THURSDAY, 14 APRIL 2011.
The AMS also has an alternative objective. When an early prototype was sent into space in 1998 it detected an entirely new form of matter, labeled “strange matter”. It is hypothesized that strange matter is more stable that the nuclear matter that you and I and everything else are made from, and that eventually all matter in the universe will decay to its more stable “strange” form. This would imply that the nuclear matter that we see around us exists only in a metastable state. If these early findings are confirmed then a severe rethink of our entire understanding of the universe will be needed.
Written by Richard Thomson