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G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (Centre for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt, has been officially recognized as a new element by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). IUPAC confirmed the recognition of element 112 in an official letter to the head of the discovering team, Professor Sigurd Hofmann. The letter furthermore asks the discoverers to propose a name for the new element. Their suggestion will be submitted within...

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen the GSI accelerator facility to assess radiation risks that astronauts will be exposed to on a Mars mission. GSI was selected because its accelerator is the only one in Europe able to create ion beams similar to those found in space. To determine possible health risks of manned space flights, scientists from all over Europe have been asked to investigate the effects of ion beams in human cells and organs. The first experiments will be launched this year...

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
In a joint communiqué signed November 7, 2007, representatives of the partner countries have announced the go-ahead for construction of the international accelerator facility FAIR. Signing on behalf of Germany was Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan and Minister-President of the State of Hesse Roland Koch. FAIR, which will be one of the world’s largest accelerator centers, is to be connected to the existing accelerator facility at GSI.

G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Horst Stöcker is the new Scientific Director and Chair of the Directorate at GSI. He succeeds Walter F. Henning, who has served in these capacities for eight years. The management change was celebrated in the context of an international symposium on "Modern Trends in Nuclear Physics" from October 18 to 20, 2007. Horst Stöcker officially assumed his new position on August 1.

Since November 1, 2004, the chemical element with the atomic number 111 has an official name. Following a proposal of GSI, where the element was discovered, it will be named 'roentgenium' with the symbol 'Rg'. This proposal had been accepted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry IUPAC in its meeting in Bled, Slovenia, and was disclosed to the public today. Thus, roentgenium is the heaviest named element on the periodic table of the elements. Press Release of GSI (in...