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  • n  a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms

  • Officials tell PTI it's extremely unlikely that enough americium could be harvested from smoke detectors to create a device potent enough to inflict radiation sickness, let .
  • Curium can be made by bombarding plutonium with alpha particles, or americium with neutrons.
  • By bombarding americium with alpha particles, they had produced another new element, with 97 electrons.
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  • Ununpentium, New Synthetic Element Confirmed By Swedish Scientists
    Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have confirmed the existence of a new, synthetic element, seven years after it was discovered by Russian and American scientists. Although it doesn't have a proper name yet, Ununpentium, so called after its place––115th––in the periodic table is a superheavy element that is actually the by–product of bombarding another element, americium, with calcium ...
    Aug. 28, 2013 - Fast Company Magazine
  • Scientists confirm new element
    As though it wasn't hard enough to memorize the names and atomic weights of 117 elements in the periodic table, scientists have now confirmed a new one. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden created it by slamming atoms of one element, calcium, into atoms of another called americium. The newly formed element vanished quickly in a flash of radiation that scientists could measure. That flash ...
    Aug. 28, 2013 - KSAT San Antonio

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