The Ruse of Ununbium

periodic tableUnunbium, as is well known, has been one of the latest elements of the periodic table of elements to be synthesized by the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany. Until 2010, it hadn’t received its definitive name, Copernicium, in honor of the scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), with the Cn symbol. Previously, this chemical element with the atomic number 112 was recognized by its latin spelling «one-one-two», and its Uub symbol. Its physical appearance isn’t known yet, but that its 285 isotope has a medium lifespan of 0.24 milliseconds is known. To have some reference, uranium has three isotope with 234, 235, and 238 atomic weights. So we can imagine the potential of this wild foal of nature that weighs 277 time more than hydrogen and is the rarest of the transition metals. Continue reading