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).