The periodic table could be getting a little bit bigger very soon. Scientists in Germany say they have managed to create several atoms of element 117, which is currently dubbed Ununseptium until it is given an official name.
Element 117 was first reported by a Russian-US team in 2010 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. An element can only be confirmed as part of the periodic table, after subsequent independent tests corroborate the same result.
Now, following the experiment at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany, the confirmation needed looks as though it has just been found – as several atoms of the heaviest metal have been recreated.