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Old 11-18-2010, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CERN has trapped antimatter

I never thought somethin like this would happen in my lifetime, but apparently CERN has managed to capture antihydrogen

Antihydrogen trapped at long last - physics-math - 17 November 2010 - New Scientist

this is a pretty big deal, science can make strides with this. Apparently it interects differently than normal hydrogen, in ways physics can't explain. This is amazing
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is exciting, I'm excited.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Apparently it interects differently than normal hydrogen, in ways physics can't explain.
At least according to the linked case, we don't know that (yet). That's what they're going to test. They haven't done so yet, though.

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The achievement means researchers can now test whether anti-atoms obey the same physical laws as regular atoms. For example, matter and antimatter should absorb and emit light at the same wavelengths, according to the standard model of particle physics.
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Sounds very exciting, but I can't imagine yet on the implications of this feat (practically as well as explaining the big picture). If particle physics and quantum mechanics in particular hasn't surprised you yet, well, this might be a step in the right direction. Eventually, we might just end up with smoke and mirrors.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I read about this today, I am pumped if it's validated as such!!
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Weird, I'm reading about this ina book called "Angels and Demons". I thought it was all fake, apparently not.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So...what does this really mean?
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I don't know. Just that, well, it has the word anti before it so it should be a big deal.
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I give them four or five years before they come up with an antimatter bomb.
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So...what does this really mean?
Every particle in the universe has an antiparticle, a bit like a mirror image that acts exactly the same, but with a reverse charge. When the two meet, they convert themselves into pure energy.
This means that there's now a possibility to develop an engine that can propel future spacecraft through space making the Space Shuttle's current engine look like an outboard motor!
There's also talk of blasting cancer cells using antiprotons.
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