As 2012 Comes To A Close, The Facts About Doomsday | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Filed Under:

As 2012 Comes To A Close, The Facts About Doomsday

Play associated audio

When people have questions about the end of the world — the predictions about the planet Nibiru's collision with Earth or the end of the Mayan calendar — they often turn to the Internet.

For years, NASA astrobiologist David Morrison has taken it upon himself to answer thousands of questions about the science of existential threats on NASA's Q&A site "Ask an Astrobiologist."

There, Morrison debunks and details the origins of popular apocalyptic scenarios and thoughtfully responds to questions like: "If the government knew about Nibiru, wouldn't they keep it a secret to avoid panic?"

He talks with NPR's Neal Conan about what he's learned from the process and whether he'll continue this part of his job in 2013.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
NPR

Could Turkey Breeders Cure The Ailments Of Our Big-Breasted Birds?

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.
NPR

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.
NPR

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

Wilson's descriptions of Michael Brown reminded some people of negative depictions of African-Americans in history. Recent studies suggest these perceptions have deeper psychological roots.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.