Wednesday, May 19, 2010

life, the universe, and everything

"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree."
- Albert Einstein

Scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois report that they have new clues that may lead to an explanation of the existence of... well, the universe (just so you know, the answer isn't 42).

"In a mathematically perfect universe, we would be less than dead; we would never have existed. According to the basic precepts of Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics, equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been created in the Big Bang and then immediately annihilated each other in a blaze of lethal energy, leaving a big fat goose egg with which to make stars, galaxies and us. And yet we exist, and physicists (among others) would dearly like to know why.

Sifting data from collisions of protons and antiprotons at Fermilab’s Tevatron, which until last winter was the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the team, known as the DZero collaboration, found that the fireballs produced pairs of the particles known as muons, which are sort of fat electrons, slightly more often than they produced pairs of anti-muons. So the miniature universe inside the accelerator went from being neutral to being about 1 percent more matter than antimatter.

The full New York Times article is here.

for time:
medicine ball clean to wall-ball @ 20lbs med-ball
burpee pull-up

13:17 rx'd. Smoker!

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