Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Heaviest Element Created

It seems periodic tables need to be reprinted again.
Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a new element.

Element 118 is touted to be the heaviest, yet a short-lived one, element created so far. The researchers were able to achieve the feat by using a cyclotron to bombard californium-249 with calcium ions. The three atoms created by the scientists lasted for less than 1/1000th of a second though.
The new element has 118 protons and 179 neutrons in its nucleus, and has an atomic weight of 297.

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