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Highly radioactive darmstadtium (element 110) was discovered on November 9th, 1994 by a group of scientists in Darmstadt, Germany. It took a period of many days to synthesize one atom of this element from the bombardment of billions and billions of nickel atoms at a single lead atom.

Chemically, the 110th element is found in the same group as nickel, palladium and platinum. However, unlike its stable family members, darmstadtium decays after a fraction of a thousandth of a second by emitting alpha particles – fast moving helium-like particles.

Because of its instability, few atoms of this element have ever been synthesized, and it has no industrial applications.

Previously known as ununnilium (Uun), this element is now called darmstadtium (Ds). The new name for element 110 was officially approved in 2003 during the 42nd General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) held in Ottawa, Canada.