Thursday, May 02, 2013

CGAA One-A-Day: IBM - A Boy and His Atom

At first glance you may think "A Boy and His Atom" is a charming but slightly primitive animation. However, once you take into consideration that you're actually looking at individual carbon monoxide molecules magnified 100 million times you quickly reevaluate your thinking.

Created by IBM "A Boy and His Atom" consists of 242 frames each measuring 45 by 25 nanometres (there are 25 million nanometres in an inch). Each image was created using a remotely operated two-ton scanning microscope operating at temperatures of 450 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).

Amazing. Enjoy!


  1. Wooowww! I love it! Especially his little bouncy quiff on the right. Amazing and adorable! :D

  2. Aha - atoms! One, two, three, four... SIX of them!