The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 November 2004

Ununquaternium

This is the temporary name of element 114, which, unlike most of the other elements way out in the transuranium range, has a halflife of 30 whole seconds. (By contrast, half of your sample of ununbium, element 112, will be gone in 280 microseconds.)

After 114 weekly editions, I think we can safely say that the Carnival of the Vanities has some serious staying power. This week's edition is hosted by Interested-Participant, and is dedicated to our fighting forces. As always, it's all the blog stuff you missed, and even some you didn't.

Posted at 7:11 AM to Blogorrhea


Could save 4 letters and two awkward syllables by calling it "quaternium."

Posted by: Dan at 12:03 AM on 25 November 2004

Well, we're running out of heavenly bodies and noted scientists to memorialize on the Periodic Table, so I figure the next step will be the entertainment industry.

Get ready for element 121: beyonceium.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:20 AM on 25 November 2004

How does it taste? Maybe they can rename it "yummium."

Posted by: McGehee at 12:25 PM on 26 November 2004