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Q & A: atoms destroyed

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Most recent answer: 04/24/2009
I am preparing a lecture, and I would like to be able to say that "an atom is never destroyed". Can I say that?
- Ronald J. Rippin (age 82)
Fredericton, NB, Canada
It wouldn't be true. Atoms can be destroyed, in the sense that their energy is converted to completely different forms. For example, an atom might collide with an antimatter atom, leaving only high-energy light rays.

Mike W.

(published on 04/24/2009)

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