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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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September 19, 2018

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The FQXi August 26, 2018 Podcast features:
  • Neutrino Mysteries
  • Fuzzballs Solve Black Hole Paradox
  • Almost Quantum
  • Testing Free Will with AI
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Neutrino Mysteries
The source of a high-energy neutrino detected at the South Pole has been traced for the first time--to a distant galaxy 4 billion light years away. Astrophysicist Azadeh Keivani tells us how this was done, with the help of multiple observatories. Meanwhile, physicists working at the Miniboone experiment may have spotted signs of new physics--possibly a new type of 'sterile' neutrino. Physicist Richard Van de Water explains more.
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Fuzzballs Solve Black Hole Paradox
String theorist Samir Mathur has developed a model in which black holes are replaced by fuzzy balls of string, with no singularities and no event horizon. He explains to Sophie Hebden how fuzzballs solve the black hole information paradox and may rewrite the Big Bang.
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Almost Quantum
Physicist Miguel Navascues is on a mission to overturn quantum theory and replace it with a deeper framework, with almost--but not quite--the same set of weird properties of quantum theory, as he explains to reporter Colin Stuart.
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Testing Free Will with AI
Could developments in machine learning give scientists a way to test if free will is real, an emergent phenomenon, or an illusion? Physicist Avi Loeb explains to reporter John Farrell how he thinks they could--and why this is important for our sense of moral responsibility.
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