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Heavy-Element Fizzle Laid to Falsified Data

Science  19 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5580, pp. 313-315
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5580.313

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Summary

In 1999, physicists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California startled many of their colleagues with an announcement that they had discovered elements 118 and 116 by smashing lead nuclei and krypton nuclei together. That surprise turned out to be justified: LBNL has concluded that the "discovery" of elements 118 and 116 was based on falsified data.

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