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A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

IBM, after inventing a microscope to do so, now has the ability to move atoms around on a surface. What do they do next? They make “the world’s smallest movie” of course!

The ability to move single atoms, one of the smallest particles of any element in the universe, is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic-scale memory. In 2012, IBM scientists announced the creation of the world’s smallest magnetic memory bit, made of just 12 atoms. This breakthrough could transform computing by providing the world with devices that have access to unprecedented levels of data storage. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, the scientists moved atoms by using their scanning tunneling microscope to make … a movie, which has been verified by Guinness World Records™ as The World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film.

Check out Atom playing with his atom.

Kenroy George

designer/developer who dabbles in the dark arts of photography.

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