What is a Buckyball?

This article was originally written and submitted as part of a Canada 150 Project, the Innovation Storybook, to crowdsource stories of Canadian innovation with partners across Canada. The content has since been migrated to Ingenium’s Channel, a digital hub featuring curated content related to science, technology and innovation.

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What is a Buckyball?

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, Western University scientists Jan Cami and colleagues discovered carbon molecules known as ‘buckyballs’ in space for the first time in 2010. These are the largest molecules currently known to exist in space.

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