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New Element Discovered

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When setting the periodic table, leave room for an extra element!
Researchers in Sweden say they've made one by slamming together the atoms of calcium and americium.

And it's a beast.

Its atomic number is 115-- much heavier than lead or uranium.

Its temporary name is ununpentium -- much harder to say than lead or uranium.

But you can't see it--

Right after the atoms collided, the element disappeared in a flash of radiation.

You can't find it--

It doesn't exist in nature.

Swedish scientists can't say they invented it--

Russian researchers first "made" this element in 2004.

And you can't really do anything with it; they say it's just not practical.

Some folks might be ele-mentally confused about why we should care at all!

Well, researchers say it did confirm that the 2004 study created a new element-- even for just a moment.

Scientists hope that one day, experiments like these could lead to the lasting creation of a new, usable element.

And if ununpentium is approved by a committee combining members of the international union of pure and applied chemistry and the international union of pure and applied physics--

Say that three times fast--

It could change the periodic table as we know it!

Like everything on that's elementary.

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