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Researchers claim dye key to faster Internet

Donald Melanson, @donmelanson
January 6, 2007
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The CBC is reporting that a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science, Washington State University, and the University of Leuven in Belgium have devised a synthesized organic dye molecule that could potentially be used to make the Internet considerably speedier, not to mention more fashionable (on a molecular level, at least) than it is in its current undyed state. Supposedly, the molecule reacts more strongly to light than any others tested -- some fifty percent better, specifically, which could apparently translate to a direct increase in data transmission rates if applied to optical fibers or computer circuits. Of course, this is all strictly confined to the lab for the time being, with no indication given as to when we might actually see the dye coating the sides of the Internet's tubes.

[Via The Inquirer]



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