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Why the Many-Worlds Interpretation Has Many Problems

October 18, 2018

The idea that the universe splits into multiple realities with every measurement has become an increasingly popular proposed solution to the mysteries of quantum mechanics. But this “many-worlds interpretation” is incoherent, Philip Ball argues in this adapted excerpt from his new book Beyond Weird.

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Famous Experiment Dooms Alternative to Quantum Weirdness

October 11, 2018

Oil droplets guided by “pilot waves” have failed to reproduce the results of the quantum double-slit experiment, crushing a century-old dream that there exists a single, concrete reality.

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‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter

September 25, 2018

A new theory proposes that the quantum properties of an object extend into an “atmosphere” that surrounds the material.

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The End of Theoretical Physics as We Know It

August 27, 2018

Computer simulations and custom-built quantum analogues are changing what it means to search for the laws of nature.

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Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World

July 25, 2018

A quickly closed loophole has proved that the “great smoky dragon” of quantum mechanics may forever elude capture.

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Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World

June 25, 2018

Recent experiments have put relatively large objects into quantum states, illuminating the processes by which the ordinary world emerges out of the quantum one.

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Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time

April 2, 2018

A recent experiment shows how quantum mechanics can make heat flow from a cold body to a hot one, an apparent (though not real) violation of the second law of thermodynamics.

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Why Stephen Hawking’s Black Hole Puzzle Keeps Puzzling

March 14, 2018

The renowned British physicist, who died at 76, left behind a riddle that could eventually lead his successors to the theory of quantum gravity.

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Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity

March 6, 2018

A recently proposed experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.