2010's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

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Wall to wall buckyballs

Formally known as buckminsterfullerene C60, the buckyball -- a molecule composed entirely of carbon -- is discovered by Robert Curl, Harold Kroto and Richard Smalley, who will win the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their efforts. Spherical fullerenes look like the large gray object in the image … or a soccer ball.

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