Scientist or Terrorist?

Picture the scene: you glance out of your kitchen window to see your neighbour making his way towards his shed. He opens the door, turns on a light and instantly a rudimentary laboratory is revealed. On a table, a jumble of wires, powders and liquids lie in anticipation and even from this distance, the ominous icon of a biohazard symbol shimmers in the fluorescent light. He returns into view, clutching a timer; its display casts a green pall across his features.

Should you call the police?

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News round-up: New elements, Olympicene, SpaceX and Neutrinos

Two more place cards at the Periodic Table

Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), will be called Flerovium (symbol Fl) after the Institute’s founder, Georgy Flyorov. Element 116 will become Livermorium (symbol Lv) in honour of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California, which teamed up with the JINR to discover the element. 

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