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Follow the Fish

Follow the Fish

I’m a Field Correspondent with an Arctic mission, but before I head north I’m looking around home for connections to the higher latitudes. . .
By the time I saw Lycodes paamiuti, an obscure fish dragged from the Arctic Ocean, it had been reduced to a droplet of clear liquid at the bottom of a plastic vial. I was at the finish line of a relay that had started far, far away.

Quantum Physics and the Culture of Possibility

Quantum Physics and the Culture of Possibility

I’m writing for the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information in Bristol, UK this week, which means I’m learning some quantum physics. The most excellent surprise of the day was coming across Professor Sandu Popescu from the University of Bristol in an on-line video. He studies “the most fundamental aspects of quantum physics,” and aside from explaining some of the basic stuff I needed to know, he left me with a precious gem of inspiration.