Welcome to the fifth dimension, where data is stored on crystals

Credit: Warner Bros.

It sounds like a bunch of sci-fi hullabaloo, but data storage has just crossed into the fifth dimension. That's right: the dimension sometimes referred to by physicists as the fabric of spacetime can now be harnessed to store you cat videos. And they've done it with frikkin' lasers and quartz.

Basically, science just created Superman's data crystals and they're gonna last forever. And we don't mean "forever" as in "ugh, my progress bar is taking forever," but the real end of time kind of forever. Bare minimum, these things will hold up for a million years. As group supervisor Peter Kazansky states: "it is thrilling to think that we have created the first document which will likely survive the human race. This technology can secure the last evidence of civilization: all we've learnt will not be forgotten."

If timeless, fifth dimensional storage written into quartz isn't cool enough for you, then check out the storage capacity on these suckers: a single crystal disc can store up to 360 terabytes of data. That's a lot of cat videos.

University of Southampton, via Eurekalert

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