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    Scientists trap ‘antimatter’ hydrogen atoms | Raw Story

    Until now, experiments have produced anti-atoms, namely of hydrogen, but only in a free state. That means they instantly collide with ordinary matter and get annihilated, making it impossible to measure them or study their structure.

    In a paper published on Wednesday by the British journal Nature, a team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva explain a method of snaring these so-called antihydrogen atoms.



    This could be very good news, ifyou believe that anti-matter will one day power the Earth....BAD news if somehow this becomes a weapon.


    Lets see ...... Power source? ... Weapon?
     
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    its the first step in building the engines for the star ship Enterprise
     
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    It could also power us across the Galaxy. Just like Star Trek.
    Wouldn't that be fun?
     
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    Totally fun!

    It wasnt too long ago that anti-matter was a 'theory'.
     
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    Great. PETA is on their way to Washington to demand their immediate release:eek:
     
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    Hahaha....

    Bush wants to torture the trapped atoms into saying they tried to buy yellow cake from Nigeria.
     
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    There was a debate in the US in the 90's about building one of these devices. It was eventually shot down as 'wasteful pork' Just one more thing to thank the contract with America crowd for. We get to watch the French lead the way. But hey if there's a tent in the Middle East that needs blowing up we've got an endless supply of million dollar missiles ready to go.
     
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    From what i remember they wanted to build it in Texas, but like you said it was looked on as a wast of money.
     
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    I don't think the LHC was used by CERN to create the antimatter. Different instrument, containing the antimatter to prevent annihialation is the tricky part here. WOnder about the amounts of energy used to create tha antimatter vs the amount of potential energy from the mass being converted to energy ?
     
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    Texas and Science are like oil and water
     

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