Remember having to memorize the Periodic Table of Elements when you were in school? Unless, of course, you are still in school… in that case… I envy you.
Anyway, you lucked out if you are the former since there are four brand spanking new elements for everyone’s favorite table! Huzzah!
Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have been discovered, thus completing the seventh row of the table. The discovery was an international effort of sorts. As Time reports,
“Elements 115, 117 and 118 were created in a particle accelerator at the Lawrence Livermore laboratory in California; number 113 popped into existence in a similar way at the Riken institute in Japan.”
Keep in mind, it’s alright for the elements to have been developed by humans – in part due to the possibility that they may have existed naturally at one point.
The names have not yet been given for these long-lost elements.
“Like astronomers who discover new cosmic bodies, scientists who discover new elements can propose what they should be called, but with certain limitations. Elemental names have be inspired by a mythological concept, a mineral, a place, a property or a scientists—which is how we got einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium and americium (and, as long as the IUPAC is standing guard, we’ll never have, say, a trumpium or a snookium).”
Just because one row has finally been completed, it doesn’t mean that the Table is over done with. Theoretically, there is no limit! One day, even someone like you could discover/develop a new element! Yes, you! And to think it all started with reading one of my articles… so don’t forget to credit good old Johnny Witiw in your Nobel Prize acceptance speech. I deserve as much.