The universe should not exist, study reports

A new study shows that, according to our understanding of particle interactions, the universe should not exist.
By Vicky Webb | Oct 26, 2017
A group of international scientists working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have discovered that the universe as we know it should not exist.

The group made this stunning new conclusion after running a series of precise experiments on antiprotons -- the negatively charged anti particle of a proton. This allowed them to look back into the universe's past and discover a symmetry in nature that, according to our understanding of the universe, should not be possible.

For years, researchers have wondered how matter first formed after the Big Bang. Particles and antiparticles both annihilate one another when they come into contact, which means if there were an equal number of both after the Big Bang there would have been nothing left to create the universe. As a result, there must have been an imbalance at that time.

However, the new study shows that is not the case. In face, all experiments designed to find any hint of asymmetry have come up blank.

"All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist," said lead author Christian Smorra, a researcher at Japan's RIKEN institute, in a statement.

In the study, the team measured antiprotons by using the interaction of two traps that use electrical and magnetic fields to capture them. This allowed scientists to measure the magnetic force of the antiproton to a level that is 350 times more precise than previous studies.

If an imbalance between protons and antiprotons existed, such a process would be the best way to detect it. However, despite their predictions, the team found no hint of asymmetry.

This is a surprising discovery because it defies all logic of how the universe began. The team is not sure what to make of the findings, but they plan to follow up on the research to see if they can get a better idea of what they are missing. Asymmetry had to exist somewhere. It is just a matter of finding where it first came from.

"An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is," addedSmorra, according to Newsweek. "What is the source of the symmetry break?"

The new results are published in the journal Nature.

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