One of my favorite things about Google is that they like to pay respects to all sorts of things … holidays, historical events and even scientific discoveries like the Buckyball. A Buckyball, or a Buckminster fullerene is an atom that is completely made from carbon. The first fullerene was discovered in 1985 by Harold Kroto, James Heath, Sean O’Brien, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley at Rice University. The name comes from famed architect Richard Buckminster Fuller who was known for his geodesic domes, which look similar to the Buckminster fullerene!
Google’s second O looks like a Buckyball today, and you can even spin it by moving your mouse over the fullerene posing as a letter o. So check out another unique Google homepage and hope that Buckyballs will soon help make other scientific discoveries possible.