Gallery: CERN: Anti-Gravity and Flying Cars Could Soon Be Here

 

Until now, flying cars and anti-gravity-powered skateboards were the province of science fiction. But scientists are hot on the trail of anti-gravity in the real world. Researchers at CERN’s Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus (ALPHA) recently managed to trap 309 antihydrogen atoms for up to 1000 seconds, which is a much larger amount of antihydrogen and a much longer time period than was previously accomplished. This will allow the scientists to study the particles’ behavior in several experiments. So how does that lead to flying cars?

Well, the theory is that anti-matter might “fall up,” or react in the opposite way that regular matter does to gravity. If this is found to be true, the implications for technology would be staggering. Think not only zero emissions flying cars and Marty McFly skateboards, but also new frontiers for space travel and physics, and the discovery of whole antimatter galaxies and other elusive bodies of antimatter that could explain why our equations for how the universe works don’t quite add up. In short, it would turn our world upside down. Answers could be coming soon. The researchers will cool a lump of antihydrogen over the next few months to see if it falls up or down.

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Hoverboard action shot courtesy of Phantom Leap

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9 Comments

  1. MarkmBha January 17, 2014 at 5:01 am

    This is nothing but a dream!

  2. prasanth nalam February 20, 2013 at 5:43 am

    how can we create an anti-gravity car?

  3. art1957 May 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    lets forget about hydrogen altogether and stop thinking like the oil companies. lets face it, if it doesn’t make money for someone, it’ll never work. and i’m sure there is some sort of new invention that would benefit humanity and put the big oil companies out of business. didn’t someone once say that anything can be magnetized? well, lets magnetize the streets and our cars, reverse the polarities and away we go. anti gravity!

  4. lazyreader May 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

    The cost of making anti-matter repeals the benefits of wanting to use it as a fuel source to begin with. In order to produce one gram of anti-hydrogen you would have to using advanced methods would take over 100 billion years and cost several quadrillion dollars. And its not a net energy process. Harvesting anti particles from the Van Allen belts may prove useful however. But at what quantity and how do we store it without annihilation if the trap fails.

  5. cobalt May 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    “Hydrogen already “goes up” so wouldn’t anti-hydrogen go down then?”

    These atoms are in a vacuum trap, so no. I don’t know how what would be used in the real world, but if you have a bunch of antimatter at your disposal, you could probably just use electromagnetism.

  6. Cobalt May 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    “Hydrogen already “goes up” so wouldn’t anti-hydrogen go down then?”

  7. fuu May 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Anti-particles are submit to gravity the same way particles are. They doesn’t “fall up”. There is no anti-gravity.

    The problem with gravity is that there is only positives sources: it’s not like eletro-magnetism.

    So this article is wrong.

  8. sheldon May 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Hang on, “fall up”? Anti-hydrogen?

    Hydrogen already “goes up” so wouldn’t anti-hydrogen go down then? ;-)

  9. alexjameslowe May 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It would be really cool if this turned out to be true, but in order to build some kind of a car that uses a core of antimatter to fly around, you would need thousands of pounds of anti-matter, which is enough to destroy the planet several times over if it ever reacted with regular matter. But maybe physicists will find some kind of wonderful short-cut.

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