back to article Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced it's satisfied that elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 really do exist and can take their places on the periodic table. Element 113 (going under the temporary name and symbol ununtrium, Uut) was discovered in 2012 by the Japanese research institute RIKEN …


  1. PassiveSmoking



  2. PhilipN Silver badge

    No Aldermastonium or Harwellium?


  3. MOH

    Since I coincidentally read this about an hour ago, Ossium for 117?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In memorium


  5. Zork-1

    4 horsemen

    Just name them after the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What about


    It was discovered in Japan after all.

    Or there's always Hentaium

    Still, Rikenium sounds better.

  7. Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

    Symbol for Heavy Metal?`

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ticket To Ride





  9. Graeme Sutherland

    Element 115

    I'm really disappointed that Element 115 doesn't exhibit any of the characteristics that Bob Lazar claimed back in the 1980s. Chief of which was that it was used as a power source for flying saucers.

    Had it done so, we could have called it Lazarium, Alium, or something similar. Ah, well.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Element 115

      Thats because people misunderstood, 115 was actually 115In.

      Which does exist in very small amounts in nature but can be enriched and has some very strange ferromagnetic properties as well as a long (10^14 years) half life suggesting it could be meta-stable.

      The latest twist is that some of the "floating saucer" pictures as well as the early 1940's German craft could have been a variant of what is now used in hoverboards.

      In this case the rotating Cu plated Al field coils repelling a ground based magnetic rotor spinning in the opposite direction were only ever used for initial take-off and not for flight to add stability to the system in a similar way to the rotating blades on a helicopter.

      If a simple B-2 can fly despite being totally unstable aerodynamically then it makes me wonder just how many UFO reports were actually some secret test or other.

  10. Fluffy Cactus

    Since you guys can't agree on anything, let me contribute

    to the confusion with the following suggestions:

    113: Fujiyamium, Tsunamium, Quakium, Origatonium, Sushium

    115: Zarbombakaboom, Riotpussium, Putinium, Rasputinium

    117: Rockridgium, Unnecessarium, Dollypartonium, Cubanrum

    118: Barackiputinion, VladiObamion, Putinohillarion, Notonthephon

  11. emsr

    They could continue using planet names...

    Sednium, Haumaeum, Quaoarium, ...

    Of course, a day will come when they will have to rename Uranium to Urectium to stop those jokes once and for all.


POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019