Most of the article focuses on 1 billion vs 3-legged dogs. Only the last paragraph mentions that a total of 16000 researchers will be funded. I'm quite sure some of the remaining 15995 are doing something useful or interesting too, but somehow they neglect to mention this.
A typical example of modern media hyping things up, a submitter that makes it even worse, and a Slashdot editor who thinks what the heck it's summer lets put it on the front page.
This may be of help:
For those who haven't seen it yet, here is a movie about how the LHC works; from single Hydrogen atoms to extremely powerful particle proton beams:
http://www.snotr.com/video/3393 (Flash movie alert)
I typically seed anything I download until the Feds come knocking at my door.
Oh wait, there's someone at the