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Douglas Natelson
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An expression of concern about an expression of concern
There has been a big kerfluffle about Facebook conducting a mass social psychology experiment.  At heart is the issue of informed consent.  By clicking "ok" on a vaguely worded license agreement, did users really give true informed consent to participate in...
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Gordon Conference thoughts
Because of travel constraints I'm missing the last day of the meeting, but here are some thoughts, non-science first: These meetings remain a great format - not too big, a good mix of topics, real opportunities for students and postdocs to interact w/ lots ...
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Gordon Conference
I am going to be at the Gordon Research Conference on correlated electrons for the next few days. Should be fun, but blogging about such meetings is generally frowned upon (don't want to discourage people from frank discussions and showing brand new, untrie...
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750th post - blog demographics
This is the 750th post since this blog's inception.  Fun facts gleaned from google analytics: 1) Unsurprisingly, the US leads in blog hits over that time, with 270,648.  In second place, the UK with 26,698. 2) According to google's tracking, over the last n...
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Bad physics as a marker for tracking text recycling
A colleague of mine was depressed to find, in a reasonably high impact journal, a statement that magnetic nanoparticles obey Coulomb's law, and thus can be manipulated by external magnetic fields.  As far as physics goes, this is just wrong.  Coulomb's law ...
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What is chemical potential?
I've been meaning to do a post on this for a long time.  Five years ago (!) I wrote a post about the meaning of temperature , where I tried to go from the intuitive understanding given by common experience (temperature has something to do with energy conten...
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What are universal conductance fluctuations?
Another realization I had at the Gordon Conference:  there are plenty of younger people in condensed matter physics who have never heard about some mesoscopic physics topics.   Presumably those topics are now in that awkward purgatory of being so establishe...
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I am going to be at the Gordon Research Conference on correlated electrons for the next few days. Should be fun, but blogging about such meetings is generally frowned upon (don't want to discourage people from frank discussions and showing brand new, untrie...
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Perhaps "quirky" would be a better descriptor than "mad".  For example, on one slide this morning talking about magnetism (using the symbol J_zz), there was a picture of Jay-Z.  Maybe 30% of the room got the joke.
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FeSe on SrTiO3: report of 100 K superconductivity
I'd heard rumors about this for a while.  I presume that the posting of this on the arxiv means that some form of this paper is in submission out there to a suitably glossy, high impact journal that requires reference citations in its abstracts.  Background...
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"Seeing" chemical bonds with sub-molecular resolution
Chemists (and physicists) often draw molecular bonds as little lines connecting atoms, but actually imaging the bonds themselves is very hard.  With the advent of the scanning tunneling microscope , it's become almost commonplace to be able to image the pos...
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My views on teaching "nano"
Blatant self-promotion time:  I was grateful for the invitation to write an editorial about teaching "nano" for Nature Nanotechnology .  The full text is available for free at the above link, and comments and feedback are invited below.  (As a blog reader, ...
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Prize season again.
Once again the Breakthrough Prize and New Horizons Prize in fundamental physics are seeking nominations.  See here .  I have very mixed feelings about these prizes, given how the high energy theory components seem increasingly disconnected from experiment (...
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  • Stanford University
    Physics, 1993 - 1998
  • Princeton University
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1989 - 1993
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  • Rice University
    Professor of Physics and Astronomy, 2000 - present
  • Bell Labs
    Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, 1998 - 2000
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