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Re­searchers at Aus­tralia’s RMIT Univer­sity have made a break­through that could see in­ter­net speeds soon be­com­ing 100 times faster.

Cur­rent fi­bre-op­tic tech­nol­ogy car­ries in­for­ma­tion on pulses of light through op­ti­cal fi­bres. But the Aus­tralian re­searchers found by twist­ing the light into a spi­ral trans­mis­sion, the speed is rad­i­cally in­creased. “It’s like DNA, if you look at the dou­ble he­lix spi­ral,” says Pro­fes­sor Min Gu, who led the team. “The more you can use an­gu­lar mo­men­tum the more in­for­ma­tion you can carry.”

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