In June, we told you how two new elements were about to be added to the already-difficult-to-understand periodic table. Following a three-year review process, an international committee of chemists and physicists introduced the elements, only known as numbers 114 and 116. But before high-school science teachers change their curriculum, the elements need a new name.
Today, the same group of scientists proposed to name element 114 Flerovium (Fl) in honor of physicist Georgi Flerov. Element 116 is expected to become Livermorium (Lv), named for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., where it was discovered.
The periodic table's governing body is expected to officially endorse the names in five months. Even more elements, numbered 113, 115 and 118, are still under review.