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A Boy And His Atom

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Video of the Week #90, May 1st, 2013:

From: World’s Smallest Stop Motion Movie Made with Atoms! by Joanne Manaster at PsiVid and IBM Movie Does Claymation–in Atomic Scale by Larry Greenemeier at Observations.

Source: IBM on YouTube.

IBM took the challenge of moving 5,000 atoms around in order to create a short stop motion video, capturing the images using a scanning tunneling microscope. “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. 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.





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  1. 1. geometeer 12:27 am 05/2/2013

    His? How intriguing that — even at the atomic level — it is boys who play such games.

    Or is that just the way the ball bounces at IBM?

    Link to this

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