New Elements Named

Despite a public drive to name element 117 “Octarine” in honor of Terry Pratchett, the element will be named Tennessine, in honor of the state of Tennessee. Element 113 will be called Nihonium, in honor of Japan, 115 will be named Moscovium, for Moscow, and 118 will be Oganesson, for Yuri Oganessian, a Russian nuclear physicist whose team discovered many of the heaviest elements.
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Petition to Name New Element

A petition on Change.org has been created asking IUPUI, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to name element 117, currently called Ununseptium “Octarine” in honor of the late Sir Terry Pratchett.

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Atomic Weight Change

Ten elements on the Periodic Table of Elements are undergoing revision as scientists revise the way their atomic weights are represented. hydrogen, lithium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, chlorine, and thallium will no longer be shown as having a single atomic weight, but rather a range of weights. The new table more accurately reflects fluctuation in the atomic weight of those elements.

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