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What do these three things have in common: a mysterious, donut-shaped belt of plasma wrapped around the Earth; the warp engines on the starship USS Enterprise; and a laboratory at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) outside Geneva, Switzerland?

The answer is that they all involve the most powerful energy source in the universe, something so familiar to us from science fiction that I've already felt the necessity to reference "Star Trek." But it is something that really does exist: antimatter.

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Category: Science