Yes, atoms. What you see in the video is 100 million times bigger than actual size. The actual device used in the lab that handles and moves the atoms is at -268° Centigrade (-450° Fahrenheit), which helps keep the atoms from moving around. FYI… 0° Kelvin, which is “Absolute Zero” – the point where everything, including molecular levels, freezes – is -273.15°C and -450.67°F. So they are very nearly at Absolute Zero. Remember, normally atoms they’re busy little buggers – always in motion.
Guinness has certified that this is the world’s smallest stop-motion film. Like there’s any competition for this category? The IBM scientists won this one hand’s down.
Without further ado, her is “A Boy and His Atom.” (Just grit your teeth through the IBM self-advertising at the beginning)
This second video below is how the scientists made the video.
Source: NBC News: World’s smallest stop-motion film made with individual atoms
A screen shot:
And the scientists have a cool sense of humor. Here is the Star Trek Enterprise created at atomic level:
- IBM makes stop-motion film using atoms as pixels (arstechnica.com)
- IBM makes stop-motion film using atoms as pixels (wired.co.uk)
- A Boy and His Atom: The world’s smallest movie from IBM (metro.co.uk)
- This Stop Motion Movie Is Animated Using Individual Atoms (gizmodo.com)