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Black holes fireworks may be an alternative to firewalls. Publishing a paper like this on the Fourth is cutesy, but the argument is serious, and interesting.
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How one proposed interpretation of quantum mechanics -- "objective collapse" -- might explain the black-hole information paradox and the formation of structure during cosmic inflation.
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Alas, time machines are probably impossible. They'd break the Generalized Second Law of thermodynamics, says theoretical physicist Aron Wall in a guest post for my blog.
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The "pre-big bang" model of cosmology appears to be ruled out by the BICEP2 discovery of primordial gravitational waves, the model's originator Gabriele Veneziano tells me in this interview. But cosmic inflation is really a pre-bang scenario in its own right, so we are still getting a glimpse of an earlier phase of the universe's history.
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Could you tell the difference between a truly infinite universe and a merely ginormous one? It sounds unlikely, but maybe you could. My latest (and probably last) blog post from this month's +FQXi meeting. Featuring the work of +Max Tegmark, +Sean Carroll, and others.
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On the misbegotten notion of quantum fluctuations. My latest blog post about last week's FQXi meeting.
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In the new movie "Earth to Echo," there's a short clip of my voice taken from here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i3r2lLArWk (h/t +George Musser)
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Amazing spirals formed by ice, courtesy of attentive +Scientific American reader Brian Parker.
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Could the future influence the present? Maybe yes. This might provide an elegant explanation of quantum entanglement.
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On Carlo Rovelli's "thermal-time" hypothesis and the zeroth law of thermodynamics, based on his talk at the recently concluded FQXi conference on the physics of information.
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Some musings on free will from this year's Foundational Questions Institute conference.
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  • Scientific American
    Editor, 1998 - 2012
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    Editor, 1994 - 1997
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I'm the Mars bureau chief of Scientific American magazine, although the corporate types insist on calling me a contributing editor. (Logistical problems have prevented me from taking up my posting.) My professional interests span the genesis of the planets, the origin of the universe, the deep nature of space and time, and the even deeper mysteries of why human beings behave as they do. I'm also the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory. In 2011 I received the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics.
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  • Brown University
    1984 - 1988
  • Cornell University
    1990 - 1994
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