By far the most common and best-known fullerene is the buckmin-sterfullerene, buckyball, or C60. It has a soccer-ball-shaped structure that includes 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. Scientists ^ To watch and listen to Sir Harold Kroto have now discovered other explain why he named the carbon cluster buckyballs as well. They in- that he discovered, buckminsterfullerene, clude C70, C76, and C84. go to: http://online.nanopolis.net/viewer.


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Rice University scientists had constructed the world's smallest car—a single molecule "nanocar" that contained a chassis, axles, and four buckyball wheels. The entire car measured just 3-4 nanometers across, making it slightly wider than a strand of DNA.

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