A gap in the periodic table has been filled! As of September 24th, 2009 a group of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finally confirmed the existence of element 114 (Ununquadium) ten years after a lab in Russia claimed to have produced the element. Two nuclei of the element were produced, each with different numbers of neutrons, in an 88-inch cyclotron.
What does this mean for science? Although element 114 may not demonstrate practical uses… considering it isn’t around long enough or in large enough quantities to get a good look at… it does offer hope in the search for more superheavy elements and advancements in radioactive research.
Here’s a great source article explaining the research process in much greater detail: Superheavy Element 114 Confirmed