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Data Saved In Quartz Glass Might Last 300 Million Years
Scientific American ^ | 1/6/13 | Timothy Hornyak

Posted on 01/06/2013 9:04:59 PM PST by LibWhacker

Most cultural institutions and research laboratories still rely on magnetic tape to archive their collections. Hitachi recently announced that it has developed a medium that can outlast not only this old-school format but also CDs, DVDs, hard drives and MP3s.

The electronics giant partnered with Kyoto University's Kiyotaka Miura to develop “semiperpetual” slivers of quartz glass that Hitachi says can preserve information for hundreds of millions of years with virtually no degradation.

The prototype is made of a square of quartz two centimeters wide and two millimeters thick. It houses four layers of dots that are created with a femtosecond laser, which produces extremely short pulses of light. The dots represent information in binary form, a standard that should be comprehensible even in the distant future and can be read with a basic optical microscope. Because the layers are embedded, surface erosion would not affect them.

The medium has a storage density slightly better than that of a CD. Additional layers could be added, which would increase the density. But the medium is more remarkable for its durability. It is waterproof and resistant to chemicals and weathering, and it was undamaged when exposed to 1,000-degree heat for two hours in a test. The results of that experiment led Hitachi to conclude that the quartz data could last hundreds of eons.

“If both readers and writers can be produced at a reasonable price, this has the potential to greatly change archival storage systems,” says Ethan Miller, director for the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The medium could be ideal for safekeeping a civilization's most vital information, museum holdings or sacred texts. The question is whether the world as we know it would even last that long. “Pangaea broke up less than several hundred million years ago,” Miller adds. “Many quartz-based rocks from that time are now sand on our beaches—how would this quartz medium fare any differently?”


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: 300000000; data; hitech; piezoelectric; quartz; resonant; stringtheory; xplanets; years
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1 posted on 01/06/2013 9:05:07 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

In before the Indiana Jones reference.


2 posted on 01/06/2013 9:08:02 PM PST by ConservativeChris (I feel like Marvin Boggs!)
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To: LibWhacker

Fascinating.
Quartz lasts the test of time and it does sing.


3 posted on 01/06/2013 9:09:03 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SunkenCiv

OPI. Ping.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 9:09:26 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ConservativeChris
In before the Indiana Jones reference.

In before the Superman / Krypton reference.

5 posted on 01/06/2013 9:12:34 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: LibWhacker; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Well, my 8-track tape of Montana Slim can last a 100 years too, but find a reader or anyone who remembers and wants to hear Montana!


6 posted on 01/06/2013 9:14:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: LibWhacker

It is of note that the entire data world we take for granted now falls back on the lowly quartz crystal for its piezoelectric quality’s.

A small bit of quartz stimulated with voltage sings and becomes a clock to clock all our digital data.

Lord your world is so wonderful.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 9:17:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LibWhacker

Awesome! I’ll never lose my Jersey Shore episodes now!


9 posted on 01/06/2013 9:17:48 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: LibWhacker
300 Million Years? You might want to factor in the current Obamanation Regime:


10 posted on 01/06/2013 9:19:15 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: LibWhacker

CAIR and other Muslim apologists will be greatly displeased witth data storage on quartz. Muslims burned libraries everywhere they went, whenever they could.

Imagine a Goat F*cker, oops, Muslim trying to burn quartz.

;-)


11 posted on 01/06/2013 9:19:27 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: LibWhacker
They'll be watching the Honeymooners in 300 million years!


12 posted on 01/06/2013 9:20:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Tzar

Yes, but synthetic diamond is becoming more common. Relatively cheap 20X20X2 mm clear pieces are well within the realm of possibility before the end of the decade.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 9:21:12 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Slim Who?


14 posted on 01/06/2013 9:21:12 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LibWhacker; SunkenCiv
Interesting.

As a (retired) chip-maker, I've often wondered if we should look for a form of sub-micron communications from previous or alien intelligent sources?

I contributed to the making of chips that are about to leave the solar system on the Voyager space craft. I wonder where they'll be 100 million years from now? Will someone find them one day?

SunkenCiv, want to get a SEM and begin doing some micro archaeology?

15 posted on 01/06/2013 9:23:43 PM PST by blam
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To: Revolting cat!

On The Moon!

Pow!


16 posted on 01/06/2013 9:25:52 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Revolting cat!

I just went to YouTube. He yodels too. You can keep your 8-trac though. I don’t want it.


19 posted on 01/06/2013 9:31:44 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Tzar

2 mm thick, 120 mm Ø optically clear diamond is already on the market:

http://www.diamond-materials.com/EN/products/disks_films_membranes/disks.htm


20 posted on 01/06/2013 9:33:16 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Dude. 8-track is planned obsolescence. The tape rubs against itself internally and eventually the lubricant wears out and then you got no Montana Slim.

Get it onto a cassette, pronto.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 9:36:58 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: LibWhacker

BOOKbumpBOOK


22 posted on 01/06/2013 9:37:09 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (That Queer Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: GladesGuru

>> oops, Muslim

Nah, you had it right the first time.


23 posted on 01/06/2013 9:39:17 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Why?

:)


24 posted on 01/06/2013 9:42:15 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Tzar

More likely L. Ron Hubbard’s The Tech™ will go Diamond first!


26 posted on 01/06/2013 9:43:49 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Tzar
There is also a company which makes diamonds out of cremated remains.

Egad. 300 million years from now some bug-eyed monster will hold up a glittering object in its tentacle and say "This is BilltheDrill, and this is his porn." It's sort of like immortality.

27 posted on 01/06/2013 9:45:24 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: blam
I contributed to the making of chips that are about to leave the solar system on the Voyager space craft. I wonder where they'll be 100 million years from now? Will someone find them one day?
Yep.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 9:46:43 PM PST by Bratch
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To: LibWhacker; ShadowAce; SunkenCiv; blam; Marine_Uncle; SierraWasp; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; ...
Don't know how long the MDisc will last but it is available today:

Found this:

M-Disc holds your data 'forever,' we go hands-on for a few minutes (video) Hands-on


29 posted on 01/06/2013 9:47:18 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Tzar

Only until she’s 33...


32 posted on 01/06/2013 10:00:00 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Interesting. Time for me to sign off Ernest. Do have a safe healthy upcoming day.


33 posted on 01/06/2013 10:04:24 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: GladesGuru

CAIR and other Muslim apologists will be greatly displeased witth data storage on quartz. Muslims burned libraries everywhere they went, whenever they could.

Imagine a Goat F*cker, oops, Muslim trying to burn quartz.

;-)

“If the library contains the quaran, burn it as we already have a copy, if any books are not the Quaran, burn them as they are not the Quaran...” - Quote some SOB mooslimb general...


34 posted on 01/06/2013 10:24:22 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Revolting cat!

I have the pack of matches to center it in the player. ;-)


35 posted on 01/06/2013 10:36:02 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: LibWhacker
Hitachi recently announced that it has developed a medium that can outlast not only this old-school format but also CDs, DVDs, hard drives and MP3s.

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

Any idiot knows MP3s have nothing to do with CDs, DVDs, hard drives, nor any other means of data storage. MP3s are collections of bits. Data storage is where bits are kept. Period.

36 posted on 01/06/2013 10:45:59 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: blam

ARF! We had the same idea. Wonder where the areas for the best candidates are?

Be funny if you found a common crystal scattered about, and all they said were “DON’T LET YOUR EXCHANGE CLASS SELL YOU ON THE USE OF CELLULOSE BASED SHEETS OF MATERIAL AS AN UNBACKED EXCHANGE MEDIUM!”


37 posted on 01/07/2013 12:12:22 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: GraceG

38 posted on 01/07/2013 12:26:06 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Tzar

i think when the aliens hear the recording of joy behar reading “the vagina monologues” that will be the end of us all. /sarc


39 posted on 01/07/2013 12:53:12 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO5vfudqWw8

Who wouldn’t want to hear it. Now preserverd forever in ‘The Cloud’


40 posted on 01/07/2013 1:08:53 AM PST by Jim from C-Town
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To: LibWhacker

Human race won’t be around in 2 million years.


41 posted on 01/07/2013 1:22:56 AM PST by Morris70
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To: Morris70

Hard to say that for certain, but that’s the way to bet.


42 posted on 01/07/2013 3:45:15 AM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Tzar
Perhaps a diamond could last even longer.

Enough heat and diamond turns into a lump of graphite.

43 posted on 01/07/2013 5:11:42 AM PST by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: LibWhacker
Hitachi recently announced that it has developed a medium that can outlast not only this old-school format but also CDs, DVDs, hard drives and MP3s.

Um...what? Since when are MP3s a storage medium?

44 posted on 01/07/2013 5:15:53 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Morris70
Human race won’t be around in 2 million years.

And ants will still be ants, with no interest whatsoever in DVD's.......

45 posted on 01/07/2013 5:20:25 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Revolting cat!
They'll be watching the Honeymooners in 300 million years!

Yes, but since we have the best congress money can buy, it will still be under copyright!

46 posted on 01/07/2013 6:38:11 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Um...what? Since when are MP3s a storage medium?

More like a specification for how data is ordered.

As a means for explaining data sizes to people, it is a useful construct.

I used to use the Bible. The KJV in ASCII is about 5 meg. Take the total size and divide by 5M, and people could actually comprehend approximately how much space that actually is. Works about the same for mp3s. I think most companies estimate about 5M per mp3 when they say a player will hold "10,000 songs" or some such.

47 posted on 01/07/2013 6:48:44 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: zeugma

I agree with you as using it for a relatable measuring stick, but they listed it with actual storage mediums. The author can’t NOT know what an MP3 is, right?


48 posted on 01/07/2013 8:55:53 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Don’t know how long the MDisc will last but it is available today:
Found this:

M-Disc holds your data ‘forever,’ we go hands-on for a few minutes (video) Hands-on


Video’s removed from site...

Go here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1zKZISYjZU&feature=player_embedded


50 posted on 01/07/2013 10:51:42 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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