Thursday, May 4, 2006


Storage devices will be made of water

`Boffins at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Harvard University have come up with an idea for a storage device which involves some nano-structures and a bit of water.

Normally if you tip water over your computer, you msy get an electric shock and your computer will keel over and die, but the boffins have worked out that you can get stable ferroelectricity in nanostructures by terminating their surfaces with traces of water.

[..] It means that if the technique was applied to store data, it would be possible to have more than 100,000 terabits per cubic centimetre.’

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