Scientists Create New “Superheavy” Element

Posted: May 6, 2014 by woody in Actual News
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ABC News:

It looks like there’s a new kid on the block of periodic table of elements.

Scientists say they’ve succeeded in creating an element with the atomic number 117.

This is the second time the element has been observed in a lab, making it increasingly likely that the unnamed element will be officially recognized, according to the international team of scientists.

 

Not really sure what to say about this. The first thing that caught my attention was that they are creating elements, and apparently have been. I don’t know if I missed that day in chemistry (I more than likely missed that day in chemistry)  but I always thought that elements were things that were found in nature, not created in a lab by a bunch of nerds. Jokes on me though I guess. Fuck me right? You can read the article in the link if you want the full run down of how to “create” an element, but basically to create elements in a lab, scientists smash nuclei together with the hopes that they will fuse, and remain relatively stable. Not only do they rarely fuse together, but if by chance they do, it apparently lasts all of a new nanoseconds. Like sweet dude. Spend millions, probably billions of dollars a year smashing nuclei together like a fucking psychopath just for a couple nanoseconds of satisfaction. How about instead of that, we figure out a way to stop ourselves from ultimately destroying the only planet we can survive on at the moment that we know of. There’s an idea. Watch an atlas for fucks sake.

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