Sunday, March 1, 2009

Nano Storage

California Berkeley and UMass Amherst researchers have developed a new technique that could potentially, according to investigator Ting Xu, "enable the contents of 250 DVDs to fit onto a surface the size of a quarter". The technique involves using precisely cut crystal surfaces to foster nano element self-assembly. This allows extraordinary densities that could revolutionize data storage and might also have applications for solar cell efficiency.

As a data storage aficionado, I find a storage revolution based on self-assembling nanotechnology and quantum entanglement very cool.

(image credit: Dong Hyun Lee, UMass Amherst, via