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    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaShock View Post
    They don't just disappear when they annihilate, do they? They release energy, right? So couldn't we use this energy?
    They don't disappear because they annihilate. They disappear because they "borrowed" the energy (under the terms of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle loan agreement) and have to pay it back.

    Note that the energy required to separate a pair of virtual particles and make them "real" (if such a thing can be done) is exactly the same as the energy required to create that much matter (based on E=mc2). When they annihilate, hey will give you back exactly the same energy you put in.

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