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Ask a Physicist: Why can't we get down to absolute zero?

Greetings, physics junkies. This week, I decided to take a break from particle physics, cosmology and relativity, and do some good old-fashioned thermal physics (though cosmology still manages to sneak in there): Why can’t we get down to Absolute Zero? … Continue reading

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Ask a Physicist: What happened before the Big Bang?

Credit: J.R. Gott & L.-X. Li Greetings, true believers! My latest column is up at io9: What Happened Before the Big Bang? This one is a) extremely speculative, and b) largely excerpted from the “User’s Guide.” Of course, if you’d … Continue reading

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Ask a Physicist: Did they really find the Higgs?

My latest column is up on io9. Yesterday, I asked for questions related to the possible early detections of the Higgs, and today I’ve collected the most popular questions in one place. I’m sure there will lots of good discussion … Continue reading

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Higgs!

I’m sure most of you have already seen the announcement. The LHC announced some preliminary results regarding the Higgs Boson this morning. Here’s the upshot: Both the ATLAS and CMS experiments (which are ostensibly independent) see something consistent with a … Continue reading

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New Column! Also, a few announcements.

Hi, everybody! I realize that it’s been much a fairly long interruption in your regular “Ask a Physicist” service, and for that, I apologize. I hope we’re back on track now. Today’s column at io9 was all about how neutrino … Continue reading

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Ask a Physicist: What are your prospects for getting a faster than light drive?

My latest column is up! This is a bit different than my normal fare, since I’m trying to tackle the sci-fi side of things head on. However, it’s entirely like my normal fare in that I end up being a … Continue reading

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Maps again (and a few announcements)

I’ve been a little lax with the blogging lately. I’m sure you’ll forgive me. Before getting to the main topic, I have a couple of quick announcements: I have an column coming out Wednesday or Thursday this week. I’ll be … Continue reading

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Ask a Physicist: Can you surf a gravitational wave?

Hurray! After an extended summer hiatus, my Ask a Physicist series is back on io9. This week I’m addressing a bunch of questions about gravitational waves, including why they’re so hard to detect, what they do, and why it’s really … Continue reading

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Ask a Physicist: What's so scandalous about a naked singularity?

Greetings, black hole buffs! My latest column is up, and it’s all about naked singularities. You should check it out and of course, send me more questions. -Dave

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Ask a Physicist: Where did matter come from?

My lastest “Ask a Physicist” column is up: Where did matter come from? It’s a sort of general overview of the issues in matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. I try not to get too technical so I don’t use phrases … Continue reading

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