Dilithium created and observed in the laboratory!

According to a news report in Physics Today, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have confirmed the creation of element 114 first reported by Dubna physicists in 1999.

As true afficionados may recall from the original Star Fleet Technical Manual (pictured), element 114 is dilithium, used to regulate the matter-antimatter reaction for warp propulsion. Unfortunately, with a lifetime of just a few hundred milliseconds, it's unlikely that crystals of element 114 will be produced any time soon.

Picture of Dilithium created and observed in the laboratory!
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yourcat8 years ago

Next question: what good is it?

(Sorry, I know nothing about Star Trek.)
kelseymh (author)  yourcat8 years ago
I assume you're asking about the real element 114, not the fictional.  All of the trans-plutonium elements are short-lived, artificially produced nuclei.  The extreme ones (elements 102 and above, basically) have half-lives of anywhere from milliseconds to microseconds.  They are the product of research into the basic nature of matter and the forces which hold nuclei together.
Kiteman8 years ago
As the atoms break down, we hear...
The randomized name it is downloaded under starts with "FECK..."
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LOL! That looks like my kind of show.
aeromancy8 years ago
Where's Spock when you need him?
gmjhowe8 years ago
 Dilithium Crystals were often used in the warp core.
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