Your Periodic Table Is Missing an Element
Posted on Apr 7, 2010
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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