It’s elementary…

It’s elementary…

Scientists working for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry have officially added four new man-made elements to the periodic table, filling in its seventh row, and simultaneously rendering a great many school text books obsolete. This follows two elements that were added to the table in 2011, with a Japanese team at the Riken Institute planning to look for yet another element – 119 – having already found 113, which will become the first element to be named in Asia.

In the process, these same scientists have also demonstrated a powerful argument for digitally-printed text books. Not only will any new textbooks printed now have to include these new elements, but the table will have to be updated in a few months time when the new elements are actually named.

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