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Scientists say existence of new element confirmed

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 9:16 a.m. MDT

Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed the existence of a new chemical element, but its name may need some work. (Shutterstock) Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed the existence of a new chemical element, but its name may need some work. (Shutterstock)

BERLIN — Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed the existence of a new chemical element, but its name may need some work.

Researchers at Lund University said Tuesday their find backs up claims by teams in Russia and the United States a decade ago that had remained unverified until now.

The Swedish scientists say they conducted experiments which allowed them to detect the 'fingerprint' of the short-lived but super-heavy element that's been dubbed ununpentium.

The name, which refers to the element's 115th place in the periodic table, is only provisional.

The element will likely get a new name if the discovery is formally approved by experts from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry.

Well-known chemical elements include carbon, silicon and iron.

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