Periodic Table's Newest Element Named After A Living Scientist

Posted: Jun 10 2016, 7:08am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Periodic Table Newest Element Named on a Living Scientist
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  • Second Extant Scientist inspires Naming of a Periodic Table Element

These are exciting times we are living in. Another extant scientist has inspired the naming of a periodic table element.

The IUPAC announced the discovery of four new elements before the end of last year. They would be in the seventh row of the periodic table of elements.

After a great deal of brainstorming, their names have been revealed. The scientific groups responsible for the discoveries were the ones who gave these names. IUPAC is to put up the question for voting by the public.

Three of the novel elements (115, 117 and 118) were discovered due to the relentless efforts of American and Russian teams. The names that were put up for approval were “moscovium” for 115, “tennessine” for 117 and “oganesson” for 118.

They were given the acronyms of Mc, Ts and Og. The first one is in reference to Moscow. The second one hints towards Tennessee. However, the third is in honor of the Russian scientist Yuri Oganessian.

He is the second such individual to have an element named after him during his life span, according to WashingtonPost. The last time such an occurrence took place was in 1993. It caused such a commotion way back than that the IUPAC almost decided to put a kibosh on naming elements after living scientists.

While naming something after a living entity may be a little megalomaniacal in nature, science has always pushed back the boundaries of the acceptable. It is an exploration into the extreme regions of experience and phenomena.

The fourth element which was numbered 113 was credited to a team of researchers in Japan. It was titled Nh or “nihonium”. Nihon is a manner of saying the word “Japan” in the country by the locals.

Most of the names were given after much pondering and contemplation. They didn’t come off the top of the heads of the thinkers involved in the name-giving committee. There is a catch to these four new elements.

You won’t ever find them in the natural world out there. The thing is that they are superheavy. That refers to their increased number of protons.

They basically remain extant for the shortest period of time which goes into the nanoseconds. As the scientists smash atomic nuclei, these elements are formed briefly. Then they disappear never to be heard of again.

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