Nobel Laureate and Rice University professor Richard Smalley has died at the age of 62. Smalley is best known for his discovery of buckyballs. He’s also known for his contribution to this now-famous Chemical & Engineering News nanotechnology debate with Eric Drexler. I’ve shown my physical chemistry students that debate. It isn’t the most civil thing they’ll see in science, but it lays out some of the fundamental problems good scientists like Smalley have had with the pie-in-the-sky nanotechnology futurists.