IBM makes movie moving atoms

IBM recently made a stop-motion cartoon using a scanning tunneling microscope to move individual atoms, according to Harry McCracken. It’s pretty mind-blowing.

IBM’s end-goal with its research is to dramatically increase the storage capacity of computing devices by creating transistors that are only a few atoms in length, but this is a fun and cool way to show how good they’re getting at moving individual atoms around.

“If I can do this by making a movie and I can get a thousand kids to join science rather than go into law school, I’d be super happy,” said IBM researcher Andreas Heinrich.