Evening folks! According to an article I found on the ABC News web site physicist at CERN have used the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to make some of the hottest and densest matter every to exist on Earth. This matter, called a quark gluon plasma existed shortly (milliseconds) after the big bang, 13.5 billion years ago. According to the article only black holes are denser than the quark gluon plasma. Studying this matter will help scientist learn more about the evolution of the early universe. The article quoted Professor Geoffrey Taylor who said that this matter doesn’t exist naturally anywhere on Earth and thought to only exist “during the collision of two neutron stars”. Professor Taylor also said, “These collisions are also generating antimatter, which will help us try to understand why we live in a stable universe of matter when equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created in the big bang.”
Okay, so I’m a science dork, but damn it all if that isn’t just sexy. Check out the ABC News link above for the full article and to see many more interesting articles on CERN and the LHC.