A Boy and his Atom – Literally!

Every dot in this stop-motion animation by IBM is a single atom, how cool is that!

A few facts:

The dots in this 90-second film are so small they can only be seen when magnified 100 million times.

The ability to move single atoms is vital for research into data storage at the atomic level – something researchers say could increase the amount of information storable on a device by tens of thousands of times.

So this little piece of entertainment actually showcases engineering capabilities by IBM which will come handy in future data storage R&D.

Hurray for Cyberpunk and Science!

Helium atom QM DE

And this is how the movie was made: