Amit Nagarkar helped develop a data-storage system that uses fluorescent dyes. Credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff
In the digital age, every byte of data needs to go somewhere—and preferably stay there a long time. That last part is a major problem when it comes to data-storage systems, which typically last less than 20 years. A group of Harvard chemists is trying to solve the issue with an innovation that resembles tiny drops of ink.
In a new paper in ACS Central Science, researchers from the George Whitesides lab describe a novel storage approach that uses mixtures of seven commercially available …