The Mayan Calendar & the (Unlikely) Apocalypse in 2012

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Are major solar flares coming in 2012?

Doomsday theorists might expect 2012 to be a year of ray-gun-style solar flares, but their assumptions aren't at all backed up by science. What are solar flares, and what happens if they really do hit the Earth?

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Are the Earth's poles shifting in 2012?

You've probably gotten accustomed to whatever little spot on this planet you call home. What would think if your hometown suddenly slid toward the South or North poles in 2012? Could pole shift play out any time soon?

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Are we at the beginning of the end of Western civilization?

Depending on whom and when you ask, everything from same-sex smooching to punk music portends the end of Western civilization. Do any of these cultural commentators have a case?

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Why do scientists think we're nearing the end of the world?

In a purely symbolic but still unsettling move, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the minute hand on its Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. Midnight is the end of the life as we know it.

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5 Green Methods to Survive the Apocalypse

The green movement isn't going to die just because the world ends. In fact, sustainable types might even have a leg up post-apocalypse. Here's how.

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Is an asteroid scheduled to hit Earth in 2012?

An Internet search for "2012 doomsday predictions" will return enough apocalyptic prophecies to send you screaming into an underground bunker. Is it true that a flaming mass of rock will hit us in 2012?

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Is a major planetary alignment coming in 2012?

As doomsday theorists look to the sky for signs of a 2012 apocalypse, some believe the planets will align in a way that will spell catastrophe to life on our tiny home turf. Are their observations backed up with sound science?

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Will the world really end in 2012?

Some people believe that the world will end in the very near future -- Dec. 21, 2012, to be exact. It's a date that the Mayans predicted long ago would mark a period of great change, but should we be worried?

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Does the Bible say the world will end in 2012?

Numerous predictions of a 2012 apocalypse cite the Bible as their source material. But does the good book actually contain this information?

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Top 10 Doomsday Prophecies

It seems like every few years someone comes out with a new doomsday prophecy. From aliens and asteroids to floods and earthquakes, how do people think the world will end?

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What would nuclear winter be like?

If the sight of a mushroom cloud burning above the horizon suggests that the nuclear weapon-equipped world might end with a bang, then nuclear winter presents the notion that post-World War III humanity might very well die with a whimper.

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How the Doomsday Ark Works

If the Earth is struck by calamity, will survivors find salvation in the proposed Doomsday Ark? The lunar-based vault will contain information that could help jumpstart a new civilization.

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What's going into Norway's 'doomsday vault'?

While some of us are stocking up on duct tape and bottled water, the government of Norway is preparing for the event that doomsday leaves some long-term survivors who need to rebuild. The Arctic vault in Svalbard is preparing for the worst case scenario.

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Do doomsday scenarios discourage people from acting on climate change?

Most scientists agree that man-made climate change is a real phenomenon, but most people respond to their dire warnings by figuratively sticking their heads in the sand. Could the problem lie in the severity of their message? In other words, are we scaring people into inaction?

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