RuneScape talk:Wiki Post/Editorials/Junk and the New RuneScape Economy
Matter/Anti-matter collisions[edit source]
While I will admit that sizable quantities of free anti-matter is much more uncommon than may be suggested here, I was trying to make a point about the role of anti-junk, and how it can sort of make a mess of things. BTW, cosmic rays tend to be a significant source of anti-matter in a much more natural setting on the Earth... where the anti-matter can be found at places like your kitchen table in small quantities. Another natural occurrence of anti-matter is found with Hawking radiation and it does happen in other situations that are very natural and don't require particle accelerators like those found at CERN.
Still, it is likely to be a bad analogy. I am trying to spread the meme of anti-junk, however, and point out that it exhibits many of the properties of junk other than the significant relationships to coins is nearly the exact opposite. Perhaps I could have come up with a better analogy here, but I would like to hope that the term anti-junk sticks around. --Robert Horning 16:19, November 1, 2009 (UTC)
- And virtual particles. "Virtual" matter and antimatter just appear, then collide and disappear. That happens all the time. Also, anti-electrons (positrons) form through beta-decay, which is when a heavy atom decays. For example (I made this one up), element 1000 has 1000 protons and 1750 neutrons. One of the neutrons will fall apart, forming a proton, electron-neutrino and an anti-electron. The element will then be number 1001 with 1749 neutrons. This is also a good example of how antimatter appears. So it's not just in labs like CERN and the ones in the USA. Oil4 Talk 07:55, November 4, 2009 (UTC)