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(IFL Science)   Attention: New element arriving at periodic gate 115, 116, 117   (iflscience.com) divider line 27
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2014-05-03 09:21:03 AM
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/oblig
 
2014-05-03 01:42:16 PM
Damn. My shower curtain only goes to 111.
 
2014-05-03 02:00:55 PM
And how many milliseconds does this new element last before it falls apart?
 
2014-05-03 02:19:28 PM
Wake me when we arrive at the island of stability.
 
2014-05-03 02:28:49 PM
Tom Lehrer needs to come out of retirement for a re-write....
 
2014-05-03 02:29:26 PM
From 4¹/3 years ago. He'd better get on the ball if he wants to achieve the goal he stated at the end.
 
2014-05-03 02:33:36 PM

Mad_Radhu: Wake me when we arrive at the island of stability.


You can see the Cliffs of Insanity on a nice day.
 
2014-05-03 02:43:13 PM
If there was an island of stability on the order of "life of the universe" then the universe would clog up with PTUs.
 
2014-05-03 03:02:32 PM

Valiente: Mad_Radhu: Wake me when we arrive at the island of stability.

You can see the Cliffs of Insanity on a nice day.


Those are on the Mountains of Madness, yes?
 
2014-05-03 03:09:58 PM
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Photo credit: OTNL. We can't see the new element 117, but the berkelium used to make it is held between these tweezers

Now it's been a few years since I was a science handling guy, but THAT ISN'T A FARKING TWEEZERS YOU IDIOT. See those two white reflections of overhead lights on the "tweezers"? See the angle they're at? That's not the kind of reflection you get with tweezers, that's glass.
 
2014-05-03 03:20:08 PM
Boobies is the comment section is mega-win:

Ukrainium. It's unstable and has Russians farking around with it.
 
2014-05-03 04:07:03 PM
Nice, a site with censored comment text posting a link with an uncensored source icon.  CATURDAY = LIQUORDAY

/Also waiting for the discovery of the island of stability.
 
2014-05-03 04:18:54 PM

DetrimentalScience: Boobies is the comment section is mega-win:

Ukrainium. It's unstable and has Russians farking around with it.


That's goddamn brilliant.
 
2014-05-03 04:41:43 PM
I was promised we'd have anti-grav FTL spacecraft when we hit 115.
 
2014-05-03 05:02:31 PM

Farker Soze: I was promised we'd have anti-grav FTL spacecraft when we hit 115.


So was I.  I forgot where I'd read that element 115 was supposed to be super-stable and was the basis for UFO flight.

/actually read the article because of that memory
 
2014-05-03 05:08:25 PM
The Periodic Table jumped the shark after element 52.
 
2014-05-03 05:16:43 PM

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 479x327]

/oblig


I see what you did there.
 
2014-05-03 05:23:42 PM
The heavy atoms are for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping for the light atoms...
 
2014-05-03 05:48:04 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: And how many milliseconds does this new element last before it falls apart?


An hour half life.

Its Russian though, so you must ban it.
 
2014-05-03 08:15:30 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Valiente: Mad_Radhu: Wake me when we arrive at the island of stability.

You can see the Cliffs of Insanity on a nice day.

Those are on the Mountains of Madness, yes?


More like the crack of doom.
 
2014-05-04 12:17:27 AM
 
2014-05-04 01:01:41 AM
I remember when we were taught that bismuth is the heaviest stablest element, but now it's lead, because bismuth is actually radioactive.  Its half-life is so long, though, that it's less radioactive than the carbon in your body...
 
2014-05-04 01:07:18 AM
COLBERTIUM!
 
2014-05-04 01:09:41 AM

Myria: I remember when we were taught that bismuth is the heaviest stablest element, but now it's lead, because bismuth is actually radioactive.  Its half-life is so long, though, that it's less radioactive than the carbon in your body...


So I can power a nuclear reactor with dead bodies?
 
2014-05-04 04:13:27 AM

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 479x327]

/oblig


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2014-05-04 04:16:30 AM

BolloxReader: Myria: I remember when we were taught that bismuth is the heaviest stablest element, but now it's lead, because bismuth is actually radioactive.  Its half-life is so long, though, that it's less radioactive than the carbon in your body...

So I can power a nuclear reactor with dead bodies?


Might be.

Kind of.

/ I didn't use the whole thing
 
2014-05-04 04:25:52 AM

Myria: less radioactive than the trace% of the carbon in your body


FTFY

/ Unless you believe that 12C or 13C are unstable
 
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