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There was once an entire world invisible not only to the human eye, but also to most microscopes. That is, until the invention of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope by Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer. This innovation created a computer-aided instrument that could scan surfaces at the atomic level and see things invisible to the naked eye (and most other microscopes) like viruses or a sequence of your DNA.

Earlier this month, A Boy And His Atom became the smallest attraction at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Over two days, thousands of students watched the movie from the IBM THINK Exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot and via live simulcast, simulated atom moving and met Andreas Heinrich, IBM’s principal investigator and filmmaker.

Andreas explains why:
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