Big news out of the scientific community today as two new prospective elements have been given names among the periodic table of the elements.
Previously known as elements 114 and 116 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry today revealed them to be flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv).
While the names have been selected science enthusiasts should be made aware that they must wait five months before they can be officially added, during that time the discussion is open for public comments. The elements were confirmed by the IUPAC in June.
The name Flerovium comes from Russia’s Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions where the element was first created.
The second element Livermorium was originally to be called muscovium (it was discovered in a lab in Moscow) but was later changed to represent the name of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Livermore scientists were involved in the discovering of the element.
While for most of us outside of the scientific community it just means two more abbreviations to remember on a chart, it’s an exciting time for scientists who continue to advance their studies while developing new and exciting elements to work with.
What do you think of the names given to the two elements?
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