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10,000-Buckyball Cube Destruction Is The Most Satisfying Video Today

Video: The deadly magnetic metal spheres known as Buckyballs may be officially banned, but they keep living in the homes and offices of rebels who keep making cool stuff with them. Like this massive cube assembled with 10,000 magnetic spheres — without a doubt the most satisfying video so far this month.


How Buckyballs Fell Apart

As of last week, Buckyballs are dead. The magnetic toy has been officially recalled following a two-year battle with US regulators who sought to ban them. Here’s how a seemingly wonderful amusement became plaything non grata in the span of just a few short years.


US Government Wants To Ban Zen Magnets

First they came for our Buckyballs. Now, Zen Magnets are in Uncle Sam’s crosshairs, with a lawsuit from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to boot them off store shelves. The War on Toy Magnets has begun.


How To Make An Office Dartboard That Won't Destroy The Walls

Darts are awesome, but they’re tricky to set up at work. Real darts aren’t super safe and leave walls full of holes, and safety darts suck hard. Mark Rober has got a solution that’s simple, elegant, and awesome.


The Magnet War's Latest Salvo: Buckyballs Backs Down

The brewing geek war between magnet magnates seems to be coming to a head. Buckyballs owner Jake Bronstein, who recently threatened Zen Magnets with an “army of lawyers” over their competing product, seems to have a new strategy: hiding.


NASA Concept Illustrators Turn Raw Data Into Art

We talked to the Spitzer Space Telescope’s visualisation team about the challenges and rewards of rendering the mission’s reams of non-visual data into something that catches the public eye.


Study Kicks Nanotech Right in the Buckyballs

Just last week, we heard that carbon nanotubes could be as dangerous as asbestos. Now a new study takes another damning shot at nanotechnology, this time at the sector’s golden child, buckyballs. Hollow balls of carbon that are promising for everything from fighting cancer to coating paint, a recent study found that buckyball clusters can easily penetrate cell membranes and hang out inside, their molecular structures fully intact.