IBM stores data on a single atom

What good is a single atom these days?

Well, aside from being essential for, I dunno, most everything, you can now store data on one. That is right, store data on a single atom. But how did researchers achieve that?

In IT Blogwatch, we jump on the miniaturization bandwagon.

What is going on? Mike Wehner has some background:

IBM…announced…that it…successfully managed to store data on a single atom,…an achievement that could potentially change the way storage devices are developed in the future…modern hard drives utilize roughly 100,000 atoms to store a single bit, so shrinking things down to the size of just one atom is obviously a massive achievement.

Remind us what a bit of data exactly is again? Michael Irving has that info:

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