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Molecular Storage Could Stuff 500,000,000 (Gasp) ,000,000 Bytes Into An iPod Shuffle

By Evan Ackerman

Having problems cramming those last few tracks of Blood Sledge Electric Death Chickens onto your iPod? Never fear, technology is here (almost), with some sort of molecular storage scheme dreamed up by a crazy (and most probably a little drunk) Scotsman named Lee Cronin at the University of Glasgow:

“What we have done is find a way to potentially increase the data storage capabilities in a radical way. We have been able to assemble a functional nanocluster that incorporates two electron donating groups, and position them precisely 0.32 nm apart so that they can form a totally new type of molecular switching device.

Molecule sized switches would lead to increasing data storage to say 4 Petabits per square inch… The fact these switches work on carbon means that they could be embedded in plastic chips so silicon is not needed and the system becomes much more flexible both physically and technologically.”

A storage density of 500,000 gigabytes per inch means that a device the size of an iPod shuffle would be able to store the entire iTunes music catalog. Fifteen times over. Playing non-stop, that amount of music would last you the rest of your life, even if you live to be about 700 years old. When can it be yours? Probably about 700 years from now, but until then, you can disappoint yourself with holographic storage instead.

[ Cronin Group ] VIA [ Electricpig ]







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  • ac

    hmm, assuming he's a crazy drunk because he's scottish? well done!

    *claps sarcastically*

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com/ Evan

    For the record, I myself am Scottish and NOT crazy drunk most of the time.

  • http://www.zarattini.com Fernando Zarattini

    it remainds me to a bok i'm reading: ” the turing option” by harry harrison & marvin minsky!
    cool job here at ohgizmo! keep up the good work! I'm reading ohgizmo since 2 or 3 years now!
    cheers from italy!

  • http://colossalstorage.net mthomas

    Molecular Nanotechnology storage already working and now moving from lab
    to the production floor.

    http://colossalstorage.net

  • http://colossalstorage.net mthomas

    Molecular Nanotechnology storage already working and now moving from lab
    to the production floor.

    http://colossalstorage.net

  • flexiblefire

    Where did you hear about “Blood Sledge Electric Death Chickens” and can you direct me to a source for their music?
    I found one of their discs in a doller bin, a dead home page, dead myspace, and numerous reference on strange band name lists.
    This page is one of the few references to this mystery band I can find. If you have no information regarding the music of the “Death Chickens” i apologize for wasting your comment space feel free to delete this off topic message.

  • flexiblefire

    Where did you hear about “Blood Sledge Electric Death Chickens” and can you direct me to a source for their music?
    I found one of their discs in a doller bin, a dead home page, dead myspace, and numerous reference on strange band name lists.
    This page is one of the few references to this mystery band I can find. If you have no information regarding the music of the “Death Chickens” i apologize for wasting your comment space feel free to delete this off topic message.

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com/ Evan Ackerman

    Wow, I'd kinda like to hear what's on that disc, actually… I'm sorry to say that I found their name on one of those strange band name lists myself. But, if you find out any more info, please let me know. Wish I had more to offer you, and good luck.

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com/ Evan Ackerman

    Wow, I'd kinda like to hear what's on that disc, actually… I'm sorry to say that I found their name on one of those strange band name lists myself. But, if you find out any more info, please let me know. Wish I had more to offer you, and good luck.

  • eric9999

    Hello,

    The blood sledge electric death chickens are a band from Howell, Michigan they are mostly a punk band. They will be having a reunion show in detroit on dec 12th

  • eric9999

    Hello,

    The Blood Sledge Electric Death Chickens are a band from Howell, Michigan

    They are going to be performing a reunion show on December 12th in detroit

  • genothechicken

    You can go to our facebook page [just search for us there. i'm sure there is only one bsedc] or go to bloodsledgeelectricdeathchickens.tripod.com for more info.
    -Geno from BSEDC

  • genothechicken

    You can go to our facebook page [just search for us there. i'm sure there is only one bsedc] or go to bloodsledgeelectricdeathchickens.tripod.com for more info.
    -Geno from BSEDC