They might be microscopic, but as far as molecules go, buckyballs are absolutely gigantic. These soccer ball shaped molecules are made of 60 carbon molecules each, and new data from the Spitzer Telescope suggest they are everywhere in the universe.
Buckyballs are huge molecular conglomerations of carbon atoms in the shape of soccer balls, and it turns out space is absolutely teeming with them. It's quite possible that life on Earth couldn't have happened without these wonderfully-named buckyballs.
Google UK users (and perhaps other countries, too) were greeted to an amazing sight today: an interactive logo made out of colored balls. But why? Is Google demonstrating the power of HTML5? Celebrating the birth of kiddywinks' ball pits?