Science: Eka-Iodine

At Alabama Polytechnic Institute Professor Fred Allison early last year recognized eka-cesium, the 80th element in the Periodic Table (TIME, Feb. 17, 1930). Last week he had eka-iodine, the 88th and last unknown element.

His method was to take materials which he reasoned might contain eka-iodine. Since eka-iodine would be a halide like fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine, only heavier, he used seawater, fluorite and other halogen compounds. He burned each of them and sent their complex light through a polariscope and then through a magnetic field. A magnet twists polarized light to...

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