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This Will Make Sheldon Cooper Very Happy

August 30, 2013

There is a new element, almost.

The discovery of a new element is like the discovery of a new planet. It changes nothing about the way we live our lives but causes perceptions of the world to expand, just a little, 115 protons worth, the size of this new proposed element.

Commence the paperwork! Revise the chemistry textbooks. Launch the naming discussions and cross-check options with a list of available abbreviations. Element 115 is the first possible addition to the periodic table since 2012’s twofer: flerovium (114) and livermorium (116), which caused Sargent-Welch to make its last round of additions.

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