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Livermore, represennnnt!

From the Contra Costa Times by Suzanne Bohan:


Years after their discovery, the super-heavy elements with atomic numbers of 114 and 116 have finally been named by their Russian and American discoverers. The elements are flerovium and livermoreium also known as Fl and Lv.

Lawrence Livermore National Labs

LIVERMORE — The city of Livermore and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory may soon have an element named in their honor.

Lab scientists and colleagues at a Russian institute synthesized a superheavy element a decade ago and it landed a spot as No. 116 on the periodic table — the master list of elements.

Temporarily called ununhexium, it will become “livermorium,” an international chemistry organization announced this week. The name honors the scientists who helped create it and the city hosting the national security lab.

If approved after a five-month public comment period, it will be the second element associated with the laboratory.

In 1997, “Lawrencium” was named for the lab’s founder, E.O. Lawrence.

Livermorium would have the atomic symbol Lv.

Livermorium was first made in Dubna, Russia, in July 2000. The work was a collaboration between science teams led by Yuri Oganessian at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and Ken Moody at the Livermore lab.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry reviewed the work over a decade and in June accepted the discovery of ununhexium and another element, No. 114, also created in joint work of the two labs.

In June 2011, the chemistry union officially accepted elements 116 and 114 as the heaviest elements.

Element 114 will be named flerovium, to honor Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, where superheavy elements, including element
114, were synthesized.

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