ATG Quirkies: Superman’s “Memory Crystals” Come to Life

Even Superman might be blown away by this news from the scientists at the University of Southampton!

Apparently, they have taken “a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years.” According to this post “now, major documents from human history such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton’s Opticks, Magna Carta and Kings James Bible, have been saved as digital copies that could survive the human race.”

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But aside from enabling eons of data storage, the sophisticated science behind this development has some very practical implications.  The new technology is “a very stable and safe form of portable memory”and could be “highly useful for organizations with big archives, such as national archives, museums and libraries, to preserve their information and records.”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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