Existence of new element confirmed

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Remember the periodic table from chemistry class in school? Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have presented fresh evidence that confirms the existence of a previously unknown chemical element. The new, super-heavy element has yet to be named.


An international team of researchers, led by physicists from Lund University, have confirmed the existence of what is considered a new element with atomic number 115. The experiment was conducted at the GSI research facility in Germany. The results confirm earlier measurements performed by research groups in Russia.

“This was a very successful experiment and is one of the most important in the field in recent years”, said Dirk Rudolph, Professor at the Division of Nuclear Physics at Lund University.

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    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      I feel so dated! My periodic table only goes up to 111 elements.

      Oh no! How have you been able to manage in life without four elements?

      Points to science, though. Another discovery which could not have been achieved using belief.

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      I feel so dated! My periodic table only goes up to 111 elements.

      Flerovium is the superheavy artificial chemical element with the symbol Fl and atomic number 114. The name was adopted by IUPAC on May 30, 2012.”

      Livermorium is the synthetic superheavy element with the symbol Lv and atomic number 116. The name was adopted by IUPAC on May 30, 2012.”

      Update your periodic table.

  1. Please be adamantium please be adamantium please be adamanti… awwww.

    It’s becoming increasingly likely that the whole X-men thing was all just made up. Never mind, Kurt Wagner, my teleporting soulmate. We will just have to meet in an alternate universe. It is our destiny. I don’t care that you’re a Roman Catholic.

    On the plus side though, at least it wasn’t unobtanium. Those Na’vi can fu#k right off… and take James Cameron with them.

    What’s that picture accompanying the article? Tetris has changed a lot since I played it as a kid.

  2. unobtanium, durainium, trellium, latinum, pergium I doubt these folk have quite the whimsy of the quantum theorists.

    Is there any time time limit on how long an element has to exist to counts as existing?
    Is there any theoretical limit how far this can go?

    • In reply to #3 by Roedy:

      unobtanium, durainium, trellium, latinum, pergium I doubt these folk have quite the whimsy of the quantum theorists.Is there any time time limit on how long an element has to exist to counts as existing? Is there any theoretical limit how far this can go?

      The half-life of fermium – 244 being 3.3 milliseconds and that of rubidium – 87 being 49 billion years, probably not.

      S G

  3. What a pity there isn’t a world wide competition to name the new element. I humbly show my ignorance here, as Im sure there are some latin requirements for the types…

    It seems such a great way to engage people in quite an amazing event in science :)
    Einstei­nium is element 99 :)

    how about Darwinium ; ) Hulkinium ?

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