Category Archives: Popular Science

Inflation not Over-Inflated after all?

Updated Below Cosmology is quintessential popular science, but I always regarded it as the most dismal field of physics because there is no avenue for experiments to keep run-away speculations at bay. It’s like trying to catch a perpetrator by … Continue reading

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The Science Newscycle

As life keeps me otherwise busy, I am again late in finishing my next blog post, but in the meantime this web comic nicely summarizes much of the news dynamics of science in general and quantum computing in particular (h/t … Continue reading

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The Most Important Discovery of the 21st Century

Last year I tried to establish a blog tradition of starting the new year with a hopeful science news item, something that shows enormous technological potential to change the world for the better.  But come New Years, it didn’t work … Continue reading

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He Said She Said – How Blogs are Changing the Scientific Discourse

The debate about D-Wave’s “quantumness” shows no signs of abating, hitting a new high note with the company being prominently featured on Time magazine’s recent cover, prompting a dissection of the article on Scott Aaronson’s blog. This was quickly followed … Continue reading

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Science News that isn’t really News

Usually, I don’t blog about things that don’t particularly interest me.  But even if you are a potted plant (preferably with a physics degree), you probably have people talking to you about this ‘amazing’ new paper by Stephen Hawking. So, … Continue reading

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Here be Fusion

During my autumn travel to the Canadian West Coast I was given the opportunity to visit yet another High Tech Start-up with a vision no less radical and bold than D-Wave’s. I have written about General Fusion before, and it … Continue reading

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Blog Memory Hole Rescue – The Fun is Real

It seems that work and life is conspiring to leave me no time to finish my write-up on my General Fusion visit.  Started it weeks ago but still I am not ready to hit the publish button on this piece. … Continue reading

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Blog Round-Up

Lots of travel last week delayed the second installment on my D-Wave visit write-up, but I came across some worthy re-blog material to bridge the gap. I am usually very hard on poorly written popular science articles, which is all … Continue reading

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Science – Don’t Ask What it Can Do for You.

The most important non-scientific book about science that you will ever read is Michael Nielsen’s Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. It lays out how the current scientific publishing process is a hold over from the 19th century … Continue reading

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Just Say No to Fairytale Science

Until recently, there was no competition if I were to be asked what popular science book I’d recommend to a non-physicist.   It was always Terry Pratchett’s The Science of Discworld. It comes with a healthy dose of humor and … Continue reading

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