Ten Things You Might Not Know About Antimatter

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Despite sounding fantastical, antimatter is almost identical to matter except for its opposite charge and spin; it also explodes upon contact with matter. And it’s much closer to us than you think, being found in minuscule amounts on Earth. Potassium-40, a naturally occurring potassium isotope (variant), sometimes emits a positron (an anti-electron) when it decays. Potassium-40 is found in the humble banana — spitting out one positron roughly every 75 minutes — and even the human body, but the amount is so tiny that there isn’t cause for concern. Read full article here

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