The Island of Stability

Is it possible to “create” an element? The patent law has said so before. Has it happened again?

Element 118, Heaviest Ever, Reported for 1,000th of a Second“:

A team of Russian and American scientists said yesterday that it had created the heaviest element ever seen in a laboratory, a dab of matter that lasted for less than one-thousandth of a second but would add an entry at the farthest reaches of the periodic table and suggest that strange new elements may lie beyond.

Bonus concept, from the same article: The Island of Stability may be a real place, but it exists, if it exists at all, beyond the edge of the border of the existing material world.

I’m glad that’s settled.