WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 1, 2013)--IBM has made the world's tiniest stop-motion movie, a one-minute video in which individual carbon monoxide molecules are rearranged to show a boy dancing and bouncing on a trampoline.
Each frame measures 45 by 25 nanometers.
There are 25 million nanometers in an inch.
The project’s lead scientist says it's the first time anything so small has been maneuvered to tell a narrative.
"Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel," Andreas Heinrich said.
“This movie is a fun way to share the atomic-scale world while opening up a dialogue with students and others on the new frontiers of math and science."
Hugely magnified, the movie is reminiscent of early video games.
It was made using a microscope that magnifies the surface over 100 million times.
A tiny needle moved the molecules across a copper surface.