After Lily's post on poor risk assessment in particle physics, I thought I should bring to your attention the risk of putting your hand in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - as discussed by Ed Copeland and his colleagues at Nottingham UniversityI love this video from the University of Nottingham where physicists try to answer tricky but valid physics questions in real time. Seeing them think, and say they "don't know" sometimes, gives a better feel for research (and teaching) than a bevy of meticulously prepared seminars.The first question is "What would happen if I put my hand in the beam at the Large Hadron Collider". There were a variety of answers, but as far as I can tell my colleague Ed Copeland has most of the facts right.My guess is it would blow a hole and give you radiation sickness. (Answered, like Ed and his colleagues, without preparation). Some...
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