Animation: A Boy And His Atom



Billed by the team of IBM engineers who made it as the ‘world’s smallest movie’, this 242-frame stop-motion animation was shot with a two-tonne microscope operating at minus 268°C and a special probe which arranged 5,000 carbon atoms into the ‘pixels’ of the moving image.

The magnification factor is 100,000,000x – about the same ratio that exists between an orange and the planet Earth.

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