Trending Towards The End

by mshrm

The post-apocalyptic game will start up its in-game calendar on Friday, 21 December 2012. Yup, that’s the date of the supposed Mayan end-of-the-world prediction, reused because there’s no use wasting a perfectly good prophecy. Furthermore, it’s a date that’s in the past. Call me superstitious, but I don’t want to leave any room for accidental predictions.

In an effort to set the stage a bit, here’s some headlines. What’s in the news, on the day before the world ends?

AI Breakthrough From MIT

Computer scientists from MIT say they have made a breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence. Their software, named “Celestial Mesh”, has demonstrated powers of abstract reasoning that can seem uncannily human.

Asteroid To Pass Between Earth And Moon

A 50m long, cylindrical space rock will pass between the Earth and the Moon on December 21, astronomers say. Despite wild speculation in the fringe press a few weeks ago, there is effectively no chance that the asteroid will pose a threat to Earth.

Avian Flu In China

The H6P9 avian flu virus claims a third life in China, following fatalities in India and Sri Lanka.

Heightening Tensions

Sabre-rattling between the US and North Korea continues this week, as US-South Korea naval exercises commence.

 

Sunspot Activity On The Rise

The sun seems to be going through an unusually active period in its sunspot cycle, but experts at NASA say there is no cause for alarm.

Zombie Walk On Friday

Hundreds of “zombies” are expected to flood downtown Portland on Friday, in a holiday-themed zombie walk to support several charities. The walk will end with a performance of the Time Warp Dance from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

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