IBM scientists manipulated atoms to make the world’s smallest movie!  Individual carbon monoxide molecules are the moving parts in the movie. The carbon molecules consist of only two atoms, carbon and oxygen stacked on top of each other.

A scanning tunneling microscope, or STM, is required for this precise work. The STM acts like a needle dragging microscopic molecules into place using magnetism.

The movie can only be seen when it is magnified 100 million times.  To give some perspective, there are likely more atoms in a grain of sand than grains of sand on the entire beach.

This incredible accomplishment has even made it into the Guinness World Records.

 

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