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Aug 28, 2013 9:48 AM by Stephen Bowers

New chemical element confirmed

A report from the Associated Press says a new chemical element has been discovered.

The report says scientists at Lund University in Sweden have confirmed the new element's existence following claims of a possible new element from the United States and Russia that had remained unverified for about a decade.

The researchers the element is super-heavy and short-lived. For now, they call it "ununpentium," and it will take the 115th place in the Periodic Table of Elements. The element may get a new name if it is formally approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry.

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