In a rare moment of thinkingaheadedness, scientists have deployed a ring of antiprotons in an effort to stave off sneak attacks by spaceships equipped with cloaking devices. Actually, that's not at all true. Except for the bit about the ring of antiprotons surrounding the Earth. 'Cause we've got one of those.
Want to know what's hot? I'll tell you what's hot. CERN's Large Hadron Collider has smashed lead ions together so fast that they generated temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the center of the Sun. Burnt s'mores, anyone?
Oh that pesky antimatter, always sneaking off much too fast. Well, it turns out that CERN scientists have found a way to trap those elusive particles for up to 1,000 seconds. Okay, it doesn't sound like a lot, but it does give scientists more time to study the little buggers. (And all you need is a "magnetic bottle" and a really really low temperature.)
Scientists at CERN have announced that they've been able to trap 309 atoms of antihydrogen for over 15 minutes. This is long enough that soon, they'll be able to figure out whether antimatter obeys the law of gravity, or whether it's repelled by normal matter and falls "up" instead. It would be antigravity, for real.
The European Commission has approved the construction of three gigantic new research lasers, with the option for a fourth that would, for an instant, be several hundred times more powerful than the entirety of the power generated by our civilization. The hope is that this will be enough energy to actually conjure virtual particles out of nothingness.
Scientists at CERN have managed to trap 38 atoms of antihydrogen, marking the first time outside a Dan Brown novel that anti-atoms have actually been harnessed. And it only took 335 tries.