What If You Stuck Your Hand In Front of the Large Hadron Collider Beam?

Real scientists discuss what the Large Hadron Collider would do to your tender flesh.

Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it. Many of us have experienced some low-level anxiety about the Large Hadron Collider (well, I have anyway), and when we think of an experiment that could open a black hole on Earth we also think about some tremendous forces at work. So what would happen if a person got in the way of the beam they’re shooting around in that huge donut? If the Large Hadron Collider was in a movie the bad guy would surely be thrown right into that beam at the end. What would happen to him? Would he be vaporized? Melt? Get a headache? Develop mutant sperm?

This video (courtesy of Boing Boing) posits the question to a number of real life scientists. It turns out many of them haven’t really thought about it. Apparently it’s shockingly unlikely that you would get in the way of the beam. None of these guys have seen a James Bond film, I take it.