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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.


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.


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.


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.