“The molecular replica is three nanometres high, compared to the real trophy's 36 cm height. It is made from two molecules which the researchers were studying and realised could be put together to mimic soccer's top prize. A football-shaped molecule called a buckminsterfullerene (or C60) forms the top of the tiny trophy with a bowl-shaped molecule called a calixarene supporting it.”
(click here for the complete article from BBC on February 3, 1999.)
With the kick-off for World Cup 2006 only 4 days away, this seemed like a relevant piece of news to repost on nano|public. The FIFA World Cup is the world’s largest sports event and dwarves events like the the Super Bowl with a cumulative audience of about 30 billion viewers in 2002 and about 20% of the world’s population watching games.