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Iron in the Sun: A Greenhouse Gas for X-Ray Radiation

Think that you know all of the elements on the periodic table? Think again!

Ten years ago a group of Russian scientists created an element in Dubna that had 115 protons! About a month ago, chemists at Lund University in Sweden were able to recreate the element 115, which does not currently have an official name, so it is addressed by ununpentium,which is derived from "the Latin and Greek words for its atomic number, 115." Once an official name for the new element is chosen by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), it will find its place between elements 114 and 116 on the periodic table.

According to "chemistry professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, Paul Hooker," the reason the new element was not considered a new element ten years ago when it was first created is because they have to be confirmed. In order for the IUPAC to consider an element for the periodic table, it must have been through at least two tests. This most recent test was the second for 115, so this element will be on the periodic table soon.

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A Little History


Aristotle had a very significant impact on the scientific community that lasted for more than a thousand years. He didn't beleive in Democritus' atomos theory, but simply believed in the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and Aether.

Because of Aritotle's contributions to the scientific community, he was trusted and many of his ideas were to be accepted as the truth while being generally unquestioned.

Rouhani makes announcement at SCO summit

On September 13, Iran announced that their nuclear program will be peaceful as long as their right to further their atomic energy program is respected. They announced this at a summit of a post-Soviet organization involving Europe and Asia, known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Western countries, namely the United States, still believe that Iran is developing atomic weapons through their nuclear program. However, Iran continues to insist they only want peace. Only time will tell what this means for Russia and our relations with Iran and the United States.

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Project's Best Of: Chemistry Cat

We're shedding light on: Hydrogen

Hydrogen (also known as Wasserstoft and Vodik) is the lightest element with an atomic number of 1. An interesting fact about hydrogen is its monatomic form is the most abundant chemical substance. It makes up nearly 75% of the universe's baryonic mass. Hydrogen is a highly unstable and highly combustible element. An example of hydrogen's combustibility is the Hindenburg. The Hindenburg blew up in flames and crashed on May 16, 1937. The Hindenburg was filled with hydrogen gas because of its light weight, which turned out to be a grave mistake. The hydrogen somehow ignited and the entire zeppelin erupted into flames. Now helium is used in place of hydrogen because of hydrogen's fatal flaw, combustibility.

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Looking for some Learning?

Come to Berkeley!

Berkeley has by far the best nuclear chemistry courses for you!

You will study radioactivity, fission, nuclear models and reactions, and nuclear processes in nature

We offer courses in the fall and we will have 2 hours of lecture per week.

There is 2 units and you will need prerequisites of Physics 7B or a class equivalent of Physics 7B.

Class name: Chemistry 143

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New job offering

Nuclear medicine technologist wanted!

Must be certified and have a minimum of 3 years experience.

You will:

  • prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals

  • perform patient imaging procedures using radiation-detecting instrumentation

  • use computer processing and image enhancement

  • analyze biologic specimens in the lab

  • provide images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation

  • care for patients during the procedure

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Comical Chemistry

Come Join Nuclear Club!

Hello there, future nuclear chemists! This Friday evening The National Chemestry Federation will be hosting the first Nuclear Club meeting at 1234 Fake St. in Pseudocity, Ohio. Anyone wanting to learn more about Nuclear chemistry is welcome to join! There are no requirements and this first meeting is free! Come one come all!

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Let us know:

Phone: 1-800-CHEMISTRY