Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Thu, 21st Mar 2013

The Future of Digital Storage

A CD (c) Luis Fernández García

What the future holds for digital data storage goes under the spotlight this week - how can we ensure that what we record today - on film, discs or up in the cloud - remains readable for years to come? Plus, news of what the Planck probe has revealed about the early Universe, giant squid, an update from the Mars Curiosity mission, eye implants and nanoparticles to track stem cells...

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  • 01:04 - Pushing forward with Planck

    An analysis of data collected by the Planck Telescope supports a period of rapid expansion shortly after the big bang...

  • 06:17 - Genetics solves Giant Squid Mystery

    The enigmatic, tentacled beast that sparked the legend of the kraken has revealed its secrets to a team of Danish geneticists...

  • 10:37 - Getting 'Curious' About Mars Data

    In the 7 months since it landed the Curiosity rover has rolled 738 meters but one small step for a rover has been a giant scoop for mankind

  • 14:09 - Repairing Eyes With Plastic

    Researchers in Italy have managed to restore light sensitivity to rat retinas using an inorganic polymer...

  • 17:08 - Nanoparticle stem cell ultrasound label

    A way to label up stem cells so that they can be seen on ultrasound, MRI and microscope scans has been revealed by scientists in the US.

  • 19:56 - Wide Angle 3D Screens

    Glasses-free 3D screens normally have to be viewed from a specific angle. Now a team from HP Labs have overcome this problem for mobiles...

  • 40:34 - Storing Digital Data Inside Glass

    Store and ignore formats are hard to come by for digital data. Now a team at Harvard university have managed to store data within glass...

  • 47:49 - Data Compression

    PhD student Christian Steinruecken discusses his work on data compression...

  • 54:41 - Could we cope without computers?

    We rely increasingly on computer networks. If a solar storm or malicious virus hit the network, could our current civilisation dependency on computer networks be damaged irreversibly?



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