View Full Version : Welcome "Copernicium," Our Newest Element

2009-Jul-14, 09:10 PM
The newest element on the periodic table will likely be named in honor of scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Element 112 will be named Copernicum, with the element symbol "Cp." "We would like to honor an outstanding scientist, who changed our view of the world", says Sigurd Hofmann, head of the team who discovered [...]

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2009-Jul-15, 08:54 PM
Fraser. I think they missed out. While Copernicus certainly deserves his just do, the suggestion that radioactive debris left from the "gadget" test might contain new isotopes, and that perhaps they could call it "pandemonium" was summarily dismissed by the Atomic Energy Commision. Science has plenty of seriousness to it....what the public perceives is a droning lack of sense of humor, which is why it's so refreshing when on occasion a scientists cracks a joke.I'm with GEORGE...lighten up, it's public relations. I loved the LGM notation for the first pulsar.....signals from Little Green Men by Jocelyn Bell.

that's imagination....pete