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.
http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/06/24/spintronics-advance-brings-wafer-scale-quantum-devices-closer-reality

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.
http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=51743

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.
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/discovery_paves_way_for_new_kinds_of_superconducting_electronics

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.
http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/tech-other-universities-start-drone-project/article_69e6c480-191a-11e5-aab1-4fc59522ccf6.html

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.
http://www.photonicsonline.com/doc/could-we-steer-lightning-with-lasers-0001