Just real quick: If you’re curious about accelerators and you also do the twitters, you may want to check out this (I’m told this is an actual word that people use) tweetup: #LabChat. It’s a twitter Q&A with some US Department of Energy scientists. Here’s a link for more information:
I know Gigi Ciovati, one of the participating scientists. He’s a sharp cookie, and pleasant to talk with besides.