A powerful particle accelerator in Switzerland may have briefly reproduced an ancient state of matter that pervaded the universe in the first microseconds after its birth, researchers have announced.
If confirmed, the findings from the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva indicate that scientists have glimpsed a substance governed by titanic effects called color forces.
Researchers are eager to study properties of the bizarre material, which may also exist inside collapsed stars known as neutron stars.
CERN investigators smashed lead nuclei flying at nearly light's speed into other nuclei in fixed targets. The collisions produced fireballs 10