I pondered whether to post this here, or in the Recreation, Entertainment & Fun
"Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.
Imagine! If you could harness antimatter produced by thunderstorms, you too could issue commands like "we need more power for the impulse engines, Scotty!" And, of course, you'd hear the reply "she's givin' it all she's got, Cap'n!!!
" And with power like that, you could fend off a hoard of Somali pirates as well as a Klingon warbird!
But seriously, it's news like this about the natural wonders of the world and the universe that makes me glad to be living in the 21st century. We may one day finally figure out what makes this universe tick. Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Feynman - they'd all be jealous they couldn't be around to share the moment.
With advances in nanotechnology and materials science, we may soon have sails
with integrated flexible solar
cells and self-adjusting unstayed masts, battery
banks with tens of thousands of amp-hour capacity, and the ultimate prize: a boat with self-sealing joints everywhere so leaks
are a thing of the past!