Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Various and sundry

Here are a number of links that may be of interest:

Back in December, Steven Blau at Physics Today wrote an interesting blog post about the arrogance of physicists. For some reason I just came across this today. Prof. Stone's comment on the post is, I think, right on the mark, and reminds me of this xkcd comic.

Here is a series of four blog posts (one, two, three, four) from Mike Mayberry at Intel, to give you a sense of some of the research directions they're pursuing as we near the possible end of scaling for conventional Si-based FETs. Very interesting stuff on the challenges of integrating other materials (like III-V compound semiconductors) with Si.

Veering into humor, here is a video made by Adam Ruben, whom I know through the alumni network of the Princeton Band. It's called "The Grad Student Rap", and it's part of the promotion for his book, Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Graduate School.

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