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Your Questions About How To Discover New Elements

Maria asks…

I think I discovered a new element what do I do ?

When I looked outside I saw an element, my friends said it was a lampost but I’m sure its an element.

New Niche Finder answers:

Write about it in your journal. Thousands of years from now somebody will find it and you will be in Chemistry history forever. You will be one more name those poor future students will have to learn.

Richard asks…

What does this element in my dream mean?

So in my dream last night a big element was a sketchbook. But I can’t find the meaning of a sketchbook in any online dream dictionaries. Does anybody know what it is supposed to symbolize? Thanks.

New Niche Finder answers:

This might not be the answer your looking for but dream symbolism is pretty much useless because dreams are 100% subjective meaning that only the dreamer of a particular dream can know the significance of any given aspect of the dream. Having said that some icon things have similar or universal meaning but that is rare.

So if what I am saying is true how can you discover the meaning of your dream? Ask yourself some questions…
When did you last think of a sketchbook/or what is your latest memory of a sketchbook?
Could the sketchbook represent some bigger idea (i.e. Art, creativity)?
Why did you remember this part of the dream over all the hundreds maybe thousands of things you dreamed about that night?
Whats going on in your life that relates to this dream?

If your into dreaming etc ask yourself these kinds of questions to find the answers and do some research into lucid dreaming and dream recall (keep a dream journal).

Charles asks…

Are there really 143 elements with some still undiscovered?

I keep getting this result from a chemistry journal that there are supposed to be 143 elements. Is this true?

New Niche Finder answers:

Technically there could be an infinite number of elements, with ever increasing numbers of protons in a single atom. The problem is that the larger an atom becomes, the more the atom wants to rip itself apart because the nuclear force that holds atoms together is being overwhelmed by the electrostatic repulsion of protons packed tightly into the nucleus. As of yet I believe there have been 119 elements observed, but the heaviest elements discovered have never been isolated, only observed. This is because they are so unstable that they decay within milliseconds of their production. Some people think that there may be particularly stable positions slightly higher up than we have discovered, but the reasons for this are complex and theyve yet to be observed.

John asks…

An element within the periodic table of elements that can be a surname?

I need a surname that is somewhat sound like one of the elements wothin the Periodic Tables of Elements

New Niche Finder answers:

Many elements have been named for scientists:

Einsteinium for Albert Einstein

Rutherfordium for Ernest Rutherford

Lawrencium for Ernest Lawrence

Mendelevium for Dmitri Mendeleev

Fermium for Enrico Fermi

Seaborgium for Glenn T. Seaborg

Curium for Marie and Pierre Curie.

Especially, the newly discovered trans-uranic elements have been named for scientists, places or Universities such as Americium, Berkelium, Californium.

Elements that have been known from antiquity like oxygen have Greek or Latin roots. Some others like Natrium (Sodium) and Wolfram (tungsten) have other sources, the former being Arabic and the latter, German.

Carol asks…

How many chemical compounds or molecules have been discovered in science history?

I undertand that since there is limited amout of allowable bonds for a particular element there should be a limited amount of single molecules that can be formed, I will like to know how many have we been able to identify.

New Niche Finder answers:

At least 34 million in peer-reviewed journals and patents, and more than 60 million organic and incorganic substances in the CAS registry.

Limited number of allowable bonds doesn’t limit the number of possible compounds. Forget about molecular bonds for a while and consider amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that we know, so there are only 20 possible one-amino-acid compounds. However, when we include 2, the number becomes 20^2. In general, the number of possible polypeptides of length n is 20^n.

Therefore the limit to number of single molecules is really based on size, instead of number of bonds.

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