I Love Google Home Page with Google Doodles! Buckyball Google Doodle. Play Buckyball and Buy Buckyball Online.

Google home page is set to pop up in my computer when I get online. I am sure the majority of people have the same- Google as a home page. I am using Google Chrome browser with Google as a home page and so far I love this browser the most.  

I love Google logo and even more I love Google Doodles.  Google gives us a lot of information by pointing to special dates with its doodles. But most of all I love Google interactive Doodles.  The day when Google put an interactive doodle for a Pacman game, all the kids, little and big, were playing it right from Google home page. 

Today is one of these days with interactive Google Doodle.

Buckyball is the king of the molecule world. Image from http://gentlemensniper.com/?p=90
Buckyball is the king of the molecule world. Image from http://gentlemensniper.com/?p=90
Modular origami of buckyball. Image by Micha Kosmulski
Modular origami of buckyball. Image by Micha Kosmulski
Check this one- http://nanopedia.case.edu/NWPage.php?page=build.buckyball
Check this one- http://nanopedia.case.edu/NWPage.php?page=build.buckyball

Buckyball Google Doodle

Today is one of these days.

Google's doodle on September 4th, 2010 features interactive buckyball in place of the yellow second 'o' in Google.

Buckyball in Google Doodle is spinning, but it can be controlled with your computer mouth. You can move from side to side, you can stop it and you can spin it.

But the most advantage of Google Doodles that you can learn new stuff about it just by clicking on the logo.

I saw Buckyball toys before and even bought a couple as presents for kids. But I didn’t get deep into the story of Buckyball until today when I clicked on the Google Doodle logo.

I am Chemistry impaired. At my Soviet Union school chemistry was a mandatory class (actually, all classes of the school program were mandatory) and it was my most hated class. I had a good grade in it just thanks to my good memory. I was stupidly memorizing the material just to take me through the paper and I was forgetting it right after it.

No wonder that Wikipedia information about Buckyball sent my head spinning like Buckyball in Google Doodle.

But actually, everything can be explained in normal words too.

Discovery of the fullerene, a molecule composed entirely of carbon, lead to many other studies and applications.

The buckyball, which is also called (oh my, help my tongue….) “buckminsterfullerene”, was discovered on Sep 4, 1985 by Harold Kroto, James Heath, Sean O’Brien, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Google celebrated the 25th anniversary of this discovery by placing interactive doodle in its logo.

The tongue twister name “buckminsterfullerene” comes from Richard Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller, who was an architect and designer (his geodesic domes and spheres resemble the buckyball).

Because of the unusual spherical arrangement of the molecule, Buckminsterfullerene, came to be known as Buckyball. This unique ball-shaped family of particles, is studied and applied in several fields of sciences including electronics and nanotechnology.

Forget about science and just enjoy the toy!

Carbon that form fullerenes are basis of life on Earth!

But, please, distract your mind from chemistry, forget about science and technologies, and you will discover an amazing toy in a Buckyball!

Because fullerenes, to put it simple, are a collection of balls, they should make great possibilities for playing with them. But it is really hard to play with atoms.

Not really, if the atoms are replaced with rare earth magnetic spheres, or with plastic parts (for little children). And you can have a really cool toy.

You can build basic shapes, complex sculptures, magnetic jewelry, or whatever!

Everyone remembers the madness of Rubik cube and other mechanical puzzle.

Now we have the better puzzle- never ending fun of Buckyball!

One Puzzle, Billions of Solutions -- Continuously create new patterns and shapes with these cool cubes, composed of multiple individual high-energy rare-earth magnets. With no set right answer, this puzzle has nearly infinite options in construction. You can completely disassemble and reassemble the cube or simply manipulate it with your hands - you completely control the outcome of the multi-dimensional form. Each magnetic sphere is essentially a point, several spheres can be arranged into a line, lines can be formed into two-dimensional shapes, and these shapes can then be combined into three-dimensional objects. -- Using your Cube to create shapes could actually exercise both hemispheres of your brain, because it encourages you to be creative and constructive. Playing with your Cube also helps eliminate stress through the unique sensation of the magnets, the audible sound of each magnet connecting, and the creativity used to produce new shapes. 

WARNING: Keep Away From All Children! Do not put in nose or mouth. Swallowed magnets can stick to intestines causing serious injury or death. Seek immediate medical attention if magnets are swallowed or inhaled.

Kids safe Buckyball

Discover a molecule so exciting, it's the state molecule of Texas. Named after R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome. "BuckyBall" is the nickname for a Carbon 60 molecule. Like the faces of a soccer ball, it has 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. A great science project, complete with fun facts to know and tell.

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Cute Hub.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Cute toy. Thank you for visiting.


sylvia13 6 years ago

I have traveled much and always read everything I come across, but this is the first time I hear about the Bucky Ball! Actually I have written many hubs about jigsaw puzzles, but this beats them all! Very cute!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Sylvia. When I watch the Youtube video, it looks so simple, and I am sure this toy is pretty amazing.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Wow, Vera, you're so smart to unravel all the chemistry behind this. I have never heard of Buckyball but it sure sounds like lots of fun. Smart hub and totally awesome!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Angeline! I am going to give a try to it, I ordered my buckyball puzzle. Kids in my neighborhood are playing with a gigantic plastic Buckyball very often, they gave me to try and throw it. It's fun how this toy unfolds in the air.

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