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Kosuke Morita, researcher of Riken (Institute of Physical and Chemical Research) who led a group discovered element 113, poses for a photo with a periodic table of the elements after the element was named, during a press conference at the institution in Wako, northwest of Tokyo, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Nihonium, symbol Nh, for element 113, was discovered in Japan, and Nihon is one way to say the country's name in Japanese. It's the first element to be discovered in an Asian country. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Scientists have officially added four new elements to the periodic table


Please welcome: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson.

New elements on the block

Chemists have officially added four new names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 to the periodic table.

Scientists discovered the new elements between 2002 and 2010.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry officially recognized the discoveries in 2015.

The scientists filled their boxes with the new elements in the periodic table.

Here's where the names come from:

Nihonium (Nh): Japanese researchers named it after the Japanese word "Nihon" -- what Japanese call their island nation.

Moscovium (Mc) and Tennessine (Ts): A team of Russian and United States researchers named Mc after Moscow and Ts after Tennessee.

Oganesson (Og): A Russian team named it after Yuri Oganessian, a famous "element hunter."

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