Indecision at center of existence: Neutral B-mesons Muon Decay favors Matter over Antimatter by 1%
Going even more Nano than Nano allows, the DZero project at the Fermilab Tevatron has found a slight statistical variation in favor of matter over antimatter, showing even more evidence pointing towards CP Violation:
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.
“This result may provide an important input for explaining the matter dominance in our universe,” the team’s leader, Guennadi Borissov of Lancaster University, in England, said in a talk Friday afternoon at Fermilab, in Batavia, Ill. [full article]
Good news for the Large Hadron Collider. Also for philosophers, scientists, professional doubters, Deep Thought, and anyone who ever suspected there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe. Indecision and Bias part of the existence of matter? George Berkeley would find some satisfaction, perhaps:
There was a young man who said “God
Must find it exceedingly odd
To think that the tree
Should continue to be
When there’s no one about in the quad.”
“Dear Sir: Your astonishment’s odd;
I am always about in the quad.
And that’s why the tree
Will continue to be
Since observed by, Yours faithfully, God.”
Of course, its important to note that in reference to George Berkeley’s philosophy, Dr. Samuel Johnson kicked a heavy stone and exclaimed, “I refute it thus!”.