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Two new elements(temporary titles of ununquadium and ununhexium) have been added to the periodic table after a three-year review by the governing bodies of chemistry and physics.

The elements are currently unnamed, but they are both highly radioactive and exist for less than a second before decaying into lighter atoms.
The BBC article is incredibly short: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13699575

Pure and Applied Chemistry report: http://iupac.org/publications/pac/pd...P-10-05-01.pdf
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o.o

cool
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LOL!
"They are both highly radioactive and exist for less than a second before decaying into lighter atoms"
   
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They should call it "I can't beleive it's not Unobtainium".
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"They are both highly radioactive and exist for less than a second before decaying into lighter atoms"
I had a GF like that once.

Still, joking aside, this is cool. But think about all the text books & wall posters at highschools that will need to be reprinted.
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I had a GF like that once.

Still, joking aside, this is cool. But think about all the text books & wall posters at highschools that will need to be reprinted.
I m already imagining kids in schools going into the labs and instead of experimenting magnesium tricks they will do stuff with this elements.
My opinion is that this 2 things should not be in the table ,plain and simple.No costs involved.
They should add some real elements in there.
   
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LOL!
"They are both highly radioactive and exist for less than a second before decaying into lighter atoms"
Pretty common for Elements 109+.
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I m already imagining kids in schools going into the labs and instead of experimenting magnesium tricks they will do stuff with this elements.
My opinion is that this 2 things should not be in the table ,plain and simple.No costs involved.
They should add some real elements in there.
There are already elements that exhibit these characteristics on the periodic table.
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Originally Posted by Dromihetes View Post
My opinion is that this 2 things should not be in the table ,plain and simple.No costs involved.
They should add some real elements in there.
It's safe to say that your opinion is based around not understanding how the Periodic Table of Elements works. Although if YOU can find a stable element that high up, then please, feel free to get it added! You'll go down as one of the most famous scientists of all time if you do.
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Most Periodic Tables don't wander past Laurencium - but then, real scientists don't fool with the Periodic Table, since the Tble of Nucleides is far more entertaining.

Asfar as science goes, it is not the existence of these super heavy elements that is of great importance, but in the methods of accelerating super heavy ions that are used to create these elements. It is far more difficult to extract and accelerate beams of heavy ions to high energy levels than say, to accelerate protons to extremely high energies. I is all about exploiting a field of particle physics that takes a back seat to the big projects.

As for inclusion, if we were to remove short lived elements, we'd have a blank at Technicium, since it is man-made and has a short half life, but with a low atomic mass an number - but then, Tc is a fairly important element when it comes to medical diagnostics and imaging. Other elements, longer lived but only made in the most puny quantities imaginable, find important uses, even in your own home, like Americium or Californium, elements that are part of the common smoke detector up on the ceiling.
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