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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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February 27, 2021

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The FQXi March 15, 2015 Podcast features:
  • Quantum Reality Check
  • Detecting Black Hole Firewalls
  • Quantum Networks
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Quantum Reality Check
Photon experiments suggest the wavefunction is real -- and quantum cats truly are dead and alive at the same time -- as physicists Alessandro Fedrizzi and Martin Ringbauer explain. Plus, FQXi releases its first two books.
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Detecting Black Hole Firewalls
If you fell into a black hole would you be stretched into spaghetti or would you catch fire? Cosmologist Niayesh Afshordi discusses the possibility that neutrinos detected on Earth hold the answer. They may have been created by a ring of fire surrounding back holes.
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Quantum Networks
How complex network theory could explain the emergence of the classical world from the fuzzy quantum realm and the arrow of time. Physicist Jacob Biamonte talks to reporter Carinne Piekema.
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Also, if you want to read more background on Firewalls, check out this month's Scientific American, which has a cover feature on the topic by FQXi's Joe Polchinski (subscription required).

You can also submit questions for Joe here.


Our latest podcast has been posted and we’re catching up with a couple of old friends of FQXi to talk about their recent work, and making a couple of new ones.

First up we have quantum physicist Martin Ringbauer, of the University of Queensland, discussing tests investigating whether the quantum wavefunction is real. You may remember that Martin took part in one of our most popular podcast pieces last year, when he chatted to us about simulating time travel in the lab with photons. Now,...

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