News FocusNuclear Physics

Element 114 Lumbers Into View

Science  22 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5401, pp. 474
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5401.474

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The race to capture one of the biggest prizes in nuclear physics--an exceptionally long-lived superheavy element--appears to be over. In a cautiously worded e-mail to a close-knit group vying for the trophy, scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, near Moscow, this month unveiled evidence for the creation of a nucleus with 114 protons--the heaviest element yet forged.