Exciting New Elements Discovered

Every student knows the pain of learning the periodic table off by heart or at least watching your friends suffer at the task. Unfortunately for all you chemistry students, they’ve added extra four elements.

These four elements have not had the honour of being named yet and simply go by their given numbers of 113, 115, 117 and 118. However, if you’re feeling particularly scientific you can always refer to them by their temporary Latin names of ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium.

Perhaps not the most fun words to say quickly. According to Chemical and Engineering News Magazine, the names of the new elements are planned to be finalised in around six months. It is thanks to  a Japanese scientist that number 113 was discovered whereas the numbers 115, 117, and 118 were discovered in a joint collaboration between American and Russian scientists.

This is the first time in five years that new elements have been added to the periodic table. In 2011 elements 114 and 116 were discovered and named flerovium and livermorium.

Kosuke Morita, a leading member that helped discover element 13 is planning to continue looking for more elements stating that they will  “look to the unchartered territory of element 119 and beyond”.

Despite it being stressful for chemistry students to constantly learn the elements, the more elements we discover, the more we learn about our planet earth.