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Element 117 officially named 'Tennessine'
The superheavy element 117 has been officially named tennessine - about six years after its discovery was first reported. In theory, the nuclei will in rare cases combine into a superheavy and heretofore unknown element. In tennessine's case, the atomic recipe for element 117 required the berkelium-249 target. After six months of relentless bombardment with a calcium-48 beam, researchers had detected six atoms in which the nuclei of the calcium and berkelium had fused to create element 117.
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