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Looking to the Future
May 26, 2016
To understand quantum phenomena, we may need to think about time in a different way, according to FQXi members Ken Wharton and Huw Price. They make their case in the latest issue of Nautilus.

Music of the Universe
Apr 27, 2016
Physicist, saxophonist and FQXi member Stephon Alexander muses on the secret link between music and the structure of the universe in his new book The Jazz of Physics.

Poetic Contemplation of Physics
Mar 13, 2016
FQXi's Carlo Rovelli speaks to The Wall Street Journal about his bestselling book, Seven Brief Lessons in Physics.

 

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Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! Podcast: Space News,...
By ZEEYA MERALI
Believe it or not, it’s a decade since FQXi launched, back in May 2006. There’ll be more celebrations on the site to come, but to commemorate our birthday month, we invited one of FQXi’s directors, Anthony Aguirre, on to the latest edition of...

Physics of the Observer - Call for Proposals and...
By BRENDAN FOSTER
And now, we’d like to announce the beginning of an ambitious new program, investigating Physics of the Observer.

We’re asking you to take a long hard look at yourself — and to think about what it means to be an "observer". Many problems...

New Podcast: A MICROSCOPE on General Relativity,...
By ZEEYA MERALI
After a bit of a break, the FQXi podcast returns!

In the news round-up, Brendan Foster and I chat about the MICROSCOPE satellite experiment, which was launched in April to put the equivalence principle--and general relativity--to the test....




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
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; & Sean Carroll talks about his book The Big Picture, and emergence.
A MICROSCOPE on Galileo; how gravitational waves open a new window on the universe; searching for defects in spacetime; & a quantum-horror short story.
FQXi's countdown of the top physics breakthroughs of 2015 concludes, with Ian Durham.



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Ultimate Reality
Alternative Models of Reality
By ZEEYA MERALI
If you have an unconventional, alternative model of reality, then this is the place to discuss it. (This is for contributors who have preliminary ideas and would like feedback, but do not have an academic paper or arXiv preprint and have not given a...

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Black Holes Do Not Exist, claims Mersini-Houghton
By ZEEYA MERALI
A few months ago I wrote an article for Nature outlining a paper by Stephen Hawking in which he redefined what we mean by an "event horizon". Fans of the podcast will also have heard FQXi members Carlo Rovelli and Jorge Pullin talking about how Loop...

Complexity
The Fermi Paradox
By WILLIAM OREM
I'd be interested in hearing any proposed solutions to the Fermi Paradox. My experience has been that this is one of the Foundational Questions on which everyone you meet at a party has a ready answer, but the paradox turns out to be surprisingly...

 
NEW ARTICLES


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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Collapsing Physics: Q&A with Catalina Oana Curceanu
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • May 24, 2016
Tests of a rival to quantum theory, taking place in the belly of the Gran Sasso d'Italia mountain, could reveal how the fuzzy subatomic realm of possibilities comes into sharp macroscopic focus.
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Dropping Schrödinger's Cat Into a Black Hole
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • May 5, 2016
Combining gravity with the process that transforms the fuzzy uncertainty of the quantum realm into the definite classical world we see around us could lead to a theory of quantum gravity.
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Does Quantum Weirdness Arise When Parallel Classical Worlds Repel?
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Apr 15, 2016
Quantum mechanics could derive from subtle interactions among unseen neighboring universes
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Wrinkles in Spacetime
By COLIN STUART • Mar 31, 2016
Searching for defects in the fabric of the cosmos could help physicists home in on the correct theory of quantum gravity.
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Blurring Causal Lines
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Feb 29, 2016
Quantum experiments mix past and future on the microscopic scale—opening the door to faster computers and revising our notion of causality.
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The Quantum Reality Paradox
By KATE BECKER • Nov 18, 2015
How the search for God’s limits led to the discovery of quantum contextuality—a weird phenomenon that could provide the 'magic' needed for super-fast computing.
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Quantum Cybernetics
By NATHAN COLLINS • Oct 1, 2015
The quest for a meta-theory of quantum control that could one day explain physical systems, certain biological phenomena—and maybe even politics.
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Video Article: Solar-System-Sized Experiment to Put Time to the Test
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Aug 26, 2015
Is quantum theory or relativity right about the nature of time? Bouncing radar beams off the moons of Jupiter just might help sort things out.
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Conjuring a Neutron Star from a Nanowire
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Jul 23, 2015
Using tiny mechanical devices to create accelerations equivalent to 100 million times the Earth’s gravitational field—mimicking the arena of quantum gravity in the lab.
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Inferring the Limits on Reality (that Even the Gods Must Obey)
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • Jun 24, 2015
The fuzziness of the quantum realm could arise from mathematical restrictions on what can ever be known.
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