Inside CERN With A Collider Scientist

Particle beams are once again circulating in the world's most powerful particle accelerator, CERN1's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), pictured in Geneva, November 20, 2009. atomic atom smasher nuclear European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN
Maximilien Brice, CERN
This story was written by ZDNet UK's Jason Jenkins.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is one of the most ambitious experiments of all time and following a year of shutdown, it's finally started to do its business again. So we thought we'd have a chat to someone directly involved in the experiments to get a sense of what it's like to work in geek heaven.

Paul Jackson is a particle physicist from SLAC and Stanford University, based at CERN. He's working on the Atlas experiment, looking for the Higgs boson--the so-called "God particle."

Read on to find out whether he's about to kill us, what would happen to you if you stood in front of the LHC beam and what CERN's favorite snacks are. Also see our definitive guide to the collider, CERN and the Higgs boson.

Q:Will the LHC make a black hole in space that kills us?

"Yes, we might create black holes, but they won't be remotely dangerous...

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