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.

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