“Hey Gord-o, wheres the radio? Lets see if we can get some sounds.” 

Throughout the film Stand By Me, you’ll notice that in just about every scene, the characters have a radio on, and as shown, Chris, Gordie, Vern and Teddy have a portable radio with them at all time. The radio I feel plays a major role in this film. It keeps the characters in touch with the outside world. It also shows you how the characters are feeling, thinking, or gives you a more in depth idea of what each character is like in the eyes of the viewer.You hear countless songs by various artists and all the songs flow within the movie perfectly. As for Chris, Gordie, Vern and Teddy, the radio gives a sense of freedom, simplicity and youth to them, as they venture off to find a dead body. Although Gordie says to Teddy as he jokes around, “Maybe it shouldn’t be a party” - that’s what young kids do, especially being young and curious boys, they make the best of things. You can see from the beginning of the film to the end of the film, how much the four boys have matured or grown. The music proves that maturity. 


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Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom

Every day, modern society creates more than a billion gigabytes of new data. To store all this data, it is increasingly important that each single bit occupies as little space as possible. A team of scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University managed to bring this reduction to the ultimate limit: they built a memory of 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits), where each bit is represented by the position of one single chlorine atom. “In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp,” says lead-scientist Sander Otte. They reached a storage density of 500 Terabits per square inch (Tbpsi), 500 times better than the best commercial hard disk currently available. His team reports on this memory in Nature Nanotechnology on Monday July 18.


In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman challenged his colleagues to engineer the world at the smallest possible scale. In his famous lecture There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom, he speculated that if we had a platform allowing us to arrange individual atoms in an exact orderly pattern, it would be possible to store one piece of information per atom. To honor the visionary Feynman, Otte and his team now coded a section of Feynman’s lecture on an area 100 nanometers wide.

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