A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made at 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. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, 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. A movie made with atoms. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at

39 thoughts on “A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

  1. kaiok1777

    Does that mean that someday we will be able to manufacture precise parts for machinery just by moving atoms? If there is no need for mechanical or abrasive cutting then what will this sloughing or removal look like?

  2. Humus Humor

    Just one question. Where's the proof it's not just a flash animation? Why should IBM spend money moving atoms around when they could have the same result with CGI?
    Remember IBM's purpose is making money not spending them.
    Anyway, where's the evidence those are real atoms? C'mon

  3. Jm56Z Xxx

    I had heard about the world's smallest IBM sign. This is even better. But, you know what ?? At the beginning of this year, the world's smallest cars race took place in a laboratory, from one place to a couple of nanometers away. I don't have a video on this, but you could probably find animations explaining the system.

  4. CrypticClips

    Why are they Spheres that seem to have a shine or light side to it, where's the proton or neutrons at?

  5. Michael France

    Puisqu'une image vaut mieux que 1000 mots. J'ai mis en lien la plus petite video du monde faite pas IBM. Ils ont réussi à filmer des molécules de fer. On peut voir clairement la dualité onde/corpuscule quantique des atomes. Ceci est transposable aux molécules évidement.

    La technique homéopathique succussion/dilution permet, grâce à l'eau, d'augmenter la puissance des ondes électromagnétique que vous voyez dans la video tout en supprimant le "corp" de la molécule souche.

    Luc Montagnier (Prix Nobel de médecine) a démontrer que ces ondes électromagnétiques peuvent se transposer à l'eau. Son protocole est publié dans "journal of Physics". C'est un protocole répétable statistiquement. C'est donc un fait scientifique établie. jusqu'a ce que quelqu'un démontre le contraire. C'est comme ça que fonctionne la science.

    L'homéopathie est une science un peu complexe, je l'avoue, pour des gens qui n'ont pas fait d'études ou qui n'ont pas de culture scientifique sur la physique quantique.

  6. Wafflekin Syrup

    has a high powered microscope that can see atoms
    What do we do now that we invented one of the most powerful machines in the world?
    I KNOW!
    makes a movie

    no hate though, this was really cool.

  7. Sebastian “Fatal Gravity” Roll

    I'm surprised IBM replies to people here. I didn't think they would have time to cater to individual comments. Is the IBM youtube account a robot?


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