Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Periodic Table, Who Dis?

Time to throw out your old periodic table and buy a new one - four elements have been added and now they even have names:
Get ready to ring in 2017 with a brand new Periodic Table, because four more elements have officially been added to the seventh row: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).

We’ve been hearing about these four new elements since January, but the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has finally announced that the names have been officially approved, so we’ve got the go-ahead to tear down all our posters and find some new ones.

To get to know our four new friends a little better, nihonium is derived from "Nihon", a Japanese word for Japan, and moscovium honours the Russian capital city, Moscow.

Tennessine is named after the state of Tennessee, known for its pioneering research in chemistry, and it marks the second US state to be honoured on the periodic table. The first was California, referenced by californium (element 98).

Oganesson is named after 83-year-old Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian, and this is only the second time a new element has been named for a living scientist.
The elements were already approved and added to the table with temporary names, as you can see in the picture below. But a new table should be available soon with the actual names. Stay tuned!

By DePiep [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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