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Thread: Energy becoming Matter: examples please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prozyan View Post
    This isn't exactly accurate, either.
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    In the natural universe, the only situation I know of where it is really arguable that energy is consistently converted into matter is at the event horizon of a black hole, where hawking radiation is produced from potential energy. Even then, many people think it is actually the conversion of matter into energy :shrug: .
    Last edited by ShadowFox; 08-07-2008 at 04:28 PM.

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    How about when people absorb sunlight and get their vitamin D? Does that count as a real world example?
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    Sunlight radiation causes a chemical reaction in the skin that converts other substances into Vitamin D. The energy is a trigger (like turning on the burner on your cooktop to caramelize onions), not the source of the vitamin.
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    I guess I just didn't understand the question.
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