Thursday, May 2, 2013

IBM unveils "the smallest movie" of the story: "A Boy and His atom"

Scientists from IBM presented Wednesday "the world's smallest movie", a revolutionary work done with a very powerful microscope that shows the expanded atoms in movement.

This short film, which lasts about 1 minute and 30 seconds, is titled "A Boy and His atom." It tells the story of a little character who plays with an atom and follows his movements, dancing and jumping, a way to explain science in an educational manner.

"To shoot, position and shape the atoms to create an original animated film is an accurate and completely new science," said Andreas Heinrich, IBM Research scientist.

"At IBM we do not just read books on science, we create them. This movie is a fun way to share the world at the atomic scale" he added.

To make this movies, atoms were moved using a microscope developed some years ago by IBM, an invention that earned the Nobel Prize for its designers.

The unit does not look like a traditional microscope, since it weighs two tons and operates at a temperature of -268 ° C. It can enlarge objects placed on its plate 100 million times.

The device uses a very fine needle on a copper surface, to attract or repel the atoms and molecules to a specific location.

The movie has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's smallest animation," according to IBM.

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