Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed


Scientists say they've made the most precise measurements to date of the magnetic charge of single particles of matter and its spooky counterpart antimatter.

A better understanding of the characteristics of these particles could help scientists solve one of the most baffling mysteries in physics: Why is the universe made of matter and not antimatter?

"According to our theories, the same amount of matter and antimatter was produced during the Big Bang," Harvard physicist Gerald Gabrielse explained in a statement. "When matter and antimatter meet, they are annihilated. As the universe cools down, the big mystery is: Why didn't all the matter find the antimatter and annihilate all of both? There's a lot of matter and no antimatter left, and we don't know why."

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/28149-antimatter-magnetic-charge-measured.html

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