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

Graphene trampolines make working radio receivers

US scientists, armed with nothing more complicated than a pair of tweezers, have built a working radio receiver from a sheet of graphene.The engineering significance of the finding lies in the fact that the set up does not suffer from parasitic capacitance, the bane of the lives of electrical engineers once the components get small enough, and close enough together.

December 22, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


112-second nuclear spin memory: is spintronics going mainstream?

Spintronics researchers from University College London, the University of Utah and Florida State University report a record-breaking data storage time of 112 seconds. The interesting bit is that they stored the data on the spin state of silicon nuclei, not electrons.

December 20, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Quantum entanglement? That's hot, baby (just not very hot, OK?)

Researchers in Spain and Columbia have shown that quantum entanglement may be possible at much higher temperatures than anyone thought. The trick, according to the work published in Physical Review, Letters, is to set up a system without thermal equilibrium – that is to say, some bits need to be hotter than others.

December 14, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Nanotech firm takes out licence to print semiconductors

California-based firm Shrink Nanotechnologies has signed a multi-year license for the University of Chicago’s so-called electronic glue. The deal covers all but thermo-electric applications of the glue, which has the potential to bring down the cost of many semiconductor devices including computer chips and solar cells.

December 13, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Hacking quantum crypto not blindingly obvious after all

A recently proposed physical attack on a quantum cryptography system has been comprehensively rejected by researchers at Toshiba in Cambridge, who say that as long as the kit is all operating correctly, the so-called 'blinding' attack will not work.

December 2, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Closing loopholes puts quantum cryptography on surer ground

More evidence that the quantum and macro worlds are very different places comes from researchers who have been sending entangled photons around the Canary Islands.This is important because it means scientists are probably right about the way quantum entanglement works, which matters enormously if quantum cryptography is to become a viable and useful tool.

November 30, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Sweet. Scientists make graphene from sugar

Scientists have brought industrial production of graphene a step closer with the discovery that the chicken wire structured material can be made in a single step from the simplest of ingredients: sugar.Led by Professor James Tour, Rice's T.

November 15, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff

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Keep your qubits in diamond, say Danish researchers

Researchers in Denmark have managed to store the states of two entangled light beams in a solid state memory.In an optical quantum network, relay stations will be needed to guard against the odd data photon getting lost along the way.

November 12, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff