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Scientists make world's smallest animation


Posted on Wednesday, 1 May, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments


Image credit: Youtube / IBM

 
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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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 1 May, 2013, 13:47
mebbe they were smoking something ...
Comment icon #10 Posted by jpjoe on 1 May, 2013, 13:56
Next, quantum desktops!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Alekx on 1 May, 2013, 23:35
Amazing!
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 2 May, 2013, 0:11
Good question. Wonder if anyone here knows that answer(I don't)
Comment icon #13 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 2 May, 2013, 1:22
Cool.
Comment icon #14 Posted by WillSoMysterious on 3 May, 2013, 17:03
Chubb, with this new technology, they might actually be able to animate your penis! The mysterious return of willsomysterious *pulls cape over bottom half of face* "Mwha-ha-ha!" *jumps out window*
Comment icon #15 Posted by Taun on 3 May, 2013, 17:13
Duct Tape! I've always heard that enough duct tape will stop anything!
Comment icon #16 Posted by RigDigman on 4 May, 2013, 2:53
And then...BOOM!
Comment icon #17 Posted by third_eye on 4 May, 2013, 18:12
soon there will be atom animation porn ... get the credit cards ready
Comment icon #18 Posted by freetoroam on 4 May, 2013, 20:29
"atomic knickers" coming to a DVD near you soon.


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