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    Scientists create new element
    POSTED: 11:11 a.m. EDT, October 17, 2006

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Revisiting one of physics' most embarrassing cases of scientific misconduct, researchers from Russia and the United States announced Monday that they have created a new super-heavy element, atomic number 118.

    Scientists said they smashed together calcium with the manmade element Californium to make an atom with 118 protons in its nucleus. The new element lasted for just one millisecond, but it was the heaviest element ever made and the first manmade inert gas -- the atomic family that includes helium, neon and radon.

    If confirmed, the still-unnamed element would be placed beneath radon on the periodic table of elements, said Ken Moody of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California, which was joined on the project by Russia's Joint Institute of Nuclear Research.

    The findings were published in the journal Physical Review C. The same research team has created four other elements.

    The experiment recalled an earlier attempt to create the same element.

    In 1999, scientists said they created element 118, only to withdraw their claims in 2002 amid charges of falsified data and the firing of a scientist. That group of researchers included three from the team that announced Monday's discovery.

    This time, Moody said, safeguards were adopted to minimize the possibility that just one scientist held critical data.

    Yale University physics professor Richard Casten, an associate editor of the physics journal, said the latest work was subject to intense scrutiny "because of the sensitivity of the issue."

    Casten said such new elements are not discoveries until they are confirmed by other scientists. That may take several years, Moody said.

    The element was created last year in Russia using a minuscule amount of Californium provided by the Americans. After a millisecond, it decayed into element 114, then into element 112 and then split in half, Moody said.

    Creating a new element "is sort of the Holy Grail of nuclear physics," said Konrad Gelbke, a scientist who was not on the team but directs the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. "It's extremely hard to do."

    Moody said the new element will not be named until it is approved by an international association of chemists. Elements 113, 114, 115, and 116 are still unnamed.



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    Heavy. It's like trying to create a new letter for the alphabet. Try it with friends.

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    Moody said the new element will not be named until it is approved by an international association of chemists. Elements 113, 114, 115, and 116 are still unnamed.
    Suggested names:

    Van Haleium

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistere View Post
    Heavy. It's like trying to create a new letter for the alphabet. Try it with friends.

    I've spent many years with a blender, a supply of ice and a variety of liquor. Believe me, it's hard. Worse, even on the handful of ocations when I succeeded I couldn't read my "lab" notes or remember what I did the previous night or why my cat was wearing my boxer shorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    Scientists create new element
    POSTED: 11:11 a.m. EDT, October 17, 2006

    What's the point of creating an element if it only lasts a fraction of a millisecond?

    Its huge actually.The reasons it lasted a millisecond is very important as well. There are ways to find out how to make it last longer, etc and this leads to the value of the element, scientifically.

    Also, creating a new element is an ego trip..we're human, not God...

    Depending on the resulting properties of the element, who knows what they'll have discovered? Could become the base for a fuel that is cheap and easy and allow us to travel light speed..? who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by perticelli View Post
    Could become the base for a fuel that is cheap and easy and allow us to travel light speed..? who knows?

    That, my friend, is the reason.

    I'm still waiting on someone to say they've discovered antimatter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    That, my friend, is the reason.

    I'm still waiting on someone to say they've discovered antimatter.
    Antimatter Discovered – Carl Anderson (1932)

    Finally, antimatter was observed in a scientific setting by a researcher named Carl Anderson. Anderson was studying the tracks produced by cosmic rays in a cloud chamber. He did this by applying a magnetic field to the chamber, which would cause ionizing particles passing through it to curve in circular paths. By measuring the curvature of these tracks, he was able to calculate the momentum of the particle creating the track and the polarity of the charge on the particle. Anderson took photos of the tracks produced by the particles created by cosmic rays and was stunned by the result. Cosmic rays produced showers of negatively and positively charged particles, but the two polarities of tracks produced by the particles showed the same droplet density. If the positive particle was a proton, its track should have been much denser than the negatively charged electron. Anderson thought the positively charged particles might have been electrons traveling in the opposite direction, and to test this he inserted a lead plate into the middle of the cloud chamber. When the path of a particle goes through the lead plate, the particle loses energy, which allows its path to be confirmed. In 1932, Anderson took a picture of a positively charged electron passing through the lead plate. The positron was discovered.

    Since Anderson’s historic experiment, many other antiparticles have been discovered, including the antiproton and antineutron. In 1995, antihydrogen was created. The existence of antimatter can no longer be denied. Now, it is up to future generations to study antimatter and exploit its useful properties. This concludes the history of antimatter, and in a later installment, I will discuss antimatter directly. Join us then, same bat channel, same bat time.

    Antimatter goes back a long way. Particle Physicists are the men and women who spend their lives studying the physics of very small particles, smaller than an atom. They discovered antimatter in the 1930's. Over the last half century, they have made and stored about one tenth of a billionth of a gram. This is not very much.

    In WW2, the big bombs were called "block-busters" - because they could destroy a whole city block. These bombs carried roughly 20 tonnes of TNT. Then came the atomic bombs. They were about 1,000 times more destructive - equivalent to about 20,000 tonnes of TNT. The next big "improvement" were the H-bombs. They were 1,000 times more powerful than the atom bombs - about 20,00,000 tonnes of TNT. Antimatter bombs will be about 1,000 times more powerful again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchetforce View Post
    Antimatter Discovered – Carl Anderson (1932)

    Finally, antimatter was observed in a scientific setting by a researcher named Carl Anderson. Anderson was studying the tracks produced by cosmic rays in a cloud chamber. He did this by applying a magnetic field to the chamber, which would cause ionizing particles passing through it to curve in circular paths. By measuring the curvature of these tracks, he was able to calculate the momentum of the particle creating the track and the polarity of the charge on the particle. Anderson took photos of the tracks produced by the particles created by cosmic rays and was stunned by the result. Cosmic rays produced showers of negatively and positively charged particles, but the two polarities of tracks produced by the particles showed the same droplet density. If the positive particle was a proton, its track should have been much denser than the negatively charged electron. Anderson thought the positively charged particles might have been electrons traveling in the opposite direction, and to test this he inserted a lead plate into the middle of the cloud chamber. When the path of a particle goes through the lead plate, the particle loses energy, which allows its path to be confirmed. In 1932, Anderson took a picture of a positively charged electron passing through the lead plate. The positron was discovered.

    Since Anderson’s historic experiment, many other antiparticles have been discovered, including the antiproton and antineutron. In 1995, antihydrogen was created. The existence of antimatter can no longer be denied. Now, it is up to future generations to study antimatter and exploit its useful properties. This concludes the history of antimatter, and in a later installment, I will discuss antimatter directly. Join us then, same bat channel, same bat time.

    Antimatter goes back a long way. Particle Physicists are the men and women who spend their lives studying the physics of very small particles, smaller than an atom. They discovered antimatter in the 1930's. Over the last half century, they have made and stored about one tenth of a billionth of a gram. This is not very much.

    In WW2, the big bombs were called "block-busters" - because they could destroy a whole city block. These bombs carried roughly 20 tonnes of TNT. Then came the atomic bombs. They were about 1,000 times more destructive - equivalent to about 20,000 tonnes of TNT. The next big "improvement" were the H-bombs. They were 1,000 times more powerful than the atom bombs - about 20,00,000 tonnes of TNT. Antimatter bombs will be about 1,000 times more powerful again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchetforce View Post
    Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
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    Filthy...Do you like movies about antimatter?


    Seriously though, Pert hit it on the head. So, it only lasted a millisecond. They got enough readings and data from that millisecond to allow them to work for years towards a goal of??? Who knows. We could be Marching to Mars soon for the ultimate VH reunion.
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