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  • The IUPAC has finally (finally!) agreed that ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium, and ununoctium have been discovered, and have invited the discovery teams to submit names, so we can hope that Ghiorsi gets his glory. However, the naming rules for the last two columns have recently been changed, so that ununseptium will get a name ending in -ine like astatine above it, and ununoctium will (I hope) become ghiorson, like radon above it.

    January 4, 2016

  • It is sad that Albert Ghiorso died (26 Dec. 2010) without seeing an element officially named after him, as Glenn Seaborg saw seaborgium. Ghiorsium was informally proposed for ununoctium after its claimed discovery by Berkeley, but the claim had to be withdrawn after fraud was discovered.

    January 24, 2011