Elemental discovery

Scientists from Russia and USA have made just six atoms of element 117, ununseptium, filling the gap between the previously discovered 116 and 118. 117 is a decay product of radioactive berkelium bombarded with calcium ions. "This [research] demonstrates the fundamental importance of scientists from different nations and institutions working together to address complex scientific challenges," Thom Mason, Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) says. The discovery team included scientists from the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia), the Research Institute for Advanced Reactors (Dimitrovgrad), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and ORNL.