Could salt be a future storage device?
Researchers at University of Edinburgh have worked on creating the perfect crystals out of salt. A process not easily accomplished.
By using two low-energy lasers, they managed to make use of an old discovery found years ago, that light can be used to create a crystal formation.
The researchers believe they can use this technique to improve traditional methods of optical data storage devices of up to 100 times more than we have today. One terabyte of data could be in the size of a sugarcube.
However, there’s still so much work left to be done that it’s currently unknown when we can expect to see salt “being a part” of our storage devices:
“There is much work to be done before these crystals can be used in practical applications such as optical storage, but we believe they have significant potential.”
Dr. Andy Alexander, University of Edingburgh
4 thoughts on “Some Salt With That Camera, To Store Your Photos On?”
Imagine web server companies switching over to salt instead of HD disks.. “Now with much more disk space than ever before!” 😀
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So when we’re running out of salt in the future, we can simply “scratch” away our storage for some saltiness! Sweet! er I mean, Salty!
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Hehe, good one 🙂 Lets just hope we don’t run out of salt anytime soon. I wouldn’t wanna eat my eggs without salt, thats for sure.
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It never ceases to amaze me how technology can make use out of something so simple and turn it into so useful