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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.

Georgina Woodward: "Thank you Steve I really appreciate hearing that. I hope other people will..." in Physics of the Observer -...

Pentcho Valev: "Time and Quantum Gravity In Einstein's schizophrenic world the realist..." in New Podcast: A MICROSCOPE...

Steve Dufourny: "You knowthe aim is not to break our laws or to insert irrational road.The..." in In Search of a Quantum...

Steve Dufourny: "The works of Hilbert and Dirac are interesting.I am asking me how I can..." in In Search of a Quantum...

Pentcho Valev: ""Time in Cosmology" Conference (2) In 2000 the journal Nature informed the..." in Happy 10th Birthday FQXi!...

Steve Dufourny: "Sometimes I imagine the potential if scientists were focalised on global..." in Is Gravity Time's Archer?

Steve Dufourny: "You Know Amrit, it is just that people must eat..It exists jobs,funds,..." in Is Gravity Time's Archer?

DURGA DATTA.: "Time is the property of existence. Why there is something rather than..." in Is the Past Infinite?

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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.

Dropping Schrödinger's Cat Into a Black Hole
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.

Does Quantum Weirdness Arise When Parallel Classical Worlds Repel?
Quantum mechanics could derive from subtle interactions among unseen neighboring universes

Wrinkles in Spacetime
Searching for defects in the fabric of the cosmos could help physicists home in on the correct theory of quantum gravity.

June 30, 2016

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The FQXi May 31, 2016 Podcast features:
  • Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! & News Round-Up
  • Quantum Collapse
  • The Big Picture
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Happy 10th Birthday FQXi! & News Round-Up
FQXi's director Anthony Aguirre joins us to celebrate a decade of the Foundational Questions Institute. In the news round-up, Zeeya, Brendan and Anthony talk about quantum satellites, exoplanets and sending nanoships to Alpha Centauri -- and discuss whether governments, charitable foundations like FQXi or individuals should be responsible for funding physics research.
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Quantum Collapse
Physicist Catalina Curceanu discusses experiments to test collapse models -- rivals to quantum theory that explain how the macroscopic world arises from the the microscopic -- with reporter Carinne Piekema.
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The Big Picture
Cosmologist Sean Carroll talks about how space and time emerge from quantum theory, and about his new book, with reporter Sophie Hebden.
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"Time in Cosmology" Conference (2)

In 2000 the journal Nature informed the world about the discovery of light pulses that can be accelerated to up to 300 times their normal speed of 300000 kilometers per second, but Neil Turok heroically saved Einstein's relativity by saying "I doubt this will change our view of the fundamental laws of physics":

July 19, 2000: "For generations, physicists believed there is nothing faster than light moving through a vacuum -- a speed of 186,000...

"Time in Cosmology" Conference

Judging from hints in this article, one may be going to abandon Einstein's idiotic spacetime at the "Time in Cosmology" conference:

Adam Frank, Has Physics Gotten Something Really Important Really Wrong?

The idea is not new:

What scientific idea is ready for retirement? Steve Giddings: "Spacetime. Physics has always been regarded as playing out on an underlying stage of space and time. Special relativity joined these into spacetime......

Happy to see you again Tom,hope that your health is better ,take care Jedi.I am a little sad that you write less,I have learnt a lot with you ,eckard, John, Lawrence(hope he is well and that all goes well for him)I like the technical d├ętails that you post ,hope you are going to post on blogs,take care Jedi of the SPHERE:)

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