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Fullerene

A fullerene filled with water

A fullerene is a molecule in the configuration of a hollow, multi-faceted sphere, composed entirely of carbon atoms.

In 2370, Alexander Rozhenko and Eric Burton made models of fullerenes in their chemistry class and filled them with water, essentially making water balloons. Eric accidentally hit Lieutenant Worf with one of the models while playing with Alexander. (TNG: "Firstborn")

The authors of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 287) noted that fullerene was a shortened name for buckminsterfullerene. This molecule was named after 20th century architect R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome.

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