The technology company IBM have successfully come up with a way to store a lot of data on a single atom. The research to make this possible was carried out at the Almaden Lab in California.
To find out if it was possible to use an atom for data storage, the researchers were successful when they used magnesium oxide for a surface of an atom of holmium. This success will mean that about 35 million songs or the equivalent to this amount of data will be stored on devices as small as a credit card in the future. This could also lead to more powerful technology which is smaller in size than technology which is already available.