the story of Amaricium

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  • plutonium-239+neutrons= plutonium-240
  • EUREKA!!!
  • >americium-241
  • +neutrons=plutonium-241
  •  Glenn Seaborg, Albert Ghiorso, Ralph James, and Tom Morgan are in the lab one day in 1944 playing around by bombarding elements and seeing if they can create a new element.
  • After hard work they were able to discover an element
  • the group named the element Americium after America. It is the 3rd synthetic element on the periodic table and the 4th to be discovered.
  • Americium has 95 protons, 7 energy levels, and a atomic mass of 243 amu
  • Glenn Seaborg announced the discovery in 1945 on a live radio show called Quiz Kids
  • it is a silvery white metal that is used in smoke detectors and scientist are currently researching to use the element in "space batteries" 
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