Lawrence Livermore scientists discover "superheavy"
By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service
October 16, 2006
Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have
discovered a new "superheavy" element, the lab reported
Element 118 is expected to be a noble gas that lies right below
radon on the periodic table of elements, according to Ken Moody,
the Livermore lab's team leader.
"The world is made up of about 90 elements," he said
in a statement. "Anything more you can learn about the periodic
table is exciting. It can tell us why the world is here and what
it is made of."
The Livermore lab discovered the existence of elements 113 and
115 in 2004, element 116 in 2001 and element 114 in 1999, according
to the lab.
The results of the latest discovery will be published in the
October 2006 edition of the journal Physical Review C.
The latest discovery brings the total number of established elements
in the periodic table to 117, according to Anne Stark, the lab's
public information officer. Scientists have not yet confirmed
the existence of an element they would name element 117, according
Scientists from the Livermore lab's Chemistry, Materials and
Life Sciences Directorate established the existence of element
118 by working in partnership with researchers from the Joint
Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia.
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