Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A Single Atom?

Researchers at IBM discovered how to store information on a single atom, The Wall Street Journal reports. But that doesn’t mean your business can count on microscopic disk-drives capable of storing nearly infinite amounts of data any time soon. The IBM method only works when the atom is cooled to 459 degrees below zero, which is a little impractical for the office. Nonetheless, it is an important breakthrough for nanotechnology and it could have commercial implications in about a decade or so.