Matter/Antimatter Hybrid Molecules

November 29th, 2005 | researchmaterial

Physicists suspect they have created the first molecules from atoms that meld matter with antimatter.

Allen Mills of the University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues say they have seen telltale signs of positronium molecules, made from two positronium atoms.

Positronium is an other-worldly mimic of hydrogen… just as hydrogen atoms will combine to form two-atom molecules, so it should be possible in theory to unite two positronium atoms to form a molecule, which would be written as Ps2.

But positronium does not exist naturally, because matter and antimatter annihilate one another when they meet, releasing a burst of energy. When a positron and electron are combined artificially to create a positronium atom, as was first done in 1951, it quickly self-destructs, emitting energy as a gamma ray…

Iron Crotch Tu

November 29th, 2005 | researchmaterial

Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, best known for his Iron Crotch, attached his penis to a rental moving truck and pulled it several yards across a parking lot in Fremont. In lace-up leather boots and a black tank top, the 50-year-old tied a strip of blue fabric around the base of his penis and testicles and tugged to make sure it was on tight. An assistant kicked him hard between the legs before he lashed himself to the vehicle…

(Do you believe a word of this?)

Humanity’s Natural Enemy Strikes Again

November 29th, 2005 | researchmaterial

A pack of six dogs mauled a 76-year-old woman to death as she worked in her yard, authorities said.

Lillian Loraine Stiles was riding on a lawn mower in her front yard Saturday when she was confronted by the dogs, described as pit bull-rottweiler mixed breeds, said Milam County Sheriff Charlie West. Investigators think Stiles was attacked when she got off the mower and headed into her house. Stiles had severe bites over her entire body, and a man who tried to help her was bitten on one leg…

Now This Is The Kind Of Email I Should Be Receiving Every Day

November 28th, 2005 | brainjuice

To: Warren Ellis
From: Thejus Chakravarthy

We all agree that you are a literary mastermind and, at your command, would gladly eviscerate the Pope with the garden implement of your choice.

The Death Of The Chemicals Of Love

November 28th, 2005 | researchmaterial

Romance lasts little over a year, Italian scientists believe.

The University of Pavia found a brain chemical was likely to be responsible for the first flush of love. Researchers said raised levels of a protein was linked to feelings of euphoria and dependence experienced at the start of a relationship. But after studying people in long and short relationships and single people, they found the levels receded in time. The team analysed alterations in proteins known as neurotrophins in the bloodstreams of men and women aged 18 to 31…