The Four New Elements On The Periodic Table Now Have Names
Any guesses on the origins of "tennessine?"
According to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), any new element must be named after either: a mythological concept or character (including an astronomical object), a mineral, or similar substance, a place or geographical region, a property of the element, or a scientist.
The new proposed names are:
- nihonium (Nh), Z =113
From “Nippon,” or Japan.
- moscovium (Mc), Z = 115
From Moscow, the capital of Russia.
- tennessine (Ts), Z = 117
From Tennessee, a U.S. state.
- oganesson (Og), Z = 118
After Russian physicist, Yuri Oganessian.
These new element names have already been accepted by the IUPAC, and will not have to undergo a five-month period of public review, which expires on 8 November 2016. If no one complains, then the names become official.
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