Number 597 #2, July 9, 2002 by Phil Schewe, James Riordon, and Ben Stein
Element 118 Retraction
In 1999, physicists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab reported observing
three events amid high energy collisions in which it appeared that a
nucleus corresponding to element 118 had been produced; in each case
the nucleus had quickly decayed into daughter nuclei (Update 432).
Two years later these same researchers came to believe that their analysis
of the events, and therefore their claim for discovery of the element,
was doubtful. The (brief) official retraction appears
in the 15 July issue of Physical Review Letters.