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Tennessine approved as name of newly discovered element

Nov. 30, 2016—Tennessee joins California to become only the second American state memorialized in the periodic table of elements.

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Tennessee may become second state in periodic table

Jun. 8, 2016—The provisional name for the newly discovered superheavy element 117 is "tennessine." The name was proposed by Vanderbilt nuclear physicist Joseph Hamilton to honor the state where three members of the international collaboration that made the discovery -- Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee at Knoxville -- are located.

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Adding to the periodic table

Feb. 7, 2012—The year has gotten off to a good start for modern-day alchemists like Vanderbilt physicists Joe Hamilton and A.V. Ramayya who are engaged in the extremely challenging scientific endeavor of extending the periodic table by creating new elements. In November, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) officially added three new superheavy elements...

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