How to Relax in a Field and Marvel at the Universe

Apr 12, 2021

Theoretical physics inhabits an area of human knowledge and discourse whose frontier is so hermetic no one other than the physicists themselves may claim to make sense of the discourse they manage to produce. Even the physicists are not always sure of what they understand in their own discourse,...

Science’s Problem With Money, Media and Politics
Apr 07, 2021

Science’s Problem With Money, Media and Politics

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?
Apr 02, 2021

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”
Mar 31, 2021

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Mar 24, 2021

In an AP article last December, Maria Cheng and Aniruddha Ghosal noted that, despite official optimism concerning the capacity of emerging vaccines to provoke the definitive decline of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the chances that coronavirus shots will be shared fairly between rich nations and the...

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

Mar 23, 2021

Past the glow of the Shanghai evening, a single red beam threads its way into the silent stratosphere. It is a laser originating from a laboratory whose machinery few can operate or explain. The laser is meant to bounce off a distant satellite before returning for the purpose of encrypting an...

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Mar 18, 2021

In compliance with major statements made repeatedly during his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden, on his first day in office on January 20, signed two important executive orders — among 15 others, a record number — signaling the United States’ return to the international arena, to...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Mar 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

Mar 13, 2021

By some weird fluke, I may be the most famous male pole dancer in the world this month. Not by any means the best, strongest or most graceful. Maybe the oldest and certainly the most unlikely. Being the opposite of a typical pole enthusiast gives me the perfect stage, in brief, to sing the...

India Is on a Solar Mission

India Is on a Solar Mission

Feb 23, 2021

Globally, the short-term changes in pollution levels associated with COVID-19 lockdown measures highlighted the importance of investment in renewable energy sources more than ever. India's National Solar Mission was set as one of the policy initiatives under the National Action Plan on Climate...

Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Feb 15, 2021

We didn’t suspect it at the time, but the 2016 Rio Olympics may have been the last ever summer games. There were clues. Until 2015, most of us hadn’t even heard of the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, it is transmitted by mosquitoes, typically causing asymptomatic or mild infection but...

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

Jan 29, 2021

COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half...

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

Jan 22, 2021

During his inauguration, President Joe Biden appealed to us, American citizens, repeatedly and emphatically, to defend unity and truth against corrosion from power and profit. Fortunately, the bedrock tensions between unity, truth, power and profit have newly-discovered mathematical definitions,...

What If Humans Really Could Fly?

What If Humans Really Could Fly?

Jan 15, 2021

Since hindsight is always 20/20, and now we thankfully have 2020 in hindsight, it’s time to celebrate. In particular, to celebrate a commercially irrelevant but wondrous technology that might allow humans to fly through the air under our own power, like birds. This is the stuff of dreams. One...

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