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Discovering Element 117

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AIR DATE: April 20, 2010

Take a team of Russian and American scientists, dd an atom smasher, mix in protons and neutrons... and voila! You've got yourself a new element on the periodic table. Presenting Element 117! We talk to a UNLV professor and PhD student who helped make it happen. They tell us about the moment of discovery and why uncovering a new element is like finding the Holy Grail for scientists.

Guests:
Ralf Sudowe, Asst Prof of Health Physics and Radiochemistry, UNLV
Megan Bennett, PhD Student, Radiochemistry Dept, UNLV

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