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The antimatter would annihilate with it's equivalent amount of matter. A huge explosion would only happen if you had a huge amount of antimatter. As such, a few grams would not create the kind of explosion one might read about in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. Antimatter is unviable for use as a bomb.

Also, as an interesting side note, some argue antimatter is matter that moves backwards through time.
Herp derp. Do you think the matter just magically vanishes? No, every bit of it's mass is converted to energy. 1 gram of matter has the energy equivalent of 21 kilotons of TNT. That is slightly higher than the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. An antimatter bomb would be the pinnacle of weaponry.
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A few grams of anti matter would be a big boom but this is a few atoms relatively small boom.

Not really...

Think about E = MC^2

Your cellphone mass and matter have enough energy to blow up maybe half of the planet (lol Evangelion 2nd impact)
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If at all possible I'd like to see what a solid mass of antihydrogen looked like.
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Not really...

Think about E = MC^2

Your cellphone mass and matter have enough energy to blow up maybe half of the planet (lol Evangelion 2nd impact)
Not quite... its a little smaller than Tsar back 1961.

Using my Droid x which is 155 Grams.
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Even more excitingly, the lab's particle physicists have plans for upcoming tests that will determine whether antimatter plays by gravity's rules, or whether they're truly "anti" in every definition. The ALPHA team plans to freeze a small lump of antihydrogen, and watch what happens.

If it falls up, we might be seeing the first step towards turning anti-gravity sci-fi into a reality. CERN is determined to test this within the next couple of months.
That is quite interesting.

The warp drives used in Star Trek sound more and more possible the more I know about anti-matter.
    
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This has really taken off! I hope they can make hover cars with it.
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What I wanna know is, when are we gonna get those mini pizzas from Back to the Future Part II so they can instantly expand in our hydro ovens?
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Hmm. I wonder if this will increase UFO activity? If there are aliens watching us, then creating antimatter and holding it for 15 Mins would probably catch their attention.

Think First Contact. Except its not warp drive, just antimatter.
warp drives use antimatter so we are 1 step closer cus we found the fuel for the warp drive
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I had an idea for magnetically contained antimatter bomb (sealed in a total vacuum) in grade school. Seems like a much simpler idea than fusion/fission, but obviously you can't exactly mine antimatter like uranium.

Then again, modern boosted fusion bombs are 40% efficient at mass->energy conversion, so there's not much further to go really.

Maybe antimatter could be used for energy generation? Probably not, as producing anti-matter will always take more energy than reacting it nets back.

Still cool though...
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