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Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Elements

New elements have recently been discovered for the periodic table. Their names are Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tenessine (Ts), and Oganesson (Og). Among the serious and potential candidates for these new elements, before they were officially named, there were lots of jokes submitted. "If I could name an element, I'd name it Memeite for obvious reasons," said jokester Dakota Beccara.

Scientists are extremely pleased with the sudden interest that people are having with the newly discovered materials. With the help of all participants, the 7th row of the periodic table has been completed. "With the new discoveries, I think that scientists have been reminded that there are still things out there that we have yet to find. Our knowledge will keep growing and we will keep discovering,” says Dakota Becarra.

Each name was chosen for either a scientist or a geographical area. Even after the official names were announced, people suggested more names for these elements, some even making petitions to change the original names. However, these suggestions could not be accepted, given the fact that under the current guidelines, only the discoverers have the right to propose names and symbols. Questions were also received about pronunciation of the names and their translation into other languages.

"This discovery is extraordinary. New medicines could be discovered, new materials made. There are so many possibilities. If I could create one element, I'd want it to be able to bring back the memories of those suffering from amnesia." said Mary Benson.

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