Scientists measure the property of rarest element on Earth

05/17/2013 | LiveScience.com

For the first time, researchers have measured the fundamental property of astatine, the rarest element on Earth. Using the ISOLDE Radioactive Ion Beam facility at the CERN physics laboratory in Switzerland, scientists created artificial isotopes of astatine to measure the element's ionization potential. The radioactive isotope could be used in cancer treatments.

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