What Happens When A New Element Is Discovered

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

To the dismay of high school students everywhere, yet another element has been discovered and added to the ever-growing periodic table. Trace shows us what goes into discovering a new element and how one is added to the official list of elements.

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“In 1829, a German chemist by the name of J. W. Dobereiner noticed that certain groups of three elements had similar properties.”

Newly Discovered Element 112 Named “Copernicum”

“When we talked with element 112’s discoverer, Sigurd Hofmann, on the significance of making a permanent mark on the periodic table, he told us he wanted a moniker that recognized a famous scientist while avoiding the flag-waving nationalism normally associated with the process.”

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Ava Mo January 20, 2014 - 4:24 AM

I <3 D-News

Erin February 2, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Obviously elements should be named by whoever can get their proposed name trending on Twitter first.

WasGoodBruH February 25, 2014 - 9:11 AM


JJ March 9, 2014 - 11:51 AM

They should just keep it as "Element 115" from CoD: Black Ops zombies

Lardinho Redbeard March 30, 2014 - 4:59 AM

Well this has gathered enough pace for a new element to be Livermorium 116 I think.  The American names are usually a little crass. as someone from the UK whose languae actually us English and not a bastardised version of it.  I longingly wait for a Japanese or Arabian discovered particle.  Won't happen soon, but I'd like to think Untrinonium 139 might be discovered by a Brazilian who liked fat guys like me and names is Lardinhium 139.

Ibrahim Farrier April 7, 2014 - 4:55 AM

"The elements are temporary and only in lab conditions" So…how should we name them?  WHO CARES!?  If it is temporary and can only be built in a lab, then it will never make it to my mouth or on my person, name it 115.  Not Latin or anything, just 115.

Now find an element that is completely healthy, and when added to broccoli makes it taste like a McChicken…well…we can go to war over that name!

Mohammad Al-Zawahreh April 7, 2014 - 11:36 AM

They should be named a word that closely resembles the characteristics of the element.


Should've been called "dowry" cause that's what it's used for :P

Ben Collier April 10, 2014 - 2:51 AM

chose out of a hat lol

Thomas Penner April 12, 2014 - 5:51 AM

we should just keep using up the sci fi names for elements. I really want a adamantium here

RiderVPG August 26, 2014 - 8:47 PM


Amanda Stevens June 7, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Far as I know we have 118. Hydrogen to Ununoctium. See ASAP science's periodic table song.

Ackeem Crandex September 23, 2015 - 2:17 AM

elements should name on what they can do

Paco Ramirez October 1, 2015 - 1:27 AM

Your on a green screen :O My life has be lied too :(

daniel sanchez November 12, 2015 - 8:28 AM

They should name it maxium after maxis

chris wooddell November 20, 2015 - 2:27 PM

i believe all scientific discoveries such as the higgs grid, which should be called something more like the matrix gravity grid or something, or elements should be named according to they're characteristics

deet0109 December 10, 2015 - 5:45 PM

115 = "elerium"

Joshua Colson January 23, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Should be named by the person/people who discovered them

flyby501 October 2, 2016 - 5:06 AM

All I can think of is zombies when I hear about 115

CCC Network January 19, 2017 - 9:33 PM

should be named after their country or the person should decide

Yogesh Ambulkar April 16, 2017 - 6:36 PM

man whats in a name

Christopher Universal September 13, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Alright 2017 118 elements

Tristan Dibella March 25, 2018 - 7:23 PM

can i overclock the first element?

Kees T. April 27, 2018 - 6:49 PM

now see this this is very intresting

Youtube Content May 3, 2018 - 10:22 AM

What??? Only 115?

Youtube Content May 3, 2018 - 10:23 AM

117 is Tennesine 118 is Oganesson

Pussy Cat November 29, 2018 - 9:46 AM

I’m In 2018

uday karthikeya January 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Now there are 118 elements

Drew Fraser February 22, 2019 - 4:05 AM

The next element should be Ballchinium

Falleangel xc February 25, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Who els came here for there dumb essay

Jameson Clemente November 16, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Too bad its already nihonium

𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙠 February 2, 2020 - 9:24 PM

My question is, as the atomic numbers go from 1-118 currently linearly with no gaps, have we discovered every element up until that density? So if and when a collapsed star for example forms a new element it would have to be denser than 118 atomic number by default? If you consider the least dense elements in the universe, they are also the oldest (hydrogen, helium etc.).. So is it safe to say that density of elements can only increase over time?

recommended for you February 6, 2020 - 12:08 PM

It is moscovium

Country Rock and roll March 22, 2020 - 9:33 AM

Hey budy we reached 119

Medo Tedo July 8, 2020 - 1:18 AM

118 elements

Charze 7 May 19, 2021 - 7:50 PM

now its 118 and still counting nerds

AalanM June 29, 2021 - 6:32 PM


Anthony Vlogs July 30, 2021 - 11:59 PM

Finally, Moscovium

Genocide Panther900 October 10, 2021 - 8:59 PM

Now their are 118

Ununennium December 3, 2021 - 8:04 PM

Im here Ununennium the 119th element