Tag: physics

A New Wave of Astronomy: Detection of Gravitational Waves from Neutron Star Pairs

By: Manasi Sharma Though the transition from weekend to weekday brings an onslaught of cold, dreary panic to most fall Monday mornings here in New York, the morning of Monday October 16, 2017 could not have been more different. The excitement in the air was palpable as members of Columbia’s scientific community—students, professors, and visitors alike—waited

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First Silicon Quantum Logic Gates

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh The allure of quantum computing has not worn off since mathematicians and physicists like Yuri Manin and Richard Feynman theorized the field in the 1980s. Quantum computing promises rapid speed-ups in computations that can be parallelized, with potential impact on data security, as well as the financial

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100 Years of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo Exactly one hundred years ago, in November of 1915, Albert Einstein solidified his field equations of the general theory of relativity. Despite the passage of a century, both theories still stand and are still incredibly relevant in modern research, making November 2015 a month to celebrate Einstein’s work.

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The Multiverse: The Only Alternative to Creation?

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh Today’s popular scientific discourse is filled with discussions on “the multiverse,” with headlines like “The Case for Parallel Universes” and “Looking for Life in the Multiverse” filling journals such as Scientific American. Many of these articles focus on the excitement of numerous universes rather than their theoretical

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A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?

By: Aditya Nair One of the most baffling problems in science is that of consciousness. How exactly does our brain create consciousness? What brain mechanisms allow for the development of thoughts? Is consciousness a physical phenomenon? Probing the boundaries of our very existence itself, scientists have been pushing at this question for hundreds of years,

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