A Superman-inspired memory crystal can store data until the end of civilization.
This computer memory crystal can store digital information in five dimensions: the three dimensions of space and two extra dimensions of crystal lattice.
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Developed in Britain, the crystal is made of fused quartz that comes from almost pure silica, a stable material. To store data, a high-speed laser light is used to etch information into the crystal's surface, which can withstand temperatures up to 1832 degrees Fahrenheit.
Under normal conditions, the crystal is stable and would remain unchanged for at least a million years, Zhang told The Independent.
The crystal can hold up to 360 terabytes of data, which would typically take about half a million conventional CDs.
According to The Independent, Jingyzu Zhang and colleagues at Southampton University compare the glass memory to the memory crystal used by Superman to store his parents' data archives.
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Zhang believes the crystal's super powers could be a real benefit to museums or other places that are looking to preserve troves of information.
"It is thrilling to think that we have created the first document which will likely survive the human race. This technology can secure the last evidence of civilisation. All we've learnt will not be forgotten," Professor Peter Kazanksy told The Independent.
via The Independent