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If You Don't Like the Names of These New Elements, Now's the Time to Complain

Illustration for article titled If You Dont Like the Names of These New Elements, Nows the Time to Complain

Flerovium and livermorium have a nice ring, yeah? Chemistry's governing body thinks so and wants to name two new elements with them. If you disagree, you've only got five months to come up with something better.


The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, a union of chemists that maintains the periodic table and vets potential new additions to it, has proposed naming recently-discovered elements 114 and 116 flerovium and livermorium, respectively. Now, the names undergo a five month comment period wherein any member of the public can suggest alternatives—that includes you.

These super-heavy elements are so large and so unstable that they can only be manufactured in labs and rapidly degrade into other elements. Both were actually discovered a decade ago but their existence has been undergoing independent verification since then. They were created by a collaboration of researchers from Lawrence Livermore Labs and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia.


Livermorium is named after the Livermore lab where it was created while flerovium bears the name of Georgi N. Flerov, the founder of the Dubna lab. If the names pass muster by next May, flerovium and livermorium will join three other recently-named elements—darmstadtium (Ds), roentgenium (Rg) and copernicium (Cn)—at the bottom of the elemental table. [New York Times - Live Science - image: Jezper / Shutterstock]

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Sammichium? Bitches love sammichium.

Spongebobium? Patrickium? Squidwardium?

Fryum? Leelium? Zoidbergium (already mentioned below...two votes must make it so!)? Benderium (or just Bendium or Benderum)? Amium? Conradium? Farnsium or Farnsworthium?

McQueenium? Towmaterium? Sallium?

Woodium? Buzzium? Lightyearium? Rexium? Andium? Slinkium?

The list goes on and on...

Wallium (alt. spelling Wall-E-Um)?

Sparrowium? Barbosium? Swanium? Calypsium? Davium? Jonesium?

Poirotium? Marplium (alt. spelling for clarity: Marpullium)? Agathium? Christium?

Chrichtonium? Jurassium? Parkium? Spherum?

OK, I'm done now.

But from that list, there are several that actually sound pretty cool. Filtering for coolness:

Bendium, Amium, Andium, Calypsium, and Davium are all viable names in my opinion. And Calypsium works triple duty: it sounds cool, it's an homage to the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and it's also named after an old goddess (for which Plutonium, Neptunium, Uranium, and Thorium, among others, set the precedence).

I think we have a winner: it shall be called Calypsium.

*EDIT* By the way, it would be nice if you mentioned where/how we can suggest names to IUPAC. I've looked around their site, and the source link, and haven't found any way to do so. And the more I think about it, the more I love Calypsium.