Thought for the month

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”

Abraham Lincoln, US President (1809-65).

Friday, 2 September 2016

New names

The proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson respectively, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac) has announced. ‘It’s an exciting day for the world,’ says Lynn Soby, Iupac’s executive director.

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