John Steele

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    The Astronomer Royal

    Lord Martin Rees tells us about black holes and existential risks.

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    “We Are Visual Animals, Driven By Images”

    The head of the Max Planck Society discusses the science of creative visualization.

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    The Father of Inflation Clears Up a Big Misunderstanding

    Last week researchers working on the BICEP2 experiment in Antarctica announced that they’d seen solid evidence of gravitational waves that emerged very early in the Universe’s history. This discovery lent support to inflation, a theory of cosmology long popular among physicists but still lacking in direct proof. (To learn more about the recent discovery and […]

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    Flashback: Human Uniqueness

    Shining a light on the spark that separates man from beast.

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    Where Did Time Come From, and Why Does It Seem to Flow?

    ASU Paul Davies has a lot on his mind—or perhaps more accurate to say in his mind. A physicist at Arizona State University, he does research on a wide range of topics, from the abstract fields of theoretical physics and cosmology to the more concrete realm of astrobiology, the study of life in places beyond […]

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    Initial Conditions

    Sean Carroll and Alan Guth talk about time.