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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday June 09 2016, @09:51AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the one-should-be-named-surprise dept.

from the elementy-mcelementface dept.

Nature reports (doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20069) that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has taken proposals from the discoverers of four new chemical elements:

  • Nihonium and symbol Nh, for the element with Z =113,
  • Moscovium with the symbol Mc, for the element with Z = 115,
  • Tennessine with the symbol Ts, for the element with Z = 117, and
  • Oganesson with the symbol Og, for the element with Z = 118.

The proposed names honour Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and the Russian nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian. Before the names become official, there is to be a five-month period during which the public may comment upon them. The symbol Ts was chosen because Tn is already in use for 220Rn, known as thoron (probably because it results from the decay of thorium).

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @09:59AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @09:59AM (#357240)

    Ambiguous words make poor choices in headlines, especially words which have completely opposite meanings:

    to moot (v) 1. (US) to declare irrelevant,
    2. (elsewhere) to propose for discussion.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:27AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:27AM (#357245)

      3. The name of an Internet famous weeb cuck.
      4. To turn your back on a chan and install SJW moderators and FBI overseers.

      8chan is almost as mooted as 4chan now. Moot lied, people died.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:32AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:32AM (#357247)

        What's this about Weebo and Mooty?

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:42AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:42AM (#357264)

        3. The name of an Internet famous weeb cuck.
        I lean more towards more of a "cum drinking weeb faggot who should be slowly tortured to death on video for the world to laugh at" definition.

        • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @01:20PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @01:20PM (#357289)

          (because it tells me to)

    • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:44AM

      by LoRdTAW (3755) on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:44AM (#357266) Journal

      Butthurt apparently gets a kick out of using it: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/05/15/129219 [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by Nerdfest on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:19PM

      by Nerdfest (80) on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:19PM (#357318)

      Isn't it wonderful when people use words completely improperly for so long that the meaning gets changed to the opposite? It makes me literally explode.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:36PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:36PM (#357329)

        Nice.

        • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:23PM

          by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:23PM (#357444) Journal

          Toute Moot Courte!! Certainly begs the question!

          --
          #Freearistarchus, again!!!!!1!!
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:11AM (#357242)

    Yeah, hi, I'm building an exotic matter lens for my slipstream drive, but the instructions are written in Vedran or something, so I'm not sure how to proceed, and I guess what I'm asking is, which of these elements is the most exotic?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @01:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @01:17PM (#357286)

      Well, most hyperdrives run on regular naquadah, but if you really want to quantum slipstream, you need naqahdriah.

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:10PM

      by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:10PM (#357316)

      Oh my god, other Andromeda viewers actually exist?! :)

      --
      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:01PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:01PM (#357527)

        Slipstream: it's not the best way to travel faster than light; it's just the only way.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:44AM

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:44AM (#357251) Journal

    I think you meant elementy-mcelementfacium. Or emcefium, for short.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @10:49AM (#357254)

    I read in a book somewhere about a future Knowledge Crash when any field of study would take so many years to master that students would graduate directly into retirement. I forget the name of the book. Actually I'm lying and I remember the name, but I refuse to mention it. The point is moot anyway because regardless of which field of study one chooses, there aren't any jobs in Obamaland.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:32AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:32AM (#357263) Journal

      Of course in the real world, if a field gets too large, the result is simply specialization. For example, there's no way anyone could learn all of physics these days, therefore people specialize to different fields of physics. There is a set of basic knowledge you should have regardless of your specialization, but beyond that, you essentially only need to learn stuff relevant for your specialization.

      --
      The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:42AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:42AM (#357265)

        Now you've done it. You've ruined a perfectly sensational sci-fi premise by applying real-world logic to the situation.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @01:02PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @01:02PM (#357282)

          And anyway, it's still Obama's fault.

          • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:10PM

            by bob_super (1357) on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:10PM (#357439)

            Yup! Praise the Republicans for fighting Science at every turn!
            (except geologists, donors need them)

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:30PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:30PM (#357445)

              Yup! Praise the Republicans for fighting Science at every turn!
              (except geologists, donors need them)

              Unless of course, they're digging up dinosaur bones or similar evolution propagada...

      • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:57PM

        by RamiK (1813) on Thursday June 09 2016, @02:57PM (#357341)

        There's no specializing out of core requirements. If a master of engineering can't read their own field's academic papers, then no one can translate academic discoveries to products and the practice stops developing. Basic physics, medicine, NASA, operating system research and integrated circuit manufacturing all hit that good-enough wall where they just can't afford the next step in progress since it takes such rare talents with such prolonged training that the conditions can't be made in real life.

        At best, you can argue it's a market failure not to produce them. At worst, you'd need to consider it takes too much for even the most talented people to remember it all seeing as no amount of money can make people smarter.

        --
        compiling...
  • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:50AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @11:50AM (#357270)

    Tennessine. Because when I think of science, I think of drunken rednecks.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @12:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @12:40PM (#357276)

      That's the most Tennessine name that ever came out of a committee.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @06:00PM (#357432)

    I was hoping it would be named after Fukushima, with abbreviation Fu.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @07:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 09 2016, @07:49PM (#357482)

      I think they're resevering that pun until they have an excuse to assign an element to Cook Islands in the same run.