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        Island of Stability

        Follow scientists in their quest to understand how stable elements are made and how to create the elusive element 114 in this video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW. Scientists have encountered tremendous challenges working with heavy elements—those whose atomic weights exceed anything nature has created—because of the atomic forces at work, which include electromagnetic forces and the strong nuclear force. This video explores the concept of an "island of stability"—a stable new element that scientists predict should be possible to create amidst highly unstable and fleeting ones.

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