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Chad Orzel
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There's been a lot of angst and no small amount of finger-pointing about the steep cuts to science funding proposed by the Trump administration. This prompted me to write a bit for Forbes about why it's so hard to make a convincing argument for the science that most needs government funding.

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And here's a new Forbes thing for today, on an experiment looking for deviations from the "Born rule" used to calculate probabilities from wavefunctions.


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Forgot to boost this yesterday, but I wrote a thing for Forbes about how physics operates in a weird zone where problems involving 10 interacting particles are intractable, but if you go to 10^23 particles they become easy again.


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On the walk in from the parking lot, a colleague from history asked how physicists create quantum entanglement. He said he's read a lot about the weirdness of the phenomenon, but most of it skips over how you entangle particles in the first place. Here's my attempt, at Forbes, to fill that gap in the literature.


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A new Forbes post to close out the month, in which I almost violate Betteridge's Law of Headlines in responding to a question from a psychologist.

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Reading a story about a proposal to reform (biomedical) science, I was struck by the claim that "85% of biomedical research is a waste of time." This turns out to be underwhelming when traced back to the source, but it got me thinking about arguments that some bit of science is "a waste," and then to blogging about it for Forbes.


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I've been fairly quiet because I'm buried in work, but I couldn't let this story about using squeezed light to cool a microscopic membrane below the standard quantum limit pass without a write-up for Forbes.


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I mostly leave astronomy stories to other writers at Forbes, but this one has a lot of angles that appeal to my biases, so I wrote it up for the blog.

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An experiment at CERN has published the first results on spectroscopy of antihydrogen. Which is kind of baby-step spectroscopy, at this point, but still a good test of fundamental symmetry, and there's a LOT of room to do better with small improvements.

So I wrote it up for Forbes.


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Last year I had a bunch of conversations with the producers of the Mythbusters follow-on White Rabbit Project, and this was the end result: an episode looking at g-forces, which did a good job on the physics.

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