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A Boy and His Atom

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The World's Smallest Movie

Published on Apr 30, 2013  IBM/YouTube

You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made at http://youtu.be/xA4QWwaweWA). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at http://www.ibm.com/madewithatoms

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Here’s a Stop-Motion Film Made Entirely From Shifting Atoms Around
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Here’s a fun fact about IBM’s research on storing data atom by atom — sometimes, it gets really boring. Our latest evidence for this phenomenon is that the folks working on the project feel like making the world’s tiniest stop-motion film is a better use of their time, and I’m not going to say that they’re wrong. The result of their efforts at atomic animation is this short, A Boy and His Atom.

I suppose the rules of boredom state that if your job is to move individual atoms from one place to the next all day, eventually, you’re going to start doodling with them. And once you start doodling with them, it’s just a matter of time until you turn those drawing into cartoons. While this one is not exactly Pixar quality yet, making moving pictures out of the most basic building blocks of matter is a pretty neat idea, ao we’re willing to overlook some plot holes — how does an atom turn into a trampoline, exactly?  – in favor of concentrating on the inspired proof of principle on display here.

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