New elements added to chemistry's periodic table

By Archean · 4 replies
Jun 9, 2011
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  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    well then...I guess Captain Cranky lied to me.
    He told me this was the periodic table
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,690   +96

    At least Captain's periodic table will consist of much more 'interesting' names for each element.
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Do the "UU" designations mean anything specific in Latin? Or do they have another meaning?

    I've always wondered why they name new elements with such ambiguous names, only to rename them later on. Surely the wiser choice would be just to name them and then add them, since they'll have already been deemed worthy of addition in the first place.
  4. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Usually, the periodic table consists of Greek names. Although I was told that "unun" is in fact Latin for "unnamed". Any truth in that perhaps?

    Unununium and Ununbium (unnamed 1 and unnamed 2) were also 'unnamed' until recently, Uun (111) finally got its name cleared up; it's now called Roentgenium (possibly even Röntgenium). And after some debate, Uub (112) is now called Copernicium.

    As for Uuq (114) and Uuh (116) - their existence has been debated - thus I'm glad to see that their existence was finally recognised.

    Or actually, as 'un' means '1' -- ununquadrium could simply mean "1-1-4-element", and ununhexium could mean "1-1-6-element". Quite funny that they mix Latin and Greek in Ununhexium. Greek for "1" would be "en(a)" - such as in "endeka" (hendeka).

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