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New element monikers laid on the table.

The heated debate over what to name six heavy elements at the end of the periodic table may soon be resolved. In February, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) released a new roster of proposed names for the elements numbered 104 to 109: rutherfordium (104), dubnium (105), seaborgium (106), bohrium (107), hassium (108), and meitnerium (109).

The slate represents a compromise over earlier ones, which drew protests from the U.S., Russian, and German research teams who made the discoveries (SN: 10/22/94, p. 271). Many chemists expect the IUPAC council to give its final endorsement to the name assignments in August.
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Date:Apr 12, 1997
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