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The technology behind the Adidas Brazuca World Cup soccer ball

by Take Two®

The draw for Group G of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil with Germany, Portugal, Ghana and USA is printed on a Brazuca match ball on December 6, 2013 in Scheinfeld near Herzogenaurach, Germany. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Lennart Preiss/Getty Images for adidas

It's round, it's fast and it hit the world stage this month with a bang.

The Brazuca, a new soccer ball designed by Adidas, was released this month ahead of next year's World Cup in Brazil. The term Brazuca was chosen by Brazilians to capture the spirit of Brazilian style and culture.

Designers say it's the latest in sports technology, and unlike the traditionally-stitched soccer ball, the Brazuca features six interlocking panels with a surface covered in thousands of small bumps, called pimples, that create maximum grip and speed.

For more we're joined by Dr. Rabi Mehta, research scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center and an expert in aerodynamics who has been analyzing the new Brazuca.



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