1985
Atomic  


A new form of carbon is found.

A new form of carbon is found. The American chemists Richard Smalley & Robert Curl, & the British chemist Harold Kroto, find that 60 carbon atoms can arrange themselves into molecules shaped like a soccer ball, or a geodesic dome as designed by Buckminster Fuller. These buckyballs provide a flexible base for the design and application of new materials. (Left, micrograph of a thin film of carbon with a 70 atom buckyball.)
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