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Your Questions About How To Discover New Elements

Ruth asks…

what is the chemist name who discovered the element carbon?

in other words, what is the person’s name and when was it discovered

New Niche Finder answers:

The discovery of Carbon has happened in three phases.

First, since prehistoric times man has used charcoal, which is amorphous carbon produced by burning wood in a limited quantity of air. Charcoal has been used as a fuel for many thousands of years.

Second, the discovery of the fact that carbon is an element existing in different forms was made in the late eighteenth century. This was when the theory of the elements was first proposed by Robert Boyle. Antoine Lavoisier also showed that diamond was a form of carbon, just like the amorphous form in charcoal.
Carl Wilhelm Scheele demonstrated at this time that graphite was carbon and not a form of lead as had previously been supposed.

The third stage in carbon discovery occurred in the late twentieth century when Harry Kroto and his fellow workers discovered the existence of other form of elemental carbon like the football shaped “Buckminsterfullerene” and nano-tubes.

Michael asks…

New elements on the periodic table natural?

If two naturally occuring elements are combined (regardless of how) and a brand new element is discovered (or created), is this considered a natural element because it is created from two natural elements? Or is it considered a man-made element? If it’s discovered by combining elements, then it’s not actually created, because the scientists don’t know what they may get. Does this make sense? I’m not sure that my words are expressing my thought well enough. Answers from a scientist would be great.
I’m so glad that you all knew what I meant, clearly, I’m not a chemist. I thank you all for answering my questions! I just find it amazing that humans can create new elements. Thank you again, fantastic to have you all willing to assist me!

New Niche Finder answers:

Two or more combined elements are compounds. So 2 elements combined won’t make a new element.

Donna asks…

How long does it take for a new element to be named?

Take elements 113-118, ununtrium to ununoctium. Ununtrium had a few proposed names ages ago and still hasn’t got an official name.

Is there usually a standard amount of time?

New Niche Finder answers:

First somebody has to suggest a name. Usually the fellow who discovers it, but if it’s a community project or not immediately useful then maybe nobody cares. Time is not a factor. It takes as long as it takes.

When I was a kid I thought there was a committee someplace that made up all the words.

Donald asks…

Why was neptunium chosen to become an element?

My teacher has got me to do this stupid elements project and I cant figure out one of the questions. Its asking why Neptunium was chosen to be on the Table of Elements & everything I search is not telling me. Can anybody help me?

New Niche Finder answers:

Elements are elements. They aren’t elected or chosen to be included in the periodic table. An element is one type of atom, with a specific number of subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons).

Perhaps your teacher meant to ask why the name “Neptunium” was chosen to represent element 93. Or why it is an element despite it not occurring in nature. This may give you some more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_element#Recently_discovered_element_claims

Good luck!

Lizzie asks…

What if GOD is actually just a form of particle which makes up all the elements in the universe?

Described as the creator from nothing of many religions, starts from a single explosion to create everything around us (Big Bang). It can bring something to life and end it’s life, It’s all around us contained in all elements. (Nothing to do with ‘The God Particle’ media propaganda) Please view this particle not as Higgs Boson particle but another undiscovered particle contained in all matter around the universe.

New Niche Finder answers:

I think that particles have to make up God. Yet, think about the complexity of everything that has ever existed, then trace all those things to one source, then look beyond that. I think that no-matter how much science explains, we humans will never be capable of fully-understanding what God has done and how God actually works, it’s just impossible, we don’t hone the amount of intelligence needed to really understand it all. Yet, I’d like to make the point that, how the hell does Jesus Christ rise from the dead? Also, think about his life and teachings, none have ever walked the face of this planet and had such great understanding for exactly how to live sinless and perfect then him. Another point I’d like to make here is this, upon reading The Bible one will discover knowledge and scripture far more intelligent then any other religious doctrine ever written in the history of forever. It never ceases to amaze me, how incredible the teaching in it is, I think that God must’ve provided divine help with it, or maybe in fact actual vehicles of God have written it. It is all up for you to decide in the end, I think that God is the only one with the answers, ask her, and Ye shall receive faithful response, If we are even supposed to know.


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