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Storing data for the next 1000 years

April 23, 2008

Researchers from the University of California Santa Cruz have developed the idea of Pergamum, a new disk-based approach for archiving data.

Pergamum uses both intra-disk and inter-disk redundancy to guard against data loss, relying on hash tree-like structures of algebraic signatures to efficiently verify the correctness of stored data.

They believe a 10 petabytes storage system could be built for about $4700, with an annual operational cost (power… read more

Storing data in individual molecules near room temperature

January 24, 2013


An experimental technology called molecular memory could store data in individual molecules has been developed by an international team of researchers led by Jagadeesh Moodera, a senior research scientist in the MIT Department of Physics and at MIT’s Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory,

The technology promises a 1,000-fold increase in storage density over hard disks, which are approaching a million megabytes of… read more

Storing data using your body

April 1, 2011

Sparsh: Copying pictures from a phone to a tablet computer (credit: Pranav Mistry)

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed an application called Sparsh that allows users to store data using their bodies (metaphorically speaking).

Sparsh lets you touch a data item to copy data from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, using Dropbox or an FTP account to temporarily “store” it, and then touch a second device and paste the saved content. (The actual data transfer happens in the cloud.)… read more

Storing light with sound

December 14, 2007

Duke University researchers have demonstrated a way to store the information in a beam of light by converting it into a sound signal, then reading it back out again as light.

The process could avoid the heat generated when buffering via electronic signals, which limits the top speed of fiber-optic-signals.

Storing short movie in a cloud of gas may lead to quantum memory

May 10, 2012

Storage and retrieval of two images. (a) The spatially-integrated intensity from the retrieval of the single letter T (blue), and N (red). The yellow curve shows the storage of two images, and the curves are vertically displaced for clarity. (b) The detailed timeline of the retrieved images for 7 frames. (Credit: Quentin Glorieux, Jeremy B. Clark, Alberto M. Marino, Zhifan Zhou, Paul D. Lett)

Researchers have been able to store a single image in a cloud of rubidium atoms for several years. Now they’ve gone a step further by storing two images at the same time, Technology Review Physics arXiv Blog reports.

One of the enabling technologies for a quantum Internet is the ability to store and retrieve quantum information in a reliable and repeatable way.

One way to do… read more

Storing Solar Power Efficiently

September 27, 2007

Thermal-power plants could solve some of the problems with solar power outages by turning sunlight into steam and storing heat for cloudy days.

Storing solar, wind, and water energy underground could replace burning fuel

November 23, 2015

WWS solution

Stanford and UC Berkeley researchers have a solution to the problem of storing energy from wind, water and solar power overnight (or in inclement weather): store it underground. The system could result in a reliable, affordable national grid, replacing fossil fuel, they believe.

How it would work

  • Summer heat gathered in rooftop solar collectors could be stored in soil or rocks and used for heating

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Storytelling 2.0: Open your books to augmented reality

November 18, 2010

Augmented reality (AR) books typically use a webcam and custom software to make animations appear on a live screen image of a book.

Strains on Nature Are Growing, Report Says

March 30, 2005

Humans are damaging the planet at a rapid rate and raising risks of abrupt collapses in nature that could spur disease, deforestation or “dead zones” in the seas, the international Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report says.

Strange food for thought

June 17, 2004

The brain-gain revolution is already under way. But will these “neural enhancement” drugs turn us into Einsteins or Frankensteins?

Streaming CES: How We Did It

January 10, 2011

TechCrunch TV has revealed how it managed to provide more than 20 hours of live CES video coverage, using backpack systems instead of a satellite truck with or special expensive (and fixed-location) video fiber circuit.

“We used a LiveU mobile package provided by our live streaming partner, Ustream. The livepack fits in a custom designed backpack. It takes a firewire input containing video and audio from a… read more

Streaming video could strain Internet’s capacity

December 3, 2010

A report by Internet network management firm Sandvine estimates that as much as 43 percent of peak Internet traffic is eaten up by real time entertainment, mostly streaming video. As that grows rapidly, it imperils the ability to pipe entertainment to neighborhoods.

Netflix traffic alone makes up more than 17 percent of the data on the Web.

Street-fighting robot challenge announced

January 26, 2007

Nanoscale “drum skins” have been created using one-atom-thick sheets of graphene. The layers of the material vibrate when electrified, an effect that could ultimately be used to make sensors capable of weighing single atoms, one at a time.

Strength is but skin deep at the nanoscale

March 4, 2008

University of Pennsylvania engineers studying models of nanoscale wires have found that while metals tend to be stronger at nanoscale volumes, their strengths saturate at around 10-50 nanometers diameter, at which point they also become more sensitive to temperature and strain rate.

Nanoscale materials with relatively large surface areas are now routinely employed in microchips and nanoscience and technology, and their mechanical properties can differ greatly from their macroscale… read more

Strengthening fragile forests of carbon nanotubes

October 31, 2012

A carbon-nanotube forest (credit: BYU)


Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have created stronger microstructures that can form precise, tall and narrow 3-D shapes for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

MEMS are ultra-tiny devices, often built on the scale of microns (millionths of a meter). Conventional MEMS structures tend to be made out of silicon-based materials familiar to the micro-electronics industry, but this ignores a suite of useful materials such… read more

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