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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Time to rewrite science textbooks: 4 new elements on the periodic table get names


The four superheavy, radioactive elements will be completing the seventh row of the periodic table. Scientists have recently discovered and named four new elements which will soon be added to the periodic table. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, on June 8, 2016, announced that the proposed names for the newly discovered elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson, respectively. These elements will be used  to pay tribute to Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and a Russian scientist. The four superheavy, radioactive elements nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson will be completing the seventh row of the periodic table, replacing ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium. 

New elements, their symbols and discovery teams

Element no.
Element name
Element symbol
Discovered by/in
113
nihonium
Nh
Scientists at Riken institute in Japan.
115
moscovium
Mc
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
117
tennessine
Ts
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
118
oganesson
Og
The name honours Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian

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