2 new elements officially added to periodic table

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Moody, 56, recalled that the periodic table had only 104 elements when he was in high school. At the time, chemists thought the list was about finished, he said.

He added that he recently spoke about his work to some high school students and found them fascinated.

To them the periodic table “is an icon,” he said. “The fact that it can change and it can be added to, I think, is a novel idea for younger people.”

Not so for most older people.

Moody said he doesn’t talk about his work at parties “because people don’t generally invite you back.”

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Periodic table: http://periodic.lanl.gov/index.shtml

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