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Video/History of Ideas

How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’

3 minutes

Essay/Physics

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank

Essay/Physics

Taming the quantum spooks

Reconciling Einstein with quantum mechanics may require abandoning the notion that cause always precedes effect

Huw Price & Ken Wharton

Video/Cosmology

The classic 1977 film that put the vastness of the universe into perspective

9 minutes

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Essay/Physics

Must science be testable?

String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version

Massimo Pigliucci

Video/Physics

From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee

9 minutes

Idea/Physics

Physics is on the verge of an Earth-shattering discovery

Pauline Gagnon

Video/Quantum Theory

‘If you feel you’re in a black hole, don’t give up’ – Stephen Hawking explains

2 minutes

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Essay/Quantum Theory

Black-hole computing

Might nature’s bottomless pits actually be ultra-efficient quantum computers? That could explain why data never dies

Sabine Hossenfelder

Idea/Cosmology

Hot black holes and the arrow of time

Carlo Rovelli

Essay/Neuroscience

I feel therefore I am

How exactly did consciousness become a problem? And why, after years off the table, is it a hot research subject now?

Margaret Wertheim

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Essay/Deep Time

Light dawns

Light travels at around 300,000 km per second. Why not faster? Why not slower? A new theory inches us closer to an answer

Sidney Perkowitz

Essay/Evolution

Life without design

Constructor theory is a new vision of physics, but it helps to answer a very old question: why is life possible at all?

Chiara Marletto

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Essay/Philosophy of Science

Too many worlds

Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes?

Philip Ball

Essay/Future of Technology

Quantum gravity

The most exciting discovery in physics could come about thanks to telecoms satellites. Is a single theory of reality in sight?

Sidney Perkowitz

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Essay/Biology

Life is quantum

Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. How on Earth can life depend on them?

Johnjoe McFadden

Essay/Philosophy of Science

Our quantum problem

When the deepest theory we have seems to undermine science itself, some kind of collapse looks inevitable

Adrian Kent

Essay/History of Ideas

Physics’s pangolin

Trying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality

Margaret Wertheim

Essay/Physics

A binding light

Laser beams can tie themselves in knots, just like electrical cords. But what does this tendency to tangle illuminate?

Anton Desyatnikov

Essay/Biology

What life wants

Dead matter has no goals of its own, yet life is constantly striving. That makes it a deep puzzle for physics

Vlatko Vedral

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Essay/Philosophy of Science

World next door

Nine theories of the multiverse promise everything and more. But if reality is so vast and varied, where do we fit in?

Michael Hanlon