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Four new periodic table elements have just been named!

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 June 2016, 12:42 IST

The periodic table is all set to include four new elements. The elements in question are moscovium, nihonium, tennessine and oganesson, which have been named after a team of researchers in Japan, Tennessee and Russia.

On 8 June, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) presented the names of four chemical element for public review.

The proposed names of the elements are now up for public evaluation and will be confirmed in December.

In January 2016, IUPAC announced that four new elements have earned a permanent spot on the periodic table.

The elements, currently known by the Latin for their atomic numbers - ununtrium (113), ununpentium (115), ununseptium (117) and ununoctium (118) - completethe seventh row of the periodic table. Here is a closer look at the new proposed periodic elements:

1) Element 113: Nihonium (symbol Nh)

Nihonium was discovered in Japan. Nihon, the first element to be discovered in an Asian country, is another name for Japan.

2) Element 115: Moscovium (symbol Mc)

Moscovium has been named after the Russian capital city.

3) Element 117: Tennessine (symbol Ts)

"Tennessine is in recognition of the contribution of the Tennessee region, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, to superheavy element research," the IUPAC stated.

4) Element 118: Oganesson (symbol Og)

The element has been named after Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian.

First published: 9 June 2016, 12:42 IST
 
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