Scientists Confirm Physics at Periodic Table's Frontier

Scientists Confirm Physics at Periodic Table's Frontier
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Four new elements joined the periodic table in 2016. These superheavy elements only exist for seconds at a time before they decay, making it hard for scientists to pin down their properties. Researchers have now directly measured the masses of two of these, nihonium and moscovium, confirming earlier indirect measurements.

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