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Sorry, all you Mayan-influenced doomsday enthusiasts, but it's looking to some of the great minds over at NASA as though 2012 isn't going to be particularly apocalypse-friendly as such. Ancient augury versus contemporary astronomy: Who will prevail?

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Here we have a very interesting object lesson on the psychological phenomenon known as rationalization Followers of Family Radio's self-styled prognosticator Harold Camping, who encountered some problems with his theory that the world would end last Saturday -- specifically, in that it didn't end last Saturday -- had to come to terms (more).

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Norway is starting construction on a massive subterranean complex on the Arctic island of Svalbard to store seeds of all known crops in the world. More than 100 countries have signed on to the project, which is designed to reestablish plants in the wake of an apocalyptic manmade or natural attack. Norway's Agriculture Minister Terje Riis-Johansen called the vault a "Noah's Ark on Svalbard."

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