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Physics Week in Review: July 23, 2016

There was so much cool physics in the news this week, it's hard to pick just three stories to highlight. But Jen-Luc Piquant is going with these: LUX fails to detect dark matter particles; stretching quantum superposition from Minnesota to...

My biology paper in Science (really)

Think I’m pranking you, right? Well, you can see the paper right here (“Synthetic recombinase-based state machines in living cells,” by Nathaniel Roquet, Ava P. Soleimany, Alyssa C. Ferris, Scott Aaronson, and Timothy K. Lu).  Unfortunately there’s a paywall, but I think we’ll be able to post our own version before long (will check).  In the […]

WIMPs on Death Row

One of the main arguments given for the idea of supersymmetric extensions of the standard model has been what SUSY enthusiasts call the “WIMP Miracle” (WIMP=Weakly Interacting Massive Particle). This is the claim that such SUSY models include a stable … Continue reading ?

Dark matter evades most sensitive detector

In its final run, the LUX experiment increased its sensitivity four-fold, but dark matter remains elusive.  After completing its final run, scientists on the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment announced they have found no trace...Show More Summary

Physics Blogging Round-Up: Roman Engineering, Water, and Baseball

It’s been a month since the last links dump of posts from Forbes, though, really, I took a couple of weeks off there, so it’s been less than that in terms of active blogging time. But I’ve put up a bunch of stuff in July, so here are some links: — The Physics Of Ancient…

Pokémon Go shakes up the lab routine

At Fermilab and CERN, students, lab employees and visitors alike are on the hunt for virtual creatures. At Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, the normal motions of people going about their days have shifted. People who parked their cars in the same spot for years have moved. Show More Summary

The Complexity of Quantum States and Transformations: From Quantum Money to Black Holes

On February 21-25, I taught a weeklong mini-course at the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados, where I tried to tell an integrated story about everything from quantum proof and advice complexity classes to quantum money to AdS/CFT and the firewall problem—all through the unifying lens of quantum circuit complexity.  After a long effort—on the part […]

5 Years!

Five years ago I (it’s me Dave Bacon former supposed pseudo-professor and one time quantum pontiff) jumped off the academic ship, swam to shore, and put on a new set of clothes as a software developer for Google. Can it … Continue reading ?

Physics Week in Review: July 16, 2016

This week started off with peak frivolity as everyone went bonkers over Pokemon Go, and ended in tragedy when dozens of people were killed by a terrorist attach in Nice, France, after a lorry drove into the crowds celebrating Bastille...

The science of proton packs

Ghostbusters advisor James Maxwell explains the science of bustin'. There's a new proton pack in town. During the development of the new Ghostbusters film, released today, science advisor James Maxwell took on the question: "How would...Show More Summary

306-313/366: Strong Island

A delayed photo dump this week, because I was solo-parenting last week while Kate was traveling for work, and then I took the sillyheads down to Long Island to visit my grandmother while Kate was at Readercon. Recovering from all that took a lot of time, plus there was a bunch of computer wrangling in…

Who you gonna call? MIT physicists!

As science advisors, physicists Lindley Winslow and Janet Conrad gave the Ghostbusters crew a taste of life in the lab. Tonight, two MIT scientists are going to the movies. It’s not just because they want to see Kristin Wiig, who plays a particle physicist in the new Ghostbusters film, talk about grand unified theories on the big screen. Show More Summary

Political Query: Who Should I Give Money To?

A question for the more politically plugged-in folks out there: If I want to donate money this election cycle, who should I be looking at giving it to? OK, that probably needs some unpacking, but given Internet attention spans, I wanted to get the basic question right up front before a passing Pokemon draws people…


Last night I went to a preview screening of the new Ghostbusters film. This isn’t a review, all I’ll say is that if you liked the first one, you’d probably like this one too. In the first film, an early … Continue reading ?

A primer on particle accelerators

What’s the difference between a synchrotron and a cyclotron, anyway? Research in high-energy physics takes many forms. But most experiments in the field rely on accelerators that create and speed up particles on demand. What followsShow More Summary

Physics and Math News

Now back from vacation, here’s the latest on revolutionary developments in physics and mathematics: On the high energy physics front, the good news is that the LHC is performing remarkably well, with already over 13 inverse fb of luminosity, far … Continue reading ?

Physics Week in Review: July 9, 2016

Among this week's physics highlights: NASA's Juno mission is now successfully in orbit around Jupiter! Also, the last thing Japan's doomed Hitomi satellite saw before it died, and astronomers' first look at a rare triple-star system. Me at Gizmodo: This...

Kill your Darlings…

(Apparently I spent a lot of time cross-hatching, back in 2010-2012? More on this below. click for larger view.) I've changed locations, have several physics research tasks to work on, and so my usual work flow is not going to be appropriate for the next couple of weeks, so I thought I'd work on a different aspect of the book project. Show More Summary

Gauge Theories are Cool

That is all. ('fraid you'll have to wait for the finished book to learn why those shapes are relevant to the title...) -cvj Click to continue reading this post ? The post Gauge Theories are Cool appeared first on Asymptotia.

Scientists salvage insights from lost satellite

Before Hitomi died, it sent X-ray data that could explain why galaxy clusters form far fewer stars than expected. Working with information sent from the Japanese Hitomi satellite, an international team of researchers has obtained the first views of a supermassive black hole stirring hot gas at the heart of a galaxy cluster. Show More Summary

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