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27 October 2010

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/ Oct 27th … astronomers have discovered lots of buckyballs in space – small carbon spherules. The Spitzer Telescope has found them in association with dying stars (but see http://calderup.wordpress.com the blog of Nigel Calder who earlier in the year had a post on buckyballs). Buckyballs consist of linked carbon atoms and are named after architect Buckminster Fuller whose strange looking domes resemble the shape of buckyballs – one of which is prominently at the entrance to the Orlando Disney Park. It seems buckyballs are much more numerous than thought andit is now being suggested that buckyballs from outer space provided the seeds of life on earth. To seem more on this subject go to www.spitzer.caltech.edu/news/1212-feature10-18

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