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Mar 9, 2020
Creating Antimatter: Matter's "Evil Twin"
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Physicists have done the math and there should be as much antimatter as matter — but that hasn't been the case so far. NPR Correspondent
explains what's up with matter's "evil twin," antimatter.
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