The fountain of information at the heart of science has become a fire hose, and an increase to river-like volumes is on the way. The CERN particle collider in Geneva, Switzerland, for instance, currently produces more than 1 petabyte, or about 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes, of information every year. The words and other text in all the books in the Library of Congress, in contrast, add up to only about one-thousandth of that information, or one terabyte (1 trillion bytes). And CERN is just one example of the tremendous information-generating powers of modern science.
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