3Qs: Doomsday Predictions Debunked

December 21, 2012

Some people are not making plans for the New Year. From hiding in bomb shel­ters to sharp­ening their sur­vival skills, doomsday the­o­rists are preparing for judg­ment day, which the Mayan cal­endar pre­dicts will take place on Friday. Toyoko Ori­moto is an assis­tant pro­fessor of physicsin the Col­lege of Sci­enceand a member of the Com­pact Muon Sole­noid col­lab­o­ra­tion at the Large Hadron Collider—the world’s most pow­erful par­ticle accelerator—at CERN, the Euro­pean Orga­ni­za­tion for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzer­land. Here, she explains what a poten­tial end of days sce­nario would look like and why we should be more con­cerned about cli­mate change.

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