Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is our entire universe itself. Humans have been baffled and curious about the creation of the universe since the beginning of time, and even now scientists are amazed we even exist!
The more we discover about the creation of the universe and the genetic code of our cosmic existence, the more we discover that we are not even close to figuring anything out. The answer to one question leads to ten more questions! All in all, the universe we are apart of is amazing and we’re lucky to be here, according to nuclear scientists…
Life is much more than luck of the draw and scientists researching the creation of the universe are amazed that we are even here. Why? Well, from everything we know about the actual creation of the universe and the way things work in space, scientists believe we should have ultimately destroyed ourselves in the process! According to the standard model of the universe, there are equal amounts of matter and antimatter, making scientists believe the two should’ve canceled each other out.
As reported by Cosmos Magazine, Christian Smorra, the author behind the study, said:
“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.
An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?”
Researchers set out to find some answers about how we ever made it out of the creation of the universe in a groundbreaking study! Researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) tested out different possibilities such as mass and electric charge when looking into the possibility that there was a difference in magnetism even though the matter and antimatter were thought to be identical. CERN uses the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The research revealed that the two are actually much more symmetrical than we thought!
CERN spokesperson Stefan Ulmer said:
“This result is the culmination of many years of continuous research and development, and the successful completion of one of the most difficult measurements ever performed in a Penning trap instrument.
This tremendous increase in such a short period of time was only possible thanks to completely new methods.”
Scientists captured antiprotons in special traps called ‘pinning traps’. They were forced to create a special holding device because antimatter is impossible to hold in a physical container. The trap is approximately the size of a Pringles can and is composed of particles specialized for magnetic and electrical fields. This technique allows scientists the measure the magnetism, of antimatter better than they ever have been, making this the world’s most effect antimatter container!
While they hope to understand in more detail how antimatter works in the future, they are particularly interested in other possibilities such as antimatter having upside down gravity meaning it would fall upwards – that’s hard to even fathom.