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Published on Jan 22, 2011
Discovery Information Who: Soviet and American scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research When: 2006 Where: Dubna, USSR
Name Origin From the latin for "one one eight". "Ununoctium" in different languages.
Sources Synthetically produced element. Only three atoms have ever been produced.
History Element 118 has been successfully synthesized in Dubna, Russia, by a team of researcher's from Russia's Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the USA. The element was created by fusing together californium and calcium atoms. A team of Berkeley Lab scientists that announced in 1999 the observation of what appeared to be Element 118, the heaviest undiscovered transuranic element at the time, have retracted its original paper after several confirmation experiments failed to reproduce the results.