Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

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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