The Coolest Film in the World (Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight)

IBM is pretty cool. As part of their ongoing research into data storage based on single atoms, they’ve made the world’s tiniest film. It’s called ‘A Boy and his Atom’.

It uses a handful of carbon atoms (a figurative handful of carbon atoms, obviously). A few dozen individual atoms to create a little stop-motion tale about a boy with a big grin and an atom of his very own.

The IBM film-makers used a scanning tunnelling microscope to move the atoms around and create pictures. (An IBM scientist won the Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing the STM in 1986.) It took the team of scientist film-makers two weeks of 18-hour days. Take a couple of minutes and marvel at how frickin’ awesome science is.

It’s a simple story using phenomenally complex technology. And it’s still a better love story than Twilight.

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4 responses to “The Coolest Film in the World (Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight)

  1. Thank you for telling us about this…so interesting. Did you watch the movie after the movie that talks about how they made it?

    • Hi Amanda, it’s fascinating isn’t it? I haven’t watched the movie after the movie yet; I shouldn’t really have been watching that one, but I got hooked when I should have been working! I will do though.

  2. Reblogged this on The Quantum Lounge and commented:
    Wow, this is awesome. Watch the ‘Making Of’ as well, it shows how the atoms cannot be ‘seen’ but are ‘felt’.

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