Scientists have long spoken about the possibility of using the natural spin of electrons as digital storage—but it's never been a reality because of the transient nature of the effect. Now, though, IBM researchers have found a way to keep the effect alive long enough for it to actually be useful.
We've long known that encoding data using electron spin could revolutionize computer performance - and now it's been successfully demonstrated for the first time ever.
Theoretically speaking, we could exponentially increase computing power by manipulating the way in which electrons in individual atoms spin. Researchers in Germany have seen atomic spin for the very first time, and captured a few tiny images to prove it.