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Creating New Super Heavy Atomic Elements

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Researchers in Germany recently confirmed the existence of Element 117, a jumbo sized atom which sits on the outer edges of the periodic table. Uranium is one of the heaviest elements found in nature with 92 protons, but scientists have been able to push the number of protons higher in laboratories and create new elements. Clara Moskowitz,Associate Editor at Scientific American, tells us about the new element.

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Clara Moskowitz

Comments [5]

Amy from Manhattan

I just hope they never name a new element "Livermorium"!

May. 08 2014 01:58 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If they do find/create elements in the zone of stability, what properties (besides stability) do scientists think those elements will have?

May. 08 2014 01:57 PM

Now this lady I like because she's a scientist and not another fiction scribbler.

May. 08 2014 01:52 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Now we also have to figure out what dark matter is. How strange.

May. 08 2014 08:23 AM
Ed from Larchmont

It's always struck me as amazing that the whole variety of the world is constructed out of 100+ individual elements. How economical.

May. 08 2014 08:22 AM

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