At CERN, the particle collider in Geneva, scientists have captured antimatter atoms for the first time. Until recently, many physicists weren't sure that antimatter actually existed, except in the theory that postulates that during the Big Bang, when the universe was created, matter and antimatter were produced in equal amounts. But antimatter is hard to isolate because matter and antimatter destroy each other instantly, on contact, in a violent flash of energy. On the CNN website, Thair Shaikh quotes British physicist Malcolm Longair as saying, "At the Big Bang we believe the temperatures were very very high and we understand in theory why antimatter disappeared but there is no physical theory to back it up."
He quotes physicist Jeffrey Hangst as saying, "I am just full of joy and relief, it's taken us five years to get here, this is a big milestone."
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