Today Google’s homepage featured a brand new theme logo with an interactive buckyball replacing the second letter ‘o’ in their logo. The official name of the ‘buckyball’ is in fact buckminsterfullerene, however it’s not difficult to understand why it was promptly nicknamed. “A buckyball is a spherical fullerene, which is a molecular compound made up entirely of carbon [C60].
The buckyball, which is actually called buckminsterfullerene, was discovered on Sep 4, 1985 by Harold Kroto, James Heath, Sean O’Brien, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The name buckminsterfullerene comes from Richard Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, who was an architect and designer, whose geodesic domes and spheres the buckyball resembles.
Besides this, ‘fullerine’ also stands for a molecule made entirely of carbon.”
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