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Zeeya Merali: on 6/22/20 at 18:05pm UTC, wrote You may have noticed quite a few videos have been added to the blog in...


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Lockdown Lab Life
Grounded physicists are exploring the use of online and virtual-reality conferencing, and AI-controlled experiments, to maintain social distancing. Post-pandemic, these positive innovations could make science more accessible and environmentally-friendly.

Is Causality Fundamental?
Untangling how the human perception of cause-and-effect might arise from quantum physics, may help us understand the limits and the potential of AI.

Building Agency in the Biology Lab
Physicists are using optogenetics techniques to make a rudimentary agent, from cellular components, which can convert measurements into actions using light.

Think Quantum to Build Better AI
Investigating how quantum memory storage could aid machine learning and how quantum interactions with the environment may have played a role in evolution.

Outside the Box
A proposed quantum set-up that could predict your game-playing strategy resurrects Newcomb’s classic quiz show paradox.

July 10, 2020

CATEGORY: Blog [back]
TOPIC: Lockdown Life--Announcing the FQXi seminar hub [refresh]
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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jun. 22, 2020 @ 18:05 GMT
Monstrous XMM-2599
You may have noticed quite a few videos have been added to the blog in recent weeks. That’s because we’ve been experimenting with a new tool for sharing videos about physics. Since lockdowns around the world have grounded most of us--forcing the cancellation of many planned workshops and conferences--physicists and other researchers have been giving more online talks. At the request of our members, we’ve created the online hub to enable them to share their videos with a wider audience:

You should be able to visit the hub, and--as more videos are added--you can search for topics and speakers that interest you. In some cases, the discussion forums are open, but in others they have been closed (because the videos are quite technical and not suitable for wider public debate). But you are welcome to watch any of them.

If you come across any online science videos you think we should share, particularly those featuring our members, you can send your suggestions to

FQXi is innovating in other ways too. Colin Stuart’s article, “Lockdown Lab Life,” discusses how some of the grant winners in our recent Information as Fuel grant round have been coping with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Obviously, our first concern is that everyone stays healthy. But, in the article, Dave Sloan talks about FQXi’s plans to make remote meetings more comfortable and productive using virtual-reality headsets.

If you already have experience with VR, particularly used for conferencing and work-related activities, then tell us your tips in the comments.

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#ShutDownSTEM and the #Strike4BlackLives; Retrocausality Reviewed; Measuring Consciousness in Fruit Flies; Superior -- The Return of Race Science; & the Mystery of the Monster Galaxy.


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And while I am making announcements, I'll add that I’ve posted the latest podcast edition too, featuring:

#ShutDownSTEM: Cosmologist and FQXi member Chanda Prescod-Weinstein discusses the call for anti-racism in academia and the motivation behind June 10th's #Strike4BlackLives.

Retrocausality Reviewed: Physicist and FQXi member Ken Wharton on how a retrocausal interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which the future can influence the past, could bring us closer to uniting quantum theory with gravity.

Fruit Fly Brains: A new lab test to measure the degree of conscious arousal in fruit flies could one day help us monitor the state of people with brain injuries or those under anaesthesia. Featuring FQXi neuroscientist Nao Tsuchiya and FQXi physicist Kavan Modi.

Superior: Author and investigative science journalist Angela Saini discusses the differing COVID health outcomes for people from Black and ethnic minority communities, and her book, "Superior: The Return of Race Science", which describes how ideas from the history of eugenics--that have long been debunked--still have negative repercussions in medical research and in wider society today.

Monster Galaxy: Astronomer Gillian Wilson describes the discovery of XMM-2599--an unusually massive galaxy, from just 1.8 billion years after the Big Bang, with some surprising features.

XMM-2599 is pictured above. Image credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF/B. Saxton; NASA/ESA/R. Foley; NASA/StScI

Enjoy listening!

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