The End of the Periodic Table?

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Nuclear chemist Dawn Shaughnessy pushes against the limits of matter.

And then there were 118. In January, an international collaboration of scientists added four new elements to the periodic table: nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson. It took the scientists three months to make each atom using a particle accelerator in Dubna, Russia. For years, they smashed together lighter elements at ever-higher energies, hoping they’d fuse perfectly into one heavy, brand-new element. But don’t expect to see these new elements put into use anytime soon …

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