Monday, January 4, 2016
Even the Periodic Table Put On a Little Weight Over the Holidays
Four new superheavy elements were announced, but please don't ask me to spell their names. Interesting from a nuclear physics point of view, but likely of no chemical consequence – their half-lives are far too short for most chemical interactions. Here are the details, from the official announcement, a Q-and-A from Lawrence Livermore, and finally a j-school take on the matter in the Washington Post.
Yes, I know it's the 4th already, but it feels like the year really started today. Monday, back to work, and all that stuff.