Midnight In The Desert — doomsday

No, the world is not going to end on April 23

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No, the world is not going to end on April 23

Here we go again: Fresh reports claim that the end of the world is nigh. Forgetting that we were all a little burned out by the 2012 end-of-Maya-calendar debacle, outlets such as the Daily Express are claiming that the Rapture — the end-time event when Christians are said to ascend to heaven at the second coming of Christ — is coming April 23 and we should get ready for it. In case you were inclined to jump on the Armageddon bandwagon, know this: The reports are bogus, and the celestial bodies aren't even in the predicted position for this supposed...

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What life is like aboard America’s doomsday plane

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What life is like aboard America’s doomsday plane

Reporting has taken me to many strange places. The oddest is the National Airborne Operations Centre, the doomsday plane that carries American defence secretaries around the globe. A specialised version of a Boeing 747, known as an E4-B, its white and blue hull is studded with odd bulges and domes, concealing the gadgets needed to run a nuclear war from the air. Over the years the plane – or to be precise, planes, as the US Air Force runs four of them, each nearly identical – has carried me to more than a dozen countries as a member of the...

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Doomsday is not on Saturday after all, writer says after predicting end of the world

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Doomsday is not on Saturday after all, writer says after predicting end of the world

Christian numerologist says, based off the Bible and Egyptian pyramids, Planet X will collide with earth on September 23 The end is still nigh -- just not as nigh as it was earlier this week, a Doomsday writer says. David Meade, who claimed the world is ending Saturday when a mysterious planet collides with Earth, is now backtracking on the calamitous claim. Meade said the world won't end on Sept. 23 after all, but instead Saturday will only mark the beginning of a series of catastrophic events to occur over several weeks. “The world is not ending, but the world...

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'Doomsday' Library Joins Seed Vault in Arctic Norway

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'Doomsday' Library Joins Seed Vault in Arctic Norway

The so-called doomsday seed vault located underground on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean has gained a neighbor, and the new vault, opened March 27, will act as a digital archive for the world's data. The underground Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built in 2008, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the North Pole. The frozen-storage facility houses the world's most important crop seeds, acting as a backup for gene banks around the world and protecting the valuable genetic material from natural disasters, equipment malfunctions, war and other problems, according to Cary Fowler, a scientist, conservationist and biodiversity advocate...

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‘Doomsday’ solar storms could knock out power for two thirds of America

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‘Doomsday’ solar storms could knock out power for two thirds of America

Solar storms could cause massive blackouts across America and cost the country up to $41.5 billion a day, a shocking new study has found. Researchers carried out an unprecedented study examining the economic impact of huge solar flares it is feared could knock out power to entire regions. Researchers carried out an unprecedented study examining the economic impact of huge solar flares it is feared could knock out power to entire regions. ‘On average the direct economic cost incurred from disruption to electricity represents only 49 percent of the total potential macroeconomic cost,’ says the paper published in Space Weather,...

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