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Molecular Memory: Small Molecules Could Be the Future of Data Storage

News   May 03, 2019 | Original story from the Wyss Institute

 
Molecular Memory: Small Molecules Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Harvard University’s Information Services center has racks and racks of computer storage and computer power. The Whitesides team’s new chemical storage method (illustrated on top) requires far less space and no energy input to store massive amounts of data. Claude Elwood Shannon (bottom left) was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as “the father of information theory”. Hokusai’s print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is an appropriate choice for one of the Whitesides group’s first recorded images: A tsunami of information. Credits: Justin Ide/Harvard University News Office (top image); Photograph of Claude Shannon by Alfred Eisenstaedt / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty (bottom left image).

 
 
 

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