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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.

A Plea to Let Researchers Try New Paths
Nov 6, 2016
In an opinion piece in Nature, FQXi's Gerardo Adesso and colleagues argue that to pursue the most important research, scientists must be allowed to shift their focus. Read more about Adesso's work on Quantum Cybernetics here.

Quantum Brains?!?
Nov 4, 2016
Watch Matthew Fisher's talk at our 2016 meeting in Banff, and read more about his ideas on quantum consciousness in Quanta Magazine.



 
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FQXi Essay Contest 2016: Wandering Towards a Goal
By BRENDAN FOSTER
In physics we tend to stick to asking what happened, how did it happen? We like to describe, usually in minute details. We like to use the smallest possible components, “building blocks”, “unit cells".

But there are other ways to think...

Towards a Goal — Two Weeks to Go
By BRENDAN FOSTER
We are not slouching towards our goal, we are not wandering towards it, we are stepping firmly towards it.

We have just under two weeks left until the closing date of our 2017 essay contest, Wandering Towards a Goal, and we have over 80...

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....




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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.



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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,...

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
Alternative Models of Cosmology
By ANONYMOUS
In cosmology, it is believed that regions of space on `opposite' sides of the universe are too far apart to have ever been causally connected. That is, they are outside each other's `particle horizon'. Consequently, it is difficult to explain the...

 
NEW ARTICLES


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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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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