Modern-day alchemy: A recipe for a new superheavy element
Even though nearly 80 years have passed since the discovery of Technetium, the first "synthetic" element, the periodic table of elements remains a work in progress.
Scientists theorize properties of fleeting astatine
Astatine is among the world's rarest elements – with a maximum half-life of just eight hours, found in tiny amounts in natural radioactive decay chains, but also produced by bombarding bismuth with energetic ...
QR code access to Nobel Prizes in Chemistry
Mobile devices equipped with a QR (quick response) code scanning app, which gives consumers instant access to information on the Web, now can give the same access to 110 years of information about the most ...
New physics in a copper-iridium compound
(Phys.org) —An unexpected magnetic behavior within Sr3CuIrO6, a transition-metal compound (TMC) that combines the transition metal copper with the transition metal iridium has been revealed by research ...
New insights into boron's chemistry at room temperature
(Phys.org) —Livermore researchers have described in detail the properties of the room temperature form of the element boron.
Next scientific fashion could be designer nanocrystals
(Phys.org)—Three University of Chicago chemistry professors hope that their separate research trajectories will converge to create a new way of assembling what they call "designer atoms" into materials with a broad array ...
Israel dig uncovers 8,500-year-old well
Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a well dating back to the Neolithic period some 8,500 years ago, Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Thursday, adding that two skeletal remains were found inside.
Using the world's rarest element to study the world's rarest force
In September 2012 an experiment at the TRIUMF accelerator complex reached a milestone. The FrPNC collaboration —-short hand for Francium Parity Non-conservation—-succeeded in trapping several kinds of ...
Using equations to mine nuclear energy resources
Rising energy demands and environmental concerns have intensified the search for valuable energy resources. As myriad public and private entities pursue increased efficiency, reliable renewable energy or ...
The changing shape of an atomic nucleus
The nucleus of an atom can have different shapes that co-exist. European scientists investigated nuclear shape change with advanced experimental techniques.
Peat-based climate reconstructions run into murky waters?
Peatlands are globally important ecosystems that serve as archives of past environmental change. Peatlands form over thousands of years from the accumulation of decaying plants and hold water, or in some cases purely rainwater. ...
Particle physics -- why does it matter?
Scientists reported yesterday the discovery of a particle that is very likely the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that gives other particles massand makes life possible. Theorized in the 1960s and ...
German team finds a way to link boron atoms with a triple bond
Livermorium and Flerovium join the periodic table of elements
(Phys.org) -- 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.