Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" The worlds largest scientific research facility - Switzerland's Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) - recently succeeded in producing the world's first particles of antimatter. Antimatter is identical to physical matter, except that it is composed of particles who electric charges are opposite to those found in normal matter. Antimatter is the most powerful energy source known to man. It releases energy with 100% efficiency ( nuclear fission is 1.5% effcient). Antimatter creates no pollution or radiation, and a droplet could power new York for a full day. There is, however, one catch... Antimatter is highly unstable. It ignites when it comes into contact with absolutely anything - even air. A single gram of antimatter contains the energy of a 20-kiloton nuclear bomb - the size of the bomb dropped on Horishima. Until recently, antimatter has only been created in small amounts (a few atoms at a time). But CERN has now broken ground on its new Antiproton Decelerator - an advanced antimatter production facility that promises to create antimatter in much larger quantities. One question looms: Will this highly volatile substance save the world, or will it be used to create the most deadly weapon made?
A very interesting read. We now have something else to worry about, just when we were getting over nukes. What do you think?
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
We won't have to worry about that for quite some time. :uhm:
Nuclear weapons will remain a top priority for many more decades to come before antimatter is going to be used as a weapon.
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
Quite interesting this is indeed. My father once mentioned antimatter, and I never understood what it was conceptually. Now I understand, of course.
But while the production and advancement of the technology used to produce antimatter is most fascinating, it is going to need to be kept under extremely tight supervision. If it is used correctly, it will no doubt serve us astronomical potential. If it falls into the wrong hands or is misused, the effects will undoubtedly dwarf the devastation of a nuclear war.
Fortunately though, as Riles states, it will likely be many years before this technology advances enough to have any military or industrial use.
Well hopefully it will anyay.
If antimatter is used as weapons, then we can say goodbye. Enough to destroy the earth can easily be created. If its used as a power solution, it will need to be watched. Just imagine if an area they were keeping it in broke down, and the antimatter come into contact with anything? A powerplant would likey have a fair bit stored up, so a big bang would occur huh.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Who cares if we can now kill each other a million times over instead of a thousand? We’ve had enough nukes to kill each other for years, having Antimatter wont make the slightest bit of difference.
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
Let us wait to see of that is the case. Time will tell...
7th March 2003
photon torpedoes :stallard:
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
14th April 2004
it could be the end of nuclear waste , that would be great
The only probalem with using it for weapons is the immense difficulty in making it... I read somewhere that it costs several trillion dollars to make just one gram of the stuff.
And even the stuff they're making in particle accelerators... it may be more than they have been making, but I don't think its nearly enough to use for anything other than scientific research.
17th June 2002
NemmerleWho cares if we can now kill each other a million times over instead of a thousand? We’ve had enough nukes to kill each other for years, having Antimatter wont make the slightest bit of difference.
:agreed We've been capable of destroying the planet millions of times over for quite some time now, and nobody's actually done it. Who cares how it's done if it's done? The potential for massive amounts of clean power is too important for such pointless fears to get in the way. Antimatter bomb, nuclear war -- it's all the same, we all die.