back to article Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

Boffins have found fresh evidence for the existence of the new, super-heavy element ununpentium, known to gamers as the element found in meteorites in games like Call of Duty and Tomb Raider. Periodic table up to date in May 2013 The element with atomic number 115 has no official name yet, but its temporary moniker is …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Your element interests me

    I would like to subscribe to your periodical.

    1. Phil E Succour

      Re: Your element interests me

      >> I would like to subscribe to your periodical.

      Put an offer on the table then...

      1. Richard Taylor 2 Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: Your element interests me

        I'll go for a bid of 119 - that's going to get all of those theorists going (hey work where work comes)

    2. sorry, what?
      Trollface

      Re: Your element interests me

      Strikes me that your interest will wane very quickly since Unobtainium's shelf-life is somewhat limited.

    3. Fink-Nottle

      Re: Your element interests me

      > I would like to subscribe to your periodical.

      A few more like you, and you'll have the nucleus of a group.

    4. Antonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      Re: Your element interests me

      >I would like to subscribe to your periodical.

      Yes, definitely something to keep an ion.

    5. Ace Rimmer

      Re: Your element interests me

      "I would like to subscribe to your periodical"

      Appears monthly.

      1. Danny 14 Silver badge

        Re: Your element interests me

        I'll need to red flag that comment.

  2. S4qFBxkFFg
    Alien

    Of course, it's really called Elerium.

    1. Matthew 3

      So the Americans will either be calling it 'ununpentum' or 'elerum' then?

      1. Euripides Pants Silver badge
        Boffin

        "So the Americans will either be calling it 'ununpentum' or 'elerum' then?"

        No, we will call it 'Gus'. Gus is a nice, friendly, easy to pronounce name.

  3. Sooty

    If it's not called Elerium, I'll be very dissapointed with the scientific community.

    I am dissapointed with el reg though, for mentioning call of duty and tomb raider, but not the classic game that revolvd around it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Agreed. Seriously guys, did none of you play UFO: Enemy Unkown? Massive geek failure.

    2. WraithCadmus
      Mushroom

      Fortunately this new element will be fairly easy to acquire with practice.

      Fire teams and proximity grenades cover the doors, double-tap Blaster Bomb takes out the wall and then the command staff, assault team flies through the hole and flushes out the rest.

      Icon: Blaster Bomb demonstration

      1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge
        Mushroom

        I always preferred to fire the blaster bomb straight up, over the top and down through the roof into the control room.

        1. BoldMan

          Lol guess which game I'm currently playing :)

          Still annoys the **** out of me when an Etheriel takes over one of my team and proceeds to blow the rest away!!

        2. WraithCadmus
          Happy

          We all have our own style, because I sent in men I went through the wall to limit the number of sides you were vulnerable from, but the slam-dunk has its charm.

          *downloads openxcom*

    3. defiler Silver badge

      Cool - if I can't have my Flying Car, I can at least console myself with a Flying Suit.

  4. thosrtanner

    Srsly? A jpg for text? *shudder*

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      While I agree with what you're saying, a table/div based approach would take considerably more time than an <img> tag and could easily cause havok with rendering between different browsers, especially on mobile devices when you consider El'Reg's fixed width layout.

      Since they have gone with a jpg, a click-through larger image should have been included though.

      1. Arthur 1

        uhhhh

        Or... you know... PNG?

  5. Anonymous IV

    Copyrighted?

    Surely Intel must have copyrighted/trade-marked anything of the format <something>Pentium?

    Oh, maybe not - they're not Apple...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Copyrighted?

      Perhaps they could placate the corporation by christening the new element Intelium, in their honour?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Copyrighted?

      Apple already had the patent cover for this, claiming that the edge of the nucleus had 'rounded corners'...

    3. DougS Silver badge

      Re: Copyrighted?

      Laugh all you want, but it was Intel, not Apple, who tried to patent a lowercase 'i'

  6. Ted Treen
    Boffin

    Intriguing...

    "... since it's highly unstable and has an extremely short half-life..."

    Most of our politicians comply with the first description: now, how do we get them to match the second..?

    1. Callam McMillan

      Re: Intriguing...

      They do match the second, but they start out as such monumental cocks, that even with a short half-life and many years, they're still monumental cocks!

    2. LaeMing Silver badge
      Go

      Re: How do we get them to match the second..?

      Bombarding them with high-speed lead particles is the traditional way!

      (Don't try this at home, kids!)

  7. RobHib
    Stop

    RussAmericonium perhaps?

    So what will this eventually be? RussAmericonium perhaps?

    With valuable research dollars at a premium, seems to me that unless someone can predict with at least some degree of certainty that Islands of Stability actually do exist in these never-never regions then it's a bit of a waste of time.

    Elements that don't exist long enough to even determine their chemical properties aren't really much practical use of (except to those with excessively large research budgets).

    1. J.G.Harston Silver badge

      Re: RussAmericonium perhaps?

      "Elements that don't exist long enough to even determine their chemical properties aren't really much practical use of (except to those with excessively large research budgets)."

      Their use is as stepping stones to the next elements and on towards the next Island of Stability.

      1. RobHib

        Re: RussAmericonium perhaps?

        "next Island of Stability" Next? Where? Unless you mean H, He and up.

        Damn long steps too, it's ~50 years since such stability was first predicted and the prediction isn't an iota better.

    2. Yag
      Trollface

      Re: RussAmericonium perhaps?

      Let's call it Snowdenium.

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  8. Crisp Silver badge
    Coat

    Element 115

    You can't really run an X-COM operation without it!

  9. envmod

    lazar

    this is the element supposedly powering the flying discs secretly kept at the S4 facility. something to do with the amplification of the gravity A wave apparently.

  10. dorsetknob
    IT Angle

    I'm currently researching the Element Unobtainum but am having difficulty getting research funds.

    Unobtainum when used in AMD Processors would when used as a quad gate manufacturing process would result in CPU's that can run at 15Ghz+ at room temp and would output (not consume ) about 70w

    Just enough for a raspberry pi to be self powered

  11. Black Rat
    Alien

    Meanwhile back at the lab..

    No! we are not going to call it Roswellium

  12. eJ2095

    I found another element

    Its called "Boo"

    The element of surprise.....

    Will get my coat ;-0

    1. C 18
      Thumb Up

      Re: I found another element

      >The element of surprise.....

      It's okay Chuck has your back on that joke...

  13. R W Rodway

    Soon we shall be able to synthesis Naquadah. And then we can make stargates!

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can it be true ...

    ... that I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Can it be true ...

      It's more of a splat...

  15. SeanEllis

    Although it sounds small, a 200ms half-life for something this heavy is actually quite long. As J.G.Harston points out, this is one of the little reefs around the "island of stability" that is expected to exist at even higher atomic weights.

    1. proto-robbie
      Coat

      Handy for fly fishing too.

    2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      > expected to exist

      For some values of "expected", I reckon.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Element 119 is the item popular in UFOlogy, and only one with a very large nucleus, all these elements produced in labs are very light variations, and you need to remember this when talking about the decay and usability of a heavy element created in a lab.

    There are a number of scientists who believe in the possibility of more stable elements, but they would have to be forged in some very specific environments, usefulness of them? who knows

    1. Greggles

      Of course, everybody knows the best environment for creating exotic and useful materials is to forge them in the heart of a dying star, so we'll just have to set up shop next to one of those and we'll be set!

  17. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
    Happy

    Why?

    Why can't it be called Playmonautium - in honour of our drowned hero.

  18. Anonymous C0ward

    Sorry, I just saw "bare Lara Croft"

    You need to stop doing that with your headlines.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Sorry, I just saw "bare Lara Croft"

      I hadn't seen that - can we call it tissuenium now please?

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