Let it never be said that scientists do not need to have some fun every now and then. A group of nanophysicists at IBM have created the world's smallest movie as the actors in it are made from carbon monoxide molecules.
To create the stop-motion film, the researchers turned to their scanning tunneling electron microscope, which moves a needle across the surface of its subject. By moving the needle in, closer than needed for collecting data, the researchers were able to use the attraction between it and the carbon monoxide to reposition the molecules for each frame.
This work has come after IBM researchers achieved the smallest magnetic bit consisting of just 12 atoms, which represents a dramatic increase in potential data storage density.