Let's say you want to pass along some really important information to future generations. What's the best way to insure that your message will survive for, say, 500 or 1000 years? CRN blog reader Tom Mazanec has an idea for something he calls "Permapaper."
Permapaper is a matrix of fullerene fibers, integral with the binding of the book of which they are a part. The fibers are cladded with a tightly coiled sheath of sapphire in various colors to give the printing and illustrations. The fullerene provides the tensile strength to make permapaper virtually tearproof, and the sapphire sheath is fireproof at chemical combustion temperatures, requiring at least an electric arc furnace to destroy. It is also resistant to most corrosive chemicals. The permapaper does not absorb fluids, so it is quite waterproof and stainproof. The hollow fullerene fibers lower the density to the point that a book of permapaper will float on water and not sink to the bottom.
Tom says this approach might be used, post-nanofactory, by bibliophiles or survivalists who wish their books to "last the ages" and want something that will survive the vicissitudes of time and chance better than paper or plastic.
So bring on your famines, fires, floods, wars, and plagues -- we've got permapaper!