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With the naming of Element No., 116 as Livermorium, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and the city of Livermore joined a short list of places with elements named after them. The full list:

Americium -- America, the Americas

Berkelium -- University of California at Berkeley

Californium -- State of California and University of California at Berkeley

Copper -- Likely named for Cyprus

Darmstadtium -- Darmstadt, Germany

Dubnium -- Dubna, Russia

Erbium -- Ytterby, a town in Sweden

Europium -- Europe

Francium -- France

Gallium -- Gallia, Latin for France. Also named for Lecoq de Boisbaudran, the element's discoverer (Lecoq in Latin is gallus)

Germanium -- Germany

Hafnium -- Hafnia, Latin for Copenhagen

Hassium -- Hesse, Germany

Holmium -- Holmia, Latin for Stockholm

Livermorium -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Livermore, California

Lutetium -- Lutecia, ancient name for Paris

Magnesium -- Magnesia prefecture in Thessaly, Greece

Polonium -- Poland

Rhenium -- Rhenus, Latin for Rhine, a German province

Ruthenium -- Ruthenia, Latin for Russia

Scandium -- Scandia, Latin for Scandinavia

Strontium -- Strontian, a town in Scotland

Terbium -- Ytterby, Sweden

Thulium -- Thule, a mythical island in the far north (Scandinavia?)

Ytterbium -- Ytterby, Sweden

Yttrium -- Ytterby, Sweden


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Livermorium (Lv) is an artificially produced transuranium element of atomic number 116. In 2000, scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore announced the production of atoms of livermorium when curium-248 was fused with calcium-48.

In June 2011 the discovery of element 116 was recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). The discoverers named it livermorium after Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in December 2011, pending approval by IUPAC.

-- Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica and chemistry/about.com.