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May 21, 2022

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The FQXi October 2, 2014 Podcast features:
  • BICEP2 v Planck v Inflation theory
  • One Past, Two Futures: A Gravitational Origin for the Arrow of Time
  • Physics of Cancer
  • Paul Davies on Cancer, Uncut
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BICEP2 v Planck v Inflation theory
Astrophysicist Andrew Liddle discusses the new analysis from Planck that suggests that the BICEP2 signal could have been caused by dust, not gravitational waves -- and why if they did pick up gravitational waves, this is bad news for inflation theory.
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One Past, Two Futures: A Gravitational Origin for the Arrow of Time
Did the big bang generate twin "Janus" universes growing in different directions in time? Physicist Julian Barbour's new theory could offer a gravitational explanation for for the origin of two equal and opposite arrows of time. (Extended interview)
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Physics of Cancer
Cosmologist Paul Davies describes his controversial new model tracing the evolutionary roots of cancer, which suggests that oxygen therapy, diet, and immunotherapy are the best treatments. (Podcast version, short.)
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Paul Davies on Cancer, Uncut
Extended interview: Cosmologist Paul Davies describes his recent role in cancer research, his new atavistic model & the therapies it suggests, and the differences in culture between physics and medical research.
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