Four New Elements

The Periodic Table has been extended and we now have four new elements on it. Here is an illustration of them (via Phil Plate) … The Official Press Release So who gets to pick such things? The answer is that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) does this, and the process involved is … Read more

Naming New Elements

We have two new elements in the periodic table, 114 and 116. The details are in the Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry here. Both are highly radioactive and exist for less than a second before decaying into lighter atoms, so blink and you will indeed miss them. This has been on the cards for some time now, and have been submitted for inclusion along with claims for 113, 115 , and 118. Well, 114 and 116 just made it.

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