Long, long ago, before matter existed, the universe was a super hot, impossibly dense mass that violently expanded in an event known as the Big Bang. A millionth of a second later, that mass had turned into a dense plasma that was so hot that protons and neutrons couldn't even form yet. The more we know about how that plasma behaved, the more we'll know about the early universe, which is why scientists have been hard at work creating it in giant particle accelerators. What they've learned about it is beyond bizarre.
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Written by Ashley Hamer August 21, 2017
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