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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Long-term Data Storage Possibility

Courtesy Manny D.:


This article is called "Data Saved in Quartz Glass Might Last 300 Million Years" by Timothy Hornyak from Scientific American.

It's about information storage using thin slivers of quartz glass. These slivers have 4 layers where dots an imprinted on the quartz to store information in binary. These can work better than CD players or hard drives since they don't melt at temperatures up to 1,000 Fahrenheit. Also, even if they erode, they have 4 layers so the information is safe. This is important since we can save information without worrying about it being destroyed easily, like in CD's that can't be repaired.

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