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DISINTEGRATING COMET 13,000 YEARS AGO RESTARTED ICE AGE In the last few years, mainstream science has been slowly warming to the idea that our planet’s past has been punctu­ated and profoundly changed on numerous occasions by collisions with debris from space, but the conventional wis­dom is that all of that was a very long time ago—millions of years ago. But was the Earth victim to a great asteroid hit as recently as 13,000 years ago? After all, there is evidence that at about that time,…

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Planetary Collisions Could Happen Earth could collide with Mars or Venus, but don’t expect it anytime soon. That is the assessment of a new study re­cently published in the prestigious science journal Nature. Study coauthor Jacques Laskar says it’s just a matter of time till the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars change enough to make such a catastrophe possible. Of course it could take 3 billion years and scientists have their doubts whether the human race will still exist at that point in…

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Asteroid Defense Triumphs Defending against an asteroid hit is getting some serious engineering attention these days. The possibility of some­thing like the 1908 Tunguska event over Siberia, or worse in much more populated areas, has scientists considering various techniques which might be used to prevent an oncoming asteroid or comet from hitting the earth and lead­ing, perhaps, to the extinction of the human race. Now a competition at the University of Glasgow in Scotland has settled on an approach that might work. Massimiliano Vasile, an…

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Rings of Fire

BY C.C. vonWERKLAÄG

Doomsday mavens have had their hands full recently, correlating every eschatological prediction (from Nostradamus to the Mayan calendar) with the current spate of earthquake and volcanic activity. Haiti, Chile, China, Japan, the United States, and several other countries have experienced temblors measuring high enough on the Richter Scale to cause widespread destruction and, in the cases of Haiti, Chile, and China, massive loss of life. Add in the chaos caused by new volcanic eruptions in Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Iceland, and even in the United States,…

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Manipulating Nature

BY MARSHA OAKS

The imposition of human will on nature seems to have its benefits, but it certainly has it drawbacks as well. The fol­lowing illustrates some of the issues we need to consider. BAD SEED: The Truth About Our Food This is a documentary that sets out to expose a vast conspiracy to contaminate and control the world’s food supply through genetic engineering of food crops. These opponents believe that genetic modifications in major crops has caused a power shift in agriculture towards biotechnology companies, which are…

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