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  • n. The transuranic chemical element (symbol Cn) with atomic number 112.


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After Nicolaus Copernicus


  • now known as copernicium - that an official from a school in New York called and said that students there thought it should instead be named after their school: P.S.

    NYT > Home Page

  • GERMANY: The newest - and heaviest - element on the periodic table could get tagged with the name "copernicium" in honor of the late astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.


  • Japan is the world's most ardent whaling nation named "copernicium", with the symbol Cp, in honour of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

    British Blogs

  • Another chemistry news flash, the folks at GSI has formally submitted "copernicium" (Cp) as the name request for

    Chemistry Blog

  • The previous heavyweight winners were copernicium (285) and roentgenium (272).

    Wired Top Stories

  • Since then, a total of about 75 atoms of copernicium have been created and detected.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • World revolves around Copernicium copernicium, the new element 112, was named for Prussian astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus 1473-1543, who first suggested that the Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around, and starting the "Copernican Revolution."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Elements 110, 111 and 112 have been named darmstadtium (Ds), roentgenium (Rg) and copernicium (Cn). - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Element 112 was first observed in 1996 but was given its new name - copernicium - only this past February.

    NYT > Opinion

  • There's a new element officially in town and its name is copernicium, after the stories


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  • I take ununbiumbrage at the name change.

    July 19, 2009

  • Not lately. But I will add it to my list of possible Zebra Finch names.

    July 18, 2009

  • ... but you don't know anyone with a pet named Ununbium, do you? Ever wonder why?

    July 18, 2009

  • A friend of mine has an emotionally disturbed lorikeet by that name.

    July 17, 2009

  • I had a gerbil named Copernicus.

    July 17, 2009

  • No offense to Copernicus, but I prefer ununbium. :-)

    July 17, 2009

  • Element 112, symbol Cn, previously known by the IUPAC temporary name ununbium. (The symbol originally proposed was Cp, but this was rejected as it had once been used for the claimed element cassiopeium.)

    July 17, 2009