First, a series of articles running on MSNBC. Here you will get a layman’s explanation of the project and positions of its supporters and detractors. Make sure you take the time to watch the slide show and HD vid. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24525554/
Next, a rather humorous and educational bit of rap. I’m a jazz and blues guy, myself, but this rap has the triple advantage of being A, scientifically correct (they hope); B, written and performed by workers at the site; and C, funny. It’s been a huge hit on YouTube. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM
And lastly, for those who want “just the facts, Ma’am,” I suggest you wiki on over to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider
Personally, I’m just glad I don’t have responsibility for their safety program or utility budget!