The significance of the finding points to developments in a new class of nanomaterials. The next generation of memory chips and disc drives will likely do more than those currently in use, but also will use less power.
Prior to this result, advanced magnetic storage required at least one million atoms to store a digital 1 or 0. This breakthrough could result in a major race among researchers and laboratories in developing smaller and smaller memory storage media.
According to IBM, this accomplishment is possible because the atoms used are antiferromagnetic. This is rare in that each of the atoms in the cluster of 12 has an opposed magnetic orientation.
For additional information and coverage, see this New York Times story.
And last but not least, our video of the week (VOTW).
Next month Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, will compete in the official Jeopardy contest with titans of trivia Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Last week IBM and Jeopardy offered a quick teaser of that match, with the three contestants completing all three categories at lightning speed. Not a single question was answered incorrectly, and at the end of the match Watson, who answers questions with a cold computer voice and telegraphs his certainty with simple color changes on his “avatar,” was ahead with $4,400, Ken had $3,400 and Brad had $1,200.
Engadget has a video of the match, along with an interview with David Gondek, an engineer on the project.
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