Friday, November 19, 2010
Today in news that should please Patrick Stewart, scientists have made big advancements in creating and containing antimatter, the substance needed to power a theoretical starship. Researchers at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, say they have created 38 atoms of antihydrogen and kept them stable for one tenth of a second, more than any other lab. If that doesn’t sound impressive, keep in mind that antimatter and matter, like Highlanders, naturally destroy each other as soon as they come into contact.
“One of the main uses of antimatter would be a starship,” Michio Kaku, physicist and author of Physics of the Impossible, told PC Mag in an interview. “Because you want concentrated energy. And you can’t get more concentrated than antimatter."