Nobel chemist Sir Harry Kroto used Meccano to work out the shape of the Carbon 60
molecule, and says that the decline in popularity of Meccano has been "a disaster for the education of our young engineers and scientists."
New York, NY-based GEMZ Corporation recently announced plans to acquire development rights for a patent-pending technology that uses a thermal acoustic technique to cost-effectively produce Carbon 60
(C60), also known as "bucky balls," which efficiently store hydrogen in carbon nanotubes.
Walsall (3-5-2): Walker 8; Hay 5, Roper 5 (Carbon 60
, 3), Barrass 6; Bazeley 4, O'Connor 6 (Simpson 85, 3), Corica 5 (Emblen 60, 4), Sonner 4, Aranalde 4; Zdrilic 4, Leitao 5.
Professor Silva's team will use the device (which is described as representing a 'completely new dimension [in] the fabrication of [nano-scale] devices') to research carbon nanotubes (the Buckyball derivative of Carbon 60
) as a precursor to a new generation of devices that will be smaller and faster than current silicon technology.