We’ve Officially Got Four New Elements

Four new elements have officially been added to the periodic table of elements, according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

We’ve Officially Got Four New Elements
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These elements had been going by their temporary names: ununtrium (113), ununpentium (115), ununseptium (117), and ununoctium (118).

We’ve Officially Got Four New Elements
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Element 113 was confirmed by a Japanese research group. The other three were confirmed by a joint American-Russian effort.

It’s one thing to find evidence of an element once. But to confirm its existence, as was done here, you need to demonstrate it experimentally multiple times.

These elements don’t exist in nature and can only be created in the lab by blasting particles at each other with a particle accelerator. They don’t last for very long, either.

We’ve Officially Got Four New Elements
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Element 113 for example, exists for less than a thousandth of a second.

At The Sheffield College we offer some fantastic Science courses in our fabulous facilities, including a couple of labs too! So if you want to get experimenting, then we’re just the right place for you. Take a look now! 

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