A Boy And His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie

  • Published on Apr 30, 2013
  • 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 at ru-clip.net/video/xA4QWwaweWA/video.html). 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 www.ibm.com/madewithatoms
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Comments • 15 538

  • RoyalCatsu
    RoyalCatsu Hour ago

    0:53 atom abuse

  • Sxrrow
    Sxrrow 3 hours ago

    Y tho

  • Blaze Graff
    Blaze Graff 3 hours ago

    The CGI could’ve had a higher budget, character looks unrealistic.

  • Andrew Olson
    Andrew Olson 4 hours ago

    This is my question. If atoms are basically the smallest thing, what is the background made of? Why isn’t the background atoms?

  • pinkachu
    pinkachu 6 hours ago

    But atoms cant be this close I'm confusion

  • Programmer Cat
    Programmer Cat 6 hours ago

    The video reminded me of the year 2014 and I was close

    EPIC12EPIC 7 hours ago

    The infinity stones:

  • Szent Yveltal
    Szent Yveltal 8 hours ago

    I was scared because i thought he will start fortnut dance.

  • Marcus hungidas
    Marcus hungidas 14 hours ago

    You literally moved atoms

  • probably someone
    probably someone 16 hours ago

    When you wanted to be an animator,but your parents force you to be a scientist

  • the adissons
    the adissons 18 hours ago


  • unkonow
    unkonow 19 hours ago


  • VLD _YT
    VLD _YT 22 hours ago

    When you have to much free time on your job

  • Brandon Walker
    Brandon Walker 23 hours ago

    Okay...that's pretty cool!

  • BMT115
    BMT115 Day ago

    The worlds smallest stop motion animation. Damn...

  • -hopeless romantic-

    We asked scientists whether they’re curing cancer, and they said, “well yes, but technically no”.

  • Grape Abbas
    Grape Abbas Day ago

    I hope my friend does something like this in the future since his ambition was a scientist.

  • Ruza Hel
    Ruza Hel Day ago

    Ok so what is the surface the atoms are stuck on. Vacuum?

  • Kind of a commenter I guess

    I have an atom
    Contained in a jar, waiting to destroy the universe just in case

  • Nikša
    Nikša Day ago

    Carbon monoxide is a molecule, not an atom.

  • Ricardo Monge
    Ricardo Monge Day ago

    The music tho...I'm scared of atoms now

  • متع ذهنك
    متع ذهنك Day ago +1


  • Galaxacat
    Galaxacat Day ago

    So this is the cure for cancer

  • ivannaattention
    ivannaattention Day ago


  • T-Block
    T-Block Day ago

    I want a pet atom.

  • Zacattack
    Zacattack Day ago

    Fair enough. Diversion really , see those wavy spaces in between? That emptiness , what’s all that about

  • Ur bae 69x
    Ur bae 69x Day ago

    accedently splits atom

  • Vintage Conjurer
    Vintage Conjurer 2 days ago

    Until I read the description,I thought this was pretty lame....

  • BeurreSalé_Ytb_Mapper
    BeurreSalé_Ytb_Mapper 2 days ago +1

    Mom: where is my boy?
    IBM: gone reduced to atoms

  • Shrimp
    Shrimp 2 days ago

    Now we need to make one with quarks.

    • Some One
      Some One 2 days ago

      Shrimp then strings

  • Blue Bird
    Blue Bird 2 days ago

    Bro i thought they were those circle magnets

    FORTEJEDO 3 days ago


  • a b
    a b 3 days ago

    too cute XD

  • Veni Vidi Vici
    Veni Vidi Vici 3 days ago

    I'm curious if any taxpayer dollars were wasted on this garbage...
    If not ok you guy's continue wasting your time, if so screw you.

  • Nekosan
    Nekosan 3 days ago

    I still can't believe these are actually atoms

  • Jeff The Epic
    Jeff The Epic 3 days ago

    Ok how they get them 2 touch doe?

  • Urboi Jeff
    Urboi Jeff 3 days ago +5

    I like how they made a short film using the foundation of existence

  • Jack Smallwood
    Jack Smallwood 3 days ago +2

    This is how Pink Diamond faked her own shattering, by being reduced to atoms

  • MrJustyoutubing
    MrJustyoutubing 3 days ago

    They said.. Practical application? U mean like dis?

  • Dap Nu
    Dap Nu 3 days ago


  • Lemmy Payet
    Lemmy Payet 4 days ago +1

    The sequel will be out next year...a boy and his neutrino

  • Yay KRUSER
    Yay KRUSER 4 days ago +1

    Hom does that work?
    what atoms are this?
    how did they film them ?
    How did they move them?
    Why isnt the backround made out of Atoms?
    What are those waves?
    Why dont they react, or vibrate because of heat?

  • Mr.Fear
    Mr.Fear 4 days ago +1

    If you split the boy in half then uh.....

  • Joel Isac
    Joel Isac 4 days ago

    Made it using some steel ball and grey goo of some sort lol

  • Birdy
    Birdy 4 days ago

    *accidentally splits atom*
    Kid: "Uh oh..."

  • Tony Ellen
    Tony Ellen 4 days ago

    Literal definition of atompunk?

  • Fernando Oliveros
    Fernando Oliveros 5 days ago


  • sachin vs
    sachin vs 5 days ago

    I thought we can't see an atom

  • RolloxRA 2019
    RolloxRA 2019 5 days ago

    So this’s what the scientist do in their free time

  • Elite Rink
    Elite Rink 5 days ago

    This text has atoms.

  • Aresu/AnimeMaster
    Aresu/AnimeMaster 5 days ago

    1980:in the future there will be flying cars
    2019:AtOm MoViE

  • Alle Alle Guy
    Alle Alle Guy 5 days ago


  • Johnberrys Official
    Johnberrys Official 6 days ago

    What is the background made of ??????

  • Lobetec
    Lobetec 6 days ago +2

    I dont know if its possible to make a movie smaller lmao

  • Jinger
    Jinger 6 days ago +1

    0:52 he have a coc*

  • Get off my lawn Films

    Really cute and effective thought
    I for one enjoyed it

  • Scyllable
    Scyllable 6 days ago

    My earrrrsss

  • Rayan Ighil
    Rayan Ighil 6 days ago


  • Defal Hady
    Defal Hady 7 days ago

    Its kinda creepy bit

  • Soplesz
    Soplesz 7 days ago

    Is that water?