Thanks for Gerard McEk for posting about a paper published by researchers at CERN who have concluded that based on the Big Bang Theory, the universe shouldn’t exist at all because the equal amounts of matter and antimatter would have annihilated itself.
From a press release from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany:
Scientists are still in search of a difference between protons and antiprotons which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center have been able to measure the magnetic force of antiprotons with almost unbelievable precision. Nevertheless, the data do not provide any information about how matter formed in the early universe as particles and antiparticles would have had to completely destroy one another. Christian Smorra, first author of the study states:
“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist,” explained . “An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?”
There’s got to be an explanation somewhere for this discrepancy; perhaps a new theory is needed.