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    • A Response to “On the time lags of the LIGO signals” (Guest Post) June 18, 2017
      This is a special guest post by Ian Harry, postdoctoral physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam-Golm. You may have seen stories about a paper that recently appeared, which called into question whether the LIGO gravitational-wave observatory … Continue reading →
    • Congratulations to Grant and Jason! May 23, 2017
      Advising graduate students as they make the journey from learners to working scientists is one of the great pleasures and privileges of academic life. Last week featured the Ph.D. thesis defenses of not one, but two students I’ve been working … Continue reading →
    • The Big Picture: Paperback Day May 16, 2017
      I presume most readers of this blog have already purchased their copy of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. If you’re really dedicated, you have the hardback version and the ebook and the … Continue reading →
    • Guest Post: Nathan Moynihan on Amplitudes for Astrophysicists May 11, 2017
      As someone who sits at Richard Feynman’s old desk, I take Feynman diagrams very seriously. They are a very convenient and powerful way of answering a certain kind of important physical question: given some set of particles coming together to … Continue reading →
    • Is Inflationary Cosmology Science? May 10, 2017
      [tl;dr: Check out this article in Scientific American by Ijjas, Steinhardt, and Loeb suggesting that inflation isn’t science; this response by Guth, Kaiser, Linde, and Nomura that was co-signed by a bunch of people including me; and this counter-response by … Continue reading →
    • Marching for Science April 21, 2017
      The March for Science, happening tomorrow 22 April in Washington DC and in satellite events around the globe (including here in LA), is on the one hand an obviously good idea, and at the same time quite controversial. As in … Continue reading →
    • What Happened at the Big Bang? January 25, 2017
      I had the pleasure earlier this month of giving a plenary lecture at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Unfortunately, as far as I know they don’t record the lectures on video. So here, at least, are the slides … Continue reading →
    • Memory-Driven Computing and The Machine December 21, 2016
      Back in November I received an unusual request: to take part in a conversation at the Discover expo in London, an event put on by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to showcase their new technologies. The occasion was a project called … Continue reading →
    • Quantum Is Calling December 15, 2016
      Hollywood celebrities are, in many important ways, different from the rest of us. But we are united by one crucial similarity: we are all fascinated by quantum mechanics. This was demonstrated to great effect last year, when Paul Rudd and … Continue reading →
    • Thanksgiving November 24, 2016
      This year we give thanks for a feature of the physical world that many people grumble about rather than celebrating, but is undeniably central to how Nature works at a deep level: the speed of light. (We’ve previously given thanks … Continue reading →