Four New Elements Added to the Periodic Table
News| | By Felissa Allard
Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 are so new they don’t even have official names yet. The US-based International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the organization that governs chemical nomenclature, terminology, and measurement, verified the existence of the new elements on December 30. The teams that discovered the new elements have been asked to submit names. According to IUPAC, elements “can be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property or a scientist.” The new elements were actually made using particle accelerators that shoot beams of nuclei at other heavier, target nuclei. They then track the decay. Scientists are now turning their sights to the elusive eighth row of the Periodic Table, which so far exists only in theory.
Chemistry breakthrough: 7th row of periodic table complete! pic.twitter.com/qu6mrKTe3a— Jared Q Pope (@JQPope) January 4, 2016