New antimatter trap could help explain why cosmos didn’t self-destruct

Antimatter is a tricky substance to study, not least because it will annihilate any container you try to put it in. But now, physicists at CERN have developed a new antimatter trap that can cool down samples in seconds, rather than hours. This advance … Continue reading New antimatter trap could help explain why cosmos didn’t self-destruct

New particle discovered at CERN is a long-lived double charmer

Physicists at CERN have discovered an exotic new particle that’s quite charming. Known as Tcc+, the particle belongs to a rare class called tetraquarks, and its unusual composition makes it the longest-lived exotic hadron found so far.Continue ReadingC… Continue reading New particle discovered at CERN is a long-lived double charmer

Laser pincers generate antimatter by recreating neutron star conditions

Some of the greatest mysteries in cosmology revolve around antimatter, and it’s hard to study because it’s rare and hard to produce in the lab. Now a team of physicists has outlined a relatively simple new way to create antimatter, by firing two lasers… Continue reading Laser pincers generate antimatter by recreating neutron star conditions

Out of this world: Bizarre space-oddities that might just be for real

Space is an exceptionally strange place, full of signals and observations that defy our understanding of the universe. In trying to explain these mysteries, sometimes astronomers hypothesize extremely exotic objects that we haven’t yet found. Here are … Continue reading Out of this world: Bizarre space-oddities that might just be for real

Particle seen switching between matter and antimatter at CERN

A subatomic particle has been found to switch between matter and antimatter, according to Oxford physicists analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider. It turns out that an unfathomably tiny weight difference between two particles could have saved t… Continue reading Particle seen switching between matter and antimatter at CERN

Stars made of antimatter could be lurking in our galaxy

Antimatter is the strange, evil twin of regular matter, and it’s thought to have been mostly banished from our universe. But could it still be lurking out there in large clumps, even as stars? Astronomers have now identified a few signals that could be… Continue reading Stars made of antimatter could be lurking in our galaxy

CERN scientists cool antimatter with lasers for the first time

Scientists at CERN have used lasers to cool down antimatter for the first time. The milestone could help unlock some of the secrets of this weird substance, including why it didn’t annihilate the universe soon after the Big Bang.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading CERN scientists cool antimatter with lasers for the first time

CERN is building containers for storing and transporting antimatter

In a move that would please the fictional Star Trek engineer Mr. Scott, CERN is working on ways to store and transport antimatter. Sorry, this isn’t to power any starships secretly under construction, but as a way to better study antiprotons to learn m… Continue reading CERN is building containers for storing and transporting antimatter

CERN scientists design trap to transport antimatter between facilities

Antimatter is a tricky substance to store and transport, mostly because of its habit of annihilating any container you try to put it in. Now, researchers at the BASE collaboration at CERN have outlined a new antimatter trap designed to safely carry the… Continue reading CERN scientists design trap to transport antimatter between facilities

Hypothetical particle explains three major mysteries of the universe

The Standard Model of particle physics does a decent enough job of explaining the universe, but it still has some holes in it. Now, a new study outlines how one hypothetical particle, the axion, may be the answer to three separate, massive mysteries of… Continue reading Hypothetical particle explains three major mysteries of the universe