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Physical Attraction

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We are a physics podcast. But not just a physics podcast - interviews with scientists, scholars, authors and reflections on the history and future of science and technology are all in the wheelhouse.

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Feb 25, 2019

Hello, and welcome to this episode of Thermonuclear Takes - our occasional bonus episodes that deal with topics in the news when there's just TOO MUCH EXCITING STUFF out there to talk about. 

This episode:

  • The teenager who built a nuclear fusion reactor in his bedroom - should ITER give up and go home? (Spoiler: no.) 
  • A new study that suggests possible catastrophic climate feedbacks at high temperatures has been published
  • OpenAI's new neural network is like nothing we've ever seen, and can imitate human writing more convincingly than I'd thought possible yet


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