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"The Alternate View" columns of John G. Cramer are short (~2,000 word) essays about cutting-edge science.
They are aimed at readers (and writers) of "hard" science fiction, as exemplified by the SF stories of Analog, but are about
 real science, usually physics or astronomy. These columns are published bimonthly in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine.

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2018 Columns
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Do Black Holes Really Exist? General relativity predicts that time comes to an absolute stop at the event horizon of a black hole, but there are theoretical reasons for doubting that Nature can actually allow such stoppage of time.  Alternative theories avoid this problem by predicting that black holes with event horizons can never form.  The recent observation by aLIGO of black hole mergers offers a possible test, because the alternatives predict an "echo" following the "ringdown" observation. 01-02/18 AltVw192
When Virgo Joined LIGO The recent addition of the Italy-based Virgo gravitational wave detector to aLIGO's pair of gravitational wave detectors gives the system new sensitivity to the location and polarization of gravitational wave events.  This has resulted in polarization observations that disfavor the "vector" alternatives to Einstein's tensor-based general relativity.  It has also made possible the study of a neutron star merger not only by LIGO/Virgo, but also by a huge number of telescopes and detectors in the radio, visible, and gamma ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. 03-04/18 AltVw193
Can We Cure Aging? Recent results from the Mayo Clinic suggest that many symptoms of aging result from the accumulation of senescent cells, and that many aging effects can be reversed by causing senescent cells expressing the protein p16 to "self-destruct".  A new company, Oisin Biotechnology, has developed a plasmid-based DNA technique using this approach that clears senescent cells from animals and humans, offering the possibility of a general treatment for aging.  A spin-off of this technology is a possible general treatment for cancer cells expressing the p53 protein. 05-06/18 AltVw194
(to be written)  07-08/18 AltVw195
(to be written)  09-10/18 AltVw196
(to be written)  11-12/18 AltVw197
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The Discovery of Planet Proxima b Planet Proxima b has been discovered orbiting roughly in the middle of the habitable zone around the star Proxima Centauri, which has the distinction of being our Sun's nearest stellar neighbor, only 4.25 light years away.  It is the "habitable" extrasolar planet nearest to Earth, but is it really habitable? 01-02/17 AltVw186
Testing the Neutrino Hierarchy There are three neutrino species, e, m, and t.  Measurements of neutrino oscillations provides mass differences between pairs of species, but we don't know the hierarchy, i.e., which is heaviest and which is lightest.  Two double-beta decay experiments, GERDA and Majorana Demonstrator, are pushing measurement limits down to the region in which the hierarchy can be determined. 03-04/17 AltVw187
Our Leaking Universe Measurements of the Hubble constant by two methods give different results, suggesting that the expansion rate of the universe may be changing with time.   Theorists have suggested that cold dark matter may be decaying to neutrinos and photons.  Also "unimodular gravity", an alternative to general relativity, has been suggested as a remedy for the inability of quantum field theory to accurately calculate the cosmological constant.  05-06/17 AltVw188
Why Does Matter Exist? Some process in the early Big Bang favored the creation of matter over antimatter, resulting in the complete dominance of matter in today's universe.   The LHCb Collaboration at CERN reports  a strong CP violation in the decay of the Lambda-b-zero baryon, which may be the favored process. 07-08/17 AltVw189
Alien Microwave Sailing and Fast Radio Bursts Radio astronomers have detected fast radio bursts (FRB) that originate in distant galaxies and are not accompanied by energy releases in any other form.  Two astronomers have suggested that FRBs might be leakage from alien civilizations launching microwave-driven light sails. 09-10/17 AltVw190
Dark Matter Gets Darker: WIMPs or Axions? About 84% of the matter in the universe is "dark", but recent dark matter searches by the LUX and PandaX-II Collaborations have come up with negative results.  The hypothesis that cold dark matter takes the form of WIMPs looks questionable.  Are axions the answer, or is it something more elusive? 11-12/17 AltVw191
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Gravity with 4-Vector Potentials - A Theory Revolution? Discussion of a mathematically simpler alternative to Einstein's general relativity that  predicts the same experimental observables, except that it predicts different gravitational wave emission and detection profiles that can be critically tested with Advanced LIGO, when gravitational waves are at last detected.. 03/16 AltVw181
Tabby's Star, KIC8462852 - WTF? (Where's the Flux?) NASA's Kepler Mission has revealed a star that shows peculiar variations of up to 20% in intensity that some have attributed to a swarm of comets blocking starlight, and others have suggested may be Dyson-type mega-structures, constructed by a technological alien civilization, orbiting the star and absorbing energy. 05/16 AltVw182
More about LIGO, Higgs Bosons, and Tabby's Star New information about a rumored LIGO detection of gravitational waves, about a possible discovery of a 2nd Higgs boson with a mass of 750 GeV, and of the century-long 18% drop in the overall light intensity from Tabby's star, a possible indication of alien mega-structures under construction. 07-08/16 AltVw183
Starshot: Laser Sailing to Alpha Centauri A new initiative funded for $150 million by billionaire Yuri Milner proposes to send a tiny interstellar probe to Alpha Centauri at 0.2 c using high powered ground-based lasers and micro miniaturization. 10/16 AltVw184
The Direct Fusion Drive Rocket A new design for rocket powered by the nuclear fusion of helium-3 and deuterium has been designed by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton Satellite Systems. 12/16 AltVw185
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Weighing the Neutrino with Cyclotron Radiation A new technique using radio-frequency cyclotron radiation permits the isolation, detection, and kinetic-energy measurement is single electrons.  Application of this technique to the beta decay of tritium promises improved determination of the mass of the e-neutrino. 03/15 AltVw176
The Specifications of Extraterrestrial Intelligence In a new book, sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson presents the specification that an extraterrestrial intelligent being would have to have, based on new understanding of how high intelligence was developed in the primates leading to Homo sapiens. 05/15 AltVw177
Galactic Death Stars and Extinction Hyper-supernovas from massive stars producing gamma ray bursts may have been responsible for one or more of the extinction events found in the evolutionary record of the Earth.  Such "death stars" may have prevented the evolution of life in much of the universe, partially explaining the Fermi parradox.. 07-08/15 AltVw178
The Retarding of Science - Revisited The reintroduction (from AV04) of AARSE - The American Association for the Retardation of Science and Engineering, and the presentation of the Gold-Plated AARSE Awards for 2015. (satire)  10/15 AltVw179
Genome Editing: The CRISPR Revolution Description of CRISPR, a new genetic engineering technique for high-precision cutting, splicing, and editing of DNA, using the antivirus CAS-9 enzyme that has evolved in certain bacteria for targeted DNA cutting. 12/15 AltVw180
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Entanglement, Spooks, and Superluminal Signals Theoretical work in quantum optics showing that the "influences" of quantum entanglement cannot propagate faster (or slower or at) than the speed of light. 03/14 AltVw171
When WIMPs Collide Recent data and calculations suggesting that radiation from WIMP/anti-WIMP annihilation may have been observed. 05/14 AltVw172
Is it Space Drive Time? When it was "typewriter time" dozens of inventors almost simultaneously invented the typewriter.  Is it now "space drive time"? 07-08/14 AltVw173
Inflation and the Swirls of Gravity The BICEP2 detector at the South Pole has reported swirls in the linear polarization pattern of the cosmic microwave background radiation, an indication of the presence of intense gravitational waves caused by "inflation" in the early unverse. 10/14 AltVw174
Hacking the Genome Alphabet The DNA alphabet for all terrestrial life has 4 letters (A,C,G,T) and codes for assembling proteins from 20 different amino acids. A new development can add two more letters (X,Y) so that about 170 different amino acids could be used for protein synthesis 12/14 AltVw175
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How Al Gore and I Invented the Internet A memoir of my role in the creation of NSF-Net, one of the major precursors to the modern Internet. 03/13 AltVw166
High-Z Helium: Is QED Failing? Quantum electrodynamics, our Standard Model of electromagnetic interactions,  seems to fail to account for recent observations of the behavior of two-electron atoms with a large nuclear charge Z. 05/13 AltVw167
Is Our World Just a Computer Simulation? A philosopher of science has presented interesting arguments asserting with high probability that the universe we live in is a computer simulation.  How can physics test this hypothesis? 07-08/13 AltVw168
Planck: "Big Bang Sound" in High Fidelity New data from the ESA's Planck satellite gives high-resolution measurements of the angular structure of the cosmic microwave background, providing high-accuracy determinations of the parameters of the universe and making possible a new hi-fi "Sound of the Big Bang" audio recording. 10/13 AltVw169
The 2013 Starship Century Symposium Report on an all-star Symposium timed to celebrate the release of the new Starship Century book, edited by the Brothers Benford.  12/13 AltVw170
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Mu Neutrinos as Tachyons? The OPERA Collaboration has reported the observation of superluminal muon neutinos?  Could this mean that they are tachyons?  It appears that the numbers do not work. 03/12 AltVw161
Shooting Wormholes to the Stars By accelerating a small wormhole-mouth at the LHC, one could use the time-spanning property of wormholes to reach the stars in a few days. 05/12 AltVw162
Another Look at FTL Neutrinos and Wormholes The OPERA Collaboration has found problems with their analysis of muon neutrino data.  Evidence for superluminal neutrinos has gone away.. 07-08/12 AltVw163
The Start and Finish of the Universe New theoretical work on cosmology provides new views on the way the universe gets its start and comes to an end. 10/12 AltVw164
Introducing the Higgs Boson Two experiments at CERN have announced the discovery of a particle that has the properties of the Higgs boson.  What are the implications of this discovery, and just what is a Higgs boson? 12/12 AltVw165
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Leinster's Golden Age "Logic" In John W. Campbell's 1946 Astounding, the SF writer Murray Leinster (Will F. Jenkins) published a short story, "A Logic Named Joe", that was remarkably accurate in predicting the characteristics of the modern Internet. 03/11 AltVw156
"Goldilocks" Gleise 581 g: a Fairytale? Is the "just right" Earth-like planet supposedly orbiting the star Gleise 581 real, or is it an artifact of problematic data analysis? 05/11 AltVw157
The Deficiency of Black Holes at the LHC With a year of operation of CERN's LHC at half its design energy, the CMS Collaboration has reported that the mini-black-holes predicted by some "extra-dimension" gravity theories have not been detected. 07-08/11 AltVw158
A "New Physics" Bump at Fermilab? As the Tevatron Collider at Fermiiab is in its last few months of operation, the CDF Collabration has reported a 3.2 standard deviation "bump" in proton-antiproton collisions invollving Z-mason production that appears to be inconsistent wuth the Standard Model of particle physics and may signal "new physics". 10/11 AltVw159
Cell Phone Radiation, Cancer, and The WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) has proclaimed that using cell phones is "possibly carcinogenic to humans,"  despite the fact that there is no plausible physical process by which photons from cell phone microwaves could produce mutations in DNA. 12/11 AltVw160
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The Nice Way to Make a Solar System The Nice Model suggests that the early history of the Solar System may have been very violent, with giant planets exchanging orbits and outer-system debris raining on the inner planets. 03/10 AltVw151
The Icy Reservoirs of the Solar System A new picture is emerging of the quantities of ice and other volatiles in the outer solar system, which may be relevant to terraforming Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. 05/10 AltVw152
Bubbles of Broken Symmetry Results from the STAR Collaboration at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider provide evidence for a new kind of breaking of mirror-image symmetry (parity) in strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma systems. 07-08/10 AltVw153
Pulsar Timing and Gravity Wave Detection A new technique that offers to detect gravity waves from the variations they induce in the arrival time of radio pulses from distant pulsars. 10/10 AltVw154
What is a "Typical" Solar System? Numerical studies of planet formation indicate that planetary systems may be very different when they form around stars lacking sufficient proto-planetary material to form dominant Jupiter-size planets. 12/10 AltVw155
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Humans and Estimating Probability The human brain has amazing capabilities for rational thought, pattern recognition, judgment, creativity, and imagination. However, it lacks the ability to accurately assess probabilities and act on these assessments.  Why? 03/09 AltVw146
Radioactive Decay and the Earth-Sun Distance Data from radioactive decays collected over several years suggests a correlation with the Earth's varying distance from the Sun during its annual orbit. 05/09 AltVw147
Two New Kinds of Wormholes Cylindrical wormholes and cosmological wormholes connecting separated universes may be easier to produce naturally and in the laboratory. 07-08/09 AltVw148
Connecting Gravity with Electricity Prof. Raymond Chiao's scheme for producing and detecting high frequency gravity waves in the laboratory by creating a quantum connection between the gravitational and electromagnetic forces using charged droplets. 10/09 AltVw149
Opus 150: Dark Forces in the Universe New results from potential dark matter detectors present a puzzling pattern of data that is not consistent with expectations.  A new theory postulating a 5th force that acts only between dark matter particles could explain what's going on. 12/09 AltVw150
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There's a Hole in Bottom of the Universe! Cosmic microwave background data from WMAP shows a "hole" in the emission pattern, suggesting an anomalous cold region in the early universe. 03/08 AltVw141
The Falling Dominoes: The Source of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays An analysis of AUGER project data indicates that the source of the most energetic cosmic rays is active galactic nuclei.  Thus was one of my top 10 unsolved physics puzzles in 2000. 05/08 AltVw142
All About Teleportation The religious tradition, science fiction, and physics of teleportation. 07-08/08 AltVw143
Tracking Adolf An account of using y-DNA analysis to obtain information about my great grandfather, Adolf Cramer. 10/08 AltVw144
Noise as a Quantum Signal Noise in the GEO600 gravity wave detector may be providing evidence that space-time is holographic, with the three space dimensions mapped onto some two-dimensional surface. 12/08 AltVw145
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Extrasolar Planets and Occult Astronomy A new star-shade system may enable the Hubble Space Telescope and its successors to discover earth-like extra-solar planets and even detect the presence of life on them. 03/07 AltVw136
The Universe as a Watermelon An analysis of WMAP data indicates that the initial Big Bang may not have been spherical, but instead was slightly elongated along one axis, giving the early universe a "watermelon" shape. 05/07 AltVw137
Cooling off Global Warming from Space Prof. Roger Angel proposes to place solar reflectors at the L1 Lagrange point to control the the Earth's input of racitative energy from the Sun. 07-08/07 AltVw138
Real Nuclear Fusion on a Tabletop A UCLA group has used a heated ferroelectric crystal to produce d+d fusion of a tabletop, producing energy and lots of neutrons. 10/07 AltVw139
The Experimental Evidence against Objective Reality The results of recent EPR-type tests with elliptically polarized photons of the Leggett Relations of quantum mechanics have been used to argue against the existence of objective reality. 12/07 AltVw140
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The Universe of Choice

String theory now seems to be predicting a vast "landscape" of possible universes with differing cosmological constants and physical laws.  Which one is ours and why? 03/06 AltVw131
Hawking's Retreat Stephen Hawking's retreat from his view that information is destroyed in the formation of a black hole. 05/06 AltVw132
Planets of Binary Star Systems It has been widely believed that binary star systems may not have planets.  New calculations indicate that planet formation is, if anything, more probable in binary star systems. 07-08/06 AltVw133
Back in Time Through Other Dimensions A new variation of string theory in non-compartified dimensions provides a mechanism for creating timelike loops and suggests that such loops may exist in nature. 10/06 AltVw134
EPR Communication: Signals from the Future? An Innsbruck PhD thesis suggests a way in which one might use quantum nonlocality for communication, which would make possible superluminal and retro-causal signaling. 12/06 AltVw135
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The Big Rip at the End of Time Some new cosmological models suggest that the universe will expand at an ever increasing rate until ti tears itself apart, producing a "Big Rip" that tears apart stars, planets, atom, and particles, until nothing is left in a dark empty lonely universe. 03/05 AltVw126
"Outlawing" Wormholes and Warp Drives Which solutions of general relativity (e.g., wormholes and warp drives) can be dismissed as violating physical principles and which should be taken seriously.  A new quantum approach suggests a way of answering this question. 05/05 AltVw127
Solving the RHIC Puzzle Interferometry data from Au+Au collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) appears to be in conflict with other results from the collisions.  A new approach explains why. 07-08/05 AltVw128

Dark-Energy Stars vs. Black Holes

Do black holes exist?  A new theory suggests that they do not, and suggests instead that collapsing supernovas create "dark energy stars". 10/05 AltVw129
The Ball Lightning Puzzle What is ball lightning?  A New theory provides some answers. 12/05 AltVw130
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Introducing the Pentaquark Evidence from several experiments suggests that "pentaqurks", baryons consisting of four quarks and one anti-quark, may form some of the particles observed in high energy experiments. (Note: later work suggests that pentaquarks may not exist.) 03/04 AltVw121
The Sound of the Big Bang - Reloaded WMAP data is used to synthesize the "sound of the Big Bang" in the early universe, producing a sound file that can be played on an mp3 player. 05/04 AltVw122
Neutrino Results from SNO, KamLAND, and WMAP New neutrino results indicate that neutrinos have mass, show neutrino oscillations, and set limits on how large the neutrino mass can be. 07-08/04 AltVw123

Left-Handed Materials:  Super-Resolution Optics

New constructed optical materials with a negative index of refraction have remarkable optical properties. 10/04 AltVw124
A Farewell to Copenhagen? The Afshar Experiment brings Bohr's Principle of Complementarity into question by showing that in a quantum two-slit measurement, interference fringes are present even when the slit through which a photon passes is determined. 12/04 AltVw125
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The New Recycling Universe A new alternative to Big Bang cosmology in which the universe recycles between claps of  extradimensional "branes". 01/03 AltVw115
A Stroll Through the Lyman Alpha Forest The forest of absorption Lyman-a spectral lines seen in the light from quasars maps the hydrogen "lanes" of the universe and testifies that quasars are very distant objects. 03/03 AltVw116
The CERN LHC: A Black Hole Factory? Theoretical predictions that the newest high energy accelerator, currently under construction at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, may  be a copious source of small and fast-evaporating black holes. 05/03 AltVw117
Watch the Skies:  The LSST Project Plans for a new telescope that watches the skies for fast-changing astronomical phenomena. 07-08/03 AltVw118
The Universe as seen by WMAP A new study of the small-angle structure of the cosmic microwave background nails down the parameters of the universe. 10/03 AltVw119
A Mission to the Earth's Core A new "modest proposal" to send an instrument package to the core of the Earth by melting through the crust with molten iron.. 12/03 AltVw120
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The Next Big Accelerator The "next linear collider" is being proposed by US, German, and Japanese groups as the next step in particle physics. 02/02 AltVw110
Brane Bashing: An Alternative to the Big Bang? Was the universe created by extradimensional "branes" clapping together, with no Big Bang? 04/02 AltVw111
Quantum Computing, 5 Qubits and Counting Quantum computing has made a step forward, with a 5 qubit computer that factors 15 into primes.  What's next? 06/02 AltVw112
Physics Goes Underground Plans for a new low-background physics laboratory 1.5 miles below the surface of the Earth. 09/02 AltVw113
Quark Stars Discovery of ultra-dense stars that are thought to be made of quark matter. 11/02 AltVw114
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BOOMERanG and the Sound of the Big Bang Measurements of small angle fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background pin down the Big Bang 01/01 AltVw104
Faster-than-Light Laser Pulses? Superluminal laser pulses with negative velocities that get there before they start. 03/01 AltVw105
Decoding the Ribosome Nature's nanotechnology "assembler", the ribosome, has been decoded and its structure revealed. 05/01 AltVw106
2001, Then and Now How and why the year 2001 as depicted in the Stanley Kubrick film differs from the the reality of the year 2001? 07/01 AltVw107
Supernova in a Bose-Einstein Bottle Repulsion is changed to attraction in a Bose-Einstein condensate, with amazing and mysterious results. 10/01 AltVw108
Carbon Nanotubes, A Miracle Material Carbon nanotubes can be conductors or semiconductors, super-strong materials, and could make possible a "skyhook". 12/01 AltVw109
2000 Columns
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The Micro-Warp Drive An improvement on the Alcubierre Drive that makes the warp-bubble large on the inside and microscopic on the outside 02/00 AltVw99
General Relativity without 
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The Yilmaz variant of General Relativity, which predicts that black holes do not exist. 04/00 AltVw100
"Interaction-Free" Quantum 
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Quantum measurents that can "see in the dark", producing an image of an object without the interaction of a single photon. 06/00 AltVw101
The "Rare Earth" Hypothesis A new book by an astronomer and a geophysicist argues that complex life must be very rare in our galaxy and our universe.  We may be alone. 09/00 AltVw102
New Improved Wormholes Making wormholes without negative mass 11/00 AltVw103
1999 Columns
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Massive Neutrinos The Japanese Super-Kamiokande detector discovers that mu-neutrinos have mass. 01/99 AltVw93
Before the Big Bang Pre-Big-Bang cosmology from superstring theory 03/99 AltVw94
Our Runaway Universe and Einstein's Cosmological Constant The discovery that the universe is accelerating in its expansion and that the vacuum has energy 05/99 AltVw95
What We Don't Understand The major unsolved problems of contemporary physics. 07-08/99 AltVw96
A Century of Physics Highlights of the Centennial Meeting of the American Physical Society 10/99 AltVw97
Our Millimeter-Size Universe Superstring theory suggests that gravity is weak because its extra-dimensional loops are a millimeter in diameter. 12/99 AltVw98
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Planet of the Geezers  Telomeres and human aging 02/98 AltVw88
Gravity Waves and LIGO The NSF's new gravity wave detector 04/98 AltVw89
The Quantum Eraser Erasing quantum interference retroactively 06/98 AltVw90
Using DNA to Search for WIMPs Breaking DNA strands to detect weakly interacting particles 09/98 AltVw91
The Music of the (Neutron) Spheres Audio-modulated X-rays and neutron star masses 11/98 AltVw92
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Space Drives, Phased Arrays, and Interferometry  Amplitude and intensity interferometry 01/97 AltVw82
Antigravity Sightings  Woodward's Mach's Principle space drive 03/97 AltVw83
The Decline and Fall of the SSC  The killing of the Superconducting Super Collider Project 05/97 AltVw84
The Atom Laser A laser that emits coherent atoms instead of coherent light 07/97 AltVw85
The Krasnikov Tube: A Subway to the Stars A solution to Einstein's equations in the form of a time-shortcut tube 09/97 AltVw86
Breaking the Standard Model Evidence from DESY for a new particle: the leptoquark 11/97 AltVw87
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Ultra-Energetic Cosmic Rays and Gamma Ray Bursts Correlation between cosmic rays and gamma bursts? 01/96 AltVw76
Bose-Einstein Condensation: A New Form of Matter Thousands of atoms in the same quantum state 03/96 AltVw77
The "Real World" and The Standard Model Effect on the universe of force strengths and quark masses 05/96 AltVw78
Burn Up the Nuclear Waste Particle accelerators for radioactive waste "burnup" 07/96 AltVw79
Inside the Quark Preons and quark sub-structure 09/96 AltVw80
The Alcubierre Warp Drive A warp-drive solution to Einstein's equations 11/96 AltVw81
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NASA Goes FTL - Part 2: Cracks in Nature's FTL Armor JPL Relativity/Quantum Physics Workshop report 2 02/95 AltVw70
GRS1915+105: The Fastest Fireball in the Galaxy A quasar-like object in our galaxy 04/95 AltVw71
CERN in Transition The new 33 TeV lead beams at the CERN SPS 06/95 AltVw72
"Texas" in Munich, Part 1: The Constants of the Universe Closing in on the universe's parameters 08/95 AltVw73
"Texas" in Munich, Part 2: Gamma Ray Bursts The gamma ray burst puzzle 10/95 AltVw74
Tunneling through the Lightspeed Barrier Quantum tunneling and FTL barrier transit time effects 12/95 AltVw75
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The Force of the Tide Gravitational tidal forces 01/94 AltVw63
The Bandwidth Revolution: Internet and WorldWideWeb The coming of the Web 03/94 AltVw64
Searching for MACHOs massive compact halo objects  The gravitational lensing of brown dwarfs 05/94 AltVw65
News from CyberSpace: Virtual Reality and HyperText Report on VR and HT Conferences 07/94 AltVw66
Beauty and the B-Factory B mesons and matter  Proposed accelerator to make B-mesons 09/94 AltVw67
Stretch Marks on the Universe Quantized Redshift Puzzle of clustered galactic red-shifts 11/94 AltVw68
NASA Goes FTL - Part 1: Wormhole Physics JPL Relativity/Quantum Physics Workshop report 1 13/94 AltVw69
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Neutrinos, Ripples, and Time Loops Tachyonic neutrinos, cosmic string effects 02/93 AltVw57
Science and SF in Japan Report on a trip to Japan 04/93 AltVw58
DUMAND: Neutrinos from Beneath the Ocean Large underwater neutrino detector 06/93 AltVw59
Science Policy: The Parable of the King and the Grain The politics of scientific decisions 08/93 AltVw60
The Tachyon Drive: Vex=infinity and Eex= 0. Using tachyons as rocket reaction mass  10/93 AltVw61
The Quantum Physics of Teleportation Transmitting and recreating a complete quantum state 12/93 AltVw62
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Killer Asteroids and You Earth-orbit-crossing asteroids 01/92 AltVw50
Harnessing the Butterfly - The Steering of Chaos Using chaos for control 03/92 AltVw51
CERN and the LHC The Large Hadronic Collider project 05/92 AltVw52
Natural Wormholes: Squeezing the Vacuum Negative mass from squeezed vacuum 07/92 AltVw53
Neutrino Physics: Curiouser and Curiouser SAGE neutrino detector results 09/92 AltVw54
Centrifugal Forces and Black Holes Light-like orbits near a black hole 11/92 AltVw55
Nuke Your Way to the Stars Continuously detonating nuclear rocket 13/92 AltVw56
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Mega-Projects & -Problems; The Hubble in Trouble NASA'a problems with the HST 02/91 AltVw44
Quantum Time Travel Time tricks with quantum mechanics 04/91 AltVw45
RHIC: Big Bangs in the Lab Heavy-ion collider project at Brookhaven 06/91 AltVw46
Cosmic Voids and Great Walls The large-scale structure of the universe 08/91 AltVw47
Quantum Telephones to Other Universes, to Times Past Non-linear quantum mechanics and communication 10/91 AltVw48
Heavy Neutrinos: Who Ordered That? Reports of a 17 kilovolt neutrino 12/91 AltVw49
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Einsteins' Spooks & Bell's Theorem The EPR paradox & nonlocality 01/90 AltVw37
The Twin Paradox Revisited Special relativity and time dilation 03/90 AltVw38
Wormholes II: Getting There in No Time Wormholes as starships 05/90 AltVw39
Telepresence: Reach Out and Grab Someone Robotics and telepresence 07/90 AltVw40
The Rise and Fall of Gyro-Gravity Spin-modification of gravity? 09/90 AltVw41
A Visit to Virtual Seattle Virtual reality  11/90 AltVw42
FTL Photons The Casimir Effect and the speed of light 13/90 AltVw43
1989 Columns
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Supernova Duds and Toothpaste Neutrinos and fluorine nucleosynthesis 02/89 AltVw31
Falling through to Pelucidar Shadow matter and gravitation 04/89 AltVw32
Wormholes and Time Machines General relativity and FTL travel 06/89 AltVw33
The Mouse that Boomed Fast object seen with radio-astronomy 08/89 AltVw34
Report on NanoCon 1 NanoCon I - The 1st Nanotechnology Conference 10/89 AltVw35
Cold Fusion, Pro-fusion, and Con-fusion Pons & Fleischman and cold fusion? 12/89 AltVw36
1988 Columns
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Spiral Galaxies and Antigravity Beams Gravity waves from cosmic strings 01/88 AltVw24
The Coming of the SSC The Superconducting Supercollider Project 03/88 AltVw25
Watching The Quantum Jump Exciting single atoms in a trap 05/88 AltVw26
Dinosaur Breath Cretaceous air trapped in amber 07/88 AltVw27
Paradoxes and FTL Communication The Calcutta QM Paradox  09/88 AltVw28
The Rainbows of Gravity Einstein's ring and gravitational lensing 11/88 AltVw29
Dyson on Space Freeman Dyson's views on the space program  13/88 AltVw30
1987 Columns
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Artificial Gravity: Which way is Up? Centrifugal gravity on space stations 02/87 AltVw18
Strings and Things Cosmic strings 04/87 AltVw19
Recent Results Review of past AV columns 06/87 AltVw20
Laser Propulsion and the Four P's Laser-sustained propulsion 08/87 AltVw21
Warm Superconductors Ceramic BaYCuO superconductors 10/87 AltVw22
SN1987A - Supernova Astrophysics Grows Up Supernovae, neutrinos, and gravitational collapse 12/87 AltVw23
1986 Columns
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The Pump of Evolution The Fermi Paradox and catastrophes 01/86 AltVw11
Children of the Swan Cygnus X-3 cosmic ray particles 03/86 AltVw12
Neutrinos and WIMPs The Solar Neutrino Problem 05/86 AltVw13
Antigravity I: Negative Mass The gravitation of negative mass 07/86 AltVw14
Antigravity II: A Fifth Force? Hypercharge and hyperforce 09/86 AltVw15
The Quantum Handshake The Transactional Interpretation of QM 11/86 AltVw16
Super Atoms and Super Fields Positrons from Z>173 atoms 13/86 AltVw17
1985 Columns
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The Dark Side of the Force of Gravity The Dark Matter Problem 02/85 AltVw05
The Other 40 Dimensions Klein-Kaluza compactification 04/85 AltVw06
Light in Reverse Gear I Optical reversal with a 4-Wave mixer  06/85 AltVw07
Light in Reverse Gear II Advanced radiation 08/85 AltVw08
In The Fullness of Time The universe in the far future 10/85 AltVw09
Antimatter in a Trap Penning ion trapping 12/85 AltVw10
1984 Columns
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The Alternate Who???? 1st column - Introduction of the author 07/84 AltVw00
When Proton Meets Monopole Monopole catalysis and proton decay 07/84 AltVw01
Other Universes I GUTs cosmology  09/84 AltVw02
Other Universes II Everett-Wheeler interpretation of QM 11/84 AltVw03
The Retarding of Science Introducing AARSE - The American Association for the Retardation of Science and Engineering (satire) 13/84 AltVw04
Other Articles in Analog (1979-1983)
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Antimatter in the Universe The possibility of antimatter galaxies 08/79 Analog-1
The Territoriality of Space Exploration Guest Editorial: Should the USA have claimed the Moon as territory? 11/81 Analog-2
New Phenomena Magnetic monopoles, "anomalons", free quarks? 02/83 Analog-3
Again Monopoles Magnetic monopole detection at Stanford (?) 09/83 Analog-4

Note 1: Month "13" in the issue list above indicates the Mid-December issue of Analog.
Note 2: The "Alternate" of the column title refers to the fact that they appear in alternate issues of Analog, originally alternating with columns by the late G. Harry Stine and more recently with columns by Jeffery D. Kooistra .
Note 3: Recent columns may not be provided with links because they have not yet appeared in Analog, which holds first serial rights for their publication. 
Note 4: As of the January-February-2017 issue, Analog publishes six double issues per year and "The Alternate View" columns by John G. Cramer appear in every issue.

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