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Doomsday Clock Hovers at 5 Mins. to Midnight

Technology can save or destroy humanity, keepers warn

(Newser) - We're no closer or further away from Armageddon than we were this time last year, according to the keepers of the Doomsday Clock, who have decided to leave it at an alarming 5 minutes to midnight. The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which runs... More »

'Doomsday' Comet Passing by Earth

Online theorists saw armageddon

(Newser) - A comet touted as the bringer of Armageddon will fly past Earth tomorrow night in a knot of icy fragments, reports. At least one astronomer, however, does not foresee earthquakes and tsunamis. The so-called "doomsday comet," Elenin, "was a second-rate, wimpy little comet that never... More »

Inside Congress' Secret Nuke Bunker

For 30 years, this shelter in W. Virginia was ready to keep gov't running

(Newser) - For more than three decades, one of America's most famous luxury resorts was also home to a secret nuclear bunker for Congress, and now NPR takes a look at the secrets of the Walmart-sized shelter surreptitiously tucked into the hills of West Virginia. It's hidden in plain sight in the... More »

New York Releases Apocalypse Guide

Legal manual outlines emergency responses

(Newser) - It’s got an unassuming title, but the “New York State Public Health Legal Manual” might just be the scariest book of the year. It’s the state’s official legal guide to cataclysmic disaster, outlining in dry legalese what to do if, for example, there isn’t enough... More »

NASA May Send Probe to Earthbound Asteroid

Rock may hit planet ... in 2182

(Newser) - Somebody call Bruce Willis, because NASA is considering landing a probe on an asteroid that’s hurtling toward Earth. Sounds exciting, right? Well, don’t run for your fallout shelter yet. There’s only a 1-in-1,000 chance the asteroid will hit, and if it does, it won’t happen... More »

Relax, World Isn't Ending in 2012

Scientists are busy debunking growing urban legend

(Newser) - The statement issued by a Los Angeles observatory and Sky & Telescope magazine this week says it all: "The world will not come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012." It seems a confluence of events—the coming end of the Mayan calendar, for one, and the... More »

Sony Armageddon Hoax in Crashing Bad Taste

World will end in 2012: Sony site

(Newser) - The latest Armageddon hoax has a marketing spin that LiveScience's Robert Roy Britt describes as a "sick twist." Sony Pictures went to elaborate lengths to disguise its movie plug on the "Institute for Human Continuity" website, which warns of "cataclysmic events that will devastate our planet"... More »

How to Survive the Apocalypse

Guardian explains how to kill pheasants, build shelter

(Newser) - Economic ruin, climate change, war—the apocalypse can’t be far off, right? Movies tell us that to survive the end of days we need “to sit in desirable country mansions, eat tinned tomatoes, develop post-traumatic psychosis and shoot each other,” Tanya Gold writes in the Guardian, noting... More »

Odds of Cataclysmic Space-Rock Crash: 1 in 10

Despite danger, NASA doing little to protect planet

(Newser) - Chicken Little may have been smarter than we thought. A growing body of evidence reveals that the sky is falling, or at least gigantic space rocks are—and the Earth is at far greater risk of a catastrophic strike than previously thought, reports Atlantic. Despite the danger—an impact could... More »

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