Originally Posted by Nickw
cant yet , cant do it , same thing haha .
Those two phrases aren't the same at all.
Originally Posted by Sylence
I'm curious what (if anything) these super unstable elements might be useful for? Or is this a purely scientific endeavor?
Purely scientific. Some discoveries which may seem insignificant now can matter a whole lot. For instance, a few hundred years ago a mathematician was trying to confirm his theory of how to most efficiently pack spheres...his application was to see if how grocers stack oranges is most efficient. He was laughed at for caring about something that seemed so pointless. despite this, he confirmed his theory. A few hundred years later, when sending data in packets which, for the purpose of simplicity, are represented by spheres, becomes important this seemingly useless discovery helped others to innovate and push the boundaries of the possible further.
Will these super heavy, unstable elements likely matter in our lifetimes? probably not, but who's to say that? You never know until it happens, so saying the only good research is research that is solving a problem NOW is silly.
edit: and there are many more great examples of this same principle described above. If anyone can find a certain article I read a while back regarding several old mathematical discoveries that became important much later, I'll kiss you