Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Worms Renaissance photos by Alexander Semenov

Artist: Behance / Flickr / Website


A Boy And His Atom. The worlds smallest stop-motion film. 

A team of IBM scientists created this short animation by moving individual carbon monoxide molecules using a scanning tunneling microscope, infact it can only be seen when magnified 100 million times. For this film the Guinness World Records awarded them the title of The World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film.

The film uses Carbon monoxide molecules which have one carbon atom and one oxygen atom on top. The scanning tunneling microscope itself is operated at a temperature of -268 degrees celsius on top of a copper plate because copper, in combination with carbon monoxide, produced the most stable atoms for moving. The microscope essentially acts as a needle that drags atoms across a surface using magnetism.The ripples around the atoms are caused by the disturbance in electron density in the copper atoms when a carbon monoxide molecule comes close to the plate. Very similar to the way water ripples when you throw a rock into a lake. 

The film was developed in California, USA and lasts for 60 seconds read more about that research here. The research is part of larger efforts at IBM to reduce the physical size of data storage on computers. It shows the story of a boy named Atom, who befriends an atom and goes on to dance, play catch, and even bounce on a trampoline.

Source video here. How it was made here. Download the movie here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hanifaru manta’s by Rory Moore 


Hanifaru manta’s by Rory Moore 

They took a group of students and gave half of them information about the importance of vaccination, but also gave the other half directions to the health center and asked them to indicate a time in their calendars that they would show up. Amazingly, the information did very little but the map and schedule was very effective at getting people to show up and get vaccinated. For me, this is an important building block - providing people with information is not very useful, and we need to change the environment to facilitate better decision-making. Dan Ariely, on his favorite social experiment to try on a college campus (via andromedalogic)

(Source: maxistentialist)


"I wish the world was a newt!"

Jeeves and Wooster, S01E04

Thursday, April 17, 2014


[tries to crowd surf at a TED talk]

Where do I get an eccentric sugar daddy for office supplies. I’ll use you as a footrest and glare at you imperiously over some horn rimmed glasses for 3 hours straight just buy me this gallon drum of dry-erase paint.

Monday, April 14, 2014


This might look like lace, but its actually lichen (a type of moss). Photos by  i n i m i n i .