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Berkeley Crew Unbags Element 118

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Science  03 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5531, pp. 777-778
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5531.777a

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The superheavy element 118 just displayed an exotic property that nobody predicted: the ability to vanish into thin air. Physicists who thought they had created the most massive chemical element have retracted their claim in a short statement submitted to Physical Review Letters.