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Buckminsterfullerene molecules. Computer artwork showing the molecular structure of buckminsterfullerene, a structurally distinct form (allotrope) of carbon that has 60 carbon atoms (black) arranged in a spherical structure consisting of interlinking hexagonal and pentagonal rings, like a football. These spherical fullerenes are sometimes referred to as buckyballs.
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