What are the LHC physicists doing when they're not on vacations, guest blogging, or insulting members of the TRF community? ;-)
Bored Scientists Now Just Sticking Random Things Into Large Hadron Collider
It's posted here so that you may see it before you learn it from the BBC, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, or another mainstream source.
I wouldn't be quite shocked if this were turned into a real news story with many journalists! The video above is a joke, if you didn't get it, but some people's anti-scientific sentiments are pretty much exactly and seriously equivalent to what the journalists are literally saying.
If you believe that they're doing nothing, you should try to read at least one of the hundreds of ATLAS and CMS papers.
Note that those who created the TV report above don't remember that the Higgs boson was discovered 2 years ago, in 2012, not 1 year ago.
There could have been a competent adviser behind the video because they know that a "large collider is needed to produce smaller things" which reveals at least some expertise. However, the precise sentence isn't quite right. The "deputy director" says that a bigger collider could produce smaller hadrons. But the size of hadrons is always pretty much the same and determined by the QCD scale – not far from "hundreds of \(\MeV\) of extra glued mass" and "one femtometer in diameter". One may create hadrons with heavier particles in them, instead of the light quarks, but when you study such objects with a very high-energy collider, you may pretty much forget about the "gluon-like QCD stuff" and focus on the new heavy particle inside because the latter is essentially free, due to the asymptotic freedom.
At any rate, the boredom they attribute to the scientists is comical – and ludicrous – indeed. The "deputy director" is disgustingly commenting on the "smaller hadrons" as if he didn't care. Just imagine the decades of life-persons – and time even outside the workplace – when physicists are dreaming about learning how physics works at "just slightly smaller" length scales than those they consider understood.