I can prove the truth!
There are serious inconsistencies in the New Scientist article:
"At 1025 (local time) scientists sent a single beam of protons in a clockwise direction around the full 27 kilometres of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland."
"The journey began at 0930 when LHC project leader Lyn Evans and his team launched protons into the ring... so that physicists could learn how to steer the beam, which is travelling at 99.9998% the speed of light."
"It took us 12 hours to circulate a beam around the Large Electron Positron Collider,"
That is a paradox! 99.9998% the speed of light? No way! Even I could run a lap of that 27 kilometres circuit in less than 12 hours - even if it was up-hill all the way!
Why are the people who write New Scientist articles almost as stupid as the people who append comments on The Reg?
For God's sake no wonder the country is in such a mess, when Gordon Brown spends billions of pounds of our tax-money on a massive toys-for-scientists job creation scheme. And then they go and put cheap batteries in it.
And I've got a mathematical PROOF that even fits on the back of a beer mat - So it MUST be right!
Speed of light, c = 300,000,000 m/s
Distance travelled, d = 27,000 m
Time travelled, t = 12 h = 12x60x60s = 43,200 s
Velocity, v = d/t = 0.635 m/s
QED. Which proves that it's all a big fraud. They do NOT have the "world's most powerful accelerator". They are probably using some of them radio-controlled toy racing cars to carry protons around the track!
I've got MORE proof. If you take a close look at the "first picture" in that NS article, you can clearly see an axle and two wheels. And obviously the blue car won!