Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Unpronounceable-ium

Ununtrium, ununpentium et al will shortly be no more. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has reviewed the literature for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 and has determined that the claims for discovery of these elements have been fulfilled. The RIKEN team in Japan having fulfilled the criteria for element Z=113 will be invited to propose a permanent name and symbol. The multiple collaborative teams across USA and Russia will similarly be invited to propose names and symbols for the elements Z= 115, 117 and 118.

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