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The Bucky ball or also known as the Buckminster fullerene is discovered by three scientists Robert curl Harold Kroto and Richard Smalley in England Harry Kroto was in the university of Sussex and the others were in the university of rice The element was named after R Buckminster fuller who made geodesic domes like the bucky ball The Buckminster fullerene an allotrope of carbon The other allotrope of carbon is diamond and graphite uxl science June A Bucky ball is a 20 sided shape each side a hexagon made to look like a soccer ball uxl science June A Bucky ball though it may look like a soccer ball it is hollow and looks like Swiss cheese on the outside with the only lines visible are the lines making the hexagon and each point the part where both lines touch each other on the ball are the points where the carbon lies This here is called the C60 This is the basis of the fullerene family From here is where the C70 and a lot more uxl science JuneThough the Buckminster fullerene is a new and recent discovery made in the 1980s it has its own branch of chemistry and its own family Of course in the family isnt just different types of soccer ball shaped elements with only 60 carbon points No no no Theres different shapes and different elements for instance there is another element that has the same hexagon shape but looks like a 3-d oval or a rugby ball Of course the only thing you could see is the lines just like the original Bucky ball Of course the rugby ball shaped fullerene isnt the only one Theres more than that After all Buckminster fullerene has its own family and it should be big uxl science JuneThe discovery of the Buckminster fullerene happened when the three scientist put a piece of graphite under an intense pulse of laser After the
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