bednarz writes: "Scientists have demonstrated what is being called the "ultimate miniaturization of computer memory," storing data for nearly two seconds in the nucleus of an atom. This is a key step in the development of quantum computers, according to the National Science Foundation. Using a new technique, an international team of scientists demonstrated that information stored in the nucleus has a lifetime of about 1 ¾ seconds, the NSF http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_images.jsp?cntn_id=112538&org=NSF says. "This is significant because before this technique was developed, the longest researchers could preserve quantum information in silicon was less than one-tenth of a second. Other researchers studying quantum computing recently calculated that if a quantum system could store information for at least one second, error correction techniques could then protect that data for an indefinite period of time.""
"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the
sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment."
-- Richard P. Feynman