Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

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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