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A new technique demonstrated by researchers at the University of Southampton lets us store data virtually forever, using sheets of nano-structured glass. The technology would be especially valuable for museums and other archivists who want to preserve information for centuries. The researchers claim it could store data for over one million years, while withstanding heat of up to 1000°C.
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Other discussion thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1408743/kitguru-superman-memory-crystal-could-store-hundreds-of-terabytes/0_20
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To be clear, it's 5 recording dimensions. Not 5 physical dimensions.

Cuz then I'd be like whoa bigeyedsmiley.png
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I don't understand. It is well known in scientific circles that glass is a liquid. They have seen evidence of this in glass windows in very old churches and the like, the glass actually runs as if it was water, just extremely slowly.

How can they use glass sheets to store information for millions of years, if the glass will eventually run and corrupt the stored data?

EDIT: Nevermind, turns out they recently proved it's not liquid. http://io9.com/the-glass-is-a-liquid-myth-has-finally-been-destroyed-496190894
Edited by Captain Lolburger - 7/16/13 at 6:44pm
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Originally Posted by Captain Lolburger View Post

I don't understand. It is well known in scientific circles that glass is a liquid. They have seen evidence of this in glass windows in very old churches and the like, the glass actually runs as if it was water, just extremely slowly.

How can they use glass sheets to store information for millions of years, if the glass will eventually run and corrupt the stored data?

EDIT: Nevermind, turns out they recently proved it's not liquid. http://io9.com/the-glass-is-a-liquid-myth-has-finally-been-destroyed-496190894

Even if glass were a liquid, that is just normal glass we are talking about, as it was believed to be a "liquid" because of how it forms naturally. so theoretically if that were the case, it would not apply to glass that has been engineered at a microscopic scale thumb.gif
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