Scientists have stored more than 1,000 bits of information on a molecule and extracted it again.
According to the New Scientist, the information was stored on the atom for just a tenth of a second, but is a major step towards atomic memory.
Researchers from the chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Oklahoma used a single liquid crystal molecule as their data storage medium.
By manipulating the spin states of the protons in the molecule's 19 hydrogen atoms with a pulse of radio waves made up of 1,024 different frequencies, they stored 1,024 bits of information.
The information represented an image 32 pixels square which was retrieved by using an electromagnetic blast at slightly different frequencies.
This allowed the image to be decoded by reading the change in spin states.
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