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The World's Smallest Movie
Researchers at IBM have used atomic clusters to create the world's smallest video. Each frame was magnified a hundred million times to make it visible to the human eye.
The 90 second video, which features a boy running, jumping and dancing, aims to show the potential for ever-smaller modes of data storage.

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You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made below). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at

Moving Atoms: Making The World's Smallest Movie
How did IBM researchers move all those atoms to make the world's smallest movie? This short behind-the-scenes documentary takes you inside the lab. Meet the scientists, see how they made a movie with atoms, and find out more about their research in the field of atomic memory and data storage. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at

IBM Atomic Shorts: The sound of moving atoms
What's the weird noise the scientists hear when they move atoms? In this Atomic Short, IBM scientists talk more about what makes that scratchy sound, and how it helps them move atoms.

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