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Four new elements enter Periodic table
The periodic table has got four new elements. The inclusion has made all the science books across the world outdated. The table’s seventh row will now get elements 113, 115, 117 and 118, making it complete. The decision has come after the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry verified them on December 30.
But the latest elements haven’t received their final names or symbols yet. A team from Japan, Russia and the USA has discovered the new elements and will all give the name to their own new elements.
The four new admissions are man-made. Scientists have created the super-heavy elements by shoving lighter nuclei into each other and were discovered in the radioactive decay, which exists merely for a small fraction of a second prior to decaying into other elements.
Scientists have been working on the elements since at least 2004, when studies began showing the discovery and priority of element 113. However, now, they have all satisfied the strict tests that one need to pass to get admission into periodic table.
The ex-president of Riken, the Japanese institute that helped in finding element 113, Ryoji Noyori said that for scientists getting an achievement recognized has more value than an Olympic gold medal.
Since 2011 when the table got elements 114 and 116, the new elements are the first ones to become the part of the table.