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Carbon in the News Again
Kirt's Cogitations™ #75

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   Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
   Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.


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Carbon in the News Again

Magnetic carbon has been reported by experimenter Tatiana Makarova, a Russian scientist working in Sweden. The third form of carbon, buckyballs, the soccerball-shaped structures containing 60 carbon atoms created in laboratories, exhibit magnetic properties when compressed at a million lbs/in2 at a temperature of 1,300 ° F. Only iron, cobalt, nickel and gadolinium, are naturally ferromagnetic at room temperature, which means they can be permanently magnetized through exposure to a magnetic field. The complicated proof of existence for these strange non-metallic magnets, involving quantum mechanics, the Pauli exclusion principle and Heisenberg theory, is left to the reader as an exercise.