Four More Place Settings at the Periodic Table

(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Well, this doesn’t happen terribly often: Scientists recently created/discovered four new elements, and the proposed names have just been announced.

I won’t keep you in suspense: Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 have the proposed names, in order, of nihonium (symbol Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).

Neat! I was a little thrown by the suffixes, but then realized where they come from. The –ium is pretty standard for most elements (helium, praeseodymium, etc.). Tennessine is in the vertical column with fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and so on, so that explains the –ine. Oganesson is in the column with the noble elements like argon, radon, and krypton, so there you go. …

bad_astronomy 2016/06/09 four_new

Periodic Table, 113,115,117,118


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