Re: New element names | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 49 | p. 6 | Letters
Issue Date: December 19, 2016

Re: New element names

Department: Letters
Keywords: letters, science communication, emojis, Trump, policy

Online readers were in an excited state over final IUPAC names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118.
cenm.ag/newelements

Look how satisfyingly square the periodic table is now! Please stop creating elements now. Thank you.
WHS Chemistry (@Chemistry_WHS) via Twitter

Wow! I hadn’t realized how soon we’d need a new row. And it’s going to be a ridiculously long row, isn’t it?
Steuard Jensen (@steuard) via Twitter

Finally! More periodic table jokes! “Call me the 7th noble gas, cuz I’m Og.” “Call me element 115, cuz I’m the Mc.”
Joseph Josephi (@JoeJosephi) via Twitter

Will the 2017 periodic table blanket include them?
Joseph Thiebes via Facebook


Corrections:

Nov 14, page 18: Ginkgo Bioworks is working on an unnamed ingredient for Archer Daniels Midland and on strain improvements for Cargill. The article reversed the two partner companies.

Nov. 21, page 32:The cover story on the artificial leaf incorrectly stated that Emily Carter has worked on methanol-generating photoelectrocatalysts for decades. She has worked on those reactions for about six years.

Nov. 28, page 19:The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety’s review of the preservative poly(hexamethylene) biguanide hydrochloride found it to be a cancer concern but not a mutagenic concern.

 
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