North Carolina State researchers have made a big breakthrough in data storage tech, and it’s all thanks to some very tiny dots. Using nanodots – tiny nanoscale magnets – the team has manufactured chips that can hold an unprecedented amount of information using surprisingly little real estate. Each dot contains a single bit of data; a one square-inch chip can store over one billion pages of information.
Are you reading this on your laptop? Are you ready to roll that laptop up and put it in your pocket? As we told you the other day, scientists revealed flexible coatings filled with e-ink that will turn just about any surface into a screen. Now other components of computers are breaking free from their silicon backbones and getting stretched. Next up: memory chips.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.