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Dilithium created and observed in the laboratory! Answered

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.

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yourcat
yourcat

11 years ago

???

Next question: what good is it?

(Sorry, I know nothing about Star Trek.)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 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.

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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

The randomized name it is downloaded under starts with "FECK..."

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

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Molten Boron
Molten Boron

Reply 11 years ago

LOL! That looks like my kind of show.

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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

XD

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aeromancy
aeromancy

11 years ago

Where's Spock when you need him?

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

11 years ago

 Dilithium Crystals were often used in the warp core.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

I'm not seeing the "dilithium" thing, can you explain how the real-world connects with Star-Trek on this one? (in the context of that article) L

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Kiteman's response. The only actual connection is through my brain :-/

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

In the Star Trek universe, "dilithium" is referred to as "element 114".

They have now made element 114 for real...

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

It that it? Star-Trek says... OK good enough answer, but I thought they'd be a bit less random than that. L