peter Byrne; & Carlo Rovelli gives a brief lesson on writing a physics bestseller.12/12/2016
    42:58
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    Science & Creativity: Conversation with bestselling science fiction author Neal Stephenson, artist Jayne Tollaksen, and musical physicists Ian Durham, Stephon Alexander & Brendan Foster. With Zeeya Merali.10/12/2016
    41:17
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    Max Tegmark on measuring consciousness in the lab -- and finding a hidden dimension in natural language. From the 5th FQXi Meeting.09/03/2016
    22:19
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    Sean Carroll asks What Happens Inside the Wavefunction? From the 5th FQXi International Meeting.08/21/2016
    22:33
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    Quantum physicist Matt Leifer reveals the dirty secrets of quantum foundations: the Copenhagen Interpretation does not exist and Copenhagen-like interpretations are as crazy as invoking parallel universes. From the 5th International FQXi meeting.08/20/2016
    24:34
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    Physicist Paul Davies reveals the "dirty secrets of life." From the 5th FQXi conference.08/19/2016
    22:21
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    Happy 10th Birthday to us! FQXi's director Anthony Aguirre celebrates a decade of the Foundational Questions Institute, and chats about the Kepler's planet haul and Breakthrough Starshot; Catalina Curceanu on testing a quantum rival under a mountain;...05/31/2016
    39:32
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    A MICROSCOPE on Galileo; how gravitational waves open a new window on the universe; searching for defects in spacetime; & a quantum-horror short story.05/02/2016
    42:20
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    FQXi's countdown of the top physics breakthroughs of 2015 concludes, with Ian Durham.12/31/2015
    30:54
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    Our countdown of the biggest physics breakthroughs of 2015 continues, with Ian Durham.12/29/2015
    19:42
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    Our review of the year in physics, with quantum physicist Ian Durham, begins.12/28/2015
    26:56
  18. 26.
    Physics of Information special featuring black hole firewalls, ruling out reality & the search to define what information actually is. Plus highlights of other FQXi-funded research projects.11/29/2015
    49:31
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    FQXi launches a new large grant round & Neutrino physicists win the Nobel and Breakthrough Prizes; a cosmic test for time; safeguarding the future of humanity; & Brains from Thunderbirds explains quantum physics.11/09/2015
    40:46
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    Hawking claims to solve black hole paradox & quantum spookiness passes toughest loophole-free test yet; relativity could cause quantum collapse; 5 steps for saving the world; quantum thermodynamics; & the physics filmmaker.08/31/2015
    53:04
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    Pluto, pentaquarks & Earth 2.0; Frank Drake talks about the new 100 million dollar hunt for alien life; conjuring a neutron star from a nanowire; & "Edge of the Sky" talks physics without the jargon.07/28/2015
    52:03
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    How do we communicate foundational physics to the public? Panel discussion with physicists and communicators Sabine Hossenfelder, Matt Leifer, Dagomir Kaszlikowski & Brendan Foster, from the New Directions meeting in Washington, DC.06/17/2015
    36:19
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    Physics poetry; curving spacetime in the lab; & searching for undecidable problems.05/25/2015
    36:12
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    Bohmian Rhapsody: Physicists Shelly Goldstein and Jean Bricmont discuss features of the deterministic alternative to standard quantum mechanics proposed by David Bohm. From the Quantum Foundations meeting in Erice, Italy, supported by COST.04/18/2015
    23:11
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    Physicists Angelo Bassi and GianCarlo Ghirardi discuss collapse models. From the COST quantum foundations meeting in Erice, Italy.03/27/2015
    23:31
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    A quantum reality check; observing black hole firewalls; & a quantum theory of network explains time's arrow.03/15/2015
    50:21
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    2014 in Review: physicist Ian Durham reveals the top two physics stories of the year; & we give you tips for entering FQXi's new essay contest: "Trick or Truth? The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics".12/30/2014
    28:04
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    2014 in review: Ian Durham's countdown of the top 5 physics stories of the year continues; & we launch FQXi's RFP "The Physics of What Happens."12/27/2014
    17:20
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    2014 in review: Ian Durham picks his top 5 physics stories of the year; & we congratulate the winners of the first FQXi video contest.12/24/2014
    33:37
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    How parallel worlds interact with ours; redefining "life" in terms of predicting the future; questioning the founding assumptions of quantum theory; & the Philae lander sends back songs from a comet.11/29/2014
    46:04
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    Primordial gravitational waves turn to dust and why this is good news for inflation theory; Julian Barbour's model in which the big bang created twin mirror universes, solves the arrow of time problem; & Paul Davies on his physics-based...10/02/2014
    55:20
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    Watching Schrodinger's cat die; black holes bounce into white holes; sharpening Occam's razor; catching quantum pigeons; & generating quantum Cheshire cats.08/31/2014
    48:03
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    Time travel is simulated in the lab; Alan Guth on the doubts clouding the BICEP2 result; how the Higgs should have destroyed the universe already; & could entropy explain why nature obeys quantum rules?06/30/2014
    42:30
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    Andrei Linde and Joao Magueijo on the BICEP2 discovery of primordial gravitational waves; using thermodynamics to explain the origin of gravity; & is quantum entanglement the fundamental glue that binds reality together?05/07/2014
    58:36
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    Max Tegmark proposes that consciousness may be another state of matter in his talk at the 4th FQXi International Conference.01/21/2014
    24:14
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    Sean Carroll questions conventional wisdom on quantum fluctuations, whether we might be disembodied "Boltzmann Brains" floating through space & eternal inflation leading to a multiverse, in his talk at the 4th FQXi conference.01/09/2014
    23:51
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    "What is quantum information *really* good for?" Physicists William Wootters, Caslav Brukner, Andrew Briggs, Raymond Laflamme, Sorin Paraoanu & Gerardo Adesso discuss this question at FQXi's 4th International Conference in Vieques.01/07/2014
    43:11
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    The final part of our Year in Physics review, with Ian Durham; & could ancient aliens have thrived in the universe 15 million years after the big bang?12/31/2013
    32:13
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    The FQXi Year in Physics Review with Ian Durham continues; & Tejinder Virdee talks about the Higgs discovery, the Nobel Prize, & inspiring the next generation of particle physicists in Africa.12/29/2013
    35:02
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    Physicist Ian Durham begins his physics review of 2013; & astronomer Sara Seager talks about exoplanets, alien hunting and her MacArthur genius grant.12/28/2013
    38:04
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    Was our universe birthed by a 5-D black hole?; Dark Energy Survey launches; Voyager 1 leaves the solar system; Quantum space experiments; & a Superposition of physics & art10/07/2013
    1:00:18
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    Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek talks tests of the cosmological multiverse & lab experiments for quantum parallel universes; neutrinos shift personality; a proof for Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle; & plants do math.08/20/2013
    47:26
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    Temporal cloak hides events in time; Lee Smolin on his new book "Time Reborn"; Loop quantum gravity cuts out the core of black holes; & Laser experiment entangles two photons that do not co-exist.06/12/2013
    40:49
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    What the Planck results & others mean for the universe; Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt recalls discovering dark energy; New FQXi essay contest hints & tips; & Computing with DNA04/22/2013
    1:01:02
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    Diverting asteroids headed for Earth; how the Higgs could destroy the Universe; SQUID experiments create light from the quantum vacuum; & does photosynthesis in plants have quantum roots?03/06/2013
    44:43
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    Is God a good cosmological theory? Would God *choose* to create a multiverse?; How quantum effects help birds navigate; & How the laws of physics we perceive may depend on our choice of clock.01/25/2013
    46:04
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    Reviewing the top physics stories of 2012 with Ian Durham; searching for time's arrow in the string multiverse; & looking for the fundamental building blocks of space and time.12/16/2012
    1:01:19
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    Experiments testing the limits of wave-particle duality; connecting time's flow to the illusion of the enduring self; & Jim Al-Khalili on his new book "Paradox".11/16/2012
    43:48
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    Photon experiments raise uncertainty about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle; the lowdown on FQXi's new $3 million Physics of Information grant round; casting the universe as a hologram to discover when time began; & art meets physics at the Jiggling...10/15/2012
    42:03
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    Questioning the parallel beliefs of quantum many-worlds supremo Everett; history of the Higgs with it's co-inventor Gerry Guralnik; quantum computing rewritten; & faster than light cosmology with Joao Magueijo.09/06/2012
    51:48
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    Taking particle physics to Ghana in our Higgs update; Julian Barbour explains why time does not exist, shapes are fundamental and the connection between consciousness and quantum gravity; and the psychology of mental time travel.08/01/2012
    41:24
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    Gruber Prize for Cosmology goes to WMAP ; searching the sky for "cosmic textures"; predicting the end of civilization; and the quantum fuel for time travel.06/30/2012
    35:09
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    Did the universe--the multiverse, the cyclic universe, & the "cosmic egg"--have a beginning?; tips for winning the FQXi essay contest; the quantum art of gravity & linguistics; sniffing out a quantum theory of smell; and we put *your* questions...05/30/2012
    43:33
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    Splitting the electron into two quasiparticles, the orbiton and spinon; how the brain perceives time--and how to fool it; and a table-top test of quantum gravity.04/30/2012
    29:50
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    A radical rethink of quantum mechanics suggests time can flow backwards; Frank Wilczek discusses not-so-speedy neutrinos; and string theory, religion and music collide in two physics operas.03/30/2012
    33:46

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