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  • 11 Apr 2023
    Emanuel Kulczycki

    Publication metrics don’t have to drive academia

    Rudolf Weigl, a Polish biologist who invented the first effective vaccine against typhus, called a practice of publishing many papers a ‘duck shit’: just as ducks leave a lot of traces while walking about in the yard, scientists hastily publish articles with partial results that are the product of undeveloped thought. This is one of the unfortunate outcomes of the evaluation game in today’s science, where researchers attempt to follow various evaluation rules and meet metrics-based expectations.

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  • 6 Jan 2023
    Andrew King

    Black Holes and Galaxies

    More than a century after Einstein formulated General Relativity (GR), black holes are firmly established as one of its most striking and inescapable consequences.

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  • 2 Nov 2022
    Greg Tallents

    Relativity applications in radiation and plasma physics

    Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity using ``thought experiments’’ to illustrate the consequences of a constant speed of light. Many measurements have validated Einstein’s work, but some thought experiments and applications of relativity have only become possible in reality with advances in technology.

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  • 4 Jul 2022
    Akaki Rusetsky, Ulf-G Meißner

    What are Effective Field Theories?

    The quantum world is governed by a large number of different energy or length scales, as clearly seen in the hydrogen atom, where an essentially point like electron is bound to a proton.

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  • 29 Oct 2021
    Simson L. Garfinkel, Chris Jay Hoofnagle

    Q&A with Chris Jay Hoofnagle & Simson L. Garfinkel, authors of ‘Law and Policy for the Quantum Age’

    Law and Policy for the Quantum Age (out now as Open Access) is for readers interested in the political and business strategies underlying quantum sensing, computing, and communication. This work explains how these quantum technologies work, future national defense and legal landscapes for nations interested in strategic advantage, and paths to profit for companies. See […]

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  • 8 Oct 2021
    R. Saravanan

    The Physics of Climate Prediction

    Syukuro Manabe explains how mountains affect the Earth’s climate (1972 photo, courtesy of NOAA/GFDL)

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  • 7 Sep 2021
    Peter P. Rohde

    The Vision for the Global Quantum Internet

    The true power of classical computing was never fully realised until the emergence of the internet. The internet enables information to be a commodity whose market value drives technological advancement. Quantum computers operate according to entirely different principles in the way they process information, which in the future will enable forms of computation, which cannot be realised on conventional computers. This raises the immediate question “what if we start networking them together?”

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  • 26 Aug 2021
    Jácome (Jay) Armas

    Conversations on Quantum Gravity

    ‘Conversations on quantum gravity’ is physicist Jay Armas’ new book on the ongoing search for a theory of everything. In the book, Armas talks to 37 researchers – including five Nobel laureates and two Fields medalists - who share the current debates, the impact of their own discoveries and those of others, and their motivations to pursue the biggest questions about the world around us.

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