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Positronium:

"The four particles 'do a merry dance around each other in a fuzzy, lump-less soup.'" The world is an even weirder place than I had thought. Thanks to GeekPress for the pointer.

Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
I knew that.
9.13.2007 4:58pm
theobromophile (www):
The fuzzy, lump-less soup only lasts for about a millionth of a second.
9.13.2007 5:11pm
Freddy Hill:
And while it lasts it's probably too hot to eat. Darn.
9.13.2007 5:17pm
DiverDan (mail):

The fuzzy, lump-less soup only lasts for about a millionth of a second.


And a human being only lives, on the average in the US, about 75 years, or only about 5 one-billionths of the age of the Universe.
9.13.2007 5:20pm
srp (mail):
Read the bit at the end of the piece. They're hoping to use the phenomenon to create a gamma-ray laser. Imagine what Dr. Evil could do with that.
9.13.2007 6:55pm
TDPerkins (mail):
Only if it fits on a shark.
9.13.2007 7:03pm
Sean O'Hara (mail) (www):
Well, better than fuzzy lumps in your soup.
9.14.2007 1:28am
Libertarianaut (mail):
"Read the bit at the end of the piece. They're hoping to use the phenomenon to create a gamma-ray laser. Imagine what Dr. Evil could do with that."

No hiding from that energy weapon. In 'The Mote in God's Eye', By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell, an Xray laser was accidentally discovered by one of the protagonists and it's narrated effectiveness against carbon based lifeforms, armored or not, was much like a microwave drill. Whatever you sweep it thru in a reasonable distance was cooked, well done. A laser in the Gamma band would laugh at virtually any shielding. Even makes a black hole gun pale in comparison. Just never forget the basic rules of Gamma laser gun safety.
9.14.2007 2:36pm
Bruce:
This new research doesn't answer the question, however, of how antimatter Lazarus was able to walk around the Enterprise without exploding. I.e., it's useless.

Re: Libertarianaut -- hey I remember that laser! As I recall the plot, [WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD] every 1,000 years or so the Motie society advanced to the point where they could invent the laser and other such weapons -- at which point they wiped themselves back into the Stone Age and started all over again. Hopefully that's not where we're headed.
9.14.2007 3:40pm