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Re-Conceptualizing the Origin of Life
Jul 20, 2015
FQXi member Sara Imari Walker is organising a conference on Nov. 9-13th, 2015 at Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington D.C. Physics and chemistry have arrived at a deep understanding of the non-living world. The meeting will discuss whether we can expect to reach similar insights, integrating concepts and quantitative explanation, in biology? For details on participation, visit our upcoming conferences page.

Public Lecture Clarifying Misconceptions
Jun 17, 2015
There will be an FQXi-supported event in the SF Bay area on July 9 covering "Misconceptions about Quantum Physics, Multiverse Cosmology, Particles Physics, and Space-Time."

Firewalls in Sci Am and FQXi Podcast
Mar 17, 2015
Firewalls on the cover of April's Scientific American. Just in time for our coverage on the March edition of the FQXi Podcast.

 

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LIGO to Make a Gravitational Waves Announcement on...
By ZEEYA MERALI
Updated 4:15pm Feb 11: Congratulations to the LIGO collaboration for successfully detecting gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes. Follow @FQXi on Twitter for live updates.

I’m opening this thread as a place to watch...

Measuring Consciousness in the Lab
By MAX TEGMARK
If you're driving, you're having a subjective experience of colors, sounds and vibrations. But does a self-driving car have a subjective experience? Does it feel like anything at all to be a self-driving car, or is it a zombie in the sense of having...

How risky is too risky? Evaluating the expected...
By ANTHONY AGUIRRE
On Dec. 8, 2015, two different groups (sharing an author) posted papers to the arXiv announcing the possible detection of planet-sized objects in the far outer solar system (Vlemmings et al, arXiv:1512.02650v2 and Liseau et al,...




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
FQXi's countdown of the top physics breakthroughs of 2015 concludes, with Ian Durham.
Our countdown of the biggest physics breakthroughs of 2015 continues, with Ian Durham.
Our review of the year in physics, with quantum physicist Ian Durham, begins.



FEATURED FQXi MEMBER VIDEOS

video Is Time Travel Possible?
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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...

High Energy Physics
Multiversal Journeys — Misconceptions About the...
By BRENDAN FOSTER
FQXi Member Farzad Nekoogar heads the excellent Multiversal Journeys, whose mission is "to raise public awareness and interest in theoretical physics and cosmology". They have recently finished two videos explaining misconceptions about the research...

Technology
Are We Merging With Our Technology?
By WILLIAM OREM
Put this one in the Strange New World file: is it possible to use junk DNA as a repository for secret messages? The idea cropped up in science fiction some time ago, but as of now, it's also reality.

Japanese researchers at Keio University,...

 
NEW ARTICLES


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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The Quantum Thermodynamic Revolution
By COLIN STUART • May 20, 2015
Combining theories of quantum information with the science of heat and energy transfer could lead to new technologies.
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Face Off: Building a Toy Universe to Pit Quantum Theory Against Gravity
By NICOLA JONES • Apr 24, 2015
Using superconducting circuits to create a curved-spacetime analog with stronger gravity than our cosmos.
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Is Gravity Time's Archer?
By KATE BECKER • Mar 24, 2015
A new model argues the forces between particles in the early universe loosed time's arrow, creating temporal order from chaos.
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Purifying Physics: The Quest to Explain Why the “Quantum” Exists
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • Feb 9, 2015
A new framework for the laws underlying reality could explain why nature obeys quantum rules, the origin of time’s arrow, and the power of quantum computing.
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Searching for the Impossible
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Jan 16, 2015
A quest to discover which computational tasks can never be resolved.
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Six Degrees to the Emergence of Reality
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Jan 1, 2015
Physicists are racing to complete a new model of "quantum complex networks" that tackles the physical nature of time and paradoxical features of emergence of classical reality from the quantum world
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