Periodic table sees naming three new elements
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Periodic table sees naming of three new elements

11:13 PM, 11th January 2012
Periodic table sees naming of three new elements

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Elements 110, 111 and 112 on the periodic table of elements, discovered some time ago, have now been named. Recently, the General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), taking place at the Institute of Physics in London, has approved the names of three new elements.

The elements 110, 111 and 112 have been named darmstadtium (Ds), roentgenium (Rg) and copernicium (Cn) respectively. These elements, known as super-heavy elements are large and unstable and hence they can only be made in the lab and quickly break down into other elements. Element 110 - Darmstadtium (Ds) was named for the city Darmstadt, Germany, located near the lab where it was discovered. Element 111- Roentgenium (Rg), was named for Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, the German physicist who discovered X-rays. And lastly, element 112 - Copernicium (Cn) is named after the Prussian astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, who first suggested that the earth revolves around the sun.

The IUPAP approved the names of these elements by the voting system. “The naming of these elements has been agreed in consultation with physicists around the world and we’re delighted to see them now being introduced to the periodic table,” informed Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, Chief Executive at IOP and Secretary-General of IUPAP.

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