Although we’re familiar with Earth’s major extinction events being caused by calamities such as large asteroid strikes or severe disruptions to the planet’s climate, researchers have uncovered evidence that the recently-discovered mass extinction of large marine mammals toward the end of the Pliocene 2.6 million years ago may have been caused by one or more nearby supernovae that bathed the Earth in deadly radiation.
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Based on a threat delivered by the Ayatollah Ali Khameni, the Supreme Religious Leader of Iran last Friday, Iran appears to be planning to start a nuclear holocaust in order to usher in the end of the world and the return of the Mahdi. This madness is supported by the Jewish and Christian right wings and messianic fundamentalists of many different faiths. Just as Islamic extremists believe that a catastrophic war will bring about the return of their messiah, Christian and Jewish extremists believe that it will bring about the return and/or coming of theirs.

All of these people are trying to set off a nuclear war by exploiting the ongoing tensions between Israel and Islam.
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U.K. Astronomer Royal Martin Rees says the human race has only a 50/50 chance of surviving another century. In his new book “Our Final Century,” he says this will be caused by a combination of natural events, such as global warming and asteroid impacts, and man-made disasters, like engineered viruses and nuclear terrorism. He says, “I think the odds are no better than 50/50 that our present civilization will survive to the end of the present century.”

He thinks scientists shouldn’t do certain types of scientific research, such as cloning and genetic modification, that could eventually lead to our destruction. Other people have voiced such ideas, but Rees’ position as a leading cosmologist that makes his statements especially important.
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