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#1 ilovekhym

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:40 AM

when did you think the world will be using Anti Matter?

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

The world will be using anti-matter as a power source when it can be properly contained and produces energy more efficient than any other power source available at the time. It's as simple as that.
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 11:28 AM

so its possible that the future transportation needs no more fuel. am i right?

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 03:52 AM

Well... yes.

I think that in time yes, future transportation may not need fuels... but that is still forever away.

Just look at the past and see how far we have advanced in technology. People never thought it would possible to get a clock to
stay synchronized on a wooden ship. Now we have digital clocks that synchronize in realtime with satellites in space!

I know it may not be the best analogy, but I think you understand.


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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:50 PM

Quite awhile. I remember my science teacher last year telling us how the are building a nuclear fusion chamber in CA but it wont be done for awhile. That's probably the first step towards harnessing anti-matter. If we can't use fusion we probably wont be able to use Anti-Matter.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:53 PM

Nuclear fusion has nothing to do with anti-matter. Currently, nuclear fusion is impossible because we have no way of containing the massive amount of heat generated by the process. We can't contain anti-matter because it destroys any matter it touches. Completely different.
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 09:06 PM

I'm not very familiar with the properties of Anti-matter but cant we contain Nuclear Fusion using magnetic fields? So what's to stop us from controlling anti-matter with magnetic fields?

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Antimatter cannot be stored in a container made of ordinary matter because antimatter reacts with any matter it touches, annihilating itself and the container. Antimatter that is composed of charged particles can be contained by a combination of an electric field and a magnetic field in a device known as a Penning trap. This device cannot, however, contain antimatter that consists of uncharged particles.


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Posted 31 January 2008 - 05:38 AM

Yeap, nuclear fusion has nothing to do with anti-matter.

It IS possible hypothetically to harness energy produced via antimatter, just that scientist haven't figured out yet.

Nuclear fusion is at least another century off. But anybody ever heard of cold fusion? Lol.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 02:11 AM

QUOTE(byc90 @ Jan 30 2008, 10:38 PM) View Post
Yeap, nuclear fusion has nothing to do with anti-matter.

It IS possible hypothetically to harness energy produced via antimatter, just that scientist haven't figured out yet.

Nuclear fusion is at least another century off. But anybody ever heard of cold fusion? Lol.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 07:19 PM

Why not stick with something that is feasible as far as alternative energy goes? Such as solar, wind and water? They're available now and much faster in being out on the market before scientists can figure out how to harness the power of anti matter.

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 11:45 PM

If we did use antimatter we would have to invent a way to control the gamma ray spread, wouldn't we? There are a lot of aspects to be considered when we decide to experiment with different energy sources.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 10:58 PM

I read about anti-matter when I was a kid but was too much of an idiot to understand it. Then I read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and was reminded of it again. I looked it up after that and found it to be really interesting. I think it might be a future energy source if it is true about how much energy it possesses. I think one day water will turn out to be a source of energy ... forget antimatter. Its proposterous but I think we aren't smart enough to figure out how to extract the energy out of water yet ..

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 11:55 PM

We somewhat use water, though. Or rather, moving water. The only way I can think of using water would be to somehow break down the compound and then do something funky with it then...but I don't really think water has the same potential as other sources. Of course I could be one of the people you are talking about who aren't "smart enough to figure out how to extract the energy out of water yet"...

No matter the case of where the newest energy source will be coming from though, it's bound to be coming faster than ever as fuel costs keep sky-rocketing...
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 02:19 PM

I think water has LOTS of energy. Think about it ... almost every living organism consumes it to survive. And just us humans generate so much energy with water.. its just incredible! Somehow I think its possible if there is a way to convert water into energy like our body does for us. Never rule out a possibility.

I think anti-matter is good source of energy ... no radiation from what I read last night. But its also incredibly dangerous. I think maybe people might try it and find out its not a good idea after they blow up the world by accident.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE(Kyougi @ Jan 26 2008, 05:53 AM) View Post
Nuclear fusion has nothing to do with anti-matter. Currently, nuclear fusion is impossible because we have no way of containing the massive amount of heat generated by the process. We can't contain anti-matter because it destroys any matter it touches. Completely different.
Actually, the soon-to-be-constructed ITER will be capable of a sustained nuclear fusion reaction with a net energy gain.

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I read about anti-matter when I was a kid but was too much of an idiot to understand it. Then I read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and was reminded of it again. I looked it up after that and found it to be really interesting. I think it might be a future energy source if it is true about how much energy it possesses. I think one day water will turn out to be a source of energy ... forget antimatter. Its proposterous but I think we aren't smart enough to figure out how to extract the energy out of water yet ..
There are two places in molecules where energy is contained that we know how to extract. There is energy in the bonds of molecules, and energy in the atoms of molecules. For atoms, since nuclear fission is near impossible with hydrogen and oxygen, you would have to use nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is hard for oxygen, so it would make much more sense to just use elemental hydrogen rather than water. Water wouldn't work that well.

As for chemical energy (energy in the bonds), water possesses very little of it. An octane molecule, the kind used in most vehicular fuel, contains multiple times more chemical energy.

QUOTE(Clydefrog @ Jul 2 2008, 07:19 AM) View Post
I think water has LOTS of energy. Think about it ... almost every living organism consumes it to survive. And just us humans generate so much energy with water.. its just incredible! Somehow I think its possible if there is a way to convert water into energy like our body does for us. Never rule out a possibility.
Uhm, it's not a possibility. Humans don't generate any energy with water.

Water has very little chemical energy, and has less nuclear potential than a lot of other molecules. Water is used in our bodies and other places for its amazing properties of hydrogen bonding and polarity, not because we get energy from it.

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I think anti-matter is good source of energy ... no radiation from what I read last night. But its also incredibly dangerous. I think maybe people might try it and find out its not a good idea after they blow up the world by accident.
There is no way we can use anti-matter. It anihilates upon contact with normal matter, so there is very close to no anti-matter on this planet, and the amount that is present is impossible to reach. As for creating anti-matter, remember the Law of Conservation of Energy - you will only lose net energy. And finally, harvesting antimatter from space also won't work because we aren't close enough to a source of antimatter and the trip would cost huge amounts of energy, not to mention how hard it would be to store all this antimatter.

You guys ought to get your facts straight...




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