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2010-02-24 11:26:22

The name proposed by GSI for the heaviest chemical element has been officially endorsed The heaviest recognized chemical element with the atomic number 112 was discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fr Schwerionenforschung and "“ since February 19, 2010 "“ officially carries the name copernicium and the chemical symbol "Cn". The name was approved and officially announced today by the international union for chemistry IUPAC*. The name "Copernicium" honors scientist and astronomer...

2009-07-14 10:59:00

In honor of scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), the discovering team around Professor Sigurd Hofmann suggested the name "žcopernicium" with the element symbol "Cp" for the new element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fr Schwerionenforschung (Center for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt. It was Copernicus who discovered that the Earth orbits the Sun, thus paving the way for our modern view of the world. Thirteen years ago, element 112 was...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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