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LHC steps closer to discoveries on antimatter

CERN's Large Hadron Collider pinpoints its first particle, the sought-after beauty quark.

Large Hadron Collider
Large Hadron Collider Maximilien Brice for CERN

The first particle has been detected in a Large Hadron Collider experiment that hopes to shed light on the nature of interactions between matter and antimatter.

LHCb--an experiment set up to explore what happened in the moments immediately after the Big Bang--on Wednesday found a particle called a beauty or bottom quark. CERN scientists have a wish list of particles they want to measure in the experiment, and the beauty quark is the first on the list that they have found.

The detection is a step on the road to the possible discovery of new particles or interactions between particles, said CERN physicist Christine Sutton. Beauty particles were first discovered in 1977.

Read more of "LHC steps closer to discoveries on antimatter" at ZDNet UK.