A microscopic one minute stop-motion animation has been made entirely out of individual atoms.
The film was put together using a scanning tunnelling microscope to move carbon monoxide molecules in to place. The arrangement depicts a boy playing ball with an atom which also turns in to a trampoline and flies in to the air.
The animation is so small that it needs to be magnified 100 million times in order to even see it and represents years of research by IBM in to atomic-manipulation techniques.
"Researchers used a scanning tunnelling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules to make an animated short film depicting a stick boy playing with his pet atom."
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