Suspecting that hassium has properties similar to osmium and other so-called group 8 elements, chemists placed hassium on the periodic table directly below osmium.
The team recently built and installed an instrument at the UNILAC heavy-ion accelerator in Darmstadt, Germany, that can detect and analyze hassium. When the researchers slammed atoms of the artificial isotope curium-248 with magnesium-26 atoms, they ended up with at least six molecules of hassium.
The resulting 6x6 square on the left is an exact anagram (transposition) of the letters in the 6x6 square on the right: Left square: Hydrogen Beryllium Boron Carbon Nitrogen Fluorine Silicon Argon Potassium Scandium Germanium Cadmium Indium Tin Xenon Barium Praseodymium Neodymium Erbium Thulium Lutetium Tantalum Rhenium Osmium Iridium Platinum Mercury Thallium Lead Actinium Thorium Protactinium Plutonium Einsteinium Seaborgium Hassium
transposed, yields Right square: Lithium Oxygen Sodium Aluminium Chlorine Chromium Iron Copper Gallium Arsenic Selenium Strontium Yttrium Niobium Palladium Antimony Iodine Caesium Lanthanum Promethium Samarium Gadolinium Terbium Dysprosium Ytterbium Tungsten Gold Astatine Radon Francium Uranium Curium Nobelium Dubnium Bohrium Meitnerium