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What will we learn from the detection of gravitational waves?

02/11/16See Comments

Today’s discovery of gravitational waves is a landmark in physics history. It confirms predictions Einstein made over 100 years ago. But what other kinds of...[Read More]

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When Black Holes Collide

02/11/16See Comments

When two black holes spiral towards each other and collide, they produce powerful gravitational waves. Scientists do not know much about these waves right now,...[Read More]

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Robert Woodrow Wilson: Tuning in to the Big Bang

02/11/16See Comments

When astronomer Robert Woodrow Wilson and physicist Arno Allan Penzias were testing a new type of antenna, they hardly expected their work would lead to...[Read More]

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Astronomy’s New Messengers

02/10/16See Comments

Marcia Bartusiak joins Kip Thorne, Laura Danly and Rainer Weiss to demonstrate how two observatories on opposite sides of the country, called LIGO (Laser Interferometer...[Read More]

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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]