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BBC article was hardly a thrilling scientific read. I'm always skeptical about anti matter.
Want some thrilling stuff?
Look at the NASA papers linked at the bottom of the article
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Anyone got any more details on how they detected it?
To test the theory, the researchers turned to the Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics (PAMELA) Russian made satellite, which has a cosmic ray detector onboard and regularly passes through a particularly dense section of the Van Allen belt called the South Atlantic Anomaly.
Over a period of 850 days, between July 2006 and December 2008, sensors onboard PAMELA detected 28 antiprotons, which the team says, is about three times more than would be found from a random sample of the solar wind, and constitutes the most abundant source of antiprotons ever seen near the Earth.

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Awesome ! Star Trek here we come. I call dibs on the ENTERPRISE
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Can someone explain to me what anti-matter physically is? In regards to sub-atomic particles etc.
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Antimatter

**** goes boom when it meets matter
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Can someone explain to me what anti-matter physically is? In regards to sub-atomic particles etc.
instead of being made up of quarks, it's made up of anti-quarks....somebody else may be able to chip in some further knowledge
    
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Want some thrilling stuff?
Look at the NASA papers linked at the bottom of the article
Thanks for this.

Reading through this it doesnt look likely they'll be using it for weapons, they would need micrograms of anti-protons for that kind of use at an estimated cost of $160 million per microgram
    
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It's a confusing subject. It pretty much goes against everything I've been taught. I mean, a positively charged electron... erwut?

Mind is blown.
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What happens when spaceships touch this antimatter? Don't they splode? Or have we just been lucky?
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When I first heard of the concept in seemed far-fetched in that I thought if there were anti-protons in the atmosphere you would see constant flashes of light surely, since there are so many protons, however it turns out there are relatively a tiny amount (despite there being an order of 3 magnitude more here than expected in most areas of space).
The craft from the article detected 28 anti-protons, this seems more logical
    
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