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IBM makes world’s “smallest” film

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A scene from "A Boy and his Atom”photo: aP

Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels.

IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline.

Each frame measures 45 by 25 nanometers there are 25 million nanometers in an inch but hugely magnified, the movie is reminiscent of early video games, particularly when the boy bounces the ball off the side of the frame accompanied by simple music and sound effects.

The movie is titled “A Boy and His Atom.”

Videos showing atoms in motion have been seen before but Andreas Heinrich, IBM’s principal scientist for the project, said Tuesday this is the first time anything so small has been manoeuvred to tell a story.

The Guinness certified the movie as “Smallest Stop-Motion Film.”

IBM used a remotely operated two-ton scanning tunnelling microscope to make the movie earlier this year. The microscope magnifies the surface over 100 million times. It operates at 268 degrees below zero Celsius.

“As data creation and consumption continue to get bigger, data storage needs to get smaller, all the way down to the atomic level,” he said.AP

See “A Boy and His Atom” here

http://thne.ws/atom-film


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