Science: Add Theories

One of the newest, weirdest theories in science—the existence of contraterrene or "reverse matter"—was argued pro & con last week when the Society for Research on Meteorites met at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, Ariz. While the atoms of normal matter are made up of negatively charged electrons surrounding a positively charged nucleus of protons and neutrons, in contraterrene matter the charges are assumed to be reversed: the electrons are positive (positrons), the nucleus negative.

"Reverse matter" was first proposed last year as a concept of theoretical physics by Physicist Vladimir Rojansky of...

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