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2011-06-09 05:50:03

Scientists from the scientific governing committees of physics and chemistry have added two new elements -- yet to be named -- to the periodic table, reports The Associated Press (AP). The elements, currently known only as 114 and 116, are both highly radioactive and, with respective atomic weights of 289 and 292, are now the heaviest elements on the periodic table of elements, bumping copernicium and roentgenium down the list of heavyweights. The two radioactive elements exist only for a...

2006-10-17 09:45:00

WASHINGTON -- Revisiting one of physics' most embarrassing cases of scientific misconduct, researchers from Russia and the United States announced Monday that they have created a new super-heavy element, atomic number 118. Scientists said they smashed together calcium with the manmade element Californium to make an atom with 118 protons in its nucleus. The new element lasted for just one millisecond, but it was the heaviest element ever made and the first manmade inert gas - the atomic family...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.