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Amnon Marinov spent most of 1970 in the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory, near Oxford, England. He holed up there night and day, arriving home at ungodly hours in a nearby town on the banks of the Thames ‏(where he lived with his wife and four children‏). Then, one night, it happened: Marinov became convinced he had discovered a new chemical element for the periodic table: No. 112.