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To Explain the World: A Conversation With Steven Weinberg

01/19/16See Comments

How did humanity invent science? In this program from the 2015 World Science Festival, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and revered public intellectual Steven Weinberg explores this...[Read More]

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Ripples From the Big Bang: Listening to the Beginning of Time

01/11/16See Comments

In March 2014, scientists working on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole reported an incredible discovery: a swirling pattern in the cosmic background radiation...[Read More]

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Wizards of Odds

12/29/15See Comments

Probability is the backbone of science, but how well do you understand it? Odds are, not as well as you think; it is a surprisingly...[Read More]

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The Ethics of Drinking Coffee Vs. Zapping the Brain

11/01/15See Comments

Lots of people drink coffee and enjoy chocolate. We love our caffeine. But how is that different than zapping our brains? Why isn’t that common? How do our thoughts on...[Read More]

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A Short History of Probability

10/28/15See Comments

There’s nothing odd about odds today. From tomorrow’s 50 percent chance of rain, to Effie Trinket’s “may the odds be ever in your favor,” to...[Read More]

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Quantum Annealing and Walking Through Walls

10/21/15See Comments

What’s the probability of being able to walk through a wall? Rather surprisingly, it’s not zero, but, not surprisingly, unless you’re a photon or something...[Read More]

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How Does Teleportation Work?

10/21/15See Comments

The idea that something—or someone—can be dematerialized in one place and then reconstituted somewhere else is something straight out of Star Trek. But is teleportation...[Read More]

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Quantum Physics Is Everywhere

10/20/15See Comments

From mobile phones to tablets to activity trackers, quantum physics surrounds us. But of course not everything is quantum. Our video sheds some light....[Read More]

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Can Quantum Codes Really Be Unbreakable?

10/20/15See Comments

Thanks to the laws of physics—specifically quantum entanglement—quantum cryptography promises to deliver unbreakable codes. Quantum physicist Artur Ekert explains how....[Read More]

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Have We Ever Seen a Black Hole?

10/16/15See Comments

Finding black holes is challenging because, well, they’re black, but there is strong circumstantial evidence pointing to them. World Science Festival co-founder and Columbia University physicist...[Read More]