Heaviest named element is official

Superheavy copernicium takes its place in the Periodic Table.

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM March 17, 2010

Everything on Earth that scientists can see, measure or study is made of atoms — and atoms are named by what type of element they are. You probably know the name of many elements, such as oxygen, gold or hydrogen. Others, such as cadmium or xenon, may sound strange and exotic. In any case, elements are everywhere: You, your shoes, your desk, cars, water, air — all made of elements.

 

Now, there's a new kid on the block: Elements, meet copernicium.

 

This element was officially named on February 1...

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