Saturday, June 23, 2007

Antimatter Matters!

Between my physics-degreed husband and his strongly scientific friends, we discuss physics at group meetings to a degree that makes me tired enough to head off to bed. I was most interested to discover that antimatter--the stuff of science fiction and a whole slew of "if antimatter and matter meet, it could mean the end of the universe" comic plots--actually exists.
This summer, physicists at the CERN's Antiproton Decelerator facility are engaged in their own
real-life thriller: Two teams of researchers are racing each other to be the
first to trap atoms of antihydrogen in a magnetic cage.
The first scenes in "Angels and Demons" - the book Brown wrote before "The Da
Vinci Code" - focus on crimes of catastrophic proportions at CERN.

Unfortunately for the question of the evening, "what is antimatter?" there were no answers in that article.

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