Re: CERN discovers new particle
Actually, I was alluding to the cost in jest. I do support innovation and advancement of technology and science. And no, you really can't put a price tag on the value of discoveries and inventions, at least not for a long time after the discovery.
What does get me hot under the collar is when the taxpayers pay for the research into something that ends up being hidden and the benefits kept from the people. (That's all on this aspect since it would be getting into politics)
I do think CERN does a lot of beneficial research, and probably one of the few places getting research dollars that actually does deserve them. Yes, there probably is a lot of waste and wasted money, but that happens in every one of those places. At least there are some beneficial things coming out of CERN.