What Would Happen If You Stuck Your Hand In The LHC Stream?

The Large Hadron Collider is slinging 300 trillion protons at 99.9999991 per cent of the speed of light. It could answer momentous scientific mysteries of our universe. But what if you jam your hand into it? Watch scientists struggle to answer.

This question was posed to a group of physicists at the University of Nottingham, and, well, nobody really seems to know exactly what would happen. Many of them just laugh outright.

"Don't know. Don't know. Don't know," replies one baffled theorist.

"Not a good idea—wouldn't recommend it," advises another.

It's probably safe to infer that if some of the smartest minds in the entire world don't have an answer, it's probably a poor idea.

Yet another scientist points out that the energy stored in the beam is about the same as an aircraft carrier moving at 11 knots, which would suddenly deposit itself. Into your palm. "I don't think you'll survive very much," he says. Whether the stream would at this point drill a hole through your hand or completely blow you apart is still debatable. We choose neither, thank you. [Discover]


Comments

    I'm surprised only one of the scientists cited the Anthropic Principle

    never know.

    Might end up becoming a super hero!
    The Incredible Hulk was bombarded with Gamma Rays
    Spiderman bitten by a radioactive Spider

    LOL

    Any volunteers?

    Why can i see a future mythbusters episode here... Preferably with a dead pig :D

    I say sacrafice a terminally ill patient for the good of our minds.

    I doubt anything would happen. While the velocity is extremely high, we're talking about ridiculously minute particles. It's certainly not going to be 'felt' and there's little chance it would actually do anything.

    In comparison, alpha radiation (hydrogen ions) are also small charged particles that travel extremely fast but can be stopped by a sheet of paper and require some exposure before actually potentially causing cell damage.

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