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Superman's "memory crystals" have flown out of the realm of fiction into fact now that boffins have found a way to store 50GB of data in a disc of glass no bigger than the screen of a basic mobile phone.
Originally posted by IntegratedInstigator
Isnt glass really a fluid though?
even today, the most advanced microprocessor chips have so many transistors that it is impractical to supply power to all of them at the same time. Source
If you want to talk microscopically, then you can call glass a fluid. But people understandably tend to think that if it's a fluid, it flows. It's that notion that's false."Stokes has recently proved with detailed calculations that old windows could not have flowed perceptibly. Source
The magic would disappear with the battery charge, that's the problem of many of today's technologies.
Originally posted by wastedownIf I took my Android phone back in time 200 years I'd be a God or a witch, it could not be differentiated from Magic to the people of that time
The researchers said the potential new memory, which promises to be cheaper, may also have possible applications in optical manipulation as well as medical imaging.
“This enables more precise laser material processing, optical manipulation of atom-sized objects, ultra-high resolution imaging and potentially, table-top particle accelerators. Information can be written, wiped and rewritten into the molecular structure of the glass using a laser," the University said
Also, the researchers said that at sufficient intensities, ultra-short laser pulses can be used to imprint tiny dots (like 3D pixels) called “voxels" in glass
“We have improved the quality and fabrication time and we have developed this five-dimensional memory, which means that data can be stored on the glass and last forever. No one has ever done this before," said Martynas Beresna, lead researcher for the project.no-glass' eyed as new computer memory
Recently hailed by Life magazine as one of the medical breakthroughs for the 21st century, Voxel's medical holograms give doctors a 3-D view of the human body. A hologram of a CT or MRI scan would allow brain surgeons, for example, to measure the exact size, depth, and location of a tumor.Holograms Go Futuristic