IBM unveils 'world's smallest movie'

The film, "A Boy and His Atom," depicts a character named Atom who befriends a single atom and follows him on a journey of dancing and bouncing that helps explain the science behind data storage.

International Business Machines scientists Wednesday unveiled what they called "the world's smallest movie," which tracks the movement of atoms magnified 100 million times.

"Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel," said Andreas Heinrich, a scientist at IBM Research.

To make the movie, the atoms were moved with an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope, a device which earned its inventors a Nobel Prize.

The movie was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Smallest Stop Motion Film," IBM said.

The film used a microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to attract atoms and molecules and pull them to a precisely specified location on the surface.

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