Element of Surprise: Researchers Add New Elements to Periodic Table

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC- Alright kids, it's back to school and that means it's time for a pop quiz!

Okay, just kidding, but this story is all about the element of surprise!

Looks like scientists spent their winter break discovering new elements that will soon be added to the periodic table -- that means four more elements you've never heard of and four more elements to study in chemistry class.

No, neither kryptonite or  dilithium crystals made the list.

It's more like ununseptium and ununtrium!

For now, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the authority on all things chemistry, have named the new elements as numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118.

The new discovery, verified on December 30. was led by researchers in Japan, Russia, and the U.S.

They were created using particle accelerators that shoot beams at other nuclei.

The new additions complete the seventh row on the table. Talk about keeping an ion the future!

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