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Researchers Build "Squishy" Memory Device 84

Posted by samzenpus
from the memory-stuck-between-my-fingers dept.
ShipLives writes "Researchers have developed a memory device that is soft and functions well in wet environments, which could lead to new biocompatible electronic devices. 'We’ve created a memory device with the physical properties of Jell-O,' says Dr. Michael Dickey, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research."
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Researchers Build "Squishy" Memory Device

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    A viable zombie diversion.

    • We’ve created a memory device with the physical properties of Jell-O

      Yes, yes but which does it work better with: rum or vodka?

      • Either way, your memory would be shot.

        • "Oh, 'cause it's a computer you think it's made of spiders webs and magic? It's just a metal box Jez, they're indestructible."

      • Vodka? I wish to submit the as a Nobel Nominee, the inventor of Vodka; for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Why? Because if a population of Irishmen starring a potatoes as a main food source cannot consider fermenting it; then this globally used chemical concoction that has altered the outcomes of many of humanity is truly exemplary.
        • I've got bad news for you: Poitín, from Ireland, is traditionally made from malted barley or potatoes. Vodka is traditionally made from "anything they can ferment," and today most vodka isn't made from potatoes. Of course, you being the historian that you are, you acknowledge that nobody in Europe was making much from potatoes until the 16th century.
    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      A viable zombie diversion.

      My frustration with Slashdot (and no I'm not new here, I'm not really old either, just observing without instantly being pidgeonholed by unfunny nerdy douchebags) is that for actual serious technical matter such as this memristive system, we have idiots making really lame jokes using rehashed memes. You would think people who pride themselves on learning new, esoteric things would also have new, esoteric material.

      Bitching aside, this appears to be a GaIn alloy that functions like a fluidic memristor. Wha

    • "If It Was There, You'd Eat It" - Jello 1970
  • by Dexter Herbivore (1322345) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @11:11AM (#36763064) Journal
    There's approximately 24 megabytes of data in a single ejaculation, that sounds related to a memory device that is soft and functions well in wet environments... sorry... oh my gods I'm sorry. I just HAD to go there. Also re-reading that, I think I need a prescription for Viagra.
  • by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @11:13AM (#36763104)

    'We’ve created a memory device with the physical properties of Jell-O,' says Dr. Michael Dickey, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research."

    Brought to you by Bill Cosby!

  • We're one step closer to eXistenZ?

    Damn, that was one creepy movie...

    • by danlock4 (1026420)

      Exactly what I was about to say. If the storyline had been more compelling, it would have been as consumer-confusing and awe-inducing as last year's movie Inception.

      Alas, it was not to be. However, eXistenZ was about the biological technology; Inception wasn't.

      eXistenZ was probably creepier if you enjoy seafood, so possibly CCarrots don't need to worry as much.

      • by CCarrot (1562079)

        eXistenZ was probably creepier if you enjoy seafood, so possibly CCarrots don't need to worry as much.

        Or perhaps creepiest if you tend to avoid seafood altogether...;)

        Yeah, I remember it as one of those 'hold on and figure it out as you go' movies, and actually I quite enjoyed it. You're right, it wasn't on the same brain-bend level as Inception, Pulp Fiction or the first Matrix, but at least it wasn't yet another movie exclusively about car chases and explosions...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    She has like NO vitality cause I want her to be able to be an effective healer soooo yeah... I built a very squishy cleric

  • by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @11:23AM (#36763224)

    I am *expanding!* It is so much *squishy* to *store* for you!
    *Campers* are the best! I have *anticipation* and then what?
    Better parties in *the middle* for sure.

  • WTF is Jell-O (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    For those of you who don't know what Jell-O is: it's a desert made from gelatin, which is made from animal bones.

    Yes, it's disgusting. But it's red and tastes like cherry!

    Don't ask how they make it red, it's even worst than the gelatin part.

    • by Megahard (1053072)
      Actually, it's a dessert make from gelatin. The best part is, it could fit anywhere in the body, as there's always room for Jell-O.
      • by peragrin (659227)

        Just use liposuction to remove excess fat and place it there.

        Or is the consistency is right use it to replace silicone implants. That way guys can say legtimately they are staring at your memory.

        • by CptNerd (455084)

          Memories, mammaries, same thing. Or, they soon will be...

          So women would start including number of bytes in their measurements.

          They would use special bras to squeeze the last bit of storage...

          Oh hell, I'd better stop there...

          • by danlock4 (1026420)

            Yeah, you'd better stop there. Since I tend to go on and on about things, though, I'll continue: Finally, a legitimate argument for why bigger is better! No, seriously, folks. . . Did you hear the one about the woman with back pain? She had an odd number of libraries of congress on one side and an even number of libraries of congress on the other! And talk about the data compression! Some women with no back pain at all had ten times that many Calgary Corpuses in theirs!

    • by h4rr4r (612664)

      Far more skin is used than bones to make gelatin.

    • by itsdapead (734413)

      For those of you who don't know what Jell-O is: it's a desert made from gelatin, which is made from animal bones.

      That's "jelly" for us British viewers. It took me a while to work out that a "peanut butter and jelly" sandwich was actually only 82.5% as disgusting as it sounded (peanut butter and Marmite is much better) - however, I know of at least one diner in the US that are similarly confused about "fish'n'chips" - with rather dry and salty results).

      • by Yvan256 (722131)

        Jelly isn't the same as Jell-O. Look at the list of ingredients. Jelly is mostly sugar, fruit juice and pectin [wikipedia.org].

        • Did you miss the part about "us British viewers"? Jelly in Britain isn't what we American's call jelly.
          • by Anonymous Coward

            Actually... sometimes it is... Just to confuse everyone:

            In Britain (ex pat living in US) we have TWO things called Jelly.

            In Britain Jelly can mean "Jello-O" (although even in the US, that is a name-brand- correct generic term is gelatine desert).

            Jelly can also mean the same thing as what you call jelly in America. Difference being- in Britain the term Jelly is not completely interchangable with the word Jam. Not all Jams are Jelly. For one, they have to be seedless- Jam is not necessarily seedless.

            • by itsdapead (734413)

              Actually... sometimes it is... Just to confuse everyone:

              In Britain (ex pat living in US) we have TWO things called Jelly

              ...yes, the world of confectionary, cakes and desserts is truly a minefield for the US/GB traveller. A cookie is a biscuit... unless its a cookie, and ask for a muffin and its fifty/fifty whether you get a rich, circular bread roll or a US style hypertrophied fairy cake. Even we can't decide whether a "biscuit" (US) is a "scone" (long o) or "scon" (short o).

    • by lazn (202878)

      How is squished up insects worse than bones??

      Insects are a good source of protein, common food in some parts of the world, and if humans ate more of them it'd help with the global food supply.

  • But what does it taste like?
  • by SengirV (203400) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @11:38AM (#36763436)

    It's all crystals. You guys are going in the WRONG DIRECTION!!!!!!

  • I dont remember what they called it but it was some form of jell in a cube and they were beaming lasers through it to toggle bits .... this is probably drive me nuts today

  • My memory has been like Jell-O for years
  • Squishy eh? How does it compress?
  • No Star Trek Fans? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by camperdave (969942) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @12:19PM (#36764068) Journal
    Are there no Star Trek fans online today? I thought for sure there would be references to bio-neural gel packs [memory-alpha.org] by now.
  • Does this mean we're one step closer to having to worry about Keepers [wikia.com]?
  • People will actually take this seriously, and will rarely ever leave bizarre porn and personal information on old computers again. I for one can't wait to see what happens when you hit one of these with a golf club or put it in a microwave.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    “Our memory device is soft and pliable, and functions extremely well in wet environments – similar to the human brain,” Dickey says.

    The devices are made using a liquid alloy of gallium and indium metals set into water-based gels

    I think I'd want a LOT more research done on those gallium and indium alloys before implanting them into my BRAIN. I'm no biochemist, but Wikipedia says there's not a whole lot of conclusive research out there.

    Also, WTF? 55 posts and you're all just talking about sci-fi and Jell-O? Seriously?

  • Cool. So now we have ballistics gel that not only will tell us the extent of physical damage a potato cannon can cause, but also the amount of mental disability that might be sustained.

    Let's blow some up.

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    Toro

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