It’s official. The universe’s newest named element (the universe according to human perspective, of course) is: Copernicum – element 112. This isn’t the most important news in science, in fact, it’s not news since the element was discovered in Sigurd Hofmann’s lab at the Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany in 1996 – but still, new elements and their names don’t come along often. The new ones discovered recently are, in a sense, artificial and exist only in brief seconds inside of atomic colliders. The last natural element on the table is Uranium (92); thereby Copernicum is transuranic and super-heavy with 112 protons. There you have it, a newly named element, as officially recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The name honors Nicolaus Copernicus – he of the ‘Earth revolves around the Sun’ fame.
Posts in this Impact Area: (Nuclear Physics)
- Faster than light neutrinos: Heads roll
- Have some neutrinos broken the law?
- Supersymmetry: SUSY still has no data
- New elements: ununquadium (114) and ununhexium (116)
- No WIMPS in the Xenon
- From the tops of thunderstorms: Antimatter
- Trapping antimatter so it finally can be studied
- Physics: A smaller proton, a big challenge
- A neutrino oscillates, wounds Standard Model
- Ununseptium 117: The beginning or the end
- Large Hadron Collider is smashing
- Science in cold fusion
- Looking at the strange face of antimatter
- Newly named: Copernicum (element 112)
- Taking the temperature of the Big Bang + milliseconds
- Breakthrough will lead to further entanglements
- A Golden Ratio found. A clue to quantum symmetry?
- Large Hadron Collider delivers collisions