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Douglas Natelson
Works at Rice University
Attended Stanford University
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Annual Nobel speculation
It's getting to be that time of year again.  The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced this coming Tuesday morning (EU/US time).  Based on past patterns, it looks like it could well be an astro prize.  Dark matter/ galaxy rotation curves anyone ?  O...﻿
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DOE Experimental Condensed Matter Physics PI Meeting 2015 - Day 2
Among the things I learned at the second day of the meeting: In relatively wide quantum wells, and high fields, you can enter the quantum Hall insulating state.  Using microwave measurements, you can see signatures of phase transitions within the insulating...﻿
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DOE Experimental Condensed Matter Physics PI meeting 2015
As they did two years ago, the Basic Energy Sciences part of the US DOE is having a gathering of experimental condensed matter physics investigators at the beginning of next week.  The DOE likes to do this (see here for proceedings of past meetings), with t...﻿
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Amazingly clear results: density gradient ultracentrifugation edition
Ernest Rutherford reportedly said something like, if your experiment needs statistics, you should have done a better experiment.  Sometimes this point is driven home by an experimental technique that gives results that are strikingly clear.  To the right is...﻿
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Science and narrative tension
Recently I've come across some good examples of multidisciplinary science communication.  The point of commonality:  narrative tension, in the sense that the science is woven in as part of telling a story.  The viewer/reader really wants to know how the sto...﻿
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Short term-ism and industrial research
I have written multiple times ( here and here , for example) about my concern that the structure of financial incentives and corporate governance have basically killed much of the American corporate research enterprise.  Simply put:  corporate officers are ...﻿
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DOE Experimental Condensed Matter Physics PI Meeting 2015 - Day 3
Things I learned from the last (half)day of the DOE PI meeting: "vortex explosion" would be a good name for a 1980s metal band. Pulsed high fields make possible some really amazing measurements in both high $$T_{\mathrm{C}}$$ materials and more exotic thing...﻿
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DOE Experimental Condensed Matter Physics PI meeting 2015 - Day 1
Things I learned at today's session of the DOE ECMP PI meeting: In the right not-too-thick, not-too-thin layers of the 3d topological insulator Bi 1.5 Sb 0.5 Te 1.7 Se 1.3 (a cousin of Bi 2 Se 3 that actually is reasonably insulating in the bulk), it is pos...﻿
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CMP and materials in science fiction
Apologies for the slower posting frequency.  Other obligations ( grants, research, teaching, service ) are significant right now.  I thought it might be fun to survey people for examples of condensed matter and materials physics as they show up in science f...﻿
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The (Intel) Science Talent Search - time to end corporate sponsorship?
When I was a kid, I heard about the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, a national science fair competition that sparked the imaginations of many many young, would-be scientists and engineeers for decades.  I didn't participate in it, but it definitely was ...﻿
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Nano and the oil industry
I went to an interesting lunchtime talk today by Sergio Kapusta , former chief scientist of Shell .  He gave a nice overview of the oil/gas industry and where nanoscience and nanotechnology fit in.   Clearly one of the main issues of interest is assessing (...﻿
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News items: Feynman, superconductors, faculty shuffle
A few brief news items - our first week of classes this term is a busy time. Here is a video of Richard Feynman, explaining why he can't readily explain permanent magnets to the interviewer.   This gets right to the heart of why explaining science in a popu...﻿
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Education
• Stanford University
Physics, 1993 - 1998
• Princeton University
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1989 - 1993