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July 3, 2022

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The FQXi March 20, 2018 Podcast features:
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  • Our Place in the Multiverse
  • Surf and Science
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Cosmic Dawn
Astronomers have detected signs of light from the first stars in the universe. Their findings could illuminate the search for dark matter, as cosmologist Rennan Barkana explains to Zeeya.
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Our Place in the Multiverse
Could intelligent observers evolve in other universes with different physical laws? If so, what would they measure? Cosmologist Eugene Lim tells Sophie Hebden how the answers may reveal more about why our own universe has the laws it does.
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Surf and Science
Physicist Garrett Lisi has set up a science hostel on the island of Maui--and Brendan pays it a visit to see whether the scenic location really can inspire scientists in their research.
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These astute Australian astronomers claim to know that although the stars we see with our naked eyes emit light and radio waves, their radio telescope has detected a different kind of radio wave emanating from some sort of very cold gas which existed before it started forming into the first finite stars. But if the extremely cold gas formed the finite first stars, how on earth is it still emitting the special radio wave solely to the Australian radio telescope? Why could not the ultra freezing...


These astute Australian astronomers claim to know that although the stars we see with our naked eyes emit light and radio waves, their radio telescope has detected a different kind of radio wave emanating from some sort of very cold gas which existed before it started forming into the first stars. But if the extremely cold gas formed the first stars, how on earth is it still emitting the special radio wave solely to the Australian radio telescope?

Joe Fisher, Realist


I am ever so glad that the alert astronomers have actually detected (finite) signs of light from the first stars in the universe. Of course, it would have been better had they spotted actual light from the first stars, but the fact that they were able to isolate the first (finite) stars (without confusing them with the second set of (finite) stars) is yet another sparkling example of scientific capability at its most profound.

Joe Fisher

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