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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 podcast@fqxi.org, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.
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July 7, 2022

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The FQXi March 6, 2013 Podcast features:
  • Averting an Asteroid Apocalypse
  • Our Unstable Universe
  • Let There Be Light
  • Quantum Roots of Photosynthesis
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Averting an Asteroid Apocalypse
Following the unexpected Russian meteor strike, and the close asteroid pass by Earth, astronomer Edwin Bergin discusses how to divert dangerous approaching space rocks -- and why we need better asteroid monitoring.
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Our Unstable Universe
Particle physicist Joe Lykken explains how the mass of the Higgs suggests that our universe is unstable -- and is in danger of being replaced by a new one, wiping is out in the process.
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Let There Be Light
Quantum physicist Sorin Paraoanu explains how his experiments use the dynamical Casimir effect to transform virtual photons in the vacuum into real photons.
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Quantum Roots of Photosynthesis
Do plants use quantum tricks to harvest light? Physicist Alex Chin describes his theory of how quantum effects can survive in biological systems.
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