Livermorium and Flerovium?
On Thursday December 1st, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced two new elements that would be added to the periodic table after the new names undergo a 5 month “public comment period” before the official paperwork gets drawn up. And yup, you guessed it, the two elements are Livermoruim and Flerovium. The interesting thing about these elements is that they are extremely unstable and can only be made in the lab, and they fall apart in other elements as well. Not much is known about these elements since they aren’t found in nature and you can’t really do experiments with elements that are this unstable and fall apart easily. These elements were originally synthesized 10 years ago, and experiments followed to confirm their status as elements. These elements will fit into the 114 and 116 spots in the periodic table which is located in the bottom right corner. So what’s with the weird names? Well, Flerovium is named after the Russian physicist, Gregoriy Flerov, who’s work that he shared with Stalin led to the USSR’s atomic bomb project. Livermorium is named after the city of Livermore, which is where the lab is located that hosted the creation of Livermorium when calcium and curium were mashed together. I think the creation of elements is pretty cool and how the names come to be. I wonder what incredible creations could occur in our lifetime, and what these advances will lead to.