A new design
To get a handle on what makes the 2014 World Cup's Adidas Brazuca football so special, materials expert Nikhil Gupta decided to take one apart and magnify the layers under a scanning electron microscope.
These images from the laboratory analysis show incredible sophistication went into the ball's design, including six layers of composites and other materials.
The findings are explained in further detail in the video Science Bakes a Safer Soccer Ball.
From the inside out
What you see
[Read more: Peering Inside the World Cup's Brazuca Ball (Op-Ed)]
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