Berkelium was produced in a particle accelerator in 1949, at the University of California, Berkeley. A particle accelerator is used to speed up very small particles and atoms, which then collide with other atoms, converting them into a new element. Berkelium can only be made artificially in this way, and because of this only very small amounts have ever been created. Not a lot is known about its properties and because it is so rare it doesn’t have any commercial or technological uses.
This is a general science zone, where you will meet six scientists all working in different areas.