There's one big problem with the scientific theory that the universe shouldn't exist.
Pushing the essentially disproven theory that 'we all live in a computer simulation' aside, we are definitely here.
You're reading this. I'm writing this. And now both of us are feeling a growing pit of dread in our stomachs that we don't mean anything, right?
Talk about existential angst.
How matter survived the aftermath of the Big Bang 13.82 billion years ago is a baffling puzzle that hangs over physics.
The mystery is rooted in the idea that all particles have their antimatter equivalent - think Bart's evil twin in The Simpsons, but less funny and more complicated.
If there are equal amounts of matter and that anti-matter in the universe as models predict, the anti-matter should have annihilated matter the moment it touched its counterpart.
Therefore, the Universe should not exist.
But if the balance between matter and antimatter was unevenly weighted, it might explain the dominance of matter in the Universe.
So physicists in Switzerland got to work precisely measuring the symmetry between protons and anti-protons. But they found them to be exactly the same.
Their seems to backup the theory that the Universe should not be here.
If there is a difference between the two, then we need to develop more precise instruments to measure it.
Lead author Christian Smorra said in a statement:
All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.
So much in life remains a mystery.
HT Live Science