A Man Put His Head In A Particle Accelerator In 1978. Here’s The Insane Impact It Had On His Body

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In July 1978 a Soviet scientist made the fateful decision to place his head inside a particle accelerator – a hi-tech piece of hardware used for moving subatomic particles at incredible speeds. Before the scientist knew what was happening, a charged proton stream had struck his skull at around 670 million miles per hour. And with that single blinding flash, everything changed…

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Arguably, nothing has done more to advance humanity than science; indeed, it’s because of curious scientists that superstition has mostly given way to reason. Thanks to those working in the field, we enjoy never-before-seen levels of comfort and mobility. And science’s spirit of inquiry can be summed up by the 18th-century Latin motto “Sapere aude” – or “Dare to know.”

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But daring to know is not quite enough; we must also glean clear evidence available to the senses. And formal scientific method is what separates professional researchers from hapless Marvel comic book heroes. Unfortunately, however, such rigor was lacking in one Soviet scientist’s close-up encounter with a particle accelerator…

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