The pride of the Japanese reveals itself yet again with a “new” atomic element to be named ‘Nihonium’

The Japanese certainly are proud of themselves and no where better can that be pointed out than Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe refusing to resign for his use of tax money on extravagant expenses totaling ¥213 million. Now Japanese scientists are going to name an element they say they have discovered calling it ‘Nihonium.’ The researchers are at the Riken Institute. That’s the same institute where the Japanese female researcher Haruko Obokata faked her research on stem cells back in 2014. Haruko Obokata eventually resigned from the Riken Institute.

What drives scientists to fake data like Haruko Obokata? Sort of wondering about this new atomic element “discovered” at the Riken Institute where scientists there are going to name this new element “Nihonium.” It has been alleged that these elements that are suddenly discovered, don’t really exist but is done to receive continued funding for their institutes. What possibly can bring about the discovery of a new element? Can we see the data? The science proving the element actually exists? After all, if state money is going into an institution year after year with no viable discoveries with practical applications, what’s the point for continued funding? Or maybe the researchers at the Riken Institute need a good “discovery” to lift themselves out of the disaster of Haruko Obokata embarrassing the institute with her faked research on stem cells?


Source: The Mainichi

Japan scientists plan to name atomic element 113 ‘Nihonium’

June 8, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese scientists who discovered the atomic element 113 plan to name it “Nihonium,” sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

The team of researchers at the Riken institute coined the name from “Nihon” meaning Japan and plan to give the superheavy synthetic element the atomic symbol “Nh,” according to the sources.

The team led by Kyushu University professor Kosuke Morita secured the naming rights in December after successfully creating the element three times in 2004, 2005 and 2012.

While a U.S.-Russian team claimed to have discovered the element earlier than the Riken team, a joint working group set up by the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics concluded the Riken team had discovered it.

Morita proposed the name to the IUPAC in March for review. The organization is expected to invite public comments on the name before formally deciding around year-end.

The artificially synthesized element has 113 protons in its nucleus. Morita’s group created the element by colliding zinc ions with bismuth, which have 30 protons and 83 protons, respectively.


2 thoughts on “The pride of the Japanese reveals itself yet again with a “new” atomic element to be named ‘Nihonium’

  1. Yes you can see the data. Ask IUPAC and they will be happy to share it with you. The science behind the discovery of new elements is caled spectroscopy and it is also widely applied in astrophysics. The IUPAC is the relevant authority and they have validated Nihonium along with a few other new ones including one called Mucovium discovered at the Flerov Laboratory in Russia. On what basis do you doubt the validity of Nihonium other than Obokata? As far as the pride of the Japanese goes, well the most widely help impression is that the Japanese are a humble lot vs. say the French or the Americans. So one again you are completely off the mark.

    • Enjoy your Starbucks sweetened coffee this morning? Go read some Bertrand Russell on the “discovery of new elements”, otherwise you only confirm that ignorance isn’t stupidity.

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