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The government-backed Riken research institute has said its proposed name for the atomic element 113 “nihonium” has been approved by an international body. It is the first case in which scientists from an Asian country have named an atomic element.

Nihonium was among the four atomic elements the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry formally endorsed Monday, along with Moscovium for element 115, Tennessine for 117 and Oganesson for 118, which were named based on proposals by U.S. and Russian teams.

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