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Riding the Rogue Quantum Waves
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Rescuing Reality
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.

Untangling Quantum Causation
Figuring out if A causes B should help to write the rulebook for quantum physics.

In Search of a Quantum Spacetime
Finding the universe's wavefunction could be the key to understanding the emergence of reality.

Collapsing Physics: Q&A with Catalina Oana Curceanu
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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Bestselling science fiction author Neal Stephenson, artist Jayne Tollaksen, and musical physicists Ian Durham, Stephon Alexander & Brendan Foster chat about creativity in physics, novels, art and music, with Zeeya Merali.
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"Did you mean for me to define speed?" Yes, this is the overlooked key. I am waiting for your definition. The distinction between speed and velocity does not matter in this respect.

Incidentally, Einstein wrote Geschwindigkeit, i.e. velocity, not speed.

Because you declared the origin "inexplicable" I cannot confirm the search for it science.

Empty space, as demonstrated by de Guericke, means empty of mattter, not of fields that are surrounding e.g. any charge. Matter may...

Breakthrough Awards in Einstein Schizophrenic World

Black-hole fireworks win big in multimillion-dollar science prizes

My comment in Nature:

In our post-truth ("post-sanity" is much better) world it is quite natural to give so much money to string theorists who have based their theory on the astounding result 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -1/12 :

ASTOUNDING: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -1/12

Post-sanity started in 1905 - that was the beginning of a period of...

""The origin"? Is there any reason at all for the world to have an origin? I see your thinking teleological."

Of course there is. Science is a search for answers. The alternative choice of accepting 'givens' artificially ends our search for answers. "Givens' are miracles. Maybe we will always be unable to avoid a first single miracle, but, we should continue our search at least until we eliminate the need for the plural form of 'given'. I see you have labels ready for use on others. ...

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