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Antimatter? Really?

This is heavy. In something that sounds more like the plot from Goldfinger than actual scientific application, scientists are creating antimatter by blasting gold with lasers. I still can't really grasp what antimatter is, other than the opposite of matter, but this article, and this article are a good start at explaining a difficult concept. Yes, I had to refer to CERN's Kid's Corner for an explanation I still didn't really grasp. The article is filled with unbelievable language that sounds a lot like fiction to me:

"A split second later the positrons and electrons annihilate each other on contact in a flash of pure energy, called a gamma ray."

Isn't that how The Incredible Hulk was created? The truth is definitely stranger than fiction.