Island of Stability - Applications for Superheavies?

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Well, we've had the Stone Age, Iron Age, Bronze Age, the Atomic Age, and now even the Silicon Age, perhaps to be followed by the Carbon Age. So what could we do with a Superheavy Age?

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-04/acs-nse031108.php

What could be done with long-lived superheavy elements, if these could be manufactured in bulk quantities?
They'd have quite a lot of nuclear charge with Coulombic repulsion. Could these be used to create super-bandgaps for radiovoltaic purposes?

What would be the size of their nuclear cross-sections relative to known elements? Would they potentially be more effective at radiation shielding?
 

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