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How scientists managed to store information in a single atom

IBM research

IBM Research - Almaden (San Jose, Calif.)

View of a holmium atom.

In the quest to shrink data storage down into tinier and tinier forms, scientists have scored a very, very small triumph.

They did it by creating what’s essentially an incredibly diminutive magnet: It’s just one atom in size, and while it’s not going to be

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