Buckyball: 10 Things about Bucky Balls

Buckyball: 10 Things about Bucky Balls

If you’ve seen the Google homepage today, you may have been wondering what today’s Google doodle is all about. As mentioned earlier today, Google quite often change their doodle to celebrate something and today’s doodle marks the 25th anniversary of the Buckyball discovery.

Now if you’re anything like me, you would have never heard of a buckyball before and may be wondering what on earth it is. That’s where a recent article at mirror.co.uk comes in handy, as it provides a list of the top ten things you might like to know about the buckyball.

We’ll start by giving you an explanation as to what it is: a buckyball is a spherical fullerene or molecule, which is made up entirely of carbon atoms. Another interesting fact about the buckyball (or spherical fullerene) is that it is often compared to a football, because of its structure.

The very first spherical fullerene to be discovered was named the Buckminsterfullerene (C60), after the architect Richard Buckminster Fuller whose geodesic domes is what the buckyball looks like. Buckyballs have been used in research, for nanotechnology and electronics.

You can read more about the buckyball via mirror.co.uk.

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