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Real science

Looks like that copy of the periodic table you might have at home will need replacmentm because it’s now got two new eleements!

NEW YORK – They exist for only seconds at most in real life, but they’ve gained immortality in chemistry: Two new elements have been added to the periodic table. The elements were recognized by an international committee of chemists and physicists. They’re called elements 114 and 116 for now — permanent names and symbols will be chosen later.

You’re not likely to run into any of this stuff. Scientists make them in labs by smashing atoms of other elements together to create the new ones. “Our experiments last for many weeks, and typically, we make an atom every week or so,” said chemist Ken Moody of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who’s part of the discovery team.

The obvious fact that the two most common elements in the universe remain hydrogen atoms and stupidity, still stands.