New Element Confirmed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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.


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