Elemental Progress

The International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry has confirmed that the seventh row of the the periodic table is now completely occupied. Labs in Japan, Russia, and the United States have produced evidence of the synthesis of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118.

Tom Lehrer to the white courtesy phone, please.

UPDATE—The teams who discovered the elements will have the honor of naming them. My son suggests the following names: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

3 thoughts on “Elemental Progress

  1. ROFL with respect to the naming. If indeed the Greeks were right that, physically, all matter is either Earth (solid), Water (liquid), Air (gas), or Fire (plasma), their chemical constituents as identified by your son seem remarkably evanescent.

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