That merger made element 116
, which decayed almost immediately into element 114 and then into lighter elements.
Worse, a reanalysis of the original data showed no evidence of either element 118 or its decay product, element 116.
Since the initial Berkeley results, Lougheed and his colleagues at Livermore and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, reported creating a different form of element 116.
At that time, the group concluded that each fleeting atom of element 118 rapidly decayed into other elements, including never-before-seen element 116
Peter Arumbruster of the Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, West Germany, and 39 others have tried and failed to make element 116
by bombarding cesium 248 with calcium 48, they report in the Feb.