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An international team of researchers may, just may, have made a radical breakthrough that could rewrite physics and chemistry textbooks.
They claim to have discovered a naturally occurring element with an atomic number (number of protons) of 122 — 30 notches on the periodic table ahead of uranium, long considered the heaviest naturally occurring element.
For decades, physicists have been making artificial elements in supercolliders, only to see most of their creations disintegrate within a short time.
Most elements above atomic number 100 are inherently unstable and get progressively more usntable as you travel upward. The highest discovered one, ununoctium or atomic number 118, has a half-life of 89 milliseconds.
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But according to theory, there exists an "island of stability" further out along the periodic table where certain configurations of protons and neutrons would create superheavy but also superstable elements.
Also, Uranium isn't the heaviest known naturally occurring element; it's just the one we're most familiar with.
Originally posted by Kr0n0s
I was wondering if someone could make a comparison between lead and say uranium or another heavy elements weights.
Say you put lead in something the size of a tea cup, it may weight about 1.5 lbs or so and gold maybe a little more.
What about Uranium or the densest element, whatever that one is?
Just curious, science was never my strong suit lol..