Our universe shouldn't exist, according to scientists at CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Newsweek reported.
And believers in God just might get a kick out of one of the questions that's stumping them.
Why are CERN scientists saying the universe shouldn't exist?
- Researchers have discovered a symmetry in nature they say shouldn’t be possible, the magazine said.
- After the Big Bang, matter had to form, Newsweek added.
- But if there were equal measures of particles and antiparticles, the universe wouldn’t exist since particles and antiparticles annihilate each other upon contact, the magazine continued.
- Therefore there must be an imbalance between them, Newsweek noted.
- But apparently there is no imbalance, the magazine said.
What are their experiments showing?
- Experiments designed to find this asymmetry aren't finding it, Newsweek said — including the latest ones CERN carried out.
- "All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist," Christian Smorra of Japan’s RIKEN institute said in a statement, the magazine noted.
What did the experiments entail?
- They measured antiprotons using the interaction of two traps that capture them using electrical and magnetic fields, Newsweek said, adding that CERN scientists measured them 350 times more precisely than ever before.
- Now they're trying to develop even higher-precision measurements to detect asymmetry, the magazine added.
What's one of the questions that stumps them?
- "An asymmetry must exist here somewhere, but we simply do not understand where the difference is," Smorra said, Newsweek noted. "What is the source of the symmetry break?"
This writer's perspective
"What is the source?" Smorra asks. The source. Hmm.
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them ...?" (Psalm 8:3-4)