Uses of Buckyballs

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Buckminsterfullerenes or buckyballs are the next step in finding the cure to cancerous tumors. Buckyballs are made out of nano tubes and look like a spider-web stuck together to form a ball. They were discovered on accident when scientists were trying to vaporize carbon. The unnamed atom product was appealing to the eye so they did further research. Based on their shape, buckyballs were named after an American architect Buckminster Fuller who built dome shaped buildings similar to the eye as buckyballs. Are there other uses buckyballs can be used for? What Buckyballs Do Present Day

Buckyballs (as shown above) are balls that look like empty soccer balls. The connectors are nano tubes, and are empty inside. Doctors use buckyballs now to fight tumors that carry cancers. Medicine is inserted into the hollow tubes and tumor patients consume them. Buckyballs are copying viruses. Viruses are strong enough to break through the good blood cells and overtake the body with the sickness they carry. Buckyballs do the same thing, except they break through the cells walls of cancer cells, stopping the spread of swiftly spreading cancer cells, and killing the cells. Buckyballs have also been tested on diabetic rats to see if buckyballs could drop blood pressure, the test was successful and the rats experienced no side effects. What do Buckyballs look like?

Buckyballs look like a spider web put together to form a ball, the inside is empty. A soccer ball and a Buckyball are almost exactly the same, in looks. Buckyballs are made out of nano materials, which mostly include carbon; 20 nanometers thick. Buckyballs include 60 molecules and the scientific name for buckyballs are c60’s. Past of Buckyballs

Uses in the past
Buckyballs were used for building. There strength and durability was very strong, so they were commonly used to help build foundations. Although, there was a lot of research put into the discovery of buckyballs, there wasn’t much use for them at...
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