FedTech: DNA and Glass May Provide Alternative Storage Methods as Data Backlog Grows. “The size of the datasphere has exploded. In 2020, the world created or replicated more than 64 zettabytes of data. That number that is expected to increase to 175ZB by 2025, driving the need for improved storage options.”
Engadget: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass protects smartphone cameras while letting in more light. “Having conquered phone displays, Corning is bringing Gorilla Glass to handset cameras. The company’s DX and DX+ range of damage-resistant glass will next be available for mobile camera lens covers, starting with Samsung devices. Alongside the added protection, Corning claims its tech can improve the optical performance of smartphone cameras.”
The Reporter: Glass giant celebrates St Helens history with online heritage hub. “Historic images chart Pilkington UK’s almost 200-year history at the forefront of glass making and the lives of those who worked there, from the three wealthy founding families, to the apprentices and production line workers. The hub recognises the seminal contributions of Sir Alistair Pilkington, with his industry-shaping invention of the Float Glass process in 1958; now the world standard for high-quality flat glass manufacture.”
Brass, Marble, Glass, Laminate, and Steel: Results from Tests of Coronavirus on Five Common Museum and Library Building Materials (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services: Brass, Marble, Glass, Laminate, and Steel: Results from Tests of Coronavirus on Five Common Museum and Library Building Materials. “The REALM project has released results from the sixth round of tests conducted in a Battelle laboratory that determined how long SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can remain active on five materials commonly used in furnishings, exhibits, and equipment found in museums, libraries, and archives. The tests examined architectural glass, marble, countertop laminate, brass, and powder-coated steel. Samples of each material were inoculated with active virus, allowed to dry, and then placed in an environmentally controlled chamber with no outside light or air.”
Techspot: Microsoft successfully archives Warner Bros. ‘Superman’ movie on a piece of glass. “Data storage and archiving technologies are areas of particular interest for companies like Warner Bros., where a significant chunk of the world’s entertainment media is produced and archived. To help with preserving this film and television content, Warner Bros. and Microsoft collaborated to give a first proof of concept test for Project Silica, a Microsoft Research project that uses laser optics and AI to store data in quartz glass.”
American Ceramic Society: Introducing the Bulletin Archive Online—A complete digital library of ceramic and glass expertise dating back to 1922
American Ceramic Society: Introducing the Bulletin Archive Online—A complete digital library of ceramic and glass expertise dating back to 1922. “The American Ceramic Society is excited to announce that the entire library of past ACerS Bulletin issues—97 volumes, dating all the way back to 1922—is now available online in a fully searchable and downloadable Bulletin Archive Online digital database…. And with more than 8,300 technical articles, the Bulletin Archive Online is a vast resource for all things ceramic and glass, from slip casting to sanitaryware to superconductors—no matter what your interest in ceramics and glass, there’s something in the archive for you. Articles cover topics related to the science, theory, process, and manufacturing of ceramic and glass materials, which have evolved considerably throughout this rich history.” The archive requires membership in the American Ceramic Society.