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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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PODCAST
August 5, 2021

Complete Podcast
 
The FQXi June 27, 2021 Podcast features:
  • The End of Everything
  • Quantum Engine
  • Intelligence from Thermodynamics
  • Physics of Life
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The End of Everything
Astrophysicist Katie Mack talks about her book on the different ways the universe could meet its doom. Mack also discusses hints from the LHC, earlier this year, suggesting that there may be new particles, new forces, and new physics beyond the Standard Model.
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Quantum Engine
Physicist Franco Nori discusses a new quantum machine built by his colleagues that can work as a heat pump and a mini fridge simultaneously. With reporter Colin Stuart.
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Intelligence from Thermodynamics
Philosopher Jenann Ismael on her theory that the thermodynamic gradient drove the evolution of human intelligence through culture. With reporter John Farrell.
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Physics of Life
A new network brings together physicists and biologists to work on developing new medicines and help discover more about fundamental physics. Physicist and network chair Tom McLeish talks to reporter Colin Stuart.
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