Friday, March 20, 2015

Using Bucky Balls as Explosives

Bucky balls. Those little metallic balls that are pretty fun to play with for about five minutes and are apparently a hazard to small children.

This posting - somewhat unfortunately - isn't a guide on how to use these little desk trinkets as a means to an explosive end. However, scientists are trying to do exactly that - albeit on a much smaller scale.

Scientists at USC are attempting to use the high amounts of energy stored within the carbon-carbon bonds of the "bucky bombs" as an explosive way to kill cancer cells. It's a rather impressive reaction too - in a controlled reaction, scientists disintegrated a single bucky ball, which in turn raised the surrounding temperature by "thousands of degrees."

Read more on it here  

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