• Question: in the chat, you said that mater can be created in a supernover, but my head is't a supernover, but i grow

    Asked by danielburniston to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 14 Mar 2012.
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      Akram Alomainy answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      I would leave this to the others since it is not really my area of expertise 🙂

      But I guess you started from somewhere and you started growing, I am not saying it was an explosion and you were created but at least there were forces, reactions and multiplications so something happened there 😀

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      Gill Menzies answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      ooh – one for Jack I think – over to you Jack 😉

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      Jack Snape answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      Hi Daniel… The matter you use to grow comes from the food that you eat. So those atoms and molecules are just recycled. New matter isn’t created, your body is just incredibly clever at breaking up food and turning it into body! 🙂 It’s like building something out of lego, then breaking it apart and building something totally different using the same bricks.

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      Laurence Harwood answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      Ah – but growing isn’t the same as creating matter. When you grow, your body collects matter from other sources – from the food you eat (amino acids to build up proteins,fats to build up – er – fat minerals to buld up your skeleton and sugars to give you body the energy to do the building). Creating matter needs energy and a lot of physics. I don’t go there.