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Livermore Lab team discovers six new elements

Newest element on periodic table named Livermorium to honor Lab, city

Dawn Shaughnessy and her team at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are pushing the boundaries of the physical world, discovering the heaviest elements the world has ever known.

As the group leader for experimental nuclear and radiochemistry and the principal investigator for the heavy element group at the laboratory, Shaughnessy, along with her team, has discovered six new elements (113-118) on the periodic table, the heaviest elements found to date.

She recently led a group in the proposed name of the newest heavy element to be accepted to the periodic table - element 116, which is to be named Livermorium. The name was chosen to honor Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the city of Livermore, Calif.

"Nuclear theory states that once you get so far on the periodic table, these newly found elements shouldn't really exist," Shaughnessy said. "But what we've found as we travel down the periodic table is that these elements get more stable the heavier they get, and once an element is stable we can figure out how they can be useful."

Shaughnessy recently was inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame for 2012.

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Posted by Ruby Rod
a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Turns out the fifth element was love. Who'd have guessed?


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Posted by Casanova
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I wonder if there will be protests from the usual brain dead anti lab aging hippies.
They want the lab closed at any cost....makes you wonder when they'll start picketing hospitals and universities since they have nuclear material on site.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Element 118 was made circa 2006. Californium (Cf) bombarded with Calcium (Ca) ions.


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