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Stop Motion Sunday: A Boy and His Atom

Who says scientists can’t try their hand at filmmaking? Earlier this week, the scientists from IBM Research unveiled the world’s smallest movie, "A Boy and His Atom", a stop-motion short made using atoms. (Yes, you read that right, ATOMS.)

This is an atom. At IBM Research, we move atoms to explore the limits of data storage. To explore the limits of filmmaking, we created the world’s smallest movie. It was made by moving actual atoms, frame by frame.

Consisting of nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action, A Boy and His Atom was created by a scanning tunneling microscope that was specially designed by the brilliant minds at IBM to magnify the atomic surface to over a hundred million times. Each atom was moved using a super sharp, remote controlled needle along a copper surface.

You can learn more about the process by watching the making of the movie below.

Alternatively, you can read more about it here.

Science!

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