“Scientists are looking to cram more information in a given area by finding ways to store the 1s and 0s of computer information in single molecules.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have taken a step in this direction by synthesizing an organic material, spreading it into a molecule-thick layer, and recording marks as small as 1.1 nanometers in the medium. The presence of a mark can represent a 1 and the absence of a mark, 0. Each mark is about the size of a row of 11 hydrogen atoms.”