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New Super-Heavy Element 115 Confirmed
Live Science ^ | 8-27-13 | Megan Gannon

Posted on 08/27/2013 10:16:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Scientists say they've created a handful of atoms of the elusive element 115, which occupies a mysterious corner of the periodic table.

The super-heavy element has yet to be officially named, but it is temporarily called ununpentium, roughly based on the Latin and Greek words for the digits in its atomic number, 115.  

The atomic number is the number of protons an element contains. The heaviest element commonly found in nature is uranium, which has 92 protons, but scientists can load even more protons into an atomic nucleus and make heavier elements through nuclear fusion reactions. [Wacky Physics: The Coolest Little Particles in Nature]

Scientists hope that by creating heavier and heavier elements, they will find a theoretical "island of stability," an undiscovered region in the periodic table where stable super-heavy elements with as yet unimagined practical uses might exist. 

In experiments in Dubna, Russia about 10 years ago, researchers reported that they created atoms with 115 protons. Their measurements have now been confirmed in experiments at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Germany.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: periodictable; science; stringtheory

1 posted on 08/27/2013 10:16:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

I’d like to run that through my .45 and my .308 M1A.....


2 posted on 08/27/2013 10:20:52 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: smokingfrog

3 posted on 08/27/2013 10:20:52 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: smokingfrog; neverdem; cogitator

No big deal. UNunstupidium was re-discovered Nov 2008, and has ever since grown in size and density in the GrOPe leaders in the Senate .....


4 posted on 08/27/2013 10:22:40 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: smokingfrog

after the first mooch, fatassium


5 posted on 08/27/2013 10:22:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: smokingfrog

Unobtanium?


6 posted on 08/27/2013 10:23:46 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: smokingfrog

Wow, that’s heavy.


7 posted on 08/27/2013 10:24:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: smokingfrog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds4yiERTZj8


8 posted on 08/27/2013 10:33:35 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: smokingfrog

Bob Lazar stole several pounds of it from Area 51.


9 posted on 08/27/2013 10:43:57 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Ding ! Ding ! Ding !

Winner ! Winner !!

That’s the line of this post (so far).


10 posted on 08/27/2013 10:46:46 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: Defiant

That was the first thing outta my mind as well...


11 posted on 08/27/2013 11:48:21 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: smokingfrog

Super heavy? How about Gottahernium....?


12 posted on 08/27/2013 11:52:12 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Secret Agent Man

You win.


13 posted on 08/28/2013 1:09:41 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: smokingfrog

Obamium. Very unstable, highly radioactive, likely to explode at any minute.


14 posted on 08/28/2013 1:13:10 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Vendome

Californium currently is known to have a very low critical mass required. A californium bullet, with a hollow inside could perhaps reach critical mass as the front flattened, giving a moderate nuclear explosive yield.

Smaller than Hiroshima, larger than the largest conventional bomb.


15 posted on 08/28/2013 1:18:11 AM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: smokingfrog; SunkenCiv
bump to the top...
science ping.

16 posted on 08/28/2013 2:41:12 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass; 6SJ7; AdmSmith; AFPhys; Arkinsaw; allmost; aristotleman; autumnraine; ...

Thanks skinkinthegrass.

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17 posted on 08/28/2013 3:50:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Kirkwood
Thanks for that. The man's a genius. I had the good fortune to catch him live several times in the late 60's..

My favorite line of his:

"It's a sobering fact for me to realize that when Mozart was my age, he'd already been dead for 20 years."

18 posted on 08/28/2013 3:53:34 AM PDT by ken5050 (2014 Tea Party Trifecta! Retire Mitch, Lamar, and Lindsey)
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To: Defiant

“Bob Lazar stole several pounds of it from Area 51.”

I wonder if Lazars claims are even close to reality? I think he said 114 was unstable, and 115 was stable.
I know he was a scam artist, but he was a good one.


19 posted on 08/28/2013 4:16:08 AM PDT by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: donmeaker
Californium currently is known to have a very low critical mass required. A californium bullet, with a hollow inside could perhaps reach critical mass as the front flattened, giving a moderate nuclear explosive yield. Smaller than Hiroshima, larger than the largest conventional bomb.

Wicked kickback.

20 posted on 08/28/2013 4:45:40 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: edpc

haha


21 posted on 08/28/2013 5:29:31 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Wildbill22

I don’t know if Lazar was a scam artist or not, but he told a good story. Only the NSA knows for sure.


22 posted on 08/28/2013 7:51:23 AM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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