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Old 08-10-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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Umm... Just because something hasn't happened doesn't mean it's impossible for it to happen.
I was being sincere, not satyrious. I never used the word impossible, because that is not what I meant. I sincerely meant that it was weird (in the sense that it's odd and hard to understand) not impossible.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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Atoms aren't appearing, only subatomic particles. They also only appear in vacuums and don't exist for long enough to become part of our bodies.
So... the bigger the vaccum, the bigger and longer-lasting the particles created?
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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Good article on the ideas here:

Theoretical breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from nothing

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The scientists and engineers have developed new equations that show how a high-energy electron beam combined with an intense laser pulse could rip apart a vacuum into its fundamental matter and antimatter components, and set off a cascade of events that generates additional pairs of particles and antiparticles.

"We can now calculate how, from a single electron, several hundred particles can be produced. We believe this happens in nature near pulsars and neutron stars," said Igor Sokolov, an engineering research scientist who conducted this research along with associate research scientist John Nees, emeritus electrical engineering professor Gerard Mourou and their colleagues in France.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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I was being sincere, not satyrious. I never used the word impossible, because that is not what I meant. I sincerely meant that it was weird (in the sense that it's odd and hard to understand) not impossible.
Ah. I guess I misunderstood the meaning behind your post.

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So... the bigger the vaccum, the bigger and longer-lasting the particles created?
I don't think the size of the vacuum has anything to do with it, but I'm not at all certain about that. Here's the wikipedia article on "quantum foam" as it's called:

Quantum foam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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