was she trying to get the drop on us? if she thought the world was going to end, did she figure i'll kill myself so that as soon as everyone else dies, i'll be able to say "what took you guys so long? told you so".
an interesting debate that has started (see david king's comments recently) that asks why so much money is being put into experiments such as these, and not at more "relevant" issues such as climate change.
In due course, we will be having these debates as part of the science challenge program so stay tuned!
As for those that say it won't rewrite the text books, the field has done this in the past and will continue to do so....
yes, someone once told me "the general public may be ignorant, but they're not stupid"
i'm not so sure - if you honestly think a black hole is going to destroy the earth from colliding two counter-rotating beams of protons, you're quite mistaken
besides, we haven't been able to collide anything yet - it's just one beam (in the form of a cylindrical bunch of about 100 billion protons) that's been tested to go all the way around in both directions independently. This bunch of protons has however collided with "beam gas" - so called because the vacuum in the beam pipe is not yet perfect.
I will investigate the throttle system - perhaps someone has hacked one of those flight sim joysticks - i wouldn't be surprised... i'll keep you posted
as for the superconducting magnets, it's liquid helium (10% of the world's supply is at the LHC i'm told, the other 90 presumably in the happy meal balloons you get at mcdonalds) so it operates at around -270 degrees Centigrade. These are the magnets that keep the proton beam circulating round at practically the speed of light... they are about 8 Tesla
yes, within about 30 seconds you would have exceeded your 'safe' lifetime dosage of radiation, mainly in the form of X-Rays, and died. It's a fundamental law of electromagnetism that any charged particle radiates energy as it accelerates, which you are doing all the time if you are going round in a circular path. The heavier the charged particle, the less it radiates (it is an inverse square law) so you would be worse of with electrons. Hope that makes sense