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John Preskill - Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that baffle our feeble human minds. John Preskill…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 24th, 2019 21 plays 0  

Konstantin Batygin - Planet Nine From Outer Space

At the outskirts of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, lies an expansive field of icy debris known as the Kuiper belt. The orbits of the individual asteroid-like bodies within the Kuiper…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 16th, 2019 7 plays 0  

John Baez - Mathematical Mysteries of the Periodic Table

Why do atoms behave the way they do? Why do electrons form “shells,” as seen in the periodic table? Why does the first shell hold 2 electrons, the second 8, and the third 18: twice the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 15th, 2019 10 plays 0  

Michael Lemonick - How a Failed Astrophysics Major Became a Successful Science Writer

I knew from the time I was a very young child that I wanted to be an astronomer. The dream lasted until I got to college, where I learned to my dismay that I actually had no passion for doing what an…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 18th, 2019 9 plays 0  

Zeb Rocklin - The Science of Origami

What kinds of shapes can you make by folding a sheet of paper? How strong can you make them, or how flexible? Although we've been folding paper for centuries, we're still discovering…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 28th, 2019 18 plays 0  

How the Universe Made the Elements in the Periodic Table - James Sowell

The creation of the elements in the universe took billions of years and required various processes.The first few minutes of the big bang produced only hydrogen (H) and helium (He). No new elements…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 13th, 2019 32 plays 0  

Michael F. Schatz - Forecasting Turbulence

Fluid turbulence is one of the greatest unsolved problems of classical physics (and the subject of a million dollar mathematical (Millenium) challenge). Centuries of research--including Leonardo da…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 3rd, 2018 7 plays 0  

Elisabetta Matsumoto - Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality

The 2016 confirmation of Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves has put the spotlight back on the importance of curvature for the physics of the universe. While the ability of mass to…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 25th, 2018 10 plays 0  

David B. Kieda - Ultra-high Resolution Astronomical imaging using quantum properties of light

Ever since the first astronomical telescope observations made by Galileo (1610), optical astronomy has developed increasingly sophisticated methods for exploring the universe using only the …

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 9th, 2018 12 plays 0  

Seth Shostak - SETI: Any Closer to a Discovery?

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 28th, 2018 8 plays 0  

The American Physical Society Report on the Status of LGBT People in Physics - Tim Atherton

In this talk, I’ll discuss climatic issues faced by LGBT people in Physics, informed by findings of the recent American Physical Society report on the status of LGBT people in Physics. This…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on May 10th, 2018 12 plays 0  

Arch and scaffold: Hilbert space and transformation theory - Michel Janssen

In early 1927, Paul Dirac and Pascual Jordan, independently of one another, published their versions of a general formalism tying the various forms of the new quantum theory together and giving the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 9th, 2018 19 plays 0  

Sex, Flies and Video: Communicating Science to the Public in Words and Images - James Gorman

Scientists and journalists have similar, but not identical interests in getting information about their work to the public in an appealing, but accurate way. James Gorman will draw on his experience…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 2nd, 2018 59 plays 0  

Ion Hydration and Effective Charge - Phil Pincus

Ions in water are typically understood to be hydrated, i.e. the appropriate water dipolar orientations point toward the charge (which is here taken to be of spherical symmetry). Depending on the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 30th, 2018 11 plays 0  

Life in the Universe - Abraham (Avi) Loeb

Is life most likely to emerge at the present cosmic time around a star like the Sun? Loeb will review the habitability throughout cosmic history from the birth of the first stars 30 million years…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 20th, 2018 14 plays 0  

Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817: A Multi-sensory Experience of the Universe - Laura Cadonati, Nepomuk Otte, Ignacio Taboada

August 17, 2017, is a milestone date for astrophysics. For the first time, the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave observatories detected signals from the collision of two neutron stars. The powerful…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 5th, 2018 14 plays 0