Periodic Table Gets 4 New Elements, Completes 7th Row

January 5, 2016


The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced that elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 will be added to the periodic table, completing the seventh row of the table in what was probably the most exciting game of bingo for the scientists who discovered them.

Now that the four new elements are recognized, the scientists responsible for finding them can officially name them. Until now, the four elements were referred to by their tongue-twisting placeholder names: ununtrium (element 113), ununpentium (element 115), ununseptium (element 117), and ununoctium (element 118).

"To scientists, this is of greater value than an Olympic gold medal," former Riken president and Nobel laureate in chemistry Ryoji Noyori tells The Guardian.

This doesn't mean that there aren't any more superheavy elements out there to be discovered. The seventh row of the Periodic Table may be full, but scientists are already hard at work trying to fill in the eighth.

"Scientists are already hard at work trying to fill in the eighth." Meanwhile, I'm hard at work trying to build up my tolerance to chicken nuggets so I can finally eat fifty in one sitting. I made it to 42 once. "And then?" Well obviously I'm not allowed back at that Burger King anymore.

Thanks to my mom, for everything.

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