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Four New Chemical Elements Found: The More You Have to Know

By Sania Solon 8/31/2016

periodic table with new elements

     Did you hear the fantastic news? Four new elements have been discovered! And for all our fellow science enthusiasts, this means there's more elements to memorize. I suppose a new periodic table song should be in the making?

     Names have been recently given to the four new elements. They are: Nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og). Respectively, the protons that make up these elements are 113, 115, 117, and 118. Now the seventh row of the periodic table is complete, that is, if the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Applied Chemistry consult and do in fact have no objections.

     The question that still remains is, how were these elements found anyway? Simple. They were made by colliding two smaller atomic nuclei together. These four new elements are deemed “extreme.” Why? Well, that's because they are synthetic creations of scientists. They are not natural borne.

     So how did the elements get their names you ask? First and foremost, the name has to be unique and maintain “historical and chemical consistency.”


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