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Tiny Abacus Points to New Devices

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Science  15 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5290, pp. 1079-1080
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5290.1079

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IBM researchers have crafted a nanoscale abacus out of spherical buckyballs lined up along a steplike edge on a copper surface. The device represents the first time scientists have succeeded in using individual molecules to store numerical information at room temperatures, and it points the way to a new generation of computer chips and disc drives.