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Catalina Curceanu Awarded Emmy Noether Prize
Jun 25, 2017
FQXi's Catalina Oana Curceanu, senior researcher at the National Laboratory of Frascati (LNF) has won the prestigious Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2017, established by the European Physical Society. There's more about her honor here. Congratulations!

DIY Cosmos Creation in North Cyprus
May 30, 2017
FQXi's Eduardo Guendelman will be the keynote speaker at the Eastern Mediterranean University's Physics Days 2017. He'll be speaking about ways to make a baby universe in the lab at the event, which runs from June 29-30.

The Quest to Create New Universes
Feb 14, 2017
Could humans make a baby universe in the lab? To find out Zeeya Merali interviewed FQXi's Abhay Ashtekar, Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Alex Vilenkin, Eduardo Guendelman, Joe Polchinski, Don Page, Seth Lloyd and more for her book A Big Bang in a Little Room. Read physicist Ian Durham's review.



 
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Schrödinger’s Cat Meowing Between Many Worlds...
By CATALINA CURCEANU
This post is co-written by FQXi members Catalina Curceanu (LNF-INFN, Italy) and Angelo Bassi (Univ. of Trieste and INFN, Italy):

In May, we organised an FQXi-sponsored workshop dedicated to Quantum Foundations at the Laboratori...

We Are All Connected
By BRENDAN FOSTER
Can you write a song about physics that is actually a good song? Not a joke song or a spoof song; not a song whose only purpose is to teach you the parts of an equation. A song that is on its own simply a good song, but that is also somehow about...

Wandering Towards a Goal: Winners Announcement
By BRENDAN FOSTER
We asked the question: how do mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intentions. So how does it happen? Well, we’re not going to just tell you the answer. You’ll have to read it for yourself — in our winning essays, which we are now...




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Cosmology
A Self-Gravitational Upper Bound on Localized...
By ZEEYA MERALI
Jonathan Dickau has requested a new thread to discuss a recent arXiv paper by Stephen Kenneth Kauffmann, titled: "A Self-Gravitational Upper Bound on Localized Energy, Including that of Virtual Particles and Quantum Fields, which Yields a Passable...

Cosmology
Dimensional Reduction in the Sky
By ZEEYA MERALI
Thanks to Jonathan Dickau for spotting this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1305.3153by FQXi member Giovanni Amelino-Camelia and others.

Here's the abstract:

"We explore the cosmological implications of a mechanism found in...

Cosmology
Chasing the black holes of the ocean
By ZEEYA MERALI
Another great find by John Merryman:

In John's words: "Here is an interesting article on PhysOrg, about how "some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space." Given the extent to...

 
NEW ARTICLES


Our Place in the Multiverse
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Sep 22, 2017
Calculating the odds that intelligent observers arise in parallel universes—and working out what they might see.
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Sounding the Drums to Listen for Gravity’s Effect on Quantum Phenomena
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Aug 8, 2017
A bench-top experiment could test the notion that gravity breaks delicate quantum superpositions.
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Watching the Observers
By BRENDAN FOSTER • Jun 13, 2017
Accounting for quantum fuzziness could help us measure space and time—and the cosmos—more accurately.
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Bohemian Reality: Searching for a Quantum Connection to Consciousness
By COLIN STUART • Mar 24, 2017
Is there are sweet spot where artificial intelligence systems could have the maximum amount of consciousness while retaining powerful quantum properties?
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Quantum Replicants: Should future androids dream of quantum sheep?
By JAYNE THOMPSON • Feb 24, 2017
To build the ultimate artificial mimics of real life systems, we may need to use quantum memory.
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Painting a QBist Picture of Reality
By M. MITCHELL WALDROP • Jan 22, 2017
A radical interpretation of physics makes quantum theory more personal.
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The Spacetime Revolutionary
By COLIN STUART • Dec 13, 2016
Carlo Rovelli describes how black holes may transition to "white holes," according to loop quantum gravity, a radical rewrite of fundamental physics.
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Riding the Rogue Quantum Waves
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Nov 6, 2016
Could giant sea swells help explain how the macroscopic world emerges from the quantum microworld? (Image credit: MIT News)
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Rescuing Reality
By KATE BECKER • Oct 5, 2016
A "retrocausal" rewrite of physics, in which influences from the future can affect the past, could solve some quantum quandaries—saving Einstein's view of reality along the way.
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Untangling Quantum Causation
By NICOLA JONES • Jul 25, 2016
Figuring out if A causes B should help to write the rulebook for quantum physics.
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In Search of a Quantum Spacetime
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Jun 22, 2016
Finding the universe's wavefunction could be the key to understanding the emergence of reality.
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