Science writers like to make hay when scientists see something that’s, ya know, never been seen before by humans and stuff. But this (NYT, reg. req.) is about as genuinely “never been seen before” as it gets: two new elements, 115 and 113 (nominally “Ununtrium and Ununpentium” for now) created in a lab in Russia. 113 is especially what the physicists would describe as “long-lived”, and by that they mean a second. Blip. We’ll not be building furniture out of that one. But they do seem to exist on what Kenton J. Moody, one of the scientists involved in the experiment described as “the shoals of the island of stability,” an area where physicists theorize that stuff will live a bit longer.