Science Marches On: Glass-Based Computer Storage, Graphene Dangers

on Monday, Jul. 15th

If you're getting as bored with gadget based tech reporting as I have, then you might want to pay attention to the breakthroughs that are happening in materials research.

Every month there seems to be new breakthroughs with graphene, which researchers now believe could boost internet speeds. Unfortunately it is also proving to be toxic to human tissue. Which is why we might not see super-fast charging phone batteries on the market anytime soon.

Maybe we'll have better luck with "5D Data Storage" in "nanostructured" glass.

Just writing that makes me feel all futuristic. From CNET:

In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as 360TB per disc data capacity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures up to 1,832 Fahrenheit.

Luckily lasers can still heat things up past the boiling point of steel, so even if we equip artificial intelligences with the glass storage we'll still be able to kill their brains with lasers.

What? I'm thinking ahead.

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