Gee that’s a fun couple words to say if you have the right mindset. But why am I saying it? New Scientist Tech is reporting on some extroverted buckyballs caught on film:
Blink and you might miss it. Researchers have captured the rapid formation of buckyballs â€“ carbon spheres just 1 nanometre in diameter â€“ on film for the first time.
The footage shows how buckyballs, or C60 fullerenes, form in a new process where a thin sheet of graphite exposed to high temperatures shrinks and loses carbon atoms, says Boris Yakobson at Rice University in Houston, Texas, US.
Why am I so worked up over buckyballs? A while back I talked about how science inspires my stories and how buckyballs play a fundamental role in my novel AVATAR (previously titled RIVER OF STARS), where they’re used in a particulate radiation shield when a companion star is in flare.
I’ve been revising AVATAR lately, hence the new title and I even have a new blurb for it:
AVATAR blends post-cyberpunk espionage with the ecological and mystic themes akin to Frank Herbertâ€™s Dune.
When dispatched to distant Ico, Kinship spy Jana Rajam is captured and forced to share her mind with the memories of a long-dead warrior queen. Once escaped, Rajam finds herself thrown between a far-reaching conspiracy to reclaim a lost golden age and a bid to control a narcotic that could enslave or liberate the Iconnu.
A queen must have a consort, and religious leader Brannon Bayne has spent a lifetime living up to the memories he carries of the ancient monarchâ€™s renowned general. A half-breed caught between two cultures, Bayne must convince Jana to help him forge a peace before solar flares ravage the planet.
AVATAR tells the story of a spyâ€™s redeeming mission, a revered leaderâ€™s desperate journey, and a warring planetâ€™s only hope.