Scientists reported Wednesday they have produced an unusual new form of carbon shaped like a soccer ball and named after geodesic dome inventor, Buckminster Fuller.

Fullerite, made of large molecules each consisting of 60 carbon atoms arranged in a spherical, geodesic pattern, promises to have practical applications as a lubricant and as a container for carrying other minute particles.The existence of such molecules was predicted several years ago.

A team from the University of Arizona in Tucson and the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, West Germany, said they have succeeded making enough fullerite to study its unique properties.