Antimatter goes to the movies

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 6:50 PM by Alan Boyle

Columbia Pictures

Click for video: Watch
a clip from "Angels and
Demons" that explains
how the (fictional)
antimatter bomb works.

They’re making antimatter at the Large Hadron Collider?! That little jolt of reality is what sets the plot in motion for "Angels & Demons," Hollywood’s follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code."

The good news is that you don’t have to worry about an antimatter bomb blowing up the world. Physicist Michio Kaku says so. The better news is that the antimatter being made at Europe’s CERN physics lab is used for good, not for evil.

The physicists who do real-life research with antimatter and other exotic substances see "Angels & Demons" not as a threat but as an opportunity. CERN is just one of the scientific institutions to capitalize on the "science behind the story."

The US/LHC research group has organized an entire lecture series around the movie, including virtual lectures you can watch on the Web. And at 1 p.m. ET next Tuesday, the National Science Foundation will present a Webcast featuring CERN’s director-general, Fermilab’s Boris Kayser and Nobel-winning physicist Leon Lederman – who literally wrote the book on "The God Particle."

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