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Posted on Apr 7, 2010
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Call it Element 117, for now. An international team of scientists was able to generate six atoms of the stuff for a few millionths of a second—long enough to add one new element to the periodic table.

Christian Science Monitor:

Let’s hear it for element 117, the last holdout in the last row of the periodic table. An international team of physicists reports that it has produced the element – fleetingly – in an atom smasher in Russia.

The discovery brings to 26 the number of so-called transuranic elements scientists have uncovered – elements that extend the periodic table beyond uranium. Element 117, which has yet to receive a formal name, is the fifth new element scientists have discovered in the past decade.

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By samosamo, April 9, 2010 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

I would guess that because it lasts for only ‘few millionths of a
second’, that can be taken as a warning about what a longer life
for this stuff would do.

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By rollzone, April 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

hello. gee, once a month it always felt like something was missing. so where is the God string element? back to work, and clean the table before dinner, elementalists.

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By rico, suave, April 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

Well, it might as well be called Obamanium.

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