The Definitive But Totally Incomprehensible Answer to Why We Exist
This demonstrates matter and antimatter and purple and pink. Purple pretty.
The New York Times reports that physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a new clue that could help us understand "why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter."
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.
Brain ... hurt ... Hey, wait a minute, wasn't this the sub-plot of Dan Brown's sequel to the Da Vinci Code?
Anyway, muon/anti-muon chat quickly became the hot weekend cocktail party convo among physicists and people who are way too smart for their own good, who have deemed the results "impressive and inexplicable."
From the looks of the 30-page report, which includes, like, a million footnotes along with things (sentences?) like this, we'd have to agree:
We measure the charge asymmetry A of like-sign dimuon events in 6.1 fb¡1 of pp collisions recorded with the D0 detector at a center-of-mass energy ps = 1:96 TeV at the Fermilab Tevatron collider. From A, we extract the like-sign dimuon charge asymmetry in semileptonic b-hadron decays: Absl = ¡0:00957 § 0:00251 (stat) § 0:00146 (syst). This result di®ers by 3.2 standard deviations from the standard model prediction Absl(SM) = (¡2:3+0:5¡0:6) £ 10¡4 and provides ¯rst evidence of anomalous CP-violation in the mixing of neutral B mesons.
St. John's Red Storm Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors Womens Basketball
TicketsMon., Dec. 5, 6:30pm
Tire Pros Classic - Syracuse V Uconn
TicketsMon., Dec. 5, 7:00pm
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards
TicketsMon., Dec. 5, 7:30pm
New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts
TicketsMon., Dec. 5, 8:30pm
Fortunately, someone a little more on our level had the decency to break it down to the level of Ho Hos, and though we don't really understand this either, we like the idea of an anti-Ho Ho.
Dang it, now we're hungry.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.