Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Scientists in Sweden have confirmed the existence of a new chemical element, but its name may need some work.
Researchers at Lund University say their find backs up claims by teams in Russia and the United States a decade ago that had remained unverified until now.
Experiments allowed them to detect the `fingerprint' of the short-lived but super-heavy element dubbed ununpentium. The name, which refers to the element's 115th place in the periodic table, is only provisional.
The element will likely get a new name if the discovery is formally approved by experts from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry.