ice-9, meet carbon-5

It isn’t as scary as Kurt Vonnegut’s imaginary ice-9, a form of solid water stable at ambient temperatures, but it’s just as wierd. According the the recent edition of Nature Science Updates, a fifth form of carbon has been created. Unlike the known forms – graphite, diamond, buckminsterfullerenes, and nanotubes – the new form is described as a nanofoam. The really interesting thing is that it’s magnetic.

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  1. John says:

    I was thinking of Ice-9 when I named the bio-active nanomachines (in Acts of the Apostles) “Feynman Nine”. Also, it’s odd that the magnetism wears off over a short amount of time. Why is that? Does the structure change?

    In other… news it has been recently reported that buckyballs cause brain damage in fish. Ooops!

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