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Life After Earth - NYT Article

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  • Tony Angelo
    Saw this via Slashdot. Life After Earth: Imagining Survival Beyond This Terra Firma From
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2006
      Saw this via Slashdot.

      Life After Earth: Imagining Survival Beyond This Terra

      From the article (emphasis mine) :

      When the dust settles after World War III, or World War IX, humanity will
      still want to grow pineapples, rice, coffee and other crops. That is why in
      June on the island of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, all five
      Scandinavian prime ministers met to break ground on a $4.8-million "doomsday
      vault" that will stockpile crop seeds in case of global catastrophe.

      While it boasts the extra safety of Arctic temperatures, the seed bank is
      just the latest life-preservation plan to reach reality, joining genetic
      banks like the Frozen Ark, a British program that is storing DNA samples
      from endangered species like the scimitar-horned oryx, the Seychelles
      Fr�gate beetle and the British field cricket.

      To a certain group preoccupied with doomsday, these projects are laudable
      but share a deep flaw: they are Earth-bound. A global catastrophe � like a
      collision with an asteroid or a nuclear winter � would have to be rather
      tame in order not to rattle the test tubes in the various ark-style labs
      around the world. What kind of feeble doomsday would leave London safe and
      sound? Continue...<http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/science/01arc.html?_r=1&oref=slogin>

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