archival

  • 40 years after the first landing on Mars, this NASA scientist looks to resurrect Viking 1’s analog data

    40 years after the first landing on Mars, this NASA scientist looks to resurrect Viking 1’s analog data

    It’s been four decades since the Viking 1 lander touched down on Martian soil, the first lasting human presence on the surface of the Red Planet. It beamed its unprecedented data back to NASA, where it was stored on the hot new format of the day: microfilm. Now one scientist wants to bring these analog records into the digital world — for posterity and for science. Read More

  • Hollywood to go bankrupt archiving films digitally

    Throughout the last century, the dominant method of film preservation was sticking the master reels into a temperature and humidity-controlled vault deep in the desert. This method ends up costing about a grand a year. Films stored on digital media, however, cost more than ten times as much to archive. And when the entire movie has been digitally created from start to finish (shot on digital… Read More

  • Panasonic Steps It Up To 4x Burning Speed For BD-Rs

    In this next-gen format war, it seemed whoever had the biggest disc ended up becoming the winner. While this fraternity-esque attitude is childish, it certainly benefits the consumer with inexpensive prices for BD-R discs. But now Panasonic isn’t going for size, it’s now going for speed. Panasonic is now claiming they’ve produced a 4x Blu-Ray disc that’s capable of… Read More