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Science with Sabine
Science with Sabine
Sabine Hossenfelder

Science news and updates from Sabine Hossenfelder. As simple as possible, but not any simpler.

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Episodes

String theory nonsense makes comeback -- And other news of the week

This is our weekly compilation of science news 00:00 Zuckerberg is right about the mental health risks of social media 06:17 String... more

11 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
I wasn't worried about climate change. Now I am.

In this episode I explain what climate sensitivity is and why it is important. Climate sensitivity is a number that... more

11 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
AI Experts predict Megadeaths -- And other Science News of the Week

This is our weekly compilation of science news 00:00 Does handwriting make us dumb? 05:54 A tsunami devastated stone-age Britain. Can it... more

02 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Icelanders plan to drill into Magma Chamber -- And Other Science News of the Week

This is our weekly summary of science news. In this episode: 00:00 Quantum Cheshire Cat Debunked 07:00 Icelanders plan to drill into Magma... more

02 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Big Rip seems unlikely in light of new data -- And other science news of the week

In this episode: - Big Rip seems unlikely in light of new data - New Nuclear Battery might soon go onto the... more

21 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
AI could kill quantum computing -- And other science news of the week

In this week's episode: A new semiconductor, space-debris that could, AI could kill quantum computing, whether we could we get... more

11 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Why is nuclear power so expensive?

Out of the many bad arguments against nuclear power, there are two good arguments: It's too expensive and the power... more

31 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Gravity is not a force. But what does this mean?

Just exactly what does it mean that gravity is not a force? In this episode, I will revisit the question... more

31 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
The experiment that could save physics (and other science news of the week)

This is our weekly compilation of science news. In this episode: - Particle physicists make wishlist - Did life come from... more

31 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
The biggest gap in science: complexity

Everyone loves to talk about complex problems and complex systems, but no one has any idea what it means. I... more

17 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
A new competitor for string theory (and other science news of the week)

In this week's science news, we have a new contender for a theory of quantum gravity, claim that a famous... more

17 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
These scientists got sued for doing their job

Science and the law come in to conflict more often than you might think. In this episode I want to... more

17 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
A particle accelerator that's just 10 cm long, and other science news of the week

In this episode we have an experiment that wants to measure nothing, a particle accelerator that's just 10 cm long,... more

08 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Why was Sam Altman fired from Open AI? And other science news of the week.

Welcome everyone to this week’s science news. Today we’ll talk about the leading theories for why Sam Altman got fired... more

30 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
All you need to know about Long COVID

Estimates say that as many as 1 in 10 people who had COVID were still affected more than 3 months... more

30 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Is Science Dying?

Is science coming to an end? On the one hand, it seems like scientific progress has slowed to a crawl... more

22 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Mars glows green, and other science news of the week

Today we’ll talk about why Mars glows green, an amazingly cool way to make magnets hover, a study which found... more

22 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Net Zero will Be Virtually Impossible To Reach Without Carbon Removal

Everyone is talking about Net Zero. But Net Zero what? What does this even mean? Is it a reasonable goal?... more

17 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
New Data Spells Trouble for Dark Matter's Biggest Competitor

Today we have an update on the biggest astrophysics drama of the year, that’s an observation which seems to be... more

17 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
The lost continent of Argoland has been found -- And other science news of the week

This week we have new evidence that the dinosaurs were killed by the aftermath of an asteroid impact, then we... more

10 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Science News Nov 01: The sun's magnetic field will flip earlier than expected

Science never rests and this week we have quite a selection of news. It looks like the sun’s magnetic field... more

02 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Beyond the Hype: All you need to know about Ozempic and Wegovy

The weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic seem god-sent solutions for everyone who has been struggling to lose weight, a miracle... more

30 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Science News October 25: Coin Tossing is Unfair, Science Proves It

Today we will talk about why coin flips are not fifty-fifty, starquakes, the most powerful solar storm ever, space debris,... more

30 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Does the Many Worlds Interpretation make sense?

In today's episode I explain why the many world's interpretation is neither simple nor local. This episode comes with a... more

23 Oct 2023 · 7 minutes
Three New Laws of Nature in One Week!

Welcome everyone to this week’s science news. This week we’ll talk about three new laws of nature, one of which supposedly... more

20 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Is time travel possible?

What does physics say about time travel? Surprisingly enough it doesn't just say it's impossible, it's more complicated than that.... more

15 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Science News Oct 14: A New Candidate for a Cosmic String

In this week's science news, I talk about a new candidate for a cosmic string, the mysterious shrinking of planet... more

14 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Quantum Computing in 2023: Three Newcomers

What if we could harness the power of photons to process information? We can! It's called photonic computing. It's one... more

08 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Science News Oct 4: Nobel Prize in Physics 2023

Today we’ll talk about the Nobel Prize in physics, yet another superconductor retraction, whether Integrated Information theory is pseudoscience, why... more

04 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Science News Sep 26: Quantum Computing at Room Temperature?

Today we talk about raisins. Yes, raisins. Quasars with dark matter halos, pink diamonds, the last moments of a dying... more

26 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
Is the universe pointless?

If people knew one thing about Steven Weinberg, it’d be a quote from one of his books: “The more the... more

24 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
Science News Sep 18: Possible Signs of Life on an Exoplanet

Today we talk about the possibly first evidence for life on an exoplanet, with some caveats, chaos at the centre... more

18 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
Don't trust me, I'm an influencer!

Today I talk about how we talk, or how we communicate information on social media in general. Why is it... more

16 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
Science News Sep 12, 2023

Today we talk about a bubble of galaxies, a climate scientist who made his own paper worse, double magic oxygen,... more

12 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
Web3: Next internet revolution or just a scam?

What is web3? I've tried to figure it out and here is my summary of what I have learned about... more

09 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
I do my own research. And so can you.

I’ve noticed that a lot of scientists on social media make jokes about people who do their own research. This... more

26 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Science News Aug 22: Quantum Superchemistry!

Today we talk about superchemistry, music in the brain, how to create matter from light, contrails, objects that take strange... more

22 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Do we have a mental health crisis?

I've seen a lot of headlines recently that we supposedly have a mental health crisis. Some say it's global, some... more

19 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Fermilab Finds Feeble Fifth Force (Maybe)

Today we talk about the muon anomaly at Fermilab, say good-bye to LK99, hear from scientists who say that sun... more

16 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Is Moore's Law Dead?

In the past 10 years or so, tech specialists have repeatedly voiced concerns that the progress of computing power will... more

12 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Science News Aug 8 2023: Superconductor LK 99 Update

Today I have an update on the reproduction efforts for the supposed room temperature superconductor, LK 99, the first images... more

08 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Do we have evidence for new physics? Or not?

You've heard physicists say that we know new physics is out there. You've also heard them say that there's no... more

05 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Science News July 31: A new room-temperature superconductor?

Today we’ll talk about the new superconductor claim, bad news for new physics, a quantum radar, how to print origami,... more

31 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Greenwashing: Spot and Avoid It

Many companies try to appear environmentally friendly without making a real difference, a strategy that’s been dubbed “greenwashing”. So, is... more

29 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Science News July 26: Einstein was right, again!

Today we’ll talk about Einstein, who was right again, metals that heal, a new type of stellar object, a quantum... more

26 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Are personality tests the new horoscopes?

Have you ever taken a personality test? I certainly did. Recently I began wondering what the Myers Briggs and Big... more

23 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Science News July 19 2023: Evidence for Dark Stars?

Today we’ll fly 13 billion years back in time, talk about dark stars, quantum payments, the efficiency of solar cells,... more

19 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
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Greenwashing: Spot and Avoid It
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Many companies try to appear environmentally friendly without making a real difference, a strategy that’s been dubbed “greenwashing”. So, is calling a... more