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IBM Makes World’s First Atomic Film
2013-05-01 11:10:17

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Every now and then, it´s fun to show off and remind the world just what you´re capable of. IBM has done that today by releasing what they´re calling the “World´s Smallest Movie,” a short film composed entirely with atoms. As if this weren´t enough, the movie is also accompanied by another series of movies wherein the IBM team explains how they were able to manipulate individual atoms to do...

How Many Atoms Does It Take To Store A Memory Bit?
2012-01-13 09:46:22

Researchers at International Business Machines (IBM) have discovered how to store a bit of information in just 12 atoms, a process that usually requires the use of a million or more atoms. The technique, reported in the journal Science, is based on ferromagnetism and could allow for even smaller, faster and more energy-efficient devices in the future. “The chip industry will continue its pursuit of incremental scaling in semiconductor technology but, as components continue to...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.