Bernie Hobbs, with ABC Science reports:
Antimatter isn't just a great plot device for sci-fi stories. It's at the heart of one of the great mysteries in modern physics — why our universe has stuff in it.
Every particle that makes up matter — the electron, proton, neutron and their more-obscure cousins — has an almost-identical twin: its antiparticle.
They were both made together from cooling energy in really high-energy environments like the big bang.
Antiparticles are exactly the same as their particle "siblings," except they have the opposite charge.
So here's where it gets interesting ...
... whenever matching matter and antimatter particles get together — they annihilate each other, converting back to the energy they came from.
Which brings us to a fundamental problem with our understanding of the universe: we shouldn't be here.
The Standard Model of particle physics — which accurately describes all the particles and interactions that make up our universe — says our universe shouldn't exist.
Or at least, the matter that makes up all the stuff in existence shouldn't be here. It should have been wiped out by the matching antimatter that was created with it in the first second after the Big Bang.
There are fundamental questions about the origin of our universe that science has failed to answer: Questions like How could order come from chaos? Or, How could life come from non-living matter? Add to these an even greater mystery: How does anything exist at all?
According to the rules that govern our universe, nothing should exist. Yet, here we are! When an impossibility overcomes the impossible to become a reality, it is, by definition, a miracle.
This seems like the logical place to inject the idea of a supreme force, a divine being with the power to explain the otherwise unexplainable, operating beyond observable laws. Science, however, is steadfastly committed to the idea of a universe that is self-sufficient and self-explanatory. But what we actually find is a universe filled with wonders that can’t be explained by any of the current, observable laws.
The bottom line is that we live in a universe with too few operating principles to explain its mysteries. This, of course, is exactly what one would expect to find If divine power, and not the existing laws, were responsible for creating our universe.
Science hasn’t killed God, it cries out for God.
“I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).