In the Future: DNA as Data Storage

Design News 08.17.12

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

(Image: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

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