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Scientists capture antimatter atoms in particle breakthrough

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posted on Nov, 18 2010 @ 05:29 PM
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Scientists capture antimatter atoms in particle breakthrough


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(CNN) -- Scientists have captured antimatter atoms for the first time, a breakthrough that could eventually help us to understand the nature and origins of the universe.

Researchers at CERN, the Geneva-based particle physics laboratory, have managed to confine single antihydrogen atoms in a magnetic trap.

This will allow them to conduct a more detailed study of antihydrogen, which will in turn allow scientists to compare matter and antimatter.

Understanding antimatter is one of the biggest challenges facing science -- most theoretical physicists and cosmologists believe that at the Bi
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posted on Nov, 18 2010 @ 05:29 PM
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Amazing! We're now producing and collecting antimatter atoms. One step closer to Star Trek reality or one step closer to ultimately devistating weaponry? My hope is for the former. Scientist had previously produced antihydrogen atoms but were unable to trap them. That has apparently changed as they trapped these antimatter atoms. What does this mean for future applications of magnetic field technology and how will those new applications impact our lives?

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posted on Nov, 18 2010 @ 05:34 PM
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I believe there is already a thread here on this topic. Don't have the link though.



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