Scientists at a German research institute have added a new element to the periodic table--No. 112, a heavier, still unnamed relative of zinc, cadmium and mercury. A team of German, Russian, Slovakian and Finnish physicists detected a single atom of the new metal Feb. 9, the Society for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, announced Wednesday.
They made it by bombarding lead, element No. 82, with zinc, element No. 30, until a pair of atoms fused to form the new element.