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5 ways the heaviest element on the periodic table is really bizarre

New calculations predict oganesson’s weird properties

9:00am, February 12, 2018
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NAME GAME  First created  in a lab in 2002, element 118 was officially dubbed oganesson in 2016. New studies predict some of the element’s odd properties.

The first 117 elements on the periodic table were relatively normal. Then along came element 118.

Oganesson, named for Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian (SN: 1/21/17, p. 16), is the heaviest element currently on the periodic table, weighing in with a huge atomic mass of about 300. Only a few atoms of the synthetic element have ever been created, each of which survived for less than a millisecond. So to investigate oganesson’s properties, scientists have to rely largely on theoretical predictions.

Recent papers by physicists, including one published in the Feb. 2 Physical Review Letters, detail some of the strange predicted properties of the weighty element.

1. Relatively weird

According to calculations using classical physics, oganesson’s

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