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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Individual atoms, near absolute zero temperature, manipulated to make world's smallest stop-action movie: http://tinyurl.com/bwc8znn

"The star of this movie was ready for its close-up—so ready it was magnified 100 million times. A Boy And His Atom is officially the world's smallest film, created by IBM by manipulating thousands of carbon monoxide molecules into an animated stop-motion short, reports the Telegraph. The film, which features a boy playing with an atom, was shot under a two-ton scanning tunneling microscope at -450 degrees, using an extremely sharp needle to manually move each atom one by one for 250 frames..."