10 Things You Didn't Know About Antimatter

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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:

Each type of particle has its antiparticle, leading to some inevitable cosmic quandaries. First, we're surrounded by matter; where did all the antimatter go?

We can even ask this question because when antimatter meets matter, they destroy each other. This leads to the second question: Why didn't all the antimatter destroy all the matter early in the universe? Physicists think the big bang should have produced equal amounts of both matter and antimatter. In other words, the universe should have poofed all matter and antimatter out of existence.


That's just one interesting point about antimatter. Head over to the link to read 9 more. [Discovery]

Notes on image:
IN SPACE - (UNDATED PHOTO) A composite image of the Crab Nebula showing X-ray (blue), and optical (red) images superimposed is shown in this undated photo. Multiple observations made over several months with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope captured the spectacle of matter and antimatter propelled to nearly the speed of light by the Crab pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star the size of Manhattan. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)


What funny is, since when has an explosion ever "created" anything? Conventional knowledge says if you blow up a building it goes into millions of pieces... it doesn't make a more sophisticated building.