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Looking at the fundamental properties of matter can take some serious computing grunt. Take the calculation needed to help understand kaon decay – a subatomic particle interaction that helps explain why the universe is made of matter rather than anti-matter: it soaked up 54 million processor hours on Argonne National Laboratory’ …

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That's small

For convenience and to get a sense of scale, here is the figure in Diplodocus neck lengths. It works out at roughly:

1.25 × 10^-19

Or in standard units, about 1.5 Particle Physicist's Monthly Wage Packet Widths.

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I thought we didn't know

Why the universe has much more matter than anti-matter: has this been solved, or should the article say kaons MAY help explain the universe is made of matter?

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Quantifying how the kaon decay departs from Standard Model.

This “unknown quantity” will then be hunted in calculations in the next generation of IBM supercomputers, and then publicly executed as an example to the others.

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