A movie with a very small cast
IBM's latest video release, A Boy And His Atom, may lack big-name stars, look crude and have a forgettable story line, but it's a must-see nonetheless.
The 242-frame stop-action animated movie is created by scientists who are manipulating actual carbon monoxide molecules under one-million-times magnification. If you listen carefully to the video you can almost hear the scratching of the molecules as they are dragged across a copper sheet.
Filmed at IBM's Almaden Research Lab in San Jose using two scanning tunneling microscopes, techniques like this might one day yield electronic circuits with just a few atoms rather than millions.