The nuclear strong force binds the smallest bits of matter together to form atoms, thereby making our material world possible. Physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have made the first-ever measurement of a similar strong force for antimatter — the mirror image of regular matter that lies at the heart of one of…
The best way to study the subatomic particles that make up the most fundamental building blocks of our universe is, of course, to smash them into each other with as much energy as possible. And now physicists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory say they’ve found a better way to do that.
Where the hell did the antimatter come from? That’s what atmospheric scientist Joseph Dwyer has been trying to figure out for the past six years, after his research plane accidentally flew through a thunderstorm into a cloud of antimatter in 2009.
Everyone's favorite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is—in a word—complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography.
You might think that matter and antimatter aren't the best of friends, cancelling each other out when they come into contact—but you'd be wrong. In fact, researchers have now discovered a particle that's made up of both.
MinutePhysics is a YouTube channel that aims to deliver complex science to your brain in short, easily digestible videos. The channel has hundreds of eye-opening bits of science you can click through, but the team's latest video seemed ambitious—explaining the concepts of antimatter in only three minutes.
Antimatter, the evil-twin-like opposite to every particle in the universe, is pretty wild stuff. While in the sci-fi world it powers warp drives, here in the frustrating confines of reality we still haven't figured out how to harness it. But thanks to some mad scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, now we know what…
Remember that time you mixed vinegar and baking soda and decided you wanted to be a scientist? Maybe you should have followed through. Then you could have been one of the guys that just developed a tabletop "gun" that creates positrons by shooting lasers at gold.
Of anti-protons! While it's not as visually cool as what Saturn has going for it, this is still an important development, even if we can't technically "see" the ring with our primitive Earthling eyes.
Scientists working on the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus (ALPHA) near Geneva, Switzerland did something no other scientists have done. They stored atoms of antihydrogen for 1000 seconds (~16 minutes) which is 10,000 times longer than they've ever done before. By trapping and observing antimatter for that long,…
When matter touches antimatter, bad things happen. Getting the two to play well together, or at least store antimatter in a way that keeps it separate from matter, could yield an amazing energy source. Substantial work began this week to do just that.
With free-flying robots and antimatter engines, NASA's "wish list" doesn't read like the typical lists of wants and desires you might receive from a loved one. Which is great, because if NASA was jonesing for Pokemon we'd be in trouble.
Discovery Channel compiled a mind-frakking list of 10 things you didn't know about antimatter—the stuff that, when mixed with matter, powers the warp engines of Star Trek. And this excerpt made my brain dizzy:
Those mad scientists are at it again. David Cassidy and Allen Mills, a couple of propellerheads at the University of California, Riverside are using the stuff of science fiction, antimatter, to create gamma ray lasers they say could be a million times more powerful than the lasers we're using to watch Blu-ray discs.…