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Dec 21, 2020
Antimatter: Matter's "Evil Twin"
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Physicists have done the math and there should be as much antimatter as matter in the universe — but that hasn't been the case so far. NPR correspondent
explains what's up with matter's "evil twin," antimatter. (Encore episode)
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