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Why Physicists Are Planning to Drive Antimatter Around in a Moving Van

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Why Physicists Are Planning to Drive Antimatter Around in a Moving Van

Antimatter is about to go on its first road trip. Until now, the list of things that travel in vans has pretty much included indie bands, plumbers and undercover surveillance teams. But, according to a report published online in the journal Nature today (Feb. 21), physicists are getting ready to pack up a cloud of billions of antiprotons for the journey of a "few hundred meters" between the physics lab CERN's antimatter factory and the site of an experiment designed to figure out the shapes of bulky, radioactive atoms. Antiprotons are rare but hugely important particles. Every matter particle has...

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Lightning Bolts Are Churning Out Antimatter All Over Planet Earth

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Lightning Bolts Are Churning Out Antimatter All Over Planet Earth

Particles split in the hot belly of a lightning bolt. Radioactive particles decay in the afterglow. Gamma rays rain down to Earth. Teruaki Enoto, a physicist at Kyoto University in Japan, proved for the first time, in a paper published Nov. 23, that lightning bolts work as natural particle accelerators. Enoto and his co-authors' results confirm for the first time speculation dating back to 1925 about this phenomenon. Back then, scientists suggested that energized, radioactive particles might zip through the booms and flashes of a thunderstorm. Those particles emit energy at precise wavelengths, which Enoto and colleagues are the first...

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Physicists Creating Matter-Antimatter Collider

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Physicists Creating Matter-Antimatter Collider

Physicists engaged in the construction of a nuclotron-based ion collider (NICA) facility in Dubna, outside Moscow plan to combine efforts to create of a unique electron positron collider at Novosibirsk's Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. Promoters say the project would allow Russia to take the lead in a very promising niche of particle physics. Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics Deputy Director Yevgeny Levichev discussed Russian physicists' ambitious plans with Russia's RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday. The Institute plans to create the Super Tau Charm Factory, a particle accelerator which would study the collision of beams of electrons (matter) and...

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CERN Physicists Just Observed Antimatter For The First Time

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CERN Physicists Just Observed Antimatter For The First Time

The more we seem to learn (or think we learn) about the universe, the stranger and more mysterious it seems. Recent developments in physics and quantum field theory is showing that the nature of reality probably isn’t what it appears to be to our weak, limited human sensory perception. While our senses allow us to perceive only a very narrow band of matter and energy, physicists have known for some time now that other types of matter such as dark matter or antimatter exist which are impossible for us or our current technology to perceive. Until now, that is. For...

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Coming Soon to Kickstarter: An Interstellar Antimatter Engine

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Coming Soon to Kickstarter: An Interstellar Antimatter Engine

I promise you, this isn't something from Coast-to-Coast AM: A former FermiLab researcher thinks he can make an antimatter engine, one that could accelerate a spaceship to 40 percent of the speed of light. And he intends to start a Kickstarter to help him build the proof of concept. For the paltry price of $200,000, Gerald Jackson and Steven Howe (formerly of Fermilab and Los Alamos, respectively) say they can create a thrust measurement device. That device will be used to measure the thrust between a conventional thrust engine and a lightsail that would be bombarded with antimatter to push...

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