Harvard researchers successfully encoded an entire book on strands of DNA and were able to read it back. By translating binary code into combinations of the 4 types of nucleic acids that make up DNA, the team converted the digital book into 55,000 strands, so that billions of copies could fit in a single test tube and last for centuries. The possibilities of DNA as data storage mean a device as small as your thumb could contain as much information as the entire internet.
In other news, pop-up hotels are all the rage, and Netflix now auto-streams the next episode before the current one is finished. See the headlines after the jump.
• Future of Data: Encoded in DNA | The Wall Street Journal
• Pop Up Goes the Luxe Hotel | The Wall Street Journal
• Netflix's New Post-Play Feature Is Like Chain-Smoking For "Lost" Fans | Fast Company
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