So this happened. A new type of memory chip went up in the space shuttle Atlantis as part of an experiment. The astronauts opened the giant doors and exposed the cargo bay to the expanse of space. Gamma radiation, cosmic rays, extreme cold followed by intense heat as the shuttle does a “rotisserie roll,” and any number of random magnetic fields all failed to affect the little memory chip. It came back with its contents intact, because it’s a nonvolatile device. With a difference.
The chip in question was designed by Nantero (Woburn, Mass.) and is based on carbon nanotubes. Yup, we’re well into the 21st Century now, where we bend – literally, bend – the matter of the universe to our will. We harness the power of subatomic physics, space travel, and van der Waals’ force (whatever that is) so that we can store more selfies on our cell phones. Ain’t science grand?
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