Massive Buckyball cube video is so satisfying it gives me goosebumps

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. » 8/27/14 10:04am Wednesday 10:04am

10 Incredibly Dangerous Banned Toys

They say that it's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. Technically, the same applies to skull fractures, poisoning, and third-degree burns. Throughout history, toy makers have designed some truly brutal products (lawn darts, anyone?). But with modern-day lawsuits, you'd think we would've curbed that… » 8/27/14 9:00am Wednesday 9:00am

Buckyballs Is Clearing Out Its Banned Rare-Earth Magnets

While there may be a way to get around the impending rare-earth toy magnet ban, it seems like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's decision will end the Buckyball's run as everyone's favorite desk toy. What does this mean? It means there's a lot of old stock that needs to get into people's hands before Zen… » 12/19/12 11:29am 12/19/12 11:29am

The Government's Magnet Ban Might Actually Be Easy To Circumvent

As you might have heard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is working hard to ban those sets of tiny magnets after a handful of reports of them being swallowed by children who then require surgery to have them removed. But it turns out that companies like Zen Magnets and Buckyballs might still be able to sell… » 11/23/12 8:00pm 11/23/12 8:00pm

Bucky Balls Could Double Your Lifespan

Buckminster fullerene molecules, the naturally occurring spheres made up of 60 carbon atoms, have long been suspected to have biological benefits. Now, a study that set out to establish if they were toxic when administered orally has proven quite the opposite—they almost doubled the lifespan of the rats that they were… » 4/17/12 3:40pm 4/17/12 3:40pm

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… » 5/28/08 11:20am 5/28/08 11:20am