November 6, 2015 | Claire

Scientists have filled in one of the gaps in our knowledge about why the universe exists. They did this by studying something I couldn't possibly imagine: antimatter.

Everything we see is made of matter. I got that far, but what confused me is the mysterious opposite of matter called antimatter. Scientists have unexpectedly discovered that antimatter seems to behave in the same way as matter.

I don't think I'll ever fully understand the results, but I think it's fascinating - it could explain why we exist.

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Our young universe

By smashing particles together at incredibly high speeds, scientists can create antimatter to study.

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Image: NASA/ESA

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