These people may be actual mad scientists. I mean, they shrink things! Like in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!" - except the kids probably wouldn't survive!
The best quote from the site:
"However, his blast shield failed during the shot, and he sustained considerable damage to his lab from shrapnel from the exploding work coil."
Also, I'd like to come home now. Okay? Oh, wait, I have to finish this NRC proposal. Hey, at least I'm going get being a symposium organizer for this conference out of this. Neato.