Molecules to the Max

A team of scientists takes IMAX viewers into the nanosphere with atomic particles in search of life's secrets

Tia Ghose
Mar 12, 2009
A doe-eyed oxygen atom teams up with two baby-faced hydrogen atoms to uncover the mystery of life. They zoom from outer-space to earth, uncovering the molecular makeup of melting ice, chewing gum, and a living cell along the way. It may sound geekier than the average Pixar flick, but the movie's creators are hoping it can capture the attention of kids and parents, and make them excited about science in the process.The movie, called Molecules to the Max, was the brainchild of a chemical engineer and two materials scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. Shekhar Garde, Linda Schadler, and Dick Siegel first came up with the idea more than six years ago. Garde was using computer simulations to visualize molecular structure, when it occurred to him that the brightly colored ribbons and balls that the programs produce using force calculations might make for good...
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