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Five Things You Should Never Do With Particle Accelerator

7 March 2014

Particle accelerators are some of the most advanced machines on the planet. They incorporate an impressive range of cutting-edge technology to do what seems like a simple job.

So what would happen if we tried to use them in unexpected ways? With the help of demonstrations, Dr Suzie Sheehy of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire discussed her top five things that you should never do with a particle accelerator... and a few things you definitely shouldn't.

This was a light hearted talk vivacious, with many demonstrations, giving the audience an appreciation of the damage the accelerator beam could, in theory, do to the human body. This turned out to be much smaller than most people anticipated.

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