Molecular Data Storage Could Hold Every Movie Ever Made On A Rubik’s Cube
Imagine being able to store upward of 200 terabits of data — the equivalent of every Hollywood movie ever — on a device measuring just one-inch square. A class of molecules known as single-molecule magnets will make future mass data storage more feasible. Scientists recently demonstrated the ability to control the magnetism of a specific class of molecule to get them to store massive amounts of information. To do so the data needs to be chilled to minus-213 degrees Celsius — or 60 Kelvin. A lot more engineering work needs to be carried out to turn this into a practical technology. It is unlikely that this particular molecule will ever be commercialized but the team is working to make even better magnetic molecules which could be used to carry out this task.
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