Lucy Sherriff

Lucy Sherriff is a journalist, science geek and general liker of all things techie and clever. In a previous life she put her physics degree to moderately good use by writing about science for that other tech website, The Register. After a bit of a break, it seemed like a good time to start blogging about weird quantum stuff for ZDNet. And so here we are.

Latest Posts

Tiny magnets point to ultra low-power processors

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University say that their work with layers of nanometre scale magnets could pave the way for processors so power efficient could draw the energy they need from their environment.Such low power devices could be made possible by combining the emerging field of spintronics with new techniques involving nanometre scale magnets.

January 27, 2011 by Lucy Sherriff


Silicon gets stay of execution from IBM

Silicon might have to share the spotlight with graphene, but it won’t be totally retired. So say researchers at IBM, who have found that their graphene transistors can’t be fully switched off.

January 25, 2011 by Lucy Sherriff


Hitachi targets spintronics with R&D boost

Hitachi says it is to boost its overseas research and development, beginning by doubling its research staff outside of Japan to around 300.The firm’s Cambridge research lab has been given particular responsibility for staking the company’s claim in the emerging field of spintronics – the next evolutionary step up from traditional electronics.

January 20, 2011 by Lucy Sherriff


Graphene supercharges Li-ion life expectancy

Researchers in Singapore have succeeded in incorporating graphene into the anode of a lithium-ion battery, a breakthrough that could dramatically improve the life expectancy of an individual battery, and pave the way for higher capacity batteries, capable of providing more power to a device.

January 17, 2011 by Lucy Sherriff


Spinning a good yarn with carbon nanotubes

There is a crafty vibe in the air of materials science. Earlier this week we brought news that researchers investigating how graphene forms discovered a patchwork-like structure in the carbon monolayers.

January 10, 2011 by Lucy Sherriff


Patchwork graphene points to better fabrication

Graphene, wonder material though it may be, is horribly difficult to grow in the clean, perfect sheets that electronics engineers need to build the successors to today’s silicon chips. But new research from scientists at Cornell will make it easier to see where the defects are in a sheet of graphene, leading eventually to better fabrication processes.

January 6, 2011 by Lucy Sherriff


Software key in Quantum vs. Classical

Computer scientists have now shown that the right software will allow classical computers to perform at the same pace as their still-mostly-theoretical qubit-laden counterparts.

December 31, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Delft researchers put qubits in a nanowire spin

Using electric fields rather than magnetic ones to control the spin of an electron, researchers in the Netherlands have developed a new flavour of qubit in an Indium Arsenide nanowire. The new approach could one day play a part in quantum cryptography, according to Nature.

December 25, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff