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Name Carbon
Symbol C
Atomic number 6
Atomic mass 12 amu
Classification Non-metal
Crystal structure Hexagonal
Color black
Date of discovery Carbon has been known since ancient times.
Name of discoverer Unknown
Name origin From the Latin carbo.
Uses Steel, filters.
Obtained from Incomplete combustion.

It has been suggested that the C-14 decay rate varies proportionately with the age of the universe, and if that age is, say 5,000 years rather than 10 billion years, then the C-14 decay rate could have been many orders of magnitude larger a thousand years ago. [1]