National Public Radio's Science Friday is reading a science fiction classic this summer: Frank Herbert’s ecological epic Dune. Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and Emergence@ASU's own Sara Imari Walker will be reading right along with SciFri listeners, posing weekly discussion questions on the SciFri Book Club blog. (Check out discussion question #1). And, you can participate!
First, get a copy of the book and listen to the kickoff broadcast with Kim Stanley Robinson and Sara Imari Walker on Friday, July 25th. Share your comments, questions, and Dune media using the hashtag #SciFriBookClub or email the book club at firstname.lastname@example.org. And check out the SciFri blog every week for a new discussion question from one of theSciFri Book Club leaders. Finally, be sure to tune into the wrap-up discussion on Friday, August 22, and join the conversation on the air.
A new review paper has been published in the journal Information on "Top-Down Causation and the Rise of Information in the Emergence of Life" which discusses how the origin of life can be identified as the emergence of natural computational systems and how life's mysterious origins could be quantifiable in terms of information flow. You can read the full paper here.
The dog that didnʼt bark in Arthur Conan Doyleʼs story Silver Blaze is infamous for giving Sherlock Holmes meaningful information about the dogʼs non-canine environment. In a new paper out titled "Quantum Non-Barking Dogs" we probe whether an atom that has not decayed or a particle that has not tunneled can provide measurable information about physical changes in its environment. You can read the full paper by Sara Walker, Paul Davies, Prasant Samantray and Yakir Aharonov here.
Sara Imari Walker