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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

 

U.S., Russian scientists discover new element

`American and Russian scientists announced on Monday that they had discovered a superheavy element, known as 118, albeit one that has only existed in three different atoms lasting a fraction of a second over months of experiments. [..]

In the latest experiments, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, bombarded californium with calcium ions to create 118 — the heaviest ever created in such experiments. [..]

In the end the atoms of element 118 — also known as ununoctium — lasted 0.9 milliseconds, researchers said.’




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