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Small balls of carbon

The most famous nanoparticle is the 'buckyball'. A British scientist called Harry Kroto discovered it by accident when his team burnt some carbon. So far it's not been used a lot.

The buckyball is exactly the same shape as a football, but 30 billion times smaller. Like a football, a buckyball can spin and bounce. Scientists hope to make use of these properties one day.

Source: University of Surrey

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Model of a buckyball.
Model of a buckyball.
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