Buckyballs and all

Oil companies are branching out, buckyballs and all.ChevronTexaco Corp. last December reported that its Energy Research & Technology Co. in Richmond, Calif., had discovered a new class of molecular building blocks called "high diamondoids." Found in petroleum, these nanometer-sized carbon-based materials may be instrumental in advancing the field of nanotechnology. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter.Nanotechnology is rapidly evolving as a field that develops materials with superior properties derived from building at the molecular level. The US, Japan, and other governments are funding its development at a rate of more than $2 billion/year.Expected to change our way of life in many w...

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