Which process forms new elements?

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January 04, 2011 11:00PM

'New elements' are considered to be elements that have not been 'discovered' or given an official name and abbreviation. The only possibility of new elements forming is artificially, by bombarding heavy radioactive atoms with alpha particles, protons and sometimes neutrons. However, any 'new element' would have an extremely short half life, because we have already done this process during the 20th century, which is how we discovered the elements past Uranium (element 92).