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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:43 PM EDT

JD Frazer, Illiad of UserFriendly fame, has made a scientific discovery! A new element. I know you always wanted to know what 117 would turn out to be on the periodic table of elements.

If you need to brush up on your chemistry, as I did, here you go, Kalzium, a free science application to teach you all about it. And it's released under the GPL, so it's free as a bird, free as in speech and as in beer. So is KStars, which I love (screenshots). They're both part of the KDE Education Project, which develops educational software for children from 3 to 18. But I like it too. They also have software for teachers, teaching tools. Here's a brief series of slides about the project. And there's a lot more educational software in the pipeline.

If you've ever looked carefully at the periodic table, you know that 117 was long an unknown element, placed in the table in its expected position but not produced.

Until now......



117 is represented in the table as "Uus", for Ununseptium or 117, but now that we have JD's research, it's only appropriate that he get to name it anew, since he's the first to demonstrate it. He's chosen the name Enderlemium, abbreviated "Em" for the element. I'd even take "Eme". It has a certain ring if you say it out loud, and it captures the essence of this gas.


Drawing Copyright 2007 JD Frazer


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