Four New Elements Added to the Periodic Table

Four New Elements Added to the Periodic Table

Chemistry books all of the world have been made outdated as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has officially announced the addition of elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 thus completing the 17th row.

All the elements were created in labs by bombarding atoms of smaller nuclei. Riken Institute from Japan has been accredited with the discovery of 113 while the other three was a joint venture from an American-Russian team. Ryoji Noyori, former Riken president and Nobel laureate in chemistry said: “To scientists, this is of greater value than an Olympic gold medal”. Noyori now wants to venture to element 119 and beyond.

Like other super-heavy elements, these four other exist for a fraction of a second before decaying into other more stable elements.

Author: Denish Pillay

Science, sports and technology enthusiast.

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