September 4, 2010
|Google Doodle on September 4, 2010.|
What is a buckyball?
A buckyball is a spherical fullerene, or a molecular compound made up entirely of carbon [C60]. The name buckyball is actually a colloquialism for buckminsterfullerene, as in Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, an architect and designer whose geodesic domes and spheres the buckyball resembles.
Buckminsterfullerene was discovered on September 4, 1985 by Harold Kroto, James Heath, Sean O’Brien, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Buckyballs are unique particles that have been the subject of intense research, especially in materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology.
Google Doodles are sort of a fun surprise to discover every so often. Don't you agree?
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