In the first, IBM scientists have shown that a single atom can hold its magnetic direction, which proves it may be suitable for storing the “1s” and “0s” that make up computing storage. According to IBM, this work puts scientists one step closer to storing data in single atoms, which, while still many years away, could lead to the capability to store 30,000 movies in a device the size of an iPod and new kinds of devices nobody has imagined yet.

IBM Unveils Two Major Nanotechnology Breakthroughs

In the second breakthrough, IBM scientists have observed “logic switching” inside a single-molecule, the first time this has been observed where the molecule’s outer frame is not disrupted, a step which IBM says is significant to building computing elements at the molecular scale.

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