There is a potential scientific breakthrough today, as scientists have confirmed evidence of a a brand-new element. According to NBC News today, this new super-heavy element has the number 115 and is tentatively named ununpentium due to the Latin and Greek words that make up the numeral.
Scientists in Dubna, Russia began experiments to form ununpentium back in 2004 by shooting a beam of calcium at a sample of americium. When they collided, the 20 and 95 protons in each respective element combined, resulting in a few atoms containing 115 protons, thus the atomic number 115. Since the atoms fall into the super-heavy category, which consists of elements that do not survive long in nature, they only lasted a few seconds before decaying. After doing more experiments at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Germany and Lund University in Sweden, researchers were able to confirm the original measurements.
The next step for the element to be made official requires more review, this time by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in Zurich. Should it be added to the periodic table, it will join elements 114 and 116 flerovium and livermorium, both of which were given official names and added to the table on May 31, 2012. Since elements are sometimes named after their discoverer, it is possible that ununpentium will be renamed as some sort of take on Sergie Dmitriev of Dubna's Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions.
Further research will be required to determine just what this new man-made element can be used for in nature despite its limited longevity. The Telegraph notes that the element is believed by some to be used in UFO technology and has also been featured in video games such as Call of Duty.