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Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data

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Polypropylene polymer chain

Molecular data storage?

Credit: Laguna Design/Science Photo Library

One day your hard drive could just be a pile of plastic. Researchers have coded a word into short chains of plastic molecules, which could be used as a space-saving way to store our mountains of data—or even to reveal counterfeit goods.

From New Scientist
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