The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements May Have Come To Its End As We Know It, One Scientist Suggests

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Witek Nazarewicz, a physicist at Michigan State University, and the author of an article published in Nature Physics Perspective, is suggesting that recent findings could mean the end of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as we know it.

It has taken around ten years and a worldwide struggle to validate the last four chemical elements added to the table, namely, Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine, and Oganesson.

Every element with over 104 protons is tagged as “super heavy,” and this is part of a huge and utterly unfamiliar ground that the scientists are attempting to explore. Scientists foretold that atoms with as much as 172 protons can shape a nucleus, physically, as they bound together by nuclear force. This force is what makes them stay together and not disintegrate.

The recent findings suggest the end of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as we know it

The newly added Oganesson, for example, is very unstable and spontaneously decompose in laboratory-created Oganesson cores. These formations do not possess sufficient time to grab an electron from an atom. Thus, they will exist only as aggregations of both neutrons and protons.

If so, this would be in contrast to the manner in which scientists currently describe and interpret “atoms,” as these elements cannot be any more defined like simple, central pieces that are orbited by electrons in a similar manner as the planets of a solar system orbit around their host star.

Researchers are gradually but steadily wandering across this unfamiliar field of science, synthesizing one chemical element at a time, with no idea where the finish line will be. The quest for chemical element 119 is ongoing in many laboratories, primarily at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia, GSI in Germany, and RIKEN in Japan. When element 119 is acknowledged, it will append an eighth period to the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

“We don’t know what they look like, and that’s the challenge,” said Witek Nazarewicz. “But what we have learned so far could mean the end of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as we know it,” he concluded.

Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.


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