Why Only 1 Gram Of This Material Is Worth $25 Billion Dollars
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This RealLifeLore video is made possible by Skillshare, home to over 15,000 classes that could teach you a new life skill. The first 500 people to sign up using the link in the description will get a 2 month free trial. So commonly when we think of the most valuable material in the world our minds tend to center onto gold and while gold is very expensive at a current value of $56 per gram, there are other materials that are significantly more expensive. Drugs like heroin, cocaine, and LSD for example, are the most expensive drugs in the world by sheer weight, far more valuable than gold is. The market value for diamonds per gram is even more prohibitively expensive, but even this is nothing compared to the most valuable material currently known to humanity: Antimatter. So what even is antimatter? To put it simply, antimatter is the opposite of regular matter. Down at the atomic level, antimatter is made up of particles and atoms just like regular matter is. The only difference is that they have an opposite electric charge. Protons and antimatter are negative and called anti-protons while electrons are positive and called positrons. Whenever antimatter and matter touch one another they instantly annihilate each other in a 100% efficient release of energy. This pure energy release is why antimatter could prove to be extremely useful, The most efficient nuclear weapons, for example, convert a mere 7% to 10% of their mass into energy while antimatter to matter collisions release 100% of their mass into energy. If you somehow were carrying one gram of antimatter about the size of a raisin and dropped it on the ground, it would create an explosion greater than both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear explosions combined, easily enough to destroy an entire city. Smaller scale assassination weapons may be more economically feasible however, like the theorized antimatter bullet, which would essentially be a regular bullet but with a tiny 1 billionth of a gram of positrons attached to the tip. Upon impact, the bullet fired from a rifle would be capable of destroying an entire house, tank or any other similar sized object. But antimatter has several other uses beyond just military ones. Antiprotons have also been shown in several studies to have the potential to treat certain kinds of cancers and antimatter could also be used as a fuel source for interstellar travel. It is conceivable that using antimatter as a fuel source could propel a rocket with humans onboard to about 50 percent of the speed of light, which is fast enough to reach the nearest star to earth in just a little over two years So why haven’t we created enough antimatter yet to do any of these incredible things? The answer is because antimatter is incredibly rare, difficult to produce and prohibitively expensive currently It appears that nearly the entire observable universe is made out of regular matter and while it is possible that there could be entire galaxies made out of antimatter, we have so far not been able to detect any. Antimatter is produced naturally in Earth’s outer atmosphere when high-energy cosmic rays impact it. But the amount produced is tiny and lasts only briefly before it comes into contact with regular matter and annihilates itself. The only practical means of acquiring antimatter so far have been to produce it artificially ourselves, but even this method is incredibly difficult and expensive. The Large Hadron Collider operated by CERN in Switzerland, for example, one of the most expensive and complicated facilities ever built is capable of producing 10,000,000 antiprotons per minute when fully operational. That sounds like a lot but it’s actually a laughably tiny amount. To produce just a single gram of antimatter at that rate of production, it would take CERN roughly 100 billion years to complete. Production is only the first problem though, storing it is perhaps an even larger problem since antimatter annihilates matter instantly. You can’t just store it in a regular container, you have to suspend the material without it coming into contact with anything and so far, CERN has only succeeded in storing antimatter atoms for a record 17 minutes before they became annihilated. Since just one gram is enough to obliterate an entire city, safety precautions and storing the material and keeping it in safe hands would be of the utmost importance. And we’re not even sure how exactly we would store such a large amount in the first place Estimates on how much antimatter costs to produce varies greatly. In an article written by NASA Godard in 2006 a figure of 25 billion dollars per gram is cited while in another NASA paper written back in 1999 a figure of sixty two point five trillion dollars per gram is cited Which is about 83 percent of the entire global GDP just to produce one single gram. For reference the Manhattan Project which developed the first atomic bomb cost twenty three billion dollars adjusted for inflation And just like creating the atomic bomb did, creating antimatter in large quantities if ever that’s possible, would open up a new Pandora’s box that we couldn’t close once we open it. We would have to live with the consequences of life in a world with abundant antimatter both positive ones and negative ones. In the meantime though if you want to watch something positive and learn something new right now Then I suggest that you check out Skillshare.com where you can watch thousands of different classes covering almost any subject that you can think of. 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100 thoughts on “Why Only 1 Gram Of This Material Is Worth $25 Billion Dollars

  1. Lollllll they said a gram of coke is 300 dollars. Whoever made that illustration has never partied that’s for sure

  2. Bill Gates : how much for 2gs my guy?
    Antimatter dealer : 50 billion
    Bill Gates : ight let me get 5gs of that, I'm tryna have a fun weekend"" .

  3. Wait WAT THE FUK Did you just say you could get to proxima centauri in 2 years at .5c yet it's 4 light years away

  4. Me:*went to someone who
    buys antimatter without
    knowing anything*
    hey I have 200gm of antimatter .
    what's per g
    Shopkeeper:25billion.
    Me:*jaw drops*
    Also me:*antimatter drops*

  5. Error: If you were traveling at half the speed of light, it would take double, not half the time to get to the nearest star. It would take 8 years rather than 2. If it would only take 2 years, that would implicate you traveling at 2 times the speed of light which is…
    …372,564 MILES PER SECOND

  6. I wonder what would happen if you launched a positive and a negative atom at the speed of light right into the god particle? 🤔

  7. this antimatter cannot be created as to produce it we need 96% of world energy and 25% of world diamond and also 50% of world gold and silver this is impossible.

  8. So how exactly would you suspend it without it touching anything? It's touching air and that's made of regular matter right? Even if the emptiness of space is made of matter then how the hell do you keep it from touching other matter. On a sub atomic level something would have to be touching it to keep it suspended

  9. I know this is simple but wouldn’t the anti matter and matter equate to the same amount meaning that it would all balance out and destroy eachother…. therefore there wouldn’t be anything however there is space between these theoretical antimatter galaxies meaning that nothing would touch… huh weird

  10. Actually, the Antiprotons are produced in the Antiproton Decelerator using protons from the CERN PS. The LHC, which comes further downstream, doesn't really have anything to do with the antiproton production. In fact, there is even another accelerator, the SPS, in between the PS and the LHC.

  11. Time to up the quality in your graphics department. It equals that of an office or warehouse staff instructional video…

  12. but if you go at 50% the speed of light that is HIGHLY DANGEROUS due to time dialation. and overall phsycal matter not being able to handle that much speed. so lets just stick with not going over the speed limit.

  13. Yeah but as soon as antimatter touches matter it annihilates it self so it would be impossible to make bullet or a coin size object

  14. But if anti matter made up evrything in the world it wouldnt matter cause we would still have called it matter and called matter antimatter

  15. I want some $300 a gram cocaine. AND some $200 a gram heroin. At them prices they gotta be some Lindsay Lohan and Nikki Sixx type qualities 😍

  16. Actually the closest stars to earth, alpha centuri a&b are roughly 4.3 lightyears away meaning at the speed of light it would take over 4 years to get there. at 50% the speed of light that would be over 8 years not 2. Not a big issue but just something

  17. So a bullet which is made out of matter has anti matter on it and won’t blow up as soon as it is made but when it hit a building it explodes 🤷🏼‍♂️ so when it’s made it should blow up

  18. If you were somehow able to shoot the antimatter bullet, if the antimatter weren't contained, you'd just blow up carrying it

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