Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Element Discovered (112), What to Name it...

A new super-heavy element has been discovered. It has the atomic number of 112. Elements of this size tend not to last long, and this one decays in a few milliseconds.


"The ubiquitous periodic table will soon have a new addition - the "super-heavy" element 112.
To create element 112, Professor Hofmann's team used a 120m-long particle accelerator to fire a beam of charged zinc atoms (or zinc ions) at lead atoms. Nuclei of the two elements merged, or fused, to form the nucleus of the new element.

But what to call it. One likely sci-fi (or at least Superman) fan (hater?) has an idea.


"scientists in the US (update – sorry, actually it was in Germany – thanks Dr Bob!) have discovered a new element. I thought it might be fun to start a campaign for it to be called Kryptonite."


  1. Sorry, but the element krypton already exists - it is element 36 on the periodic table. Thus an ion containing krypton and oxygen (if it existed, which it does not) would be called kryptonite.

  2. superman is immune to anything except kryptonite so now we can kill him. yaaaaaaay

  3. Why would we kill superman? what if i was superman? seriously don't kill him... and it is possible to CREATE kryptonite it may not neccessarily be like superman kryptonite but still...


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