Scientists have antimatter to study

November 17, 2010 10:37:32 PM PST
Here's a scientific first -- researchers have trapped antimatter atoms for the first time.

Scientists have been creating antimatter for 15 years, but it moves at about the speed of light and is quickly destroyed.

Now, researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland -- home to the large Hadron Collider -- have devised a type of magnetic bottle that is able to hold the antimatter for about 1/10 of a second. That is enough time for them to study it.

Physicists say this discovery may help them solve the question of why all the antimatter disappeared after the big bang, leaving nothing but matter to create the universe.