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  1. Science

    The End Is Nigh Billions of Years Away: Higgs Discovery Might Suggest Universe is Finite

    The scientific community got pretty excited with the discovery of a Higgs-like particle last year, but it turns out it's not all smiles and high fives. Apparently the Higgs boson was the missing piece in a subatomic calculation that could predict a Universe-ending catastrophic event in the future. How worried should you be? Depends on how many billions of years into the future you've made plans, but chances are pretty solid that you'll be long dead before this happens. So will the Earth. Smile! Everything ends!

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  2. Space

    Watch The World Not End All Day With This Live Stream From The International Space Station

    If the world breaks open or shudders to a halt today, the folks on the International Space Station will be the first to know about it. Or, you know, the second. The first to know about it will be the folks who are suddenly swallowed whole by a raging Earth or thrown from the planet's surface into the frigid, uncaring void of space, but they're probably not going to be much for reporting back on what's happening, what with all the screaming and crying and begging for mercy. Sissies. Anyway, if you find yourself needing reassurance that the world is not in fact ending, look no further than the ISS's eye in the sky live stream, embedded below for your convenience. The feed will give you an astronaut's eye view of all life on Earth... moving on uninterrupted in pretty much the way it does every day. Hey, don't look at us -- we said it was reassuring, not exciting.

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  3. Space

    NASA Releases Video Dated 12/22/12 Explaining Why We Didn’t Die

    Friday's the big day! December 21st, 2012. The day we supposedly all die as foretold by ancient Mayan prophecy. Except that it wasn't actually foretold by a prophecy, and we'll all be fine. Well, statistically, some of us won't be fine, but the world as a whole won't end. So says NASA, so say we all. NASA is so confident the world won't end on 12/21/12 that they've already released a video from the future to explain why didn't all die. That takes courage, but it's not like there will be anyone left alive to call them on it if they're wrong.

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  4. Entertainment

    Hunker Down: The Best Apocalypse Shelters In All Of Geekdom

    As windows are boarded up and down the eastern seaboard, we're taking shelter, too. A triple batch of mac and cheese is on the stove, the bathtub is full of water, and we're playing with the idea of one more run to the store for ALL OF THE CANNED TUNA!!! As we prepare for the fall of Western civilization as we know it, please join us in recalling some of our favorite shelters for waiting out the end of days.

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  5. Weird

    Modern Mayans Protest Planned Guatemalan Doomsday Festival

    Are people stilling buying into the whole 2012 Mayan Doomsday thing, you may ask yourself? The answer, we can report from a well of near-infinite sadness, is yes, because many people are stupid. Now, an alliance of Mayans in Guatemala is demanding that the government's tourism agency halt a planned celebration of the end of days on December 21st, saying that the festival twists and bastardizes the beliefs of a community in a shameless grab for tourism dollars. No word yet on how the tourism agency has responded, though we assume it will be something along the lines of  "Um, yeah -- that's what tourism agencies do." Which, in all honesty? Pretty fair.

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