As part of their effort to improve data storage technology, scientists at IBM made this stop-motion animation entitled “A Boy and His Atom”. The video is made entirely of carbon atoms. Each frame was made using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to manipulate the individual atoms. STMs work by passing an electrically charged needle over a metal surface with tiny raised features. As the needle passes over these features, electrons tunnel or “jump” from the needle to the metal. The video is essentially 242 still frames of this transition happening over various features in the metal surface. You can watch a video on how the movie was made here and some additional atomic shorts here.
Now for some science on the macro scale:
- How does the most powerful space rocket since the Saturn V work? Like this.
- Weather forecasts might need to be amended in the future to “cloudy with a chance of space debris.”
- Extreme star-forming galaxy is so fuel efficient it would make a hybrid car blush.
- We may not know who wrote the book of love, but these birds-of-paradise most definitely wrote the book on sexual selection. [VIDEO]
- Digital cameras based on insects eyes can see sharply with a 180 degree field of view. Being a fly on the wall just got more real. .
- What happens when physicists go to a Six Flags amusement park? SCIENCE.
- Astronomers discover new dwarf galaxy hanging out in interstellar space between the Milky Way and Andromeda.
- Need more responsibility in your life? Now you can adopt a planet.
- Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo breaks the sound barrier in first rocket-powered test flight. Buy your tickets for space now!
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