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Does the periodic table go on forever?

Scientists have discovered four new elements–but they won't stop there

By Philip Ball  

Kosuke Morita, who has led the RIKEN group at the Riken Institute, shows the new 113 atomic element number at a news conference at the Institute ©Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

We have four new elements, but the Russians aren’t happy. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has just confirmed the existence of numbers…

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