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Old 12-16-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Hitachi Engineers have developed a new data storage system utilizing Quartz Glass.

A Femtosecond Laser carves data as code at 40 MB per square inch; about the same as a CD disc.

The Glass is both heat and water resistant and is read by an optical microscope.

Reminds me of Spock in the Original Star Trek series carting around glass like computer storage "cubes".

Hitachi Data Glass: New Glass-Based Data Storage System Would Last For 100 Million Years

Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years ? The Register

Hitachi unveils quartz-based storage, data may last 100 million years - TechSpot

Ultrashort pulse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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If you were a fan of Babylon 5, you'd know that they carried around these crystals as the primary method of data storage. Makes sense - a pinchful of salt contains more information-processing and potentially storage potential than all the world's computers and hard drives combined. It's just how to control the information in the sub-nano-meter range that is difficult.

Anyways, cool story! Reminded me of the Crusade show about an alien who had taken the sum total of his race's knowledge into a handful of "high compression" data crystals and was willing to sell it to the highest bidder.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:59 PM
 
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Shades of 2001

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Old 12-25-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Crystal memory allows efficient storage of quantum information in light | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

SciNewsBlog: Scientists develop million-year data storage system

A Million-Year Hard Disk - ScienceNOW
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