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Buckyballs (C60)
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Buckyballs (C60)

Arrange carbon atoms one way, you get a diamond; another way, you get "pencil lead." But under certain conditions, carbon atoms organize themselves into the shape of...soccer balls.

Buckyballs may someday help us cure diseases, build better computers, and make a material harder than any other. If nothing else, they've given chemists a fun new subject to kick around.

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All Charged Up: Engineers Create a Battery Made of Wood

All Charged Up: Engineers Create a Battery Made of Wood

Take a look at a new type of battery built with microscopic wood fibers and carbon nanotubes. Could this wood battery one day store energy generated by solar arrays or wind farms? More...

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NPR
Space Elevator Closer to Liftoff with New Cable

Space Elevator Closer to Liftoff with New Cable

Finally, scientists have found a way to make long fibers out of carbon nanotubes (tubes made of carbon atoms). As a result, people and cargo might someday rise into space in an elevator. More...

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NBC
Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon Nanotubes

One-tenth the weight of copper, electrical wires made from carbon nanotubes may one day make cars far more fuel efficient. More...

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Cambridge University
Diamonds, Pencils, and Buckyballs: A Look at Buckminsterfullerene

Diamonds, Pencils, and Buckyballs: A Look at Buckminsterfullerene

Buckminsterfullerene. Try saying that 10 times fast! Discover the structure and properties of these molecules More...

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National Science Foundation
First Computer Made of Carbon Nanotubes Is Unveiled

First Computer Made of Carbon Nanotubes Is Unveiled

Take a look at "Cedric," the breakthrough computer built by Stanford engineers. Will it open the door to a new generation of digital devices? More...

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BBC
Harder than Diamonds?

Harder than Diamonds?

If you squash buckyballs after mixing them with a carbon-rich liquid, you end up with a material that may be harder than diamonds. Are diamonds no longer the world's hardest substance? More...

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Science News for Students
How It’s Made: Bicycle Frames

How It’s Made: Bicycle Frames

When you think of carbon, you probably don't think of bicycles, but carbon fiber is an incredibly light weight material perfect for lightening the load. More...

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Discovery
Little Bits of Trouble

Little Bits of Trouble

Buckyballs may someday help cure and prevent illnesses. Unfortunately, tests have shown that they can damage both fish and human cells. More...

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Science News for Students
Madison Square Art: Buckyball

Madison Square Art: Buckyball

See how science inspires art. In 2012, a giant buckyball sculpture brought light, color, and enchanting patterns to a New York City park. More...

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Madison Square Park Conservancy
Nobel Chemist Harry Kroto and Buckyballs

Nobel Chemist Harry Kroto and Buckyballs

Listen as Harry Kroto talks about the discovery of buckyballs. It all started when he got curious about how stars make carbon. In the end, he shared a Nobel Prize. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
The 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The discovery of buckminsterfullerenes (that is, buckyballs and similar substances) had led to a whole new kind of chemistry. More...

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The Nobel Foundation
Tiny ‘Soccer Ball’ Space Molecules Could Equal 10,000 Mount Everests

Tiny ‘Soccer Ball’ Space Molecules Could Equal 10,000 Mount Everests

Could buckyballs be key building blocks of living things? That seems possible now that a space telescope has found huge quantities of buckyballs stacked together like oranges in a crate. More...

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Space.com

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