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Futurism.com: New Discovery Breaks Boundaries of Data Storage

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Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 09:24 AM

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have reportedly demonstrated strange magnetic behavior which could greatly improve data storage methods,

Currently, "data is read and written one bit at a time — a feat accomplished by altering the placement of magnetic particles. Instead, this new method manipulates “skyrmions” — virtual particles made of small disturbances in the orientation of this magnetism — by using electric fields," Futurism.com reports.

These “particles” can store data for much longer than traditional methods.

In new research reported in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, a breakthough was made.

Geoffrey Beach, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, led the original study which first documented the existence of skyrmions in 2016. In this new study, "he has demonstrated, for the first time, that it’s possible to create the virtual particles in specific locations (when previously documented, the particles’ location was entirely random). This most recent development is what will be key in creating improved data storage systems."

Meanwhile, Facebook Inc. will by shut down in Russia next year if it fails to comply with requirements to store user data locally, according to the head of Russia’s state communications watchdog, Bloomberg reported.

"The law is mandatory for everyone," Alexander Zharov told reporters Tuesday. Roskomnadzor will be forcing foreign internet companies to comply or shut down in the country.

President Vladimir Putin signed a law in 2014 that requires global internet firms to store personal data of Russian clients on local servers. Companies ranging from Alphabet Inc.’s Google to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd complied, while others like Twitter Inc. demanded extra time to evaluate the economic feasibility of doing so.

In November, Roskomnadzor ordered Russian carriers to block access to LinkedIn Corp., citing non-compliance with the law on personal data storage.

Russia is seeking to cut dependence on foreign technology amid political tensions with the U.S. It has been developing a secure messenger to replace WhatsApp for government officials and tried to make its Internet less dependent on foreign communications nodes.

(Newsmax wires services contributed to this report).

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