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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