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Finally, a Periodic Table Element Named After Livermore

| May 31, 2012
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Someone has finally had the good sense to name a periodic table element after Livermore.

From a press release from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today…

Livermorium and Flerovium join the periodic table of elements

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) today officially approved new names for elements 114 and 116, the latest heavy elements to be added to the periodic table…

Livermorium (atomic symbol Lv) was chosen to honor Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the city of Livermore, Calif. A group of researchers from the Laboratory, along with scientists at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, participated in the work carried out in Dubna on the synthesis of superheavy elements, including element 116. (Lawrencium — Element 103 — was already named for LLNL’s founder E.O. Lawrence.)

The IUPAC states Livermorium was chosen because over the years scientists at Livermore have been involved in many areas of nuclear science…

Element-name finalist Liverwurstium had no comment.

And how’s poor Tom Lehrer supposed to deal with this?

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