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Periodic table expands with elements named after Japan, Moscow, Tennessee

TOKYO: The periodic table got larger Wednesday after four new elements were officially named and added to the chart, including 'nihonium' -- the first ever to be discovered by Japanese scientists. The new name for element 113, a highly radioactive element with an extremely short half-life, comes from Japan's name in Japanese -- 'nihon', literally 'the land of the rising sun'. "The element, named for the first time by Japanese and in Asia, will occupy a place in the periodic table -- an intellectual asset of mankind,"…