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Pear Shaped Atomic Nuclei
2013-05-09 11:28:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study in the journal Nature, a team of international scientists has found the first ever direct evidence of pear-shaped atomic nuclei. Bizarre pear-shaped nuclei could be the key to understanding one of the great mysteries of the universe: the reason for the Big Bang´s creation of a massive imbalance between matter and antimatter. "If equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created at the Big Bang, everything...

First Direct Evidence Of How Antimatter Interacts With Gravity
2013-04-30 10:11:53

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online All fundamental matter in the Universe — protons, electrons, etc. — has counterparts known as antimatter. In most ways, antimatter simply mirrors regular matter. For instance, the antimatter counterpart to the electron is the positron, a particle of the same mass of the electron, but possessing the opposite charge and opposite spin. When normal matter encounters its antimatter counterpart, the pair will...

CERN Finds Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry
2013-04-24 14:40:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at CERN have submitted a paper to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters about the first observation of matter-antimatter asymmetry. The team said they made the observation while looking at the decay rate of particles known as B0s mesons. They now say that their findings indicate that antimatter decays at a faster rate than antimatter. Matter and antimatter are thought to have existed in equal amounts at the...

Evidence That Dark Matter Is Real
2013-04-04 05:36:28

[ Watch the Video: AMS Time Lapse Installation ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For decades scientists have wondered whether a mysterious form of matter — known simply as Dark Matter since it does not interact directly with light — makes up the majority of the “stuff” in the Universe. Researchers have pointed to the seminal work on the Bullet Cluster of galaxies as evidence that dark matter is a real substance. But similar...

Antimatter Method Could Provide Major Experimental Advantage
2013-01-07 07:27:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By aiming a laser at antihydrogen atoms, researchers have found that they can force them to lose energy and plummet to temperatures 25-times colder than previously achieved -- a discovery which could greatly assist the study of the more elusive properties of antimatter. The method, which was developed by a team of experts from the US and Canada, is described in the most recent edition of the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular...

pamela_sm
2012-06-03 07:50:39

When the sun launched a moderate, or M-class, solar flare May 17, 2012, it was still one of the largest eruptions seen since late January when our star began to rouse from an anomalously long quiet period. But the event was not just an additional solar wake-up call; it produced something that has the solar physics community puzzled and scientists from the University of New Hampshire poised to analyze a singular dataset gathered during the event by a European satellite called PAMELA - short...

Microwaves Used In First Time Measurement Of Antimatter Atom
2012-03-08 05:43:30

An international team of physicists at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics) used microwaves to measure and manipulate an atom made of antimatter for the first time ever. While imprecise, the measurement represents an important first step in being able to study antimatter atoms in detail --  a critical part of understanding why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter. "This is the first time that anyone has ever interacted with an antimatter atom," said lead...

Image 1 - California Researchers Hoping To Reveal Secrets of Anti-Gravity
2012-01-30 05:16:30

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) say they are close to determining whether or not anti-matter exerts a sort of "anti-gravity" in much the same what that ordinary matter exerts regular gravity. In an article published Friday, BBC News reports that, while it is well known that normal matter attracts all other matter in the universe, scientists currently do not know if anti-matter would attract other matter, or repel it. A trio of UCR experts may...

2012-01-26 13:01:48

UC Riverside physicists have launched a lab experiment to find out the answer Does antimatter behave differently in gravity than matter? Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have set out to determine the answer. Should they find it, it could explain why the universe seems to have no antimatter and why it is expanding at an ever increasing rate. In the lab, the researchers took the first step towards measuring the free fall of "positronium" — a bound state between...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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