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Celebrate Asteroid Day, about preventing death from the sky

Summary: Asteroid and comet impacts have changed the course of life on Earth, and will again until we prevent them. Which will happen, eventually, when we go deeper into space. On Asteroid Day, June 30, let’s learn about this risk, what steps we can take now to better prepare. Perhaps it is humanity’s role, our …

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Three things to know about asteroids, certain death from the sky (eventually)

Summary: Asteroid Day approaches (mark June 30 on your calendar), reminding us about the risk of death from the sky from asteroids and comets — one of the largest of the many shockwaves looming in our future. Here are the three things to know about this danger. This is a follow-up to Asteroid Day: reminding …

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Asteroid Day: reminding us of the threat, pushing us out into space

Summary: Asteroid Day approaches (mark June 30 on your calendar). To prepare, here are descriptions in film and literature of doom from the sky by comets and asteroids.  Tomorrow’s post shows what we are doing in the real world to prepare. “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we …

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What if the “Godzilla” El Niño is a dud?

Summary:  After months of hype about this “Godzilla” El Niño, the peak approaches. The major climate models warn that it might be just another strong cycle (like 1997-98), as NOAA & the WMO have predicted — not the precedent-breaking monstrous event predicted in the news headlines. As a thought experiment, consider how might this — …

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Asteroid Day: reminding us of the threat, pushing us out into space

Summary: Today is asteroid day, an opportunity to see ourselves against the big picture of Earth’s history. As I’ve written before, Apollo was an expensive trip to nowhere, and explained why we have not gone into space, & why we will. Asteroid Day puts in context both this failure (of vision but not boldness) and …

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