To clarify, this experiment does not represent the naming of the element, a process that can take over a decade, or the discovery of the element, which occurred at the Dubna lab in Russia, ten years ago. Instead, this experiment does manage to overturn years of nuclear physics, and send scientists back to the drawing board to recalibrate their theories on the heaviest of elements.
Super-heavy elements like 114 usually only exist for fractions of a second. Scientists make these elements one atom at at time by smashing together the nuclei of lighter elements. Those nuclei fuse together, forming a new, heavier nucleus of the larger element, before rapidly decaying back into lighter material.
However, nuclear physicists hypothesize that a magic number of protons and neutrons could produce enough binding energy to counteract the forces that tear apart the heavy nuclei, and render the new elements as stable as the common elements that exist outside of atom smashers. The physicists called these magic numbers the "island of stability", because the elements with the numbers cluster together on the periodic table, flanked on all sides by ephemeral elements that dissipate in nanoseconds.
So far, no one has even imagined any practical uses for the super heavy elements that inhabit the island of stability. Rather, the search for these stable elements was best described by famed scientist Oliver Sachs, who, in a 2004 New York Times Op-Ed piece, noted that, "we search for the island of stability because, like Mount Everest, it is there."
Scientists hypothesized that element 114 had that magic number, a hypothesis this experiment has disproved. Now the hope rests on elements 120 and 126, the next heaviest elements believed to contain the magic number of nuclear particles needed for stability.
Hopes are still on! The stable one expected must have 184 neutrons. The experiments still did not produce that one!
This experiment was only a confirmation of the production method used in the first experiment years ago.
has anyone considered gravity to be a leading cause of dissapation? if it is, then i'd like to see them build a super collider in SPACE!
Superheavy elements... What would these become of they actually existed for long periods of time?
Now if the radiation would disappear faster... Could you imagine a super heavy element, a metal so dense, packed so tight with these super heavy elements, creating super dense materials, that all lighter elements wouldn't be able to even scratch it?
Granted it would be heavy, but imagine a tank on earth composed of such a material.
Or, imagine in space (no weight) and battle space craft made out of this. The country owning the ability to make this material would be invincible. Perhaps wolverines anamantium (anamanthium, anamanteum, you know what im talking about) could be created.
Also coming to mind, the movie Predator 2. The spear they locate in the air vent. Stronger than any earth metal, yet light as a feather. What if this could be created as well? Nothing of that sort exists on our periodic table yet.
The possibilities are endless!!!!!!!!
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