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Douglas Natelson
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Condensed matter/nanoscale physicist at Rice University
Condensed matter/nanoscale physicist at Rice University

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Two brief book reviews
In the spirit of Peter Woit's latest post , I also wanted to offer up two miniature book reviews. The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor by J. E. Gordon .  This book is a fine, accessible (minimal math) introduction to ...
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"Seeing" atoms
The power of modern transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is very impressive.  Often in TEM images at high magnification, you can see what looks like the atomic lattice, but that can be a bit illusory.  Because the scattering effects of individual atoms, e...
"Seeing" atoms
"Seeing" atoms
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Frontiers of physics - an underappreciated point
In what branch of physics are the most extreme conditions reached?  If asked, I'm sure the vast majority of people would guess particle physics. Enormous machines (and they want bigger ones all the time ) are used to accelerate particles up to a hairsbreadt...
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This week in the arxiv
Twisted bilayer graphene (TBLG): Is there anything it can't do?  Two recent papers have appeared on the arxiv that show that TBLG looks like a versatile platform for exploring the physics of electrons in comparatively flat bands.  Remember, flat bands as a ...
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Magnetic data storage - heat-assisted v microwave-assisted
(Ironically, given my recent missive about the importance of condensed matter beyond applications to information technology, here is a post about condensed matter in information technology.) It may seem like solid-state drives - basically flash memory - hav...
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Ask me something.
As we approach the end of another year, I realize two things: Being chair has a measurable impact on my blogging frequency - it's dropped off appreciably since summer 2016, though fluctuations are not small.  It's been almost 2.5 years since I did an " Ask ...
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Short items
The end of the calendar year has been very busy, leading to a slower pace of posting.  Just a few brief items: I have written a commentary for Physics Today, which is now online here .  The topic isn't surprising for regular readers here.  If I'm going to k...
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Rice Academy of Fellows, 2019
Just in case.... Rice has a competitive endowed postdoctoral program, the Rice Academy of Fellows .  There are five slots for the coming year ( application deadline of January 3).  It's a very nice program, though like all such things it's challenging to ge...
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Shoucheng Zhang, 1963-2018
Shocking and saddening news this week about the death of Shoucheng Zhang , Stanford condensed matter theorist who had made extremely high impact contributions to multiple topics in the field.    He began his research career looking at rather exotic physics;...
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Late Thanksgiving physics: Cohesion and wet particles
Last week, when I was doing some cooking for the US Thanksgiving holiday, I was making a really good vegetarian side dish (seriously, try it), and I saw something that I thought was pretty remarkable, and it turns out that a Nature paper had been written ab...
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