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Island of Stability April 7, 2010

Posted by bobv451 in charity, science, Second Life, sense of wonder.
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Those zany nuclear physicists have gone and done it again.

This one is #117 on the periodic chart. Thanks to Lou for pointing it out since I didn’t see another mention of it until this morning.

Almost a year to produce and detect. Three teams of scientists. Dubna, Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore. It gets harder to pump out new elements all the time. But what will they have when they hit that stable element? When they do create it, what does this really mean? If it hasn’t been seen in supernova residue does this mean it doesn’t occur anywhere without human intervention?

Science marches on, tiny steps, but steps nonetheless.

Other tidbits: Tomorrow in Second Life will be the first auction benefiting the Relay for Life. 6pm PDT in Wind River Territory. Signed copies of my books and a one-of-a-kind necklace created by Kat Alderson in memory of my wife Patty. Good cause–fighting cancer. Be there and drop a few lindens into the auction.

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