New element names are the scientific equivalent of dad jokes

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Great news, chemistry geeks — the four new elements added to the periodic table last December have finally received their permanent names.

On Wednesday, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that the names for the new elements — with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 — have officially been accepted, thus completing the periodic table’s seventh row.

The names were suggested back in June by scientists from the United States, Japan and Russia who discovered the synthetic elements. Each name bears special significance and creatively fits the guidelines, which require an element be named after a mythological concept or character, a mineral or similar substance, a place or geographical region, a property of the element, or a scientist. Read more…

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