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July 22, 2010 / Martijn

Custom Proteins Drawn fromTrees Expand Chips’ Memory

In the future, we won’t need rare-earth elements to make powerful computers. We can use poplar trees. Engineers in Israel have figured out how to use protein molecules from poplars to improve computer memory. The technique uses silica nanoparticles combined with poplar proteins, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The nano-poplar approach marks a new way to miniaturize memory elements while also increasing capacity, according to a university news release. The findings were published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

via Poplar Science: Custom Proteins Drawn from Genetically Engineered Trees Expand Silicon Chips’ Memory Capacity | Popular Science.

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