Aviophobia, Fear of Flying

A fireball created in a US particle accelerator has the characteristics of a black hole, a physicist has said. (BBC News 17 March, 2005)

On September 10 2008 an international collaboration of scientists was planning to send the first beam of protons zooming at nearly the speed of light around the 17-mile-long underground circular path of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

Rumor had it that the experiment might spin out off control. Some scientists even claimed that there was a serious change that the Atomic Smasher would create a Black Hole.

On September 10 2008 we were on a plane to the Biennale. A new type of Aerophobia got a hold of us: what if the Earth would disappear during our flight?

Where could we land?

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