Week in Review: 6/21/15 – 6/27/15

June 24, 2015

Spintronics advance brings wafer-scale quantum devices closer to reality
Now, researchers at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering have made a crucial step toward nuclear spintronic technologies. They have gotten nuclear spins to line themselves up in a consistent, controllable way, and they have done it using a high-performance material that is practical, convenient and inexpensive.

June 23, 2015

Robust new process forms 3-D shapes from flat sheets of graphene
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach for forming 3D shapes from flat, 2D sheets of graphene, paving the way for future integrated systems of graphene-MEMS hybrid devices and flexible electronics.

June 22, 2015

Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics
Physicists at UC San Diego have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through high-temperature superconductors—materials discovered nearly 30 years ago that lose all resistance to electricity at commercially attainable low temperatures.

Tech, other universities start drone project
With a few major goals in mind, Texas Tech Atmospheric Science, the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln have partnered up to start a drone project.

Could We One Day Steer Lightning With Lasers?
Professor Roberto Morandotti and his colleagues have discovered a way to guide electric discharges–and even steer them around obstacles–through the clever use of lasers. This scientific breakthrough was published on June 19, 2015, in Science Advances, the new open-access journal from the prestigious editors of the international journal Science.