Category Archives: Science

What’s going on with the new data from BICEP?

I’ve seen a number of news reports over the last day talking about the newly announced detection of primordial gravity waves by the BICEP program at the South Pole. Most of them trumpet these results as proving the Big Bang. That’s not what’s going on here. Continue reading

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Cosmological principle in trouble? Maybe.

There’s been a recent observational challenge. New images of a Large Quasar Group (LQG) show a structure much larger than should be allowed Continue reading

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What will work and employment become?

Jobs are going away. Even cruddy, dehumanizing jobs of the sort that so many people decried during the height of the Industrial revolution. With no work, and no way to provide for a family’s needs, it’s no wonder that we’re seeing a breakdown in the structures of community. Continue reading

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Why study Physics.

A truly lovely short film by a Rhode Islander – who studied physics at Brown and design and animation at RISD – both a few blocks from where I sit as I write this sentence. Why Do I Study Physics? … Continue reading

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Science and Religion: Can There Be A Conversation?

Last week I gave a talk in Little Compton Rhode Island on the complexity involved in the conversation between the scientific and theological enterprises. There were two big take-aways I hoped people would leave with. Continue reading

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Lucas Mix: Is Christianity Opposed to Science?

Do religious ideas and institutions impede the advancemen of scientific knowledge? Lucas Mix argues, and demonstrates, that they do not. Continue reading

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Ansible Today: Entanglement action measured at 10,000x light speed

Chinese Physicists Measure Speed of “Spooky Action At a Distance” The group claims that they have measured that entangled photons interact with each other at speed that is at least ten thousand times the speed of light. This modifies a … Continue reading

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Become an amateur quantum mechanic

Imagine my delight this morning when I came across a blog on Scientific American talking about a new book hand’s on quantum physics experiments that could done at home. The title is “Exploring Quantum Physics Through Hands-On Projects” and it’s written by David Prutchi and his daughter Shanni Prutchi. Continue reading

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Bad science on the rise

The New York Times reports this week on the rising rates of papers appearing in peer-refereed journals that are being withdrawn. You withdraw a paper for two reasons generally. You either made a mistake in your scientific reasoning or someone … Continue reading

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Photon heralds extend entanglement

Quantum Entanglement should be an incredibly useful tool for communications. Though it won’t ever become an ansible, or even the basis for subspace radio, the ability to communicate through entangled pairs of quantum particles would, in theory, create a situation … Continue reading

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