Saturday, July 19, 2008

A DVD that holds 50 TERABYTES????

Hm. Plants react to light.

How about creating a digital storage disc that exploits a certain plant protein that changes when it's exposed to light? The original protein is a 0, the altered protein a 1.
"The star at the centre of the high-capacity DVD is a light-activated protein found in the membrane of a salt marsh microbe Halobacterium salinarum."

Who says curiosity-driven research is a waste? Bet the guys who discovered this little microbe weren't looking for a way to make their hard drive obsolete.

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