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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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Complete Podcast

The FQXi **August 31, 2014** Podcast features:

- Watching Quantum Cats Die
- Black Hole Fireworks
- Quantifying Occam
- Quantum Pigeonhole Principle
- Quantum Cheshire Cat

INFO: **MP3 file / 48 minutes / 46 MB**

LISTEN:

Individual Stories

Watching Quantum Cats Die

Physicist Andrew Jordan describes experiments to monitor and steer Schrodinger's metaphorical cat as it is dying, allowing for a new level of quantum control.

INFO: **MP3 file / 9 minutes / 9 MB**

LISTEN:

RELATED LINKS:

*Nature:*Paper by Weber et al*UC Berkeley:*Watching Schrodingers Cat Die

Black Hole Fireworks

The theory of Loop Quantum Gravity predicts that black holes will become white holes, spewing out all their swallowed matter, when they die. Physicist Carlo Rovelli explains his analysis.

INFO: **MP3 file / 12 minutes / 11 MB**

LISTEN:

RELATED LINKS:

*arXiv:*Paper by Haggard & Rovelli*FQXi podcast:*Jorge Pullin on Black Hole Singularities*Nature News:*Quantum bounce could make black holes explode*FQXi article:*Time at the Event Horizon

Quantifying Occam

Is the simplest scientific explanation always the best? Computer scientist Noson Yanofsky investigates using category theory -- as he explains to reporter Sophie Hebden.

INFO: **MP3 file / 11 minutes / 11 MB**

LISTEN:

RELATED LINKS:

*FQXi article:*Profile of Noson Yanofsky*FQXi article:*The Art of Math: Category Theory*FQXi article:*The Quantum Linguist

Quantum Pigeonhole Principle

Physicist Jeff Tollaksen describes the theory behind a new kind of correlation that is even spookier than entanglement, and illustrates it with pigeons.

INFO: **MP3 file / 13 minutes / 12 MB**

LISTEN:

RELATED LINKS:

*arXiv:*Paper by Aharonov et al*Science News:*You Should Not Try to Pigeonhole Physics*FQXi video:*Jeff Tollaksen on Quantization

Quantum Cheshire Cat

Podcast Extra: Quantum experiments separate the properties of a neutron so that its mass travels in one direction while its magnetic moment moves in another. Jeff Tollaksen discusses.

INFO: **MP3 file / 9 minutes / 9 MB**

LISTEN:

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*Nature Communications:*Paper by Denkmayr et al*BBC:*Quantum Cheshire Cat Becomes Reality*FQXi video:*Jeff Tollaksen on a New Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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