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We Are Still Discovering NEW Elements?

  • Matthew Joaquin
The periodic table of elements will forever be a thorn in the palms of children across the world, and this year isn’t making it any easier when tests on the board are announced by their teachers. Trial names have been selected for the four new elements added to the table, them being Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts) and Oganesson (Og). The first three are more or less easily recognized as to why they were named as such. I couldn’t figure out the last one off the top of my head, but if you did know that it was named for professor Yuri Oganessian who discovered superheavy elements, whoop dee doo for you. I will say I’m absolutely flabbergasted that new elements can be discovered. I love that undiscovered elements can be found by “bombarding a thin layer of bismuth with zinc ions traveling at about 10% the speed of light.” Trying to imagine what that looks like or even how someone thought about experimenting with anything like that confirms that I should be more than happy that I can operate a microwave competently and cook a steak to a nice medium rare inside.

What the fuck is 10% the speed of light anyway?

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