zome BuckyBall

Buckminster Fullerene

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Discover the most exciting molecule known to mankind! Named after R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, "BuckyBall" is the nickname for a Carbon 60 molecule. Like the faces of a soccer ball, it has 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. A great science project, BuckyBalls promise an amazing future -- superconductors, drugs, batteries, solar cells -- even super lubrication. Build your own BuckyBall using the 150 Zome pieces and step-by-step instructions included in this kit.

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The Zome BuckyBall Kit conatins 150 Zome pieces: 60 black Zome Balls and 90 short blue Struts.

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Although the most famous of fullerenes, the BuckyBall has many cousins. Scientists have discovered hundreds of combinations of these interlocking pentagon/hexagon formations such as: BuckyBabies - spheroid carbon molecules containing fewer than 60 carbon atoms; FuzzyBalls - BuckyBalls with 60 hydrogen atoms attached; Giant Fullerenes - fullerenes containing hundreds of carbon atoms; Nanotubes (or BuckyTubes) - tubes of carbon created by passing an electric current between graphite rods; DopeyBalls - BuckyBalls which are doped with metal; HairyBalls - BuckyBalls that have split tubes hanging from their bodies, which could potentially be very useful in HIV research.

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