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This could be the periodic table's next element

This Could Be The Periodic Table's Next Element

The periodic table could soon welcome a new element - it's currently unnamed but known as the super heavy element 117. You might want to sit down - it's time for a science lesson.

"It's really exciting because it's the generation of new matter. It's almost like a chill goes up your spine, it's like wow, something new, something really exciting. It's almost akin to a Nobel Prize," according to Periodic Videos.

Element 117 is synthetic and was first created in small amounts back in 2010. A little background - any element with an atomic number higher than uranium's 92 is unstable. Those higher elements undergo a decay process, unlike those that naturally occur as seen in this periodic table from Wikimedia Commons.

In order to create element 117, researchers have to use accelerator technologies to cause specific atoms to fuse together.

‚Äč"Calcium ions are accelerated to high velocity toward the target of Berkelium atoms... only one of billions fuse with target to create element 117," according to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

And that is how the super heavy element is created. But why should we care about the elusive 117?

To put it plainly, one researcher from E Science News said, "The successful experiments on element 117 are an important step on the path to the production and detection of elements situated on the 'island of stability' of super-heavy elements."

As a writer for LiveScience puts it, "If such an 'island' exists, the elements in this theoretical region of the periodic table could be extremely long-lived - capable of existing for longer than nanoseconds - which scientists could then develop for untold practical uses."

So basically, at this point, the implications from the discovery of 117 are endless. Its status as an element will soon be decided by a committee from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

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Charlie Baker May 04 2014 at 3:50 AM

Democrats lost sight of the fact that not one single person willingly moves from their insurance of choice to O'BamaCare. Further that the burden of this system falls squarely on the shoulders of the American wage earner who personally has less for himself and his family.

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Angbii@aol.com Charlie Baker May 04 2014 at 9:26 AM

Firstly, I know of several people who purposely did choose the Affordable Care Act and are paying less than they did prior to the move. Secondly, what does this have to do with finding a new element for the periodic table?

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rrfotobus Charlie Baker May 04 2014 at 11:04 AM

You are either very uneducated or terribly uninformed.. Only the selfish and already insured would make such claims.. I personally know 9 people who have benefited greatly by Obamacare. You sound just like the right wingers when Medicare approved.. Now, since you are so negative, let's just say that if you lose your insurance or if you hit the Medicare age, you refuse to take Obamacare or at 65 Medicare because you do not want to put it on the shoulders of the American wage earner. Or, are you just another right wing hypocrite. I suspect so.

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crazy ray May 04 2014 at 6:25 AM

"...untold practical uses." I guess that's the same as saying none.

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Tom May 04 2014 at 10:22 AM

I thought it was going to be about "Pelosium". A new element that creates unusual amounts of mind numbingly stupid hot air.

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rrfotobus Tom May 04 2014 at 11:05 AM

You obvioiusly have not been listening to the do-nothing Boehner... Yawn!!!!!!

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Edwin Moore Tom May 04 2014 at 11:13 AM

Actually, I thought it would be Boehnerium which makes people cry and turns their skin an un-natural shade of orange.

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stick4013 May 03 2014 at 11:55 PM

I have invented Anti-Matter but I have nothing to keep it in.Just my luck.

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mrscrutty May 03 2014 at 11:32 PM

I thought Robert Downey Jr created that element in Iron Man 2.

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John Roberson May 03 2014 at 11:09 PM

and scientists are only discovering what God has known how to do since the beginning of time.

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westwind May 03 2014 at 9:25 PM

The implicatons of element 117 are endless? Hardly. This is not news, it's already being used.
It's just now that AOL has gotten the information.

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curtdog93 May 03 2014 at 9:01 PM

in the 90s a former employee of area 51 said the alin ships were powered by a reactor that used a fuel consisting of element 117, and now here we are. google bob lazar and element 117 and you can see him talking about this element 15 years ago....

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tommygh May 03 2014 at 8:51 PM

I've always felt that the element of surprise needs to be added as well!

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Mike May 04 2014 at 6:01 AM

But how does it taste?

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crazy ray Mike May 04 2014 at 6:26 AM

Like chicken.

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